The Nepalese Rupee is the local currency in Nepal.There are getting more ATM's every year but you can also change foreign money in hotels, banks or at the airport.
Please click here to check what voltage and plugs are in use in Nepal. You could also consider taking a universal electric plug adaptor.
Please check the world clock in order to find out the exact time difference
The clothing/equipment you need will of course depend on whether you are trekking or not. If you are, then the evening before the trek we suggest you fill a backpack (up to 7 kilos per person, including sleeping bag). This backpack will be carried by the porter during the trek (included in the price). You can then also take a small daypack each for small items such as camera, water bottle, jumper etc. The remainder of your baggage must be stored in the hotel in Kathmandu/Pokhara for your collection after the trek.
The list below shows what you will need for the trek, and whether the necessary equipment is for sale or for hire in Kathmandu/Pokhara. This is indicated by a S(for sale), and/or H(for hire):
Good, worn in, water-repellent or waterproof boots; Good hiking socks; Underwear; Long underwear / thermal underwear; long pants S; Shorts S; blouses or T-shirts S; Warm sweater (fleece) S; Windbreaker; Poncho / rainwear S/H; cap or hat against the sun S; hat/scarf /gloves against the cold S; Sunglasses; walking sticks S (in the mountains you can obtain for very little money bamboo canes to walk with. Sometimes you can find 'real' canes in Kathmandu/Pokhara for a bargain but they are generally very expensive); sleeping bag (with a -5 warmth factor) S/H; Small backpack for daily needs S; Water bottle S; Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb S; Small first aid kit; Toiletries S; Towel S; Biodegradable soap/shampoo; Earplugs; Toilet paper S; padlock S; Pen and paper; passport; a good book; possibly a pair of binoculars; altimeter; photographic equipment; games; enough Nepalese rupees in denominations of 100 and smaller.
Transportation is in minibuses
There are many local customs in Nepal which can appear quite strange to Westerners.
For example: When visiting sacred sites, you must be bare-headed and barefoot, even if the site is little more than ruins. As long as you adhere to this rule, the faithful worshippers will not bother you, even during ceremonies. Women must be covered up to a certain degree. The bare minimum that women can wear is a blouse with short sleeves and a dress/skirt that covers the knees. The Nepalese greet each other simply with a namaste, which involves placing the palms of the hand together in front of the face and saying ‘Namastay’. Physical greetings, such as hugging or kissing are unusual to the Nepalese and are not appreciated by the locals.
If you want to take a travel guide or map, we suggest you click on Lonely Planet.
Yes you can pre-book transfers (arrival only) and extra nights with Shoestring. You can add these to your booking form.
You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. Please check the embassy if you need a visa for Nepal and check out the current situation by clicking here. At present, a visa is required for European citizens. Make sure you inquire at least a month before departure if you need a visa so you do not run into time problems.
For some of the trekking trips, a permit is required. This will be arranged onsite.
Mobile coverage in Nepal is variable. Internet facilities are available in hotels and in cafes in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
If you book alone you will share your room with a fellow traveller ( same sex when possible ) unless you have booked a single room.
Nepal is a relatively safe country, where people are friendly and honest. However, tourists in the cities are being increasingly targeted by pickpockets and thieves. Do not leave valuable items in your hotel rooms: either bring them with you or leave them in the hotel safe.