General Information

Arriving in Nepal
When you arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu there are two separate visa counters, one for visitors with a visa, and another for those without. You will need to go to the counter labeled for visitors without a visa. Debarkation forms and visa application forms are both available in the arrival hall. You will need 1 passport photo for your visa application. It is best that you have a few $10 notes and give the correct amount, rather than pass over $100 as the officials sometimes do not have the correct change. Your hand baggage will be checked through an x-ray machine upon arrival into the baggage claim area. Sometimes your hold baggage will also be put through an x-ray machine as you leave the baggage claim area, but normally not. Do not line up to do this unless you are instructed to do so.
Upon your arrival at the hotel you may be required to give your passport and air tickets to one of our office representatives so that we can process any necessary paper work. We can reconfirm your flights, if you hand over your tickets to us.

Culture
At the mention of Nepal, most people will conjure up images of the Himalayan Mountains, trekking and little more. But, Nepal is also the confluence of two great religions – Hinduism and Buddhism. This is the land where Lord Buddha was born more than 2,500 years ago and it is also the birthplace of Sita, consort of God, Lord Ram. While eight of the world’s 14 tallest peaks are there in this tiny nation, wedged between Tibet and India, the country however, should not be solely judged for its high mountains and natural manifestations. It is also known for its unique cultural and spiritual heritage and artistic monuments, which are reflected in the colorful life of 102 different ethnic groups and 93 local dialects.

Climate
The cold, dry and clear winter season runs from October to March; and the warm, dry spring season from March to June. The wet season, or monsoon, occurs roughly from June to September, depending on the year. Mid-September to mid-October is the start of the dry season. Spring and Autumn are the best seasons for travelling in Nepal.

Health, Altitude, Acclimatizing, Vaccination & Health
It is strongly recommended that you arrange a visit to your GP, or ideally a specialist travel clinic, prior to your trip. We are unfortunately not qualified to advise you on specific medical requirements. Altitude is not a problem in Pokhara with about 827 meters of elevation around the drop zone. However, taking along a copy of your itinerary can be helpful for doctors to identify the areas you may visit.

Hospitals/ Pharmacies
Health concern becomes the first priority of all whoever comes to the Himalayas because of the soaring altitude and challenging landscape. However, the itinerary of this trip neither goes through higher altitude nor remote areas. So, one doesn’t need to panic in case of emergency. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, there are major government-run and private hospitals. Pharmacies are also widely available in both cities.

Transportation:
Both flight and road transfers are available between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Many domestic airlines offer the flight service in which you can reach Pokhara comfortably in 30 minutes. A wide range of private cars and tourist buses are available for road transfer. A drive of about 5-6 hrs through the Prithvi Highway along the banks of Trisuli River will take you to Pokhara. Both ways, you will get the chance to see the amazing landscape of Nepal.

TRIP GRADE: Easy
Pokhara Skydive doesn’t include any walking/trekking activity. It’s basically an adventure filled tour. So, any fit person can do it.

Skydive Crew
Our team includes expert skydivers and mountaineers – some of the best names in the business. Throughout your skydiving adventure, the best skydivers in the world, mountaineering specialists, medical doctors and highly skilled high-altitude mountain pilots will accompany you. During your touring activities, you will be accompanied by certified and experienced guides. If you have special language preference other than English, please let us know.

Clothing
Kathmandu and Pokhara have moderately warm climate except the winter season that roughly starts from November till January. As Pokhara Skydive falls in November, the morning and evenings can be a little bit cold. However, days will be warm. Just put something comfortable that fits the weather. On the jump day, a comfortable pair of running shoes and clothing is recommended. If you have long hair, bring something to tie it up for your jump.

Accommodation and Food
Kathmandu and Pokhara have a wide range of hotels providing excellent accommodation and food facilities. Please check the “service include” details for more information on it.

Drinking water
It is not advised to drink the tap water. It is easier to buy bottled water whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara, which can be bought cheaply at approximately 1-2 dollars. Just make sure, the bottle is sealed properly.

Responsible Travel
As a team member of the expedition, we expect you to take every reasonable precaution to minimize or avoid any negative impact the trip may cause to the environment, people, places and communities that you will encounter. We also expect you to share this exercise with each and every one of the team, and consider the following points.
• Ask permission for photographs of individuals or sensitive areas
• Respect holy shrines and places of worship
• Don’t encourage beggars
• Respect local customs
• Don’t flaunt wealth
• Don’t make promises you cannot keep
• Learn about local culture and get involved
• Don’t wear revealing dress
• Ensure money is put back into the local economy as much as possible
• Buy provisions in country where possible
• Don’t pay too little or too much
• Maintain good business-like relations at all times
• Remove excess packaging
• Don’t ignore others waste
• Minimize use of potentially damaging materials
• Use local disposal facilities if suitable
• Don’t make open fires unless in an emergency or you are using dead wood
• Don’t waste water unnecessarily
• Use biodegradable soaps and shampoos if possible
• Don’t pollute water supplies with human waste
• Don’t trample flowers or vegetation
• Don’t take cuttings
• Stay on main tracks to prevent erosion
• Don’t collect rock samples

Rescue/Evacuation
In case of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we hope will not happen, you will be evacuated immediately. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own.

Insurance
Before joining this trip, we recommend you to take a travel insurance which should cover cancellation, medical expenses, helicopter evacuation and emergency repatriation. There are good hospitals in Kathmandu and Pokhara where you can get good care.

Contact
Mr. Suman Pandey
Explore Himalaya Travel and Adventure
Amrit Marg,
Bhagwan Bahal Thamel,
Kathmandu
email: nepal@everest-skydive.com
Tel: +977 1 4418 100 or 4418 400
Fax: +977 1 4412 888

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