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First time to Kathmandu.

Singapore, Singapore
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First time to Kathmandu.

This will be my first time going to Kathmandu. Going on my own but I have a friend over there who will bring me around for treks and he will provide accommodations. Honestly, i'm a bit worried as this will be my first time travelling this way.

Can anyone please advise on how much money (in SGD) should I bring for a 9-days trip to Kathmandu? What should i take note of? What activities can i do over there? Do i apply for visa upon arrival?

Bangkok, Thailand
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1. Re: First time to Kathmandu.


you did not mention which trek you will be doing - but i can't imagine needing more that US $1000 (or SGD1250 or so).

but no worries - you don't need to carry all that cash - if you have a bank issued VISA/MC Debit or Credit Card you can use those to withdraw money from ATMS as you need. do check with your bank first to see if they have overseas restrictions

you can apply for visa on arrival - fee might be USD $25 -$30

God Luck

Singapore, Singapore
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2. Re: First time to Kathmandu.

Hi! Thank you for the estimations! At least now i have an idea of the amount i might need. I'm not sure which trek i will be doing. My friend said he will be arranging things for me though. He did say we might go to some hill stations and probably the border of nepal n china.. It's all in the planning stages.. It is relatively safe in nepal right?

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4. Re: First time to Kathmandu.

Hello SitiRaihanah-,

Welcome to TripAdvisor forum for Nepal!

You already got useful replies from other members in the forum.

#Your first post:

The prices depends on many things, carrying as mentioned above should be enough in most cases. There are small hotel available from US$ 20 [hotels] for a single room. Meals in an average restaurant starts from US$ 2/3 per meal. Trekking costs about US$ 60 / 65 per day with a guide and a porter. You will need permits, transports etc.

Other issues are covered well before.

#Your second post:

I am living and working in Nepal; I will be here probably till December. It's quite safe country. Nepal respects tourists in most of the cases so I am sure that you will find it safe as well.

If you are talking about the safety of the trek then they are safe as well. Make sure to have proper travel insurance with helicopter evacuation up to the altitude you are going. That is quite important in case of emergencies.

# Traveling with guides:

I just returned from Annapurna Circuit Trek arranged by a private guide. Thankfully I didn't encounter with any problems. I saw very bad situation in Manang. There was a British couple traveling with a private guide. The lady was badly sick but their guide didn't know how to arrange a evacuation or a rescue. Their guide was totally innocent. He wasn't sure what should he do to rescue the lady. This might be my last trek totally with a private guide, a company seems to be very useful in case of emergencies.

Good Luck!

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