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Nepal Important Info

Important Info and Common questions for the Nepal Tour

When and where should you arrive?
Please book your international flight to arrive and depart from Kathmandhu International Airport. The tour starts with an orientation meeting at about 5 pm on the first night of the tour and ends with a breakfast on the last morning of the tour. If you don't plan on taking advantage of extra excursions while in Nepal, you can plan on arriving either the day before the tour.

You will be met outside the Kathmandu International Airport  terminal by a driver holding a Earthbound Holidays placard and he will escort you to the hotel.

If you plan to arrive early or depart late please make sure you  make extra hotel arrangements by contacting  earthboundholidays@gmail.com  
Mention your tour code to get a discounted price. 

After you purchase your international air ticket please contact us to give your flight details.

Booking your international flight

If you don't have a regular travel agent then you can check for international flight options at one of these sites.

www.skyscanner.com     www.kayak.com     www.momondo.com  
They usually have good offers. After you check on a good offer I would recommend trying to purchase the same flight from a local travel agent. That way there is more flexibility with flight cancellation/change of flight.

How many people in each room?
There will be two people accommodated  in each room for the duration of the tour. If you prefer private accommodation please go to our payment page. Under Nepal, you'll find the option for “single supplement”.  If you want private accommodation the last day to register for it is two months prior to your tour date and is still subject to availability.  Important:  Please note that during the trek there are some lodges which won't have sufficient rooms to provide private accommodation. 

Who will be leading the tours/treks?
Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the trekking agency's association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. With over 14 years of experience, 26 well trained, friendly guides, and courteous porters you are assured  of a wonderfully memorable experience.

How do I book a side excursion (Chitwan, Rafting, Everest Experience Flight etc…)
To book a side excursion  please submit a deposit of $47 per person at our Make Payment. On the Nepal payment button find the option “Add ons”. The balance can be paid upon arrival in Nepal.

Important: After paying your deposit please contact us to inform us which add on you have booked and which dates you plan to take your extra excursion. Also mention the type of transport you prefer (bus,car,plane). For bigger side trips, such as Tibet, Bhutan, and  Golden Triangle please contact us.

Vouchers
If you have purchased a voucher for the tour please inform us which tour date suits you as soon as you are certain. We need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements so please confirm your spot on a tour at least three months ahead of the start of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots, so please, book your place ASAP. Also please send your redemption code and voucher number.

 

Which currencies are accepted in Nepal?
Most major currencies (USD,NZD,AUD,EURO etc.) are accepted for both visa and in general. There are plenty of ATMs in both Kathmandu and Pokhara and credit cards are accepted in limited shops and many restaurants. Please note that only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

 

Vaccinations
Please consult your doctor/local travel clinic for the latest recommendations regarding the vaccinations in Nepal. These websites give some  recommendations for maintaining good health in Nepal.
http://www.visitnepal.com/travelers_guide/medical_matters.htm   
http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/nepal.htm

 

Is there an orientation program?

Yes, the orientation will be at the Kathmandhu hotel  after your arrival and before starting trekking. The orientation meeting is scheduled for evening on the  first of the tour. Generally the orientation meeting will be at 5 or 6 pm and this will be posted upon your arrival at the hotel.

How large is each tour group?
For each tour date there will be several separate groups. Each trekking group will have a  maximum of 15 people with its own experienced English speaking guide. During the trek there will be a suitable number of porters to carry your luggage. Certain activities such as travelling, farewell dinner, and yoga will be done in larger groups.

Where will I stay during the tour?
In Kathmandu we will be staying at the Thamel Eco Resort or Samsara Resort. Although both places come highly recommended, please don't expect a European standard of hotel. These hotels are good, clean tourist hotels and are a good quality by Nepali standards. In Pokhara, we stay at Trek o Tel, Lake View Resort or a similar quality hotel depending on availability.  On the trek, we'll be staying at simple lodges run by Nepali families. During the trek the bathrooms are outside the rooms and hot water is dependent on solar panels so don't count on many warm showers.

What do we eat?
During the trek  you will have three vegetarian meals daily (veg curry, Dal soup, noodles, pasta, tea, etc.) In Kathmandu and Pokhara, you will have a vegetarian  buffet breakfast . For lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu and Pokhara  you are free to explore the wonderful local restaurants. Your guide will be happy to advise you on good places to eat. The lunches and dinners in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Nagarkot are not covered by the tour and will cost from $3 to $10 depending on meal items and restaurant category.

Will we see Everest?
If  you want to get right up close with Everest and the Mightiest Himalayan peaks, we can arrange an Everest plane tour.

Travel Insurance?
It is strongly advised that you get traveler's insurance. Please consult with your travel agent to choose a suitable insurance company. Insure and Go World Nomads (click)are two possible insurance companies.

 

How much money should I bring for my personal expenses?
It's difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much  you want to spend  for shopping and where and what meals you want to eat in city. It is advised that you change at least $100 USD in to Nepali rupees to bring with you for the trek and for your meals in Pokhara and Nagarkot. Only Nepali rupees are accepted on the trek.

 

Tips
Tips to the Nepali drivers, porters, and  guides are appreciated and appropriate. It is standard practice to bring $50-$80 for tips.  Please tip according to your means and inspiration.

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