Some Information about trekking in Nepal

Its unique geological structure, people, culture and natural beauty has made Nepal as one of the must-see places in the world. It has fertile land, lust forest, amazing hills, high altitude glacial lakes and rivers, restless ever cracking and shifting enormous glaciers, majestic snow-clad Himalayan peaks etc. It has been a major destination for extreme adventurers as the country promotes adventure tourism.

Nepal is a country for all and in all seasons. The best time to go on trek in Nepal is October-November (Autumn) or March-May (Spring). Monsoon (July and August) is too wet and the winter is too cold. The monsoon is the best time to see the high altitude alpine flowerbed above 3500 meters and the winter provides more ice-climbing sites. The spring is the best time for the bird-watchers, butterfly watchers and flowers watchers. Let's not discuss about the photo opportunities for the photographers.

"Tea House" trek is more convenient for trekkers because that provides a place to stay inside the lodges at night. In this way the trekkers do not have to face the severe cold at night and in the early morning as the camping groups do. On the other hand, "Tea House" owners are directly benefited from you. There are some trekking regions like Dolpa, Mt. Kanchanjunga, Mustang, Mt. Manaslu and some other restricted regions into which we cannot run "Tea House" trek because those regions are remote and not yet developed to provide the basic needs to the foreign trekkers. Those regions have no villages or human settlement at stop points. So, we have to be well organized to trek through.

Tourist Information Management System (TIMS):
Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) in association with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has implemented Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) which is required for all trekkers in Nepal.

Main objective of TIMS is to obtain and maintain the database of all trekkers and discourage illegal trekking operations and ensure the safety of trekkers as well as the safety of trekking manpower including the porters.

TIMS information details are recorded in Nepal Tourism Board, accordingly. It is helpful to carry out prompt rescue operations if any emergency, accident or sickness in high altitude.

It is mandatory for all trekkers to obtain TIMS card to trek in Nepal. TIMS card contains trekker’s complete personal details with a photograph. Every trekker is requested to carry TIMS card along throughout trekking period. The card has to be presented at the check points, conservation areas and so. At the end it will be a piece of souvenir from Nepal.

Your trekking agent or trip organizer will arrange TIMS cards for you. Kindly provide two copies of passport size photographs to your agent.

TIMS card is not required for climbing expedition team members because their complete information is already with the department of tourism.

Visa System:
-Visa for the tourists are provided upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Visa Fees:
-For 15 days U. S. $ 25.
-For 30 days U. S. $ 40.
-For 90 days U. S. $ 100.

Requirements of Visa:
-Valid Passport with minimum period of 6 months to expire,
-Passport size photograph - 1 copy,

Note:
-Kindly carry at least 4 copies of photographs (for Visa and TIMS card).