Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs) about MotherLandNepal: Know the land before you tread its soil
The Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs] which follow below give you outlets to sensitive questions that will help you make your Nepal visit more purposeful and fulfilling. You will find answers to key questions that make your journey more comfortable and pleasant. These FAQs are meant to give you an overall scenario of what to expect and plan for before you embark on a thrilling vacation to Nepal. Most would be concerned about the security situation in Nepal; however, security is mostly a superstition. But as a visitor, tourists must be alert and be prepared for the unexpected, especially when trekking on the mountains. Life is either a daring adventure…or nothing.
Is it safe when travelling in Nepal?
Nepal is a newly established democracy that is still grappling with norms familiar in the free world; this has given way to many active political parties, ideas, ideologies and leaders. Some disturbances and political instability may be found in some parts of the country. However, Nepal is still one of the safest countries in the world to travel in and daily life of the people moves on as it always was. Guests are treated like gods in Nepal. There’s nothing to fear when travelling in Nepal.
Can women travel alone in Nepal?
Security for our clients is a vital policy in our company. All our guides and support crew are thoughtfully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Nepal Government. We assure their honesty and reliability at all times. If your trip is a ‘Tea house or GAP trek’ arrangement, you will be sleeping in a local teahouse lodge. You must be responsible for yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out. When you are in your lodge room, keep your room bolted at night. When travelling in Nepal, you will soon realize that Nepal is a virtual Zone of Peace, women will find themselves safer here than anywhere else. Travelling alone for women can be a ‘touch and go’’ situation anywhere in the world. Mother Land Nepal Treks always advises that women travel with a guide when in Nepal; however, it’s your best bet that Nepal is probably safer for you than in your own country.
How much money do I bring when trekking EBC?
This really depends on how you do the trip and the number of days. It may be the new/unusual plan of a group trip including lodges (normally $2-5/night) but excluding food. Food costs are typically $25-$35/day, excluding treats such as beer, mars bars etc. Food, showers, beer etc are paid using Nepali rupees. Essentially, there’s no need for US$. There is a bank and ATM in Namche if you need to get additional funds, but do not depend on them because the machine maybe out of order due to power failure. Its better you change your currency in Thamel itself. Bring enough in rupees plus some extra. There’s nothing wrong in carrying a few extra dollars, pounds or Euros (Don't forget tipping at the end.)
Helicopter: you may need a helicopter from Lukla if you get stuck in Lukla for several days due to weather cancelled flights. You may need to pay in cash, but credit cards may also be accepted.
In reality, for emergency evacuation flights, no one expects trekkers to carry thousands of dollars in cash when trekking on the EBC circuit. Just make sure you have enough cash to take you all the way and back.
How do I get a visa for Nepal?
Yes! Getting a visa in Nepal is never a problem; it’s easily available on arrival at different points of entry. You can make the process easier by downloading and completing the application form, having the correct USD in cash and two passport size photographs.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days - US$ 25 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry 30 days - US$ 40 or equivalent Nepali currency
Multiple entry 90 days - US$ 100 or equivalent Nepali currency
For further information please visit our link: www.motherlandnepal.com
What do I pack for the trek?
The clothing you pack in will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. Nepal has different climates therefore both light and warm clothing in casual and comfortable styles would be ideal. In altitudes above 2000m, warm woolen clothing is necessary while at lower altitude cotton clothing would make you feel a lot more comfortable. Bring what you feel comfortable in most to suit humid and chilly conditions. If you’ve left out some of your clothes, don't worry, Nepalese garments will warm your heart.
What is safe to eat in Nepal?
This depends on the kind of hotel you go to. Most tourists’ hotels in Kathmandu, especially in the tourist hub of Thamel are hygienically sound in the preparation of whatever cuisine you order for. Veggies are chlorinated and cleaned well and it’s relatively safe to eat out in most tourist areas in the ancient valley.
While on treks, for CAMPING TREKs we provide three appetizing, plentiful and nourishing meals daily with a variety of local and western dishes. To begin your day, breakfast is always ‘king’ [your first meal of the day]. This is a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelets, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of veggies, meat, and rice and pasta dishes are completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh organic produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. On the Tea House Treks we provide standard breakfast, lunch and three course dinner, tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive.
Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Please make sure that food is thoroughly cooked and served hot when eating out. It is also important to ensure that salads and fruits are washed with purified water or peeled when eating out. Beware of food that has been kept out in the open for too long. It’s important to take these precautions; other than this, food is thoroughly safe to eat in Nepal, no worries here.
Is it safe to drink water?
On camping treks, our staff will boil and cook meals treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. When on GAP [Guide-Accommodation-Porter] treks, you will be able to buy safe hot drinks in the tea house. We highly recommend you bring water purification pills when leaving your home country. On the trail, water from the streams is safe if away from settlements. Always carry a bottle of water when trekking or venturing off away from the city/town. When in Kathmandu, It’s vital to make sure that your water is clean by opting for boiled and then cooled water, treated water or sealed water from reputed brands.
What type of electricity is used in Nepal?
Major towns have electricity and the voltage available is 220-volts and 50 cycles. The problem of Load shedding has virtually been solved throughout the country. Sockets usually take plugs with three round pins. The plugs can be both small and large in size. Some sockets take plugs with two round pins as well. When in Nepal you would definitely need a voltage converter and a plug adapter to use your electrical appliances. The necessity may arise for different plug adapters if you are planning to visit several countries. We suggest you go in for a universal adapter and converter kit if you are carrying various electrical items. All laptops and some electric razors accept universal voltages. Double check your equipment to be sure they all work. If you only have one electric device to bring and it’s an electric shaver, you could probably buy a model that’s not too heavy. You also have an option to purchase them in Kathmandu and other cities but not in remote locations. All this sets you up for a good trip.
What trekking equipment do you provide? What do we need to bring?
We offer sleeping bags, down jackets for the Lodge to Lodge trek (Teahouse) and tents, mattresses, kitchen equipment (all of supreme quality) during Camping Treks. However, trekking shoes, personal equipment and climbing gears all depend on your personal choice and needs. Check out our website for required equipment [list] or mail us for any particular requirements.
What’s the best bargain in shops of Nepal?
For most Nepali shop keepers, tourists with white skin is an indication of wealth, and western currency could possibly be the reason this school of thought took shape; but this is where you’ve got to bring shopkeepers down to earth. This could be an interesting slog by visiting several shops selling the same thing you need, your aim is to get the best deal possible.
For whatever price quoted, always try to bring down the price to half its cost of approximately 50%, because that’s what they add to the net cost of any product you need.
This is the way it is in Thamel or Basantapur tourist’s areas of the ancient capital of Kathmandu. Try to avoid Thamel as much as you can because bargaining there can be a waste of time, the market is too saturated and most tourists are easy prey. If you don’t buy something, somebody else will. The best place to head down to for souvenirs is ‘Kathmandu Durbar Square’; what you’ll get here is a mini market of souvenir stalls set up by local people. Most of these are set on low tables and blankets laid out on the ground in front of the main tourist ticket office. Go early in the morning as the first sale of the day is a blessing from the goddess laxmi as per the local folks, and this sale must work out at any cost, albeit – to your advantage. You can expect the best deals this early in the morning, because this is good luck for the local vendors. The next option is making a contact first rather than knocking on doors, this is always a better option. In Nepal, it’s all about knowing the right man who knows the right man who knows the right man who won’t screw you out of a deal. This is even more practical if you need to make bulk purchases i.e. say a 100 singing bowls. For the average person looking for one or two souvenirs to bring home things can be as complicated or as easy as you make it. Don’t forget bargaining in Nepal is a good sign of respect. If you don’t, trust us when we say you are being seen as a target. Good luck for some of the best deals on the planet!