There are too many countries on the map to stay in one place for a long time. If you plan to visit the most fascinating places on Earth, Nepal should be on your list. It will challenge you, impress you, and make you want to come back another day. It's not Paris or Rome, so don't expect everything to be served to you on a plate.
Nepal is a perfect destination for the spiritual journey. More than that, it can give you an opportunity to see that the world is different. Traveling around Nepal will not be easy, but you will be able to experience something truly special.
To see as much as possible in Nepal, you will have to walk a lot since there are so many stunning trekking routes on the Nepalese Himalayas. The best treks in Nepal include:
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek (easy to trek)
Everest Base Camp Trek (medium trekking difficulty)
Annapurna Base Camp Trek (moderate trekking difficulty)
Manaslu Circuit Trek (difficult to trek)
Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek (difficult to trek)
According to Kandoo experts, spring and autumn are the best seasons to trek in Nepal. It rains a lot during summer, and temperatures are low in winter. An interesting fact is that there are five seasons in Nepal: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, and winter. Every year the monsoon starts on June 10 and withdraws at the end of September.
Each trek can take up to two weeks. As you can understand, most of the time you will be on the road, so forget about lazy mornings in the hotel. You will find accommodation on most of the trek routes though. Keep in mind, you will need to pay extra in the hostel for using the Internet and showering (around ten dollars per day).
Learn social norms
A well-known proverb says: 'When in Rome, do as the Romans do.' The same applies to Nepal since their culture differs so much from the Western one.
When you meet people in Nepal, place your palms together to say 'namaskar' or 'namaste.' It means 'hello' and 'how are you.'
Feel free to accept a handshake from women and men. Offering your hand to a woman is considered rude. If you know that woman is married, avoid touching her since it can offend her husband.
It is acceptable if people of the same sex hold hands on the street. It is essential to mention that a lot of Nepalese have never heard of the concept of homosexuality. Touching another man is considered just a friendly gesture.
Don't enter the house with your shoes on and always wash your hands before coming to the table.
Most probably, the lady of the house will offer you food multiple times. Don't get mad since it is a sign of hospitality. A wife usually starts eating food after everyone is full. To get out of this uncomfortable situation (when they offer food, and you don't feel like it), take just a little of everything. Also, be extremely careful with cooked rice since spilling it on the floor is considered an insult to the Goddess of Food.
If you see a cute baby, don't tell his parents how healthy and cute he looks. Nepalese might be offended since they believe that such compliments bring bad luck. However, they will be happy if you say that one of them is fat, it is considered a compliment!
Another important thing to know is that Nepalese nod their heads up and down to say 'no' and shake it from one side to another when they want to say 'yes.'
People in Nepal do things differently; some of them might surprise you. First of all, you will not find WiFi in every coffee place in Nepal. As stated above, you will need to pay extra in most hostels in order to stay connected to the world. So, consider buying the Nepali sim. You can do it at the airport right after landing. Don't forget to take a copy of your passport with you since it is a necessary thing for number registration.
Also, avoid drinking tap water and eating street food in Nepal. Following this simple rule will help you prevent stomach issues. When you pack for a daily trip, make sure you have cash, hand sanitizer, toilet paper (or wipes), and first aid kit. And yes, prepare to see a lot of squat toilets since these are still very popular in Nepal. Other than that, you will have a lot of fun exploring a new culture
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