How to get to Nepal

By | May 4, 2022

Overview

Nepal is a country in Asia according to ezinereligion. When you think of Nepal, you picture imposing, ice-capped mountains with rainbow-colored prayer flags. But that’s Nepal too: honking mopeds, incessantly chattering vendors and brightly colored signs in busy Katmandu. The small country in Asia has a very special character. If there’s a hiker’s paradise, it’s here. Nepal’s rugged Himalayan range – from leafy Annapurna to majestic Mount Everest – offers countless hiking trails and rustic mountain villages that have been trodden for centuries. However, Everest Base Camp is currently closed indefinitely for environmental reasons. But Nepal is not just for mountaineers. The spiritual and culturally rich country is very interesting and always hospitable. In the Chitwan National Park, for example, with a bit of luck you can see the gray back of a rhino in the light green grass, or you can enjoy the alternative atmosphere of the place in one of the unusual cafés in the city of Pokhara, which is located on a lake.

Getting there

Arriving by plane

Nepal Airlines (RA), the national airline of Nepal, is blacklisted by the EU. Tickets for Air India (AI) flights from Frankfurt/M. to Kathmandu via New Delhi and Oman Air (WY) via Muscat are also offered by Lufthansa (LH). Lufthansa (LH) flies from Munich in cooperation with Air India (AI) via New Delhi to Kathmandu (overnight stay). Turkish Airlines (TK) flies to Kathmandu via Istanbul. Air India (AI) offers flights from Vienna via New Delhi to Kathmandu; Tickets for this flight are also available through Austrian Airlines (OS). Qatar Airways (QR) connects Vienna with Kathmandu via Doha. Qatar Airways (QR) offers flights from Zurich to Kathmandu via Doha.

Flight times

Frankfurt/M. – Kathmandu: 11 hrs 25 mins; Vienna – Kathmandu: 12 hours; Zurich – Kathmandu: 11 hrs 50 mins

Departure fee

None.

Arrival by car

By land, Nepal is only accessible via India and China (Tibet Autonomous Region) via the following border crossings: Kakarbhitta, Birgunj, Belhiya (Bhairahawa), Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, Mahendra Nagar (all on the India-Nepal border) and Kodari (on the China -Nepalese border). Long-distance buses: Asian Shina Tours and Travels offer bus trips from Delhi to Kathmandu (journey time: min. 23 hours). A much used route is Gorakhpur/India to the Sunauli border crossing; From there there are connections to Kathmandu. Toll: There are no toll roads in Nepal. Documents: The national driver’s license is valid for 15 days in conjunction with the international driver’s license. An international permit is also required for entry by car. The embassies provide further information.

Arrival by train

Two routes of the Indian railways go close to the Nepalese border (Raxaul, in the Indian state of Bihar, or Nautanwa, Uttar Pradesh), from here you can take cycle rickshaws to the border (negotiate the fare beforehand).

Transportation

Traveling by plane

Nepal Airlines (RA) connects Kathmandu with the country’s major cities. Smaller airlines such as Yeti Airlines (YA) and Buddha Air (U4) also offer connections between Kathmandu and numerous Nepalese cities. Helicopter flights with breathtaking views of the Himalayas can be booked at Nepal Helicopters.

Traveling by car/bus

The Nepalese road network has a total length of around 17,000 kilometers. The Araniko Highway runs from Kathmandu to the Chinese border in Tibet. In the east, Kathmandu connects with Nagarkot and in the west with Kakani and Trisuli. The East-West Highway crosses all of Nepal. Toll: There are no toll roads in Nepal.

Right-hand traffic/left-hand traffic

Left

Condition of the roads

Approx. 10,000 kilometers of the road network are paved. Due to its mountain location, the roads in Nepal are mostly very narrow and winding and often only one-lane passable due to damage from falling rocks. Villages in the high mountains are often only accessible on foot.

Car rental

Rental cars in Nepal can only be rented with a chauffeur. National providers such as Smile Car Rental and Himalayan Car Rental Nepal are represented in Kathmandu and other cities.

Taxi

Taxis are available at Kathmandu Airport and in the city. There are also shared taxis that only leave when all seats are occupied. With the online taxi service Onver, taxis can be ordered via an app.

Bicycle

Bicycles and motorbikes can be rented by the hour or by the day in larger cities. A well-functioning bell on a bicycle is important in Nepalese traffic.

Coach

Tourist buses go to destinations across the country. They are usually more comfortable and safer than regular buses and include meal breaks on long journeys. Tickets can be booked through hotels and tour operators. Regular buses are cheaper but often overcrowded and poorly maintained. Some only depart when a certain number of passengers has been reached.

Regulations

Traffic regulations: – Left-hand traffic. Speed ​​limits: – No general speed limits; Signs must be observed.

Documentation

The national driver’s license is valid for 15 days in conjunction with the international driver’s license. A temporary national driving license can then be obtained on presentation of the national driving licence.

Note on travel by road

Cows are considered sacred in Nepal. If a cow is injured or killed in an accident, it can result in a hefty prison sentence. Driving at night is strongly discouraged.

Traveling in the city

Scheduled buses operate in the populated regions around Kathmandu, including the neighboring cities of Patan and Bhaktapur. A frequent bus runs the 11 km route between Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. Private minibuses connect nearby villages to the main line. Tickets are available on the buses. Tempos are metered three-wheelers that are slightly cheaper than taxis. Taxis come in two categories; so-called “private” taxis, which are more expensive but leave as soon as you get in, and taxis, which leave only when there are enough passengers. Rickshaws can be found all over the city. Fares should be agreed before departure.

Locally on the way by train

Rail traffic in Nepal is limited to the 29-kilometer route between Janakpur and Jaynagar.

How to get to Nepal