Visas: You can stay in Nepal for 5 months out of any 12 month period on a tourist visa. To find out more contact the Royal Nepalese Consulate General in your countries.
HOPE and HOME volunteers qualify as volunteer tourists and therefore the only visa you will require is a tourist visa. When passing through immigration and applying for your visa, this means the purpose of your visit to Nepal is tourism.
Tourist Visa Extension:- A tourist visa can be extended upto 120 days from the Department of Immigration in Kathmandu and Pokhara Immigration Office on request. Thereafter an additional 30 days can be extended from Department of Immigration ensuring that tourist visa cannot be extended more than 150 days.
UPDATED: July 16, 2008
Government of Nepal revises in Visa Fee
The government has revised existing tourist visa fee to be effective from Shrawan 1, 2065 (July 16, 2008). As per the new fee structure, US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 100 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100.
Likewise, the government has also revised fee required to extend days of stay and visa renewal. As per the revise fee structure, Tourist Visa can be extended by paying US $ 2 or equivalent Nepalese currency per day. Likewise, Multiple Entry facility can be obtained only for the extension period by additional US $ 20 and visa fee for the extended period. Similarly, tourists can renew their visa by paying Nepalese currency equivalent to US $ 3 on the regular visa extension fee.
Money: The local currency is Nepalese rupees. There are several bank ATM facilities available, otherwise US traveler’s cheques are a safer option than cash. Credit cards though accepted at most places, usually incur a 4% additional sales tax. Generally A$20-30 per day is sufficient for food and accommodation in a budget hotel/lodge.
Weather: The nicest time of the year is from October through March when it is generally dry and warm during the day, getting cooler at night and into the winter months. Monsoon is from June to September.
The width of Nepal is only about 200 km on average, but within this short distance the altitude of the land rises from lowly 60m to all the way up to above 8000m.
Hence the weather depends upon the altitude of the place in Nepal. However, in general Nepal has four climatic seasons: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
Spring starts from March to May. The temperature of this season fluctuates between 20 °C to 30 °C (68 °F to 86°F). Summer starts from June to August. These are also the pre-monsoon months with occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperature. Autumn starts from September and ends by November. During this period, the climate is dry and mild with temperature fluctuating between 20 °C to 30 °C (68 °F to 86 °F). Winter starts from December to February. The morning and evening are very cold while the afternoon is pretty sunny. The temperature during these months rises from 15 °C to 20 °C (59 °F to 68 °F).
Length of Stay: The amount of time you are able to give to your chosen organization dictates what you will be able to achieve, however there is no minimum requirement. Allow time to explore the country and go trekking.
Health: Several inoculations are required prior to coming to Nepal, some requiring a course of treatment before you leave. Visit your nearest traveler’s’ medical centre to discuss your needs. Ensure you have adequate travel insurance.
Food and Drink: there is a variety of cuisine that is available even on the trekking/ tourist areas. The local staple is ‘DAL BHAT’ which is rice with lentil soup and vegetables. Drinking from tap water is not recommended and requires treatment. However bottled mineral water is available.
Why pay to volunteer?
Volunteering in Nepal, you will incur many costs such as food, accommodation, transportation, transfers, project selection etc. We charge you the fee, all the money goes into providing you all these services.
Money is also spend on:-
Salaries for staff
Communication with volunteers and partners, by phone/email etc.
International travel done by our staff to monitor projects and attend local meetings with partners
Credit Card/Paypal processing charges
In country maintenance of offices, vehicles etc
Maintaining office and other expenses