Trekking in Nepal

Travel to Nepal

With Nepal as your destination you'll find an exotic and welcoming country. For those of us in the Western Hemisphere Nepal is practically the exact opposite side of the world, and the 2-day flight there is a test of your determination. The international airport in Kathmandu, the capital city of the Kingdom of Nepal, is the primary destination, and (much) smaller aircraft will connect you to regional airports, such as Pokhara and Lukla.

Preparing for entry into Nepal involves considerations for your passport and visa status, customs, hotel reservations, and having your vaccinations up to date is recommended. A current passport and visa are required for entry into Nepal, though many travelers wait until the point of entry at the Kathmandu airport to obtain a Nepal tourist visa. For a fee of US$30 and by filling out a short form you'll be issued a visa good for 60 days, with extensions and re-entries also available for a fee. At the point of entry, a customs agent will ask you to declare any items for customs, and excess cash (over US$5,000). Obvious items such as weapons and drugs are not allowed for import, but also liquor over 120 proof and beef are restricted. A rule of thumb for personal items (such as laptops and radios) is that you'll be taxed for any items beyond your personal use (even for a second laptop). It's a forgone conclusion at the customs station that you're up to no good and planning to go out and sell them.

It is a good idea to have your Kathmandu hotel reservations in place before you arrive, and it would give you great peace of mind to have it all arranged through a travel agency. However, see our Hotels page for a list of some good places to stay. Vaccinations are not officially required for travel within Nepal, but considering that this region of the world is developing and susceptible to many serious illnesses, you would do yourself and the entire population of Nepal a great favor by covering your contingencies. Inoculations for malaria, hepatitis A, typhoid and tetanus, as well as the other routine immunizations are recommended for all travelers by the Centers for Disease Control. See your doctor at least 4 to 8 weeks in advance of your travels to ensure that you're up to date so that your immunizations will be effective. And remember! Don't drink the water!

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