Rara Lake and Jumla Trek

Rara Lake; Queen of the Lakes

Trip Overview

Jumla Rara Lake Trek as its name sounds is the name of two places, and it contains a lot of interesting places, but whichever place it takes you, all of them are in Rara National Park. This park is well preserved, and you can see in it the same thing since it was created, with no adulteration and interference. Under the preservation comes the lake and its surrounding that is home to one thousand and seventy-four species of flowers, fifty-one species of mammals, and two hundred fourteen species of birds, and each of these has a fine relation of ecological balance.

In the midst of such a balance, you will witness how life should exist. This is not an ordinary lake, but it is the largest and the highest lake of Nepal that tells you about life, that is the main highlight, and that exist in the most agreeable form, like the sound of the beautiful silence.

Jumla, an old village, still has preserved her old traditions and natural beauties in the distant region of Nepal although many parts of Nepal have changed with the course of time. It shows you what the book has forgotten to mention, and it shoulders its responsibilities itself to take you back to the time. The region is as old as a hill that has the fragrance of the past that will convince you, and that has the potential to challenge the comforts and man-made beauties of the 21st century.

The book that you read may have complete information on Jumla, but it cannot take you where you want to be and fails to give that feeling that you want to enjoy while trekking.

You have to cross the limitations of your walking, and the Rara Lake Trek is that means. This trek is not like other treks because it is off the beaten, and it is a complex trek because it is challenging, but it is loaded with natural beauties from snow-covered mountains to stunning glacial lakes. Each beauty makes you speechless, and to see it, you have to walk uphill and downhill, and it is not like walking in the streets of New York, after all, while trekking, you are out of the comfort zone.

Trip Highlights

  • Rara Lake
  • Adventurous trek
  • Unique Life and culture
  • Trip Code

    TMG-RJ100

  • Start Point

    Kathmandu

  • End Point

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Duration

    15 Days

  • Activity

    Lake Trek

  • Region

    Rara & Jumla

  • Trip Staffs

    Trekking Guide, Porter

  • Transportation

    210

  • Trip Style

    BLD

  • Trip Grade

    Strenuous

  • Elevation

    4620 m

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Trip Type

    Small Group Guided Trips

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What's Includes

  • 3 star hotel accommodation in Bed and Breakfast plan (BB Plan) in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj
  • Guesthouse/ Mountain Teahouse accommodation during the time of trekking

  • Pickup from the airport and a hotel as well as drop off in a private vehicle

  • Flights from Kathmandu- Nepalgunj-Jumla-Nepalgunj and Kathmandu

  • Breakfast in Kathmandu
  • Full board meal (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with tea/coffee during the time of trekking
  • As indicated in the itinerary

  • Nepal Government certified English speaking local trekking guide and porter
  • Porter service (One porter for 2 trekkers)

  • National Park permits and Trekkers’ Information Management Systems- TIMS card for trekking
  • Official paper documents Government taxes and local fees

  • Insurance of Guides and Porters, including their meals, salary, lodging, and transportation.
  • A comprehensive medical kit.
  • Farewell dinner in a restaurant with a cultural show.
  • Trip accomplishment certificate.
  • Water purification tablet
  • All government taxes

What's not includes

  • International flights ticket

  • Travel and rescue insurance

  • Nepal entry visa
  • Personal trekking equipment and expenses like water, laundry, phone and bar bills
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from your trip (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary. Expenses due to unavoidable events, like flight cancellation, strikes, and others
  • Tips to your guide, porter, and driver
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the “cost include” section

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Itinerary & Maps

Route Map

Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Kathmandu, the city of temples; you can call it the most developed city of Nepal as of now; it is here, where we are located to serve you in a way you want right from TRIBHUWAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, where you can see us waiting for you with our TRAVEL MAX GUIDE SIGN BOARD with your name on it, so that you can spot us at once, and you will be taken to your hotel in a vehicle, or to our office where you can ask us questions, having tea or coffee. After all these activities, if you have time, then there is nothing better than spending your time in Thamel, the tourist hub which is just outside the door of our office, you ask us, what you want to eat, what you want to enjoy, we will show you what you most desired in a new place.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

  • Transportation

    Private Vehicle

The sightseeing that you are going to do, today, comprises of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and they can be categorized as Stupas, Temples, and Palaces. The sightseeing can be personalized, according to your interest, and all the effective route planning for the sightseeing will be done by the city guide of TMG, focusing on all the values of your satisfaction like how much time you want to spend, the mode of transportation you want to choose, such as rickshaw, private car, cycle, and also a walking distance.

Kathmandu Durbar Square
From the hotel where you are staying, nothing is near the Kathmandu Durbar Square. It was a ceremonial site; it was a palace where the would-be kings used to be coronated in the past, now it is a palace cum museum. There, you will experience how the royals spend their life, and after visiting its monuments, temples, and statues, you will know about the skills of the Nepalese architectures of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
Be well prepared in advance because this stupa is located at quite an altitude and is more than 2,000 years old. This is the most important of all the Buddhist Stupas in Nepal and has a fascinating face of Lord Buddha on every side, and its base has the stonework of 5 Dhyani Buddhas – Vairocana, Ratnasambhava, Amitabha, Amoghasiddhi, and Aksobhya, and each of these represents the wisdom of Lord Buddha. People flock to this stupa to see the birds-eye view of Kathmandu.

Pashupatinath
Pashupatinath is as old as the hills, but the Hindu Committees of Nepal, shoulder its renovation and maintenance and have included new adds on in and around the temple. Pashupatinath is the most important temple of Lord Shiva and is located not far away from the heart of Kathmandu. Only Hindus are permitted to enter from the main gate to Pashupatinath Temple. As a visitor, you will enjoy the rich combination of architecture from a distance. If you are lucky, then you might see the Hindu Cremation taking place.

Bouddhanath

Bouddhanath is also a stupa and is one of the holiest pilgrimages of the Buddhists. It has a white doom just like Swayambhunath, whatever the myth is, it contains the bones of Kasyapa Buddha (Buddha incarnation), while others say it contains the bone of Lord Buddha. Around the base of the stupa are 108 small images of the Dhyani Buddha Amitabha.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

  • Transportation

    Private Vehicle

Nepalgunj is hot because the temperature shoots up to 40 degrees Celsius. It is a developed city because it shares its border with India. Lying in south-western Nepal, in the Terai Region, it is 8 km away from India. Some of its parts resemble northern India in terms of culture and traditions. Nepalgunj is also the gateway to enter Bardia National Park. It is also famous for the Bageshowri temple. There, you will also see horse carts. In the evening, you can visit Nepalgunj in a rickshaw. Since Nepalgunj is hot; take some prevention about hot and mosquito.

  • Accomodation

    Value

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

  • Transportation

    Flight & Private Vehicle

After breakfast, you fly to Jumla. It is a scenic flight. Jumla is situated on the foothills of the Sisne Himalaya. It is also the entry point for the trekkers who want to explore the Karnali Region. It takes 30 minutes to complete flight from Nepalgunj to Jumla which covers a distance of 140 kilometers. This Nepalgunj Jumla Flights are operated three times a week, so we highly recommend you to make timely confirmation of the Rara Lake Trek. Tara Air and Nepal Airlines are planes that fly from Nepalgunj to Jumla.

  • Accomodation

    Basic

  • Meals provided

    BLD

  • Transportation

    Flight

You are in the Jumla Valley, and from there, you head to the northern direction. The Buddhist stupas on the way were erected at around late 15th century, in the memory of respectable personalities. Following the rocky path, you head to Chere Chaur. All of us will head to the north direction into the valley and out from this valley later. Soon after an hour, you will reach a small village called Micha. This village has walls on all its sides as well as it has Buddhist stupas. These stupas were built in the late 15th century, in the memory of the important dignitaries that lived in this region. The trekking trail takes you to a rocky area and then to Cherre Chaur.

  • Accomodation

    Basic

  • Meals provided

    BLD

Today is the second day of the trekking. After breakfast, you will start your trekking. Although you are heading to the top of the pass, you will not find the trail tiring. The trek begins with an ascending trail. The up trekking trail takes you to Jaljala pass (3580 m). To reach the top of this pass is not that difficult. Then, you reach Jaljala Chaur where you will take a rest. From there, you follow up trekking trail and enter the Rara Lake Circuit before Chalachaur.

  • Accomodation

    Basic

  • Meals provided

    BLD

Again another up trekking trail awaits, but this time, it takes you to the Sinja Valley. On the way, there are several villages, and the trekking trail goes by the Jaljala Khola, a river. Sometimes, you will walk along with the Hima River and reach a village called Laha and pass through a beautiful forest. There is also a suspension bridge on the way. The Sinja Valley was the ancient capital city of the Khasa Kingdom from the 12th to the 14th century.

  • Accomodation

    Basic

  • Meals provided

    BLD

Today, you say goodbye to the alluvial plain that is on the west bank of the Lah Gad River or the Sinja Khola, and you follow an up trekking trail and head to the Hima River. The trail becomes steeper until you reach Laha Village. On the way, there is a beautiful forest, and you reach a village called Boton as well as pass through a gorge. From this village, the trekking trail becomes the steepest until it reaches Ghorosingha. Between the Sinja Valley and Ghorosingha, there is a suspension bridge.

  • Accomodation

    Basic

  • Meals provided

    BLD

The up trekking trail takes you to the Chuchhemara Danda, a hill, from where, you will see the Himalayan panoramic view, as well as the vast and tranquil Rara Lake, and the lush vegetation of Rara National Park. On the way to Rara Lake, you pass through Khatyar Khola Camp and a few villages including Murma. From Murma, the trekking trail becomes a little easier. Rara Lake National Park houses a unique and rich ecosystem. As the trail descends, Rara Lake becomes visible on the northeast.

  • Accomodation

    Basic

  • Meals provided

    BLD

Rara Lake is the largest and the deepest freshwater lake in Nepal. It comes under the Ramsar Convention. Situated in a high altitude, you will find the lake surrounded by pine, spruce, and juniper forest. The view of snow-capped peaks adds beauty to the lake. It will take at least 8 hours to walk around the lake. You can also climb up the wooden view tower to see a fine view of the lake and its surroundings. In addition, you can visit the National Park Headquarters. Swimming is allowed in the lake.

  • Accomodation

    Basic

  • Meals provided

    BLD

The trekking trail is easy because it is straight, and it is so until it reaches Gamgadhi which is the headquarter of the Mugu District of Nepal. You walk on a ridge. Then the steep trekking trail takes you to Pina. As you head to Pina, you will see the Pina Khola, a river, including snow-covered peaks. On the way to Pina, you will also pass through farmland. Pina is a small village, and it has a police post and hotels.

  • Accomodation

    Basic

  • Meals provided

    BLD

First, you follow the down trekking trail and then an up trekking trail to reach the top of Ghurchi Lagna pass at 3480 m. From the top of the pass, you will descend to reach Bumra. This is a small pass. Silajit found in this area, an important medicinal plant is believed to cure all diseases. On the way, you will see the beautiful view of the snow-covered mountains. Bumra is one of the beautiful villages in this region. This village is also known as Nauri Ghat.

  • Accomodation

    Basic

  • Meals provided

    BLD

You cross two suspension bridges over the Hima River and then walk downhill, reach a hot spring, cross Danphe Lagna pass at 3691 m, and head to Cherechaur and Jumla. There is a hot spring on the way; you can dip into it to get some relief. From the top of the pass, you can see the most spectacular view of the mountain ridges and Jumla below.

  • Accomodation

    Basic

  • Meals provided

    BLD

Take the earliest flight to Nepalgunj, and from there, fly to Kathmandu. You will be taken to the hotel where you had stayed on the arrival day. The flight from Jumlal to Nepalgunj is a mountain flight because what you see is the view of snow-covered mountains. It will be an experience.

  • Accomodation

    Basic

  • Meals provided

    BLD

From the haphazard city, as well as from nature’s dramatic set, you fly out from Nepal. The proceedings of your flight begin by picking you up from the hotel. Where your trek was a paradise, and where you head is your native land. Prior to 4 hours, we pick you up from the hotel and take you to the international airport.

  • Meals provided

    Breakfast

  • Transportation

    Private Vehicle

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Trekking is the most popular activity in Nepal, and travelers will be bombarded on the streets of Kathmandu and the trekking hub, with guides, organized tours and gear for sale or rent. The huge variety of options allows for people of many ages and capabilities to attempt a trek in the country. While you could spend a year planning an expedition to wild and lofty places that few would dare attempt, you could also arrive in Kathmandu with no plans and be on the trail in a matter of days. With eight of the top ten highest summits in the world and some of the most beautiful landscapes which are only reachable on foot, trekking in Nepal is one of the unique experiences.

Ensure you bring a copy of your travel insurance, a copy of your passport and 3 passport-sized photos. The fee for the Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days is US $ 40 and for the tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days is the US $ 100. You have to pay these at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.

It is an opportunity to combine challenging mountain trail, unique culture and stunning mountains that are famous in the world. Nepal is home to an incredible trek like Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Langtang Trek, Manaslu Trek, Kanchenjunga Trek and many popular trekking routes that lead you to the wilderness. Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp trek are the world's famous and iconic.

February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November and December are typically for trekking in Nepal.

TMG does not expect previous trekking experience from you; however, all the treks that it organizes are physically demanding. It recommends starting an exercise before your trek date. Many of its trips are at a higher altitude, the minimum is 2,000 m, and the max is 5,000 m plus.

It is a sickness caused due to a lack of oxygen at an altitude of 2000 m plus. Please read up extensively on Altitude sickness. Be familiar with the symptoms and do not ignore them. Be sure to keep to a conservative ascent schedule and drink plenty of fluids. If you or anyone in your party begins to experience symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS), do not ascend any further, and if they do not improve, then descend to a lower altitude. Carry some Diamox (acetazolamide) pills, easily found in pharmacies in Nepal. Diamox forces the kidneys to excrete bicarbonate in the urine, therefore making the blood more acidic, which stimulates breathing, increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood. But note that Diamox is not an immediate fix for acute mountain sickness; it speeds up part of the acclimatization process which in turn helps to relieve symptoms. This may take up to a day or two, and requires waiting without any further rapid ascent. It is often advisable to descend if even mild acute mountain sickness is experienced. If serious sickness is encountered or symptoms of high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) occur, descent with another trekker is A MUST. Please consult the pharmacist when purchasing Diamox and do your research. One major thing to remember is that the body requires large amounts of water at altitude to counteract sickness so be sure to drink more than you are used to!

Yes, it will operate on the day it is scheduled, except if is beyond our control, such as political issues and natural disaster that will create undesirable travel conditions.

Yes. We run from solo travel to group travel.

There is no age restriction.

All our trekking guides are certified as Wilderness First-Aid Course and have years of experience in the mountains.

Yes, it provides a helicopter to rescue you. TMG strongly recommends you for trip insurance at an altitude of 2,000 m to 5,000 m. Please read the insurance policy of your company. Bring a copy of your insurance paper to Nepal.

No, please tell us whether you are vegetarian or non-vegetarian. TMG will accommodate your diet that you wish to eat. We recommend a vegan diet because it provides more fiber, antioxidants, and beneficial plant compounds. They also appear to be richer in potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C and E.

It costs US $2 and the US $4 at the lower and the higher elevation respectively.

There are 33 mountain peaks in Nepal of 5,650 m- 6,500 m height classified as trekking peaks. Climbing permits for these peaks cost USD 350 for one to four members, an additional USD 40 each for the next four members and USD 25 each for the final four members. Trekking peaks require a qualified climbing guide, permits, and deposits to cover camp waste disposal.

A few of the common accommodation options while trekking in Nepal are Tea Houses (Lodges) which can be found at various points on the trek. They offer dorm room accommodation and simple basic meals reflective of what the local people in the area eat. Although many tea houses and hotels in the hills and mountains are reasonably comfortable, some may not be comfortable, so it makes sense to bring a sleeping bag even for teahouse treks. Camping is another option for trekkers and it can be conducted almost anywhere in the country. Camping treks can be fully organized and supported by a team of guides, cooks, and porters to accompany you. Homestays in local villages can also be organized in a few treks.

The treks in Nepal are suitable for a wide spectrum of experience and physical fitness. If you can walk uphill for a few hours each day, then you can find a suitable trek in Nepal. An easy trek with Nepali support (guide/porter) and teahouse accommodation is quite attainable for anyone who is reasonably fit. A longer trek, crossing high passes and into remote regions demands a higher degree of endurance. For Trekking Peaks, i.e. summiting a mountain of 5,650 m-6,500 m, it is desirable to have some alpine climbing experience.

Always carry a head torch/lamp, water, some food, and a mobile phone with helicopter evacuation number, local police station and nearby health post in case of emergencies.

Before the departures check that your travel insurance covers trekking activities and the conditions. Be aware that some insurance companies view even walking in the mountains as "mountaineering" and will not provide coverage. Most reputable trekking agencies will require proof of rescue insurance before you start on your trek. It would be very costly to pay a helicopter rescue at 5,000 meters. Some insurance policies, in fact, most, will not cover you over 4,000 m. So make sure about your rescue insurance before you go for trekking.

Trek legally. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or "independent guides" through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent license or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent. Please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest dustbins. Pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks - including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles.

It is a sickness caused due to a lack of oxygen at an altitude of 2000 m plus. It affects some trekkers easily, but to some, it does not. Out of 10, one is affected by Altitude Mountain Sickness. It can be life-threatening. Travel Insurance is a must.

  • Descend to a lower altitude
  • Drink a lot of water
  • Don’t go up until symptoms go down
  • Eat garlic
  • Take Diamox

It is an opportunity to combine challenging mountain trail, unique culture and stunning mountains that are famous in the world. It is also an opportunity to trek to the Everest Base Camp Trek and the Annapurna Base Camp, and other famous treks of Nepal are Langtang Trek, Manaslu Trek, Kanchenjunga Trek, and so on. It is also overcoming Altitude Mountain Sickness.

When you decide to trek, trek with a company that likes to take your responsibility, and that has licensed and experienced trekking guide. Please do not throw bottles in the river while you are trekking in a remote place.

During trekking, you will spend your night in a tea house. The tea house is a lodge or a guest house. The tea house is an old name for a lodge because trekkers and climbers gave this name 40 years ago because it used to sell only tea then. Now they also sell meals as well as provide bedrooms for the trekkers and climbers. The old name tea house is still used by the trekking agencies in Nepal. Hence, the name tea house trek. Tea house differs from village to village where you are going to spend your night. Some have attached bathrooms as well as running a hot water facility, while others have only basic facilities, that is, you have to share a toilet and a bathroom with others. This is so because they are located in a high altitude and the remotest area. Some provide dormitory-style accommodation, but they also provide you a bed, a pillow, a blanket, and a bedsheet still, you must have your own sleeping bag. Homestay trek is different from a tea house trek because, in the former, you will spend your night in a home and eat meals with the family members. It is just like staying in your own home.

Yes, it will operate on the day it is scheduled, except in the event that is beyond our control, such as political issues and natural disasters that will create undesirable travel conditions.

Please read our cancellation policy on Terms and Conditions

February, March, April, May, June, September, October, and November are typically for trekking in Nepal.

Police checkpoints are numerous and unavoidable and park officers can check your permits at any time, with a fine of double the normal cost if you are caught without the proper permits. Do not try to bribe officers or police personnel; it might get you in more trouble than you think. Most of the time there will be two or 3 permits, one will belong to a conservation area or national park, another will be Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) Card and the last one is restricted area entry permit. You will need one or two or all of the permits mentioned above.
1. DOLPA DISTRICT For Upper Dolpa: The first 10 days: USD$ 500 per person After 10 days: USD$ 50 per day person or equivalent foreign currency. For Lower Dolpo: Per week per person: US$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
2. MUSTANG DISTRICT Upper Mustang: The first 10 days: USD$ 500 per person After 10 days: USD$ 50 per day per person, or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
3. GORKHA DISTRICT a. Manaslu Region: From September to November: USD$ 70 per week per person After 7 days: USD$ 10 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency. From December to August: USD$ 50 per week per person After 7 days: USD$ 7 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency. b. Areas of Chhekampar and Chunchet VDC (Sirdibas-Lokpa-Chumling-Chhekampar -Nile-Chhule Area) From September to November per person: USD$ 35 for first 8 days From December to August per person: USD$ 25 for first 8 days or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
4. MUGU DISTRICT Areas of Mugu, Dolpo, Pulu and Bhangri For the first 7 days: USD$90 per person After 7 days: USD$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
5. MANANG DISTRICT Areas of Nar and Phu From September to November: USD$ 90 per week per person December to August: USD$ 75 per week per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
6. DOLAKHA DISTRICT Gaurishankar and Lamabagar Per week per person: USD$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
7. RASUWA DISTRICT Thuman and Timure Per week per person: USD$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
8. HUMLA DISTRICT Simikot and Yari (Areas of Limi and Muchu village Development Committee, and area way to Tibet via Tangekhola of Darma Village Development committee) For the first 7 days: USD$ 50 per person After 7 days: USD$7 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
9. SANKHUWASABHA Areas of Kimathanka, Chepuwa, Hatiya and Pawakhola VDCs For the first four weeks: USD$ 10 per person per week After four weeks: USD$20 per person per week or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
10. TAPLEJUNG DISTRICT Kanchanjanga Region (Areas of Olangchung Gola, Lelep, Papung, and Yamphudin VDCs) Per week per person: USD$ 10 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
11. BAJHANG DISTRICT (Areas of Kanda, Saipal, and Dhuli) For the first 7 days: USD$ 90 per person After seven days: USD$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
12. DARCHULA DISTRICT (Areas of Byas VDC) For the first 7 days: US$ 90 per person After 7 days: USD$ 15 per day per person or equivalent convertible foreign currency.

Note: References from http://www.taan.org.np/pages/trekking-permit-fees. Please check for confirmation.

Passports

To enter Nepal, a passport valid for six months is required and a tourist visa is required with currency restrictions for entry and exit is five thousand USD.

Citizens of the following states (except officials and diplomatic passport holders) are required to apply for a visa prior to arrival in Nepal:

  • Afghanistan
  • Cameroon
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Iraq
  • Liberia
  • Nigeria
  • Palestine
  • Somalia
  • Swaziland
  • Syria
  • Zimbabwe

Nationals of SAARC member countries can receive a tourist visa free of charge for 30 days at no cost. Those countries are:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Maldives
  • Pakistan
  • Sri Lanka

Since January 1 2016, nationals holding passports issued by China Peoples Republic of China (PROC) can have their visa fees waived if they are traveling as tourists. Those jurisdictions are:   

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Macau

Visa on Arrival:

Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under the Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival. ‘On Arrival’ visa procedure is very quick and simple.

First Step: Fill in ‘Arrival Card’

Fill in Online ‘Tourist Visa’ form (you can fill it up prior to your arrival visiting the official website of the Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport). If you fill it from the website, you will get submission Receipt with barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring a visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after. If so, you will have to fill it up again.

Second Step: Make payment at the bank according to your visa requirement (15/30/90 Days). Get the receipt. While you can use different modes of payments (at visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.

On Arrival Visa Fee

  • 15 Days – 25 USD
  • 30 Days – 40 USD
  • 90 Days – 100 USD

Third Step: Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form, payment receipts, and your passport. Hand in your documents to the immigration officer for visa processing. 

Gratis (Free) Visa

  • For the first visit in one visa year (January to December), a gratis visa for 30 days is available only for nationals of South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. However, the visa can be extended from the Immigration Department on payment of visa fee as specified above.

  • The main essentials to bring are:
  • Sturdy and comfortable hiking boots, flip-flops
  • Sleeping bag (depending on your accommodation) and -20 degree Celsius for colder regions
  • Daypack, trekking bag pack, dry sack and camera bag
  • Few changes of clothes for the varying temperatures
  • For cold weather, hiking pants, thermals, gloves, neck warmer/scarf, beanie, a warm inner jacket and a windproof/waterproof outer jacket and down jacket are essential.
  • Water purification supplies, Reusable water bottle, and CamelBak water bladder
  • Sunscreen, Hat, sunglasses, moisturizing skin cream and lip balm
  • Few snacks, granola bars
  • A hiking stick or two
  • Waterproof case, fabric bandages such as moleskin, a headlamp, altitude sickness, and other medication
  • Camera and binoculars.
  • Hand sanitizers, toilet paper, band-aids, wet wipes
  • Extra batteries (solar chargers recommended) On the popular trekking routes, everyday supplies, such as toilet paper, soap, chocolate bars, and even basic hiking supplies can be purchased along the way, though prices rise dramatically as you go higher in elevation. Try to stock up lower down and buy locally-produced products such as fruit, biscuits, etc. Maps are easy to find in Nepal. For the more difficult treks involving mountaineering, crampons and ice axes may be required. Simpler types of crampons, which attach to the shoe using a rubber ring, are easily obtainable in the Thamel neighborhood. These are variously known as spikes, microspikes, and chains.

Trek legally. If you trek independently, you are not allowed to take any staff by law. You need for this a Trekking Agency, the sole authorized to employ staff for foreign trekkers. Do not hire staff or “independent guides” through hotels, unless they have a Trekking Agent license or offer this service through an affiliated Trekking Agent. • Please make sure you take all of your trash, including bottles and cans from goods consumed in restaurants, to the nearest dustbins. Pollution and lack of trash management in the villages on the treks – including trash-clogged rivers and mounds of discarded beer bottles.

Before the departures check that your travel insurance covers trekking activities and the conditions. Be aware that some insurance companies view even walking in the mountains as “mountaineering” and will not provide coverage. Most reputable trekking agencies will require proof of rescue insurance before you start on your trek. It would be very costly to pay a helicopter rescue at 5000 meters. Some insurance policies, in fact, most, will not cover you over 4000m.

Always carry a head torch/lamp, water, some food, and a mobile phone with helicopter evacuation number, local police station and nearby health post in case of emergencies.

Please read up extensively on Altitude sickness. Be familiar with the symptoms and do not ignore them. Be sure to keep to a conservative ascent schedule and drink plenty of fluids. If you or anyone in your party begins to experience symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS), do not ascend any further, and if they do not improve, then descend to a lower altitude. Carry some Diamox (acetazolamide) pills, easily found in pharmacies in Nepal. Diamox forces the kidneys to excrete bicarbonate in the urine, therefore making the blood more acidic, which stimulates breathing, increasing the amount of oxygen in the blood. But note that Diamox is not an immediate fix for acute mountain sickness; it speeds up part of the acclimatization process which in turn helps to relieve symptoms. This may take up to a day or two, and requires waiting without any further rapid ascent. It is often advisable to descend if even mild acute mountain sickness is experienced. If serious sickness is encountered or symptoms of high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) or high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE) occur, descent with another trekker is A MUST. Please consult the pharmacist when purchasing Diamox and do your own research. One major thing to remember is that the body requires large amounts of water at altitude to counteract sickness so be sure to drink more than you are used to!

The treks in Nepal are suitable for a wide spectrum of experience and physical fitness. If you can walk uphill for a few hours each day, then you can find a suitable trek in Nepal. An easy trek with Nepali support (guide/porter) and teahouse accommodation is quite attainable for anyone who is reasonably fit. A longer trek, crossing high passes and into remote regions demands a higher degree of endurance. For Trekking Peaks, i.e. summiting a mountain of 5650-6500m, it is desirable to have some alpine climbing experience.

Few of the common accommodation options while trekking in Nepal are Tea Houses (Lodges) which can be found at various points on the trek. They offer dorm room accommodation and simple basic meals reflective of what the local people in the area eat. Although many tea houses and hotels in the hills and mountains are reasonably comfortable, some may not be comfortable, so it makes sense to bring a sleeping bag even for teahouse treks. Camping is another option for trekkers and it can be conducted almost anywhere in the country. Camping treks can be fully organized and supported with a team of guides, cooks, and porters to accompany you. Homestays in local villages can also be organized in few treks.

There are 33 mountain peaks in Nepal of 5,650-6,500m height classified as trekking peaks. Climbing permits for these peaks cost USD 350 for one to four members, an additional USD 40 each for the next four members and USD 25 each for the final four members. Trekking peaks require a qualified climbing guide, permits and deposits to cover camp waste disposal.

The best seasons for trekking are the dry and warm seasons, March-June and September-November. The temperature is bearable and skies are usually clear in these seasons, although the skies are foggier and the rain begins in May-June. It is possible to trek out of season, but you have to be ready for the occasional rain and leeches along the way. During the monsoon season and winters, the treks are virtually emptier.

Trekking is the most popular activity in Nepal, and travelers will be bombarded on the streets of Kathmandu and the trekking hub, Pokhara, with guides, organized tours, and gear for sale or rent. The huge variety of options allows for people of many ages and capabilities to attempt a trek in the country. While you could spend a year planning an expedition to wild and lofty places that few would dare attempt, you could also arrive in Kathmandu with no plans and be on the trail in a matter of days. With eight of the top ten highest summits in the world and some of the most beautiful landscapes which are only reachable on foot, trekking in Nepal is one of the unique experiences.

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What we have said, we will provide you all. Please tell us what we can provide you extra. We do not want you only to become happy, but also from happier to the happiest. Having said this, we cannot control the bad weather as well as the other thing, like bandh made by political parties. This thing will lead to a change in your itinerary, but our sole purpose will be to follow it and to take you from one place to another safely. As regards this, we would like to tell you now to bring some extra cash for the above situation, or for extra days, however, the above situation is just like once in a blue moon because Nepal is 99% politically stable.

Education is one of the basic needs of the children, and we help these children by donating money which you have paid to us for your trip. We will provide clothes and books for these children. Together with us, you can sponsor one of these children or contact our local charity, for more information, check the website http://fanepal.org   Additionally, let us work together for a global cause. We and you are contributing to a better life and the world. Being engaged in such a contribution or in a social response and communities’ development, we are passionate to do something different by spreading awareness and by utilizing local resources. Local ownership and governance concept development, we all can come in one umbrella, cast the vision and work for a milestone. To make this successful, FAN believes that together, we can do and carry out a new horizon in the way we have dreamt.

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First Act Nepal (FAN) is a team who is working for the welfare of the children. Its objective is to empower underprivileged children. What we do is crystal clear, and the impacts can be seen on the health of children, on the education of children, and on the ways and means that will shape the future of these children. Through us, you can make a donation and participate in the child sponsorship program to support children who are vulnerable and who have lost their parents. Sharing is caring. With this view, we also support the people displaced by the disaster.

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