Is Nepal safe for female travelers?-Five things to know before you decide

June 12, 2020 57 comments
Is Nepal a safe country for a female traveller

If you want a one-word answer to the question about safety, then I will say ‘Yes! Nepal is safe for female travelers and much safer than countries you have traveled or on the list of countries you have planned to in the future. And believe me! I have met and seen more female travelers than male travelers on the street of Nepal.

We normally fear people, especially not knowing their nature. Before moving onto the details, take your time and learn about how are Nepalese by nature in general.

1.  Nature of Nepalese and attitude to Foreigner and female solo travelers in general

Nepalese are considered one of the kindest, the most helpful and cheerful people in the world.

In many countries around the world, people don’t like it if you look at people and smile. But here in Nepal, it’s the opposite. People appreciate it if you smile at them as a sign of gesture. You don’t need to feel shy to start a conversation with any person and in almost any place you go.

And please, please don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need one. It might sound funny but if you ask a route to go somewhere to a person,  quite likely they will drop you to the place. Try out! You can always ask for help if you need one. You can easily have a perfect connection with people starting from your hotel to the taxi driver as you travel around.

2. First few days, How you must feel

Once you start to see the mountains just before you land in Kathmandu, very likely you will begin to have a different emotion. You will feel it’s an entirely different world altogether. And If it’s your first time in this part of the world, you will feel like coming to a new planet.

Most of the foreigners end up spending their first few days in a touristic area of Kathmandu called ‘Thamel ‘(Remember the name). Kathmandu is a small valley with almost 5 million people, and Thamel is just a tiny place. During the day it’s usually quiet and business as usual. Don’t be surprised if the locals stare at you because you look different than them. Who doesn’t look at something different and even so when it’s beautiful?

Keep in mind that in Thamel you will come across sellers coming to you asking you to buy things you might be or might not be interested at. You can just say ‘Thank you’ or ‘Dhanyabad. They might push for you to buy stuff, but it’s ok not to buy.

After a few days in Kathmandu, you will be familiar with people and culture. And life will be much easier.

 I.  Is it safe to travel at night?

In Nepal, regular businesses start to close from about 5 pm in winter and seven or even at eight in summers. But in  Thamel,  it gets busier and livelier at night with lots of music and parties happening. You can travel around freely shopping and looking at markets. Believe me; it’s safe and worth it.

If you are not staying in touristic areas, try to have your things done before 5 or 6 pm and have your dinner before 8 because restaurants close after that. And there are only a few people in the street at night and no shops open.

 there are enough street lights to make walking safe during the night

   One quiet morning in Kathmandu. Normally it’s busy and very safe to walk if you are a morning person.

Are you a morning person? If you are, then you will find a lot of people in the street going for prayers, walks, and businesses from as early as 4 am. So, if you want to experience that, you can go to see people worshipping in temples. It can be unique and once in a lifetime experience for you.

II. How much money to carry when traveling?

I don’t suggest you carry too much cash. Usually, $(30-40) is enough for you to enjoy your day in the city area. You don’t need to fear pickpockets. Just like anywhere in the world, café, restaurants have started using the POS machine, QR code for payment so you can use your ATM card to pay your bills.

3.  What’s the language? Do people understand English?

It’s common to worry about the problem of language. You might not believe it, but trust me almost everyone understands basic English. Many Nepali words are similar to English terms like toilet, road, mobile, etc.

 

The use of English in Nepal

The language will not be your problem when you are traveling in Nepal.

Speaking Mandarin Chinese is becoming common these days in tourist areas. So, why not try Mandarin as well?

4. How do I dress?

If you don’t like attention, I would personally suggest you not wear clothes that are too fancy in the city areas.  But if you do, you will have many men and even more women staring at you, which I guess is common in your home country. It’s completely safe and reasonable for foreigners to dress the way they wish to.

Is it safe to wear any types of clothes in Nepal?

Female tourist in a casual outfit in Nepal.

I assume you will be dressed according to the activities when you are off the cities for activities like trekking, jungle safari etc.

5. Traveling away from cities

 I.  Things Not To Do When Trekking

When you go trekking, the most crucial thing to fear is from accidents. Your guide is your ‘God’. So, follow the instructions, and  I am sure you will have a fantastic experience. So, you will need to have a personal or a group guide for you. You don’t have to fear anything else like looting or rape. Rape and robbery I tell you won’t happen.

To let new travelers know how female travelers have experienced the safety in Nepal

           One of the female travelers experiences when trekking alone.

 

 

Even if you have accident or trouble up in the mountains, most likely you will be rescued by helicopters and taken to hospital, probably the best ones.

II.  How it’s like being in Homestays?

When you are away from cities, you can choose to be a guest in ‘homestays’. People treat you very well, and for females, they treat you like a daughter or a sister. Is not that awesome? It’s home away from home.

Your host doesn’t make a lot of money, and typically one family is dependent on the earning of homestays. Please be kind and polite to your hosts. It’s an excellent way to appreciate what they are doing and motivating.

Conclusion

Actually there was no question about safety for any traveler. I was obliged to write because there’s very little information on the internet but many people willing to travel. Finally, Is Nepal safe for a solo female travelers? what do you say?

From my side, I can say from Nepal is very safe for everyone and very safe for a female traveler.

 

If you have any questions and comments, you can always ask me.

 

 

 

Contact of various security offices:

  1.  Tourist  police offices:  https://cid.nepalpolice.gov.np/index.php/cid-wings/tourist-police
  2. Nepal tourism board: https://www.welcomenepal.com/

 

Avinash Kuikel

I am a travel lover and have lived in Thailand for more than three years. I have traveled to countries mainly in South East Asia.
MBA from Thailand.
Bachelor from Kathmandu University,Nepal
Blogging is my hobby and passion.

57 Comments

  1. bibhusan says:

    a VERY INSIGHTFUL BLOG.DEEP AND COMPLETE.WATIING FOR THE NEXT ONE .

    1. Thank YOU AND GOODLCUK

  2. Sabin satyal says:

    Nice, this really can help people willing to visit Nepal.

    1. Thank you, brother. I am encouraged to write more. good luck

  3. Yogesh Upadhyaya says:

    Very good , it can help people willing to visit Nepal

    1. Thank you .good luck to you as well

  4. Subodhan says:

    Wow, Avinash.
    Seriously I appreciate the way you write and deeply you inform.

    1. Thank you for encouraging. I am so humbled.good luck broda

  5. Madhur Shrestha says:

    Good job. Waiting for next

    1. Coming with the next one very soon

  6. Pramod says:

    Ekdamai ramro xa dai female solo travelers harulai ekdamai clear garauxa all the best dai .

    1. Thank you very much bhai. Keep sharing and encouraging me. Many more to come. Good luck.

  7. Surendra says:

    Good job.

  8. Sheetal Uwach says:

    Good one, keep it up

  9. Iqbal singh Bhogal says:

    Good thought… Nicely explained

  10. surbhi jaiswal says:

    That’s a nice blog and very well explain all the things

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    Good information

  13. Ranterholic says:

    Wow thanks for sharing this, took my time in reading the whole article

    1. Thank you very much

  14. George USA says:

    Informative and interesting

    1. Chanas Bohara says:

      Good article broI love it lots of love ❣️❣️Jai Nepal

  15. Jenny from England says:

    Very insightful. Waiting for next about best places to visit in Nepal

    1. Thank you very much for your love and support

    1. did you make some?haha

  16. Ashish Gurung says:

    Went through the whole article, hella good informations, cheers and congratulations!

    1. thank you.please keep in touch

  17. Cedric Noronha says:

    Good post about Nepal. I have been to Nepal 2 years ago. Nicely written. Keep up the good work.

    1. thank you very much. how was safety like? am I true haha

  18. Chanas Bohara says:

    Nice article I love it ❣️❣️ lots of love Jai Nepal

    1. lots of Love from Nepal too.

  19. Arun says:

    After I ready this interested to do myself

    1. Why dont you try ? If you need any help,feel free to contact me.much love from Nepal

  20. Tooba Liaqat says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience

    1. Its my previlege.please keep encouraging me

  21. Rohit pahwa says:

    Good post on travel blogs

    1. thank you broda.WHAT DID YOU LIKE THE MOST?

  22. Puja Kumari says:

    I never visited Nepal.but planning to go next year.Thanks for your tips.. it is going to help.me a lot.

    1. Thank you very much for the comments.IF YOU need any help or information ,you are welcome to contact me.

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