Transport & Tour

Visa and how to get to the hotel from the airport:

‘On Arrival’ visa procedure is very quick and simple. Some queues might occur in peak tourist seasons. To skip those queues, Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival could be a solution. Arrival Visas are ‘Tourist Visas’. If you are visiting Nepal for the purposes other than Tourism (sightseeing, tour, travel, mountaineering, trekking, visiting friends and families), you should still get ‘Tourist Visa’ to get into the country. Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:
• Children below 10 years
• Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizens (except Afghanistan) once in a given visa

Afghan citizens are eligible for Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. ‘On Arrival’, Chinese Nationals, officials from China, Brazil, Russia and Thailand do not need Entry Visa based on reciprocal visa waiver Agreement.

Travel options from Kathmandu to Pokhara

There are two options to go to Pokhara from Kathmandu: via road and by flight. Below are the details for each option:

1. Via Road
A 200 km bus ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara is one of the most scenic rides in Nepal. After exiting Kathmandu, a serpentine road leads to Naubise and moves ahead to Galchi, wherefrom the highway aligns with Trishuli river. After a bifurcation at Mugling, Marsyangdi river replaces Trishuli and further journey will be accompanied by breathtaking view of the Himalayas until you reach Pokhara. The travel time via road would be normally 6-7 hours. Price would range from 7-15 USD per person. The buses depart from Kantipath, Thamel between 6:30 to 7:00 hrs in the morning.

2. Via flight
More than 20 regular flights are operated from Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu to Pokhara on daily basis. This 25-minute flight concisely provides an overview of Nepalese topography. Hills, mountains and lakes, you name it! The flight will give it all! The price for the flight is 120 USD per person.

Help desk
The organizing committee will set up help desk at TIA on 6th and 7th November 2019 to assist the international participants and guests of SAADC 2019. The guests and participants are requested to pre-inform the organizing committee about their arrival schedule including airlines name as well as travel preference to Pokhara to the email It will help to make arrangement smooth.

Participants arriving on November 6, 2019
The participants arriving on 6th November would be assisted at the TIA to book a taxi (participants will pay) to go to their hotel. There are several hotels available in Thamel area, Kathmandu with variable price range. Please follow the link that suits your need and budget (Hotels in Thamel). The hotels can guide to locate the place where shuttle leaves. Generally, it will be a walking distance.
On the 7th November morning, a shuttle service managed by the organizing committee will be available from Kathmandu to go Pokhara on three pre-scheduled departure times as below. Each participants need to pay USD 7 to use the shuttle service from Kathmandu to Pokhara:
1st Bus: Departs from Sorhakhutte, Thamel (Map) at 8:00 hrs
2nd Bus: Depart from TIA at 12:00 hrs
3rd Bus: Depart from TIA at 15:00 hrs

Individuals who prefer flight option need to get a taxi from their hotel to airport and arrive at least one hour prior to their flight time.

Participants arriving on November 7, 2019
 The participants arriving on the 7th, if traveling by airways, can directly move from the International Terminal to the Domestic terminal of TIA for their respective flights to Pokhara. For those choosing bus option, a shuttle service will be available to Pokhara as below schedule:
1st Bus: Departs from Sorhakhutte, Thamel at 8:00 hrs
2nd Bus: Depart from TIA at 12:00 hrs
3rd Bus: Depart from TIA at 15:00 hrs

The participants who choose to travel via road but do not want to use the shuttle service have the option to select from the array of buses that leave for Pokhara from Kantipath, Thamel.
Private taxis could also be an option which requires at least a group of 4 and costs around 100 USD per taxi.

Return from Pokhara to Kathmandu
: A shuttle bus will be arranged by the organizer on November 12th, 2019. Participants who choose to use this service have to pay USD 7. The bus leaves from the Pokhara Tourist Bus Park (Map) between 7:30 to 9:00 hrs. Alternatively, participants can use local bus services from Pokhara to Kathmandu or use flights.