1. Current road conditions from Kathmandu to Salleri
2. How much cash can we carry
3. is it 500/2000 denomination note acceptable?
4. What are the different passes we need (apart from TRIPs and for the national park)
5. Are there any banks where we can make the transaction without any charges
6. Are there any shortcuts for saving the cost associated with using Indian Sim (I have a single sim phone)
Would appreciate a suitable & prompt response. Also, we anyone wants to join in, they are most welcome!
Also if you and your friend are sharing rooms you will save money. Indian rupees can be changed easily in Nepal in bigger cities though some money changers refuse to exchange Indian rupees. All the changers that do change Indian rupees will accept all denominations. On the trek it is better to have local currency as you will end up in small places and you can never be sure who will accept Indian rupees and who will not.
Can you trek without a local guide? I keep reading that they have made it mandatory to have a local guide but I am not sure. Do check.
In which month are you planning to go?
Also EBC is popular on Indikamike so do search for information on the forum! My best wishes for the trek.
We are planning to leave this month only, on 18 March 2018. Right now, we are planning to go on our own. I will definitely check if having a guide is mandatory or not.
Once I am back will share the experience with others. Keeping my fingers crossed for an exciting trip!
1. No personal experience, but I read the road is fine. It is a long journey though.
2. Carry as much as you will need. Are you flying to KTM or going by road? I think the limit is 25K INR when flying, but I carried more on my trip and didn't run into any issue.
3. As said above, for the trek it is better to convert it to NPR. No guarantee if the lodges will accept INR, let alone the 500 and 2000 denominations.
4. TRIPS or TIMS? TIMS isnt needed for EBC now. Apart from the national park permit, a local entry permit is needed. Check a recent trek report in this forum.
And as far as I know, a guide isn't mandatory.
1. Check on tripadvisor forums.
2. Unsure of the exact amount but Indians almost never get checked at land border crossings. But I would not carry a ton of cash to Nepal.
3. Larger cities will happily accept 500/2k notes but smaller town will like the 100 ones better. Anyway,I would not recommend carrying that much INR for your whole trip.
4. TIMS card is needed for all treks in Nepal and the conservation area permit for the everest area, forget the name.
5. SBI is the cheapest. If you use your SBI card in Nepal at SBI Nepal ATM's you are only charged 40 NR or just 25 INR per transaction. That is why I suggest carry limited INR, NR will obviously easier to transact with and you eliminate any uncertainty. Do spend or exchange the NR before you come near the border where you will receive poor exchange rates.
6. Do yourselves a favor and get a Ntel (sate run telco) sim for better coverage even on the trail, Ncell provides better service but no use on the trail. Indian sims dont work in Nepal. Passport might be needed for the sim or apply some sweet talk and jugad to get one.
Second, I have one correction relating to the TIMS card. It is, in theory, required but there is some internal conflict underway in Nepal where the regions (particularly the Kumbhu/EBC region) are requiring their own permit in lieu of TIMS. This stems from the gripe among the regions believing that they are not getting their fair share of the revenue from TIMS and are starting to make their own rules. While you are required to claim back the TIMS money on your return if it is not stamped - it is perhaps better to delay acquiring it. Therefore, acquiring TIMS in Kathmandu is not advised for the time being.
Also, noticed Mridula's response on flying from Delhi to Kathmandu. The Kathmandu to Sallari trip that OP was asking about relates to the onward journey from Kathmandu to the Kumbu region and starting the trek in Sallari/Paplu.
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