Nepal is famous for its incredible treks through the snow-capped Himalayas, which most travellers to the country will embark upon during their Nepal trip. Preparation is key to ensure you enjoy your Nepal holiday, so our Rickshaw Rambler Chris has shared his top tips for travelling in Nepal…
First and foremost, consult the all-important-question…. when to go? 99.9% of visitors to Nepal go to see the Himalayas at some point during their trip but if you’re visiting during monsoon season (June-September) you will still spend plenty of time gazing at big white things on the horizon, but they won’t be mountains! If possible it’s best to plan your trip during those other months of the year when the weather is more predictable. Read more on our best time to visit Nepal page.
If eating at or near a temple, particularly in Kathmandu, beware of monkeys! These are the worst thieves of all, so keep on eye on your food and belongings.
Litter is a huge problem across the Indian Subcontinent, and particularly so in the beautiful landscapes of the Nepal Himalaya. That view of Mount Everest will be somewhat soured by the pile of rubbish at your feet, so consider taking water purification tablets to limit your plastic consumption and always dispose of ALL your litter in a responsible manner.
Take a trek
Trekking is the classic activity to do whilst in Nepal, but if the typical two-week treks in the Everest and Annapurna region put you off, consider a shorter trek. There are a few 3-6 day options, particularly around Pokhara for those wanting a taste of trekking whilst on a tighter timescale.
I thoroughly recommend the International Mountain Museum near the Himalaya Eye Hospital in Pokhara. As its name suggests, it covers everything to do with the mountains of Nepal and was inaugurated 10 years ago by two Everest climbers, Junko Tabei and Appa Sherpa. Fascinating and inspiring!
Sample local cuisine
Momos are Tibetan style dumplings and are by far the best food Nepal has to offer. All the Tibetan-influenced food is generally excellent, including the soups thukpa and thantuk. You’ll see plenty of street-side stalls selling tea and donuts. They were a daily snack during my time in Nepal, and all the trekking you have done means you don’t have to feel guilty for stuffing your face with momos and donuts all day!
Find a deeper connection
Nepal is the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, and his birth site Lumbini is a pilgrimage destination for many devout Buddhists. It is easily accessible as it’s located just a few hours south of Pokhara and well worth the visit.
Also, it is always helpful to learn some Nepali phrases. Along with the obvious ‘Namaste’, using a few regional phrases will endear you to the locals. A favourite of ours while travelling during monsoon season was, “Pani Ayo!” – “rain coming!”
Take in the views
If you take a domestic flight in Nepal, make sure you research which side of the plane to sit on to ensure you have mountain views, depending on the route of your flight. I speak from experience – being on a plane and staring out of the window at the flatlands while the other half of plane gaze out of the window at the Himalayas is mildly frustrating to say the least!
Has Nepal piqued your interest? Then check out our bite-size cultural experiences in Nepal and our private Himalaya treks. Speak to one of our travel specialists to tailor a Nepal itinerary to your interests!