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Rupina La Manaslu Circuit Trek - 22 days

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Trekking Style :Lodge/Camping

Activities :Trekking

Trip Route :Jagat/Samagaun/Larke La

Trip Length :20 Days

Meal :Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

Difficulty :Moderate/Strenuous

Accommodation :Hotel/Tent

Max Elevation :5100m/16731ft Larke pass

Transportation :Ground Transport

Group Size :01 Min/12 Max

Best Month :March/May-September/December

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Rupina La pass trekking is a challenging trekking trial in Nepal. Rupina La pass is less touristy area of Nepal Himalayas lies on the Manaslu region. Rupina La pass trek was officially opened to tourist in 1991, but mountaineering expeditions have had long access to the area. In 1950 a party led by H.W. Tillman trekked from Thonje to Bimtang and col. Jimmy Roberts crossed the Larkya La looking for an interesting mountain to climb. Manaslu( 8163m) was attempted by Japanese Expeditions every year from 1952 until 1956 when the first ascent was made. Having become known as “Japanese Mountain” much of the information about the area was available in Japanese. The Japanese continued to dominate the climbing scene of Manaslu until 1971. A few trekkers including peripatetic Hugh Swift, Managed to obtain the trekking permit for the region but otherwise this trek always has been the domain of the mountaineering expedition.

Rupina La Manaslu Circuit trekking is geographically spectacular and culturally fascinating circumnavigating the Manaslu peak 29 (7871m), Himal Chuli (7893m) and Boudha Himal (6672m). Mostly Manaslu Rupina la pass trekking trail covers with the Tibetan culture. The Manaslu Rupina La trekking offer superb Himalayan scenery, Lush valleys, beautiful landscape, wild animals and birds. We cross the Rupina-La (4520m), encounter with Manaslu circuit route to over the second pass Larkya La (5100m) and descend to the Marshyangdi river that reunites Annapurna Circuit Trail. Then further trek down to Bulbule from where we will drive back to Kathmandu.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
  • Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
  • Day 03: Drive Kathmandu – Baluwa (755m/2677ft.) 9-10 hrs public bus drive.
  • Day 04: Trek Baluwa – Barpak (1950 m/6398ft.) 5-6 hrs trek
  • Day 05: Barpak – Gaikharka (3217m/10554ft)6-7 hes
  • Day 06: Gaikharka – Bhaisi Kharka (2960m) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 07: Bhaisi Kharka - Rupi Na la phedi(3760m) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 08: Rupina La Phedi -  Rupina La pass (4643m)- Base camp 5-6 hrs
  • Day 09: Base camp - Jarang Lunch (3480m) – Zokbatang(3125m) 6-7 hrs
  • Day 10: Zokbatang – Nyak (2390m)7-8 hrs.
  • Day 11: Nyak – Bi Phedi  (2660m/8725)6-7 hrs.
  • Day 12: Bihi Phedi – Lho (3,180m/10,430ft) 6-7 hrs trek
  • Day 13: Lho - Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft) 5-6 hrs
  • Day 14: Day explore : Samagaon - Pungyen gompa/ Manaslu Base Camp - Samagaon
  • Day 15: Samagaun - Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft) 3-4 hrs
  • Day 16: Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4460m/14, 628 ft) 4-5 hrs (630 M ascend)
  • Day 17: Dharamsala - Larkya la {5100m/16, 728 ft} - Bimthang {3720m/12, 201 ft} 8-9 hrs
  • Day 18: Bimthang – Tilje (2360m/8396 ft) 6-7 hrs trek
  • Day 19: Tilje – chyamje (1430 m/4760 ft} 4-5 hrs
  • Day 20: Chyamje – Ngadi Bazar {930m/3100 ft) 5-6 hrs 110 m
  • Day 21: Ngadi Bazar – Bulbule and drive to Kathmadnu (1300 m/ 4264ft) 2 hrs. trek and 6-7 hours drive
  • Day 22: Final departure

Transfer to international Airport and fly to onward destination.

Check List

  • Reading/writing material
  • First-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes for cleaning can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Health requirements arranged
  • Money: cash/credit card
  • Down Sleeping bag provided by Mountain Mart Trek in Kathmandu 
  • Light weight Towel
  • Day pack (25-30 liter) to carry your personal needs during the day
  • Torch/flashlight - headlamp style is ideal
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen and lip balm
  • Refillable water bottle - Min 1 Liter Aluminum or Nalgene polypropylene are best
  • Warm Hat
  • Sunhat/bandana
  • Sunglasses
  • Gloves - wool or fleeced and gore tex
  • Scarf
  • Bag Liners to waterproof your bags (A duffel bag is provided to each trekker for trekking by MMT in Kathmandu)
  • Sewing Kit
  • Wind and waterproof Jacket & Pants
  • Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes (worn frequently prior to departure)
  • Socks: thick wool blend and thin cotton to be worn in combination - ensure boots fit such combination
  • Running shoes or sandals for evening
  • Wool jumper/sweater/fleece. Lightweight during summer, 1 heavyweight or 2 lightweights during winter months.
  • T Shirts 2 or 3
  • Shirt - Long Sleeved
  • Pants - lightweight long trousers (jeans are unsuitable)
  • Thermals upper and lower
  • Extra warm clothing during winter (December to March) layered clothing - thermals.

Rupina La Manaslu Trekking Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Our Mountain Mart Trekking Company Airport Representative will meet you outside the Terminal Hall. Please, look for our Treks and Expeditions play card. Transfer to hotel, introduce your trekking guide and check the necessities. Afternoon stroll Tourist colourful market Thamel down town. 

Overnight in Kathmandu at  Boutique Hotel with breakfast 

Day 02: Full day Kathmandu City excursion

After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing tours to world heritage sites of Pashupatinath Temple-the holiest Hindu Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River, Bodhanath Stupa-the biggest Buddhist Stupa architecture in the world!  Patan Durbar Square is the oldest city in the Kathmandu valley with age old tradition also called Lalitpur-the city of fine arts. The visit covers the Durbar Square, the Krishna temple, the Kumbheswore temple, the Golden temple and many more. Swayambhunath Stupa-the 2000 years old legendary stupa on the hillock also nick-named as monkey temple. Your day tour ends Kathmandu Durbar Square Showcasing living goddess Kumari Temple, Nautale Durbar, the Kaal Bhairav, the Swet Bhairav, the freak Street and more.

Overnight in Kathmandu at  Boutique Hotel with breakfast 

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu – Baluwa (755m/2677ft.), 9-10 hrs public bus drive.

After breakfast, boarding the public bus from New bus park. Drive through the tropical and sub tropical landscape along a famous rafting river Trishuli Nadi. Our bus turns toward Baluwa along the bumpy road, 15 Km before Gorkha Bazar, head quarter of Gorkha district. Our bus resumes picturesque villages and finally, brings a little village Baluwa next to Daraudi River offers a chance to bath on frace water. 

Overnight stay in camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 04: Trek Baluwa – Barpak (1950 m/6398ft.), 5-6 hrs trek

Today, our trail follows the upstream of Daraudi River passing paddy field to right flank of the river. About 3 hrs sub tropical climate trek, we arrive a perfect lunch spot before climb steep hill.  Our trail ascends right after Lunch. As we ascend higher up, a lovely view of river valley and Buddha Himal (6672 m) on the background can be seen amazingly. Trail raises though dry terraced farming field and herds shelter. Still today’s route prolongs steeply toward the largest village of area Barpak. An early evening explore village that exposes social culture, life living and village community. 

Overnight stay in camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 05: Barpak – Gaikharka (3217m/10554ft), 6-7 hes

Our day starts with stunning view of Buddha Himal range since morning. Trail ascends as we leave Barpak village passing rhododendron and oak forest. View of Himalayas gets closer and panoramic as we trek further to the lunch. After lunch, trail is a lot easier to herders grazing land Gaikharka. Overnight stay in camp.

Day 06: Gaikharka – Bhaisi Kharka (2960m), 6-7 hrs

Today, our trail hides and exposes in zig zag forested trail. It’s relatively easier than yesterday.  A huge specious beautiful lawn greets you for night camp

Overnight in camp 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 07: Bhaisi Kharka - Rupi Na la phedi(3760m) 5-6 hrs

After breakfast, our day begins gradual tiny trail to Bhedi Kharka by the Lunch time. A three hours trek after Lunch brings you Rupina La Phedi (Rupina La base camp), 

Overnight stay in camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 08: Rupina La Phedi -  Rupina La pass (4643m)- Base camp 5-6 hrs

After an early breakfast, we proceed our trek toward Rupina La pass following steep trail. About 4 hrs trek arrives the pass. Descend down to other side base camp where is a small  herders hut. 

Overnight stay in camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 09: Base camp - Jarang Lunch (3480m) – Zokbatang(3125m), 6-7 hrs

Today, we cross two glaciers to Jarang and moderately flat tail to another beautiful campsite with the closest stunning view of Himalayas. 

Overnight stay in camp
Meals: Breakfast, lunch & Dinner 

Day 10: Zokbatang – Nyak (2390m),7-8 hrs.

It’s one of the longest day of the trek. Our trail continues zigzag up hill to the Lunch, hereafter passes a steep hill to our final destination to Nyak. 

Overnight stay in camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 11: Nyak – Bi Phedi  (2660m/8725), 6-7 hrs.

Another long day. Continue from Nyak down an easy exposed track until the trail from Philim comes in from the right. We resume through bamboo forests staying in left side of the river to Deng (1800m), inhabited by Gurungs who practice Buddhism. There is a good lodge here after the mani wall. Just beyond Deng cross to the east bank and climb to Rana (1980m) and resume uphill to campsite  Bihi Phedi (2130m; Bihi). 

Overnight stay in Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 12: Bihi Phedi – Lho (3,180m/10,430ft), 6-7 hrs trek

Our trail continues in and out of canyons, cross the Serang Khola coming from the north and climb steeply again before finally circling into Ghap. The trail follows the upstream of the river through dense forest, few houses and animal shelter. After crossing the river at an impressive spot where it thunders down a narrow gorge, the forest becomes less dense and the trail is fine again. The pleasant walk continues and after a last steep climb we reach Namrug. Climbing steadily in the shade of a forest takes us to Lihi, a fine village with many chortens and barley terraces. We still have to few hours to our final destination Lho. Ganesh Himal rises high into the sky when we turn around. The trail drops and crosses the side valley of Simnang Himal. A chorten with detailed paintings announces. Sho, another nice village with fine views up the open valley. One final steep slope needs to be climbed and then we reach the houses that are lined up on a ridge Lho. 

Overnight stay in the Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 13: Lho - Samagaon (3530m/11,578 ft) 5-6 hrs

The Budi Gandaki River flows far down in the valley. The trail continues crossing the bridge over Damonan Khola and we follow a small tributary instead. Walking in the shady pine forest is very enjoyable. A short climb to a plateau Shyala village. Huge mountains surround us, Himal Chuli (7893m)and Peak 29 (Ngadi Chuli, 7873m) to the left, Manaslu (8156m) and large glaciers straight ahead, other snowcaps to the right, at the far end of the valley, Ganesh Himal can be clearly visible. After a large chorten into a little dip area, where two rows of houses form the main part of Samagaun. Trek far end of the village, overlooking the valley stands the well-known monastery of Kargu Choling Monestery in Samagaun. 

Overnight stay in the Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 14: Day explore : Samagaon - Pungyen gompa/ Manaslu Base Camp - Samagaon

We stay a night extra in Samagaun for rest and acclimatization. Wonder at the thousands of mani stones with Buddhist texts and paintings including Kargu Choling Monastery. Explore Samagaun village, culture, customs and Tibetan way of living. Take a side trip to Pungyen Gompa, a monastery with great views of the glacier. It is named after Manaslu, Pungyen means bracelet, a good description of the two peaks. It was destroyed a year by the avalanche after the first unsuccessful Japanese attempt to climb Manaslu. The locals believed that the climb angered the gods, and when the Japanese came back a year they met so much resistance that they had to give up their attempt. They finally summitted the the mountain in 1959. If you have more energy continue to fascinated glacial Lake at 3450 m and climb another 3 – 4 hours to Manaslu Base Camp at 4900 m. Late afternoon back to Samagaun. 

Overnight stay at Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 15: Samagaun - Samdo (3860m/12,660 ft) 3-4 hrs

Descend to the Budhi Gandaki River that has turned north, and follow it to a bridge over a side stream. The trail to the left leads to the Manaslu Base camp. The Larkya la Trail passes several mani walls as the valley begins to widen. It is an easy trail on a shelf above the river passing the juniper and birch forests of Kerma Kharka. We drop off the shelf, cross the Budhi Gandaki on a wooden bridge and climb steeply onto a promontory between two forks of the river. From a stone arch we can see a large white mani, finally passing through the mani we Samdo village before the Lunch. 

It’s worth to utilize leisure afternoon, hike to Samdo peak through the colorful prayer flags for finest view of Mt. Manaslu.

Overnight stay at Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 16: Samdo - Dharamsala/Larkya B. C. (4460m/14, 628 ft) 4-5 hrs (630 M ascend)

Follow wide gentle trail passing the many fields, prayer flags, large mani wall and stone archway. We continue our walk down to the river, cross the wooden and begin walking upward. Cross two streams and witness the Larkya Glacier. Turn around the valley of the Salka Khola and climb up again and come to the stone guest house (4450 m) which is not a lodge but a kind of shelter called DharmShala, also known as Larkya Phedi. We pitch our tent and have a rest to prepare for next day crossing of the famous and awaited Larkya Pass (5100 m) Short walk can be taken vicinity of Lake Base Camp. 

Overnight stay at Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 17: Dharamsala - Larkya la {5100m/16, 728 ft} - Bimthang {3720m/12, 201 ft} 8-9 hrs

Trail climb to ridge in front of camp site, eventually long gentle climb to a moraine. Cheo Himal and Larke peak will emerge north side of the Larkya Glacier. After a short climb, we reach the ablation valley on the North side of the Larkya Glaciers. Finally, we walk across the moraines of the glacier, making a gradual ascent which becomes steeper only in the last section to the pass. From the pass, there are outstanding views of Himlung Himal (7120 m), Cheo Himal (6820 m), Kangguru(6680 m) and the huge Annapurna II (7937 m) The descend begins along the top of the moraine I the west then drops steeply and becomes fairly gentle through rocky alps.It is a longer day then usual to Bimtang, but to walk into these low pastures feel less heavier then previous days. As we are closer to the greeneries, Bhimtang a flat plateau encounter just on the right time. 

Overnight stay in the Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 18: Bimthang – Tilje (2360m/8396 ft) 6-7 hrs trek

Trail drops to the glacier stream, cross the wooden bridge , pass high pasture, descend the valley of the Burdin Khola. From a ridge at 4150 meters, you have excellent views of Manaslu to the South East and Annapurna II to the South West. Beyond a bridge over the headwaters of the Dudh Khola, descend into a rhododendron forest and follow a trail through a narrow valley until we reach the highest cultivated land in this valley at Karche, 2785 meters. From here we cross a slide, then trek across fields before making a steep climb over a ridge. The trail comes off the ridge in a big, sweeping arc to the river bank at 2580m. Follow the trail through farming fields, rhododendron and oak forest bring you to warmer apple campsite Tilje. 

Overnight stay in Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 19: Tilje – chyamje (1430 m/4760 ft} 4-5 hrs

Climb over a small ridge to the stone - paved village and wind among the closely spaced houses of this large Village. Leaving the village, cross the suspension bridge over Dudh Khola and trek along the river embankment. Cross a wooden bridge back to the northern side of the Dudh Khola and climb up through a chorten-shaped arch and past a mani wall to Thonje. Cross Marshyandi river by suspension bridge again to reunite with Annapurna Circuit trail in Dharapani. Remain days, we will follow the downstream of Marshyandi river along circuit route to complete our trek. A busy and easy trail with scenic view of waterfall and valley bounces in Small Tibetan village Chamje. 

Here is road and jeep available to shorten the trek, off road bumpy drive to Beshi Sahar.

Overnight stay at Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 20: Chyamje – Ngadi Bazar {930m/3100 ft) 5-6 hrs 110 m

Trail follows jeep road to narrow Marshyandi valley to Jagat nd continue to the beautiful waterfall high above south bank of river. Cross the bride and pass rice field, cross small streams and short steeply climb a typical village Bahundanda. There is marvelous view of the green Marshyandi deep valley and trail drop down to the river to Ngadi Bazar. 

Overnight stay in Lodge 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Day 21: Ngadi Bazar – Bulbule and drive to Kathmadnu (1300 m/ 4264ft) 2 hrs. trek and 6-7 hours drive

Retrace the circuit trail along the river bank and rice field to Bulbule. Cross the bridge and get the bus stand to Kathmandu via Besi Sahar. Trail suppose continue to Annapurna Circuit starting point “Besi Sahar“ but due to the road and dust most trekkers prefer drive back to the civilization. Road links with Pokhara those who are willing to wonder Lake city 145 km from Bulbule alternatively.

Overnight in Kathmandu at  Boutique Hotel with breakfast 

Day 22: Final departure

Transfer to international Airport and fly to onward destination.

    

Cost Inclusive:

  •  All airport/Hotel transfers
  •  Boutique Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast 
  • City tour by private car 
  • Ground transportation; Kathmandu-Baluwa (trail foot)  Ngadi Bazar (Trail head)-Kathmandu
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • Hot drinks (Tea & Coffee)
  • All mountain accommodation (tent/lodge)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Guide & porter salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
  •  All necessary paper work and permits  (Manaslu region special trekking permit, MCAP and ACAP)  
  •  A comprehensive medical kit
  •  All government and local taxes
  • Trekking equipment such as down filled sleeping bag, walking poles and duffel bag

Cost Exclusive:

  •  Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu 
  • All types of bottled drinks 
  • City entrance fees 
  • Electronic device recharge 
  • Travel insurance & evacuation
  • Tipping 

Trip Information Section

Meals

Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.

Accommodation

A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.

Drinking water:

Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem

Route Map

Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt

What to take

This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .

Important to note:

Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.

Why Travel with Us?

Our outdoor staffs are fully insured and well equipped. MMT offers attractive salary packages to guides, porters and other trekking staffs. We also pay sustainable salaries/wages during low season when no work is available. Our porters may carry a maximum mass of 30 kilograms.

We have extensive logistical experience in both individual and group tour operations. We customize your holdiay as per requirment and  always endeavour to meet ultimate expetation. MMT tour operaters are professionalize in Nepal trekking, high adventure passes, climbing and mountaineering, cultural tours, white water rafting and many more.

Safety and trip comfort are no compromises and top priorities of the company inclusively to both clients and trekking crews. Our trekking leaders are pharmacy trained and have considerable knowledge on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) from different training workshops conducted by HRA (Himalayan Rescue Association), KEEP (Kathmandu Education Invironment Project) and TAAN (Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal) . We believe health is wealth:  Guides and porters are fully insured and sufficient trekking gear is supplied by MMT.  Emergency First Aid Kits are carried by trek leaders for health support for clients and trekking staff.  We are constantly in communication with our trek leaders about weather issues which might influence trips.

We are an independent ultimate outdoor adventure team, based in Nepal, who explore and experience the unspoiled flora, fauna and landscapes of the towering Himalayas as well as the treasures of myth and legend of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Mountain Mart Treks offers a splendid alternative solution for adventure, fun, research, and eco tourism to these South Asian countries. We believe each our happy client is our next trek.

Mountain Mart Trek has numerous fixed departures trekking tours to match several travelers. Besides, we also offer customize guaranteed departure dates upon your advice and make happen comfortably. MMT will organize treks for groups with specific interests and will adjust itineraries for groups with age-specific requirements. Group sizes can range from a single trekker up to a maximum of 10 people

Our trekking team has more than 20 years route experiences in remote adventure, peak climbing, expeditions, culture and nature research, whatever your condition we will help you to achieve your final goal. We believe in adventure beyond the fun.   We are more specialized in unbeaten and unspoiled nature finder trekking operator..

Our prices are extremely competitive and our service will touch your feelings. We have a good business relationship with domestic and international airlines, hotels and resorts and are the sole agents for several treks and tours. We guarantee fair prices and top class unexpected Services.We offer a transparent travel service and no hidden costs will hit our clients during their trip.

MMT offers a one stop travel solution and is proud to inform our valued clients that all types of travel service, including international air bookings, visa services for India, Tibet, Bhutan, and China are on offer. Apart from trekking, we are the sole agents for mountain climbing expeditions, white water rafting, wildlife safaris, cultural tours, bird watching tours as well as budget and group tours to Tibet and Bhutan

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Frequently Asked Questions Section

  • Foreigners other than Indian citizen, who intend to visit Nepal must hold a valid passport prior to apply for a Nepal visa. The passport must have six months validity from the date of arrival. Travelers can obtain a Nepalese visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, or at a border immigration office. One recent copy of a passport size color photo is required to apply for Tourist Visa to Nepal.

    Visa Fees: 

    • The fees payable only in USD dollars for obtaining a visa on arrival at any border are as follows:
    • A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days: US$ 25 payable only in USD dollars.
    • A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days: US$ 40 payable only in USD dollars
    • A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days: US$ 100 payable only in USD dollars
  • Yes, our Airport Representative will be there to greet you outside the Terminal Hall (after you have completed passport, immigration and visa requirements) He will be displaying our Mountain Mart Treks & Expedition logo with your name on it. You will then be transferred to your hotel.

  • Mountain Mart Treks & Expeditions is all about providing you with local insights as well as adventure. With that in mind, we use a mixture of local buses and taxis, private mini buses for city sightseeing and airport pickups and sometimes land cruisers for journeys into the mountains, to and from trekking points. The choice of vehicle will also depend on the size of your group. See the “Price Includes” section for your trek’s options. All vehicles are maneuverable and flexible enabling us to take you through the narrow roads of Nepal. We carefully omit to talk about he crazy, exciting, heart thumping driving that whips you from place to place.

    Should you have special transport requests, please contact us.

  • We use standard rooms, as per our “Price Includes” section, in Kathmandu. We serve you lodge double room available in the route in sharing basis. This service provide as per trekking plan you purchased with us. Lodges are mostly in village, which allows you to buy sweets and drinks, which we do not carry with us. For Tea House (lodge) trekking you will get a double room, on shared basis, as per your trekking plan.

  • Most treks are suitable for anyone who is moderately fit. No previous experience is required. To condition yourself for trekking, some physical fitness programs such as regular walking, running, swimming, and hiking are recommended before you embark on your journey. Any person suffering from a pre-existing medical condition or diseases must seek medical advice before considering a trek. Whilst on a trek, it is common to experience some discomfort before you become fully acclimatized to altitude.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner each day, as per itinerary, is included. If you have any special dietary requirements please inform us beforehand.

  • Hot showers will be available in some lodges at your own expense.

  • Electricity will not always be available, especially in more remote areas. Carry a second set of charged batteries with you – and don’t forget your adapters! Your guide will know where you will be able to charge your batteries next.

  • There are telephones in a few villages along the routes from which you can make international calls. Cell phone reception cannot be relied on in the mountains and in many regions not at all. If required, we can supply a satellite phone service. Please inform us should you need this service, which must be at your expense.

  • In most cities yes, to some extent, however once you leave the cities behind, you can only use cash. Make sure that you take sufficient Nepalese rupees for your needs in small denominations. In some places, Dollars, Euros and Pounds will be accepted.

  • It all depends on your spending habits. 15 to 20 US$ a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, souvenir shopping of local crafts when available and a few drinks. You can buy these things only in certain villages.

  • Tips are always expected. It is good to tip trekking staff at the end of a trek. The standard recommendation for tipping is for each person, in a group of 10 or more persons, to tip the guide US$ 10 per day and each porter US$ 3 per day. For groups of one or two persons and above USD$ 12 per day for guide and USD$ 5 for porter is recommended.

  • Please bring a water bottle to fill with purified water. We will provide you with purified water to each day. So you don’t need anything unless you want to bring your own water purifier (If so, please inform us beforehand). You can also buy mineral water in some villages along the trail.

  • All stuff what you have are not necessary to take to trekking as this makes your porter extra heavy and things can be lost and damaged during the trek. You can leave such stuff at your Hotel in Kathmandu or Mountain Mart Trekking store. Luggage storage facility is absolutely free of cost.

  • We plan each trek to depart at our customer’s convenience. Usually, a day or two after you fly into Kathmandu; spend a day or two in the capital, meeting the team, checking on all the gear and then departing after breakfast on the prearranged day.

  • A valid Passport – which must be valid for at least 6 months after you return from your tour. It needs to contain few blank pages. Bring minimum five copies of passport size photos to issue your arrival Nepal visa (which is payable only on USD cash) and trekking permits

    • Travel insurance; keep a separate photocopy with Mountain Mart Trek and into your main baggage.
    • Cash and Traveler’s Checks: keep serial numbers and proof of purchase separately.
    • Flight tickets
    • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
    • Passport photos:
      • One for your Nepal entry visa at the airport.
      • Four for your trekking permit and more photos for a multiple entry visa for onward trips to your next port.
    • Visa fees are:
    • US$ 25/40/100 for 15 days/30 days/90 days multiple entry that is payable only in USD cash. Maximum number of days should be included in the section about extending a trek.
    • Departure taxes are included in flight tickets to any destination since 2005.
  • Yes, our company insures all our trekking staff: guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.

  • Whilst on a trek, our porters will take care of your luggage service as per the “Price Includes” section. Your porter may carry a maximum of 15kg of luggage per person, in a soft bag A porter carries two trekkers’ bags (30kg).All you need to carry is your small day bag with personal belongings, camera, water, sun cream and sufficient warm and rain clothing for the day.

  • Weather in the Himalayas is notoriously difficult to predict: expect the unexpected. Nights are generally much cooler than the day. In winter (December to February) nights can be cold while days are beautiful (and warm when the sun is out). Snow can fall at any time of the year. Temperatures can range from 15°C to 25°C above 5000m. It is important to stay warm and dry in any conditions – so carry sufficient gear in you pack each day.

  • Yes, providing your group size meets tour agreed minimum, we include a free place for a leader, company representative and teacher.

    • 16 participants in a group – get free trekking packages for one leader.
    • 25 participants in a group – get free trekking package for two persons.
    • 40 participants in a group – get free trekking packages for three persons.
  • The safety and well-being of our clients is our first priority. Whilst acknowledging that there are inherent risks in all travel that can never be totally eliminated, we endeavor to minimize any risks or dangers that have the potential to lead to any more than reasonable level of physical or emotional distress for our clients, staff and partners.

    We aim to do this by:

    • Ensuring the chosen itinerary is appropriate for your group.
    • Seeking medical assurance from you that medical advisor prior to trekking departure to ensure all travellers are suitable for the challenge ahead
    • Ensuring that our guides are all first aid trained, carry a comprehensive first-aid kit and are fully competent in handling emergency evacuation procedures
    • Ensuring that our guides carry mobile or satellite phones: Mobile or satellite phone communication is available on most trekking routes which provide direct access to our company.
    • Providing a doctor to escort all school trekking groups and on request for charity challenges. Insisting that a complete risk assessment be provided prior travel and trek.
    • Requiring each client to complete and sign our risk assessment form prior to departure for a trek. Insisting that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers and trekkers. Insurance documentation to be provided prior to any trek.
  • A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along the route we can add days at your request (with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food if given sufficient time to make the arrangements.

  • Yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trek. Please browse our trip extension on home page and the following suggestions offer a few possibilities:

    • Everest Flight – A one hour early morning flight to see Mt Everest and its surrounding peaks. A ticket
    • includes the flight plus transfers to and from the airport (weather permitting).
    • Trisuli River Rafting – A one or two day package, including return road transport.
    • Chitwan Jungle Safari Package – 2 nights 3 days. Longer trips are also available.
    • Kathmandu City Tour
    • Meditation Tour- 2/3 days
    • Tibet Tour
    • Bhutan Tour
    • India Tour
    • Volunteering at a School in a Village.

Please contact us for more ideas and information: whatever your interests?

Please read carefully “Terms & Conditions” prior trip booking

GUEST AGREEMENT AND DECLARATION

"Trekking & walking, climbing & mountaineering are in remote parts of Nepal  that carries an inherent risk due to the weather cause injury and death, which is beyond our control. Always, we do our best to reduce any risks and hazards, still there are chances of accidents happening, and in this you must agree. 

Mountain Mart Treks & Expedition “Booking Terms & Conditions"

  1. All bookings are made with Mountain Mart Treks Pvt. Limited, Which is registered company in Nepal (hereinafter referred to as The Company) whose registered office is in Nepal: Kaldhara Marg,  Paknajol Chowk, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal 
  2. The term "trip" used in these web site and booking conditions refers to all itineraries described on this website including those which might otherwise be known as walking, tours, treks, sightseeing, climbing, mountaineering, expeditions or holidays.
  3. Free trip cancellation avail 90 days prior departure. 
  4. 40% cancellation fees levied out of upfront sum before 60 days trip departure 
  5. 70% cancellation fees levied put of upfront payment before 30 day departure 
  6. During the booking 20% of the total amount, a non-refundable (15 days prior trip departure) booking deposit is required for every trip booking per person. Booking deposit can be made by bank transfer or by Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard); the information has been provided while proceed this booking form.
  7. The remaining balance will be made upon your arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal. If final payment is not received  before of your departure, cancellation conditions will apply as per the clause below. Final trip documentation will be released upon full trip payment.
  8. If payment is made by credit card, a 4% charge will be added to the amount due to the bank withdrawal (this applies to all payments, deposits, final balances, trip extension and miscellaneous purchases) and this charge is imposed by the credit card payment service provider(your payment receive through “Himalayan Bank Ltd.” our credit card payment service provider and is used, in part, to provide consumer protection for services purchased, in accordance with the terms and conditions pertaining to the credit card being used.
  9. If you cancel your trip that you will loss of monies you paid and applies to all cancelled reservations. The date of trip cancellation is the date on which the written cancellation is received by the company. If you cancelled your trip 15 days prior to your trip departure date, we will be levied cancellation charge of full advanced amount.
  10. No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a trip for any reason after the trip has begun. Refunds will be at the discretion of the company if you are involuntarily forced to leave a trip for any reason. No refunds will be made for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals or services not utilized. Please note that these conditions are subject to change.
  11. The company reserves the right to cancel any trip you booked; besides it is guaranteed to run. A trip is guaranteed to run once it has two fully paid travelers, unless minimum numbers state otherwise.
  12. If the company cancels a departure which is guaranteed to run we will full refund the trip price, plus you are entitled to take an alternative trip or postpone of the same value without charge. A provision to the company reserves full right to cancel any trip, including a guaranteed trip, prior to departure due to reasons beyond its' control (i.e.:  natural disasters, flight cancel, consequences of strikes, industrial action, wars, riots, sickness, quarantine, government intervention, weather conditions, or other untoward occurrences ). In such a case, the company will refund the trip price only.
  13. All amendment and cancellation fees apply only to trips listed on this site. A cancellation of a trip constitutes a cancellation as per above. If you wish to change your booking in any way, the following fees will apply.
  14. If the booking amendment request is received by the company, 60 days or more prior to your original trip departure - US$50.00 per person if the booking amendment request is received by the company less than 60 days to your original trip departure - charges as per cancellation fees. If there has been any change in the price of the trip you change your booking to and from the time of your original booking to the time of the amendment, the new trip price will apply to the reservation.
    These fees are in addition to any charges levied by hotels, and other suppliers to the company.
  15. Changes to any other arrangements made in conjunction with your trip booking (e.g.: hotels, transfers, etc.): amendments to any other arrangements made in conjunction with your trip reservation will incur an administration fee of US$20.00 per booking per change. This fee is in addition to any charges levied by hotels, ground operators or airlines.
  16. It may not be possible to make any amendments to your booking within 10 days of departure. Fees for late changes will vary from a minimum of US$50.00 upward per booking, if the change can be made.
  17. It is a condition of joining any Mountain Mart treks holidays that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks. This insurance must include medical coverage, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services. We also strongly recommend that you take out cancellation insurance. You should be aware that some policies do not include, or restrict, cover for this type of travel. You must ensure that the policy you do take provides an adequate level of protection and covers you for the activities involved.
  18. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you on the holiday; if you cannot provide this at the start of the holiday, you will be required to take out a suitable policy at that time. If this is not done or impossible for practical reasons, then you will not be allowed to continue with your trip and will not be entitled to any refund for services not provided. We     do not advice to get Insurance here in Kathmandu. You must carry a valid passport and have obtained the appropriate visas when traveling with the company. Please ensure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond the duration of the trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of the correct visas for the countries you are traveling to, and Mountain mart Treks & Expedition (Pvt) Ltd. cannot accept responsibility if you are refused entry to a country or places because you lack the correct visa documentation.
  19. When booking on a Mountain Mart Trek trip’s you understand that Mountain Mart trek runs adventure trips, where accommodation, transport, safety, hygiene, telecommunication facilities, level of infrastructure development and medical facilities are not the same that you are used to at home, or would find on a conventional holiday. This type of holiday inherently involves a high level of personal risk, which you agree to fully assume.
  20. You understand that during the course of the trip certain events may occur, including, but not limited to, accident or illness in remote places without medical facilities, political instability and the forces of nature. You agree to assume all risks associated with the journey to the maximum extent permitted by Nepalese law.
  21. You acknowledge that travel on a Mountain Mart Trekking trip requires a degree of flexibility, and understand that the trip route, accommodation and modes of transport are subject to change without prior notice due to local circumstances.
  22. Should Mountain Mart Treks deem it advisable to amend an itinerary for any reason, it may do so by shortening, varying or re-routing any trip. These changes are binding and additional expenses will be charged to you if the reason for any alteration is outside Mountain Mart Treks' control.
  23. While traveling with Mountain Mart Treks you agree to accept the authority of the trip leader or local operator at all times. You are aware that travel within a group may involve compromise to accommodate the diverse desires and physical abilities of group members. You understand that Mountain Mart Treks reserves the right to decline, accept, or retain any person as a member of the group at any time.
  24. You acknowledge that Mountain Mart Treks contracts with a network of companies, government agencies and individuals, to assist in the running of its tours, treks, walking, holidays & expeditions. To the best of Mountain mart Treks knowledge, these third parties are qualified to perform the duties they are contracted to perform. However Mountain Mart Treks will not be held liable for any injury, damage, loss, delay or irregularity that may occur due to the behavior of these third parties.
  25. Mountain mart Treks will not accept responsibility or liability for any traveler who contravenes any law or regulation of any country visited.
  26. No employee, representative or agent of Mountain Mart Treks other then company head or director to vary these conditions. This agreement is governed by the laws of the Government of Nepal.
  27. Please refer to the Trip Inclusions page along with the itinerary for each trip. We have included from airport to airport or just trip inclusion. You will be clear on each trip's Trip Inclusion Page.
    • Most of the Trip prices do not include the following:
    • Personal travel insurance both Emergency medical and evacuation
    • Visa, passport and vaccination charges
    • International flight to/from Nepal and to our destinations of operation, and departure airport taxes to the respective countries.
    • Extra meals, transport costs, accommodation costs and other expenses not included in the itinerary
    • Laundry, postage, Personal clothing (unless provided in itinerary), medical expense and items of a personal nature
    • Emergency evacuation and/or searches, and not mentioned in the itinerary.
    • Tips and excess baggage charge
  28. Your trip cost does include transfer to and from the destination airport(s). We will pick you up from the airport here in Kathmandu or the destination we run our trip. Prior to your departure your meeting point will be at Mountain Mart treks head office or specified hotels in Kathmandu Nepal unless otherwise specified.
  29. Participants must be in good health and physical condition. It is vital that participants with pre-existing medical problems or conditions make these know to Mountain Mart treks at the time of booking. Medical and evacuation expenses are the responsibility of the participant. It is also important that you consult your doctor for vaccination and other medical requirements for your trip before you depart.  Mountain Mart Trek reserves the right to require a medical certificate prior to booking your trip or departure.
  30. Due to bad weather conditions, it may be delayed or canceled your flight or drive; we are not liable for any compensation and any extra cost incurred on the trip but will assist to make an alternative arrangement on extra cost on request.
  31. In the event of civil unrest within a region or country, we undertake to inform our clients of the situation as soon as we have knowledge of it.
  32. Having made every effort to ensure the correctness of this site, information & brochure we provide, we cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies.
  33. These booking conditions may only be waived in special circumstances, and in writing, by a letter from a Director of The Company.
  34. The terms and conditions of all agreements made with The Company shall be subject to, and governed by, Nepalese law.
  35. When making your booking with us you have read and agreed to the booking terms and conditions and abides by them and you understand what is involved in participating with Mountain Mart Treks in your chosen trip.
(updated: June 01, 2017 data from Department of Immigration - Nepal)

Download Nepal VISA form (.pdf)

Foreigners other than Indian citizen, who intend to visit Nepal must hold a valid passport prior to applying for a Nepal visa. The passport must have six months validity from the date of arrival. Foreigners can obtain a Nepalese visa upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, or at a border immigration office. One recent copy of a passport size color photo is required to apply for Tourist Visa to Nepal. Mountain Mart Trek has listed Nepal visa information tips for travelers to Nepal.

Tourist visas shall be granted for a maximum period of 150 days in a visa year (January to December)

A foreigner who has departed before the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another visa year. If any foreigner who has entered Nepal towards the end of a visa year desires to extend his/her stay into the new visa year, he/she may do so by purchasing another visa for the New Year. Provided, however, that the computation of the fees for such period shall be made on the basis of the total period of the stay.

An application for a Tourist Visa must be submitted in the format referred to in Appendix 1.

A Nepali visa issued abroad is valid for entry for three to six months from the date of issue. True -

Tourist Visa Exceptions

Citizens of the following countries should be issue visa in their own country to Nepal embassy and consulate.

Afghanistan, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iraq, Liberia, Nigeria, Palestine, Somalia, Zimbabwe.

Entry

No foreigners except Indians are entitled to Nepal without a valid visa.

Visas can be obtained from the following immigration offices in Nepal:

  • Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
  • Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
  • Birganj, Parsa (Central Nepal)
  • Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
  • Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
  • Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
  • Mohana, Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
  • Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal)

Visa Application Forms

A copy of the Visa Form is available for use at the end of this document that avoids you long queue to pick up the Nepal visa form at the international airport.

Visa Fees

The fees payable only in USD dollars for obtaining a visa on arrival at any border are as follows:

  1. A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days: US$ 25 payable only in USD dollars.
  2. A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days: US$ 40 payable only in USD dollars
  3. A Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days: US$ 100 payable only in USD dollars
  4. Regardless of the provisions stated in points E1 and E2 above: Tourists with passports from South Asian
    Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan
    and Sri Lanka) are not required to pay visa fees for a 30 day visa.
  5. Indian citizens do not require a visa to enter into Nepal.

Visa Extension Fees

The fees payable (only in local Nepali currency) to extend the duration of your stay, or to renew a visa are:

  1. US$ 2 equivalent, in Nepali currency, per day of the extension period.
  2. An additional US$ 20 or equivalent, in Nepali currency, is payable on a single-entry visa in F1 if a MultipleEntry facility is requested for the extended period.
  3. If foreign visitors failed to renew their visa and need to do so at an exit point, they have to pay an additional equivalent to US$ 3, in Nepalese currency, on the regular visa extension fee.
  4. Foreign visitors who have overstayed their visa period of 150 days without extension are required to pay an additional visa fee as per provision in F3, plus a fine as specified in Clause 10 sun-clause 4 of the immigration Act 2049.
  5. Regardless of the provision stated in F1: 15 days is counted as a minimum extension period and the visa fee is charged accordingly. For an extension period of more than 15 days, the visa fee is charged as per the provision of F1.
  6. A tourist visa can be extended for up to a maximum period of 150 days in a single visa year (Jan. – Dec.).
    It is cheaper to purchase a 30 day visa at the point of entry and then to extend it, for 15 days or more at the Central Immigration Office in Kathmandu or Pokhara unless you are staying for 90 days or more

    For an extension to a visa you will need two additional passport photographs for each extension.

Transit Visa

A transit visa for one day can be obtained from Nepal's immigration offices at an entry point upon the production of a departure flight ticket via Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. The fee is US$ 5 or equivalent convertible currency. A transit visa may not be extended.

A Nepali Visa can be obtained from Nepal Embassy / Consulate Offices in your country, or upon arrival at Kathmandu airport. It is also possible to obtain the visa from other border points of entry. You'll need 1 passport photo each time.

For foreign investors, a business visa with a multiple entry facility for a period of one year or five years can be obtained from the Department of Immigration on the recommendation of the Department of Industry and Commerce by paying US$ 100 and US$ 250 or equivalent convertible foreign or Nepali currency.

Note: While we try to make the information contained herein as accurate as possible, we accept no responsibility for any loss, disruption or inconvenience sustained by anyone using this information.

Important Information to Visitors

Foreign visitors are requested to keep a note of the dates on their Nepalese visa and their passport number to avoid possible problems. Visa extensions need to be applied for, within the valid period of the Nepalese visa.

You are requested to ensure that you get the arrival/departure stamps on your passport at the entry /exit points to avoid possible legal complications.

Living in Nepal without a passport or a valid visa is a punishable offence.

Deviation from the prescribed trekking routes mentioned on your trekking permit will be treated as a violation of the law.

You are advised to be aware of brokers/cheaters and counterfeit documents or visa/trekking permits to avoid legal complications.

Change of purpose of your stay without permission is not allowed and employment or voluntary services while on a tourist visa is strictly prohibited. It will be a punishable offence.

Be certain to register at the police and Immigration check points along any trail. It would be wise to register your trekking destination and schedule at your Embassy or Consulate.

If you encounter problems along the trails, immediately inform the nearest police or Immigration post officials.

You are requested to change money with recognized dealers and do not forget to take and keep formal receipts.

You are requested to inform the officials at an Immigration Office or Police Station of any changes in the address previously given in your visa application form or disembarkation card, and within seven days.

If, as a tourist, your stay is more than 120 days in one visa year and you wish to visit additional places for longer than 24 hours, you must register at the local police office of such places, your name, passport number and address.

You are advised to be mindful to contact the Department of Immigration to request a visa transfer in the case of getting a new passport or travel document from your embassy, and within seven days.

Passport and trekking permits should be kept by each trekker while trekking.

Filming in restricted or notified areas without permission is strictly prohibited.

Please do not take out the visa stickers from your passport and do not try to change records printed in your passport.

We request your co-operation in observing the following guidelines during your stay in Nepal. Respect local traditions, customs, values and sentiments, help to protect local culture and maintain local pride.

  1. Respect privacy while taking photographs.
  2. Respect holy places.
  3. Refrain from giving money to children as it will encourage begging.
  4. Respecting local etiquette will earn you respect.
    Let the Himalayas change you – do not change them: so remember while you are on trekking:
  5. Leave campsites cleaner than you have found them.
  6. Do not light open fires.
  7. Burn dry papers and packets in a safe place.
  8. Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants.
  9. Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment.
  10. Help your guides and porters to follow conservation measures.
  11. Protect the natural environment.

Information for Indian Citizens

Indian citizens are permitted to travel in Nepal provided they have any one of the following documents:

Passport; Driving license with photograph; Identity card with photograph issued by a governmental body; Ration card with photograph; Voter identity card with photograph; Registration certificate issued by the Indian embassy to Indian citizens residing in Nepal; Ad hoc/temporary identity cards issued by the Indian embassy to the Indian citizen in the event of exigency; Document with photograph and setting out identity, issued by the sub-divisional magistrate or authority there above.

General Information

Department of Immigration
Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu.
Tel : 977 - 01 - 4433934 / 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868
Fax : 977 - 01 - 4433935
Email : mail@nepalimmigration.gov.np
Web : http://nepalimmigration.gov.np/

Office Hours

Sunday to Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 17:00 p.m. in Summer
10:30 a.m. - 16:00 p.m. in Winter (Nov. to Jan.)
Friday 10:30 a.m. -15:00 p.m.

Visa Application Hours

Sunday to Thursday 10:30 a.m. - 15:00 p.m.
Friday 10:30 a.m. - 13:00 p.m.

Note: All of the information above is based on information from the Department of Immigration of Nepal’s office and may be found on their website.

Trekking cards and Permits for Conservation Areas, National Parks and Restricted Areas

All trekkers are required to carry a Trekkers' Information Management System card (TIMS card). It is available from the Tourist Services Centre in Kathmandu: Sun – Fri 10:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 17:00. It is free, but requires two passport photographs. (Trekking agencies provide the cards for their clients.) Show it at check points on trekking routes.

Trekking Permits are required for all treks that pass through Conservation Areas or National Parks.

Conservation Area permits can be purchased at the Tourist Services Centre for Rs 2000 plus two photographs.

National Park entry tickets cost Rs 3000 and require no photograph. Purchase at the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation office Sun – Fri 09:00 – 14:00 only (next to the Tourist Services office).

Restricted Area Permits are required mainly for camping style trekking in remote areas near the Tibetan border – for which a guide is strongly recommended. They can only be purchased for two or more trekkers. The permits are issued by the Central Immigration Office, require two working days, your original passports (not facsimiles) and two photographs. Costs range from US$10/week to US$500/10 days plus substantial additional amounts for each additional day. These will be procured by your chosen trekking agency. Offices are open daily, but with restricted hours on Saturdays.

Tourist Visa

The foreign tourist visiting Nepal shall be granted the tourist visa.

The tourist visa shall be granted for a period in maximum of 150 days in a visa year (Visa years means January to December).

A tourist who has departed before the expiry of the period specified in the visa issued in a visa year shall not be allowed to use the visa by adding the remaining period to another visa year.

If any foreigner who has entered into Nepal towards the end of a visa year desires to spend even the period during which he may stay in Nepal with the tourist visa of the other visa year, he may use such facility.

Provided, however, that the computation of the fees for such period shall be made on the basis of the total period of his stay.

Note: Above information is based on Department of Immigration of Nepal office.

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