Nepal Travel Details

Flights & Travel

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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.

Transit Hotels: 

Something to consider to make your traveling experience more comfortable is booking a 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.

In Chatrapati Shivaji International Mumbia India:

http://www.nirantahotels.com

 

Indira Ghandi International Airport Delhi India:

You have different options….rent rooms, sleeping pods and spa time as well! Make sure you get a head massage too!

https://www.newdelhiairport.in/Default.aspx

https://www.newdelhiairport.in/airport-hotel.aspx

 

Guangdong International Airport:

http://www.myaerotel.com/global/en/news-room/aerotel-landing-soon-in-guangzhou/

Passport & Visa Information

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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.

1. 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.

2. Get your Visa before traveling. Click here for more details. OR Use a local passport agency. In Denver RJR Passports takes care of us.

Click here for : Nepal Visa information

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.

Click here for India Visa Application

Recommendations on what you’ll need…

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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!

Packing List

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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).

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 Remembering this is a third world country, things don’t always go as planned and life is not always comfortable there! It’s dusty and chaotic! As well as rich in culture and beauty!

Random TIPS

Arriving

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.

Toiletries

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.

Cash

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. 

Excursions

Would you like to extend your Nepal trip!? Add three days onto your trip and fly over Everest?! Contact us for more details!

Shots

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

ELEVATE NEPAL Frequently Asked Questions

BLUE SPIRIT’S ADDRESS

Please note that there are no street addresses or street names in Nosara. The address we use when needed is below but will not be found in GPS systems, nor is it guaranteed that we will receive mail or shipments made to this address.

Blue Spirit Costa Rica

Guiones sur, Playa Guiones
Nosara, Guanacaste
Costa Rica
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Travel Documents

Citizen of the US, Canada, and Panama may enter Costa Rica with a passport that remains valid at least 6 months after your travel date. Identification such as a driver’s license or birth certificate is no longer valid for travel to Costa Rica.

A valid passport allows Canadian, American, as well as most Latin American, and European citizens to stay for up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries may require a visa to enter Costa Rica.

Before you go to Costa Rica, please make a copy of your passport, which you will need to carry with you at all times. You should leave your original passport in the safety box at Blue Spirit.

Flights to Costa Rica & Further Transport to Blue Spirit

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CHECK IN & CHECK OUT TIMES

General Check In time for all rooms is 4:00 p.m.
General Check Out time for all rooms is 10:00 a.m.
Guests’ luggage can be stored at the Front Desk at no charge before or after the indicated hours on arrival and departure days.

MEAL TIMES

All meals are served in the Dining Hall, starting with dinner on arrival day and breakfast on departure day. Lunch is not served on departure day.

Breakfast 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Lunch 12:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Complimentary early morning coffee and tea are available at 6:30 a.m. daily.

SPECIAL MEAL REQUESTS

Upon request, Blue Spirit will do its best to provide for special meal needs (such as lactose intolerance, food allergies, …etc.). We require that these requests be communicated at least 2 weeks in advance. Please communicate your request to the organizer of your program. Please keep in mind that a huge variety of non-allergic products are not as easily available in Costa Rica (as for example in the U.S.).

An additional way of satisfying special meal needs is our PURE FOOD OPTION, which is part of our daily buffet style served lunch and dinner: offering of greens, grain, and legume (beans) without oils or seasoning.

Also, we have a refrigerator in the Dining Hall – accessible during meal times – where guests can store any of their medication.

SPA & LONGEVITY SERVICES

Spa and Longevity services – such, as massages, bodywork, facial treatments, nutritional coaching, astrology, etc.- are available upon request. Guests can book all sessions at front desk. Payment can be made in cash or charged to the room when the services are scheduled.

MEDICAL SERVICES IN NOSARA

From a general health perspective, Costa Rica has high health standards in the entire country, and is considered one of the safest destinations in the developing world. If you have a health care provider in the country of your origin, you may want to inquire before your travels about their coverage policy, when traveling to Costa Rica.

English-speaking doctors have offices located 15 minutes from Blue Spirit, along with dentists.

A hospital is located within a 45 minutes drive in Nicoya, or for serious conditions an air lift is available to a hospital with excellent and Western standard medical care in the capital of San Jose within 45 minutes.

There are no shots or immunizations required to come to Costa Rica.

MEANS OF COMMUNICATION, OFFICE NEEDS, AND ELECTRICITY

Phone: We have a phone to use for the guests for calls within Costa Rica (free of charge) and international calls (phone cards can be purchased at front desk). We also recommend the use of Skype or other Internet phone services. WiFi is available at no charge everywhere on the premises (except Tents and Eco-Cottages), and the use of voice over Internet is easy, inexpensive, and reliable.

If you like your loved ones at home in the US, Canada, or Europe to connect with you and leave messages during your stay at Blue Spirit they can call: +1 845-6884-2007. This line connects with our offices in Costa Rica & the US at US calling rates.

If you need to reach Blue Spirit from within Costa Rica, dial the following numbers: 2656.8300 / 2656.8228 (both numbers are only valid from within Costa Rica).

Cell Phone: There is cell phone service on the premises that supports local Costa Rica cell phones and international phones (though this is expensive).

WiFi: Wireless Internet is available at no cost and can be accessed via personal laptops for use of E-mail, Skype, or any Internet-phone calls. Please, note that Blue Spirit does not guarantee connection to all types of laptop computers and does not provide a technician for WiFi access.

Public Access Computer: Available to our guests (free of charge) in the Lobby.

Copy Machine: For limited use and faculty only: at the rate of 40 cents per copy. If you have large copy jobs, please prepare those in advanced and bring them with you; or they can be sent out locally and done at a rate per copy.

Electricity: The voltage throughout the country is 110, the same as in North America. Travelers with appliances set for 220 will need an adapter that changes the voltage and allows for use of a different plug.

CANDLES & INCENSE

For reasons of fire safety we don’t allow any candle or incense burning in any of the accommodations. We do allow the burning of candles and incense for ritual or teaching purposes in the classrooms, however, only if the flame is attended to at all times.

SAFETY BOX & PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Each room is provided with a safety box at no charge. The safety box is big enough to hold a laptop. Blue Spirit is not responsible for any stolen personal belongings on the premises. Tents do not come with a safety box – valuables can be stored in safety box at front desk.

MONEY

Any extra spending while being at Blue Spirit (i.e. for activities organized through our reception desk, like surf lessons, horseback riding, canopy tours, or Wellness services) and any consumption at our Café-Library can be charged on your credit card. Therefore we recommend not bringing too much extra cash from home (a maximum of US $500 should be sufficient).

The US Dollar is widely accepted in Costa Rica, so exchanging US Dollars to Costa Rica Colones is not necessary. Smaller denominations of $20 or less are easiest to cash. The exchange rate is approximately 500 Colones per US Dollar.

There is an ATM machine and bank, which is a 10-minute drive from Blue Spirit. The ATM and Bank only accept VISA Cards and disperse Costa Rica Colones.

TIME ZONE

Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time, six hours behind Greenwich Mean Time and one hour behind EST in the States. It does not use daylight saving time – which means that when there is daylight saving time in the US, then Costa Rica is on MST (2 hours behind EST).

WHAT TO-BRING-LIST

Don’t forget to pack: Beach-towel, Camera/batteries/charger, alarm clock, sunscreen, sun hat, bathing suit, water bottle, natural bug repellent, your special medication, hiking sandals, and jeans for horseback riding, We recommend bringing a flashlight, if you are staying in an eco-cottage or a tent. In case you will travel around the Central Valley and San Jose, pack a light raincoat or rain-poncho. We have some hairdryers available at the Front Desk for guests to borrow.

BLUE SPIRIT STORE

Should you forget essential items at home or are looking for some snack foods, books to read, gift items, clothing, or souvenirs – the Blue Spirit Store offers a wide array of goods to purchase. You can pay cash (US$, Costa Rican Colones) or with credit card.

ACTIVITIES / EXCURSIONS

Front Desk is glad to assist you in organizing Surf-Lessons, Horseback-Riding, Turtle Nesting Tour, Canopy Adventures, River Boat Tour (Bird watching), River Kayaking, or Stand-Up-Paddle-Surf. Payments can be made in cash or with credit card at reception.

ORIENTATION FOR GUESTS

To clear common questions and concerns from the beginning of your stay with us, we recommend to all of our group-leaders and guests to come to our 30 minutes Orientation Talk on Sunday morning in the Sky Mind Hall – usually around 9.30 a.m. Exact times will be indicated at Front Desk on Saturday’s.

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