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What are the visa requirements and costs for Nepal?
Compared to a lot of other countries, especially neighboring India, China, and Bhutan, Nepal has a pretty liberal visa policy. Visitors of most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival, by air or by land. There are three options for visa on arrival: 15/30/90 day visas at USD$25/40/100 respectively. It’s easy to extend your visa in-country too, and visitors can stay for a maximum of 150 days in any calendar year (January 1st to December 31st).
If you’re planning a side trip to Tibet, Bhutan, or India, it’s worth paying USD$20 to upgrade your single-entry visa to a multiple-entry visa at the Kathmandu Central Immigration Office.
You must have over 6 months validity remaining in your passport after your planned return date, and you need one passport-sized photograph along with the visa fee in USD (for overland crossings) or equivalent international foreign currency for arrival in Tribhuvan Airport.
It’s not possible to use Indian Rupees, Nepalese Rupees or credit card to pay for the visa.
There are only twelve nationalities who are not eligible the visa on arrival: Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Syria, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. Indian nationals do not require a visa to enter Nepal and visitors from other South Asian countries and China will be granted one free 30-day visa per calendar year. Please see link below:
What does my investment include?
Please find specific list of inclusions here.
What vaccinations do I need for Nepal? What about medications for acclimatization?
The main recommended vaccinations for Nepal are Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Meningitis. Boosters are also recommended for Tetanus, Polio, Mumps, and Measles. Please consult your physician.
When should i arrive to Kathmandu?
We know the schedule is plentiful but we recommend arriving one to two days prior to the Day 01 Meet & Greet. This is for the chance to acclimatize if required, recover from jet lag, and to settle the body and mind after arriving in Nepal to prepare for the trek.
What kind of physical preparation or condition should I be in?
Wanderers coming to Nepal should be in at least moderate physical shape before setting off on our trek. Trekking anywhere is physically demanding – most treks in Nepal would be considered difficult because of the dramatic ascents and descents as well as high altitude. Do not under estimate any high altitude trek. It is best to prepare beforehand by getting in good physical shape to enjoy your wandering.
You do not need to be expert or seasoned trekkers, but we suggest participants should be getting about 4-5 days a week of cardio exercise for at least a month beforehand. We will send more specific info for participants but for personalized information on training and physical preparation, it is best to consult your physician.
What if I want to come to the trek but am not interested in the ‘soul sessions’?
We are curating a group of soulful wanderers, so if you are not interested in the soul sessions, perhaps a more standardized trek itinerary is for you and there are a plentitude of options for these… The experiences we are planning are already mindful of the intense physical activity and activities are more meant to invoke your curiosity and encourage self exploration.
Do I need to carry my equipment during the trek?
We recommend that you carry a light (25L) day pack for your trek essentials ; of course you are most welcome to hire a porter and we have considered this in the cost also.We ask that you should be mindful of packing only what you need, you can find a list of what is a recommended packing list here.
What is the expected size of the trip group?
We plan for the maximum group size (including Karen and Cat) not to exceed 10 people.
Who am I expected to meet on this trip?
Other than meeting Karen, Cat and your local guides and porters, we hope to curate a diverse and international group so that our experiences and backgrounds are varied. That doesn’t mean that we will turn people away if they are interested. We invite curious, mindful, and adventure seekers from all over the world.
What do your trip fees pay for ?
Great question! We covered that here.
What else should I expect to pay for outside of the trip fees? What currency should I bring?
Tips for guide and porters, any of the exclusions mentioned here, any other miscellaneous spending money during or before and after the trek itself. Note that it’s really strongly suggested that you use local currency while on the trek and money can be exchanged in Kathmandu if you hadn’t already exchanged currency by then.
What if I need to cancel and can no longer come on this wandering?
We would be sad not to meet you, but we understand that life happens and things can always disrupt our plans. We also believe that things happen as they should and will serve our highest good! Due to our planning purposes and having to make reservations ahead of time, unfortunately this likely means that you will lose the deposit that you made at the initial registration. If you happened to have paid more than the deposit and still must gracefully back out of the trip, we will refund you that portion.
What kind of insurance should I have?
We ask that everyone should purchase travel insurance (i.e. emergency medical travel insurance). You will probably want to get insurance that includes emergency evacuation ; Most insurers that cover emergency evacuation will also specify the altitude to which they cover so be mindful of that.
Will I have mobile network access during the trek?
We recommend you take the time to appreciate your surroundings while you traveling in the majestic Himalayan mountains and our preference is that we stay mobile and electronics free. However we understand that there are loved ones to touch base with, work that requires moments of attention and whatnot - there is limited wifi at some of the teahouses for a nominal additional cost. Charging for electronic devices will also be for a nominal additional cost. So basically, we prefer that we don’t our devices and choose rather to connect to each other!
How do I secure a spot on this soulful wandering?
We’d love to have you join, please see the details here on securing your spot and sending us your information.