Ecotrip FAQs

These are the questions we often receive from ecotrippers. Please email us at ecotrip@redpandanetwork.org
if you need further clarification.

Q: What kind of travel visa do I need and where can I get it?

A: You need a tourist visa which you can purchase for USD $40 when you arrive at the Kathmandu airport. Visa payment must be made in USD cash and it is required to bring two passport-sized photographs.

Q: Can I enter Nepal if my passport is expiring soon but won’t be expired till after my trip?

A: You CAN’T enter Nepal if you have less than six months remaining on your passport.

Q: What dates should my international travel be scheduled for? 

A: You should arrive in Kathmandu on the first day of your trip dates and depart the day after the final trip date (for example if your trip dates are Nov 21st – Dec 2nd then you will want to depart on Dec 3rd). If you need to arrive early or depart late we can help you book a hotel for the extra nights (cost not included in price). We CANNOT accommodate arrivals scheduled for after the first trip date or departures that are before the final trip date.

Q: Are any vaccines required to travel to Nepal? 

A: No. You will be at higher elevation during most of your trip and will not be in areas where many diseases are a threat (ex: malaria). This DOES NOT mean we discourage vaccinations and please take the necessary precautions you need to in order to feel safe. Please check out Health Information for Travelers to Nepal, provided by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

Q: How much money should I bring with me on the trip?

A: It varies and all depends on how much you plan on spending on souvenirs, gifts and alcohol. Travel, food and accommodations are all covered in your trip cost (during the trip dates). You will be need USD $40 to pay for your tourist visa when you arrive at the airport and there you can convert any other cash you want to Nepalese money. If you find you need more spending money there are ATMs near the hotel you will be staying at in Kathmandu.

*It is usually more expensive to exchange your money at the airport than at ATMs in KTM.

Q: What kind of luggage should I bring? 

A: An 80-100Lt backpack or suitcase (not recommended) and a daypack (30 Lt) with rain cover to carry camera, binoculars, water bottle, extra clothing.

*The luggage weight limit to fly in Nepal is 20 kg.

Q: What fitness level do participants need to be and will altitude sickness be an issue during the trip? 

A: We require a medium fitness level of our ecotrip participants. While we travel and hike in a wide range of temperatures, altitudes and terrains for up to 5 hours, our team is very good about accommodating individuals from various backgrounds and physical abilities and limitations.

Because we do trek to higher elevations than what many ecotrip participants are used to, there is always a possibility that someone may experience altitude sickness. Our trip leaders do everything they can to avoid altitude sickness for the group (slow elevation climb that allows for acclimation, making sure everyone is hydrated and rested).

Q: Will drinking water be provided?

A: Yes, participants will be provided with plenty of safe-to-drink bottled water during ecotrip.

Q: Can I bring my kids?

A: We welcome participants who are 16 years and older.

Q: When should I plan to arrive in/depart from Kathmandu?

A: Ideally, you’d arrive in the morning or early afternoon of the first trip date as it’ll give you some time to get settled in before the meet n’ greet group dinner. Arriving that evening is fine too. If you find that it is easier to arrive a day or two early that also works and we can help you book a hotel room for the extra nights (not included in cost). You will want to depart KTM  the day after the ecotrip dates but the day after that is fine as well.

Q: What kind of electrical adapter should I bring so I can charge my phone/camera/laptop?

Adapter for “Type D ” Indian BS-546 
Adapter for “Type C” European CEE 7/16 Europlug
 
We recommend “Type C” for electrical adapters though both are used in Nepal

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