Some Do's & Don'ts in Nepal
Some Do’s & Don’ts in Nepal doing treks in the Himalayas of Nepal is a distinct cultural experience in a unique majestic environment. Trekkers need to consider the following do’s and don'ts.
- Do smile and greet the local people saying “Namaste” and “Tashi Delek” to show respect.
- Do walk in a group or keep a distance that you could see the person in front and the person behind you.
- Do consult with your trekking guide before trying anything new during the trek.
- Do ask questions of the guide about the next day trekking so that you can pack it in your small backpack because the bulk of your baggage will be carried by porters and will only be accessible in the evening.
- Do give donations deposited in the donation box at the monastery in the trekking area -if you feel inclined. This is entirely at your discretion.
- Do inform your trekking guide if you are not comfortable with your health while approaching higher altitudes.
- Don’t disrespect the local culture and beliefs - even if you are uncomfortable with it.
- Don’t take photos of local people you encounter on your trek without their permission. Doing so may be offensive to them.
- Don’t be offended if local people stare at you. It is because they are surprised to see you. It is not their intention to offend you.
- Don’t expect too many facilities in the trekking areas. Most places provide you with only the basic facilities - but in a warm environment.
- Don’t harm wild animals, birds, and plants during the trek and take a global perspective and responsibility to save and preserve this unique environment.
- Don’t give money to children and beggars as it encourages them and they become a nuisance to fellow trekkers.
- The form of greeting in Nepal is ‘Namaste’ and is performed by joining the palms together.
- Before entering Nepalese home, temple and stupa, remember to remove your shoes.
- Don’t eat from other people’s plate and do not drink from other People’s bottle of or glass.
- While Travelling, dress appropriately. Women should especially avoid dressing in skimpy outfits.
- Seek permission first before entering a Hindu temple. Many Hindu temples do not allow westerners to enter.
- Take photographs only after receiving permission for the object person being photographed.
- Always try to discourage and hawkers.
- Touching offerings or person when they are on the way to religious shrines.
- Avoid kissing and hugging in public especially between men and women. It’s taken as a social offense is most of the areas of the country.
- Opt for the eco-friendly journey. Encourage porters and other trekking staffs to save the environment.