Nepal travel guide info
Is nepal safety
Since the Maoist rebels joined the Nepalese government the country has been relatively peaceful and safe, but check the latest situation prior to arrival and exercise caution. Avoid public demonstrations, which can turn ugly. Frequent strikes are an inconvenience rather than a risk, since all transportation often stops, and shops and restaurants close. Blackouts are part of daily life throughout the dry season. Due to a lack of streetlights, be wary of opportunistic crime in the dark, and watch out for potholes. Always keep an eye on belongings. Violent crime is rare, but pickpockets are not, especially in crowded area. Keep valuables about your person in a money belt, or store them in a hotel safety deposit box.
Costs are very low in Nepal compared to Western standards but prices jump in tourist areas. Bargaining is less a part of life in Nepal than in India, so the cost of food and other goods should not be contested. This is less the case in tourist areas where you may feel you are being overcharged. There are banks and ATMs all over the city, but they do not always work, so try to keep a reserve of cash with you. Licensed moneychangers all over the city usually offer competitive rates. Credit cards are usually only accepted in some mid-range and most top-end hotels and restaurants.
Kathmandu has an ever expanding selection of international hotels. During peak trekking season (spring and autumn) these get particularly busy, so it is advisable to book well in advance. Comfortable hotels and inexpensive guest houses can also be found in Pokhara, and around the Royal Chitwan National Park in the Terai.
Note: A government tax is added to bills, which varies according to the standard of the hotel.
Besides the officially recognized hotels, there are so many Lodges and Hostels in Kathmandu, these are located in the old part of the town, in the streets around the Durbar Square and in the Thamel district. Lodges are available outside the main towns, and provide suitable accommodation for mountaineers and trekkers.
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Currency and Exchange rate:
The national currency and exchange rate of Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee (Rs.), which divided into 100 paisa, although you are not likely to encounter the latter. Bills come in 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 rupee denominations. Coins come in 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 paisa, and 1, 2, 5 and 10 rupee denominations. At this writing, the exchange rate was Rs.100 to USD$1.
What is Trekking ?
Trekking is not mountaineering although some of the popular trails are used by mountaineering expeditions to get to their base camps. Most of the trails you walk on are still used predominantly by Nepali people for everyday travel and trade. It is not uncommon to be passed along the way by a Nepali porter carrying lengths of corrugated roofing iron slung.
Trekking is a way of seeing a mountain, its History, People and nature. You will walk through the streets of cities and villages and past the open front doors of houses; you will see the people at their daily tasks, the clouds forming below you and the magnificent mountains towering over you. By trekking you will be involved in a way you could never be in a car, bus, train or airplane; you can enjoy the friendliness of the people, feel the magnetism of the mountains, be at one with the country and at peace with yourself. Could you ask or want for anything more?
A trekking trip can be any length you choose. There are a number of short treks around the Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys which only take a day to complete. There are two or three day treks or treks from a week to a month. For those with the time you can combine a number of treks and spend months just walking around. Outshine Adventure Treks & Expedition can help you to put together a trek to suit your needs at an affordable price leaving you free of any bureaucratic or logistic hassles.
Nepal is a Hindu nation with a significant Buddhist minority. Men and women should dress conservatively. Women should always wear a long skirt that covers the legs and men should always wear a shirt; a man walking around topless is considered extremely rude and disrespectful. Religious etiquette requires you to pass prayer walls on your right—watch what others do. You should also make a donation if visiting a monastery or temple. Do not point the soles of your feet at anyone as this will cause offence. When eating, do not handle anybody else’s food, and only pass food containers etc, with your right hand. Never touch the head of a Nepalese person so nepalese customs and traditions are quite interesting.
Budget and payment system
Budget travel can be fit in Nepal as it has many options here you can save your money as per your travel length or you can spent your budget within shorten days. At all depends on how you spent for food, where kind of hotel and accommodation do you like to stay. To survive in Nepal you can spent about 25 to 30 USD a day up to 200 to 400 USD a day too so there are many choices for food, hotel and transport.
If you are travelling to Nepal with a small budget you can stay at budgeting hotel, try in local place to eat, get local transport like local people than you can easily survive with your budget.
There are many money exchange and ATM machine for the cash so you don’t need to bring many cash with you.