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Was Nepal safe to visit in 2015?

1. Out of 75 districts of Nepal, only 8 have been significantly affected.
2. Out of 10 National Parks, only 1 is affected.
3. Out of 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, only 2 have had significant damage.
4. Out of 35 popular trekking routes, only 2 are affected.
5. All the International and National airports are in operation.
6. Communication (nets, phone calls, ATM's, swipe machines) are functioning well.
7. There have been no major epidemics.

And Nepal will be much better off in 3 months! Not only will you be able to see beautiful Nepal as it rebuilds from the tragedy – you'll also be providing much needed support to the local economy and helping people, who despite these tough times, have held their spirits strong and smiles on their faces! Consider Nepal in your travel itineraries!

Is Nepal safe to visit in 2017?

Still the same:

        Everything that was possible before the earthquake is still possible. Treking, tours, rafting, driving, flights and every other adventure are possible.

Reasons to Visit Nepal Now

Nepal has heartily welcomed people from all around the world regardless their age, nationality or religion. We have witnessed the massive earthquake; in fact we are still experiencing the aftershocks. Nepal lost lives and many people were left injured because of the quake. We still remember the answer that we got when we are asked by foreginers in my network, "What comes to mind when you say the word Nepal?" Simply put, it is the friendly people of Nepal.

When we are in the wilderness it’s as if we see a newer side of ourselves which we never knew existed. This is best explained by John Muir when he says, “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is necessity…”

The wilderness takes on a whole new
meaning and even more exciting when it is in the mighty Himalayas. The Himalayas has an immense number of places where one can realise the best trekking experience. Ace Holiday Treks can accommodate budgets and treks for beginners, explorers to the experienced trekkers and mountaineers. The amazing snow-clad mountains, breathtaking views, friendly views and centuries old culture are reasons why you should trek in the Himalayas at least once.
What first comes to mind when the Himalayas are mentioned are the snow capped mountains. From Everest to Kanchenjunga to Ama Dablam, massive, majesty and splendor are what you can expect when trekking in the Himalayas. A trek in the Himalayas gives you a view of many such peaks.These are really massive mountains. They are big, magnificent and breathtakingly beautiful. It is not just a sight – it is an experience of a lifetime.

Forget the post cards. The mountains and villages are the real deal. With each step and each snap of your camera, you've generated instant post card-like memories that will last a lifetime with photos you can send instantly. Almost every trek...every step, has the potential of turning your trip into the journey of a lifetime. The roaring rivers seem to come alive as do the flocks of sheep grazing on the hillsides of emerald green grass.

Sunrises and Sunsets
When you trek up to the real mountains, you can see clear 360° views of the snow capped mountains and the sun going down, turning the mountains to a fiery production of nature's finest colours. Just like you drew them in school.

Nepalese Culture
Although Nepal is one of the poorer countries in the world, it is one of the richest when it comes to history and culture. Before or after a trek in the mountains, take time to explore Kathmandu, or visit Bhaktapur – you will feel as if you have just stepped back in time. A small fee is associated with some of these sites, but it will also go to help the Nepalese communities get back on their feet after the devastating earthquakes of 2015.

Discover the Prayer Flags
The mountains are replete with prayer flags. One of the things that makes trekking in Nepal different from anywhere else in the world are the brightly coloured strings of prayer flags. The five colours represent the five elements; blue for sky, white for air, red is fire, green is water and yellow is for the earth. The Nepalese culture believes that health and harmony is achieved through the balance of these five elements.

Q. When is the best time to visit Nepal?
A. October and November are considered the best times to visit Nepal. The main festivals like Dashain and Tihar (greatest Hindu festivals) fall during these months. The skies are clear and pleasant temperatures are present in Nepal during this period. February – May are also good times for travel to Nepal as you will see rhododendrons (national flower of Nepal) blooming in the forests and mountains of Nepal.
Q. Are there a lot of trekkers during October & November?
A. Yes, it is high season for trekking in Nepal by tourists from all over the world, so the trails are full of tourists. Many find it difficult to book their ticket during this time so it is strongly suggested to book early. If you wish to travel at a less crowded time, it will be better to travel at times other than October – November, March and April.
Q. Where can I obtain a visa from Nepal?
A. You can obtain your entry visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. You can also obtain your visa at a consulate in your own country. In either case, you will need to submit 2 (two) passport size photographs and the visa fee. The visa fee is as follows:
- Multiple entry visa for 15 days or less from the date of entry US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency.
- Multiple entry visa for 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible foreign currency.
- Multiple entry visa for 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible foreign currency. 

Q. How do I transfer from the airport to my hotel?
A. Our Ace Holiday Treks representative will pick up you with your name clearly marked on a placard. You will then be taken to your hotel in our privately chauffeured vehicle. If you desire to stay at a specific hotel, let us know and we will make arrangements.
Q. Does Ace Holiday Treks accept credit cards?
A. Ace Holiday Treks accepts credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) but an additional 4% will be charged. Also keep in mind that sometimes credit cards may be declined in Nepal, so we kindly request you to pay via a bank transfer, cash or travelers cheques which will always be accepted in Nepal.
Q. What type of insurance should I have? Can I get it in Nepal?
A. It is necessary to have travel insurance for all clients participating on any tour in Nepal. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation and loss of luggage. We request our clients to arrange their travel insurance from their own country, however, if you wish to arrange insurance from Ace Holiday, we will arrange for you through a reputable firm in Kathmandu.
Q. How many miles per day do we walk whilst trekking?
A. There is no rule on how many miles you need to walk per day. It depends upon the physical fitness level as well as the interest of the guest. Normally we walk 4 – 6 miles per day depending on altitude weather and condition of the trekker. All of our treks are designed on the premise of walking 5 – 7 hours per day.

Q. Where is Nepal?
A. Nepal is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. It borders Tibet on the north, and India to the south and east. Nepal is officially called the Democratic Federal Republic of Nepal. It covers an area of 147,181 square kilometers (56,827 sq mi). It is the world's 93rd largest country by land mass with Kathmandu being the capital city. The time in Nepal is +5 hours and 45 minutes ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). For example when it is noon in Kathmandu, standard time of London is 6.15am, 4.15am in Sydney, 1.15am in New York and 10.15 pm the previous night in San Francisco. The strange 15-minute difference is said to be a reflection of the exact time at the summit of Mt. Gaurishankar.

Q. What are the meals like?
A. Nepal is rich in cultural diversity. Meals of the Nepali people vary with the ethnicity and the geographical regions. Normally people have meals three times a day. Before noon and dinner they also take milk- or black tea. For breakfast, Nepalis generally have soups including vegetable, also roti and milk tea. Lunch is often comprised of Dhido, Dal bhat, Tarkari, Achar (lentil, rice, curry and pickles) and dinner, which can be heavy, some curries or paneer with naan as well as dal bhat. However, you can get different kinds of western food during your trek but cooking times increase as altitude increases so often the meals may seem undercooked.

Q. How do you determine the cost of a trip?
A. The cost of travel depends on the destination and services you chosen. Ace Holiday Treks offers trips ranging from budget to luxurious trip in any part of Nepal. Trip costs are fixed yet more cost effective than most other trekking companies. Please contact Ace Holiday Treks anytime to receive a preliminary estimate or to have your detail questions answered.

Q.  What about the seasons in Nepal?
A. Nepal experiences mainly four seasons in a year: Winter (December – February), Spring (March – May), Monsoon or summer (June – Aug), and Autumn (Sept – Nov).

Winter: Temperature is cool at lower elevation and goes down as you travel up hills. Often it goes in the negative Celcius range above 3000 metres during mornings and nights, and days are warm.  There is occasional snowfall during winter at higher altitudes. Outdoor activities like trekking below 3,000 metres can be ideally conducted.

Spring: The temperature is generally mild. This is the season when nature seems to be smiling; varieties of blooming wild flowers like especially the rhododendrons, make the hillside below 3500 metres a haunting paradise during this season. The sky is blue and weather is clear, which provides for good visibilty for mountain views.

Monsoon: The monsoon season is much warmer with frequent rainfall, flooding and landslides in the hills. The season is best for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.

Autumn: The temperature is milder during this season. It is also called the season of festival in Nepal as the major festivals of almost all religions and ethnicity, begins with the autumn. Autumn is the season of excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.

Q. How do we get drinking water?
A. While you are staying in cities it recommended to use bottled drinking water. Whereas, in hills and rural areas people use direct tap water and natural spring water for drinking purposes. You may use water purifying tablets or boil to purify water as well.



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