Phone & Internet
The internet is widely accessible in Kathmandu and main cities. Almost every hotel, restaurant and café in Kathmandu, Pokhara and larger towns offer free Wi-Fi and connections are pretty good.
No matter where you are in the Himalayas, staying connected is easy and affordable. Everest link (Wi-Fi card) always keeps you connected where you want when you want and how you want, since few years the Everest Link has expanded high-speed wireless internet in the trails of the Everest region, Mahalangur region, Makalu Base Camp, Langtang region, Mustang and Manasalu region. You can even get (paid) Wi-Fi per hour basis in some places like Namche Bazaar, Lukla and other some remote area.
This is the wifi card able to purchase in the local hotels and lodges.
Rs 1,999 –10 GB–30 days
Rs 2,999–20 GB– 30 days
The phone system in Nepal works pretty well and making local, STD and international calls are easy. Local calls cost around Rs 2 to Rs 3 per minute and incoming calls are free. International calls cost around Rs 5 to Rs 15 per minute, depending on the destination.
Buy SIM cards at Kathmandu airport on arrival or at Nepal Telecom (Namaste) or Ncell outlets across the country.
1) Ncell (www.ncell.com.np) is the most popular and convenient provider for tourists, but in mountain areas, Ncell reception is often non-existent. To get a SIM card take a copy of your passport and one photo to a Ncell office. Ncell offers a ‘traveller package’ for Rs 1000 that gets you Rs 600 worth of local calls, Rs 500 of international calls and 500MB of data, for 15 days. It’s easy to buy a scratch card to top up your balance, in denominations from Rs 50 to 1000. If you are staying more than 15 days you can buy a SIM card for Rs 150 and then top up your balance with scratch cards. Call *101# to check your balance and *102# to add balance with a scratch card.
For data use, you are better off adding a pre-paid data package: a 2.5GB package costs Rs 800 for 30 days. With a 3G/4G connection, you can even get internet access on the Everest region.
2) Nepal Telecom (www.ntc.net.np) Operates the Namaste Mobile network, but signing up for a SIM card is a more laborious process than for Ncell. However, Namaste has a much wider reception in the mountains so is the one to go for if you’re spending a lot of time hiking and contact with the world beyond is important to you.