A south Asian country wrapped in cultural and ethical tapestry, Nepal might be a difficult place to travel if you do not have adequate knowledge of how the country works. From the chaotic transportation management to the local spices used in food often difficult to understand, a simple deviation from the normal could lead to a disastrous stay in the country. Here a few guidelines of the dos and the don’ts that you might as well consider checking while you are in the Himalayan country.
Duplicate valuable documents and keep them with you:
It’s a good idea to make a copy of your valuable documents like passport and visa, and leave the copy at the travel agency, hotel or a trusted contact. Trekking is a rigorous activity and chances are that these vital documents might get misplaced or lost on the way. An electronic copy on the cloud storage would also serve the same purpose.
Understand the local situation before travelling:
Blockades, demonstrations and road construction in Nepal can create unnecessary hassle during your travel. Though not so frequent, there are chances that they happen. Learn about the local political situation and news before you travel, and enquire about any such interruptions that could happen in the near future.
Avoid illegal shopping:
Articles like animal hide, bone, and even drugs could be offered by villagers on your journey through the country. Know about the rules and regulations that the government imposes regarding these before purchasing or accepting them. Many illegal items are sold to foreigners, which could leave them in trouble from the local authority.
Leave information to the consulate or embassy and register for TIMS:
Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) has vital information of trekkers such as where they are headed to, how long they are staying there, including the passport and agency details. These would be useful not only for the records but also for your own safety. It’s also advisable to register yourself to the embassy or consulate 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 properly acquainted with the system in the country. Often, street vendors could be a lot pushy. Also the street food may be delicious and cheap but due to use of lots of spices, which is common in the country, and poor knowledge regarding hygiene, these may cause indigestion or other health issues. It’s best to avoid them than using medicines on a later date.