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Important information for your first trip to Nepal

What you absolutely need to know about Nepal

Three and a half weeks in Nepal certainly do not make us the Nepal experts par excellence - but that is precisely what makes our newly acquired knowledge so valuable. We were in Nepal for the first time in March and had no idea what to expect beforehand. We were not alone in this.

On our trekking tour to Mount Everest Base Camp we have countless Get questions from readers, all of which we are happy to answer here. First of all we have to say that Nepal is a wonderful country with very wonderful people. If you've always wondered whether you should travel to Nepal: Definitely!

In the capital Kathmandu you will get a culture shock first. You feel like you've been transported back 100 or 200 years - only that cars are driving on the dusty streets and the Nepali are all running around with their cell phones or smartphones.

If you leave the Moloch Kathmandu, you will come across a landscape that is second to none. But now to the things you absolutely need to know about Nepal. Our information in this post relates to Kathmandu and the Khumbu region with Sagarmatha National Park and Mount Everest. In other parts of the country everything can be completely different.

How are the people in Nepal?

Already in Kathmandu when entering the airport we were greeted with a smile. That ran like a red thread through our entire trip. We only met nice people who were happy to see us visit their country.

Are the people in Nepal happier than here and if so, why?

At first glance, it seems that way. Even porters, some of whom carry more than 100 kilos on their backs through the mountains, always have a smile on their faces. Even in the evenings in the lodges by the stove, we always had the impression that people were at peace with themselves.

Bad mood seems to be a foreign word in Nepal. Unfortunately, even in Nepal, things cannot go completely without conflicts - from 1996 to 2006 the country was in a civil war. We didn't notice any of this on our trip.

Do you have to worry about security?

We never had a queasy feeling, and certainly not a dicey situation. In Kathmandu we went off the beaten track with the camera. One smile and you get a smile back. Many Nepali people are even happy when asked for a photo. However, it is very noticeable that many men are staring.

The Foreign Office also points out that in recent years several foreign tourists have reported rapes in Thamel, the tourist district of Kathmandu, and in the neighboring city of Patan. The Federal Foreign Office recommends women to be particularly careful and always accompanied by someone when it gets dark.

Recommended travel guide for Nepal

Nepal made a lasting impression on us. If you want to get yourself in the mood beforehand, we recommend a travel guide. You can browse through it, find out about the history and learn a lot of important things.

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Is Nepal something for everyone and how do I have to prepare?

Definitely. The capital Kathmandu is quite an experience. It's completely chaotic and you can almost cut the air with a knife - but the impressions are unforgettable. If you come to Nepal for trekking, you should have a certain basic level of fitness.

You don't have to be a marathon runner (but that doesn't hurt either) to get to Everest Base Camp. But if you haven't hiked for years, you should do a few larger tours in your home country beforehand. It all depends on the altitude difference.

If you lose yourself after 1,000 meters of altitude, you should still train a little. You will benefit from this in Nepal.

Can you still see traces of the terrible earthquake in 2015?

Many tourist highlights in Kathmandu are still badly damaged and are being rebuilt. We saw no damage from the earthquake in the Khumbu region. Of course there is a crack in a house - but we don't know whether that is due to the earthquake.

If you want to go to the Everest area, you need a flight to Lukla - one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Will i survive this?

Definitely, although the flight is really hair-raising. The small machines are shaken by the wind and you often fly very close to rock faces and over mountain ridges. However, the pilots are specially trained and the flights only take place in good conditions.

We did not find the landing and take-off on the short runway to be dramatic. If you absolutely don't want to fly, you can take the bus from Kathamandu to Jiri and then walk to Lukla for about a week - although traveling by bus in Nepal is certainly more risky than the Lukla flight.

How are the lodges in Nepal?

Very easy. From the outside, many lodges still look pretty reasonable. Basically, the lodges are simple wooden crates without heating or other comforts. In some lodges there is also a lot of draft. The rooms have two beds with a single mattress. One can only dream of a slatted frame.

The bed linen is of course not changed for every guest - but you sleep in a sleeping bag anyway. The toilets are always pretty bad. It stinks and it is often filthy. There is also not running water everywhere.

But after two days at the latest you have got used to it. Take a shower? There are even now and then. But be prepared not to take a shower for two weeks at a time.

How about cash in Nepal? Can I simply withdraw money from the machine?