Nepal is an enchanting kingdom, nestled in the Himalayas between China and India. For a small territory, the country boasts an uncommonly diverse terrain, including 8 of the world’s top 10 highest mountains. Nepali folklore is often illustrated in dance and music and the people are open to sharing their traditions. Although tourism is steadily increasing, Nepal’s remote location has kept the culture widely unaffected by outside influences.
The peak seasons for trekking are the spring (Mar to May) and the fall (Sept to Nov) when you’ll have clear skies and superb mountain views. Keep in mind, that this is also when the trails are most crowded (although there are ways to avoid the crowds). The winter (Dec to Feb) and summer (Jun to Aug) months are also great times to visit—although the weather can be unpredictable, these months offer a unique experience and fewer crowds. For Chitwan (Nepal’s southern jungle region), winter is the best time to visit when the temperatures are pleasant and the foliage less dense to allow for better wildlife sightings. Check out our article on the best time to visit Nepal.
Yes. The Nepal visa is purchased upon arrival in Kathmandu or at the Nepal border. The cost is $25 for a 15-day multiple entry visa and is payable in USD.
For most nationalities, you can get your visa on arrival in Kathmandu. It takes around 45 minutes and is the most convenient way to get your visa. You can also apply for a visa in advance from a local Nepali consulate in your country if you’d like to have everything arranged in advance.
Immunizations are not required to visit Nepal. (Exception: if you are traveling from an area infected with Yellow Fever, you must have a certificate.) Depending on the season and region of travel, certain vaccinations and/ or medications are suggested and we will recommend preventative measures. We do encourage all travelers to be current on routine immunizations. Also, we recommend the Tetanus and Hepatitis A vaccine. Though still rare, Malaria is increasing in Nepal. The elevation of Kathmandu and places of greater altitude are too high for the species of mosquito that carries malaria. However, when visiting lowland areas, preventive treatment and tropical strength insect repellent are advised. For detailed information, please contact your physician or visit the CDC website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/
Private trips are tailor-made itineraries built around your travel dates and personal interests, whereas group trips (which is what most tour companies offer) are pre-packaged and depart on specific dates. Group trips are also open for others to join, whereas private trips are just for you. At Regulus Nepal, our specialty is putting together private tours, as we believe this is a more meaningful and rewarding experience.
Nepali is the official language. It has roots in Sanskrit and is written in the Devanagari script. English is understood by most people in the cities. In the villages, different ethnic groups speak their own languages. So you need not learn Nepali for a Nepal visit.
For mountain flights, you’re allowed 5 kg. for carry-on and 10 kg. for checked-in luggage. For non-mountain sector flights, the check-in allowance increases to 20-25 kg. (More information)
If you’re mainly looking to experience Nepal’s cultural and natural highlights, you can have a great experience in 5-7 days, where you can visit two regions (likely, Pokhara and Kathmandu). To get into the Himalayas on a multi-day trek, you’ll want at least 10 days to have enough time to reach higher altitudes and safely acclimatize. To undertake one of the longer, classic treks in Nepal or to combine multiple regions and activities into one visit, 14-20 days is ideal.
What do you hope to see and experience during your trip? Our destination specialists will make recommendations based on your travel preferences. Most travelers incorporate Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan National Park. However, many also include adventure activities, including trekking and rafting.
It all depends on your destination and season of travel. Generally speaking, Nepal is a conservative country. We recommend that travelers not wear clothing that is too short, tight, or revealing. Medium-weight and easy-to-wash cotton are recommended year-round in the Kathmandu valley. From October to February, we also suggest woolen sweaters, jackets, or similar warm outfits. Pack comfortable walking shoes, including sandals and athletic shoes. A head cover may be required for women and men at sacred sites and places of worship. For trekking and adventure itineraries, a list of suggested clothing items and supplies will be provided.
Our specialists organize complete tours, meaning everything is taken care of from the moment you arrive in Nepal to the moment you leave, including all of your accommodation. We recommend letting the specialist organize your accommodation, as this saves you time and they know the best places to stay based on your style, budget, and preferred neighborhood—just let them know your preferences. That being said, you can organize your own hotels, as well, and let your specialist know you’re organizing them on your own.
Yes! In fact, it is very safe with no religious extremists or other radical groups disrupting the calm and peaceful environment of the country. Nepal today, feels safer than most other countries around the world, possibly due to the religious nature of the people here and their engagement, friendly temperament, and natural kindness. Tourism being the mainstay of the country’s economy, people here are always hospitable and very welcoming. We keenly advise you to read the travel advice published by your country.
There are not many operators that provide full-board services when you book a holiday tour with them. Regulus Nepal is one of the best tailor-made tour companies renowned for their personalized services. Although we offer fixed dates and prices, we are always more than happy to plan your trip based on your interest, traveling date, a number of days, and budget. We are a full-board service company offering airport arrival and departure services, private transportation, local guide and crew members, 3 meals per day, quality accommodation, and required legal paperwork to make your holiday a completely hassle-free trip. Once you book a trip with us, all you need to do is provide us with the necessary travel documents and sit back and relax while we will complete all the basic formalities.
Due to the bespoke nature of Royal Nepal Group guiding services, each expedition naturally has many variables to consider. After you submit an inquiry, we will begin a process to work closely with you to understand your objectives and then provide you with an estimate of associated costs.
Some advertised pre-planned expeditions will already have associated costs detailed, and on inquiry, we will clearly communicate how this cost may be adjusted based on the final number of team members.
All of our private expeditions are within extremely high altitude environments, with differing requirements for ability. Due to the nature of these operational landscapes, it is essential you provide concise, honest descriptions of relevant experience and current fitness levels. Upon receipt, we will review your experience and respond accordingly. At this point, if we consider there to be any shortfalls, we can collectively discuss the opportunities and/or provide a training support plan to achieve your goals.
What accommodation is included?
All accommodations are included from the initial meeting point through to the end of the expedition. During city phases, like Kathmandu, we use 5-star hotels. When traveling through more remote areas with less established infrastructures, we always choose the highest quality available.
Our base camp accommodation is also of the highest quality and comfort and can be completely tailored to the demands of any global lifestyle. We can discuss options and your needs during the booking phase.
What communications/office facilities will be available?
We can provide full office facilities at basecamp, including Wi-Fi. Satellite phones are also available throughout the expedition for emergency and essential comms.
All communal equipment is included ie high-quality ropes, stoves, tents, etc. You are responsible for personal gear and clothing, eg. harnesses, crampons, helmets, ice axes, etc. A full essentials list and advice (if required) will be provided at the time of booking.
We will cover all transport costs detailed within an expedition programme. This will exclude international flights to and from the destination countries. It is your responsibility to ensure these align with the start and finish of the expedition.
What food will be served?
All of the meals served on our expeditions are of quality local/regional produce tested and proven to be effective in these environments. This is combined with any dietary restrictions/requests you may have which can be discussed during the booking phase.
Will be required. Due to changes in travel documentation regulations, please ensure your passport is valid well beyond the time of the expedition. Some countries now require six months’ validity beyond the date of your return travel. You will also be responsible for any visa requirements.
All permits will be arranged and taken care of by the Royal Nepal Group admin team.
Yes, it is compulsory on all our expeditions. You are responsible for acquiring the appropriate insurance for the nature of the trip and its activities. Ensure your chosen policy also covers helicopter and medical rescue and repatriation costs.