Health & Safety concerns are the topmost priority for all those traveling abroad. However, no amount of guide-book knowledge & previous excursion experience can help one to confidently decide on ever changing climatic & political environment. Since we believe that sincerity pays in the long run, we prefer to equip you with the best possible information on your trip to Nepal. Therefore, we provide here updated information & suggestions so that you make the right judgment regarding your visit as well as your stay in our country Nepal.
First of all, follow the Travel Advisory issued by the government of your country before embarking on any visit abroad. Most countries in the world, especially the USA and the European countries issue travel advisory notices/alerts on regular basis.
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Political & Social Environment: Presently, Nepal is safe to travel mainly owing to the cessation of Maoist War that lasted for 10 years from 1996 to 2006. Nepal has witnessed the largest number of tourist arrival this year in the past ten years. Especially after the Constitutional Assembly elections and smooth implementation of republic early this year, all political parties have focuses on the agenda of “economic revolution” – one of the industry for growth being tourism industry. As far as we know, no country has issued any travel warning against visiting Nepal at present. However, general strikes & traffic jams may delay your schedule at any time.
Although foreigners are generally respected all over Nepal & there was no any targeting of the tourists for political reasons even during the decade-long Maoist War, we ask you, especially the Indian tourists, to take notice of ongoing political skirmishes in the southernmost parts of Nepal bordering with India.
Still, we would say social conditions in Nepal are a lot safer than even some developed countries like USA in some regards, and traveling in Nepal is no riskier than traveling in other parts of the world. You’ll find many tourists in Kathmandu & also in the outskirts discovering their way on their own.
Climate: Many people consider the period between September to December to be the best season for trekking on Nepal mountains. September marks the end of the monsoon rains, and Nepalis begin their month-long greatest festivals Dasain & Tihar (Dipavali). The temperatures gradually go down from November till February. The temperature decreases sharply as you climb higher toward the Himalayas.
However, even during safe conditions, we advise you to be accompanied by a trusted local guide/s to deal with any unforeseeable difficulties.
1. Water & pre-cooked foods: Some tourists have been found drinking tap water like the general public in Kathmandu. Avoid drinking untreated water, as most of the vector diseases in Nepal are borne of contaminated water. Always drink properly purified or bottled water from a trusted company. Avoid eating food items that were cooked before you make an order.
2. Street hawkers & children: Some street hawkers may insist you for buying their curio items; make a clear NO if you don’t want to buy anything. Similarly, ignore street children if any one begs you for money.
3. You’ll encounter stray dogs, cows, bulls, & monkeys during your walks inside Kathmandu or elsewhere in Nepal – stay clear from all animals. Don’t tease the monkeys – they may get violent.
4. Acquire all information on National Parks and strictly follow all regulations.
5. If you’re trekking on high altitudes, follow the suggestions by your guide for avoiding altitude sickness that may prove fatal in some cases.
6. Especially for the Indian tourists: be careful of pickpockets during your visit to crowded & isolated places like temples, monasteries, etc.