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Do's and Don'ts

  • You are requested to respect the local culture, their norms and values. Do not act or conduct or exhibit any behavior, which can be normal to you but contrary to local culture and tradition. Try to change yourself rather than the local values and norms.
  • Do not enter anyone’s house or temple without permission. Always, leave off your shoes outside, if you are permitted. The host may not want you inside the kitchen or near the cooking corner and praying room.
  • Revealing clothes are frowned upon. Do not change dress in open. Hugging or kissing or any other sexual displays in public is criticized.
  • Do not take photos of locals without permission. They may expect a small baksheesh for being photographed. But it is advisable not to encourage such acts.
  • Do not pamper the village children with sweets, money or pencils. You may end up with empty wallet but you will encourage them to begging.
  • Village women do not like shaking hands. Join your hands and say "Namaste" if you want to greet. Namaste almost means "Hello".
  • While visiting temples, stupas or shrines you have to take left to right.
  • Never leave your belongings unattended.
  • Respect local traditions, customs, values and sentiments to help them protect local culture and maintain local pride.
  • Respect privacy when taking photographs
  • Respect holy places
  • Refrain from giving money to children as it encourages begging
  • Respect for the local etiquette earns you respect
  • Let the Himalayas change you - Do not change them
  • Protect the natural environment
  • Leave the campsite cleaner than you found it
  • Limit deforestation - make no open fires
  • Burn dry paper and packets in a safe place
  • Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants
  • Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment

Altitude Sickness
Altitude sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a particularly important medical consideration while trekking in Nepal. Altitude sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia/sleeplessness
  • Persistent headache
  • Dizziness, light headedness, confusion
  • Disorientation, drunken gait
  • Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs
  • Slight swelling of hands and face
  • Breathlessness and Breathing irregularity
  • Reduced urine output

These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of an appearance of any of the above symptoms any further ascent should be avoided; otherwise more serious, even life-threatening problems can occur. The only cure for Altitude Sickness is to descend to lower elevations immediately. Acclimatization by ascending to no more than 300 to 500 meters per day above 3000 meters, and the proper amount of rest and rehydration are the best methods for prevention of AMS.

If you follow the simple advice of our trained guides, you won't have to worry about complications from mountain sickness. We design our tours to ensure clients are ready for high altitude, and arrange alternative itineraries for those at risk.

Be careful not to use your spoon, fork or hands being used for eating to touch other’s food, plate, cooking utensil or the serving dish. Do not eat from other people’s plate and do not drink from other people’s bottle or glass. It is considered impure by the Nepalese.

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The land of endless fascination.

Nepal is known the world over as a nation of colour and contrasts - a hidden SHANGRI - LA of nature, culture, and adventure. Its hallmark, undoubtedly, is the majestic snow - capped Himalaya, home to eight of the world’s 8,000 meter peaks. There is, however, a whole lot more to Nepal than its heights. Powerful rivers rush out from the Himalaya providing world class rafting opportunities as they cascade down the middle hills and empty out into the steamy flatlands of the Terai in the south. Here exotic game and innumerable species of birds have made the jungle reserves their home and equally exotic people live in painted homes among lush green paddy fields. Indeed, the breath taking biotic diversity of Nepalese mirrored by the equally diverse population whose rich cultural heritage colours this nation with festivals and rituals, songs and masked dances, and a piety the level of which is matched by few places on this earth. This piety is reflected in the many artistic temples and monuments its people have built. this peaceful Himalayan Kingdom is thus an adventurer’s paradise, a naturalist’s dream, and a living ethnographic museum. It is primarily an agricultural country, and tourism, carpets and garments are the major industries.

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