Nepal

For seekers of spiritual enlightenment or the world's highest summit, travel to Nepal holds a mystical allure. Take a scenic flight over 29,000-foot Mount Everest, explore Buddhist and Hindu temples, then come down to earth in the medieval streets of Kathmandu, capital of this ancient kingdom. The aroma of colorful spices and the clang of cymbals intoxicate.

Tours & Packages to Nepal

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Best of India & Nepal
Delhi, Jaipur, Agra & the Taj Mahal, Khajuraho & Varanasi; then 5 days in Kathmandu & Pokhara, Nepal
18 days  •  $4499 $3999
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Taj Mahal Express
Savor India's Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra & the Taj Mahal, then the pink city of Jaipur; plus Nepal & Amritsar optional extensions
9 days  •  from $1899 $1599
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Taj Mahal Express & Holi, Festival of Colors
Savor India's Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra & the Taj Mahal, then Jaipur to celebrate Holi, India's joyous festival of colors
9 days  •  $2399 $2099
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Taj Mahal Express & Diwali, Festival of Lights
Savor India's Golden Triangle: Delhi, Agra & the Taj Mahal, then celebrate Diwali in Jaipur; plus Nepal & Amritsar extensions
closed
9 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights
Taj Mahal Express & Pushkar Camel Fair
Delhi, then Pushkar for the world's largest camel fair; plus the pink city of Jaipur, Agra & the Taj Mahal
closed
11 days
per person, double occupancy*
dates small group tour + flights

Fast Facts

Already booked on one of our packages to Nepal? See everything you need to know before you go.

Overview

Capital: Kathmandu
Population:  28.51 million
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Languages: Nepali
Drives on the: Left
Time zone: NPT (UTC +5:45)

Weather

Monsoons occur in Nepal between the months of June and September and often result in floods. Because of its elevation, most of Nepal is brisk with the highest elevations being quite cold. Trekkers will want to visit Nepal from October to November and March to April to avoid monsoons and snow. Nepal's autumn is generally better for viewing than the spring when the air is hazy, but spring is still worth a visit. 

Entry requirements

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your arrival date.

U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Nepal. Tourist visas are issued upon arrival. You may also apply for a visa no more than six months prior to arrival through the Embassy of Nepal or through a fee-based visa service such as our preferred provider VisaHQ. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? If you do not hold a U.S. passport, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements. If a visa is required, we recommend using a fee-based visa service, such as our preferred provider VisaHQ.

More information about passports & visas.

Shopping

Shop for prayer wheels, tea bowls, religious paintings, Tibetan articles, bronze and copper items, shoulder bags, wooden masks and statues, sweaters, bamboo flutes, carpets, hats and caps, block prints, violins, woven cloths, used camping gear, Be aware that you cannot export precious stones, gold or silver. Small jewelry items may pass if you're wearing them, but it's still risky.

Health Precautions & Vaccinations

According to the Center for Disease control, there is no risk of malaria in Kathmandu. Before you go, consult your physician about inoculations against hepatitis, typhoid and tetanus. Disinfect and cover wounds with a bandage. 

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

Power & Adapters

230 volts. Plugs C & D. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Tipping

In Kathmandu and Pokhara restaurants only, tip 10% (if a service charge is not already on the bill). If you go trekking, tip porters and guides (consult with the trek organizer for the proper amount).

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I take my cell phone?

    See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.

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Rave Reviews

My husband and I booked your Taj Mahal Express with Nepal extension last year and remarked on how excellent it was and what a bargain it was. My daughters and I have said the same thing about this Amazing Peru trip. It was truly AMAZING!

Linda Clark
Amazing Peru

I just returned from the India and Nepal trip and wanted to let you know what a great experience it was to have the tour guides Friendly Planet choose on both legs of our trip. Madan Vishwakarma, our guide in India made my trip so much more interesting with his vast knowledge of India. It went far beyond what is typically required of any tour guide. In Nepal, Probeen Shrestha provided incredible detail into the life of the Nepalese. The trip was truly an incredible experience.

John Schwab, West Hollywood, CA