Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Nepal?
Meals and food choice
In the Kathmandu Valley, many types of foods are available since there are many different types of restaurants of varying price ranges and nationalities. In the villages, the food options are more limited. Vegetarian foods are very common in South Asia, so being a vegetarian is not a problem. Since rice is the main grain in their diet, avoiding wheat is generally not a problem either as long as we know that may be an issue. Spicy or not spicy food can both be available. Please let us know of any other dietary needs you may have ahead of time and we hope to be able to accommodate everyone.
Does One Need to be a Musician or Artist to come on a tour? No! One does not need to be a musician, or an artist to come on a Music, Arts, and Culture Tour. One just needs to have interests in such things and have interests in meeting people who actually make the art and music and live in authentic cultures. We have a great time on the trips and people generally come out of the trip with new life long friends that they made in our groups and along the way. Check out the website for video clips, photos, and testimonials from past participants.
Travel Insurance- We highly highly recommend anyone going on a tour abroad get Travel Health Insurance. If you book a tour we can email a list of companies which provide this and some of our recommendations.
Medications-Please bring whatever medicines that you may regularly need to take with you. Normal cold medicines are generally available there, but if you are loyal to a particular brand we cannot promise that they will have that particular kind. There are pharmacies there, but the brand names will often not be used, but the actual medical name or generic name for the drugs, so just in case you might want to know what that generic name is.
Passport and VISA requirements
You will need a current passport. (Double check the dates and that you are also not soon to expire. Like many countries, Nepal requires at least 6 months to be left on your passport when you arrive, even if you are only planning too stay a week or so.)
The Nepali VISA is not included in our tour prices. As of April of 2021, Nepal was still requiring people visiting the country of Nepal to obtain a VISA before leaving their home countries. This is new since Covid became an issue, so please remind friends who may have gone to Nepal in the past of this NEW VISA RULE.
In general it is good to have 4 or 5 extra PASSPORT PHOTOS with you as some of the UNESCO World Heritage sites may require a passport photo. A Passport photo is also required if you want to purchase a local Sim card for your phone while you are there. We do recommend swapping out your smart phone's SIM card to a Nepali one while there to avoid any suprise long distance or roaming charges from your home phone service provider.
COVID update: As of January of 2022, the Nepal government declared they were no longer going to be requiring tourists to quarantine upon entering Nepal. We at Music Arts Adventures have been, and will continue to closely follow all situations and regulations involving Covid and Covid related regulations and precautions. Feel free to reach out with questions or concerns you may have if you are considering a trip with us and we are happy to discuss details with you and the latest updates.
Customs and Cultural Do’s and Don’ts
Do try to remember always that while traveling to another country you are always an ambassador. Please try to remember that a smile, patience, and a sense of humor are the best way to usually get things done.
Language learning and requirements
One does not need to know any language skills or have any interest in learning the local language. Nepali is the main language of Nepal. If one does have an interest in learning some Nepali your guide (Tara) can offer some basic Nepali lessons. Even just having a few words of Nepali can make people really love you. So it can be fun to try just a few even. Often just a couple of words to show that one has given an attempt will go very far in bringing smiles to the faces around you.
What to Pack
Once your tour is booked you will receive a detailed document with loads of helpful tips about traveling there and what to bring and what to expect. After reading through that sheet you can follow up with Tara to ask specific questions in regards to best ideas of things to bring and not bring. In general layers for clothes are great since the weather can vary a good bit between day time and night time. It is also good to bring some type of at least a light waterproof coat. Comfortable shoes are a must. No one will expect anyone traveling in Nepal to have high heeled shoes or other such. The roads even in downtown Kathmandu can be less than smooth and predictable sometimes. That being said some people have said that clogs were a little tricky for walking on cobblestone streets and the like. A waterproof pair of some type of hiking boot is a really really good idea. There are times of year less likely to have precipitation, but there is always at least a slight chance of precip. We want dry and happy feet. Happy feet, make for a happy traveler. :)
In March, the weather is usually lovely. Nepal is generally sunny and temperatures are in the 70's (Farenheit) in the daytime. It is a really lovely time of year to be there enjoying the sunshine. October and November are also lovely times to go to Nepal for really lovely weather. It is generally sunny and around the 70's F in the daytimes. It can dip down a good bit in the evenings and one may have an occasional rain suprise, so it is good to bring some layers and at least a light waterproof coat and some type of waterproof hiking boots are also a great idea. The joys of one's feet staying dry as one is walking around cannot be overstated. :)
Contact us to get an itinerary emailed out to you with Tour prices and details. (See the CONTACT page of our website.)
Flights to and from Nepal are not included, nor is the price of your Nepali VISA. If you contact us, we can suggest some of our favorite travel agents and ailrlines we have worked with for finding the best flights to and from your home location.
After one is registered for a tour, we send out a much longer FAQ sheet with lots of tiny details and tips to help you be prepared, comfortable, and happy as you travel. After reading through that very detailed and helpful handout, tour participants can follow up with specific questions and concerns. We are happy to help.
Many airlines and countries are starting to require proof of Covid vaccination before letting people travel overseas. It is not a good thing to get such a disease at any time, and certainly not while trying too enjoy a lovely vacation. As of 2021, we are requiring people to have proof of Covid vaccination before leaving for their trip.
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