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    Arriving at Kathmandu Tribuvan Airport Part 2

    by into-thin-air Updated May 8, 2010

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    Nina retrieving her Pro-Tector Pro-Tected Rucksack

    Next you go through custom’s, this is really nothing more than a formality.
    Next you go to the baggage hall, and with luck your bags (Maybe safely inside a Pro-Tector) will be on the carrousel awaiting you.

    Then you walk through the airport doors and outside into pandemonium !!
    BUT Don’t worry about this, The Nepalese are a Really Friendly people, However walking outside Tribuvan Airport can be a bit overwhelming, especially the first time and if you are traveling alone. Lots of hotel touts try and persuade you to go in Their Free taxi to Their Hotel. If you haven’t got a fixed plan then sometimes this isn’t such a bad thing, But Personally I just say to a taxi driver, will you take be into Thamel for $5 and usually they say yes.
    If you have arranged a pick up from your hotel, the guys with names on a board usually either stand just inside or just outside the main door, If the taxi drivers still pester you just tell them you are meeting someone and already have a reservation – That Usually Works

    I Hope the above helps you, Good Luck and Enjoy your visit to Nepal – I am Sure that you will !!

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    Be Ahead of the game

    by into-thin-air Updated Aug 6, 2013

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    Arriving at Kathmandu Tribuvan Airport

    Be Ahead of the game and first through Immigration when you arrive at Kathmandu Tribuvan Airport – How ??
    Simple, Visit this web-site, Download your visa application form and fill it in before leaving home, then once you arrive, All you have to do is pay your visa fee, get your receipt and then present your Pre-filled in your visa application form with your photo already stuck in position and your passport, Your visa will then be issued and you will be heading to pick your bags up before the masses have even finished filling in their forms !!

    2008 update
    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 90 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.

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    Arriving at Kathmandu Tribuvan Airport Part 1

    by into-thin-air Updated Aug 17, 2011

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    Nina Arriving in Kathmandu

    To enter Nepal you need a visa, It is possible to obtain these before you leave your home country but most people get theirs on arrival, The following information is designed to get you through the airport as quickly as possible.
    You need
    1 passport photo
    $25 US for a 15 day visa, $40 US for a 30 day visa and $100 US for a 90 day visa

    Once off the plane, you will probably have a short airport bus ride to the terminal, Once inside follow the signs to Custom as Immigration. This is a large hall, you will find desks with forms to fill in, You need to fill out two forms,Unless you have downloaded the visa application form and have it ready pre-filled in (Please see my “Be Ahead of the Game” Transportation tip on here for details and downloads)
    1) Visa application form, The usual form with details of your passport, home address, proposed length of stay in Nepal, reason for visiting etc etc
    2) Disembarkation form (Sometimes these are handed out by the airline that you fly in with, so if this is the case you can be ahead of the game !!)

    Once you have filled these forms in (as quickly as possible is my advice) you first go to the desk on the left hand side of the hall and pay your visa fee and hand over your passport photo. You will be given a yellow receipt.
    Then take this receipt along with your passport and disembarkation form to one of the immigration desks to the right of the visa payment desk, hand over your passport and yellow receipt and you will be issued with your visa.
    It’s as simple as that !!

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    Visa's

    by into-thin-air Updated Feb 28, 2011

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    Durbar Square -- Kathmandu

    It is easy to obtain your visa on landing at Tribhuvan Airport, All you have to do is fill in the Visa application Form, take it to the immigration desk, hand over $40 ( U.S.) and a passport photo and you will be issued with your visa there and then. The visa lasts for 30 days.
    Also if you are planning another trip back to Nepal it is worthwhile picking up a few extra visa application forms then next time you can be ahead of the game by already having yours filled in !!!!

    2007, This information is still good but I have now written the entry procedure at Kathmandu Tribuvan airport in more detail under arriving at Kathmandu Tribuvan Airport, part 1 and 2

    2008 update
    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.

    How long does your visa last ??
    This is an often-asked question – In effect a visa lasts for one more day than you originally might think
    If there was such a thing as a one day visa, you would buy it on day one and it would expire on day two, likewise the same rule applies to all other visas, a 15 day visa expires on the 16th day, a 30 day visa expires on the 31st day and 90 day visa expires on the 91st day– So all visas last one day more than you might think.
    Having said that, you must double check the date of the expiry of your visa as soon as you get it, then you can always query it if you think It is wrong – This also applies to Visa Extensions as “Mistakes” often happen, and if you don’t spot this until sometime after it has been issued then it is almost impossible to have this “Mistake” rectified – a case of Buyer Beware ;-)
    Good Luck and Happy Travels in Nepal
    Rob

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    Airport Tax (Domestic)

    by into-thin-air Updated May 14, 2011

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    If you are taking an internal flight, This also includes a Mountain Flight, You now have to pay 169.5 NPR Airport Tax, You have to buy this before checking in form a counter at the Terminal, Save yourself some time by buying it Before you join the Queue – You would be surprised at how many people don’t then get to the front of the queue only to be turned away !!!!

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    The Best internal Airline !!!

    by into-thin-air Updated May 27, 2006

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    Kathmandu !!

    Gorkha Airlines is one of the longer established domestic airlines of Nepal and since the Political problems in Nepal " Royal Nepal Airlines " has developed a Bad reputation, i.e. it is now Very Unreliable !! So a Better choice by far would be to book your internal flights through Gorkha Airlines !! Maybe a little more expensive but at least you are sure that your flight will turn up !!!!!
    2006 -- Although I didn't fly with Gorkha Airlines this time that I was in Nepal As far as I am aware, the information in this tip is still as good now as when I wrote it in 2004 -- Happy Travels in Nepal -- Rob

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    Leaving Nepal by Air

    by into-thin-air Updated Oct 17, 2010

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    Indian Airlines Fiight, Kathmandu / Delhi

    When it’s time to depart, If you are Leaving Nepal by Air, Then you will have airport tax to pay, But did you know that if you fly out via India or Bangladesh then you pay less airport tax than if you fly out to other countries, roughly speaking about 33% less, so worth bearing in mind when you book your flights.

    Prices as of 2007 are
    Passengers departing from the Tribhuvan International Airport are required to pay an airport departure tax of Rs. 791.00 if going to SAARC countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and Rs. 1130.00 to all other international destinations.
    Domestic airport tax is Rs. 170.00.

    2008, I am afraid that departure taxes from Nepal have gone up yet again, They are now 1695Rsfor international departures, or if flying to India and other SAARC countries, 1356Rs.

    As I didn’t take any internal flights this time I can’t be sure if domestic departure tax has gone up or not ??

    2010 Update
    Most international departures from Nepal now have the departure tax included in the ticket price. This is a much better system and it saves you keeping back Nepali Rupee to pay at the airport, But double check with your airline to make sure that this is the case with your own ticket !!
    You still have to pay airport tax for internal flights including the Mountain Flights though !!

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    Flying into Nepal

    by SumTingWong Written Apr 11, 2004

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    Landing at Tribhuvan Intl, Kathmandu

    Several European and Asian airlines have Kathmandu on their destination lists. I flew Thai from Bangkok and found it to be one of the most interesting flights in my life, right over the Himalayas! On that flight make sure to get seat "K" going to Kathmandu and Seat "A" returning to Bangkok from Kathmandu to get the best views of Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. Other foreign airlines that serve Kathmandu include: Qatar Airways, Indian Airways, Austrian, PIA, Biman Bangladesh (I think), Royan Air Bhutan, China Southwest (I think Southwest), Dragon Air, Kuwait (I think), and Emirates (I think). Nepal's National International Airline is Royal Air Nepal, which connects Kathmandu with India, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Japan, Germany, France (VIA Germany) and the UK (VIA Germany). See their website at http://www.royalnepal.com/ . NOTE that tourist visas ARE available at KTM Tribhuvan International Airport fro US$30 in cash.

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    Tribhuvan International Airport

    by SumTingWong Written Apr 11, 2004

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    Tribhuvan Intl Airport (from airplane window)

    Nepal's only international airport is Tribhuvan Intl Airport in Kathmandu. The airport is linked directly with Frankfurt, Vienna, Bangkok, Delhi, Varanasi, Kolcata, Lhasa, Thimpu, Singapore, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Dhaka, Osaka, Karachi, Doha...and thanks to the US Air force Kabul, Afghanistan (a joke, but it is true, I did see a US military plane at the airport probably heading to Afghanistan). Tribhuvan Intl Airport is also a huge domestic port that connects Kathmandu with the rest of the country. Buddha Air is the most respected domestic airline.

    Tribhuvan Intl Airport itself is quite small, a nice little red brick building on the outskirts of Kathmandu city, and In fact the Boudhanath Stupa can be seen right from the runway.

    The security procedures can be horrible at the airport when checking in, it took me 4 hours to get through when I was heading back to Bangkok, but only twenty minutes getting out of the airport (with immigration and all). Ever since that Air India flight was hijacked from Kathmandu, the security has been really tight. I was told that my 4-hour wait was due to a hijack threat, but I don't know if the airport is always that way. If you are leaving during the day you will have to deal with the huge lines for the flights to India, and a ton of pushing and shoving. There was not really a line but a mass push through four separate levels of security. Anyway, get to the airport early so you don't miss your flight. Also note that there is an AIRPORT DEPARTURE TAX of 1100 N.Rs. (about US$14.00) that you pay at the Airport bank, Nabil Bank, and get a receipt for - stapled to your ticket. Also, if you bought any statue (specifically a Buddha statue) larger than 1 foot you need a proof or purchase permit (stamped) which you must ask for when you buy the statue. If you don't have that (like me), you have to be ready to argue for a while, sometimes to no success (I eventually pulled out a government stamped certificate of volunteer work and because I also spoke Nepali the guard let me go).

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    air travel in nepal

    by eelaine Written Apr 5, 2004

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    nepali domestic planes..

    air travel in nepal is the easiest and safest way to see the country but it's also the most expensive!! as there were strikes going on in the country, we had no choice but to fly as all vehicles were not allowed on the roads.. a flight from chitwan to kathmandu costs usd69 (20 minutes flight) while from kathmandu to pokhara costs usd65.. there are quite a number of companes operating flights within the country but basically the planes are more or less the same (though buddha air seems to have nicer looking planes) and the prices vary very slightly.. and for that price, you get sweets, cotton to stuff your ears and a cup of mineral water.. :)

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    If you can't get a flight with Gorkha .........

    by into-thin-air Updated May 27, 2006

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    Dawn on Poon Hill !!

    If you can't get a flight with Gorkha then try " Cosmic Air " one of the newer and smaller Nepali Domestic airlines, we took a flight from Jomsom to Pokhara with them and they were fine !! A little late because of Bad weather but the aeroplane was Good and we arrived safe and sound !!!!
    2006 -- I flew again with Cosmic Air -- Pokhara to Kathmandu this time and although it is true that this airline is in a bit of trouble with withdrawing their flights to India, I had absolutely No problems with them on my flight !

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    Getting to the trail heads – Flying to Lukla

    by into-thin-air Updated Jun 7, 2012

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    More and more people now fly both into and back out from Lukla when trekking Everest Base Camp / Kala Pattar , The big advantage of this is that you can then do the EBC trek in around 14 days.
    There are several airlines flying the route, Yeti, Gorkha and Nepal Airlines (Formally Royal Air Nepal) to name three,
    Personally I would go with either Yeti or Gorkha as Nepal Airlines has a reputation for being unreliable !!
    You can Reserve your flight at a Thamel travel agent like HMA and pay for the air-ticket when you arrive in Nepal or book your flights on-line, If you are trekking in the high season I would recommend that you do this, It is also advisable to book your return flight, leave yourself plenty of time to complete your trek comfortably when you do this as when you get back to Namche Bazaar you can telephone Lukla and try and bring your flight forward if you are ahead of schedule, as long as there is availability of seats then you will be able to fly out earlier, if there is no availability of seats you can have a couple of extra days around Namche which is a Lot nicer place to stay than Lukla !!
    Also if you are running late, Again you phone the airline office and reschedule your flights for the next available flight with spare seats.

    2012 update - Tips for flying out of Lukla

    1) I always try to arrive in Lukla around Mid-Day / Early afternoon the day before I am flying
    2) I choose to stay at “The Sunrise Lodge” as the lodge owner has a certain amount of “Power” with the airlines
    3) When the airline office opens myself accompanied by the lodge owner make our way down to the airline office to ensure that my name is on the list
    4) The next morning I head to the airport early, the lodge owner is at the check-in desk, I pay my 200NPR departure tax, my luggage is weighed and I am issued with a boarding pass.
    5) As long as the aircraft arrives I fly

    There are many things that can go wrong at Lukla, the most common of these are flight cancellations due to bad weather (Either at Kathmandu or at Lukla – Lukla might have clear blue skies but there might be fog in Kathmandu and visa versa)
    Backlogs soon build up and when this happens Lukla soon descends into Pandemonium with the guides in charge of the large groups exerting pressure on airlines to try and ensure that their group flies as soon as possible, and at the same time individual trekkers trying to bribe officials.
    Therefore most experienced trekkers allow several buffer days to try to cover this eventuality and in the worst-case scenario walk out to Jiri to avoid missing their international flight home.
    It is unlikely that things will improve in the future as Lukla can only take small planes, the weather will always be unpredictable and because of the recent air crashes in Nepal airlines are now a little more cautious than they used to be.

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    Which is the Cheapest route to Fly UK – Kathmandu

    by into-thin-air Updated Aug 10, 2013

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    Air Arabia

    The cheapest way to get from London to Kathmandu is If you can be flexible with your dates to book an easyjet flight from London to Istanbul, Sabiha Gökçen Airport and from there a flight with Air Arabia to Riyadh and from there to Kathmandu – Prices start at around £400 Return Inc of all taxes !!!!

    The next Cheapest is by finding a cheap ticket to Delhi and then from there up to Kathmandu.

    Then there are various other routes, the most popular and hassle free ones are via the Gulf with airlines like Qatar and Etihad
    My last three trips (2010, 2012, 2013)I have used Etihad and by booking in advance I have usualy managed to get a good deal – These days Southall Travel seam to offer the most competative prices)

    Good Luck and Happy Flying
    Rob

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    How Do I Get There?

    by Geisha_Girl Written Jan 18, 2004

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    Ready for Takeoff!

    My route was taking me through Vienna on Austrian Airlines........not quite a comfortable journey fit for a Princess.....it's a VERY long flight from SFO - Wash, DC - Vienna - Kathmandu......

    However, note that if you're stranded in Nepal due to to the thick fog, the Austrian folks will gladly settle you in *nice* accommodations for the evening......at the YAK n' YETI hotel. (Yes, that is the name folks!)

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    Flights from Jomsom to Pokhara

    by day-at-the-beach Updated Jun 22, 2013

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    Many people opt to trek the Annapurna Circuit from Besisahar to Jomsom and then fly out of Jomsom to Pokhara, rather than continue the trek along the Kali Gandaki to Pokhara.

    There are some very important things to know about flying out of Jomsom. Jomsom is a tiny little airport serviced by prop planes. Since it gets very windy in Jomsom and the surrounding area, the flights leave early in the morning and are subject to cancellation. The airline typically books 4 or 5 flights, with the first flight leaving around 6:00 a.m. for the 15 - 20 minute flight from Jomsom to Pokhara. BEWARE! If you are booked on the 3rd, 4th or 5th flight, your flight is VERY likely to get cancelled due to weather. If your flight is cancelled due to weather, go to the airline office in Jomsom (it is in town, not at the airport) and get your ticket stamped for refund. You will have to take your stamped ticket to the place where you bought your ticket in order to get a refund. Now, if you try to get on the 1st or 2nd flight the next day, you are out of luck because those flights are already fully booked! You can take your chances trying to get a flight out, but you could be stuck in Jomsom for days.

    Jomsom isn't a great place to be - it is windy, dusty and there is nothing to do but use the internet or go to the little museum at the end of town to get out of the wind for a little while. So, you're probably not going to want to take a chance hanging around waiting for the opportunity to get on a flight in the upcoming days.

    We got to Jomsom the day before our 8:00 a.m. flight and checked in at the airline office in town. The clerk kept saying: "You are on the 4th flight." We didn't know what that meant and our guide didn't say anything about it. When I asked our guide if there was a possibility of cancellation, he said there would be no problem - the flight wouldn't be cancelled. Our guide and porter left the next morning on the 7:00 a.m. bus out of town and we headed to the airport for our 8:00 a.m. flight. When we arrived, we learned that the 1st flight (the 6:00 a.m. flight) hadn't even arrived at the airport for take off yet - due to rain in Pokhara. We stayed around the airport until 12:30 p.m. when we were advised that the 4th flight was cancelled. At that point, we began trying to figure out how we could possibly get to Pokhara that same day so that we could get our ride to Chitwan that was scheduled for 7:00 a.m. the next morning.

    Most important of all, book the 1st or 2nd flight out of Jomsom or be prepared to take action once your flight is cancelled.

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