Welcome to your Nepal adventure. Here are a few notes that will be useful for you during your arrival and departure to Nepal.
When you arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport there are two separate visa counters, one for visitors with a visa, and another for those without. You will need to go to the counter labeled visitors without a visa.
Disembarkation forms and Visa Application forms are both available in the arrivals hall if you have not been supplied with them on the flight.
You will need 1 passport photograph for your visa application. If you do not have this you can obtain a photo in the arrivals hall at a cost of $10, but this takes time.
If you are on an expedition you need to get a 90-day visa, which costs $100. If you are on a trek, you only need to get a 30-day visa which costs $30.
It is best that you have a few $10 notes and give the correct amount, rather than pass over $100 as the officials sometimes do not have the correct change (dollars are best, but Pounds and Euros are also accepted.)
Your hand baggage will be checked through an x-ray machine upon arrival into the baggage claim area. Sometimes your hold baggage will also be put through an x-ray machine as you leave the baggage claim area, but normally not. Do not line up to do this unless you are instructed to do so.
Outside the arrivals hall, there will be a large group of taxi drivers and agents from many hotels and travel companies. Do not be hassled by these people. Stop and look carefully for a sign with the name Trekker Nepal and the Blue logo T-shirt. This agent will escort you to the driver who will take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You do not need to pay this driver, as the transfer is included in your expedition/trek price.
Trekker Nepal will make all the arrangements for your domestic flights and all land transportation including hotel to airport and airport to the hotel. They will also arrange sightseeing and shopping as required. You just need to ask them to help you. A representative will also meet with you when you return to Kathmandu at the end of the trip.
Helicopter service is not included in the trip price but if required Trekker Nepal can arrange Helicopter Tour and Rescue. Beside that Trekker, Nepal can also organize mountain flight which is also not included in the trip price.
All Transport, food, and lodging during the trip (Trek / Expedition) from the trip start date to end date are covered by Trekker Nepal. Please refer to separate itinerary for further information.
In Kathmandu, you need to separate your equipment that you need to use during trek and equipment you need during the climbing (Expedition).
The equipment that you need for the approach you will take with you on the flight and should not be more than 20kg. The equipment that you pack for Base Camp will be taken directly to Base Camp by porters and should not be more than 30kg.
We will use local porters and/or yaks to carry equipment, but you will be expected to carry a small day bag pack with water, warm clothing and personal items such as cameras. This is also the case for the return trip from the treks and expeditions.
You should plan on leaving a small bag with a fresh change of clothing at the hotel in Kathmandu for your return. This will be stored in the Trekker Nepal office and should be clearly marked with your name.
Back in Kathmandu, a representative from Trekker Nepal will meet you at the domestic airport, and he/she will arrange to take you back to the hotel.
In the case of Expedition generally, the team has to wait for one or two days for their personal equipment to arrive back in Kathmandu. It is best that members take their personal baggage back home with them, rather than have it freighted. This saves considerable confusion.
Normally your departure flight home will have been re-confirmed by the time you reach Kathmandu. However, this may require a visit by you personally to the airline office if extra payment is required.
I feel lucky that my first trek in Nepal was with Wangda. His route to Pikey Peak was unique– it was a privilege to stay in his family home and with his other family members throughout the trek. We learnt about Sherpa life and culture first-hand and enjoyed many freshly prepared meals, which were extra satisfying after a day of trekking. Wangda and his four porters went out of their way to make sure we were well-fed, safe and comfortable. The
trek was fantastic – especially the walk along the ridge with great mountain views to the Pikey base camp (where we had a brilliantly memorable evening dancing around to traditional Sherpa songs and drinking the local rakshi) and from the peak down through forests to the picturesque town of Junbesi, which is full of orchards. The peak was incredible we had a panoramic 360-degree view that encompassed Annapurna and the Everest range at sunrise – and it was all to ourselves too. Wangda is also great fun with a sense of humour- he kept us entertained throughout.
I hope to go back to Nepal one day and now I’ve been on a trek with Wangda, I wouldn’t want to go with any other guide.
Rose Lock, October 2017
I have recently returned from a trek to Pikey Peak with Wangda Sherpa as our guide. It was my second visit to Nepal.
The previous time was to the Annapurna region with Wangda’s father Lakpa as our guide. This time we were looking for a trek in a less commercialised region, with a chance to discover more about Sherpa culture and traditions,
which is exactly what we got. Staying in Sherpa houses and finding out about their way of life, gave us a unique insight into the lives of these proud and resourceful people. Wangda was a superb guide. The trek to Pikey Peak took us through some beautiful mountain countryside with amazing views including the whole of the Everest range. Wangda ensured our comfort and safety at all times, whilst he was only too happy to answer all our questions about the country and people. Thanks to him the whole trip was a wonderful and memorable experience from start to finish.
Mike Cant UK”
“For me, the walk with Wangda to Peekey Peak was the trip of a lifetime. I’d never travelled anywhere challenging before and was both excited and apprehensive about it, as I have dietary needs and a chronic health condition. I needn’t have worried as Wangda and his team took great care and always ensured that we were well fed and hydrated – wherever we went there were always plenty of hot drinks and extra portions, if we wanted them. This isn’t a trip for the faint hearted – some of the accommodation is pretty basic – but it gives you a unique insight into the lives of the Sherpa people. They are tough, kind and good humoured. They may lack materially but this is more than compensated by their culture, community and family ties, and their love of the Himalayas.”
We had a fabulous time trekking around Wangda’s homeland. The whole trip was a great adventure from the jeep ride out of Kathmandu, the hospitality and friendship of the Sherpa people, the fantastic scenery and of course sunrise over Everest.
Every day was different, the food always freshly cooked, tasty and well portioned. We stayed in Sherpa homesteads and spent many an evening enjoying their hospitality, eating, drinking and dancing.Wangda and his team were brilliant, a great sense of humour, very knowledgeable and an admirable command of English from their leader. Also quite sensitive to our western needs so they took some cereals, coffee, and snickers for us -a nice touch!
A real adventure to be treasured forever!
In September 2017, my wife and I went an unforgettably amazing trek in the Mustang region with Lakpa. In addition to being a very experienced and trained guide, Lakpa is also a Buddhist monk and was able to show us the cultural depth of this traditional region better than we could have ever imagined.Upon our return to Kathmandu, Wangda took great care of us, taking us to must-see places such as the Patan Museum and Patan palace. Wangda made our visit fascinating by describing the various religious rites and cultures, putting it all into context for us.In addition to their guide activities both Lakpa and Wangda are very involved in development projects in and around their village in Eastern Nepal, including projects to rebuild damaged schools, finding funding for much-needed school resources (book bags, solar lights for doing homework, etc.). My wife and I were deeply moved by both Lakpa and Wangda as through their openness, generosity, and professionalism.- Brian Smith (Mustang Tour and Kathmandu valley trips, September 2017)Germany”
Last April I went on a beautiful trekking to Annapurna Basecamp with Wangda. Wangda is a very good guide and the trekking became a special trip because of all the interesting conversations we had and everything he told me about Nepal, India, and Buddhism among other things. Already during my trip I was fantasizing about the next trekking I want to do with Wangda and now that I’m back in Holland… I have to decide when to go; this year or next year?