How do I visit different places of Nepal?
Nepal is relying on roads and flights. Unfortunately, we really don't have traveling option with metros or railways. In terms of roads, metered taxis, public vans and buses plus vehicle rental is available. All the major cities inside Nepal are connected with flights too. There are few small domestic airlines to fly inside Nepal. All the major places throughout the Nepal is connected with public transports.
Do I need trekking Insurance?
Trekking may includes visit to very remote regions where no access to road or regular flights will be available. Travel insurance is very important while visiting these remote regions. In case of emergency contacting your insurance company may send helicopter for evacuating you. Unfortunately, evacuating by the helicopter is the only way to be rescued in many parts of Nepal. Paying for a helicopter personally can cost a lot. Not having enough money will make you to suffer a lot so it is so good to have a proper travel insurance with you.
Where do I exchange money?
It is illegal to exchange foreign currency with persons and organizations if not authorized. Many travel companies, hotels, money exchangers, big shops are authorized for using foreign currencies. There are many money exchangers for easy access to changing facility. People feel odd to accept Indian notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000. Money exchangers in Kathmandu have better rates than in other cities. On some popular trekking routes, you can find money exchangers but the rates will be very poor comparing to cities. If not urgent then it's advised not to exchange money in the trekking routes.
If I am run out of money, how do I get more funds?
All major ATM cards like Visa, Master Card, Maestro, American Express, JCB, Visa Electron etc are accepted by major ATM's in Nepal. Most of the cities have ATM machines. If you are on the trek then it would be difficult to find an ATM. Jomsom in Annapurna Circuit Trek, Namche Bazaaar in Annapurna trek have ATM facilities though it's not very reliable. If you are heading for a trek to the remote region then you are advised to take enough money with you. Foreign currencies are accepted in major trekking routes though exchange rate is very poor. You can have your money wired within 2/3 working days from most of the countries.
What meals are available on the trek?
Please be sure that trekking generally takes you to remote regions of Himalayas. Lodges are basic and provides few foods items. You will get a simple menu everyday that will offer some western and lots of Nepali meals. The meals are generally freshly prepared once you order. Most of the lodges will have noodles, soups, rice items, curry items, hand made breads, basic pizza, spaghetti, macaroni, egg items etc. In popular routes some lodges also offer chicken items but generally meats are not fresh so it's suggested to avoid it.
What is altitude sickness?
High altitude sickness is common problem when you body can not adjust in high altitude or can not get enough Oxygen. Basic high altitude sickness is not risky but severe sickness can kill you. Generally high altitude sickness occurs after 3000 meters. Not drinking enough water, ascending altitude too quickly and to taking proper and adequate acclimatization days are the main reasons of high altitude sickness. A acclimatization day is very important after ascending 1500 meters.
What equipment should I bring for the trek?
Basically, low level trekking needs few and easily accessed equipment. But for high altitude and adventurous trekking you need to have better equipment. Please see our equipment section for more information or you can email us too.
Will someone from Ambition Himalaya come to Pick me Up?
This question depends on the itinerary that we will send to you and the services included and excluded. For the initial information please see trip includes and excludes on the program we send you. If you accept the full package trip sent from us then definitely we will come to the airport to welcome you. If you send us modified itinerary where airport service is not included then we will come to welcome you in the hotel.
What are the visa types and costs?
You will get a 60 days Nepal visa at once and you will be charged US$ 30 for 60 days. In case you want to get visa for less than 60 days then, it does not matter because the charge will be the same.
What is the best trekking season?
Normally, trekking in Nepal is done in spring and autumn season. And, on this season the trekking trail will be really busy and crowded too. But for low level treks like Langtang Kyanjin Trek, Ghorepani Trek, Around Annapurna Trek, Dhampus Sarankot Trek etc. can be done throughout the year.
I am single Female, is Nepal safe for me?
Obliviously, Nepal is safe for all people and all age groups. There are chances of being safer than your home country. And, while travelling with us, your guide will be taking care of you personally so that you could feel safe in Nepal.
What can I expect from the guide?
Your guide will be typical Nepalese person. But if you have group of more than 15 people then there will be a team leader from your group too. You guide will be fluent in English language but we have guides who speak Spanish, German, French, and Japanese etc. for clients who do not speak English. So, your guide will be experienced on in the field in trekking, government licensed and socially aware. He will give you briefing each day regarding your route. If you have something that you are unsatisfied then we request you to talk with him.
How is the drinking water facility?
Your water won’t be included in the package trip. We recommend you to bring some tablets of Iodine to put in the water. You can request for water to put in the bottle in the hotel and put your iodine tablet in the bottle. Iodine has proved as 100% effective way of purifying water.
And, you can get mineral water on most of the trekking routes. But some trekking routes have banned mineral water and on those trekking routes you can get safe drinking water station. You can refill your empty bottle with purified water from safe drinking water stations.
How are the lodges of the trek?
Trekking is normally done in remote parts of Nepal. So, definitely you won’t get any star hotels there. Normally, you can get small and peace tea houses made by local resources. You may get local produced hygienic foods on the lodges. And, normally you will get a comfortable bed and sometimes you may get private bathrooms and sometimes you may need to share common bathrooms.
Sometimes, in some case if you are a single traveler then you may need to share your room with another person. Your guide will try to provide you single room but in some cases there are lots of examples of room sharing on the trail. So, we heartily request you to be prepared for that if you are a single traveler.
And in some cases you may not get rooms available in the lodges because of the large number of trekkers. In that case even you may need to sleep in the dining hall, please be prepared for that. This happens only in the extreme conditions.
How difficult are the treks?
Normally, tea house trekking is easy to moderate. It also depends on the trekking region, route, trekking options etc. In normal saying, short treks are easier than the long ones because long treks need more physical strength. Normally, you need to walk around 5/6 hours in average. If you take a guide then he / she will give you briefing about the trekking routes each day.
How do I get Visa for Nepal?
You can apply for a Nepal visa in Nepalese Embassies in your country. If there is not Nepalese Embassy in your country then you can apply in Nepalese consulates. If you are not able to get visa with both options then you can get visa upon arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal. If you are entering Nepal through land then you can get visa in the Nepalese border.
More information about visa is here