Ganesh Himal is named after the elephant headed god of good fortune, solving any obstacles. Ganesh Himal Trekking lies in the central eastern region of Nepal. Ganesh Himal can be seen clearly from Kathmandu in the clear day. The series of Ganesh Himal (Ganesh I,Ganesh II, Ganesh III, Ganesh IV) stand out like a crystal. This great Himalayan chain is in between the valley of Budhi Gandaki in the west and the Bhotekoshi in the east.
Trek Ganesh Himal is not frequented by many tourists. Ganesh Himal Trek can be done walking from the terraced hilly region to the rocky high mountains interacting with many ethnic communities. This is the great home for the wide variety of plants and animals. We can find 526 species of plants including 40 species of orchids and 300 species of birds.
There are some good view points on the way like Sing La Pass, Darkha, Jasail Kunda, Jyamrung, Kasigaun, Khanchowk and Gorkha. The trek begins from Betrawati after 5 hours drive. The trek ends at Gorkha and drive back to Kathmandu.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) & Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel
Day 02:Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation. O/N at Hotel
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Betrawati (800 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House
Day 04:Trek from Betrawati to Chapdanda (1,220 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House
Day 05:Trek from Chapdanda to Bhalche (2,010 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 06:Trek from Bhalche to Gonga (2,815 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 07:Trek from Gonga to Rupchet (3,710 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 08:Acclimatization Day and exploring the Valley. O/N at Home Stay
Day 09:Trek from Rupchet to Phedi (3,540 m) via Singla Pass (4,760 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 10:Trek from Phedi to Pangsang Bhanjyang (4,000 m), 7 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 11:Trek from Pangsang Bhanjyang to Tipling (2,500 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 12:Trek from Tipling to Sertung (2,950 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 13:Trek from Sertung to Shepchet (1,500 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 14:Trek from Shepchet to Darkha (1,250 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 15:Trek from Darkha to Lapang Benshi (1,000 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 16:Trek from Lapang Benshi to Khahare (900 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 17:Trek from Khahare to Aarughat (700 m), 5 hrs O/N at Guest House
Day 18:Trek from Aarughat to Khanchok (1,448 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Home Stay
Day 19:Trek from Khanchok to Gorkha (1,143 m), 4 hrs. O/N at Hotel
Day 20:Drive from Gorkha to Kathmandu, 6 hrs and Farewell Dinner. O/N at Hotel
Day 21:Departure to the International Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) & Transfer to Hotel. Overnight at HotelUpon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, our representative from Himkala Adventure heartily greets you and transfers you to the hotel in Thamel, the touristic area. After check in hotel, you could take rest or stroll around Thamel and see the local markets. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 02Kathmandu Sightseeing and Trek Preparation. O/N at Hotel Today, after breakfast, we set out for the guided city sightseeing. First, we head towards the Swoyambhu Stupa, known as the monkey temple. This is a conical shaped hill, 77 m high from the ground level. If you are not tired, we can hike and go through 365 steps otherwise, there is easy way to be in the top. After walking around stupa and ritual activities done by the local people, we descend down to the Kathmandu Durbar Square. It has many Hindu temples, courtyards, Palaces and artistic craftsmanship. The third place is Boudha-Stupa. This is one of the biggest stupa in southern Asia and influenced by the Tibetan Buddhism, There are more than 28 monasteries around it. The fourth place is about 2 km far from Boudha is Pashupati- the famous Shiva Temple where there is a cremation spot and the dead bodies brought there, are cremated in traditional way. After the city tour, we return back to hotel and brief you about the Ganesh Himal Trekking that we begin from tomorrow. Overnight in Kathmandu
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Betrawati (800 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Guest House We drive from Kathmandu to Betrawati by bus. It is 87 km by Trishuli Highway via Trishuli Bazaar. It takes about 5 hours by bus. The road is a bit narrow but it is pitched and has wonderful landscape scenery. We go through the cultivable land and rice terraces. Overnight at Betrawati
Day 04Trek from Betrawati to Chapdanda (1,220 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Guest House After breakfast, we begin our trek from Betrawati to Chapdanda which takes about 6 hours. The trek is full of scenic beauty passing through villages. First from Betrawati, we climb uphill and go through the distinct trail to Chapdanda. Overnight at Chapdanda
Day 05Trek from Chapdanda to Bhalche (2,010 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay From Chapdanda, we take a short climb to Kalawale village. We get our lunch there. After lunch, we proceed to Bhalche which is a big Tamang village. We can explore the village and see their culture and way of living. Overnight at Bhalche
Day 06Trek from Bhalche to Gonga (2,815 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay After breakfast, we take an easy walk through lovely forest. We can see the Langtang Lirung and Goshakunda Himal on the way to Gonga. After gentle walk of 6 hours reaches to Gonga. Overnight at Gonga
Day 07Trek from Gonga to Rupchet (3,710 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Home Stay Today, after breakfast, we commence our trek from Gonga passing through the rhododendron forest to Rupchet. This is the lush green pastureland where we set our camp for tonight’s stay. Overnight at Rupchet
Day 08Acclimatization Day and exploring the Valley. O/N at Home Stay This is the day for acclimatization and we walk around after breakfast. We hike to the nearby hill. Overnight at Rupchet
Day 09Trek from Rupchet to Phedi (3,540 m) via Singla Pass (4,760 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay Today, we trek uphill and climb steeply to Sing La Pass. This is the pass in the high altitude from where we can see the Ganesh Himal ranges clearly. After crossing Singla Pass, we trek down to Phedi. Overnight at Phedi
Day 10Trek from Phedi to Pangsang Bhanjyang (4,000 m), 7 hrs. O/N at Home Stay After breakfast, we begin our trek slightly uphill towards Pasang Bhanjyang. It takes about 7 hours to reach there. The trek viewing panoramic landscape at the height of 4,000 m is amazing. Overnight at Pasang Bhanjyang
Day 11Trek from Pangsang Bhanjyang to Tipling (2,500 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay From Pasang Bhanjyang, we descend towards Tipling. Tipling is a large village which has two Buddhist Gumbas and churches. We can explore these Gumbas and the cremation ground for Buddhists on the ridge top to the east. We can visit Tamang settlement at Tipling. Overnight at Tipling
Day 12Trek from Tipling to Sertung (2,950 m), 6 hrs. O/N at Home Stay After breakfast, we descend to cross the Adha Khola and ascend to Sertung and Chalish overlooking the fertile river valley and terraced fields. Sertung is also the village of majority of Tamang community. Overnight at Sertung
Day 13Trek from Sertung to Shepchet (1,500 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Home Stay After breakfast, we begin our trek from Sertung to Shepchet. It is about 5 hours trek gradually downhill, passing through the forest and meadows. We ultimately reach to Shepchet. Overnight at Shepchet
Day 14Trek from Shepchet to Darkha (1,250 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Home Stay Our trek from Shepchet goes to Darkha. It is a bit long trekking day through hills and forest. From Shepchet, we descend down to Darkha. Overnight at Darkha
Day 15Trek from Darkha to Lapang Benshi (1,000 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Home Stay After breakfast, we follow the trail gradually downhill and reach to Lapang Benshi. Overnight at Lapang Benshi
Day 16Trek from Lapang Benshi to Khahare (900 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Home Stay After breakfast, we follow the trail gradually downhill from Lapang Benshi to Khahare. It is about six hours walk through the distinct trail to Khahare. Overight at Khahare
Day 17Trek from Khahare to Aarughat (700 m), 5 hrs O/N at Guest House From Khahare, we trek downhill to Aarughat passing many villages. It is the route with well defined trail. We can view the adjacent hills and the forest. Eventually, we arrive at Aarughat after 5 hours’ walk. Overnight at Aarughat
Day 18Trek from Aarughat to Khanchok (1,448 m), 5 hrs. O/N at Home Stay From Aarughat we can drive to Kathmandu which takes about 7 hours via Dhding Benshi and joins the Prithivi Highway at Malekhu but we deviate and further explore the mid-hilly parts of Gorkha. So, we gradually climb to the Khanchowk Danda after crossing Mukti Khola and camp for tonight. Overnight at Khanchowk
Day 19Trek from Khanchok to Gorkha (1,143 m), 4 hrs. O/N at Hotel After breakfast, we cross the ridge and walk gradually uphill to Gorkha. This is the trek passing through the different ethnic groups living together. The rural life and the scenic terraced farmland is worth seeing. The series of Ganesh Himal can be viewed from the way to Gorkha. We arrive at Gorkha Bazaar and set our camp near to Old Palace area. After taking rest for a while, we can explore Gorkha Bazaar and the historical monuments. Overnight at Gorkha
Day 20Drive from Gorkha to Kathmandu, 6 hrs and Farewell Dinner. O/N at Hotel We can drive from Gorkha to Kathmandu after having breakfast. There are daily bus services. It is 142 km from Gorkha and takes about 6 hours by bus. We follow the Prithivi highway when we meet the road from Gorkha to Khaireni. The road goes smoothly passing Marshyangdi River and Trishuli River. After arrival in Kathmandu, we will be together again for the dinner in the Nepalese restaurant with Nepalese Cultural Show. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 21Departure to the International Airport We transfer you to the International Airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight so that you could have enough time for managing your luggage, things gets x-rayed and take a boarding pass. We would like to thank you that you joined Himkala Adventure for the Ganesh Himal Trekking and depart from the airport wishing your safe journey towards the next destination. Namaste!!!
Himkala Adventure would like to answer all the queries about Ganesh Himal Trekking for all curious travelers/trekkers in the world. As you are entirely from different geographical location, you could better to know everything about the treks from the beginning i.e. airport pick up till your departure like airport picks up, drops off, accommodation in city, in the trek, guide and porters, safety for the trekking, food and accommodation and some other things that you might face on the way. Hope our endeavor listing these questions answers will help you self informed.
This is simply the outlines of the services we offer but it may differ as per your requirement, number of trekkers. What we go through our conversation, we will manage the means of transportation, hotels in the city, accommodation in the trekking, numbers of porters etc. This is general idea about Ganesh Himal Trekking before your trip and you become clearer about the trek. Please feel free to contact us to get more information about the trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal.
1) What physical fitness do I need to book this trip?
Every trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal requires the certain level of physical and mental fitness. So, we advise you to be in good physical shape and able to feel comfortable while hiking up and down 7 to 12 miles per day on a trail carrying a day pack of about 10 pounds. Three things could make you confident enough for any trek you would like to do: aerobic, strength and mental.
Aerobic conditioning is important primarily because you will be trekking in thinner air, up to 40% less than at sea level. With good aerobic conditioning, you will be able to better metabolize whatever oxygen is available to you. You should plan on doing at least one hour of aerobic 3 /4 times per week for 1 month or more before your arrival in Nepal. Walking, jogging, cycling, hiking on valley floor to ridge line ascents with day back are some of the excellent forms of exercise, so long as you are strengthening leg muscles and building stamina. Speed is not the essence; stamina, confidence and continuity are. Do as much uphill as possible. If you live in flat area, go to the stadium and use the steps with your pack.
2) Do I really need to use guide to Ganesh Himal Trekking?
You are advised to use Guide so that you could feel safer in the unknown area because the guide can tell you the possible danger as they have guided in this region since long. Most importantly, the Himalayan weather is really unpredictable and the Guide can help you to take proper shelter. Nest advantage to be with Guide is you get more knowledge about local culture and you could have easy access to interact with the local people. In 2014, the Nepal Government clearly has stated that the trekkers should have a guide but still it is not seemed in the practicality.
3) How do I find Himkala Adventure for my pick up at the airport?
Our representative from Himkala Adventure will display a small board (placard) of company or your name outside the airport terminal. You will be driven to the hotel by our tourist vehicle.
4) What sort of accommodation do I get in Kathmandu?
Normally we provide standard rooms with twin sharing accommodations at three star or similar category hotels in Kathmandu including breakfast. Accommodation in these cities can be upgraded as per your request. But some of our packages are sold without accommodation in the city.
5) How are tea house facilities during Ganesh Himal Trekking?
Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Tea houses in Ganesh Himal Trekking area are professional though they are simple but with neat and clean lodging offering fine views and plain but fresh and hygienic food with friendly atmosphere Most of the Tea Houses have running water facility. Many of them have hot water available for bathing. But we discourage our groups from using water heated by wood as lack of firewood in most villages is a big environmental concern in Nepal.
6) What sort of accommodation do I get in trekking?
Guesthouses/Tea Houses/Lodges provide twin sharing single and double rooms and occasionally a dormitory which is basically clean with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. Our company provides the sleeping bag if needed but we always recommend having your own sleeping equipments. You have to share the room with your group member or sometimes with unknown traveler. The toilet is always outside the room with basic facilities.
7) What sort of foods, water and drinks can I expect in trekking?
The foods in the Himalayas are very simple. There are mostly the family members themselves to cook and serve the meal. They are simply trained but experienced because they have been offering such services for many years in this busy route. The food is hygienic, fresh and delicious. We recommend you to drink mineral water or the boiled or using water purification pills or drops.
Most of the foods are cooked in the kitchen of tea houses. They serve you with different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The most popular Nepali food is daal bhat (rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetable curry. Garlic soup is popular as it helps you with acclimatization. You could better be vegetarian in the mountains. All hotels in cities and guesthouses in trekking serve the vegetarian food. You can find all common types of drinks like hot chocolates, coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, ginger tea, soft drinks etc. you will have your breakfast and dinner at the lodges where you will be staying and lunch somewhere on the way to your next destination.
8) What mode of transportation do I use?
We will provide the private transportation for Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and drop and sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley. We use transportation as based on our cost inclusion section. The transportation varies depending on your requirements at the time of booking the trip.
9) What is the best season for this trekking?
The best season for Ganesh Himal Trekking is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to December). These are the perfect time of the year for the breathtaking views of Himalayas with clear and sunny days. But the weather in the mountains is unpredictable.
10) What is the weather and temperature like during the trekking?
The climate in Nepal varies from place to place which can be categorized in different four main seasons. The main seasons in Nepal are spring (March to May), summer (June to August), autumn (September to November) & winter (December to February). The best season to travel in Nepal is autumn (September, October & November) & spring (March, April & May). Weather in the mountains is unpredictable. But the day temperature in Ganesh Himal Trekking is comfortable.
11) Who will be guiding me during this trip?
We provide the professional government license holder English speaking trekking guides for our entire trekking trip. We can also provide French, Spanish, Japanese, German or Italian speaking guides as per your preference with extra payment but not guaranteed. All guides will be Nepali people who are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personality. They are all trained from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, certified and approved by the Tourism Department of Nepal government. We provide a different city tour guide to guide you in UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. They are the professional license holder guide specialized in culture, history, geography, iconography, archeology and religion with good command over English. Tour guides are specialized in city tour and trekking guides are more in the hiking and trekking in the Himalayas.
12) What sort of experience do your guides have?
Our entire city tour guides have bachelors to Master Degree academic education along with many months tour guiding training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. They are fluent in spoken languages and informative about the sites in many aspects. They are quite experienced and dedicated to their job and responsibilities.
Our entire trekking guides have minimum Intermediate to Master Degree academic education with trekking guide training from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management, Rabi Bhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal. Many of them are from villages. As they are local, they know more about the routes, necessary precaution to be taken and so on. They have spent many years exploring many parts of the country. They are trained in first aid and able to handle any situation easily. They speak good English and make you know about the places you visit.
13) May I charge my electronic devices during Ganesh Himal Trekking?
Most of the places in your tea houses have charging facilities. You can charge your devices by paying some extra money. It’s good if you bring TWO or THREE pin travel adapter and put your gadgets at warm place at night.
14) How much additional money is required for this trip?
It’s a very personal question as expenses depend on habit. Normally, in Kathmandu you can allocate about USD 10 to 15 per person per lunch or dinner. USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day will be sufficient to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for a hot shower during the trekking. Other personal expenses will be your own calculation.
15) What is the social and environmental responsibility of Himkala Adventure for this trip?
The situation of environment in Nepal is in considerable stage due to so many factors caused by global warming, human activities, and adverse effects of natural incidents. Nepal is in between two giant countries like China and Nepal. The ozone layer is depleting and the atmosphere is getting heated. So, its direct effect is to the Himalayas that the snow is melting day by day and the sea level is rising. It is due to population growth, people are clearing the forest and the soil is being eroded. As a part of society, and our trekking related activities are directly concerned with the social and environmental things. We are very conscious not litter in the open spaces, to manage garbage properly and make local people aware in this campaign. We are working together with other companies and taking these issues seriously.
16) What is the minimum number requirement for this trip?
We operate individual trip to the group joining trips for Ganesh Himal Trekking. If you want to do any private trip we are ready to organize for solo traveler as well with some additional charges.
17) Are there communication or internet services during Ganesh Himal Trekking?
All our guides carry the local mobile phone. You can use his mobile phone to make any local or international call from trekking trails by paying him directly. You can even pass him number to be connected with your family or friends. We highly recommend taking local SIM card for call and internet services during trekking. Local SIM cards are easily available in many stores and at airport as well. You need to provide two copies of your photographs and your passport copy to get local SIM CARDS of NCELL & NTC (only these two companies provide telephone services in Nepal.
18) May I get chances for shower during Ganesh Himal Trekking?
Most of the guesthouse provides hot shower with some extra cost. In few places, bucket water will be provided for the shower.
19) May I add extra days in trekking?
Yes. You can customize the trek as you would want. We are flexible while preparing the itinerary and you could lengthen or shorten it as per your requirement.
20) What happens in case of emergency?
Himkala Adventure has prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. Our guides are trained in first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during the trek. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for the case of emergency.
21) Do I need to have insurance for this trip?
We request you to have a travel-insurance policy to cover theft, loss, medical problem & emergency helicopter evacuation from high altitude places before coming Nepal. Choose a policy to cover your emergency high altitude helicopter evacuation with all medical insurances for trekking in high altitude in the Himalayas of Nepal. Your travel insurance is always needed before going in any high altitude trekking. Please check your travel insurance policy which doesn’t exclude mountaineering or alpinism. Although you will not be engaging in these activities in your trekking, you might have problem convincing the insurance company of this fact. Rescue insurance need to cover an emergency helicopter evacuation or a charted flight from remote mountain trails of Nepal as well as international medical evacuation. A helicopter evacuation might cost US$ 2500 to US$10000 depending on the places. So that travel insurance to cover all above is must to travel in the high Himalayas of Nepal.
22) What type of shoes should I wear during Ganesh Himal Trekking?
You could better have carefully chosen hiking boots with extra laces which should be kind of strong, well-made but light boots for Ganesh Himal Trekking. Shoes and boots are best to buy before arriving in Nepal. We advise you to wear your new shoes for sometime before trek so that you could feel well habituated on the newer trail for your feet.
23) Can I use credit cards in Ganesh Himal Trekking?
No, you can use only in the cities like Kathmandu. So, it is better you to make change in Kathmandu. When you are out of city, all you need is cash, better to have small notes. Please change the currency in local Nepali rupees before you go to the mountains.
24) Do I need to tip my guide and porter? How much would that be?
Tipping is not mandatory, neither it is right to ask by anyone but it is a way of showing gratitude after taking service. The level of tip also shows how satisfy you are from the team that you had been during your tour/trek.However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
25) How is Camping Trek to Ganesh Himal being operated?
Camping trek is fully organized and supported, with a team of guides, cooks, and porters to accompany you. Our porters carry all the trekking gear, food, fuel and personal belongings. Our cooks prepare hot meals. Trekkers need only carry a small bag as required for the day. At night, tents for dining, sleeping and ablutions tents are provided and set up, also mattresses and down-filled sleeping bags, tables and seating.In a typical camping trek, we start the day around 6 a.m. with a cup of hot tea. You are then provided with a bowl of warm water for washing. Then trekkers enjoy breakfast before leaving camp. The trek begins around 7.30 - 8 a.m.
Trekkers can set their pace for pausing and sightseeing and the walk to the lunch spot will normally take 3 hours. On arrival, you are served hot lunch. In the afternoon, after walking for another 3 to 4 hours, you arrive at the next camp around 5 p.m. Tea & snacks are served while our staff readies the camp. Dinner time is around 6/7 p.m. in the dining tent, lit with lanterns and comfortably furnished. The food is healthy, wholesome and hygienically prepared.
The cost of trip varies according to the number of travelers in the group, the category of the Hotel, mode of the transportation and any kind of changes (if there is). So, if you would let us know all of these above mentioned things, then we could quote you the exact price.
You are requested to send the following documents after you confirm or book the trip with Himkala Adventure:
A copy of your passport and travel/health insurance documents with contact details, three passport size photos.
It is advised to maintain a separate photocopy of all important documents including traveler’s cheques, bank/ATM card, contact numbers, international flight tickets, and emergency contact numbers.
The main trekking season in Nepal is from October to December and March to May. The day temperature for walking to Ganesh Himal Trekking is comfortable. The sky is clear although there is snow and rainfall occasionally. It is about 10 degree centigrade at the height of 3,600 m and increasingly lower, the higher we go.
There is much more progress in the political scenario in Nepal and we assure you that travelling in Nepal is safe. But there may be Bandha (wide transport strikes) at a very short notice. The shuttle bus is in operation by Nepal Tourism Board and the Nepal Tourist Police in conjunction with the Himalayan Rescue Association from domestic and international terminal to the various hotels in Kathmandu. The service costs 300 rupees per person.
The itinerary is only for those who choose the complete package. We can change the itinerary as per your requirements and interests. We always offer you the standard service but it may depend on the program you have chosen and the financial procurement.
Himkala has thoughtfully designed all the itineraries but our itineraries are updated for the betterment on the basis of our past travelers’ comments and our own research. In case you find changes in the itinerary you printed and the upgraded one does not affect your trip. Please note that some changes may occur in our itineraries due to bad weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes.
Your trip will be meaningful if you could find yourself fit and fine. You will be walking up to 4,760 m from the sea level. As the geographical region varies, there is a temperature variation as well. So, we advise you to undertake regular physical exercise, jogging, hiking, riding, ascending and descending the long stairs etc.
Himkala Adventure organizes solo to group travelers. Our group trips are designed for sharing accommodation and there is no single supplement. Single travelers share with the same gender from twin to multi-share in an accommodation. You are requested to have mutual understanding in between the fellow travelers who have joined from the different parts of the world. Please remember that you have great responsibilities in the group. If you are requested to be at a particular place at a certain time, make sure that you have been there at a time. It is much more pleasing sharing experiences and traveling together.
Accommodation and Meals:
Accommodation and Foods in the Himalayan region of Nepal cannot be compared with any developed countries in the world. We know that you might not have experienced such things before but you should take it easy. Accommodations at local lodges are simple but clean and comfortable. The food is plain. Toilets and washing facilities are shared and rudimentary. In high altitude regions, there are very few tea houses and one has to be happy to share in simple dormitories without electricity, without running water. Hot shower means a bucket of hot water upon our request.
Please note that most establishments in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded and they can be very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.
The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali Rupee (NPR). ATMs can be found only in major cities of Nepal like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Bhaktapur etc. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian rupee notes in Nepal. You make sure that you won’t carry these notes upon arrival in Nepal, otherwise they are confiscated and you may be fined.
Please make sure that the foreign currency notes that you have are new and clean notes because old, torn or faded foreign currency notes in Nepal are very difficult to exchange or extra fees added when exchanging at banks.
While travelers cheques have security advantages exchanging them can be a lengthy process, commissions can be high (up to 10%) and they can be difficult to change in rural areas, on weekends and public holidays. If you choose to bring travelers’ cheques, make sure they are a major brand and major currency.
Tipping is not mandatory. It is not anyone’s right asking for tips but if you are happy with the service, you could tip the staffs. It is entirely a personal preference. Tipping could be significant to them who took take great care of you in your traveling period. Himkala recommends that you could tip any intended recipient by any member of the group than collected and passed on by the group leader.
Note: Please do not tip with coins or dirty and ripped notes. This is culturally taken as an insult.
Local Dress in Nepal:
Nudity is a sensitive issue in Nepal. Women should avoid wearing shorts and sleeveless tops in public places where this might be seen as inappropriate. Remove shoes before entering certain holy places. Non-Hindus are not permitted in some temples.
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