Nepal FAQs

ARE VISA’S REQUIRED FOR TRAVEL TO NEPAL?
Yes. All foreign nationals with the exception of Indian citizens require a visa to enter Nepal. They are available on
arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and at embassies/consulates in advance. There is also an
online visa option:
http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE IN NEPAL
It is a very good idea to purchase travel insurance before travelling to Nepal. Ensure you have adequate emergency
evacuation insurance and that your luggage is also adequately insured, especially if you are carrying expensive
equipment such as laptops, cameras, ipads. If you are travelling on one of our Group Tours, Travel Insurance is
compulsory.

I’M A SINGLE TRAVELLER. DO I NEED TO PAY THE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT?
At Incredible Indian Tours, we don’t charge a compulsory single supplement charge for single travellers. On our
group tours we often have three, four or even five travellers of the same sex travelling independently. If you choose the
sharing option, your tour leader will rotate the single sharers at each new hotel, so you get a new room-mate each
stop. If there is an odd number of single sharers, then someone gets their own room occasionally.
The Single Supplement cost only needs to be paid if you wish to guarantee your own room throughout the tour.

WHAT IS THE INTERNET ACCESS LIKE IN NEPAL
Internet access is available in internet cafes and hotels in most parts of Nepal. Most hotels now provide Wifi access.
Smaller towns and villages, particularly in the mountains may have limited access.
If you are carrying your own laptop, or a sim enabled iPad or similar, you can purchase a data sim card.. A
recommended provider is Ncell. If you wish to get a local data sim card, you will need to have a photocopy of your
passport photo page and visa page. You will also need a passport sized photo. There is an Ncell booth at Tribhuvan
International Airport in Kathmandu just before you exit the main building so you might like to purchase a Sim card on
arrival. They will make photocopies of required documents and you can pay in Nepalese rupees or US Dollars.

WHAT IS THE PHONE/MOBILE COVERAGE LIKE IN NEPAL
Mobile phone coverage is available in most touristy areas in Nepal apart from in the mountains where coverage is
very limited. Ensure global roaming is activated on your phone before you arrive.
If you wish to get a local sim card, you will need to have a photocopy of your passport photo page and visa page.
You will also need a passport sized photo. A recommended provider is Ncell. There is an Ncell booth at Tribhuvan
International Airport in Kathmandu just before you exit the main building so you might like to purchase a Sim card on
arrival. They will make photocopies of required documents and you can pay in Nepalese rupees or US Dollars.

ARE THERE MANY ATMS IN NEPAL
Many ATMs are available in cities and towns. Smaller villages will have very few or none at all, so have enough cash
to cover purchases when out of major centres.

CAN I USE MY CREDIT CARD IN NEPAL
Credit cards are accepted by most mid-range and above hotels. Mid-range and upmarket tourist restaurants and
medium-to-large shops in tourist areas are also likely to accept credit cards. Smaller shops, cafes, market stalls and
places in remote areas usually won’t be able to accept credit cards, so you will need to ensure you have plenty of
cash when you travel away from the cities.

SHOULD I BRING TRAVELLERS CHEQUES?
Travellers cheques are hard to come by and exchange these days. You are better off with a travellers money-card
that can access your funds safely from an ATM. Bring a small amount of cash that can be exchanged if necessary.

DO YOU NEED TO TIP IN NEPAL?
Tipping room staff, porters, drivers and guides is customary in Nepal. While not mandatory, it is a polite way to thank
someone for their service to you. Restaurant bills usually include a service charge, but if not, 10% is a standard tip in
good restaurants, whilst in local eateries, rounding up the bill by 20-50rs is adequate. Some tipping guidelines.
Room service 10% of the bill
Hotel staff member bringing something to your room Rs20.
Porters Rs20-50 per bag brought to your room.
Drivers Rs300-500 per day.
Guides Rs200-300 for a short guided tour.
Guides Rs500-800 per day.

IS WATER SAFE TO DRINK ANYWHERE IN NEPAL?
No. Do not drink the water, do not brush your teeth in the water and do not inhale or breath in water in the shower. It
is also a good idea to avoid eating raw salads. Avoid ice in drinks except in more upmarket establishments and peel
fruit before eating.

HOW MUCH TOILET PAPER DO I NEED TO BRING?
Outside of hotels and tourist restaurants, most public toilets you will encounter will be squat-style toilets and will not
supply toilet paper. Most hotels (apart from budget/backpacker hotels) will provide toilet paper, although the rolls may
be very small. Always carry toilet paper and hand sanitizer. It is always a good idea to have a roll in your luggage.
You can purchase toilet paper easily in touristy areas of Nepal, so you don’t need to bring more than a roll with you.

DO I NEED TO PACK A BATHING SUIT?
If you’re travelling in the warmer months, you may occasionally stay in a hotel with a pool, so you might like to bring a
bathing suit.

SHOULD I JUST BRING A SMALL CARRY ON BAG?
It depends on where you are travelling and what you like to do when you’re touring a new country. Nepal has many
wonderful handicrafts and goods to purchase, so if you think you might be tempted, bring a medium-sized suitcase,
duffle or backpack, pack light (10-15kg) and leave plenty of room for purchases.

IS BRINGING A KINDLE OR IPAD A GOOD IDEA?
There are some long journeys by road in Nepal as well as time often spent waiting in airports for flights so reading
material is a great idea to have.. Note that roads can be windy and bumpy making reading challenging. Kindles and
iPads are ideal as it means that you don’t have to carry heavy books around. Download some good books on Nepal
and enjoy reading it as you experience it.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE. WILL I NEED A WOOL SWEATER?
If you are travelling in Nepal between September and April, you will at least require a light sweater or jacket. October
to March can be very cold and a wool sweater and/or fleece/thermals/down jackets will be essential, particularly if
you are travelling at altitude. Note that there is a wide range of good quality travel/trekking clothing available to
purchase and/or hire in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Refer to our Weather guidelines in the Country Guidelines in your tour pack that you will receive upon booking.

DO I NEED TO DRESS CONSERVATIVELY?
Yes, Nepal is a very conservative country and dressing skimpily will draw unwanted attention to yourself, whether
you are a male or female. Lightweight, loose fitting, long legged clothing is best. Shoulders and knees should always
be covered, although trekking at lower altitudes in long-shorts is acceptable.

SHOULD I WEAR CLOSED IN SHOES TO PROTECT MY FEET FROM THE DIRT?
In the cooler months, you will want to have closed in shoes because it is cold. In the warmer weather and areas, you
may be more comfortable in open sandals or slip-off shoes. If you are doing any walking or trekking then suitable
closed in supportive shoes are recommended. If you are keeping to low altitudes, then teva-type sandals will be
suitable, although they may not provide the ankle support you night need on rough terrain