Nepal trip preparation
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Vaccinations and Travel Health
You will need to visit your GP prior to your trip to discuss vaccinations and anti-malarial tablets. You can visit the NHS website fit for travel for more information about vaccinations and anti-malarials that you may need in Nepal.
We have a contract with Interhealth in London which can provide expert travel advice and guidance on travel in any country. Benefits include:
* Free travel consultations and health advice with a medical team to discuss pre-travel requirements such as malaria prevention and vaccination requirements. Tel: 020 7902 9033 - 2-3pm Mon-Fri or email@example.com
* Urgent medical advice – for serious health issues, available 24 hours a day. emergency phone line: 079 7325 0026
You may need a policy that covers trekking over 4000 metres and helicopter evacuation from a semi-remote region. There are plenty of companies to choose from, such as DogTag, Campbell Irvine, Snowcard, the British Mountaineering Council etc. If you book with STA Travel then they can also provide a policy for your trip.
We encourage people to buy insurance as soon as you have booked your flight and trip, in case there is a need for cancellation. Do also take your papers with you and make sure your tentmate knows where it is, in case somebody else needs to make a phone call for you.
You will need a visa for travel to Nepal. This can be bought on arrival in Nepal (NB some nationalities cannot buy their visa on arrival, please check your local Nepalese Embassy website for more information). You can obtain more information about the Nepalese embassy in London here.
Kathmandu International airport (KTM) is the most convenient point of entry to Nepal, being the capital and main transport hub in the country. There are various ways of getting there.
A flight to KTM from the UK will involve around 11.5 hours of flight time but this will inevitably be broken into at least flights with a stop somewhere on the way. Where this is and for how long will depend on the the airline and particular flight pattern. When looking at these flights it is important to look at the time spent on the ground between flights. If the stop time is too short you increase the chance of missing the second leg if the first is delayed at all. If the stop time is too long you may go insane waiting at an airport somewhere. Some flights with longer stops may include a night in a budget hotel as part of the fare, this can be a good way to break the journey and possibly see another city on the way but check the details and visa requirements carefully.
Airlines to look at include: Jet Airways (via Mumbai), Gulf Air (via Bahrain), Quatar Airways (via Doha), Etihad (via Abu Dhabi)
Do mark your bags clearly with your own name and address and the Adventure Alternative office address in Kathmandu which is:-
ADVENTURE ALTERNATIVE NEPAL
Office Tel no. : +977(0)1 437 9570
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The local currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. You can check the current exchange rate on xe.com. There are ATMs in town which take Visa and Mastercard, and there are banks with forex facilities. Be aware that the exchange rate offered at the airport is likely to be unfavourable, we will meet you at the airport and help organise currency either en route to the guesthouse or later on. Do also remember to have small denomination notes because many local places will not be able to offer change for large notes. You can take sterling, euro or dollars, and change it easily. If you are travelling from Northern Ireland or Scotland then remember to bring Bank of England sterling notes, you may find it difficult to change regional notes.
We will meet you at arrivals in the airport, but make sure we have the right flight number and arrival time well in advance so that we can plan this. Our staff will be holding either an Adventure Alternative sign or possibly one with your name written on it. We will then transport you to the accommodation in Kathmandu. This may either be our own guesthouse in the suburbs or possibly a guesthouse in town its self.
Some people choose to arrive a few days early in order to explore Kathmandu. If you would like to do this then do feel free to speak to us for help in arranging transfers and accommodation. If you do arrange all this independently then please do remember to speak to us well in advance so that we can arrange a place and time to meet you prior to the trip starting.