Frequently Asked Questions on Traveling to Nepal

What else do I need to know?

Once you’ve booked Cycling Nepal will provide a comprehensive “pre departure letter” that will fill in all the gaps plus a ‘kit list’ and usually a detailed itinerary before your arrival. Please advise us of your special dietary needs, flight details. If you are hiring a Bike and wish to use your own saddle, peddles (SPD’s) or helmet then bring them along and we’ll fit them to our bike.

Do I need insurance?

Yes it is advisable to get travel insurance. Insurance cover is not automatic and insurance is not included in the trip cost.

Can I arrange an extension?

Yes, and there is a huge range of great activities that Cycling Nepal can introduce you to. We can assist with  all adventure activities in the region. We also can arrange other activities as such rafting, canyoning….. you name it. What’s most important is that you can manage your departing flights, especially in the peak season when flights are mostly full.

How hard is it?

You will not like it if you are grossly unfit. However any normal healthy person can manage and ENJOY a Cycling Nepal tour. As long as you feel comfortable on a bike or on trek we have a tour to suit you.

How much money do I need?

Hard to say! You may need money for a taxi fare, for a beer, presents and tips. If you do not intend to buy lots of gifts and are not intending to extend your stay, then for a week US$100 should be ample. But have contingency plans (credit card?) just in case. It also depends on your Cycling Nepal tour package and what’s included.

Can I call home or the office?

Get a local sim card from Kathmandu Airport when you just arrive. You can use that sim during your adventure trip in Nepal for text/call or internet.

What is the food like?

Vegetarian and non-Veg. Good and exactly what you need for energy. The cook will provide anything from pizza to curry, and scrambled eggs to chocolate cake. In hotels you’ll have a full menu available to choose from. You will not go hungry and we welcome suggestions.

Is there a problem with altitude sickness?

For our Nepal tours there is little likelihood of being subject to altitude sickness, unless you are taking one of our more extreme adventure tours. We’ll be advising you well in advance if altitude is an issue. Our High altitude trips in Nepal and Tibet  do require acclimatisation periods and any of our tours needing acclimatisation has it built into the itinerary and that comes from decades of experience and the best medical advice….. so don’t worry.

What is the accommodation like?

This varies between the various styles of our tours. At minimum it will be comfortable, clean and basic ‘tea house’ accommodation, much like a cottage. These offer basic facilities, many with hot water and showers, good but simple foods and a chance to experience local culture.

What will happen if I get injured?

If it is serious (this has never happened). You will again be transferred to the Kathmandu or Pokhara CEWEC International Clinic. If evacuation is required this will be arranged by Cycling Nepal and the clinic. It’s advised that if you have any personal doubts you should have evacuation insurance arranged.

What will happen if I get sick?

Either you will get better, or if it seems serious you will be taken to an American operated medical clinic, were you’ll get excellent attention. Our staffs are well versed in medical and emergency care and carry a reasonably comprehensive first aid kit.

Can we bike to Everest Base Camp or on the Annapurna Circuit?

With over decades of experience in the Himalayas, Cycling Nepal can take you anywhere you want to go. Although Everest BC (Tibet North Face) and Annapurna Circuit are popular trekking destinations, biking them are part of our full-on expeditions that are reserved for experienced mountain bikers. If you want to get remote, just inquire here and we’ll give you plenty of challenging options.

Is a support vehicle available? Do we have to peddle uphill?

Cycling Nepal tours are arranged with qualified guides on roads and trails very familiar to us. Support vehicles are provided in non remote areas whenever possible .Of course you’re welcome to the ride in the van at any time. Safety is a big concern and Cycling Nepal has 100% safety record on the trails. Be careful getting in and out of the support vehicle though!

What level of biker/trekker should consider a tour?

Cycling Nepal tours are arranged into four riding OR trekking levels for casual, intermediate, intermediate +, and advanced. All tours are categorised into these four levels and the pop-up boxes in our calendar will give you an easy ‘click & see’ reference. Groups are arranged according to your requests.

Can I bring my own bike? Does Cycling Nepal rent bikes?

Sure! You can always bring your own bike for your trip.We also provide rented bikes for you if needed.Cost for renting a bike per day is US$ 40 for duel suspension and US$ 15-25 for hard tail.

Can I join a tour late or leave it early?

It’s extremely difficult if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun i.e. meet in Lhasa when the main group has departed from Kathmandu. It is possible to leave a tour early however you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary please consult with us before you book your adventure.

Can I book extra nights of hotel accommodation before or after my tour?

Yes, in most cases we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels. Please contacts us for price information & specify what your requirements are i.e. hotel standard and dates.

Who are my traveling companions?

For privacy reasons, we do not provide you with advance details on your traveling companions. However, our tours appeal to a wide range of travelers, most of whom share an adventurous spirit and a desire to experience these destinations at a grass-roots level. Our tours are conducted in English and so they attract many travelers from North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.

How many people can join a tour?

We keep our group sizes low so you have the freedom to move around and get involved with your surroundings. This intimate size ensures that your group won’t crowd your experience. You can expect anywhere from 6-10 travelers on a trip with the exception of pre-booked group tours.

Do your tours include international airfare?

Travelers arrive from all over the world to begin our tours and as such it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices. If you need airfares out of Nepal our office would be happy to help you arrange flights. Just ask for an air quote when making your booking. You may also book these flights through your preferred travel agent.