FAQs/Info

Entry port
Via air
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal

Inland Ports of Entry
arrow Birganj, Nepal
arrow Bhairahawa, Nepal
arrow Kakadvitta, Nepal
arrow Nepalgunj, Nepal
arrow Dhangadi, Nepal
arrow Mahendranagar, Nepal

Driving

Like the British, we drive on the left hand side of the road; (right hand side in USA)

Currency and exchange
The Nepalese Rupee is the legal currency. Foreign currencies (traveler’s cheques, debit and credit cards) can be easily changed into Nepali currency (Rupee) by a local exchange service in most areas.

Electrical voltage
220 V (US electrical items typically use 110 V. A converter will be necessary to charge your phone, laptops, camcorders, etc. An international converter can typically be purchased for approximately $10 – $25. Try online vendors such as Amazon and Ebay for an economical way to purchase this item.) Please be advised to check with your Embassy or Consulate as to what items you are able to bring into Nepal. Certain items are duty free as long as you bring them back out with you.

Languages
English, Nepali

Shopping
Bargaining to get a discount is common. Generally, tourists are charged a higher rate but can get a 30 – 40% discount if you bargain well enough.

Suggested items to bring with you
arrow Camera
arrow Binoculars
arrow Personal items and toiletries
arrow Reading materials, drawing supplies, etc.
arrow Prescription medicine (be advised to check with your medical insurance company to see if your coverage extends to overseas emergency treatment)
arrow Sunglasses, sunscreen, hats or visors

Visa

On arrival, you are given a visa. It is not mandatory to get a visa from the Nepalese council. Just carry your valid passport with 2 recent passport size photographs, and you can get a visa in the Nepal entry port. It takes approximately 1-2 hours to get a visa in Nepal. If you wish to stay longer, it is also easy to extend your visa. Check with your country to see what travel conditions may apply. US Nationals must have a passport that is valid 3 months beyond their intended stay.
Free visa for all who stay less than 3 days

arrow Free for SAARC country and China nationals
arrow Single entry US$ 30 up to 60 days
arrow Multiple entry US$ 50 + US $30
arrow Get a visa at the entry port in Nepal, or a Nepalese embassy or consulate office abroad
arrow Requires one passport size photograph

Airport tax on departure

arrow Rs 1356 to depart for SAARC countries
arrow Rs 1695 to depart for rest of the countries

Temperature (average range)
Elevation plays a major role in the climate of Nepal. In the high mountain ranges, temperatures remain cold throughout the year. In the Terai (lowland plain area) and the Valley of Kathmandu, summers are hot and rainy, and winters are cool. Temperatures are highest from late spring to midsummer. The higher mountain elevations are always snow-covered.
Location
Temp. in summer (°C)
Temp. in winter (°C)
Chitwan
20 – 40 5 – 25
Kathmandu
15 – 34 3 – 20
Gorkha
15 – 35 3 – 20
Nuwakot
15 – 35 5 – 20
The above figures are an approximation.