Things to know about Nepal before traveling

  • Oct 6, 2023
  • 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 just more than mountains 

While Nepal is renowned for its majestic mountains, there are a plethora of activities to enjoy beyond trekking. For example, Kathmandu, the capital city, is a remarkable place where three ancient kingdoms—Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur—converge. Pokhara is another vibrant and picturesque city, surrounded by safari parks like Chitwan and Bardiya National Park. Thrill-seekers can partake in adventurous activities such as paragliding and bungee jumping at the world's second-highest bungee jumping location. Additionally, you have the opportunity to visit Lumbini, the birthplace 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.







Mount Everest



Mahalangur Himal/ Himalayas


China and Nepal

Mount Kangchenjunga





Nepal, Sikkim (India)

Mount Lhotse



Mahalangur Himal/ Himalayas


Nepal, China (Tibet Autonomous Region

Mount Makalu



Mahalangur Himal/ Himalayas


Border of Nepal and China

Mount Cho Oyu



Mahalangur Himal/ Himalayas


Nepalese–Tibetan (Chinese) border

Mount Dhaulagiri



Dhaulagiri Himal/ Himalayas



Mount Manaslu



Mansiri Himal/ Himalayas



Mount Annapurna




Border of Myagdi and Kaski


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.

Do I get Visa On arrival?

Other than National listed below will get visa on arrival at any part of immigration office of Nepal.

  1. Nigeria
  2. Ghana
  3. Zimbabwe
  4. Swaziland
  5. Cameroon
  6. Somalia
  7. Liberia
  8. Ethiopia
  9. Iraq
  10. Palestine
  11. Afghanistan
  12. Syria

Above National are required to get visa prior to arrival from nearby diplomatic mission for hassle free entry to Nepal. 

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 been terminated, one should expand their visa before departure.
  • The Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport is not 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 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

Tours in Nepal

Tours in Nepal offer a kaleidoscope of experiences in a land where natural beauty, rich culture, and ancient history converge. From exploring vibrant cities like Kathmandu with its intricate temples and bustling bazaars to embarking on treks that lead to breathtaking mountain vistas, Nepal has something for every traveler. Discover the serene lakes of Pokhara, venture into the jungles of Chitwan and Bardia for wildlife encounters, or trace the footsteps of ancient pilgrims in Lumbini. Whether you seek adventure, cultural immersion, or a tranquil escape, Nepal's diverse tours promise a journey of discovery and wonder in the heart of the Himalayas.

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 as 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: Birthplace of Lord Buddha
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 anykinds of 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/ look for sign board. 

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