Visa and entry requirements Nepal:
A visa is issued upon entry at border crossings to Nepal or at Kathmandu airport.
Visa cost: 40, - USD
Information from the Foreign Office on your trip to Nepal:
Nepal is a landlocked country in southern Asia with about 30 million inhabitants. The country, which is about 900 times 250 kilometers long, is bordered to the south by India and the autonomous territory of Sikkim and to the north by the controversial Chinese Tibet. Interestingly, Nepal is the only country in the world whose national flag is not quadrangular.
The official language of the Himalayan state is Nepali and the national currency is the Nepalese rupee, where 1, - Euro is about 130, - NPR.
Nepal's largest cities include Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lalitpur, Biratnagar, Birganj, Bharatpur, Janakpur, Dharan, Nepalganj, Butwal, Itahari and Hetauda. About 82% of Nepal's population profess Hindu belief, with another 10% following Buddhism.
The territory of Nepal is completely in the Himalayas, the highest mountains in the world. Seven of the ten largest elevations in the world are located on Nepalese territory, including the 8.848 meter high Mount Everest, the highest peak on our planet. Other mountains in Nepal with altitude above 8.000 are Kangchenjunga (8.586), Lhotse (8.516), Makalu (8.485), Cho Oyu (8.188), Dhaulagari (8.167), Manaslu (8.163) and Annapurna with 8.091 meters.
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and the domestic economy is based on the scarce natural resources, mainly agriculture, tourism and remittances from Nepalese living abroad.
Rice, potatoes, corn and cereals are mainly exported from agriculture.
Due to the unique high mountains, Nepal is a world-wide attraction for climbers, climbers and hikers. Among the major attractions in the country include the trails to Mount Everest and Annapurna, the pilgrimage Mukinath, the city of Bhaktapur with its Durbar Square, the Nyatapola Temple, the Taumadhi Square and the Changu Narayan Temple, the Stupa of Bodnath, Swayambhunath Temple, Pashupati Nath Hindu Funeral with its temple, Kopan Monastery, Chandragiri Hill Lookout, exciting Asan Market, Thamel Garden and Budhanilkantha Temple in Kathmandu, Thrangu Tashi Monastery in Dhulikhel, Chitwan National Park, the Mayan Devi Temple in Lumbini, Durbar Square, the Golden Temple and the Patan Museum of Art, the Temple of Peace, Lake Fewa with its small temple, the Sarangkot and Poon Hill viewpoints, and the Begnas Lake in Pokhara.
The capital and largest city of Nepal, is Kathmandu with about 1,2 million inhabitants in the urban area and almost three million in the surrounding metropolitan area. The city is located in the great Kathmandu Valley at an average altitude of 1.400 meters and is the political and economic center of the country.
Due to its location in a closed basin, Kathmandu is one of the cities with the highest air pollution in the world. The enormous amount of smog left no clear view of the capital.
In March 2008 I traveled the only time the Himalayan state Nepal. My week-long tour took me first to Kathmandu, then to Pokhara, Annapurna Circuit and ended in Chitwan National Park.
In the capital Kathmandu there was a tremendous bustle and every major attraction of the city was crowded with crowds. After seeing just about everything important in the capital in two days, an 6 hour drive took me to Pokhara, the second largest city in the country. Pokhara was much quieter and more pleasant, with many cozy restaurants and bars. Not far from the city was at about 800 meters altitude, the starting point of one of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world, the Annapurna Circuit. After three long agonizing days, with some extreme climbs in the approximately 2.900 meter high Ghorepani, there was still no time for a longer break.
The next morning at 04.30, I wandered over the 300 meter high-altitude viewpoint "Poon Hill" in the freezing cold to experience a fantastic and unique sunrise in the Himalayas. The tops of the many eight-thousanders were illuminated in turn differently by the rising sun, a unique and exciting experience.
On the same day after returning from the legendary "Poon Hill", due to lack of time, the entire route went down to Pokhara again. In retrospect, the path was down in one day, with my 2.700 daily elevation changes, much more painful than the difficult climb in the three days before. All the bones and muscles hurt so much the next day that at first I was not even able to walk properly.
After an 3-hour crossing, I spent the last night in Chitwan National Park. With a super interesting safari on the last morning, with lots of free-living animals, my great week ended in Nepal and I was taken back to Kathmandu airport in the afternoon.