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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘namaste’
(na-ma-ste)
Nepali
Plug combo dm
Electricity
230V/50hz
More on electricity
Oct-Nov
Best time to go
Winter

Money and costs

Currency
Rupees (₨)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated February 21, 2019 12:39PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$50
  • Dorm bed in a hostel: US$10
  • Budget hotel room in Kathmandu: US$15–25
  • Room, dinner and breakfast in a trekking lodge: US$12–15
  • Trekking porter/guide: US$17/25 per day
Midrange
US$50–150
  • Organised camping trek: US$60–80 per person per day
  • Midrange meal in Kathmandu: US$7–10
  • Midrange hotel: US$25–80
Top end (more than)
US$150
  • Top-end hotel in Kathmandu or lodge in Chitwan: US$150–250
  • Mountain flight: US$199
  • Private car hire with driver: US$80 per day
  • Mustang trekking permit: US$500 for 10 days

Visas

Tourist visas (15/30/90 days) are available on arrival for US$25/40/100; fill in your details online beforehand or on the spot, and bring US dollars cash.

Get the latest visa advice for Nepal from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
NPL
Kathmandu to Pokhara
Go Nov–Feb
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Chitwan National Park
Go Oct–Mar
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Kathmandu
Go Dec–Mar
Mar – May
27138056
0.13
0.01
Jun – Aug
28218370
0.47
0.02
Sep – Nov
25147758
0.23
0.01
Dec – Feb
1956641
0.03
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to Nepal

Considering the enduring popularity of Nepal as a travel destination, there are surprisingly few direct international flight connections into Kathmandu and fares are normally much higher than they are to nearby Indian cities such as Delhi. Most long-distance routes come in via South Asia, Southeast Asia or the Middle East. If you are coming during the prime travel and trekking months of October and November, book your long-haul and domestic flights well in advance.

However, overland and air-travel connections to India are extensive, so it’s easy to combine a dream trip to both Nepal and India, with possible add-ons to Bhutan and Tibet. Note that you can only buy tickets from Kathmandu to Lhasa as part of a tour-group package. You must also join an organised tour of Bhutan to fly to Paro. For onward travel in India, good online agencies include Cleartrip (www.cleartrip.com), Make My Trip (www.makemytrip.com) and Yatra (www.yatra.com).

Flights, tours and even treks can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Flights to Nepal

The best price found from United States to Nepal is on May 9th, 2019, travelling with Frontier Airlines. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

ICT
Wichita Mid-Continent
from $783.00
KTM
Kathmandu

Getting around Nepal

Transport in Nepal is reasonably priced and accessible. Roads are often narrow, overcrowded and poorly maintained and delays should be expected. Sadly, air disasters and bus crashes are not uncommon.

Air Flights to/from major centres are efficient, whereas mountain flights to trailheads are highly weather-dependent and frequently delayed.

Bus Tourist-class buses are comfortable, usually air-conditioned, and relatively safe and reliable. Micro or minibuses are quick but usually overcrowded, and local buses are, without exception, uncomfortable, crowded and slow.

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