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Will Strikes and Bandhs affect my travel plan in Nepal?
Nowadays, strikes and bandhs rarely happen in Nepal.
However, it is important to note that Nepal is in an interim period. The Nepali government is currently preparing to bring new constitution. In this transitional stage, political parties often use the franchise of strikes to express their views.
During strikes, tourist vehicles are allowed to move freely without any obstruction. Free shuttle services are provided to tourists to airport and bus station during strikes free of cost and with full security.
How often do natural disasters occur in Nepal?
Flood and landslides occur occasionally, especially during monsoon or rainy season (June, July, August). Because of the hilly terrain, Nepal is prone to such landslides and floods on a regular basis.
What equipments are required for trekking?
Here is a comprehensive of list of equipments and clothing you would require whilst trekking in Nepal:
Lightweight walking boots, spare laces, Sleeping bag and down jacket,
2 Long shorts, A water proof jacket with hood or Poncho, Underwear
2 cotton T-shirts, 2 trousers – (loose and comfortable), Thermal underwear(Top and bottom), Gloves, Sandal, Sun-hat, One pair of sandals, Woolen hat
Woolen socks, Waterproof pants, 2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks
Flash light, Toiletries with towels, Sunglasses, Sunscreen with a high SPF factor
Lip balm with a higher SPF factor, Water bottle, Purification equipment (Boiled drinking water will be provided but further purification with iodine or purification tablets are highly recommended), Iodine for the purification of drinking water, Daypack, Rucksack
What personal medical supplies should I bring along?
Aspirin, Moleskin and blister kits, Diamox, Imodium for diarrhea, Knee support, Band- Aids for minor cuts and burns, Feminine hygiene materials, Insect repellant with DEET are some of the important items you need to include.
What equipments are required for climbing?
Following is the list of important climbing equipments you need to acquire:

Seat Harness, Jumar, Helmet, Altimeter, Ice Axe, Crampons, Ice-screw Gaiters, Locked and unlocked carabineer, Climbing boots, Pocket knife
Woolen gloves, Gloves(gore tex fabrics), Woolen hat, Woolen socks
Windproof jacket, Windproof pant, Snow bar, Snow goggles(UV factor)
Sun cream(UV protection), Head lamp, Tent, Mattresses, Rope
Rain gearIce hammer

Note: You can bring the above mentioned equipments from your home country or you can also hire (rent) in Kathmandu. Our climbing guide will assist you to select necessary equipments.
What is High Altitude Sickness (HAS)? How can I avoid suffering from HAS?
High Altitude Sickness or HAS is a mountain illness that occurs to trekkers and traveller due to acute exposure to low pressure of oxygen while trekking or hiking in high altitude Himalayas. The main causes of HAS are less availability of oxygen at high altitude, dehydration, and rapid ascent.

Following primary symptoms are visible in an affected person:

Lack of appetite, nausea or vomiting
Fatigue or weakness
Dizziness or light-headedness
Insomnia
Needles and Pins Sensation
Shortness of breath
Nose bleed
Persistent rapid pulse
Diarrhea
Peripheral edema (swelling of hands, feet and face)
You can avoid suffering from HAS by taking following precautionary:

Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid HAS
Avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24-hours at a higher altitude
Make sure you have previous experience of trekking and/or climbing in high altitude regions
Increase the intake of water or liquid as you gain higher altitude
Take enough rest at lower level to acclimatize with the climate.
Cross check with your medical practitioner before trekking or climbing in high altitude and seek proper advice.
What is High Altitude Sickness (HAS)? How can I avoid suffering from HAS?
High Altitude Sickness or HAS is a mountain illness that occurs to trekkers and traveller due to acute exposure to low pressure of oxygen while trekking or hiking in high altitude Himalayas. The main causes of HAS are less availability of oxygen at high altitude, dehydration, and rapid ascent.

Following primary symptoms are visible in an affected person:

Lack of appetite, nausea or vomiting
Fatigue or weakness
Dizziness or light-headedness
Insomnia
Needles and Pins Sensation
Shortness of breath
Nose bleed
Persistent rapid pulse
Diarrhea
Peripheral edema (swelling of hands, feet and face)
You can avoid suffering from HAS by taking following precautionary:

Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid HAS
Avoiding alcohol consumption in the first 24-hours at a higher altitude
Make sure you have previous experience of trekking and/or climbing in high altitude regions
Increase the intake of water or liquid as you gain higher altitude
Take enough rest at lower level to acclimatize with the climate.
Cross check with your medical practitioner before trekking or climbing in high altitude and seek proper advice.
How do I get Nepali visa?
Getting Visa to travel to Nepal is simple and easy.

You can apply for Nepali visa at your nearest Nepalese embassies and consulates in your own country. But then you can also get it on-arrival Nepali visa at Tribhuvan International Airport, the only international airport in Kathmandu.

If you are traveling to Nepal overland via Tibet or India, you are able to get visas at the following border points.

1) Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
2) Immigration Office, Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
3) Immigration Office, Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
4) Immigration Office, Belahia, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
5) Immigration Office, Jamunaha, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
6) Immigration Office, Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
7) Immigration Office, Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)
8) Immigration Office, Rashuwagadi, Rashuwa (Northern Border)
9) Immigration Office, Pokhara (not the entry point)

The following visa rules apply for tourists:
For 15 days Multiple Entry Visa, the visa fee is US $30 or equivalent foreign currency.
For 30 days Multiple Entry Visa, the visa fee is US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency.
For 100 days Multiple Entry Visa, the visa fee is US $ 100 or equivalent foreign currency.
According to the immigration regulations, a tourist is allowed to stay in Nepal only for 150 days in a year. You can extend the visa up to another 90 days.
US $2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day for extension. Additional US $ 20 or equivalent Nepalese currency on visa fee, if Multiple Entry facility is required for the extended period
Recently, Nepal has also started offering Transit Visa for 3 days free of charge. Moreover, VAT amount are refunded to tourists at the time of their departure provided the latter submit the shopping receipts.

Transit visa for all tourists who visit Nepal for 3 days or less visa is not required.

SAARC Tourists
Tourists with passport from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations aren't required to pay visa fee for 30 days.
Chinese Tourists
New government regulation ensures on-arrival visa for all Chinese Citizens in Nepal.
What kind of climate/weather does Nepal have?
Nepal basically has four seasons: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-August), Autumn (September-November) and Winter (December-February).

However, owing to its varied geography, weather conditions of Nepal vary from one place to another. The higher you give up north, it tends to be cooler whereas the deeper the south you go the hotter it is comparatively.

In the hilly and Himalayan regions, summers are cool and balmy and winters are severe, while in tropical plains of the Terai in the south, summers are tropical and winters are mild. The temperatures in the valleys of Kathmandu and Pokhara tend to be pleasant with average summer and winter temperatures.

The temperature ranges from below zero to 25 degrees in the Hills and Himalayas where as it can reach up to 35 degrees in flat lands of Terai.

The monsoon rain fall occurs during the summer. The average annual rainfall is 1,600 mm, but it varies by eco-climatic zones. Travelling in Nepal is possible throughout the year.

There are multitudes of trekking areas you can visit in Nepal throughout the year. Nevertheless, the best time to do trekking are during spring and autumn. These are also the seasons when many of the biggest festivals of Nepal are observed.

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