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Region
Remote Area Trek
Duration
16 Days
Grade
2 moderate
Transportation
Tourist Bus, Private Car and two way Plane flight to Nepalgunj and Jumla
Activity Per Day
4-6 Hrs Walking
Max Altitude
3055m
Best Season
Feb, Mar, April, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec.

Overview

Rara Lake Trek is a beautiful journey to the largest lake of Nepal. The place is remote but the views and the environment is above everything. Many trekkers opt to trek in this region as it is very remote and beautifully embraces all the elements of nature. From the snowcapped mountains, tranquil lake, dense alpine forest, you will get to experience everything in this less travelled trail. The trekking, as well as flying, are means of way to reach Rara Lake. The lake is surrounded with dense alpine forest from everywhere with a gorgeous view of Trans Himalaya on the background is really beautiful to see. 

Rara Lake Trek is a nature lover's paradise as there is so much to see and explore. Since the trek includes going through Rara national park, you will get to explore the Himalayan vegetation along with different kinds of flora and fauna. The national park is home to endangered species of animals like Himalayan black bear, Red Panda, Gorals and many more. Overall, the trek is the total package where you will get to see the beautiful natural beauty, wild vegetation of Nepal alongside taste the culture and lifestyle of people living in this region. The best time for Rara lake trek is all year round. The place is beautiful even when it is the dry season or the cold winter season. But many prefer to visit the place from September to November. 

Highlights 

  • Admire the natural wonders and tranquility of Rara Lake;
  • Visit the Sinja Valley, an important historical site in Nepal.
  • Explore the rich biodiversity of Rara National Park.
  • Admire the stunning scenery and view of the distant Dolpo and API Shripal peaks.
  • Stroll in the magnificent oak, birch and rhododendron trees.
  • Discover the real culture and lifestyle of the Jumla district

Trekking Journey to the Rara Lake

One of the most famous tourist attractions in Nepal is Rara Lake. The simplest way to go from Kathmandu to Nepalganj to Rara lake is to take a domestic flight to Nepalganj, from Nepalganj to Tancha airport (Mugu) and to Rara Lake for about 3 hours of walking. This beautiful journey begins with our picturesque ride to the hot topics in Nepal's Far Southwest region and then takes another plane to Jumla, where our walk begins at Rara River and brings us through fascinating villages of Hindu Thakuri Malla and Tibetan inspired people with rich ancient traditions and customs.

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Outline Itinerary ( 16 Days ) Expand all +

After your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be received by our representative staff very warmly and from there you will be transferred into the hotel where you will discuss about the itinerary in detail. 

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Max Altitude
Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Overnight
Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel
Meal
Dinner included

You will spend your next day after early morning breakfast, exploring ancient city of Kathmandu. You will visit Swayambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Patan Durbar Square.

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Max Altitude
Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Duration
4-5 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel
Meal
Breakfast included

We 'll take an hour's plane to Nepalgunj in the southern plains of Nepal. Nepalgunj is the largest city in the country and shares its southern frontier with India. It's hot and humid in Neplagunj, but in the evening you can visit the city.

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Max Altitude
Nepalgunj (150 m)
Duration
Flight (1 hour)
Overnight
Overnight at Hotel
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

You will fly from north of Nepalgunj to Jumla, which lies high above the hills. You'll get to Jumla in 20 minutes, where the wind and mild air is waiting for you. This is where the hiking trail to Rara Lake in the Mugu district begins.

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Max Altitude
Jumla (2,540m/ 8,334ft)
Duration
Flight (20 mins)
Overnight
Overnight at Lodge
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

We 'll head up the JugadKhola River as we head towards ChereChaur. The river bank path goes through a number of lovely villages where we can pause for some rest. 

 

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Max Altitude
ChereChaur (3055m/10,023ft)
Duration
Drive 5-6 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Guest House
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

After breakfast, follow the western trail and climb up to the Jaljala Pass (3580 m). Until we reach Jaljala Chaur, we walk along a wide and easy path. From the meadow, we walk up the steep slope to Chalachaur. It's located in the Rara National Park. 

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Max Altitude
Chalachaur (2,980m)
Duration
5-6 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Lodge
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

Today, we are move forward across the Sinja Valley. It is the place of the origin of the Nepalese language in the 12th to 14th centuries. It's called the Khas Bhasa. Passing through some traditional villages, we follow the bank of the Jaljala Khola. The surroundings of the valley are breathtaking. Then we stay in the right place.

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Max Altitude
Sinja Valley (2,490m)
Duration
5-6 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Tea House
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

We 're leaving the valley of Sinja, chasing the Hima River. The trail is mostly uphill, followed by an easy and easy path to the village of Laha. Lifestyle around here is still traditional. Moving along the Ghatte Khola, we ascend up steeply to our destination today-Ghorosinga. 

 

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Max Altitude
Ghorosingha (3,050m)
Duration
5-6 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Tea House
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

We 'll move very early after breakfast. We reach up to Chichhemara Hill, which is a wonderful view of the surrounding Himalayas and the dream zone of the tranquil Rara Lake. Rara National Park has given its youth a variety of vegetation. Passing through the village of Murma, we climb up to the village of Chapri and finally reach our final destination. Rara, the magnificent queen of the lakes, is in front of us.

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Max Altitude
Rara Lake (3,010m)
Duration
5-6 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Tea House
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

The queen of the lakes, Rara, is a huge lake in Nepal, also known as Birendra Tal. You can do some boating on this lake and enjoy the journey. The Chuchhemara peak sits on the south side of the bay, flanked by Ruma Kand and Malika on the north side. After taking a lot of photos and enjoying the surrounding scenery, go back to the campsite. .

 

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Max Altitude
Rara Lake (3,010m)
Duration
4-5 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at the tent camp
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

From Rara Lake, our path is easy and we walk on a moderately straight path to Gamgadhi, the headquarter is located of the remote Mugu District of Nepal. From Gamgadhi, we go down a steep trail to the Pina Village, where we spend the night.

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Max Altitude
Pina (2,440 m)
Duration
5 -6 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at the tea house
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

From Pina, we go down and cross the Ghurchi Lagna Pass at 3480 m. We continue our descent and go through a few villages before we reach Bumra. The village of Bumra is also known as Nauri Ghat. 

 

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Max Altitude
Bumra (2,850 m)
Duration
5 -6 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Lodge
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

We cross two suspension bridges over the Hima River and walk downhill. After having to walk for a few hours, we get to a hot spring where we can help relieve our aching body with a dip. Not long after the hot spring, we cross Danphe Lagna at 3,691 m. After reaching Cherechaur, we follow the same path that we took a few days back to reach Jumla.

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Max Altitude
Jumla (2,540 m)
Duration
6 hrs
Overnight
Overnight at Lodge
Meal
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included

After early breakfast, we take a walk. It is about 2 hrs walk up to the Talcha airstripe of Mugu district. Then we take a flight to Nepalgunj, which is about half an hour. From Nepalgunj, we make a connection flight to Kathmandu. 

 

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Max Altitude
Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Duration
Hike (2 hrs), Flight (50-60 min)
Overnight
Overnight at Himalayan Suite Hotel
Meal
Breakfast included

Our representative will take you to Tribhuvan International Airport and bid you farewell.

 

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Meal
Breakfast included

Departures & Availability

Personal Information

Additional information

Your privacy is of the utmost importance to us. The personal information you provide will be kept confidential and will not be shared with a third party.

Include / Exclude

  • Airport pick up and drop
  • All land transportation by tourist bus
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu three star category hotel ( Himalayan Suite Hotel) in twin sharing basis with breakfast
  • All meals, accommodation,insurance and other expenses of trekking crew
  • Three meals a day and accommodation for the clients in trek days
  • Necessary permit and national park fees
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • All necessary equipments during the trek
  • Welcome dinner
  • All domestic airfares as per itinerary
  • Thirty minute massage in Himalayan Suite Spa
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu . (Meal costs about 5$ - 8$ dollar per item depending on the place where you eat)
  • City sightseeing monuments entrance fees in Kathmandu (NPR 250+1000+400)
  • Personal equipments and clothing
  • International Airfare and your insurance
  • Cold and alchoholic drinks in trek days
  • Personal expenses and tips to the crew

Additional Information

Trip Grade: Moderate

A moderate trek requires you to walk 5-6 hours per day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes, however, the pace of the trek will vary in compensation. If you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have strong determination, you will complete a moderate trek successfully. Exercising, particularly jogging and climbing stairs regularly for some weeks prior to your arrival is recommended to enhance your strength and fitness. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required.

Travel Insurance

We suggest taking out an insurance plan for your individual accountability, accidents and illnesses during the service.Regarding the type of activity, you may be asked to show a certificate of insurance for help and support, sanitation and search. This service is private and not free in Nepal, the helicopter will not take off until it is convinced to pay for the insurance.

Lodging and food during the trek

We deliver 3-star hotel accommodation for you on the Rara Lake Trek in Kathmandu (3 nights) and Lodge / Teahouses wherever possible and in the case if not, you will be staying overnight in tented camps. In lodges or teahouses rooms, usually a single bed with blankets and a pillow, are basic. All accommodation has twin shares, except on the higher altitudes where you will enjoy homestay. 

Breakfast will be served in Kathmandu whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. Food along the Trek is much like it is elsewhere in Nepal, with a heavy reliance on rice, lentils and vegetable curries.

Wi-fi and mobile networks while on trek

Some of the places you will stop at have working network. Wi-fi would be good enough. Mobile networks would also be working and efficient. However network and connectivity may not always be reliable and it may be affected by weather condition of the area. 

Charging your electric devices

There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay.You can charge your devices wherever you stay overnight. You can also expect hotshowers in most places.

Drinking water during trek

Planning to have at least two liters of water when trekking every day is a smart way to start. Filling up water is quick. Taps in, out or in guesthouses mean that there are plenty of places to fill your bottles and/or your water bladders.This could be where you stay, a lunch stop, or a shared public tap used by locals. Use an efficient sterilization method to make sure your water is safe and not contaminated in anyway.Bottled water is available to buy throughout the trek, but we would advise against this for a number of reasons.You do not need them if you use sterilization method. Environment concerns are there and also buying water is expensive up in the mountains.   

Obtaining Trekking Permit

Rara Lake is located inside a national park, and it is the newest national park in Nepal. For all Non-Nepalese trekkers, a trekking permit is required. Himalayan Social Journey will obtain this permit for you.

Luggage per one person

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 10-12 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your daypack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets etc.

Carrying Extra money

It’s difficult to give an exact amount of money that you should bring. Costs will vary according to how much you want to spend for shopping and where and what meals (lunch & dinner) you want to eat. Trekkers find that around $20 (for lunch & dinner) a day is reasonable for the trekking days.
As for the tips, A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 25 for the guide per traveller and USD 25 for porter between two travellers if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever / how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

As for the tips, A general rule of thumb for tipping is USD 25 for the guide per traveller and USD 25 for porter between two travellers if you are fully satisfied with their service. So we suggest you allocate a minimum of USD 50 for Tipping. This is just a guideline and you may tip whatever / how much you think is appropriate for the services rendered which made your trek a memorable one.

Best time to do this trek

It's pretty nice in summer, but cold winter. September / October and April to May are the most common visiting months for the lake. Temperatures are small under the freezing point from December to March and heavy snowfall occurs up to 1 m, stopping the way into the bay. It's dry in the city from April to June.

List of Equipments you will need for trek

Clothing

  • ·         Trekking boots
  • ·         Short-sleeved Trekking shirts
  • ·         Trekking pants and jackets
  • ·         Thermals underwear
  • ·         Long-sleeved Trekking shirts
  • ·         Insulating down jackets
  • ·         Woolen cap
  • ·         Trekking Gloves
  • ·         Raincoats

First Aid

  • ·         Diamox tablets
  • ·         Sanitary pads / Tampons
  • ·         Anti-nausea Medicines
  • ·         Band-aids
  • ·         Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

  • ·         Soap
  • ·         Toilet Paper
  • ·         Shampoo
  • ·         Sunscreen
  • ·         Moisturizer
  • ·         Hand sanitizer

Accessories

  • ·         Sunglasses
  • ·         Sleeping bag
  • ·         Cameras
  • ·         Batteries
  • ·         Water Bottle
  • ·         Solar Chargers
  • ·         Hot water Thermos

Important Documents

  • ·         Passport
  • ·         Travel Permits

Travel and Transportation Modes

On Land: Touring to and from city destinations is done on a private vehicle such as a car, jeep or microbus. Luxury tourist buses, which are only hired by the company for the most part, make the long distance travel. You will may have to take a public bus on some trip, but you do not need to worry about your protection or comfort because you ride with our guides and support staff in a group.

By Air: This Trek has two flights to and from Nepalgunj and then to Jumla which is included in the total trip cost.

This Tour with HSJ

Guides and Porters

Our local Nepali team is one of the most experienced, hospitable and respected trekking outfits in Nepal. The team is fully licensed and affiliated with the Trekking Agency's Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Mountaineering Association, Nepal Tourism Board, Govt. of Nepal, Sustainable Tourism Network, Himalayan Rescue Association and Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project. You will be provided with the professional and an experienced English speaking trekking guide with the good knowledge of the place and the trek. The trekking crew is skilled with the experience of over 10 years, well-trained, friendly guide and, courteous and helpful porters, assured of a wonderfully memorable experience.

For the trek, we'll have one porter for two people as per group size. The porter will carry 12-15 kg per person luggage during the trek. You need to carry your day pack to keep your personal belongings such as wallet, camera, water bottle, dry snack, headlight, gadgets, etc. The safety and concerns of our porters is our collective responsibility. We take our responsibilities towards them and their safety concerns strictly. On your part, please carry only things that are of absolute necessities.

Other Programs and complimentary services with this trip

• Welcome and Farewell dinner

• Yoga Classes

• Spa services

How do we make sure you get the best experience of this trek?

We are your completely flexible travel partner. Want to follow different route? We have you covered. Have extra time in Nepal? Excellent! We have more add-on tours like Chitwan Jungle Safari, Cable Car ride to Chandragiri hills, Cooking and Yoga classes in Kathmandu and so on. Would like to customize the trip? Well, why not? Give us your ideas and we will prepare complete itinerary for you. Do you want to use different standard of accommodations than provided in the itineraries? Of course! You absolutely can. From your arrival until you departure, your wishes are our command. Feel free to make the request.

Last minute booking

It is best to book in advance but for those who cannot, for whatever reason, make a last minute reservation special arrangement for Himalayan Social Journey. In the case of last minute reservation, 100% tour payment will be approved within 24 hours. We try to operate a trek at any time but we are not liable for the delay in case of last-minute reservation, because of uncontrolled changes such as weather and the availability of accommodation.

Feedbacks

Throughout the years of business, we have always put the customers feedback as our inspiration towards making our company great travel partner. With many ups and downs, and good and not so good feedbacks we have reached where we are now. At the end of the trek, while you are with the crew during farewell dinner, we would appreciate if you give us your valuable feedback, account of good and bad experiences, recommendations and also your honest rating to our trip advisor page.

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Best time to do Rara Lake Trek is during spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November). HSJ can however organize the trek at any time of the year with absolute safety while still availing you to have memorable experience.

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This package of Rara LakeTrek is 16 Days long. The number of days can vary depending on the routes and transportation modes, offers and packages you choose.

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We grade it as moderate trekking experience as it consists of dramatic ascends and descends through steep stone stairs. Decent physical fitness and prior trekking experience can be an asset while no technical skills are necessary.

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While it is possible to do Rara Lake Trek independantly, the need of guide is misunderstood often. Guide is more than just someone that helps you with navigation, guide with knowledge of locality, way of life and also being responsible to attend to your other needs like finding you comfortable accommodation. Having a porter will help you carry your gears and belongings and you can travel at your pace while enjoying your trek. A guide can arrange for permits and TIMS for you and dealing with all other technical aspects of trekking.

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Rara Lakeis fairly moderate trek that people can do this trek independently. Indeed, it is secure and not risky trek.

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You will have working network connectivity in most parts of the trails. However at the higher altitude, the network may become sluggish and unreliable. The stops at the tea houses will have working connection and most of them would have Wi-Fi connectivity too. You may have to pay some extra charge for Wi-Fi connection and electricity at the higher altitude

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Global passengers will be protected by insurance when treking in Nepal. Although Nepal is normally very secure, trekking at high altitudes is physically difficult and often risky. Altitude sickness is common during hiking tours in Nepal, particularly among foreign hikers who may not have taken the right time to acclimatize. Such rescue and related emergency procedures are costly and passengers are forced to pay for these services out of their pockets, unless they are covered by insurance plans.

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Yes, Himalayan Social Journey is flexible travel partner. It is possible to organize the private trip or private group trip to Rara Lake. The minimum people for the group is 2 however supplementary charge will be applicable for the solo traveler wanting to do private trip.

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Supplementary charge will be applicable for the solo traveler wanting to do private trip. You will also have the option to share the room with another solo traveler depending on your and their consent and interest. Even if you pay supplementary charge for the single room, it is possible that during peak seasons you will end up sharing rooms due to lack of availability of the room.

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In the average, you will be walking for 4-6 hours each day during the Rara Lake Trek.

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Insurance of the guide and porter is covered by the company. All our guides and porters are properly insured.

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Yes, children are allowed to do the trek, however it is safe to not bring children under the age of 12 to do the trek as they may find it difficult and not able to walk. This could affect your trekking experience as well.

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No, there is no age limit to do the trek. If the person is healthy and physically fit, they can do the trek.

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You will have teahouse or guest house accommodation while on the trek. Tea houses can be multi-story concrete buildings with private rooms in lower elevations. The higher you step up, the simpler the accommodation is. Accommodation will involve a single dorm space in the base camp. Guide will arrange for the adequate, clean and hygienic place for you to spend overnight and you will eat at the same place you will stay in. Most of the places shall have attached bathroom and hot shower however over the higher altitude, it is likely that you may have to pay extra sum for the same. At some places where there is no tea houses or lodges, you will be staying in the tented camps.

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Liquid needs and usage of our body is about 3-5 liters a day (13-21 cups). Several findings suggest that drinking carbohydrate and electrolytes (such as sports drinks) in a liquid is safer than moisturizing water at altitude alone. There is also a study done on the effect of tea in reducing the fatigue and mood boosting. Results have been positive. This being said apart from water, you can drink green tea, masala tea, and ginger tea and garlic soup.

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The Tap water supplied along the trails are considered safe for drinking and local people drink it without treating, however for the foreigners, it is best that the tap water be only drunk after purification. There are two good options for having proper drinking water during the trek. You can bring water purification tablets or fill your bottle for a nominal fee from the recognized and regulated "pure water" stations along the trek. As the last alternative, you can also purchase bottled water at the lodges but this is not recommended. It is very important that you drink at least 3 liters of pure water daily during the trek.

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You may have to apply and obtain necessary TIMS and Permits yourself if you are trekking solo or independently. If you are hiring trekking agency or guide, this will be taken care for you.

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No, the company does not provide trekking poles, you will have to manage it on your own or our guide can help you buy it when you are in Nepal. The pair of trekking poles cost from $10-$15.

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Yes, we do provide sleeping bags. The sleeping bags we provide are of good quality. They help you sustain the colder climate in Nepali mountains up to -25 degree Celsius of temperature. However if you need the one of your own, you can buy one here. Your guide shall assist you to get it here. Keep the track of the weather forecast of the area and pack your clothes accordingly. This would help you be prepared for the type of weather Nepali Mountains are accustomed to.

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There are three ways to get a visa for Nepal

  • Visa on arrival: You can get a visa on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu or other designated entry points. The visa fee is USD 30 for 15 days, USD 50 for 30 days, or USD 125 for 90 days.
  • Online application: You can apply for a visa online through the Nepal Immigration website. https://nepaliport.immigration.gov.np .The visa fee is the same as for visa on arrival.
  • Nepalese Embassy or Consulate: You can also apply for a visa at a Nepalese Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The visa fee may be different, so check with the embassy or consulate.

Visa requirements

  • Passport valid for at least six months from your planned entry date into Nepal.
  • Visa application form.
  • Passport-sized photo (Bring 4 )

Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)

Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:

  • Children below 10 years except US citizens
  • Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen - Bangladesh , Bhutan, India , Maldives , Pakistan , Sri-Lanka  (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year. Afghan citizen are eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa 'On Arrival'.
  • Non Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
  • Chinese Nationals for 150 days

Nationals of following countries are requested to acquire Visa prior their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.

  1. NigeriaGhana
  2. Zimbabwe
  3. Swaziland
  4. Cameroon
  5. Somalia
  6. Liberia
  7. Ethiopia
  8. Iraq
  9. Palestine
  10. Afghanistan
  11. Syria
  12. Refugees with travel document

If your passport is not valid for at least six months, you will need to renew your passport before you travel to Nepal. You can renew your passport at your local passport office. The process of renewing your passport can take several weeks, so it is important to start the process early.

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By air:

Nepal has Three international airports: Kathmandu, Bhairawa, and Pokhara. Currently, Pokhara airport does not handle international flights. However, there are a few flights to Bhairawa from few countries. The main international airport in Nepal is Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), located in Kathmandu. You can search TIA airport to book your International flight.

By land: There are multiple land entry points along the borders of Nepal, India, and China. These entry points include Kakarvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalganj, Dhangadhi, Mahendranagar, and Kerung(china boarder)

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If you've booked a multiday tour or trekking package with Himalayan Social Journey, we'll pick you up from the airport. Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative will be there to greet you with a sign displaying your name and our company's name. We'll then take you to your pre-booked hotel.

To make the pick-up process smooth, kindly share your flight details, including flight number and arrival time. If there are any changes to your arrival plans, please inform us as soon as possible so we can arrange your pick-up accordingly. Travel with us for a hassle-free experience!

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Please keep this thing in your mind that there are some airport touts and scam artists who take advantage of tourists. They might offer to carry your luggage and they want a large amount of money. Sometimes they intimidate our drivers and even take away their signs. Anyway...if you want someone to help you with your luggage you can give them NOT MORE THAN 1 - 2 DOLLARS. This is a small hassle that tourists sometimes face upon arrival at the airport. Do not stress about this but just be aware not to give more than a few dollars for their luggage handling if you choose to take someone's services. Nepalese in general are very kind and hospitable people.

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The official currency of Nepal is the Nepalese rupee (NPR). Major foreign currencies such as USD, AUD, and EURO are accepted for VISA.

There are plenty of ATMs in these major cities, so you can easily withdraw cash from your foreign currency bank account. Credit cards are also accepted in some shops and restaurants, but they are not as widely accepted as cash.

On the trek, you will only need to use Nepali rupees. You can exchange your foreign currency for Nepali rupees at your hotel, money exchanges, or the airport. Himalayan Social Journey representatives will also be happy to help you exchange money.

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If you have booked a trekking or multi-day tour with Himalayan Social Journey, the orientation meeting usually happens at your Kathmandu hotel around 4 or 5 pm. Our team will provide you with the specific details upon your arrival.

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If you're arriving early or leaving late, please ensure to arrange extra hotel accommodations by contacting reser[email protected]. Let us know if you'll be extending your stay in Nepal, and we'll book your additional nights. Also, kindly share your flight details with us to facilitate a smooth pick-up and drop process.

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When you book a trip with us, the standard accommodation arrangement is on a twin-sharing basis. This means two people will be staying in each room throughout the trip. However, if you prefer to have a room to yourself or if you're traveling alone, you can choose the "single supplement" option. By selecting this option, you'll have a private room during the trip, but please note that there will be an additional cost for the single room arrangement according to tour / trek.

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For each tour date, there will be several separate groups, each with a maximum of 14 people and their own experienced English-speaking guide. During the trek, there will be a suitable number of porters available to carry your luggage. Additionally, if you prefer to do a private tour or trek with your own group, that is also possible. 

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Nepal has five main seasons: summer, monsoon, spring, autumn, and winter. Each season offers unique experiences and weather conditions.

Winter (Late Dec - Feb): Cold temperatures, great for festival tours and special highlights.

Spring (Mar - May): Magical rhododendron blooms, ideal for trekking and peak climbing.

Monsoon (Jun - Aug): Low season with rain, but perfect for nature lovers and discounts on hotels.

Autumn (Sep - Nov): Peak season, clear weather, and popular trekking regions fill up fast.

You can check the live weather condition via this website https://www.accuweather.com

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The hotel in Kathmandu where you'll stay during the trip offers complimentary storage services. You can leave your luggage and extra clothing that you won't need for the trekking / tour. Rest assured, you can collect them once the trek and tour are over.

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Don't forget to bring both TWO and THREE-pin travel adapters! If you don't have them, you can purchase them at supermarkets or electronic shops in Kathmandu. Our guide will be there to assist you if needed. You can get information about plug and voltage in below link.

https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/nepal/

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Most places in Nepal are covered by mobile network providers, especially Ncell and Nepal Telecom. You can use data services for communication. You can buy a SIM card at the airport counter. There are also free and paid Wi-Fi services in most tea houses in Nepal during trek.

Here are some tips for staying connected while you are in Nepal:

  • Buy a SIM card as soon as you arrive in Nepal. This will give you access to data services and allow you to make calls and send text messages.
  • Check the coverage map of your mobile network provider before you travel. This will help you to know where you can expect to have good reception.
  • If you are planning on visiting remote areas and need to be in connected on Internet , you may want to consider renting a satellite phone. This will give you access to communication even in areas with no mobile network coverage.
  • There are many free and paid Wi-Fi hotspots in Nepal. You can find these at hotels, tea houses, restaurants, cafes, and even some temples.
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If you would like to book extra activities such as Paragliding, Bungy jump, Mountain flight, Heli Tour , Bhaktapur Sightseeing many more programs. You can find updated price and program detail in this link: https://hsj.com.np/tourtype/daytours. You can book by contacting us at [email protected] For longer excursions such as Bhutan, Tibet, India, and any other treks also, we can help but please contact us immediately at [email protected]

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If you have purchased a voucher from any deal company, please come in contact with us with the voucher code (redemption code) so that the voucher can be redeemed on time. Since we need time to purchase your domestic air ticket and make other arrangements, kindly confirm your spot with your suitable date at-least 2 months prior to the commencement of the tour. Your booking on a particular tour date is subject to availability of spots. You can redeem you voucher through this link too : https://hsj.com.np/voucher-redemption

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A typical suggestion for tipping is to allocate around USD 50-60 for the guide and porter if you're happy with their service. However, the amount you decide to tip is entirely up to you, and you can give whatever you feel is appropriate based on the excellent service they provided during your tour / trek

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Packing List for Tour:

Pack appropriate clothing for the weather conditions during your visit. Include comfortable walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent. Don't forget essential travel documents, a camera, and any necessary medications.

Packing List for Trekking

Hiking

  • Trekking Poles - 1
  • Daypack - 1
  • Backpack - 1
  • Packcover
  • Water Reservoir - 1

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag - HSJ will provide
  • sleeping bag liner

Clothes

  • Underwear - 3
  • Socks - 3
  • Bra - 3
  • base Layers pant - 1
  • Trekking Tshirt - 3
  • Trekking Pants - 2
  • Rain Pants - 1
  • Hiking Shoes/ Boots - 1
  • Gloves - 1
  • Hat - 1
  • Down Jacket - 1
  • Wind Breaker - 1
  • Sandles -1

Miscellaneous

  • Sunglasses - 1
  • Books or E-reader (optional)

Hygene/Saftey

  • Microfiber towel - 1
  • Toothbrush - 1
  • Toothpaste - 1
  • First aid kit - 1
  • Medicine kit -1
  • sunscreen -1
  • sewing kit -1
  • Soap/shampoo - 1
  • Comb or brush - 1
  • Period supplies - 1
  • Toilet paper - 1
  • sanitising gel - 1

Electronices

  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Extranel Hardrive (optional )
  • Head touch
  • Power bank for charging Phone

Packing List for Climbing:

Clothing

  • Trekking boots
  • Short-sleeved trekking shirts
  • Trekking pants and jackets
  • Thermals underwear
  • Long-sleeved Trekking shirts
  • Insulating down jackets
  • Woolen cap
  • Trekking Gloves
  • Raincoats

First Aid

  • Diamox tablets
  • Sanitary pads and tampons
  • Anti-nausea Medicines
  • Band-aids
  • Mosquito and insect repellents

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Accessories

  • Sunglasses
  • Sleeping bag
  • Cameras
  • Batteries
  • Water Bottle
  • Solar Chargers
  • Hot water thermos

Important Documents

  • Passport
  • Travel Permits

Peak climbing gears (HSJ will provide)

  • Climbing Helmet: Choose a good-quality climbing helmet. Make sure your warm cap fits under your helmet.
  • Climbing Boots: High-altitude, insulated, stiff-soled climbing boots.
  • Crampons: C2 crampons that fit the climbing boots.
  • Climbing Harness: Good-quality climbing harness.
  • Ascending device or Jumar
  • Descending or belay device
  • Tape sling: UIAA tested a 220cm open tape sling or a 2 x 120 cm closed tape sling.
  • Carabiners: 2 x lockable carabiners. 2 x non-locking carabiners
  • Prusik loop: Best quality Prusik loop
  • Ice ax: An ice ax with a wrist strap for climbing

 

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If you cancel the trip for any reason, the 20% deposit amount will not be refunded. If you have paid the full trip amount and need to cancel, you will receive your money back, but a cancellation charge of 20% will still apply.

For voucher holders who purchased vouchers from deal companies, we must adhere to their cancellation policy. However, under both circumstances, we are flexible and can reschedule your trip for a later date. To cancel any trip, please make sure to provide written notification of your cancellation.

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Sometimes travellers are unable to finish the scheduled trek/tour due to the various reasons or they ended up not completing the trek/tour for health or personal reasons. In this case please realize that we cannot offer you any refunds for unused days on the tour. You have to understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides , porters, drivers for the time they have committed.

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Our commitment is to offer you an unforgettable journey with the best services. We take our responsibilities seriously and conduct all programs in Nepal according to the rules and regulations of Nepal Goverement. If needed, we can provide alternative itineraries for a delightful holiday experience. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns. We're here to help!

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