On arrival you will receive a short briefing on safety in and around the lodge/camp. All staff have received health and safety as well as first aid training, so rest assure that you are in good hands.
We want you to be properly prepared so that you will have a safe and fun experience with the elephants, so here are a few brief guidelines before you arrive.
Kathmandu has a reasonable internet connection and most hotels in the city now have WIFI. At our jungle lodges we provide WiFi in the common areas. The speed is not the fastest, so don’t expect to be working on big uploads or downloads, nor streaming, etc.Mobile phone reception is increasingly good in many remote parts of the country, particularly Chitwan. We understand that keeping in touch is part of daily life these days and all we would ask is that you turn your handset to silent in a bid to preserve the peace of the jungle.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your expected date of departure from Nepal. You will also require an entry visa for Nepal.
All foreigners (except Indian nationals) must have a visa for entry into Nepal. The visa can be obtained upon arrival at Tribhuvan Internation Airport in Kathmandu. A single-entry visa valid for 15/30/90 days costs US$25/40/100. Remember to bring cash for the payment of the visa. At the airport in Kathmandu the fee is payable in any major currency, but at land borders officials require payment in cash US dollars; bring small bills. SAARC countries can get a 30-day visa for free on arrival. If you wish to avoid the lines for visa at the airport you can contact the Nepal Embassy in your country and get the visa prior to arrival.Passport copies of your details and photographs come in handy when you need to get permits, visas, sim card, etc.
The Nepalese rupee is the common currency, although US dollars and UK sterling are widely accepted, as are credit cards in Kathmandu.Tipping at our properties is optional and at your discretion. There is already a mandatory 10% service charge added to your bill. Individual tipping is not encouraged, as there are a lot of staff behind the scenes who are working equally hard to make your stay enjoyable and seamless. We have a common tip box which is located in the dining hall.