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Travel Advice

Nepal may be an unpredictable country for organized people. People here live in more relaxed and carefree way and there are no strict patterns of life followed by people. In order to immerse yourself with the new country, flexibility and take it easy approach will be immensely helpful. The more you are relaxed and easy the more you can enjoy the places and people.

Banking in Nepal
Nepal has many nationalized as well as private banking ventures. The highest authority on the pyramid is The Reserve Bank of Nepal. Banks are open 9 am to 3 pm Monday through Friday but many of them in Kathmandu are opened through out the week. Apart from that, you have private ventures such as Bank of Kathmandu and Himalayan Bank that operates in most of the areas in Nepal. As far as foreign ventures are concerned you have likes of Nepal Bangladesh Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Nepal Arab Bank, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Nepal Indo-Suez Bank and Nepal Sri Lanka Merchant Bank that offers their services to the tourists.

Useful Things to Take:
Sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, hiking shoes, earplugs, a padlock, a torch (flashlight) will be very helpful while traveling in Nepal. If you are traveling to the mountains, even if it is during the summer, a down sleeping bag, down vest or coat and fleece hat will be required. A swimming costume will be necessary if you are rafting, kayaking, canyoning or elephant washing and swimming.

Medical Facilities
Illnesses and injuries suffered while on trek in remote areas often require evacuation by helicopter to Kathmandu. Those trekking in remote areas of Nepal should factor the high costs of a potential helicopter rescue into their financial considerations. Thus, we suggest you to purchase your travel insurance which covers the same.

Disaster Preparedness
Nepal is prone to earthquakes, landslides, and flooding. The Government of Nepalís ability to respond is limited.

Information for Trekkers
Trekkers should also be alert to the possibility of avalanches and landslides, even when trails are clear. Avalanches at the narrow gorge above Deurali on the route to the Annapurna Base Camp regularly result in the deaths of trekkers and climbers. Avalanches and landslides caused by severe storms have killed many foreign trekkers and their Nepalese guides, and have stranded hundreds of others.
Trekking in Upper Mustang requires a special permit from the Government of Nepal at a minimum cost of $700 per person.


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