Nepal travel advice

Nepal travel advice


Tips from our friends in Nepal

Environmental tips


Richard Goodey, from our supplier Lost Earth Adventures shares his Nepal travel advice on reducing rubbish: “The problem with rubbish is Nepal isn’t monumental, but it is an issue. What we advice tourists to do is eat as the locals do: eat the rice, the lentils, the fresh fruit and vegetables. Tourists tend to bring with them plastic water bottles, packets of crisps and chocolate bars for energy, so without thinking, they are adding to the rubbish problem and the Nepalese are picking up on this - if they can sell you a Mars Bar for 50p, to them that’s massive money. It’s fine to eat foods like that, but take your rubbish with you back to Kathmandu and throw in the bin there because up in the Himalaya, they bury it in the ground, or they burn it and that’s no good.”

Advice on how to be prepared


Brendan Phelan, from our supplier Exodus shares his Nepal travel advice on surviving power cuts: “Power cuts are a regular thing in Nepal and occur daily for up to 14 hours. Some of the bigger hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara have generator back up, but that’s not the case in homestays along the trekking routes where only candles are provided. Pack extra flashlights and spare batteries for any electronic equipment, but always remember to keep dead batteries with you and dispose of them back at home where they’ll be disposed of properly.” 

Tips for Adventurers


Richard Goodey, from our supplier Lost Earth Adventures shares his Nepal travel advice on mountain sports: “The reasons behind why 90% of people visit Nepal are its lakes, mountains and rivers. For mountain sports, it’s a playground and it’s cheap: if you’re trekking take decent waterproofs and some hiking boots, everything else you can buy; if you’re going for kayaking, go to the Sun Kosi, which is great for beginners and intermediates. There’s also a big paragliding scene and mountain biking is huge. If you mountain bike, Nepal is a phenomenal destination because you can access incredible places easily - you can hire a local taxi driver to take you right to the top of a dirt road, get out at the top, and ride down the side of a mountain using the footpaths. Labour is cheap in Nepal, in the Alps you’d have to pay an extortionate daily lift pass, in Nepal you can get to the top of a mountain for £5.”

Packing tips


Brendan Phelan, from our supplier Exodus shares his Nepal travel advice on what to pack: “Most trekking clothes and equipment are available to buy in Nepal, but beware of poor quality fakes. It is always better to pack light wherever possible though and it’s advisable to buy sleeping bags and simple clothing in Nepal, which you can then give away at the end of your trip. If you’re not trekking, Nepal is warmer than most people expect, so you won’t need much heavy clothing during the day.”

Transport advice


Richard Goodey, from our supplier Lost Earth Adventures on how to travel safely in Nepal: “In terms of traveling in Nepal, a lot of the danger lies with the driver of the bus driving unsafely – there’s no such thing as speed limits and they will overtake on blind bends. We only use private transport on all of our trips; we don’t use any public transport and all of our drivers are trained to drive to a safe standard. There are also lots of mopeds on the roads carrying families, none of which will be wearing a crash helmet, so if you plan to hire a car, do so from a reputable company and only drive during the day. Be aware that pedestrians account for 40% of road fatalities because pavements, especially in rural areas, are practically non-existent and pedestrians do not have priority. This is a place where travel is definitely not for the faint hearted; keep your wits about you and stick to organised, private transport if you’re ever in doubt.”

Nepal travel advice


Recommendations from those who have been there

At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travelers are often... other travelers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do - and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful Nepal travel tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the very most of your vacation - and the space inside your suitcase.
Don’t expect everything on your itinerary to stay as planned and don’t expect there to necessarily be a big group of people on your trip - Mandy Bryan

It made me feel very uncomfortable watching a very small man in a pair of cheap trainers struggle up the hill carrying all our gear and it will make you feel worse if you have brought huge amounts of gear, so leave what you don’t need at home. - Tessa Lash

We went to Nepal in the off-peak winter season. Although mountain views are not always clear this time of year, it was compensated by the lack of other tourists - for 3 days on our trek we were the only white people and the places we stayed were never full or crowded. - Lotte Risbridger

Take the opportunity to buy antibiotics cheaply and without prescription in Kathmandu as an insurance policy against stomach bugs, but look for a reputable pharmacy. - Colin Cheshire

No need to bring US dollars as you can exchange your own currency to local Nepalese rupees easily in Kathmandu and Pokhara. - Neil Whittemore

Be relaxed and open minded to new people and the different culture in Nepal and you will have the experience of a lifetime. - Murray Hendriksen

Diamox can be useful in treating altitude sickness, but it can also have really unpleasant side effects (not unlike altitude sickness), so don't rely on it being the solution. - Jo Homewood

For visits to Chitwan, wearing colours that blend into nature work better and tipping is customary so bring a little extra cash for tips. - Simone Bothwell
Photo credits: [Fresh produce: Wonderlane] [Paragliding: momo] [Car: Christian Hüpfer] [Trekking: McKay Savage] [Car 2: chripell]
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