Visit

OVERVIEW

BASIC INFO

When To Go:

  • “High season” (Oct-Nov) – clear skies, warm days, peak time for tourism & trekking
  • “Shoulder” (Mar-Apr) – warm weather, spectacular rhododendron blooms; views can be limited by increasingly cloudy weather, and pre-monsoon food & water shortages can make remote trekking a challenge
  • “Low Season” (Jun-Sep) – Monsoon rains and clouds obscure mountain views and, along with leeches, deter most trekkers, although hotel rates are significantly discounted; a popular time for making an overland journey into Tibet

Don’t leave home without your…

  • PASSPORT
  • four passport-size photos
  • Cash in US dollars; ATM/ debit card
  • light but conservative clothing (including light scarves to wear over head/ neck)
  • sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm
  • flashlight with extra batteries
  • flip-flops/ sandals
  • earplugs
  • towel/ toiletries
  • water bottle and means of purification (iodine tablets, filter, etc.)
  • sleeping bag/ liner
  • hiking boots or shoes
  • a good padlock for securing luggage or your trekking room

A few trekking essentials…

  • 3+ pairs spare socks
  • hiking pants / quick-dry tee’s / jacket / fleece
  • sun hat / sunscreen / sunglasses / lip balm
  • toiletries / camp towel / soap / hand sanitizer
  • toilet paper / wet wipes
  • ziplock bags
  • sleeping bag or liner
  • backpack (daypack or small-volume bag is fine)
  • headlamp / batteries
  • water bottle / means of water purification
  • camera / batteries / memory card
  • padlock / whistle
  • blister / medical kit
  • trekking poles (optional)
  • rain gear / pack cover (depending on time of year; see above)

GETTING HERE

  • Flight searches: kayak.com
  • Itinerary Planning Tool: TripIt.com
  • Travel.state.gov
    • Country-specific info about visa’s, travel advisories, trip planning, etc.
    • STEP program registration
    • Visa info:  A valid passport and visa are required. Travelers may obtain visas prior to travel from a Nepalese embassy or consulate, or may purchase a one-day visa ($5), a fifteen-day multiple-entry visa ($25), a one-month multiple-entry visa ($40), or a three-month multiple-entry visa ($100) upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

HEALTH

  • Malaria prophylaxis: not necessary
  • Recommended vaccines (but NO proof of vaccination required):
    • Basic (MMR, varicella, polio, TDAP)
    • Extra (Typhoid, Hep A, Hep B, Meningococcal; also consider Japanese encephalitis, rabies if visiting for prolonged periods)
  • Prescriptions (antibiotics; meds for nausea, diarrhea, pain) – all readily available in-country
  • General info from the WHO’s website
  • CDC website with info on Nepal (more clinically-oriented) 
  • Travel & Health insurance
    • TravelGuard
    • Frontier MEDEX
    • Keep in mind that travel insurance won’t automatically cover injuries sustained during outdoor adventure sports (including trekking); separate coverage should be added for this if desired

MISCELLANEOUS

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