FAQs

Can I get Nepal Visa on arrival?

Yes, you can get Nepal Visa on arrival. Upon arrival in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu, Nepal, fill out the necessary required Visa Forms and proceed to immigration. USD$ 25.00 will be charge for 15 days visa. Please bring along 2 passport-size photos (one for the visa and one additional). For more information about Nepal visa click here.  Also you can get visa in advance from your nearest consulate offices for Nepal.

 

What is the process for advance visa?

If you want to get your visa in advance from back home, please contact your nearest Consulate or Embassy of Nepal.  To find Embassy of Nepal in your country, please click here.

 

What type of insurance should I have before I come to Nepal? Can I get insured there?

You will need to get your Travel Insurance from your own country, getting a Travel Insurance from Nepal is not possible these days. Your Travel Insurance should cover both medical and emergency evacuation.

 

Some points to remember while you purchasing Travel Insurance Policy:

Helicopter Rescue Provision: In case of any unforeseen accidents such as high altitude sickness, accidental case or any emergency cases can happen in the mountain while trekking in the Himalaya or climbing peaks, you may need evacuation to bring back to safe place i.e. Kathmandu for further treatment. In this case, you’ll need to bring back to Kathmandu by helicopter. However that helicopter rescue should be covered by your travel insurance policy. In the case of high altitude sickness, accident or death, you’ll need to bring back to Kathmandu from any part of Nepal which also could be above 19000ft too.

Medical Treatment Provision: Due to any sickness or accident, your travel policy should include treatment and medicines expenses.

Damage/Loss of Baggage: During your travel to Nepal sometimes your baggage might loss or miss in the aero plane which might cause delay of your trekking/trip, missing of local flights and uses of extra hotels in Kathmandu or might have to purchase new baggage too if it took long time to get baggage too. In this case, it is better to have your baggage insured.

 

What kinds of banking facilities are there in Nepal?

Nepal has modern banking facilities and some international banks even have offices in Kathmandu. Almost all foreign currencies along with credit cards such as American Express, Visa, and Master card are accepted in Nepal. Nepal also has ATM facilities.

 

Do I need to book my trip in advance?

Yes, you are strongly suggested to book your trip in advance, last minute booking might lead to optional for alternative services than promised in your itinerary as during season almost all tourism related agents are pre- booked. We shall of course make every effort to accommodate last minute bookings as well.

 

Will someone come to pick me at the airport? Are transfers included?

Yes there will be Sherpa Shepherds’ Tour officer at the airport with our company playcard. Yes Sherpa Shepherds provides transfers to hotel. Our tour officer will take you to your hotel and check you in.

 

Can I climb peaks without using local tour operator?

In order to climb peaks or high mountains, you’ll need peak climbing/expedition permits and you can’t get permits for climbing individually. You have to come through local operator such Sherpa Shepherds.

 

Do I need experience to climb a peak?

No any specific experience is required to climb peaks. However in order to climb high mountains such as 7000m mountains, 8000m mountains, it will be better to have some experience of climbing of at least 6000m peaks. It could help you to test yourself whether you are good for high altitude or not. Even if you don’t any experience, don’t worry, our climbing guide team will help you to get climbing skills along with safety measurements.

 

Which are most climbed mountains in Nepal?

Depending on till which altitude you would like to be, there are many mountains climbed by travelers. Following are the most climbing mountains:

  • 6000m Peaks: Mera Peak, Island Peak, Amadablam and Saribung are the most climbing peaks in Nepal in 6000m category.
  • 7000m Peaks: Puthahinchuli, Barutse and Himlung are the most climbed 7000m peaks in Nepal.
  • 8000m Peaks: Everest, Manaslu, Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma are the most climbed 8000m peaks.

 

Which is best season for climbing mountains?

The best season to climb mountains is from March to May (Spring Season) and August to November (Autumn Season).

 

What is the physical condition needed for climbing?

There is no any specific fitness required for climbing. However in general, you should be fit for walking, climbing physically. As a preparation, it is better to have at least some physical exercises before you leave for climbing. It is understandable that minimum fitness is important for all outdoor activities and as long as you are in good shape without any major health issues, peak climbing should be fine. It is most important that you know you enjoy walking in the great outdoors but you certainly don’t need to be an experienced hiker. The older you are the more important prior fitness and training is.

 

Who can get climbing permit?

Anyone who is interested to climb mountains can get climbing permits. However it is better to disclose your physical/health conditions before you applying for permits. Children below 16 years old and adults older than 80 years old are not eligible to get permits. And at the same time, physically disabled, visually impaired are not eligible to climb.

 

Who will lead in the mountains?

We, Sherpa Shepherds proud be have very experienced climbing guide who climbed Mount Everest from three times to 21st times and many other 8000m mountains. Our High Altitude Sherpa (HA Sherpas) will lead you in the mountain till summit.

 

What kind of communication use in the mountain?

Sherpa Shepherds uses satellite phone (Thuraya) for emergency calls and we use Walkie-Talkies for communication between base camp team and team in the mountains.

 

What about altitude and medical problems?

Yes, altitude does affect in normal physical performance but provided you are ascending in a safe pace, minimizes the risk of altitude sickness. It is important to get acclimatized as we climb higher. Our expeditions are designed to help you acclimatize along the way where necessary. We usually do not have medical doctor during the trip but our guide/climbing guides are well aware about high altitude sickness.

 

Do I need to have oxygen while climbing?

Generally you don’t need oxygen for climbing 6000 m and 7000 m peaks. But yes you need to have adequate amount of oxygen along with mask & regular while you’re climbing 8000m peaks. We, Sherpa Shepherds will avail you the oxygen and other mountain gears if need them.

 

What is summit and non summit bonus?

It is system that every HA Sherpa gets summit bonus if you successfully climbed the mountain and non summit bonus if you are unsuccessful to climb the mountain. It is paid to HA Sherpa for their extreme effort and help to summit push. Please check amount of summit and non summit bonus in each trip dossier.

 

What  is Carrying Bonus?

As all your baggage, equipment will be carried till base camp by porters/yaks and they will be paid. But those porters can’t go high mountains because they are not trained and qualified to go higher in the mountains and even not allowed by Government too. Only certified and licensed support climber can go up in the mountains. And those HA Sherpas are generally paid for setting up base camp, high camps, rope fixing and show you way to the summit. But there will be nobody to carry your baggage, high tents, high food, cooking utensils, ropes and climbing gears. In this HA Sherpa will help you carry all those equipments to high camps. And carrying bonus needs to pay for carrying equipments in the mountains.

 

What are required for climbing permit?

Through Sherpa Shepherds, you can apply permits for peak climbing/expeditions. For this first you need to sign up/book the desired expedition trip. Read carefully Booking Condition before you book the trip. And then please send following documents to [email protected]

  • Booking Form (Please download) or you fill up booking form online as well.
  • Scanned Passport Copies of all members (At least 6 month validity of passports)
  • Bio Data of all the members with photo attached (Please download bio data form)
  • Expedition Application Form (send back us after filling it) (Please download application form)
  • Personal Medical Report

 

What are the gears I need to bring for climbing?

If you climbing 6000 m peak, you may bring following climbing gears:

  • 2 Non-locking carabiners- 2 pcs
  • 2 D-Shaped locking carabiners – 2 pcs
  • Crampons (steel, no aluminum)- 1 pair
  • Alpine climbing harness- 1 pcs
  • Pair plastic shell mountaineering boots with high altitude liners- 1 pair
    Ice axe- 1 pc
  • Ascender (right or left handed as appropriate)- 2 pcs
  • Climbing helmet (optional)- 1 pc
  • Expedition style gaiters (ensure fit over your boots)- 1 pair

If you are climbing 7000m and 8000 m mountains, you are requesting to bring following persona gears:

  • Down suits (dangri)- 1 pc
  • Summit shoe- 1 pair
  • Walking shoe-1 pair
  • Crampon- 1 pair
  • Summit Glove- 1 pair
  • Normal gloves- 2 pairs
  • Summit Snow goggles- 1 pc
  • Glacier glasses- 1 pc
  • Ice axe- 1 pc
  • Harness- 1 pc
  • Jumer- 1 pc
  • Carabiners (normal)- 3 pcs
  • Sleeping bag (-40C)- 1 pc
  • Down filled Mattress- 1 pc
  • Summit socks- 2 pairs
  • Normal socks- 3 pairs
  • Climbing bag (40 ltr)- 1 pc
  • Helmet- 1 pc
  • Down jacket- 1 pc
  • Down trouser-1 pc
  • 8 finger /descender- 1 pc
  • Headlamp- 1 pc
  • Gore-tex jacket- 1 pc
  • Gore-tex trouser- 1 pc
  • Fleece jacket-1 pc
  • Fleece trouser- 1 pc
  • Fleece liner gloves- 3 pairs
  • Screw Gate Carabiner- 1 pc
  • Windstopper- 1 pc
  • Thermos bottle- 1pc
  • Base layer (woolen)- 2 sets
  • Water bottle normal- 1 pc

If you taking partial services from us (Base camp or semi services only), you’ll need following climbing gears addition to personal gear list mentioned in b.

  • Ice crews
  • Fix rope
  • Snow bars
  • EPI gases
  • Rock piton
  • Carabiners (normal)
  • High tent
  • Summit rope/Main rope
  • Cooking pots
  • Snow shovel
  • Ice hammer
  • High food
  • Oxygen
  • Mask & regulator
  • Quick Draws
  • Snow bars
    Note: Quantiy of climbing gears varies up which mountain and number member in a group. Please contact us at [email protected] if you need help on it.