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Nepal is a Secular State which is geographical, religiously, culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse with the wide range of amusements and unbelievable panorama. Nepal is the popular destination in the world for trekking, mountaineering, whitewater rafting, wildlife safari and other many different adventure activities due to its extreme high Himalayan ranges and wonderful biodiversity. Nepal is one of the best countries in the world for a cultural and historical tour with its long history, fascinating art and distinctive and varied architecture. Nepal's natural beauty and typical tradition and culture are widely famous for their uniqueness and charm to the world. Nepal travel is an exciting jumble of fascinating land of ancient history, vibrant colorful culture and tolerant people. Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in term of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position, a wonderful gift of nature and altitude variation.

 Very few countries in the world can offer as many varieties of adventure tourism packages as Nepal. Of the 14 peaks above 8000m in the world, 8 are located in Nepal. It is the land of Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest, 8848m), the highest peak in the world and other 1310 mountain peaks. Other peaks in Nepal are Kanchenjunga, Cho-Oyo, Makalu, Manaslu, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Lhotse etc. Trekking is by far the biggest tourism industry in Nepal attracting climbers from all over the globe. Nepal trekking presents walking around, ground of yaks and yetis, Stupas and legendary Sherpa, the most outstanding celebration escapade trekking in Nepal onward and travelers target with remarkable countryside side, the summit of the highest mountains in the world, snow white Himalaya passes, glaciers and ice falls, superlative Himalaya landscapes and remote framework.

 Nepal is a country of exceptional biodiversity and a beautiful natural environment. In Nepal, wide range of the earth's topography and climate zones including a diverse range of ecosystem from tropical jungles of the Terai to the arctic conditions of Himalaya highlands. Nepal has the most magnificent sceneries in the world and the great variety of flora and fauna. Nepal is home to 167 species of mammals, 50 amphibian, 130 reptiles, 863 birds and more than 6000 pieces of plants. Nepal’s 20 protected areas cover 23.23 percent of its land. Its 10 national parks, three wildlife reserves, six conservations areas and one hunting reserve cover various geographical locations from the sub-tropical Terai jungles to the Arctic Himalayan region. Two of Nepal’s natural areas are listed by UNESCO as Natural World Heritage Sites namely Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park. Lots of conservation areas as Sagarmatha Conservation, Langtang National Park, and Annapurna Conservation Project etc. have been successful to preserve the rare and endangered species of wildlife and vegetation abundantly.

 Nepal is the land where Gautam Buddha was born - Buddha, the symbol of peace. Nepal is a “paradise on the earth” due to her typical culture, hidden traditions, people's unique ethnicity and custom. Nepal is rich with many temples and historical places full of architectural interest that display great craftsmanship and artistic ingenuity. Numerous religious and social festivals are celebrated all year round and are part of the rich, religious and traditional heritage of people from this part of the world. Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan are the culturally and traditionally important cities for observing the Nepalese diverse religions. Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, and people of other religions live together here in perfect harmony.

 Nepal has a composite population stemming from various racial and ethnic communities. Nepalese people are renowned for the welcome and hospitality they offer to visitors who remember it more than any other. Nepalese are naturally a friendly, welcoming people. We enjoy meeting people from around the world and are proud to share our wonderful country with you. Despite unlimited common grounds shared with neighboring India and China, the people stands a world of their own, offering a stray from the routine of everyday life for visitors who come here seeking a break. The varied mosaic of various races and ethnic groups has given Nepal its distinct character and culture.

 Nepal's climate varies with its topography. It ranges from tropical to alpine depending upon the altitude. The Terai region which lies in the tropical southern part of the country, for instance, has a hot & humid climate. The Midland regions are pleasant almost all year around although winter nights are cool. The northern mountain region, around an altitude of 3353 m has an alpine climate with a considerably lower temperature in winter as can be expected. In the north, summers are cool and winters severe, while in south summers are tropical and winters are mild. Even in December and January, when winter is at its severest, there are compensating bright sun and brilliant views.

 Some places of Nepal have yet remained unspoiled or untamed; that is full of wilderness ecological and cultural museums. Jungle Safari tour in Nepal is a great way to relax discovering the best of viewing the flora and fauna and the original local people and culture along watching wild animals and scenery. Nepal is a predominantly rustic society and its prosperous culture and ethnic diversity is best experienced in its villages. The country is recognized as a beautiful, sociable and tranquil destination for village tourism. The prominence of Nepal is admired for hiking which endows with impressive sights of the mountains and the profound valleys.

 There are several options when exploring the heights of Nepal including trekking, rock climbing, Cannoning, kayaking, paragliding, mountain biking, Peak climbing, and mountaineering. Some visitors in Nepal come not just to witness the beautiful scenery but to expand their mind and spirit as there are courses in meditation, yoga, and massage available in many of the towns and cities in Nepal. Nepal travel proves to be great experience and adventure that you will have an unforgettable and exciting time, with memories to treasure for years to come. Nepal can be is perfect for people with long or short duration holiday visit. So now is the time to brace you for the break-away to experience the most amazing and adventurous Nepal with exhilarating exploration.

Q. What is Nepal known for?

Nepal is known for Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, spectacular natural beauty that can be seen in its land especially hilly regions. Nepal is a country of exceptional biodiversity and a beautiful natural environment. The religious tolerance is ever present with a huge variety of gods and goddesses, numerous temples, Stupas and monasteries and depicts the deep faith of the people. It is an eccentric tourist's paradise in every sense of adventure, Himalaya, river, religious, wildlife sanctuaries, monuments, Temples, museums, cultural and world heritage sites. Also it is the home of brave and legendry Gurkha Warriors. It is also known as a country with abundant Natural Water Sources.

Q. Why Trekking in Nepal?

Largely inaccessible by road, combined with the well-worn foot tracks developed between villages over centuries, makes trekking in Nepal the best way of seeing the Himalayas. It is a chain of the highest and youngest mountains on earth and it encompasses a region of deep religious and cultural traditions and an amazing diversity of people. The natural scenery, high mountains, incomparable cultural heritage and numerous specialties have made Nepal a well known destination in the world of tourism map. The most rewarding way to experience Nepal's natural and world famous attractions is to walk through the length, breadth and onto the altitudes of the country with unforgettable life experience. Mt. Everest, Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, Langtang etc are the magnificent mountains of Nepal.

Q. Can I trek or is trekking for me?

If you are reasonably fit and enjoy walking you will find a trek in the program to suit you. So any one, with a pair of strong legs and the spirit for adventure to explore the exotic will enjoy the thrills of trekking in the hills of Nepal. Normally for weary trekkers we have a list of short, easy and exotic treks and for the experience trekkers we offer a longer trek with lots of excitement and adventure. It is also worth remembering if we are tailoring your tour, you can choose the pace and direction of your experience.

Q. Are you a licensed trekking agency?

Yes, we are a licensed trekking agency. We have been organizing tours, treks and expeditions for our valued clients since long time and experienced earned.

Q. When is the best season for trek?

Nepal is, undoubtedly, a naturally beautiful country that enjoys pleasant weather round the year. We have main two seasons for trekking. The best months are September, October & November during the Autumn season and March, April & May during the spring season are consider as the best seasons for attempting trekking.

Q. Is trekking permit required?
The government of Nepal no longer requires a trekking permit for Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and some other regions; however, conservation permit or National park permits are required for these regions. There are few restricted trekking areas in Nepal, where trekking permits are required. Trekking permits are issued very easily by the Department of Immigration Office in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Q. Can I obtain my VISA upon arrival in Nepal?

Yes, you can obtain your entry visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Besides, you can also obtain your visa at a consulate in your home country. The tourist visa shall be granted for a period in maximum of 150 days in a visa year.

Q. Do I need a guide?

No matter how experienced and fit you are in outdoor adventures. It is important to have an orientation to a new area. Hiring a porter and/or a guide can add greatly to your trek experience in Nepal, especially if this is your first time, and if you are traveling on less frequented trails. A qualified guide is a minimum safety requirement and can also enhance your enjoyment and understanding of the region as they double as companion and interpreter. If you decide to hire a porter and/or a guide, remember that you are their employer and thus should take full responsibility. Tourist can also learn the lifestyle, culture, tradition, history and nature of the country from our experience guides. Besides that our guides also assist to our guests on the issues like: first aid, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), emergency, rescue methods etc.

Q. What sorts of Guides you have?

Our guides are trained in first aid and know how to handle any situation. All our guides speak fluent English and happy to share their deep knowledge of the country and beauty of Nepal with you.

Q. What about security during trekking?

Security of our clients is the foremost important for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Nepal Government. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings.

Q. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips?
It is possible to change the day trip as per your request by consulting your guide.

Q. Where Can I get more information and maps?
A travel/trek guide book is best for more information. Maps are available in bookstores around Pokhara, Kathmandu and other popular places.
Q. What Types of Trekking can I do in Nepal?

You can go the trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal in different way from easy trekking to challenging one where you can stay in a locally designed simple Tea House via Tea House Trek and in Camping Trek, Our experienced staff created a Tent. Tea House Trek - is a trek during which at the end of each trekking day you stay for overnight in Tea Houses. Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out.

Q. What is the best time for trekking?

Since Nepal is a country of diversification with its geography and climate, a nature lover can always make it as his destination of trekking year round. Normally four seasons are considered in Nepal, each of which has its own particular attraction to offer. Best time for trekking is autumn (October-November) and spring (end of February-April). Short treks and some Tea Houses treks can be done during winter season as well.

Q. What type of insurance should I have? Can I get there?

Check you're insurance whether you have both medical and evacuation insurance. You should be careful in choosing a policy, however, as some make special exceptions for adventure travel. If you need that just for the trip tell us we help you. That mean you can get here as well. But it is better to arrange your insurance in your country before to travel.

Q. What will be done if I suffer from altitude sickness or any kind of sickness?

Our guides are trained to spot any signs of altitude sickness and know how to deal with it. If the case is serious, you will be transferred to the near by health post. If you will not be cure, you will be immediately taken to Kathmandu by helicopter and shifted to Hospital. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to Nepal for case of emergency.

Q. What is your cancellation policy and terms or conditions?

If our clients are unable to make their trip or want to cancel the trip from any difficult circumstances, Above the Himalaya Trekking can refund only 70% of the deposited amount. How ever Client can postponed their traveling date and can do different activities also. Your check our terms and conditions page for the details.

Q. Is there electricity Facility during the trekking?
Most of the Trekking areas like Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Dhaulagiri, Mustang and Manaslu, has an electricity facility. You can charge your camera batteries.

Q. Is there any communication while we are on trekking?
There are telephones facilities in many villages along the popular trekking routes from which you can make international calls and in Major city of Nepal you can use your Cell Phone.

Q. What kinds of banking facilities in Nepal?

Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. In Nepal we have also ATM facilities.

Q. Does Above The Himalaya accept credit cards?

Above The Himalaya Trekking accept American Express, Visa and Master cards. When you are paying in Nepal, we kindly request you to pay in Cash or Travelers cheques as the bank charges for credit cards are quite high.

Q. Do you know about how many hours we walk every day in this trek?

Trekking in Mountain means, you must be in good health and physical condition. Most days have four to five hours of walking, but some days are up to seven hours.

Q. What's the currency of Nepal?

Currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or in short NRS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Nepali Notes are 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees, and coins are rarely used.

Q. How to Enter Nepal?

In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. Alternatively, if you have time and enthusiasm, traveling overland to Nepal via India is an option. The crossing between Nepal and Tibet via Kodari is only open to organized groups but not to individual travelers heading north.

Q. How Should I dress during a trek?

The clothing you bring will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable.

Q. Do you provide any equipment while trekking?

All kinds of equipments required for your trekking or tours will me managed for you such as Ropes, Axes, sleeping bags etc on the payment of nominal cost.

Q. Can I bring my medication with me?
Yes. Make sure to bring prescriptions and the medications in its original containers to avoid custom inspection hassle.

Village Tour - 2007

In January 07 I flew into Katmandu with my parents in the hope of finding some of the real Nepal. About 10 years ago I went to Pokhara with friends and trekked in the Annapurna region. Although the views were amazing the spark of the place was some what tainted by the shear number of trekkers. Given the fact that was 10 years ago and has most likely gotten worst, on this trip I wanted to find somewhere quieter and away from the Pizza cafes of Pokhara! Luckily I met Puru and once I had told him my mission he recommend, what he referred to as the 'village trekk' which included a night in his parents house. We booked up and within 2 days we were in a car to for only 2 hours from Katmandu before we started trekking. The treck was amazing and we quickly realised that we were in uncharted territories. Upon arriving in villages we were literally greeted by 100s of smiling school children and there were no mars bar sellers in sight! We spent a night sleeping over the Water buffolow at Purus house and his mother and sisters were so incredibly welcoming as well as superb cooks. The last few nights were spent at the Nature Camp which is literally perched on the top of a vertical cliff where the suns sets and rises along with the views of 4 Himalaya ranges were out of the world. We were in fact the only guest theres and again the owners could not have been more friendly. The Lonely Planet mentions this place but talks about it as a activity hand gliding place, none of this is going on and once you have been there you will realise the LP writer has obviously never been there! I have trekked all over South America but to be honest the village trek that Puru organised was one of the most amazing experiences in regards to actually mixing with the locals. In the four days we did not see one other trekker or tourist! Absolute paradise and its only just over 2 hours from Kathmandu. If you don't do it you are crazy, but pls don't tell too many people!

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Nepal
2013-03-24
Rated 5 / 5 stars

Nepal Tour October 10/29 2009

In Nepal we visited three towns made a 7 days trekking and visited Chitwan National Park. Our journeys were really enjoyable. Everything went just as it was told.
Even small details were taker care off.

All our guides were friendly people and professional workers

We hope that we are going to have another possibility to come to Nepal and that case we are going to ask Puru to arrange our trip

Nepal
2013-09-24
Rated 5 / 5 stars
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