STEP BY STEP COMPANAY is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It’s important to remember that what may be acceptable behavior, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Nepal
The form of greeting in Nepal is “Namaste” performing by joining both palms together. It literally means “the divine in me salutes the divine in you”
- Be considerate of Nepal’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
- Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.
- For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
- Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
- When bargaining at markets, stay calm, be reasonable and keep a smile on your face. It’s meant to be fun!
- Learn some local language and don’t be afraid to use it – simple greetings will help break the ice.
- Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
- Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
- Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
- When on community visits or home stay, refrain from giving gifts or money to locals.
- Bring a universal plug and voltage adapter kit for your Electronics. Nepal uses 220V.
- Keep in mind that there may be an entrance fee to some of the common temples and public areas applicable only to foreigners ranging anywhere from 250R’s – 700R’s.
- Always have some tissue paper and hand sanitizer with you at all times – and note that some of the toilets may require squatting.
- Avoid displaying food around monkeys around temples, as they are used to snatching it.
- Do not give money to beggars that you see on the streets. Even though they look pitiful, your giving away of money encourages them only to beg for more.