As much as we travel agencies put efforts into sustainable and responsible tourism, the role of travelers is equally significant. Do the following things to contribute and become a responsible tourist.
Leave only footprints. Take only photographs!
- Before booking a trip, check how much the trekking company aligns with eco-friendly tourism and give back to society.
- Do not use other routes, campsites, or resting places besides designated ones.
- Do not keep buying plastic water bottles along the route and throw them carelessly.
- Maintain the waste you produce and do not throw it wherever you want. Carry a garbage bag and collect all your litter in it to decompose in the city.
- Trek with guide and porter. It will help to generate jobs and uplift the local economy.
- Respect local culture, tradition, and practices.
Safety and Security while Travelling in Nepal
Nepal is one of the safest countries to travel to when it comes to safety and security. There can be a few miss events with some travelers in a rare case, but overall you can travel freely. Of course, you have to be careful of your belonging in a completely new place and be attentive to the surroundings while exploring.
You have to be more careful in the mountains if you are trekking alone. There is no risk of getting robbed or anything like that, but the trail and routes can get dangerous. Trekking in the Himalayas alone is never recommended even if you are an experienced trekker because of the unstable network connection, no proper health facilities, and bare minimum infrastructure. If any accidents happen in the middle of the trek, you may not even see anyone around to ask for help.
Keep the following points in mind to have a safe and sound journey in Nepal:
Register yourself at the respective embassy and be in touch so if there is an emergency, your travel agency can report to them.
Be mentally prepared to face unseen difficulties like altitude sickness, landslides, avalanches, etc (which happens rarely).
Get well-covered travel insurance that will back you up with airlift, medical bills, and flight cancellations.
Lock your bags properly and keep valuables with you in the carry-ons.
Properly plan and prepare for the trek.
Do not trek alone.
Do not display valuables and money randomly.
Leave a copy of the details with your travel agency in Kathmandu.
These common etiquettes practiced by Nepali people will help you mingle with them.
In Nepal, we say Namaste, joining our palms and bending the upper body a little bit as a greeting.
If you are visiting someone's house or entering any temples, then take off your shoes.
We do not share food that is touched by other mouths. It's called "jutho" and is not accepted unless offered by close friends or family.
Touching someone with feet intentionally or exchanging things with the left hand is not considered auspicious.
We do not advise wearing tight or revealing clothes in rural areas.
Do not take photos or videos in prohibited areas.
Public displays of affection are considered scandalous.