Travelling in Nepal – the Dos and the Don’ts

Traveling in Nepal
Updated on May 03, 2024

Traveling in Nepal - Some Basic Things

A South Asian country wrapped in cultural and ethical tapestry, Nepal might be difficult to travel to if you do not have adequate knowledge of how the government works. From the chaotic transportation management to the local spices used in food that are often difficult to understand, a simple deviation from the norm could lead to a disastrous stay in the country. Here are a few guidelines of the dos and don'ts that you might as well consider checking while you are trekking or climbing, on a cultural tour, or a jungle safari in Nepal .

Duplicate Valuable Documents and Keep them with you:

It's a good idea to make a copy of your valuable documents like your passport and visa and leave the copy at the travel agency, hotel, or trusted contact. Trekking is a rigorous activity; these vital documents might be misplaced or lost. An electronic copy on the cloud storage would also serve the same purpose.

Understand the Local Situation before Traveling:

Blockades, demonstrations, and road construction in Nepal can create unnecessary hassle during your travel. Though not frequent, they are likely to happen. Therefore, learn about the local political situation and news before you travel and enquire about any such interruptions that could happen soon.

Avoid Illegal Shopping:

On your journey through the country, villagers could offer articles like animal hide, bone, and even drugs. Know the rules and regulations the government imposes regarding these before purchasing or accepting them. Many illegal items are sold to foreigners, which could get them in trouble with the local authority.

Leave Information to the Consulate or Embassy:

The Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) has vital information on trekkers, such as where they are headed and how long they will stay there, including their passport and agency details. This information would be useful not only for records but also for your safety. Therefore, registering at the embassy or consulate is advisable before going on a trek or tour around Nepal.

Avoid Touts, Beggars, Street Food

While purchasing on the streets or buying street food may seem natural to most, it may be a bad idea if you are not adequately acquainted with the system in the country. Often, street vendors could be a lot pushy. Also, street food may be delicious and cheap, but due to the use of lots of spices, which is common in the country, and poor knowledge regarding hygiene, these may cause indigestion or other health issues. Therefore, it's better to avoid them than to use medicines later.

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