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Nepal is known for its mountains. It contains eight of the world’s highest peaks, including Mount Everest. Nepal also has the distinction of being the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism. It is a land of breathtaking views, rich culture, and deep history.
Some of the most popular destinations for tourists in Nepal are the medieval cities. Here, visitors can join Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet for a trek around places of worship that dot the Himalayas.
Nepal is also home to dense jungles, which can be traversed on the back of elephants. Beneath the thick layers of undergrowth; rhinos, tigers, and other creatures roam uninhibited.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Nepal. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for Nepal: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, and influenza.
Mosquito-borne illnesses including malaria, are a concern in certain parts of Nepal. The disease is present in areas of the country with altitudes less than 6,500 feet. Speak with a travel health specialist about antimalarials and your itinerary.
Nepal’s healthcare system is considered poor by international standards. Thousands of Nepalese die every year from communicable disease. Be sure to bring your own medical supplies, and be cautious when traveling in high risk areas.
Visit our vaccinations page to learn more. Travel safely with Passport Health and schedule your appointment today by calling or book online now.
You must have a visa and passport with at least six months’ validity to enter Nepal.
A tourist visa can be purchased on arrival, but it is best to obtain your visa before leaving for your trip. This will help you avoid many potential problems as you enter Nepal.
For more information, see our Nepal visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
Nepal has four distinct seasons throughout the year. Its weather is affected by maritime and continental forces.
March to May is spring, with temperatures averaging at about 72 degrees.
From June to August is the monsoon season. This time has heavy rains and temperatures that can reach 90 degrees on very hot days.
From September to November, the weather is cool and the skies are cloudless. Because of the heavy rainfall during the monsoon season, this time is usually in bloom and quite a sight to see. Temperatures can go as high as 80 degrees, although it cools off at night.
From December to February, temperatures can drop below 30 degrees at night, and mountaintops are covered in snow.
The locals in Nepal are known for being very friendly and helpful towards travelers. The crime rate is low. But, keep an eye on your belongings and be on the lookout for pickpockets and other petty thieves.
It is generally fine to walk around at night. Exercise caution when doing so, especially in urban areas.
Refrain from hiking by yourself. There has been a history of solo hikers disappearing or being found murdered, especially in Langtang.
It is best to avoid public transportation when traveling through the mountains. Buses and trains in Nepal are notoriously dangerous. Avoid air travel within the country too, especially from Lukia, which is the most dangerous airport in the world.
Stay away from large public gatherings of political protest.
Trekking is by far one of Nepal’s most popular attractions bringing over 100,000 people each year. If you are new to trekking or not very experienced stick to what is known as “Tea House Trekking.”
Trekkers using this method take advantage of tea houses along well-traveled paths. These houses are lodges that offer showers, beer, and food. Utilizing these places means less to carry on your back, as you will not need a tent or other supplies.
If you are planning on staying in Nepal for at least a month, be sure to check out the Annapurna circuit. The circuit is a 2-3 week trek around the Annapurna mountains. During the trek you explore many famous Nepalese regions.
Here are some essential items to consider for your trip to Nepal:
Pack light, as more likely than not, you will be mostly on the move during your time in Nepal.
All Americans visiting Nepal should register online with the U.S. Department of State before traveling. This will alert the office to your trip to Nepal and your travel plans in case there is a need for evacuation or emergency help. The United States embassy in Nepal is located in Kathmandu, at the following address:
U.S. Embassy Kathmandu
Telephone: +(977)(1) 423-4500
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(977)(1) 400-4100
Fax: +(977)(1) 400-7281
Be sure to visit the embassy’s website before departure to ensure you have the correct contact details.
If you have any questions about travelling to Nepal or are wondering what shots you may need for your trip, schedule an appointment with your local Passport Health travel medicine clinic. Call us at or book online now and protect yourself today.
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