FLIGHTS TO KATHMANDU
Turkish Airline avec escale de changement à Istambul est la plus rapide et la moins chère.
Jet Airways est actuellement en crise et possède une santé financière bien douteuse.
Prudence! Sans parler des problèmes de sécurité/incidents de vol.
Pour les vols interieurs éviter Nepal Airlines. Les 2 autres compagnies se rivalent.
The airport closes at 3.00am. There are no seats, nowhere to buy coffee…nothing. I would pre-book a hotel and take a taxi at that time
TAXIS FROM AIRPORT
To reach Thamel from Tribhuvan International Airport get prepaid taxi and public taxi at airport . The cost would be approx $ 7-8 700-800NPR.
Once you have gone through Immigration and customs and just before you leave the airport building there is a money changer on your right-hand side. The prepaid taxi desk is directly outside the doors on the left-hand side.
To expand on the pre-paid taxi: after you leave the customs area with your bags, you are still inside the terminal, but it is not far to the exit. You have to turn right, and as you walk toward the exit, on your right is the pre-paid taxi booth. You tell them where you want to go (hotel name), and pay, and a taxi appears outside, just at the exit door. You can pay at this desk in foreign currency, since you probably don’t have rupees at this point — although there is also a bank in this part of the terminal where you could change a little money.
The cheapest taxis can be found outside the airport on the main road (because they do not have to pay to enter the airport, in part. I would expect to pay 400 NPR with good negotiation. You can go exit the terminal, where there will be a large crowd of people clamoring for your taxi business. Do not let anyone « help » you with your bags, since they will expect a tip for carrying a bag 10 meters for you. You can bargain with taxi drivers, and maybe save US$1-2. After long flights to get there, I prefer the pre-paid taxi over the idea of bargaining.
Also, many guesthouses and hotels in Thamel will offer you a transfer if you are staying with them at least 2 nights. You can ask if your hotel does a shuttle for you – it should be the same rate but then you could pay 7$ if you wanted to avoid exchanging money at the airport just to pay the taxi or pay 700R when you check out of the hotel.
www.simrika.com (inexistant au 11-2018) You can check out rates and book a car
ahead of time online. Hassle free and awesome service.
TAXI IN KATMANDU
Technically taxi’s must use their meter when taking anyone and can be fined by the Traffic Police if they are caught not using it. Saying that in the valley, even the locals need to pay more than the meter to get a ride, usually Rs50-Rs100 extra. The meter rate is set by the government and costs in the valley are significantly more and most locals I speak to agree that a bit extra is fair.
- under 5km I offer ‘Meter plus 100’
- over 5Km ‘Meter plus 200’
- Need a driver for a few hours and waiting for me. I offer ‘Meter plus 1,000’ for about 4 hours of use. It works out to be about 2,500 for 4 hours.
From KTM to Pokhara
A few weeks ago I took a tourist bus that took almost 9-10 hours. This additonal time was because of a couple of major road works in the KTM valley. These will take a while to finish – many months at a guess – but the actual delay will very each day to some extent.
There are two short breaks with public toilets of questionable cleanliness but the big lunch break they do in the middle of the day the toilets were some of the cleanest we used in Nepal. Worth investigating a pricier tourist bus option if going to and from Pokhara as it would still be cheaper than private car.
After years living in Nepal and many trips between Kathmandu and Pokhara, I would never travel at night along that road. The driving is crazy and the road is windy, with many large potholes and a steep drop into the river on one side for much of the way.
From Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Not possible to book a late evening bus to KTM because the only ones running are local buses which it is not usually possible to book (and there is no need).
Tourist buses run ealry morning and can booked but there is no need even in busy periods, Just walk up and negotiate the price. This also avoids paying a commission to book in advance.
You can find micro buses till 5 PM to Kathmadnu so travelling at 01:00 PM
Flight fare from Kathmandu to Pokhara and return costs $250 but some agency offers some discount on that price. It is easy to get ktm-pok flight tickets short notice. Usually easiest to use an agent.
Booking with agency is more recommended than from airlines website cause you can get some discount and easy process with agency.Bbut you can also book directly on some airlines websites Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines but not Nepal Airlines. Yeti have 12 daily flights and can be booked online using PayPal.
You can get good discount booking with domestic flights. Regular price $ 120 US, discount around 80-85 US/ each way. 30 mn or 10 hrs in permanent traffic jam on an horrible road. It is worth the $100 you have to pay for the flight.
Here are the links of websites:
Conseillé de reserver un lodge pèes de l’aéroport local pour s’y rendre facilement.
Ne pas hésiter à arriver tôt pour récupérer la boarding card et enregistrer les bagages. Les premiers avions partent souvent dès 6h AM.
Les aéroports sont vite en effervescence surtout si cela fait plusieurs jours que les vols ont été annulés à cause de la météo.
Mieux vaut réserver le premier vol du matin car il arrive que le mauvais temps surgisse vers le milieu de matinée et que les vols plus tardifs soit annulés.
PAR LA ROUTE
There is only one road from Kathmandu to Pokhara and its state of repair is somewhere between bad and terrible. The average bus trip takes between six and eight hours depending on the amount of traffic. You will be driving along with bank of Trishuli River until you reach to Muglin. In some places, you might have to face landslides mostly in monsoon season.
It’s a long but scenic trip. Ask for the seat behind the driver – You will then get great views forwards and the best river views on the journey – If you use a Tourist Bus for the way back then ask for the window seat next to the door.
Tourist buses cost from 600 rupees to 2500 rupees (I paid this with a little bit of negotiation, standard price was 700 rupees, others had paid 1000 booking through an agent).
They take 7/8 hours depending on how long they stopped for the meal and comfort breaks as well traffic conditions on the day. The busses make stops at some tourist overpriced restaurants on the way.
- Greenline. Reliable somewhat more expensive.
- Blue Sky was fine. Seat numbers used, water provided, two meal stops, 600nprs.
- New Road Travel and Tour which is comfortable in-terms of seats and price range. They charge only NPR 800 each one way. http://www.nrttours.com/
They typically take longer because they stop frequently to let passengers on and off.
Toyata Hi-Ace mostly, maybe 7/8 hours. The fastest way to travel is microbuses. They are the quickest bus option because they tend to be full at the start. Traveling in Micro Bus is also not bad in terms of safety. Microbus tickets cost Rs 500 per person one way. Microbusses are the fastest, but also more dangerous than large busses.
The Micro bus stop which many have mentioned is on ring road, is in front of BG mall on ring road. This is close-ish to Naya bus park. Once you arrive there will be many asking if you want to take a micro bus (they can spot trekkers because of their packs). The cost per person is same than Nepali, haggle no success, with ticket. The bus leave at about 6.45am, pack the bus full, so don’t expect to have an empty seat, makes rest room stops and also drops some folks off on the road. It is comfortable but the bumpy roads make it less.
BG mall taxi stand
गोंगबुँ चक्रपथ ट्राक उत्तर, Kathmandu 44600, Népal
P8M6+X6 Katmandou, Népal
They will charge about NPR 8000-9000 (en 2014) for taxi for Pokhara – Kathmandu route.
The cost to Pokhara is about NPR 9000-10,000 (2015) for a car and about NPR 18,000-20,000 for a van.
They will cost about the same but are better than taxis. Generally, they are cleaner comparing to taxis. Taxis are readily available however you may need to talk in advance for cars.
If take a car for oneself, include porter and guide and gear from KTM or share the car.
A family sized none AC car with an experienced English speaking driver would cost around $125 for the single journey and there are advantages of going by car such as setting off at your own preferred time, making stops where and when you want to and that it can be around 1 ½ or 2 hours quicker.
- There are night busses, but these are not tourist busses.
- There are no Tourist night buses which leaves of Kathmandu. Recently Jagadamba Travel introduced night bus on this route
- However you will find other public vehicles which are in a very good condition on this route.
Buses to Pokhara leaves from Kantipath (?) so I recommend you to go directly there and take a bus for
Pokhara which cost Rs 600 each one. Taking tourist buses in Kantipath at 7 am without prior booking may be
There are lots of busses at early in the morning departing to Pokhara at 7 or 7 30. Just need to get there a bit earlier and arrange your ride in the bus that appears most comfortable.
Gongabu (New) Bus Station
Kathmandu’s main bus station (also called the Kathmandu Bus Terminal, or simply ‘new bus park’) is basically for all long-distance buses, including to Pokhara and destinations in the Terai. It’s a huge and confusing place and there are very few signs in English, but most of the ticket sellers are very helpful.
Bookings for long trips should be made a day in advance – Thamel travel agents will do this for a fee and this will save you both time and the taxi fare.
Drivers are good, bus comfortable and included meal very good and plentiful. We tried competitor Jagadamba and found Greenline better even if $25 is higher than other tourist busses. For groups, the earlier you book the more likely you are to get seats close to each other.
Lancé en 2016, prix au niveau de Greenline.
Wifi did not work but that was not shocking. Movie on tv was entertaining but all in Hindi. Bus picked us up right at our hotel, sometimes hotel charge 10%, which was nice not having to make our way to the bus depot. Lunch stop was clean with ample food and western flush toilets.
Paying USD 25 for the ultimate luxury bus to pokhara was a disaster. Bus was not well maintained and seats are not able to recline properly as the mechanism is not working. On top of that armrest of the seats are torn and tattered. There was no toilet on the bus as advertised. Not recommended to pay USD 25 each way for that type of service
Jagadamba has better pickup/dropoff and, for some, a little more comfort. Greenline on the other hand, has better lunch, better tea/toilet stops, and, most importantly (in our experience), safer driving. In the future, we will stick with Greenline.
Both Greenline and Jagadamba busses cost US$25 each eay. Neither bus has a toilet on board. The conclusion that they are too expensive for what they offer and going with a regular Tourist bus and buying my own lunch is almost 50% cheaper.
Other Tourist Bus
Better going by standard tourist bus. They aren’t quite as comfortable, but at around $5 compared to $25, there is quite a saving, even when I add on a couple of $’s for lunch.
They all take about the same time to do the journey, and getting to either The Kanti Path or The Pokhara Tourist Bus Park isn’t a problem – And neither is getting back from Swayambhu Marg, the usual Tourist Bus drop off in Kathmandu is a doddle too.
JOMSOM TO POKHARA
Jomsom flights are limited, I think only 2 airlines. Tara air/Yeti Air are the same company. You can book online through Yeti. Flights can be changed over the phone, I have done this for Jomsom flights but a few years ago. I just checked Yeti’s website and seem to be able to book a flight ($117, by the way) and paying with Paypal.
I would avoid using a third party because it adds a layer of communication between you and the airline as well as another set of terms and conditions. (This is something best avoided for international flights).
That said, in some circumstances using a travel or trekking agent to book domestic flights has advantages. They can change flights for you and use their influence to get you on a flight asap. You make one call to the agent, he does the rearranging and calls you back. It’s better to be using the agent for other things too but it’s still possible for just the flight. Depends on the particular agent of course.
It’s always good to pre-book the flight for Jomsom-Pokhara. Once you book the flight then you can always rearrange your flight for the precise date and if the flight seats are cancelled by you then you just have to pay the cancellation fees of 10% and take the drive to Pokhara and you can easily reached in one day.
It is quite possible that flights will be sold out. Booking in advance let you having a seat and this might give you an advantage if you need to change the date over those without tickets.
If you end up not using the flights, as long as you have informed the agent within the airline refund cancelation timeframe, then he will claim your refund and you can pick it up when you arrive back in Kathmandu.
Rainbow Adventure Agency if not possible to book the same day, they offer to pay and they will send flight tickets by email next day.
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My advice would be to book thru an Agent (and not online) – Book it for the date you think you will arrive assuming everything goes reasonably well (Maybe leave one extra contingency day). If you get held up crossing the last pass, phone the agent from there and advise him, and he will book you seats on the next available flightk your flight through a Kathmandu .
Par la Route
In regards to road condition, from Jomsom to Beni is off-road/single tracks and from Beni to Pokhara is Tarmac, however, during the month of Feb and March there won’t be any landslide or block of roads so no need to worry about it.
Bus de KTM au PN Bardia et visite. Bus a Surkhet ( Surkhet is shown as Birendranagar, Surkhet is the district name). Surkhet is already a few hours from Nepalganj by (frequent) bus. Puis a Jumla (un jour et demi), trek boucle Jumla Lac Rara (attention, avec la route, le lac Rara est devenu tres touristique pour les Nepalais) Jumla, trek Jumla Dunai et retour decrit ci dessus. Il y a des lodges et homestays ultrabasiques tout du long, en general pas chers (surcharge seulement 2 x au cours de ce periple), dal bhat 2x par jour, rien d ‘autre, prix normal la ou il y a une route 150 rps.
La route Surkhet/Jumla n’est pas si mauvaise que cela, en grande majorite asphaltee, mais c’est tres lent, un jour et demi avec arret la nuit a Manma dans des lodges tres minables. Par contre, l’hotel Royal Garden a Jumla est bien. On ne trouve que des produits de base a Jumla, tres peu de denrees pour trek, etrangers ou de luxe.
From Jumla the bus leaves at 11 a.m. and arrives in Nepalgunj at 7p.m. the next evening (?). The bus stops because vehicles can’t use the road at night.
The bus from Surkhet to Jumla arrived at 11 am on day 2 after an overnight stay along the road. The road is not too bad except for one short section. The Royal Garden hotel in Jumla is pleasant. Surkhet has some good hotels too.
Jumla…. apparently they tried and failed to get flights out of Talcha. They ended up making a 21 hour trip by « road » to Nepalgunj and took a flight from there.
Jumla Lake Rara trek up to date information
Oct 9, 2017 Pierre Willems
(C’est actuellement une piste utilisee par des motos)
Much of what is written on Lake Rara, on Jumla and on this trek is wrong, or not valid anymore.
– The road Nepalganj Jumla is not that bad, although it is slow. I recommend to first go and spend the night in Surkhet, and get the bus from there at 6 am. The bus takes 1.5 days, you spend the night in very basic lodges in Manma. The Karnali valley is very scenic. There are also busses that go within 3 hours walk of Lake Rara
– The area doesn’t look that poor, there are good fields (including extensive marijuana cultivation). Jumla is a thriving bazar, (only basic Nepali food and food supplies), the Royal Garden hotel is pleasant with good wifi.
– Lake Rara is not wild or quiet anymore. It is a major destination for Nepali tourists, coming by 4WD but mostly by motorbike. In the week after Dashain, most rooms were booked, and room prices were sky high. The trek however is not busy at all, extremely few foreigners around
– If you only go to the Southern and Western sides of the lake, but not as far as the HQ, you won’t pass any ticket control, or even be able to pay the entrance fee
– The loop Jumla Lake Rara Jumla can be trekked in lodges, extremely basic lodges, dal-bhat only, camping is not needed,
– On the Eastern route, the section between Bulbhule and the lake follows the main road, which is rather unpleasant. The Western route through Sinja is much more attractive.
You have to go to Musikot: direct buses from KTM or local buses from Dang (Tulsipur). It is a good paved road till there. The Asian Hotel is quite good.
After that you must take 3 different public jeeps till the road end. The road for the first jeep leg is very bad and slow. But it is possible to complete all three legs in a single day, starting early morning.
At the final jeep stop, you still had about 10 hours on foot to Dunai. Now they are extending this road further, so it will become less. In 1 or 2 (or more) years, the road will reach Dunai.
All of this is very cheap. No tourist prices in remote areas.
La 1ere jeep a partir de Dunai est a Tribeni, bien qu’en fait la route vienne encore 9 km avant. Il faut prendre 3 jeeps differentes jusque Musikot, cela se fait dans la journee avec arrivee a Musikot vers 22 heures. Musikot a un tres bon hotel, l’Asian, pas cher. Il y a des bus directs pour Ktm, ou aussi tot le matin pour Tulsipur (aussi appele Dang).
Sans doute d’ici 2 ans, la route ira a Dunai.
DUNAI – DOH TARAP
I’d heard there was a new road going in between Shimen and Tinje, and also Dunai to Dho Tarap, so it was best to visit Dolpo asap. The reality is, the « road » between Shimen and Tinje is a walking trail that it is possible to negotiate on a motorbike; it is really only a « road » from Tinje to the Tibetan border.
There is a road from Juphal to Suligad and on to Dunai; we saw precisiely two jeeps between Suligad and Juphal.
The horsemen told us that the road from Dunai to Dho Tarap was okay for about 6 months after it was built, then deteriorated to such an extend that people have gone back to using horses on this stretch. We didn’t trek that section, so I can’t verify this… perhaps someone who has been through this section can comment?
The northern part of Upper Dolpo was hit quite hard by the monsoon this year (2018). The people in Chharka told us they got a month of solid rain; as a result, numerous bridges have been washed out and in several places the trail has been destroyed by landslides or eroded by floods. In places, our crew had to forge new trails; in others, they stuck us to the cliff face while we did a spot of rock climbing while negotiating washouts. In other sections, you simply have to wade through fairly chilly rivers.
Upper Dolpo is one of the most least developed remote area of Nepal. The origins of people of Upper Dolpo is from Tibet. Many of them speak their native language i.e tibetan language. However, they are indeed Nepalese. There are many oldest buddhist monasteries. Among them Shey Gompa is most famous which was built in 11th century. Thaksung Gompa located near Phoksundo Lake was built about 900 years ago to conserve wildlife. You can find a typical tibetan village there called Ringmo Village. The people of Upper Dolpo are still far from the modern world. Its tradition and cultures are different.
You need permits for Dhorpatan and Lower Dolpo and both permits and guides for Upper
Dolpo and the GHT High Route, as follows. However a guide is also very useful in Dhorpatan
and Lower Dolpo where finding food and shelter can be a real issue.
Dhorpatan Requires :
- Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve permit ($US35pp)
- Lower Dolpo Permit ($US30pp valid 14 days).
- Because you have these permits no TIMS (Trekkers Information System card) is required.
This is the area from Juphal/Dunai to Ringmo and Dho Tarap. Check-Points at Juphal and Sulighat. Entering via Dhorpatan or flying in or out of Juphal, requires :
- Lower Dolpo Special Permit which costs $50 for the first 10 days, $10 per day thereafter.
- Because you have this permit no TIMS (Trekkers Information System card) is required.
Upper Dolpo requires :
- Lower Dolpo Special Permit if you approach it through part of Lower Dolpo.
- Shey Phuksundo National Park entry ($US35pp). Checkpoint at Sulighat.
- Upper Dolpo Special Permit. The permit costs $500 for the first 10 days, $50 per day thereafter. The Upper Dolpo permit requires that you have a registered guide and a minimum party of two.
ACAP If you intend to exit at Jomsom you will need an Annapurna Conservation Area entry ($US25pp or 3000 NPR). No TIMS is required.
GHT High Route requires :
- Upper Dolpo Special Permit.
- Shey Phuksundo National Park entry.
- If you intend to exit at Jomsom you will need an Annapurna Conservation Area entry.
- If exiting via Juphal a Lower Dolpo Special Permit.
- No TIMS is required.
Délivré par le consulat
Je prends à chaque fois un visa de 90 jours, et le paie à peine plus cher auprès du consulat qu’au débarquement. Plus les frais d’envoi en recommandé. La demande se fait par voie postale. Imprimer le formulaire, joindre le passeport et les photos, ajouter le chèque de la somme prévue et expédier. Toutes les infos sont claires et précises sur le site du consulat.
- 15j : 25 $
- 30j : 40 $
- 90j : 100$
Délivré au débarquement
Il y a maintenant un document online a remplir qui évite la paperasse a l’aeroport. Pour remplir la demande de E visa il sera demandé d’y mettre une photo en jpg. Même genre qu’une photo d’identité visage, pas de coiffure ni lunette de soleil.
Le formulaire qui tu imprimeras chez toi contiendra les infos que tu auras données, ta photo couleur et un code barre. C’est ce formulaire que tu présenteras pour les formalités de police arrivée à Kathmandu. Le paiement se fera à ce moment là, pas avant. Il faut choisir « TIA » (Tribuvhan International Airport). Le visa electronique n’est valable que 2 semaines, il ne faut donc pas faire la demande trop tot.
|Sinon à Kathmandu des automates seront là pour la délivrance du formulaire electronique, il arrive fréquemment que le personnel népalais sur place donne un coup de main, car c’est très procédurier et longuet… Se munir d’une photo d’identité couleur. Un ticket sera délivré par la machine, se présenter au guichet pour payer le visa. Ils aiment bien avoir des billets tout neufs. Un coin un peu plié et ils râlent. Le comptoir de paiement est situe a gauche des comptoirs lorsque l’on arrive dans la grande salle. Ils donnent un recu selon la duree du visa desiree et aller ensuite aux comptoirs des visas.|
Il est fréquent que les voyageurs débordent d’un jour ou deux le terme du visa. je n’ai jamais entendu personne dire avoir eu des ennuis au départ de Kathmandu. La tolérance s’établit à 48 h. Peut-être auras-tu à payer une sorte d’amende et encore ce n’est même pas certain.
Il faut aller a l’immogration de Kathmandu à Kalikasthan au service d’emigration. Mais avant d’y aller c’est mieux de remplier les formalites par internet et apres vous l’envoyez il vous donnera les numeros, celui la vous devez imprimer, avec ce recu vous pouvez demander le visa pour la prolongation. Si c’est difficile de remplir, vous pouvez le faire au bureau d’immigration aussi mais il faut d’y aller tot le matin car il y aura une longue queue.
Il est possible de faire une prolongation sur Pokhara. le bureau se trouve après le poste de police dans un virage ~300 m sur la gauche. il faudra aller faire imprimer et remplir ton visa électronique un peu plus loin sur le même coté dans une petite shop et ensuite le donner au bureau d’immigration et attendre. Ca se fait dans la matinée.
All trekkers are required to register their trek by obtaining a Trekking Information Management System card. The $10 Blue TIMS card is for trekkers taking trekking staff and the $20 Green TIMS card is for FIT (Free and independent trekkers not taking trekking staff) – This is regardless of the size of a group.
Il n’existe pas de liste de checkposts ni de checkpost obligatoire.
- TIMS counter at TAAN Secretariat follows regular working hours (10am-5pm) and during winter months (Nov. 01- Jan 31) it opens from (10am-4pm). It is closed on Saturdays and public holidays.
- TIMS Counter at Saatghumti, Thamel opens at 7 am and closes at 6 pm. On Saturdays and public holidays, however, the counter opens from 10 am to 1 pm.
- Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) follows government working hours i.e. 10 am till 5 pm. It, however, is closed on Saturdays and public holidays.
- Copy of Passport
- Two passport (PP) size photographs
- Detailed Itinerary
Tourist Service Centre Offline
Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu;
10am-1pm & 2-4pm Sun-Fri
01-4256909 ext 2
Mainly because you can also get Conservation-Area and National-Park tickets in this building.
Bring photocopies of your passport and at least two passport photos. The card is issued on the spot : .
You need to show the TIMS card at the start of the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest treks. Pas de Tims pour Lac Rara, Khaptad et Dhorpatan.
Le checkpost TIMS est a l’entree de Tatopani (cote Beni)
Le checkpost ACAP est a Ghasa (si on prend le tres beau sentier NATT sur le rive droite, on l’evite).
Actually even the Rara Lake permit can be avoided, as it was only sold at the Park Headquarters on the Northern side of the lake. When we arrived to the Southwest end of the lake (as most tourists do), there wasn’t anyone at the ticket counter neither any way we could pay the entrance permit
What Can I Carry?
Ne doit pas depasser 8kg, en principe doit faire 7kg
Voir fiche Dolpo Food
Voir fiche Dolpo Crew
Bagages de soute 20kg sauf tarifs promos a 15kg
Bahages de cabine 8kg plus un bagage a main.
Power banks allowed for carry-on baggage in the aircraft cabin must have the capacity below 100 Wh, or equivalent to less than 27,000 mAh, a power bank with a capacity of 100-160 Wh must pass through the approval of the airline concerned. Meanwhile, a power bank with a capacity of more than 160 Wh is strictly prohibited in flight.
A capacity of 100 Wh if converted in mAh, commonly inscribed in the power bank packaging, is 27,000 mAh. So power banks that can be brought freely into the cabin are those with a capacity under 27,000 mAh with a voltage of 3.6-3.85 Volts.
Each passenger is only allowed to carry no more than two power banks. Passengers are not allowed to use power banks to charge electronic devices during the course of the flight. Power banks must be switched “Off” during the course of the flight.
Power banks allowed for carry-on baggage in the aircraft cabin must have the capacity below 100 Wh, or equivalent to less than 27,000 mAh,
While a power bank with a capacity of 100-160 Wh must pass through the approval of the airline concerned. Meanwhile, a power bank with a capacity of more than 160 Wh is strictly prohibited in flight.
Carry On Bags: No
Checked Bags: YES
|Tent You may transport this item in carry-on or checked bags. For items you wish to carry on, you should check with the airline to ensure that the item will fit in the overhead bin or underneath the seat of the airplane. Tent stakes and poles must be packed in checked bags.||Carry On Bags||Checked Bags|
|Tent Spikes and Poles Any sharp objects in checked baggage should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspectors.||No||Yes|
Any sharp objects in checked bags should be sheathed or securely wrapped to prevent injury to baggage handlers and inspector.
CREW & PRICES
En moyenne compter 10-15 USD/j pour un porteur et 25-35USD/j pour un guide.
Le prix inclus hebergement, nourriture et assurance.
La norme à respecter est de 20 kg à confier à un porteur. La loi prévoit un maximum de charge de 25 kg (5 pour lui et le reste pour les clients)
15% of the salary/pay is fair. And this is the total from the group, not each individual trekkercost.
If you were alone, your calculation $425 ($25×17) etc and 15% from that would be correct. If there are 6 people in your group, each pitches in 1/6th of that amount, if there are 10 in the group, 1/10th. Thus the tip remains the same no matter how many people are in the trekking group.
Tipping should be done with closed, named envelopes (buy them beforehand in Kathmandu or Namche). If some members of the group want to tip certain individual(s) more for exceptional service, they can slip that extra to the corresponding envelope.
Some agencies tell the clients to hand over the tips to the guide to distribute to the staff: DO NOT do this, you never know where the money goes actually.
STUFF FOR CREW 2019
Guide + 1 porter
Guide .. days *
Porter .. days *
Personnal gear to carry 15kg
Food 10.0 kg
Tent + Gear 5.0kg
Up at 6am, start walking at 7am, stop for lunch at 10am, start after lunch at noon, stop walking at 3pm.
Nepalis rise early, eat very little for breakfast, eat a large lunch in the late morning and a second meal before dark, then retire early.
From notes taken earlier this year, I was paying
- Room NRP100 (?) for accommodation below Lukla.
- Small pot tea NRP250,
- Porridge NRP180,
- Macaroni Vegetables and Cheese NRP370,
- Dal Bhat NRP400.
- rooms were NRp200-300
- Small pot tea NRP700,
- Porridge NRP350,
- Macaroni Vegetables and Cheese NRP630,
- Dal Bhat NRP690
MONEY MONEY MONEY
100 NPR égal 0,76 Euro
1 Euro égal 130 NPR
100 NPR egal 0,87 USD
1 USD egal 115 NPR
10 USD egal 1.150 NPR
Airport money changer – USD 1 = NRP 99.7
Thamel money changer – USD 1 = NRP 100.7
Banks – USD 1 – 102.7 (sept 2017)
ATM in Nepal typically charge 400/500 rupees per withdrawal so despite the good headline exchange rate this might not be the cheapest way to obtain rupees. I understand there are some Australian debit cards that will refund such charges (not the case in the UK). Many UK cards an exchange rate ‘loading’ in the range of 2-5% making debit cards an expensive way to get cash. Hopefully this is not the case for you but worth checking with your card provider.
ATMs are a possibility but they make a charge per withdrawal maximun 15000 to 35000 NPR from experiential reports and your bank might charge a fee – worth checking before you leave. I would take cards as back up (visa and mastercard).
Banks offer the best rates but take a little longer to exchange. There are banks in Thamel, the tourist hub, that are accustomed to exchanging cash for foreigners.
The best know is Himalayan Bank on Tridevei Marg which has a stand alone exchange office and is fairly quick. The added time comes from filling in a form with passport details and hotel address & phone number. It does not long at all.
The Himalayan Bank on Tridevi Marg in Thamel is convenient because it has a small stand alone office open at busy times. Otherwise the main bank building is on the courtyard behind, in the same building as Fire and Ice pizza place.
Other banks can be a little more bureaucratic and want the serial number of each note (only one bank has asked for this). The rates between them differ little but some banks offer better rates for larger notes – $100s – Tourism Development bank did (earlier this year).
Arguably, banks are more convenient: check a few banks’ rates on your phone, select and exchange – I suspect this is quicker than negotiating at several money changers, returning to the one with the best offer.
Bank rates will still be better though – I tested this in January and remain confident that banks still offer the best rates. Banks have queues and you need to fill in forms. Money changers will take 2 mins to do the job.
Money changers are convenient by location, opening times and the time it takes. It can be as simple handing over your dollars. The rates are negotiable for larger amounts and, by reports (no experience of this), for larger denominations in good condition.
They all display their daily rates outside their office. If you check them you’ll see they are the same. The only ones with a small difference can be found a bit further from the main drag of Thamel. Still in Thamel, but a bit less centrally located.
Buy the English language newspaper like Kathmandu Post or Himalayan Times. They publish daily exchange rates and give you a benchmark. The money changer’s rates should be just a tiny bit lover, less than 1 Rupee difference.
WIFI & RECHARGEMENT
The wifi in EBC lodges is generally usable and adequate.
Power plugs are usually not inside rooms, instead in central part of the lodge like the kitchen to charge devices hence they control what device you want charged at around R300-400 per charge or device.
Rechargeable batteries can be charged at many trekking lodges for a fee of Rs 100 to 300 per hour.
TELEPHONE – SIM
2 choices: NCELL or Nepal–Telecom. I have used NCell in Annapurnas where Nepal-Telecom seemed better. I heard that NCell is good in Everest region but have no direct experience. Best to see what others say.
You can get either prepaid sim at Kathmandu airport (after customs) or simply at many shops in Kathmandu. You will need 1 or 2 passport photos. Cost is pretty cheap (actual SIM should be free – – was in 2017 – – but shops will want/try to sell you package.
Ncell ( 9809005000; www.ncell.com.np) is the most popular and convenient provider. To get a SIM card take a copy of your passport and one photo to an Ncell office. A SIM card costs Rs 99, with local calls around Rs 2 per minute and incoming calls free. International calls cost from Rs 2 (the US) to Rs 15 (UK) per minute. It’s easy to buy a scratch card to top up your balance, in denominations from Rs 50 to 1000. You can normally get a SIM card on arrival at Tribhuvan Airport.
For 3G internet access, you can buy a USB data card and SIM card package for Rs 2400, with which you can even get internet access on the Everest Base Camp Trek! (The first tweet from the summit of Everest was sent in May 2011…) Surfing costs Rs 0.40 to 2 per MB, depending on the package. Check out the website for details.
Nepal Telecom (www.ntc.net.np) operates the y Mobile network and has roaming agreements with companies such as Vodafone and Cingular, but signing up for a SIM card is a more labor-ious process than for Ncell.
You will need an unlocked GSM 900 compatible phone to use local networks.
Unlike using a landline, you need to dial the local area code when making a local call on a mobile.
No coverage in Dolpo.
- Nepal-Telecom worked in Juphal but not beyond (and the next time it worked was on a high pass above Lo Manthang)
- Ncell didn’t work anywhere (but I didn’t pass Dunai or Lower Dolpo) until Kagbeni (I think that it’s supposed to work in Lo Manthang but services were down)
- HELLO seems to have disappeared.
SAT PHONE THURAYA
Sat phones are definitely not forbidden in Nepal but I believe that you are supposed to get a permit to use them. I never have / never been asked and never had a problem using one.
<<Thuraya SatSleeve+ & Hotspot Brochure French.pdf.pdf>>
<<Thuraya SatSleeve HotSpot FactSheet French.pdf.pdf>>
Most trekkers are content to get one of the trekking route maps produced locally by Himalayan Map House (www.himalayan-maphouse.com), Nepa Maps or Shangri-La Maps (www.shangrilamaps.com). They are relatively inexpensive (Rs 400 to 800) and are adequate for the popular trails, though not for off-route travel. They are found everywhere in map and bookshops in Thamel. Be aware that there is a great deal of repackaging going on; don’t buy two maps with different covers and names assuming you are getting significantly different maps.
The best series of maps of Nepal is the 1:50,000 series produced by Erwin
Himalayan Map House
P835+82 Katmandou, Népal
SECURITE ASSURANCE PHARMACY
<<TotalSport – interMundial..pdf.pdf>>
Carry appropriate drugs:
- in case of altitude issues Diamox,
- stomach illness, antibiotic such as azithromycin or ciprofloaxcin;
- anti-protozoan such as Tinidazole or Metronidazole for giardia;
- and/or upper respiratory infections (VERY common), decongestant, cough suppressant and possibly antibiotic.
<<Nepal first aid kit.pdf.pdf>>
On high treks ensure adequate acclimatisation by :
- Limiting altitude gain above 3000m to 500m per day.
- The maxim of « walking high, sleeping low « is good advice. Your night halt should be at a lower level than the highest point reached in the day.
Diamox The 250-mg dose is likely to result in more side effects. The 125mg 2x daily dose is more frequently recommended as a starter.
Diamox is useful for helping with sleep for those with periodic breathing (Cheyne Stokes). Only a small dose (125mg) at dinner/before bedtime.
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