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Disclaimer

Please note that while we operate successful trips in Nepal throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. Timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

Sometimes our Itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate comments/suggestions from past travellers / our own research. This might affect the itinerary description given in the brochure.

If you have any concerns, please contact us on travel@thebuddhaodyssey.com

Feedback

We rely on your feedback after your travel to make improvement for future travellers. Please send us your feedback at travel@thebuddhaodyssey.com

Pre-departure checklist

We have a pre-departure checklist for you to go through on our website. Please download it prior your departure to Nepal. This will assist you in your travel plans.

Passport and visas

All foreign nationals (except Indian nationals) require a visa to enter Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad, or on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport and at some land borders (including borders with India and Tibet).

You will need to provide two passport photos when applying visa at the Airport (there is a photo booth in the arrivals hall, but delays are common) 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

Medical and health information

Vaccinations may be required or recommended for trip you are on, so you should consult with your travel doctor to obtain the latest up-to-date information. It is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain any vaccinations or preventative medicines for the countries you are visiting.

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel in cities, Tea Houses & Campsites when trekking

Money

Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Spend wisely. All our trip does not include a tip for your tour leader or porters in the mountain, so you may wish to set aside some funds for this. It is customary to tip your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip.

Most of our trips are on bed & breakfast basis when in cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bandipur to give you flexibility to be able to decide what to eat for lunch and dinner. The official currency of Nepal is the Nepali rupee (NPR). Its symbol is often displayed as Rs. ATMs can only be found in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur easily. Money exchange facilities are available in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan (only outside the park) and Bhaktapur.

Packing

Please note luggage allowances on domestic flights are 10 kilos checked baggage and 5 kilos hand luggage due to flight baggage restrictions.

Surplus baggage can be stored at the hotel in Kathmandu or it will cost you to around Rs 100 per kilo at the airport. If your trip includes land transport, there are no luggage restrictions. When you pack your clothing, consider the climate at the time of year you are travelling and any specific requirements for your trip as at certain times of the year some of the items suggested in the list that follow may not be necessary.

Below is a list of equipment and documentation that we suggest you take with you. Please use this checklist as a guide when packing for your holiday.

  • Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets or e-ticket receipts, Trip Notes
  •  Spare passport photos
  •  Money: cash/credit card/EFTPOS card
  •  Small padlocks
  •  Small first-aid kit
  •  Daypack for use on day or overnight excursions
  •  Watch/alarm clock and torch/flashlight (and spare batteries)
  •  Electrical adapter plug
  •  Toiletries/roll of toilet paper/travel wipes
  •  Insect repellent
  •  Sunscreen, lip balm, sunhat and sunglasses
  •  Earplugs and eye mask (for light sleepers)
  •  Refillable water bottle
  •  Warm clothes - when travelling in cooler climates
  •  Wind and waterproof jacket
  •  Comfortable and sturdy walking shoes with good walking socks
  •  Camera/Phone with chargers

Travelling on a group trip

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to thepleasures and maybe frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency evacuation on helicopters. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Reach for Nepal Foundation (RFN)

RFN Foundation was founded after the devastating Earthquakes of Nepal in April 2015. With the support of local communities and people of Canberra, we are now able to provide practical and financial assistance to rural Nepalese communities affected by the earthquake.

We use our strong cultural ties and detailed knowledge of Nepal to identify and support projects that contribute to rebuilding schools and villages. The funds that you contribute will directly assist us to fund our various projects. More info on the projects can be found at www.reachfornepal.org

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