Need to Know

Visa Information

Visa can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on Nepal-India border and Kodari on Nepal-China border. Visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. Visa can also be obtained (renewal purposes) at Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu. A valid passport and one passport -size photo with a light background is required. Immigration Department has not specified the size of the passport-size photo.

Visa can be obtained only through payment of cash in the following currency: Euro, Swiss Franc, Pound Sterling, US Dollar, Australian Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, Singapore Dollar and Japanese Yen. Credit card, Indian currency and Nepali currency are not accepted as payment of visa fee.

 

Visa Fees

Fees to be levied while issuing tourist visa by the Mission Or entry point:

  • US Dollars $25 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 15 days multiple entry visa.
  • US Dollars $40 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 30 days multiple entry visa.
  • US Dollars $100 or other convertible foreign currency equivalent thereto for 90 days multiple entry visa.
  • Notwithstanding anything written in clause (a) and (b), no visa fee shall be applicable to the passport holder of member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) for 30 days.

Fees to be levied for renewal or regularization of tourist visa

  • Nepalese currency equivalent to $2 US dollars per day to renew the validity of tourist visa.
  • In case where request has also been made for the facility of multiple entries, just valid for the renewal period an additional amount in Nepalese currency equivalent to U. S. Dollars $20 to the fee as referred to in Clause (a).
  • In regularizing visa of any foreigner stayed without renewal of validity of the tourist visa, Nepalese currency equivalent $3 US dollars per day shall be levied in addition to the normal amount to be paid for renewal of the validity of visa as per these Regulations.
  • Foreigners, who have already been overstayed more than 150 days without renewing the tourist visa shall be levied the fees referred in clause 2(c) and penalty amount as referred to in section 10(4) of Immigration act in addition.
  • Notwithstanding anything written in clause 2(a), the period of visa fee shall be levied, for the purpose to renew tourist visa for up to15 days if the visa be of a period less than 15 days and as referred to in clause 2(a) for more than this.

Fees chargeable while issuing the Transit visa:

$5American Dollars or convertible foreign currency equivalent there to.

Currency

The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

Further More:

The Department of Immigration
Kalikasthan, Dillibazar, Kathmandu.
Tel: 977 – 1 – 4429659 / 4429660 / 4438862 / 4438868
Fax: 977 – 1 – 4433934 /4433935
Email: dg@nepalimmigration.gov.np, mail@nepalimmigration.gov.np
Web: http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np

Altitude

This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude. Unless you have previous experience of trekking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our trekking experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and/or bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

Climate

The biking season in Nepal is governed by the occurrence of the Monsoon to 2 periods – pre and post monsoon. Post-Monsoon, from October onwards, the weather is very stable, becoming progressively cooler into December. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. We can expect to encounter a wide range of temperatures. Low down on the trip it may reach 30 degrees Centigrade, with warm nightsVisit the World Meteorological Organization’s website at www.worldweather.org for climate statistics for Kathmandu.

 

Concern with Mountain Biking

Your Bike

Bike should be of good quality, light in weight, robust and fitted with knobbly cross-country tyres. Specialized Rockhopper Pro, or Trek’s 6500 Disc are example of ‘hard tail’ bikes that meet the minimum quality standard necessary for this epic ride. If you propose to take a full suspension bike, you should pay even more attention to its weight. If your bike weighs more than about 13 kg (28 lbs), it is probably too heavy for this trip. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.

You have to check:

  1. Check rims and if they are worn / cracked / dented replace with a new rim/ wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks – replace them if they are.
  2. Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.
  3. Check and, if required, adjust / grease ALL bearings and quick release skewers.
  4. Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.
  5. Check disc / brake pads, mounts and cables / hydraulic lines – replace if necessary.
  6. Check – lube / thread lock and tighten – all bolts (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts and disc mount bolts).
  7. Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear – replace as necessary.
  8. Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES.

On a trip of this type, it is important that you can carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of the trip, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Major Essentials

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for predominantly warm day’s conditions and cooler evenings. Good quality padded cycling shorts are essential.

Personal Clothing and Accessories

Feet

  • SPD cycling shoes (which are comfortable for walking in.)

Torso

  • Base-layer – short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
  • Mid-layer – long sleeved cycling top (x 2)
  • Outer layer – lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or jumper

Daypack and Contents

Cycling daypack (e.g. Camelback) of at least 20 liters carrying capacity is recommended

  • Water bladder – min. 2 liters water capacity
  • Lightweight waterproof top
  • Multi-tool
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Inner tube
  • Pump
  • Camera
  • Sun cream (inc. total bloc for lips/nose)
  • Small roll of gaffer tape
  • Fleece Jacket or Jumper
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and rehydration salts (Dioralite).

Legs

  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
  • Warmer padded cycling tights or tracksters

Head

  • Eyewear – Biking glasses
  • Cycling helmet – mandatory

Hands

  • Regular biking gloves plus warmer/windproof set

Trek Bag Contents

Travel and apres biking clothes (inc. some warmer clothes for evenings, such as a light-weight down jacket)

  • Cross-trainers/shoes for apres biking
  • Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial/alcohol handwash
  • Warm hat/buff
  • Sleeping Bag (Comfort Rating -10 degrees centigrade)*
  • Warm jacket (down)*
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Head torch/Headlamp
  • Waterproof overt users (rain pants)
  • Swimwear

Equipment Hire

  • Items marked * can be rented through us.

Personal Tools and Spares

You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarize yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.

Tyres – For This Trip You Will Need 2.1 To 2.25 Inch Knobbly Off-road Tyres.

  • Pump
  • Plastic tyre levers
  • Small tube of grease
  • 1 rear brake cable
  • 1 rear gear cable
  • Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)
  • 2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
  • Spoke key
  • 4 x inner tubes Spare chain links
  • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
  • Multi-tool with Allen keys
  • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
  • 2x puncture repair kits
  • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
  • Spares specific to your bike **

Our Tools and Spares

On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. ** Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares which might be needed – such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc).

Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

Supplies of water, snacks and lunches will be provided. But, if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.

Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the Your Bike, Baggage Allowances, Climate and Travelling with Your Bike sections of the detailed trip notes