Nepal: safe to travel?

Safe-Place-logo_new_20121A recurring question, perhaps fuelled by poor journalism or by out-of-date advice from Governments, is it safe to travel in Nepal ?

The short answer is yes, it is very safe in fact. Nepal feels more safe than most other countries around the globe, possibly due to the the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Over the past 10 years Nepal has enjoyed a growing fascination to visit from travellers from all over the world. The people are very hospitable. The Nepalese accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy, and are very welcoming. This applies to all sections and political groups: even during the Maoist hostilities of the early 21st century there were very few cases of any hostility towards visitors.

Women travellers: Nepal is a safe country

Generally speaking, Nepal is a safe country for women travellers. However, women should still be cautious. Nepali men may have peculiar ideas about the morality of Western women, given Nepali men’s exposure to Western films portraying ‘immodest’ clothing and holiday flings with locals. Dress modestly, which means wearing clothes that cover the shoulders and thighs – take your cue from the local people if you need to gauge what’s acceptable. Several women have written to say that a long skirt is very useful for impromptu toilet trips, especially when trekking.

Sexual harassment is low-key but does exist. Trekking guides have been known to take advantage of their position of trust and responsibility SHAREit App and some lone women trekkers who hire a guide have had to put up with repeated sexual pestering. The best advice is never to travel off the beaten track and not to go out alone at nights.

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