Things to know about Nepal before traveling

  • Mar 15, 2022
  • Prathana

When it is about to experience travel, Nepal is probably the best destination on the planet, with challenging trekking trails, pleasant valleys, and amazing glaciers. But if you do not want to trek all day, there are such great places to see and do a lot here. 

Nepal is a homeland to magnificent Mt. Everest, the origination of Lord Buddha. This stunning nation offers wonderful scenes from the Himalayan Mountains in the north to the flat fields in the south, deep canyons to high mountains, rich culture, and beautiful individuals.

There are various things to keep in mind before traveling to Nepal. Nepal offers you more than just trekking and hiking. Nepal is more than just mountains. You will need permits before entering most of the places and heritage sites. Some trekking areas ask for TIMS (Trekkers Information Management Systems) cards. 
Here is a list of a few things you should know before traveling to Nepal. 

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Nepal is more than mountains 

Nepal is generally famous for its magnificent mountains, yet there are other various things to do except trekking.
For instance, Nepal's capital city Kathmandu is a remarkable city where three antiquated realms Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur meet.
Pokhara is additionally a lively and beautiful city, there are a few safari parks like the Chitwan and Bardiya National parks. You can go for some adventurous paragliding or bungee jumping at the world's second-most noteworthy bungee jumping spot, and you can likewise visit Lumbini-the origin of Buddha. 

Eight of the world's ten highest peaks over 8000m are in Nepal 

Nepal is well known for its high peaks over the world. There are 1,310 mountains over 6000 meters of which 238 are now open for climbing. Similarly, Nepal sheltered eight 
out of fourteen 8000 meters above mountains, with the most noteworthy peak for the world, Mount Everest with other seven mountains.

Mountains

Meters

Feet

Range

District

Location

Mount Everest

8,849

29,03

Mahalangur Himal/ Himalayas

Solukhumbu

China and Nepal

Mount Kangchenjunga

8,586

28,169

Himalayas

Taplejung

Nepal, Sikkim (India)

Mount Lhotse

8,516

27,940

Mahalangur Himal/ Himalayas

Solukhumbu

Nepal, China (Tibet Autonomous Region

Mount Makalu

8,463

27,838

Mahalangur Himal/ Himalayas

Sankhuwasabha

Border of Nepal and China

Mount Cho Oyu

8,188

26,864

Mahalangur Himal/ Himalayas

Solukhumbu

Nepalese–Tibetan (Chinese) border

Mount Dhaulagiri

8,167

26,795

Dhaulagiri Himal/ Himalayas

Myagdi

Nepal

Mount Manaslu

8,163

26,781

Mansiri Himal/ Himalayas

Gorkha

Nepal

Mount Annapurna

8,091

26,545

Himalayas

Border of Myagdi and Kaski

Nepal

Visas and Entry requirements in Nepal 

If you are up to travel to Nepal, this segment can be useful for you. There are a few official requirements that you are obliged to acquire before entering and leaving Nepal. 

Requirements for entry in Nepal:

  • Passport with the validation of at least six months or more at the time of entry.
  • Your Passport should be available with one blank visa page for a visa (not an endorsements page).
  • Nepali authorities generally allow entrance on an emergency passport printed overseas.
  • Visa appropriate for purpose of travel.

Expanding Your Visa:

  • The Department of Immigration office in the Kalikasthan in Kathmandu is the main office that can expand tourist and non-tourist visas.
  • The Immigration Office in Pokhara can expand tourist visas. 
  • Visitors ought to apply to expand their visas before the termination date.
  • Long overstays beyond the expiration date can bring about heavy fines, arrest, and confinement detention pending formal deportation proceedings, followed by a ban on re-entry.

Requirements for Exit from Nepal:

  • Visitors should have a legitimate visa before being permitted to depart from Nepal. If the visa has terminated, one should expand their visa before departure.
  • The Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport isn't approved to expand visas.
  • If you attempt to expand your visa at the airport, you will be sent to the Immigration Office in Kathmandu to pay the extension fee and, as a result, you will miss your flights.
  • If you renew or replace your passport at the Embassy in Kathmandu, you will need to ask the Department of Immigration to transfer your Nepali visa by pasting a new visa into the new passport.
  • See the Government of Nepal's  Department of Immigration website for extra migration data.

Trekking permit in Nepal 

If you are intrigued by some adventures in Nepal. Then you should contact the authorized trekking agencies who can apply for grants (for the benefit of travelers) at the Department of Immigration satisfying every one of the fundamental conventions. Adventurers ought to travel in a gathering (of least two people) joined by an authorized journeying guide. Individual travelers can't make a difference for the grant.

There are various rates (journeying Permit expenses) appropriate for various courses to secure the Permits. Visit the connection for detail. License expenses are cited in US dollars yet payable in Nepali Rupees. Traveling grant isn't given past visa termination date. Henceforth, adventurers should have a legitimate visa for an adequate number of days covering their journeying plan.

  • TIMS cards (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Restricted-area trekking permits
  • National park permits
  • Conservation area permits
  • Rural municipality trekking permits


Nepal is full of UNESCO world heritage sites 

The UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) represents world heritage sites that carry cultural and natural significance. Nepal has four heritage sites that are registered on UNESCO heritage sites. All of these sites are prominent lures for travelers around the world. Here is a list of UNESCO world heritage sites in Nepal and what to do and explore there. 

Kathmandu Valley 
 Kathmandu valley is the most refined and populated city in Kathmandu. It is popular among domestic and external tourists. Kathmandu valley is listed as a cultural heritage that possesses various 7 UNESCO world heritage sub-sites:  
Patan Durbar Square, Patan
Changu Narayan, Bhaktapur
Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu 
Bouddhanath Stupa, Kathmandu 
Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kathmandu 
Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu 
Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur 

Lumbini
Chitwan National Park 
Sagarmatha National Park 

Temple Customs in Nepal 

Most of the Hindu sanctuaries or their innermost shrines are beyond reach to nonbelievers, who are a potential reason for custom pollution contamination. Remember to take your shoes off before entering to temples. Do not take pictures unless you are allowed to take pictures. Make an effort not to touch offerings or sanctums. 

With the diverse conventional convictions, Nepal has various social practices that might seem surprising to an individual on their first visit to the country. Nonetheless, to partake in your visit to this significant Himalayan country, it is essential to think about the diversity of the cultural values of the country. Here are a few things to keep in mind before visiting temples in Nepal:

  •  Make sure to take off your shoes before entering to temple and monasteries. 
  •  Keep in mind that Leather articles are typically not permitted in sanctuary areas.
  •  Ask for permission first before entering a Hindu temple. 
  • Walk clockwise around temples or stupas.
  • Take permission before taking pictures or videos in temple or monastery surroundings.

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