Phone & Internet

The internet is widely accessible in Kathmandu and main cities. Almost every hotel, restaurant and cafe 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 expands high-speed wireless internet in the trails of 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.

Price: Rs 1,999 – Price: 2,999

Data: 10 GB – Data: 20 GB

Validity: 30 days – Validity: 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.

Mobile Phones

Buy SIM cards at Kathmandu airport on arrival or at Nepal Telecom (Namaste) or Ncell outlets across the country.

1) Ncell ( 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 Base Camp Trek.

2) Nepal Telecom ( 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.