Nepal Travelers Info
Nepal is a must visit destination for every adventurous loving tourist to experience the beauty of high mountains, rivers, forests and beautiful landscape. There is limitless opportunities for the travelers to make adventurous tour in Nepal. Trekking on high and rough terrain of Himalayan, rafting in whitewater of fast rivers, exploring the deep jungles, are the most exciting thrilling activities that one can do.
Travelers visiting to Nepal are ever-searching for the untrained path, for places and peoples unspoiled and exotic. In Nepal, tourism contributes the dental problems among the children where sweets and cavities were once unknown. Many climbers and trekkers left the garbage along the trail and international media reports of toilet paper-strewn trekking trails grossly exaggerate a real concern. There are so many other problems that tourism in Nepal is suffering.
Osho World Adventure heartily welcomes travelers to visit Nepal. But, we want our visitors to take care and treat the country as your own and respect its people. Below we have share some important travelers info on how you can keep the environment clean and show appreciation for age-old culture and traditional religious beliefs.
In Nepal, eco-friendly and responsible tourism is more than a catch phrase to mean outdoor adventure travel. Green or eco-friendly trekking practices are sound measures such as carrying out or disposable of garbage and burning no wood on the trail. Whereas Responsible tourism ask travelers to give more opportunities to local people for sustainable development. So it is necessary to ask your travel agencies and lodge operators about their conservation policies. Green and eco-friendly trekking may cost a little more but is much better for the environment.
- Carry all your trash including toilet paper, unless you thoroughly burn it on the spot to your campsite, lodge or hotel for proper disposal. If trekking with an agency, ask the staff to designate separate places for biodegradable and others (i.e., bottles, tins, plastics, foil, batteries etc.) which should be packed out to Kathmandu or the next refuse pit. As fires are considered sacred, don’t put trash in the flames until the cooking is done and always inquire first.
- Sanitary napkins and tampons should be wrapped well and packed out. Take batteries back to your home country for safe disposal.
- Make sure your trek operator provides a toilet tent, set up at least 50 meters (150 feet) away from any water source. If you are tea-house trekking, select lodges with well-sited latrines. Otherwise, pick a spot away from water and religious sites. In the cities and en route, public toilets are hard to find so be discreet and keep away from holy sites.
- When bathing or washing clothes near streams, use biodegradable soaps and a pan for rinsing. Toss soapy water away from the stream.
- Encourage your trekking staff to camp in established campsites and to leave no trace: no trash, no tent trenches, no fire pit, and a toilet pit filled in to look as it did before digging.
- If you are camping, request that cooking be done on kerosene or gas, not wood. If you’re stuck using wood, reduce the amount by using iodine to treat water rather than boiling it. Choose lodges that use kerosene or fuel efficient stoves, such as the back-boiler which heats water while food cooks. You can also reduce firewood consumption by ordering the same food at the same time as others.
- Limit your hot showers to those heated by solar energy, by hydroelectricity or by the back-boiler method.
- Bring adequate clothes rather than relying on lodge hearths for heat and never ask your trekking staff for a bonfire. See that porters will be provided shelter, clothing and shoes for high altitude treks, saving wood otherwise burned to keep warm.
- Avoid creating new trails across switchbacks, meadows and in high fragile areas. Make sketches or take photos rather than collect flower, plants and seeds. Do not purchase items made from wild animals’ skins or furs. Take care while walking through farmland and always stay to the uphill side of livestock on trails.
It is appropriate to use baggy pants or calf-length skirts with a loose top in trekking and touring wear for women. It is recommended to use shirt all the times for men. Men’s knee-length hiking shorts are good enough for trekking but not when visiting temples, monasteries or homes.
Nudity is particularly offensive:Whether bathing in a stream or at a village tap, men should wear shorts or underwear, women can wrap in a loongi (sarong) and douse themselves as the village women do. Only sport a swimsuit if well secluded from village eyes. Public affection is likewise frowned upon.
Artifacts and Antiques
We respect your visit to Nepal and we like you not to take any religious objects (prayer stones, statues, temple ritual objects, prayer flags, etc.) away from sacred sites and discourage others from doing so. It is illegal to export anything older than 100 years.
Most Nepalese people don’t mind being photographed, however you must ask before taking especially if photographing ceremonies or older people. Paying for a picture reinforces a hand-out mentality. Try instead to establish a friendly rapport with a few words or gestures.
We highly suggest you not to give candy, pens, trinkets or money to children but instead donate to a school, monastery or hospital. Nepalese people give a few rupees to the handicapped and religious mendicants; you can do the same but avoid beggars who follow you for asking money for them and their children.
Bargain for souvenirs and trekking services but ask around to establish fair price. In some region in Nepal such as Annapurna, price in hotel menu are fixed. You can bargain for shopping in Kathmandu.
To show appreciation and respect, use two hands rather than one when giving or receiving something, even money. “Namaste” greeting is much preferable. Avoid touching women and holy men in Nepal.
Remove your footwears when entering a home, temple or monastery (leather items are not allowed in Hindu temples) and avoid smoking and wearing scant dress in religious settings.
Tipping is mandatory and a newly accepted custom in Nepal. It is not necessary to give tips at Hotel and restaurant because they already add service charge in the bill. Touring and trekking organization staff members often make up for relatively meager wages with tips. But, it should only reward good work.
Even if you are an experienced medical practitioner, it is not wise to give medicine to a sick Nepali on the trek unless you can watch his or her reaction. Most Nepalese have never been exposed to Western medicine and may react unpredictably. Encourage villagers to wash cuts with soap and boiled water, and to see their closest clinic for medical treatment.
Never trek alone especially on unspoiled region, trek with Others if you run into trouble or take a tumble no one will know. Trekking with an agency assures the greatest security.
Security: Watch your gear carefully in lodges and on the trail. Don’t be showy with expensive items, and always lock your room or baggage.
High Altitude Sickness: Find out more from your agent or the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) about this sickness and helicopter rescue options. Always register your trekking plans with your embassy, consulate or HRA. Beware of other trail hazards, watch where you are going and don’t over-extend yourself.
Eating and Drinking: Never eat unpeeled fruit or vegetables unless you know they’ve been adequately soaked in solution. Drink only after water is boiled or iodized. Always wash your hands before eating.