Fast Facts: Nepal
Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.
What is the weather like?
Monsoons occur in Nepal between the months of June and September
and often result in floods. Because of its elevation, most of
Nepal is brisk with the highest elevations being quite cold.
Trekkers will want to visit Nepal from October to November and
March to April to avoid monsoons and snow. Nepal's autumn
is generally better for viewing than the spring when the air
is hazy, but spring is still worth a visit.
Check out the current weather conditions in Nepal
What is required for entry?
See our Visa page for information on passports and visas to Nepal
Are there any health precautions I should take?
According to the Center for Disease control, there is no risk
of malaria in Kathmandu. Before you go, consult your physician
about inoculations against hepatitis, typhoid and tetanus. Disinfect
and cover wounds with a bandage.
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization
The currency in Nepal is the Nepalese rupee. Please review the current exchange rate for the Nepalese rupee.
Are tips & service charges customary?
In Kathmandu and Pokhara restaurants
only, tip 10% (if a service charge is not already on the bill).
If you go trekking, tip porters and guides (consult with the
trek organizer for the proper amount).
What are the best items to shop for?
Shop for prayer wheels, tea bowls, religious paintings, Tibetan
articles, bronze and copper items, shoulder bags, wooden masks
and statues, sweaters, bamboo flutes, carpets, hats and caps,
block prints, violins, woven cloths, used camping gear, Be aware
that you cannot export precious stones, gold or silver. Small
jewelry items may pass if you're wearing them, but it's still
What are the voltage requirements?
230 volts. Plugs C & D. You
will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to
use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter
and converter kit. View
more information about electrical standards around the world.
Can I take my cell phone?