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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose Vertex Holiday?

·         We provide range of services as follows:

  • ·         All information regarding travel and tourism in Nepal
  • ·         Guided trekking, tours and climbing packages with experienced government authorized leaders.
  • ·         Quality service as per your travel needs.
  • ·         Reasonable cost with quality service.
  • ·         Custom tailor made trips and packages as per client’s needs.
  • ·         Arrange your Domestic and International Air ticket to and from Nepal
  • ·         Safer and secure mode of payment.

How do I book trekking and tour packages to Nepal?

Booking can be done online if the provided itinerary suits your interest , however if you want to customize your holiday packages then we can communicate via email , WhatsApp  or by phone.

When is the best season to travel to Nepal?

The best season to visit Nepal is from March to May and September to November. However, if you are willing to visit Nepal during low tourist season then you are welcome during any time of the year as there are abundant choices in terms of accommodation and flight. But you must be a type of person who is comfortable with extreme weather including rain and wind. During June/August it is better to do trekking in rain shadow regions like Upper Mustang, Dolpa in Nepal and Mt. Kailash in Tibet.

How can I obtain a visa to travel to Nepal? How much does it Cost?

All nationals except Indian citizens require visas to enter Nepal. For most nationalities, there is Visa on Arrival service available.  Since the world is going into the digital age, the best way to obtain a tourist visa is via the official portal of Immigration click Here

The cost of a tourist visa is as follows

•          15 days: US$25

•          30 days: US$40

•          90 days: US$100

Note: This is a multiple entry visa which means, you don’t need to reapply if you are visiting Tibet or Bhutan, and come here for your flight back home. You’ll need to bring two PP-sized photos and USD cash for Visa on Arrival service. 

What kind of hotels do you use?

In cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara we do provide stars hotel as per your request. During trekking we provide accommodation in Lodges or Tea houses. Tea house are local lodges with hot showers, western food menu and private room (twin sharing). In this arrangement overnight halts with dinner and breakfast will be in Tea houses (Lodges) and Lunch in local restaurants on the route. As you will be staying in locally owned lodges you will be benefiting and interacting with the local community with the opportunity of knowing  the culture.

What kind of tour & trekking guide do you use for the trip?

We use government authorized, experienced and English speaking guides. Apart from that Chinese and German speaking guides are available with additional fees.

Is it ok to take photographs of people of Villages?

Yes, it is ok to take photographs but with their consent. Sometimes they may be uncomfortable being photographed without asking. And it is always better to provide copies of the photographs to us so that we can provide the printed photos to the people on our next trip.

Do I have to tip my guide/porter?

It is not mandatory to tip guide or porter however; if you are satisfied with their service then it is your choice. Everyone is always grateful for a little extra income.

How much weight do I allow for my porter?

It is recommended for you to bring two bagpacks where the smaller one is for your valuables, water and things you might need frequently. The bigger bagpack with a maximum of 20 kg including sleeping bag so that your personal porter can have room for his personal stuff.

Should I feel embarrassed expecting a porter to carry my pack?

No, you should not. The reason being , firstly they are getting employment so that they can support their livelihood and secondly they grew up on these terrain and are experienced in what they do.

How fit do I have to be for Trekking?

Physically you don’t have to be a heavy lifter nor do you have to be a marathon runner, however mentally you must be able to follow instructions provided by your guide. 

What is Trek Briefing?

It is a small counselling program provided by our guide, in order to prepare you mentally before the trek begins. In the briefing you will be notified about all the important information about the trekking.

Are there any age restrictions?

No, there aren’t any. However, there are several trekking destinations which are not so suitable for children and pensioner. In that case we will provide trekking packages with slightly lighter itineraries. 

What if I haven't camped before?

Well that is not a thing to worry about, as we will arrange all the necessary items including thermal sleeping mat. We are pretty much sure that you will grow to love sleeping in tented camps during the trek. PS you can bring extra mattress for extra comfort. 

Can I make my trek longer?

Definitely, yes you can. However you must let us know about your idea about shortening and extending the itinerary and then we can customize the trek duration as per your interest. Furthermore, there is always a possibility of the cost of the trek to be added.

What do I bring for trekking?

Well, it depends on various things like the trekking route, your interest  and weather. However some of the items are listed below.

  • ·         Sleeping bag
  • ·         Windproof  clothing
  • ·         Hiking boots
  • ·         Couple pairs of socks
  • ·         Sunglasses
  • ·         Cap
  • ·         Warm jacket 

What's involved in a Typical Day?

07.30 Breakfast

08.30 Start trekking

11.00 Tea/Coffee Break

13.00 Lunch Break

17.00 Reach to Guesthouse.

19.00 Dinner.

20.00 Briefing for the Next Day

20.30 Entertainment.

21.00 Time to bed

What are meals like ?

In major cities breakfast is included in the package.

During trekking where there is availability of lodges, the meals are served as per the menu.

During camping treks and climbing , our trekking staffs will be responsible for all the meals.

Will I be able to deal with the high altitude?

Yes , as our itineraries are tailored in such a way that they are suitable for people living on the sea level. But you have to follow the instructions provided by your guide.

Will I Get Sick From The Food And Water In Nepal?

 Well, answering this question is little tricky. There is always chance for a person getting sick while travelling, but the reason might not be the food or water but due to different climatic and weather they were living in. A sudden change in these factors may cause alterations in their metabolism.  The food and water you choose is also a major factor, so we recommend to use water purification methods during trek. As for the meals, we suggest you to choose vegetarian diet during the trekking so that the food will not be of any burden to you. We are concerned about the health hazards therefore we will provide organic and hygienic food.

Is Communication to home possible on trek?

Mostly yes. In the main cities, there are various network providers who have 3G and 4G reception.  In the remote areas the availability of network is minimal , however most of the lodges and teahouses have WiFi services available for which you’ll have to pay an extra charge.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport on my arrival?

Yes, our airport representative will be there waiting for you with Vertex Holiday’s sign and will assist you to the designated hotel.

How are expenses and costs for a tourist in Nepal?

The unit of currency of Nepal is Nepalese Rupees (Nrs). In April of 2021 the exchange rate is as follows.

1 US$ = 116 Nrs ,1€ =136 Nrs and 1UK£=160 Nrs

There are abundant numbers of ATMs who will accept International Visa Cards in the cities. American Express and Mastercards are less commonly available. During trekking in remote areas make sure to carry hard cash in Nepalese rupees. One can exchange them in Banks and Exchange counters in the cities.

Costs and expenses are lower in comparison to other countries. A descent, clean and quiet hotel room will cost you as low as $30 per night in the major cities. A fancy boutique hotel might cost at least three times of that. The cost of meals is also of good value as you will have to spend just a couple of dollars for a nice meal.

During trekking or in the mountains you will have to spend $20 per day which includes 3 meals including a bed for the night. Double that budget and you can afford a porter to carry your bagpack. Camping treks will cost a little more than $100 per day. 

Is There Much Crime In Nepal?

This question is probably the biggest one as it seems to be one major concern. Well firstly, it is better to start by acknowledging the fact that there are crimes all over the world. But in Nepal, as per our knowledge the amount of crimes against tourists is less than miniscule. The people of Nepal are cultured in a way that we have a saying “ Atithi Debo Bhava” which translates to “ Guests are Gods”. And we can be pretty sure that Nepal is a safe destination for tourists. However one visiting the country must be cautious in various situations. Like , avoiding carrying large sums of money in crowded places like bus stations , festivals , gatherings and so on. We advise you to at least hire a guide from an authorized agency or at least join a group during trekking.

Is Nepal Safe For solo Women Travelers ?

At this modern era, the number of solo women travelers is huge in the world. And Nepal is one of the destinations in the world where you can be sure about being safe for women. As for the records show, the rates of crime against women tourists are miniscule to none. However there is always chance of getting unwanted attention by some prick in various places. In order to avoid these situations we advise you to hire a female trekking guide or join other women during trek. 

Are Earthquakes frequent In Nepal?

Nepal lies in a highly active tectonic zone which is the main reason for the high mountains that there are. It is always a possibility for Earthquakes to occur, however it doesn’t mean we have earthquakes frequently. The last devastating earthquake of 2015 which was catastrophic occurred only after 80 years. However, there are small scale earthquakes happening which can be only detected by seismologic equipment. So you need not be worried about this topic. 

What’s the situation of Electricity In Nepal?

Nepal is known to be a potential place for clean hydro-electricity because of the fast flowing rivers. In past years, the amount of blackouts and load shedding were common. However, in recent years the government has been able to manage the supply and production of electricity at its maximum. Various hydroelectricity projects have been added to national grid whereas the government and the public sector have been setting up new projects. Thus the chances of blackouts are minimal, as the country is being more positive producing hydroelectricity.  Even though, there is always chance of blackout due to some weather conditions or some accidents. In that case Hotels and lodges have their own power backup system installed for emergency.

How Many Days Should I Spend In Nepal?

The amount of days that you should spend in Nepal is basically your choice. However it depends on various factors like the activities, adventure , tours and many others. We recommend you to at least have 12 to 14 days, if you want to have a glimpse of Nepal’s cultural and natural wonders. But if you are bound by time then we have trekking or tours package which can be completed in a week. For example, the Kathmandu – Chitwan- Pokhara tour can be done in a week from arrival to departure. For a short trek you might need at least 8 days . But It is always wise to have extra days to explore this diverse country.

What Is There To Do In Nepal?

Nepal is a diverse country, both culturally and naturally. There are about 125 ethnic groups with more than 100 spoken languages living in harmony. People have their own cultural heritage which is worth exploring. Apart from that there are many ancient and religious sites with mesmerizing arts and artifacts. The city of Kathmandu is known as the city of temples as there are 7 sites listed in World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Apart from that Lumbini the birth place of Lord Buddha is also a major destination.

Naturally, the country’s elevation ranges from 60 m to 8848 m from sea level. 8 of the world’s tallest mountains which are above 8 thousand meters are in Nepal. This makes the country’s landscape with diverse climate and biodiversity.  Nepal has 12 National Parks, 1 Wildlife Reserve, 1 Hunting Reserve, 6 Conservation Areas, and 13 Buffer Zones.  It is a fact that if a tourist wants to explore all this aspects of Nepal, a year worth of time isn’t enough. 

Where is Nepal?

Nepal is a landlocked country in between the two giants of the world China on north and India on south. It falls in the South Asian region. Most of the country is mountainous as the world’s highest mountain Sagarmatha ( Mt.Everest ) 8848m lies in here. On the southern part are the lowlands of Terai where the rivers deposit the eroded soil to make the fertile plains. 

How safe and stable is Nepal Politically?

Since Nepal is a developing country, the political situation of course is a little wobbly. In the past we had many tragic situations like the 10 year Maoist led insurgency, the Royal Massacre, the revolution for Constitutional election, and many public movements.  In those days we had strikes, demonstrations and other hazardous situations. However in recent years, the country has become more peaceful and the political parties seem to have changed. Nowadays, the demonstrations are more peaceful and the government is also trying to incorporate the forces that were using the violent means of demonstration.  Now, the people seem to have become aware in a sense that they stopped following leaders who are always in pursuit of creating division. Hence, we can conclude that Nepal is much stable and safe politically.

What's it like during the monsoon season?

Monsoon normally starts from June and lasts till mid-September. The temperature rises gradually during this time and starts dropping after the mid-September. As the climate change has hit the world, the amount and timing of the rainfall is quite unpredictable. During the Monsoon season; the downpour is inevitable. However, downpour is usually at night which makes the early mornings are beautiful. During the rainy days, most of the trekking routes are accessible; however there might be some obstructions for transportation. Most of the mountain peaks are covered by clouds but there is usually chance of mountains being visible every now and then.

What's the difference between private and group trips?

Private trips literally mean a trip which is specialized according to your will. In this type of trip you will be allowed to choose the type of accommodation, transportation and itineraries. In this type of trip you are the main focus, you will be provided with the option to choose according to your ability to afford. You can choose the date for your trip. You and your family or friends do not need to worry about sharing anything with anyone.

Group trips are comparatively cheaper than private trips. The itineraries are pre-determined; the transportation facility is normally big buses. The accommodation facility is also sometimes shared. If you are a social person and interested in meeting new people then this type of trip is ideal for you. This type of trip allows someone in the group to take pictures for you. Group trips are comparatively low cost. 

How much luggage can I take on domestic flights?

There are different rules regarding the luggage capacity depending on the Airline company and their ticket types. The variations are from 15 kg to 25kg. 

Are hotels included in the trip price?

Yes, most of the packages include the accommodation. But if you are sure about the type and cost of the hotel you want to stay in , then some companies do have  hotel prices excluded,

What type of food to should I expect in Nepal?

The most common food in Nepal is the Dal Bhat, which consists of rice, curry, soup and pickles. This includes both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet. There are other types of foods which are consumed by people as their traditional food. However, the country is a tourism oriented country which means that the cities have different foods specific to different foreign origins. If you are stuck with the specific food type to your country then you will find the food. But in some cases when you are in some rural locations then you might have to compromise and eat the Dal Bhat diet. 

Do I need to use crampons during the trek in Nepal?

Most of the treks do not require crampons. But if you are doing treks which are in the higher altitudes crampons are a must. 

What happens if I forget to pack something from home?

You can either purchase them here or just hire from any local trekking shops.  The  price are reasonable but you must deposit some amount of cash equivalent to the cost of the material that you are renting.

How difficult is Langtang Valley trek?

With a difficulty of moderate grade, the trek to the valley is comparatively easier as the ascents are mostly gradual. Some parts of the trail are steep and tiring, however, the altitude gain per day is organized in a way that minimizes and Mountain related sickness.