• Shankar Neupane
  • Updated on Jul 3, 2023

Do’s and Don’ts in Nepal

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  • Respect local customs: Do not be offended if Nepalese women hesitate to shake your hand. Instead, greet them with "Namaste" and join your palms together as a gesture of respect.

  • Avoid public displays of affection: Public gestures of affection between men and women are not common in Nepal. It's best to refrain from such displays in public.

  • Strictly avoid drugs: Drug abuse and trafficking are serious offenses in Nepal. Possession of drugs can lead to severe punishment. Stay away from drugs and comply with the country's laws.

  • Be cautious with giving alms: Giving money directly to street beggars is not encouraged as it can perpetuate the cycle of begging. Instead, consult your tour leader or guide for more meaningful ways to contribute, such as supporting schools or orphanages.

  • Secure your valuables: Use hotel safes to store your valuables. Avoid leaving money or valuable items unattended in your room.

  • Respect table manners: Nepalese table manners may differ from what you're accustomed to. In traditional Nepalese households, you may not find plates, knives, forks, or spoons on the table. It is common to eat with the right hand, but using utensils is acceptable for guests.

  • Use the right hand: When offering or receiving food, always use your right hand. The left hand is considered unclean in many cultures, including Nepal.

  • Remove shoes when entering homes: It is customary to take off your shoes when entering someone's home in Nepal. Ensure that your feet do not point towards anyone, as it is considered disrespectful.

Remember to always show respect and sensitivity towards the local culture and customs during your visit to Nepal.

Shankar Neupane

Shankar Neupane

An engineering graduate from Tribhuvan University who was passionate about trekking, climbing, and mountain tourism began his adventure trip in the Himalayas when he was still a teenager. At last, he finds a way to make his interests and pastimes pay the bills. Shankar was very impressed by the snow-capped mountains, trekking, and climbing in the Himalayas because he grew up surrounded by the Ganesh Himal and Manaslu regions.

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