Are you interested to explore Nepal?

Here are some travel tips for Nepal based on our visit. We covered 4 locations: Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Pokhara, and Chitwan. ?

1. They only have 1 international airport, which is TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) at Kathmandu.

2. Visa on Arrival is available at TIA. Visa fee is USD 25 per person for 15 days of stay. It will be more if you stay longer. To save time, you can apply visa online. Print the approval at home, pay the visa fee once you reach TIA, and head to immigration counter to get your passport stamped. Very easy!

3. If you want to trek the mountains, special permits must also be obtained locally.

4. Tourists normally stay at Thamel in Kathmandu. It’s like a transit point before heading to other cities. No vehicles are allowed in Thamel area, so yes, you need to carry your luggage from its entry points. Many stores selling/renting trekking gears here.

5. If you travel in winter, the aircon has double function as the room heater. Simply set it at 30° to get warm air blow.

6. There is NO portable Wi-Fi rental. Get local SIM card. I used Ncell for 4G connection.

7. The road condition in some spots is a real test of patience (!), and I mean it. Be prepared for bumpy road, or road blocks due to road construction works, creating long and endless jam. If the website tells you that you will reach certain cities within certain hour, add another 2 or 3 hours on top of it.

8. Unless you are really on budget, or ready to have adventures by taking local bus, I strongly suggest you to rent car. Don’t go with sedan. Go either with jeep or van. It is more convenient for your journey.

9. To travel hassle-free, get local agent to arrange everything for you: hotel, car and driver, and the program.

10. Don’t be a spoiled tourist, who like to complain about little things. You’re not traveling to Europe, or other modern countries, with advanced facilities.

11. Yes it’s safe to travel here. Nepali people are one of the nicest, most helpful people I’ve ever met. They are very warm, and welcoming. They also look so beautiful (both men & women)!

12. Halal resto are rare. KFC is available and halal-certified.

13. Most hotels are running on generator set to provide power. Power outage is common in Nepal.

14. Wi-Fi is available in hotels and most restaurants.

15. Foods are generally cheap here. 1 plate of Fried Rice costs you around USD 3.

Namaste!

A guest post of Woro Hapsari from Indonesia.