Climate and Weather

Weather in Nepal is generally predictable and pleasant. There are four climatic seasons: March to May (spring), June to August (summer and monsoon), September to November (autumn) and December to February (winter). During monsoon about 80 per cent of the rain falls during that period, so the remainder of the year is mostly dry with comfortable temperatures in regions below 3000m. At higher altitude winter temperatures can drop well below freezing with a high level of snowfall. As a rough guide, mean temperatures will decrease by just over 1 degree centigrade for every 200 metre rise in altitude.

The Best Time to Visit

Each of Nepal’s climatic seasons offer something different and visitors come to Nepal all year round. However, the weather that suits most people are during pre monsoon (mid February to May) and post monsoon (Mid September to early December). Both periods tend to be fairly dry, and provide pleasant conditions for trekking, rafting and sightseeing. Some treks like Dolpo and Mustang can be visited during Monsoon as they get little rain.

Passports

All nationals require a full passport for all holidays with Beyond Shangri-La Travels and this should be valid for at least six months after the date of your scheduled return home. If you are not a British national, other regulations may apply to you and you should check with your home office before flying out.
Please note that for certain trips, we will require your passport details prior to accepting your booking. Furthermore, if you renew your passport after you have booked, it is important you advise us of the new details as soon as possible and you may be required to take your old passport with you to maintain the validity of the trip.

Visa Requirements

All nationalities except Indians require a visa for Nepal. Visas are obtainable from embassies abroad or on arrival at Kathmandu airport (Tribhuvan International airport). You can apply for the visa at the airport but please check with your home office. You will need to provide one passport-sized photo and fees in US dollars or equivalent convertible currency:
Currently the visa fee at entry point is:

Visa Type
15 Days – USD 25
30 Days – USD 40
90 Days – USD 100

Obtaining visas is your own responsibility. Be aware that visa regulations can change, and may do so at short notice and sometimes without announcement.
Where we become aware of changes to regulations, we will notify you as soon as possible but providing we have made our best effort to advise you of requirements or to assist you in obtaining visas, we cannot be held responsible for mistakes by embassies, third parties, sudden changes to regulations or actions of border officials that are beyond our control.

Training and Fitness

Training and fitness
For our active trips, we are often asked ‘what kind of fitness levels are required?’ or ‘how do I prepare for it’. This will totally dependant on what activity you have chosen. Unfortunately however, these questions are often the most difficult to answer. Only you know your current fitness levels and capabilities, and can prepare according to the options available to you.
Where altitude is involved, your ability to acclimatise is going to have a much greater impact on your progress than your fitness. With our experienced guide, and following climb high sleep low principle, we have 99.9% success rate of completing the trek.

Health Advice

Beyond Shangri-La Travels recommends all clients contact their GP or their doctor for up to date advice on all vaccination and malarial issues. Please note there is a wide range of advice available and you may find conflicting information for the same areas, but we always advise you seek qualified medical advice.

Water Purification

Plentiful clean drinking water is of course a requirement to stay healthy in any country. For the vast majority of our trips, we arrange for treated, boiled or bottled water to be available at all times.

Travel Money and Currency

You will need to take enough money to cover the cost of meals not included in the trip cost and of drinks, tipping and other incidentals including shopping and optional activities. There are plenty of exchange brokers and ATM machines in Kathmandu and Pokhara and this can be an ideal way to access cash. ATM machines may charge some extra fees so you you must check with your bank first before you depart.
For the latest information on world currencies, visit the www.xe.com.

First Aid or Medical Kit

For all remote or active trips, your tour leader will be first aid trained, and will carry an adequate first aid kit or medical kit. However, we recommend that clients carry a small first aid kit for personal use.
For some items you may need to consult your doctor for a prescription. If you are travelling to remote areas in developing countries, you may also like to consider taking a sterile needle kit (please be careful to pack this in your hold luggage for airport security).
The following list is intended as a guide only:
Plasters (including blister plasters for walking trips); sterile dressings and bandages; simple pain killers e.g. paracetamol or ibuprofen; antiseptic cream; antihistamine cream (for insect bites); sunburn cream; anti-diarrhoea pills e.g. Imodium or Lomotil; rehydration salts e.g. Dioralyte.