COVID TRAVEL UPDATES
As of April 2022 no PCR is Required for Vaccinated Travelers coming in. Just the CCMC form and vaccination certificate will do. The CCMC form has been vastly improved too. Visa on arrival for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers – except the unvaccinated need to produce the 72 hour PCR negative report. No PCR is required when you exit the country – except if your destination country demands it.
Link to CCMC Form:-
ARRIVAL IN NEPAL
Upon your arrival to Nepal via the International Airport, somebody from Himalayan Single Track will be waiting to pick you up at the exit of the airport.
Nepal has two main tourist seasons which offer great conditions for travel and adventure activities.
Spring Season – Feb to May.
This is the warmer season in Nepal, it is a grate time to come for trekking, rafting and mountain biking. It is the lower of the two main seasons so the trails can be less crowded. The weather is warm, though it can be cloudy at times and mountain views are not always prevalent.
Autumn Season – Sept to Dec
This is considered as the peak season for Nepal, as the monsoon (Jun to August) leaves the Himalaya, the weather becomes more clear and cooler. The days are warm and sunny
VISA ON ARRIVAL
Visa on arrival is available at the airport for tourists.
The Fee structure is as follows:-
On Arrival Visa Fee
15 Days – 30 USD
30 Days – 50 USD
90 Days – 125 USD
Prior to arrival you should fill in this form:-
Please note if you are unvaccinated you need to have PCR Test.
When booking a trip with Himalayan Single Track, we take 20% deposit by international bank transfer up to 3 month prior to the trips start date.
The balance of the payment is taken on arrival in Cash (USD/AUD/EURO/POUNDS/IC), Major Credit Cards (3% fee) or International Bank Transfer.
You will be sent a booking terms and conditions document when booking the trip which covers refunds and trip cancellations.
When joining a tour with Himalayan Single Track, you will be required to have show a copy of your travel insurance policy which covers mountain biking above 5000m as well as evacuation. This is in case of emergencies. Two of the travel insurance companies we recommend are World Nomads and Covermore.
Tap water is not safe to drink in Nepal. All hotels and restaurants serve filtered or jar water which is normally safe. We strongly advise the travel to take precautions with drinking water. Your best option is to use water refilling stations and treat filtered water with purification tablets just to be on the safe side.
You should also take care with cleaning teeth and showering.
The food in Nepal is generally good and you get plenty of options in major cities and trekking routes.
You should take care to order/eat freshly prepared foods and avoid foods that have been sitting around or reheated.
A must try food in Nepal is Dhal Bart the National Dish and of course MoMo’s.
Wifi is available in most areas of Nepal these days. The local 3G net work is also quite good in most areas with the exception of the most remote region’s. It is very straight forward to buy a local sim card in Nepal and quite affordable to have data.
In most cases like taxis, local restaurants and guided tours TIPPING is expected in Nepal but not compulsory. Generally local wages are low which reflects the poor local economy. Tipping is a voluntary bonus on your part if you are happy with a service. If you come across good service and are impressed with the guide, food, driver or other things then your tips will be appreciated. Please note that in Hotels and Tourist restaurants service charge is always added onto the bill which is 10%. If you have bad service you can refuse to pay this, but it will be automatically added unless you state otherwise, so in these cases tipping is not required.
WHAT ELSE TO DO IN NEPAL
Nepal is not only one of the best places in the world to come for mountain biking, it is an outstanding destination for other hardcore and soft adventures:-
White Water Rafting/Kayaking
Bungy Jumping/Zip Line
Nepal is also a world renowned destination for trekking, with many popular trekking trails to be found here.
During the biking leg of the trip you will be accommodated in TEA HOUSES which are a form of mountain lodge. Standard varies from place to place, rooms are simple in some cases we get attached bathrooms, in other bathrooms are shared. Rooms are not heated, but are clean and comfortable and have the following:-
• Power and access to charging – All teahouse have this and you can charge phone, cameras and lights. In some teahouses a small charge is applicable for this (100nrs). But the electricity is very limited. Carrying a Power Bank or spare batteries is recommended on this trip.
• Hot water is available in all teahouse, but can vary depending on sunshine (some places is solar). Hot water is not automatic so please tell the guide you need it and he will make sure the hotel provides it. The Hot Water Charge IS INCLUDED in our standard trip prices.
Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara are 3 star with all facilities.