Nepal Travel Details
Flights & Travel
Book your flight into Kathmandu (International Flights are not included in the retreat package)
Whatever flight path you choose, if it’s connecting in China or India, you MUST check Visa requirements for each country. The airlines aren’t always clear about Visa’s when booking. Please see Passport & Visa* section below.
Optional: Transit Hotels
Something to consider to make your traveling experience more comfortable is booking an hourly airport transit hotel to sleep and shower while connecting internationally. Jessica does this when she travels and it makes traveling much easier. You can book rooms in advance or wait until you arrive.
Passport & Visa Information
STEP ONE: PASSPORT
You need a Valid passport to travel
- Passport must have six months or more validity remaining at the time of entry. If your passport is not valid, please contact your local passport agency or State Department
STEP TWO: NEPAL VISA
You WILL NEED a Visa for Nepal. Thankfully, they are easy to obtain. You have two options.
- You may get your visa upon arrival into Nepal. You will have to go to a special line. But it’s fairly simple and straightforward.
- Get your Visa before traveling. Click here for more details. OR Use a local passport agency. In Denver, RJR Passports takes care of us.
You may choose from these options below for Nepali Visa:
- 15-day multiple-entry tourist visa ($25 USD) (Best option for attending ELEVATE Nepal)
- 1-month multiple-entry tourist visa ($40 USD)
- 3-month multiple-entry tourist visa ($100 USD)
Visa fees are payable in USD. Money-changing and ATM services are available at the airport, but credit card payment is not a reliable option. Tourists may stay no more than 150 days in any given calendar year.
STEP THREE: TRANSIT VISA
Whatever flight path you choose, if it’s connecting in China or India. You MUST check Visa requirements for each country. The airlines aren’t always clear about Visa’s when booking.
CHINA: The 72-hour visa-free transit policy in China allows air passengers from 53 countries to transit and stay for up to 72 hours (3 days) in 18 China cities without a visa. In order to facilitate international visitors’ short stay in China, the policy is promising to be carried out in more and more cities in the future.
INDIA: If you are connecting in India you MUST have a transit Visa to board the plane in the USA, Canada or Europe (or your point of origin). If you do NOT have a Visa, you will not be authorized to board the plane and will be forced to change your travel plans.
Recommendations on what you’ll need…
First time to Nepal?
No worries, you’re in great hands. Jessica, Katie, and their team will take great care of you. From the moment you land in Kathmandu, you’ll be guided throughout the country by expert and professional locals. Our personal drivers, translator, and guides will be with us on our journey!
February is a great month for visiting Nepal! The weather and visibility during this month are just perfect for trekking and outdoor activities. The average daytime temperatures are around 68°F while they can drop to 40°F at night (especially in the foothills).
Remember, this is a third world country and things don’t always go as planned and life is not always comfortable there! It’s dusty and chaotic, but will leave you elevated in its culture and beauty!
Getting off the plane, go through immigration, collect your bags, use the restroom, hit the ATM and head for the exit. When outside look for the men with signs for ELEVATE NEPAL. They will take good care of you and your luggage. Now, sit back and enjoy the ride! Remember, it’s a third world country and is a pretty entertaining drive!
If you need local currency, stop at the ATM in the airport or you may use a currency exchange shop after you check into your hotel. There is one very close to the hotel. ks. We recommend using the restroom as it could be over an hour depending where they stop. If you need local currency, stop at the ATM in the airport.
Don’t forget tissues, baby wipes, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, sunscreen and all other toiletries! Baby wipes are SO useful!! A lot of public bathrooms DO NOT have any toilet paper.
We have found it to be easiest to bring CASH to Nepal and exchange it for Nepal currency. In Kathmandu proper there are several safe places to do this. You are welcome to use ATM or obtain Nepali currency in the USA before traveling.
Would you like to extend your Nepal trip!? Add three days onto your trip and fly over Everest?! Contact us for more details!
We’ve had questions about getting them….there is NO requirement. It’s all personal preference. We have not received any shots and feel perfectly comfortable. You may feel otherwise. If so, here is the link to the CDC website.