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Beautiful Mountain View
Bhaktapur - Nyatapola Temple during the festival Gai Jatra
Prayer flags
Bungmati - old Newari town
Kathmandu City
Machhapuchhare Basecamp, Annapurna region
Sunrise view, Kanjirowa range
Naughty monkey
Bagala pass, Lower Dolpo

Frequently Asked Questions - General

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FAQs - General

For the trekking regions of the Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Jumla Rara Lake, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and Manaslu we recommend the periods February to May and September to December as the best time for travelling.

 For trekking in Mustang or Dolpo region we recommend May to September.

The Tamang Heritage Trail in the Langtang region takes place throughout the entire year.

Cultural tours takes place throughout the entire year. For the best mountain views the periods February to May and September to December are recommended.

Due to the extreme differences in altitude (from 60 m to the highest point on earth, Mount Everest 8.850m) there are many climatic zones in Nepal:

Winter - January and February. Pleasant temperatures. The nights, mornings and evenings can, however, be quite cold (approx. 0°C - 5°C. Throughout the day, it is mostly sunny with cooler temperatures (approx. 18°C - 20°C).

Spring - March to May. Hot and dry pre-monsoon season (approx. 25°C - 30°C during the day, and approx. 7°C - 20°C at night). May is the hottest month in the lowlands. June is the hottest month in the mountains.

Summer - Monsoon from June to September (approx. 28°C - 30°C during the day, and approx. 20°C at night). Strong rainfall, continuous sultriness and high humidity.

Early autumn - The monsoon season is constantly interrupted by periods with only a slight rainfall. Towards the end of August the pauses in rainfall become more frequent and longer.

Late autumn - Post-monsoon season from October to December. The nights, mornings and evenings can be relatively cool (approx. 5°C - 10°C). During the day the sun shines and it is warm (approx. 20°C - 27°C).

The Nepalese currency is the Nepalese rupee (NPR or Rs). Coins are in circulation of 1, 2 and 5 rupees and banknotes of 1, 2, 5,10, 20, 50,100, 500 and 1,000 rupees.

Any cash you have taken with you can be exchanged into Nepalese rupees at the banks, large hotels and the numerous bureau de changes.

Those of you who only wish to carry small amounts of cash have the possibility of withdrawing money at the cash dispensers using your EC card or credit card and PIN number. Please note, that since 2012 newly issued EC cards cannot be read by cash dispensers in Nepal and therefore also no money can be withdrawn.  In order to make sure your EC cards works please contact your bank before travelling to Nepal. 

Since the beginning of 2010 the withdrawal system at Nepalese banks has changed.  Using your EC card or credit card and PIN number, it is sometimes the case that NPR 10,000 (approx. EUR 100.--) can only be withdrawn stepwise. For each withdrawal bank fees are charged of approx. EUR 6.00. Cash can be withdrawn on a daily basis of maximum NPR 100,000 (approx. EUR 1,000,--).

Payment using a credit card is possible in some shops and restaurants in the tourist areas. However, a service fee is always charged.

The network coverage is meanwhile quite good in the Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara and other parts of the Terai (in the rural areas it is very unpredictable).

Basically, foreign SIM cards (providers having international roaming contracts with Nepal) can also be used. However, it is cheaper to buy a local SIM card (Mero Mobile, NTC – for approx. NPR 500 or more) and top this up.

The voltage throughout Nepal is 220 Volt/50 Hz alternating current. European flat plugs are fitting. To be on the safe side it is recommended to carry an adaptor - especially for the remote areas. Please note the following: As electricity is mainly generated by hydroelectric power in Nepal, electricity cuts of several hours can occur outside the monsoon season. Good hotels and restaurants are mostly equipped with generators. Otherwise, it is advisable to have candles, a small torch or a headlamp handy.

Tap water is not suitable for drinking in Nepal and it should not be used for cleaning your teeth, either. As there is often a scarcity of water in the countryside, water should be used very sparingly.

Nepali people are very kind and friendly, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

  • Do not take photos of anyone without their permission; always ask permission first!
  • Do not wear hot pants/short paints or stylish clothes in the remote area! (shoulders and legs should be covered)
  • Do not wear hats or caps when you enter a chapel!
  • Do not touch Buddha statues or ritual offerings inside of a monastery!
  • Do not kiss or hug in public places, especially in monasteries!

Do not step across someone’s feet, cups or cooking gears!