Sitting on the spine of the world, sandwiched between the superpowers of China and India, you’ll find Nepal.
A tiny Himalayan country where Sherpa still trudge the mountain paths and prayer flags crisscross the sky, their fluttering Buddhist mantras snatched on the breeze. We’re not meant to play favourites, but when you’ve been running Nepal tours for nearly three decades, the country kind of gets under your skin. Follow our leaders up to Basecamp, trek the rhododendron forests of the Annapurna, track rhino through the Chitwan jungle or stuff your face with momos in the warren-like streets of Thamel. Whichever Nepal trip you choose, we promise you one thing: you’ve never been anywhere like this.
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Nepal tour reviews
Our Nepal trips score an average of 4.88 out of 5 based on 352 reviews in the last year.
Everest Base Camp, February 2017
Baby wipes, toilet paper, hand sanitiser, and Snickers bars are the absolutely essential items! The EBC trek is definitely about the journey. Breathtaking views the whole way and if you make it to Base Camp then that's a plus!
Review submitted 24 Mar 2017
Annapurna Explorer, March 2017
These were with The Adventure Company.
Review submitted 23 Mar 2017
Articles on Nepal
Nepal travel highlights
Be swept up in the warmth and vibrancy of Kathmandu
Chitwan National Park
Go on safari in the Chitwan National Park
Discover the raw beauty of the Himalayas
Transport in Nepal
Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.
Depending on which trip you're on while in Nepal, you may find yourself travelling by:
Thrill seekers will enjoy getting active while river-rafting in Nepal.
Paddling a canoe through the pristine waterways of Nepal is a fun and active way to get to know the Nepalese countryside.
Accommodation in Nepal
Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.
When travelling with us in Nepal you may find yourself staying in a:
Experience Nepalese hospitality in a traditional setting while staying in character-filled teahouses - a hallmark of travel in rural Nepal.
Rest your weary trekking legs and relish the beauty of the countryside while camping in remote Nepal.
Nepal holiday information
At a glance
Best time to visit Nepal
Culture and customs
Eating and drinking
Geography and environment
History and government
Top 10 Must-Visit Places of Nepal
Festivals and Events in Nepal
Health and Safety
Nepal travel FAQs
All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and at some land borders (including borders with India and Tibet).
Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. There have been instances when passengers were asked to show return flight tickets. You will also need to provide two passport photos and the following fees in US dollars cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ. The following costs were correct at time of writing:
- Multi entry visa valid for 15 days - US$25
- Multi entry visa valid for 30 days - US$40
- Multi entry visa valid for 90 days - US$100
Please note if you are staying in Nepal for less than 24 hours while in transit a transit visa can be issued on presentation of your international flight ticket, there is a nominal charge of US$5 and one photo is required.
Your visa application form may require you to state the dates on which you enter and exit that country. Please note we suggest you list your date of entry a few days before, and date of exit a few days after, your intended dates in case you encounter any delays or problems en route. To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful.
While tipping isn't mandatory in Nepal, it's considered polite to leave service workers in restaurants and cafes a 10% tip if a service charge hasn't already been included in the bill.
Travellers will be able to access the internet in large cities like Kathmandu. Smaller towns, isolated areas and rural villages may have limited to no access, so prepare to disconnect when leaving the city.
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in urban areas, but can be patchy and less reliable in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure global roaming is activated on your phone before you arrive.
Squat toilets are the most common toilets in Nepal. Always carry your own toilet paper and soap or hand sanitiser, as they aren't usually provided.
Cup of tea/chai = 70 NPR
Bottle of beer = 200-300 NPR
Simple lunch = 200 NPR
Simple dinner = 400-500 NPR
It's not recommended to drink the tap water in Nepal. Filtered water is a better option, try to use a refillable canteen or water bottle rather than buying bottled water. Remember to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating.
Credit cards are usually accepted by modern hotels, restaurants and medium-large shops in tourist areas. Smaller shops, cafes, market stalls and places in remote areas probably won’t have facilities that support credit cards, so ensure you have enough cash to cover expenses while in rural areas or when visiting smaller vendors and bazaars.
ATMs can be found in Nepal's large cities. Smaller towns and isolated areas will have very few, or none at all, so have enough cash to cover purchases, as ATM access may not be available.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
- 14 Jan Maghi Parwa / Maghe Sankranti
- 29 Jan Martyr's Memorial Day
- 29 Jan Sonam Losar (Tamang New Year)
- 18 Feb Democracy Day (Rastraya Prajatantra Dibas)
- 24 Feb Mahashivaratri
- 26 Feb Ghyalpo Losar
- 8 Mar International Women's Day
- 4 Apr Ram Nawami
- 13 Apr Nepali New Year
- 1 May International Workers Day
- 10 May Buddha Jayanti (Bhudda Day)
- 28 May Ganatantra Diwas / Republic Day
- 26 Jun Ramjan Edul Fikra
- 7 Aug Janai Purnima / Rakshya Bandhan
- 14 Aug Shree Krishna Janmasthami / Gaura Parba
- 2 Sep Edul Aajaha
- 20 Sep Constitution Day
- 21 Sep Ghatasthapana
- 27 Sep Dashain Festival (Phoolpati / Phulpat)
- 28 Sep Dashain Festival (Maha Astami)
- 29 Sep Dashain Festival (Maha Nawami)
- 30 Sep Dashain Festival (Vijaya Dashami)
- 1 Oct Dashain Festival (Pampakusha EkadashI)
- 2 Oct Dashain Festival (Dwadashi)
- 5 Oct Kojagrat Purnima
- 19 Oct Tihar Festival (Gai Tihar / Lakshmi Puja)
- 20 Oct Tihar Festival (Goru Tihar / Gobardhan Puja)
- 21 Oct Tihar Festival (Bhai Tika)
- 25 Oct Chhat Parwa
- 30 Dec Lhosar
Please note these dates are for 2017. For a current list of public holidays in Nepal go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/nepal/public-holidays
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Nepal
1. Be considerate of Nepal’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
4. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
5. When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It's meant to be fun!
6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
8. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
9. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
10. When on community visits or homestays, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
The Intrepid Foundation
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. By donating to The Intrepid Foundation you can make a difference in local communities - in health care, education, human rights, child welfare and the protection of wildlife and the environment.
In Nepal, The Intrepid Foundation proudly supports:
Himalayan Rescue Association
The Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal (HRA) provides much needed medical and emergency evacuation assistance and treats many cases of severe mountain sickness. They work with climbers and local people preventing many unnecessary deaths.
Photo provided by HRA
This relatively small non-government organisation targets disadvantaged children living in dangerous and vulnerable situations on the streets; living with their impoverished families and/or those required to work for a living. They help support access to appropriate educational opportunities, vocational training, and greater stability and security at home.
Image supplied by Just One
To learn more or donate, go to: www.theintrepidfoundation.org