Yes, tourist visas are available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu and at land border crossings. Visitors can also get a visa before arrival at one of Nepal’s many embassies or consulates.
Bring two passport photos and have cash to pay visa fees. Fees are $25 USD for 15 day visa, $40 USD for 30 days and $100 USD for 90 days.
Yes, there are money changers at the arrival area of the airport. We recommend changing money in the citiwa where better rates are available. Bring your ATM card if you do not want to carry cash.
Most visitors arrive in the autumn (late September, October and through November when weather is most reliable and mountain views and scenery are vibrant). Spring is the second most popular season and weather is favorable and Nepal’s national flower, the rhododendron, is in bloom. The monsoon season lasts from June to September and can be quite wet unless you head north of the Himalaya, another possibility. Winter months can be cold but mountain views are good and it is always a pleasant climate at Babu Adventure resort and school! We can arrange activities throughout the year depending on your style and timetable.
Yes, of course! We often have single travelers who join fixed course dates and fixed departures. According to your style, you can participate with the group as much as you like. Single travelers can share rooms or tents with group members of the same gender.
Babu Adventure programs and itineraries are designed for a safe ascent rates to altitude.
Before we begin any program, we provide information and a group discussion on altitude illness and awareness. Our experienced crew will be on the lookout out for its signs and symptoms.
Medication is also available that assists acclimatization (we recommend that you talk to your personal physician about this, too). The most effective remedy for altitude illness is descending. The following are mild signs of altitude illness:
Serious signs include the following:
We have designed all programs for sensible travel and our leaders are prepared for contingencies that can arise. Babu Adventure has your health and well-being at the forefront of all of our decisions. Whenever there might be a need for rest and First Aid, then we are ready to provide it. For serious illness, we will evacuate clients to the nearest health facilities. If immediately rescue is necessary, a helicopter will be called in for transfer to Kathmandu for medical treatment (we recommend evacuation insurance before arrival to Nepal in addition to standard medical insurance).
We highly recommend that you to arrange all insurance coverage while back in your home country. We can assist with arranging coverage after you arrive to Nepal, too. Insurance should include both medical and evacuation expenses.
Yes, we always have a standard First Aid kit with us on all of our programs. If you have your own needs and supplies, then please bring them along with you, too.
We recommend that you contact a travel clinic in your own country for updated travel advice when preparing to come to Nepal.
Additionally, we recommend the following pre-departure:
Meals and drinks are one of the most important and enjoyable components of travel. On trekking and travel routes, tea-houses and restaurants offer a wide range of delicious food (vegetarian friendly). Hot drinks including tea and coffee and snacks are usually available. At our resort, daily meals are prepared by our skilled chef using fresh local produce.
Boiled water will usually be available and we recommend that you bring a purification process, for example iodine tablets, with you. Shops in the tourist areas of Nepal have purification products for sale.
Yes, at the resort and adventure school we have electricity. Most of the time along main routes it is possible to recharge equipment for a small service fee.
Yes, we have communication facilities at the resort and along main routes there are sometimes internet cafes, wi-fi and phone service. Generally, the higher elevation and more remote we go, the less these services will be available.
Along with your passport, bring passport size photos and insurance papers. We also recommend that you store documents on your electronic devices including flight details and emergency contacts.
Most everyday items can be picked up in tourist areas of Kathmandu and Pokhara. What to bring depends on your personal style and the season you will be here as well as your specific activities.
The following is a basic list: daypack, good footwear with ankle support, sturdy water bottles, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, wind and waterproof jacket, warm inner layers, gloves, warm socks, headlamp, personal toiletries, universal adapter, camera with extra memory cards.
We will brief you on the rules and regulations put forth by the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) including where flying is allowed, updates specific to Nepal and CAAN’s oversight and what you will need to know about flying in the Himalaya.
Nepal’s governing body, CAAN, requires all foreign pilots to register and obtain a permit before flying in Nepal. Babu Adventure and other agencies can arrange this permit for you. Additionally, each area open to flying requires local sanction. Pilots are strongly advised to coordinate authorization for flying in specific areas with a local agency. Babu Adventure is one of the few companies that can arrange clearance for all open flying areas of Nepal.
Babu Adventure has all necessary equipment available for rent as needed. Even if you show up empty handed with no gear whatsoever and want to take a course or just fly, we will take care of you and get you in the air!
We are trained toevaluate and certify your level and we can also provide necessary international licensure as appropriate;Yes, you will be able to fly according to your level and experience.
Nepal offers over 300 days a year suitable conditions for flying -- 300-plus days throughout the year when the weather is appropriate for gliding. Additionally, if you want the best Himalayan thermals and conditions to soar high (above 5000 m) andfar, then mid-February to early March is ideal. For clearest views of vibrant scenery, great photos and videos, then late October to early December is vibrant. Short flights can be made most anytime year-round.
Please Note: If you have more questions or concerns, please contact us anytime. We are eager to hear from you. Please let us know of any questions about Babu Adventure, Nepal, adventure in the Himalaya and more including specificsabout booking a program, upcoming courses, health and safety concerns, what to bring with you and more.
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