Nepal is a thriving destination for a holiday or for business. There are many NGOs supporting and working with the local Nepalese economy. The Infrastructure can be difficult to navigate, as soon as you leave main cities the landscape becomes remote and difficult quite quickly.
It is worth being prepared for any eventuality, so do get in touch with RPS Partnership and we can create a bespoke travel awareness course for you. If you are heading to the mountains, we can run a remote First Aid course, including how to deal with getting sick away from home and how to deal with altitude and traveller's sickness. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org to have an informal chat.
Here are our Travel Safety Tips...
- As a British Citizen you do not need a visa before you arrive, you can get one at the airport for US$40 as at October 2018
- When you arrive, go towards immigration – Visa Payments Desk. Look left and there is a bank of machines. You need to enter your passport details in the machine and print out a ticket. Take this and go to the visa payments desk. You will need GBP Sterling or US Dollars to purchase your Visa
- Once you have your visa go to the Passport desk
- Do not drink the water, even in Kathmandu. Either drink bottled water or the cheaper option is to take water purification tables or a water filter bottle or pump.
- Don’t be tempted to drink water from streams in the mountains, make sure you always purify it first
- Nepal does not recycle, but you can help the environment by using your own re-usable water bottle. You can buy 1 litre bottles in Kathmandu for a very cheap price
ATMS / Cash Withdawals
The local currency is not on the foreign exchange mechanism so bring US $, Euros € or GBP £
There are ATM’s in main cities (Khathmandu), but these rare outside cities. Try to use ones inside banks to avoid scams/card cloning
- Few hotels have electronic keys, so we recommend keeping your key with you when you go out
- In the mountain hotels, many rooms have a padlock and bolt, we recommend taking your own padlock, so you feel secure about leaving your belongings in the room
- Most hotels do not have safes (or if they do, they are not attached to anything!) Have a plan for what you are going to do with your valuables. Divide up your valuables and leave expensive watches and jewellery at home
- Bring a surge protector for all electrical items
- Electricity is notoriously unreliable, and this will protect your equipment
- Do take a headtorch with you
Driving / Vehicles
- Many taxi drivers do not speak English, nor do they know where many hotels are.
- Street names don’t mean much, so ensure you know a local landmark and can find your way back
- Take a card from the hotel with you, with the telephone number so you can call them if you get lost
No matter where you are in the world, RPS Partnership can bring training to you. Are you a lone traverller or a lone female traveller or just want some travel advice?
Email us on email@example.com or contact us on +44-(0)1225 290210 for more information, we will call you back.
Photos: RPS Partnership in Nepal