Do’s and Don’ts

Nepal has always heartily welcome tourists and visitors to be part of locale. Either the high mountains or the beauty of people, thousands of travelers visit Nepal every year for seeking their own treasures. Rich in cultures and tradition, different ethnic groups can be encountered through-out the journey and these following tips might ease to understand the behavior of the people.

  • Use two hands while giving or receiving anything as it shows appreciation and respect at the same time
  • Especially women do not normally shakes hands when they greet one another instead say “Namaste” with two palms together like prayer style
  • Respect local people cultures, traditions and value
  • Show respect to sacred and holy places
  • Nudity is particularly offensive
  • It is illegal to export anything older than 100 years which matters religious and cultural value
  • Nepalese people are not always fond of their pictures by foreigners so it would be nice to ask permission with friendly attitude rather luring them
  • Cows are sacred and regarded as Goddess Laxmi in Hinduism. Beefs are strictly prohibited and illegal in Nepal
  • Do not encourage beggars and street kids
  • Remove shoes while entering home, temple or monastery and avoid smoking in these places
  • Reasonable bargaining is encouraged with respective posted prices
  • Tipping is new accepted custom especially with the people associated with tourism. Don’t pay tips for just anything you do. It is not mandatory but expected in cases of good service.
  • Nepalese people are unpredictable when it comes to western medicine so do not try any of your medicine for these people as it might save the day for wrong reaction
  • Walk clockwise while visiting Buddhist Stupa
  • Same gender hand holding is common in Nepal unless men & women holding hands can be acts of glare
  • If you cannot protect nature then don’t participate to raze it either
  • Temper is not good so don't lose your cool, raising voice might lead your problems worse
  • Regarding the tourist visa, the maximum period of allowed stay is 150 days in one Visa Year (Jan-Dec) and Living in Nepal without the valid visa (or overstay) is penalized or punished as per the Law of Nepal 

For trekkers

  • Ask permission for taking pictures of people or any cultural heritage
  • Follow save the environment
  • Try green or eco friendly practice
  • Cook with kerosene
  • Pack warm clothes than making fire
  • Leave footprints, NO trash
  • Prohibit Campsites near river with high chance to pollute
  • Only follow the trails for which you have received the permit from authorized agency or government office (caught in the trekking route without valid permit for the region is Offensive and Subject to Legal Consequences)
  • Please keep your required permits, official documents and passport safely during the trek and show upon the request of the National Park Check-post, Police Check Post en-route