British passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for Nepal prior to departure. A Nepalese visa can be purchased on arrival into Kathmandu; you will need to download a form from the Nepal Embassy website and present this completed form on arrival at immigration together with a passport sized photograph (we recommend taking a couple spare) and payment (currently USD $25). When applying for the visa on arrival you will need to ensure you apply for a multiple entry visa. We recommend you check the following website before travelling for all the most up to date advice, requirements and any changes http://www.nepembassy.org.uk/visa.php. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.
You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Direct will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.
|Age in Years||Up to 64||65 - 74||75 - 85|
|Up to 24 days cover||£48||£94||£146|
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £49pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
Your flight is to Kathmandu International Airport via Delhi with Jet Airways (9W), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 4.
Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage & hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 55cm x 35cm x 25cm in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check -in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure.
IMPORTANT- For the flight to and from Lukla there is a weight restriction of 10kg checked baggage plus 5kg hand luggage. It is not a problem for you to check in 1-2kg more, however excess luggage fees will apply. Any baggage not needed for the trek can be left at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Health and Vaccinations
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
Flying insects including mosquitos are common in this part of the world, you may find it useful to wear long-sleeved, long-legged clothes and use repellents which contain DEET.
For this trekking holiday previous experience and a high level of fitness & stamina is required. Trekking will be along well-worn trails with different levels of pace, you will need to be prepared to negotiate steep inclines and uphill treks climbing stone steps. Your treks will be between mountain lodges and daily distances will vary from 7 to 18 kilometres. Please do consider the pace may vary depending on the abilities within the group. It is important to note altitudes vary with most treks between 2642m and 5545m, the highest altitude that you will reach will be around 5545m. We recommend carrying a small backpack and if you are in any doubt as to the tour's suitability, please speak to your GP as soon as possible as this is a physically challenging holiday.
There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is an escorted tour extension, meaning that you will have the services of a local guide during each of your excursions.
The currency in India is the Rupee or Rs. The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of India. US Dollars are also widely accepted in India should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!