Tourism

Tourism

A land-locked country spreading into the total area of 1,47,181 square kilometres, Nepal is the host of highest point on earth, the Everest also known as the ‘third pole’ and other 8 out of 14 highest peaks in the world. The amazing mix of geographical variance within the span of merely 150 kilometres from South to the North can be observed at the varied range from 70 metres to 8,848 metres above the sea levels. Nepal has established itself as one of the premier destinations for adventure tourists followed by leisure, pleasure and pilgrimage tourists.

Tourism is one of the priority industries of the Government of Nepal. Tourism sector earned around five percent of total foreign exchange in 2013. This sector has a contribution of more than 2 percent in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country. Tourism has recently been recognized as the second largest sector to create job following agriculture in the country.

Nepal is the host of magnificent palaces, temples and monasteries in its capital, Kathmandu and around the country. The monuments, towering Himalayas, a million and more deities, festivals as many as days in a year, flora and fauna spray the fragrance of mutual harmony, respect and understanding among the people of Nepal. Open plazas and squares in front of the old palaces contain devotional column, temples, shrines, dancing platform, open bath tanks, water fountains and many other amazing historical architectures. Nepal’s natural beauty, rich biodiversity, unique cultural and religious heritages and hospitable people continue to attract visitors to the country upholding Nepal’s identity as a melting pot of diversities. Nepalese tourism has come off the age to establish the country as one of the most preferred adventure destinations in the world.

Nepal, as a land all seasons, offers the visitors a range of touristic products, services and activities such as suitable restaurants, hotels including five star hotels, trekking, boating, rafting, paragliding, hang-gliding, fishing, ultra-light flights, mountain flights, rock climbing, bungee jumping, jungle safari, mountain biking, hunting and honey hunting and mountaineering. The snow capped mountains, white water river and their quiet basins, green valleys and beautiful landscapes, antique cities with fine arts and crafts, smiling friendly people and their simple, pleasant fascinating folk ways are the treasures that Nepal welcomes visitors with. With all such edifices, Nepal, an attractive land of nature and culture always offers unique pleasures for all tourists; visitors, trekkers, scholars, philosophers, litterateurs and those thrust for new experience of Shangri-La.

Following the peace deal signed between the Government and the rebelling force (CPN-Maoist) in 2006, the country has been able to organize various national campaigns to attract the attention of potential visitors, which includes the successful celebration of ‘Nepal Tourism Year 2011’, ‘Visit Lumbini Year 2012’and ‘Diamond Jubilee of Everest Conquest 2013’. Thus, together with the dawn of peace in the country, the number of tourists visiting Nepal has increased significantly accounting to 8, 03,092 tourists visiting Nepal in 2012. Therefore, visitors are always welcome to taste the perfect blending of nature, culture and adventure, which Nepal is always ready to offer in a renewed flavour.

“Naturally Nepal, Once is Not Enough”

A. Do’s and Don’ts for Tourists Visiting Nepal

1. Trekking:

  • All trekkers are required to obtain the TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) Cards (Green for free individual trekkers and blue for group trekkers).
  • One must obtain the Entry Permit by paying entry fees to enter into the particular National Park or protected areas for trekking.
  • One must acquire Trekking Permit (issued by the Department of Immigration) to access the areas restricted by the government.
  • Deal with the authorized travel/trekking agencies for your safety and pleasure.
  • Do not trek or go for any adventure activity alone. Register your name with the NTB, TAAN and your Embassy/Diplomatic Mission prior to embarking on trekking. Be sure to register at the police and Immigration check point along the trail.
  • If you encounter problems along the trails, inform immediately to the nearest police or Immigration post.
  • Ensure that your guides and porters are properly outfitted.
  • Do not buy bottled water while on trek. Instead use a canteen or water bottle and add iodine to treat drinking water.
  • Stick to main trail to avoid any erosion/ disaster.
  • Deviation from the prescribed routes mentioned in the trekking permit is treated as the violation of the law.
  • Keep your passport and trekking permits with you while trekking.
  • Help your guides and porters follow the conservation rules.
  • Leave the camping sites cleaner than the one you had found.
  • TIMS Cards are issued by Nepal Tourism Board, Kathmandu and Pokhara Office and Trekking Agents Association of Nepal Office in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Note: Expedition members permitted to climb mountains, visitors in the controlled area with permits issued by the DoI, foreign guests invited by the GoN, Diplomats holding official letters and travelling on their own risk, visitors recommended by the GoN and foreign nationals possessing a residential visa are not required to obtain TIMS Cards.

2. Religious sites:

  • Please try to look around whether there is any notice restricting your entry into any temples, stupas or shrines. Because some temples, stupas or shrines may have placed such notice on a conspicuous place.
  • Please remove your shoes, leather belts, bags or jackets prior to entering a temple, stupa or shrine.
  • Move in a clockwise direction if you would like to pay homage or go around the temples, stupas or shrines.
  • Look around the notice board prior to taking pictures of sacred places, temples. Also ask people before taking their pictures.
  • Do not step on the offerings to God such as red powder, flower, rice etc.
  • Do not sit, climb on the statues found in open areas.
  • Avoid eating/smoking in religious sites.
  • Do not touch offerings, disturb people carrying offerings or performing rituals.

 3. General Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Be quiet, friendly and respectful in your behavior.
  • Do not take any objects away, only the memories.
  • Do not purchase parts of plants and animals.
  • Do not make open fire; reduce the use of fire woods.
  • Do not litter. Burn or bury papers in a safe place. Carry away all the non-degradable garbage for proper disposal. Resist the graffiti art.
  • Keep the water resource clean after using it. Do not use detergent or other pollutants in steams and springs.
  • Some areas/temples/stupas/shrines may have entry fees. If you like to donate, donate it in odd numbers as it is considered to be auspicious.
  • Do not give or pay attention to begging children.
  • Nepalese people are particular about dress ups. Please put on proper dress, avoid nudity while taking bath in public places/open areas.
  • Refrain from the public display of love/affection such as public kissing which is taken as unpleasant gesture by the locals.
  • Consider all water as untreated and contaminated water and drink after properly iodizing or sterilizing it to avoid any potential illness.
  • Change money with recognized dealers and do not forget to take formal receipts.
  • Do not film in restricted areas or notified areas without permission which is strictly prohibited.
  • Do not damage any plants, rather let them grow up in the natural environment.

4.    Visa and Passport:

  • Visitors of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine and Afghanistan do not get visa on arrival at the immigration entry points of Nepal.
  • Be mindful of the date of Nepalese visa and your passport number to avoid possible problems.
  • Ensure the arrival/departure stamps on your passport at the entry /exit points to avoid further legal complications.
  • Living in Nepal without passport or a valid visa is a punishable offense.
  • Be aware of brokers/cheaters or any counterfeit documents of visa/trekking permit to avoid legal complications.
  • Change of purpose of stay without permission is not allowed and employment or voluntary services while on a tourist visa is strictly prohibited. It will be a punishable offense.
  • Inform the Immigration Office or Police Station of any changes in your address mentioned in the visa application form.
  • Contact the Dept. of Immigration for visa transfer in case if you get a new passport or travel document from your Embassy.
  • Do not remove the visa stickers from your passport and do not try to change records printed in your passport.

B. Expedition Royalty Effective from 01.01.2015 (For Foreigners in USD)

S.No. Mountain Spring Season Autumn Winter and Summer
1 Mt. Everest  (Normal Route) 11,000 5,500 2,750
2 Mt. Everest  (Other Routes) 10,000 5,000 2,500
3 Other peaks above 8,000 meters 1,800 900 450
4 7,501-7,999 m. high peaks 600 300 150
5 7,000-7,500 m. high peaks 500 250 125
6 6,501-6,999 m. high peaks 400 200 100
7 Amadablam Himal 400 400 200
8 6,500 m. or below 250 125 70

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