10 Things Not to Do in Nepal
How to survive in the transport traffic of Kathmandu and not goof when shopping in the city market.
Drinking water unboiled
Because of outstanding sanitation Nepal should follow a simple but important rule of personal hygiene: do not drink any water, except bottled or boiled in a pinch. Even a person with a healthy digestive tract is not immune to attack local bacteria living in including spring water, and then bouts of diarrhea - this is a simple option for health. Buy hand sanitizer, use personal thermos, and wash your hands, as well as fruits and vegetables before eating.
to go to the mountains without Sherpas
In the Nepalese mountain people die each year: at the end of the spring season in 2017 the number of deaths on Everest only reached ten people, all the same for the last 25 years, the highest mountain in the world took the lives of more than 200 climbers. tragedies reasons are as natural disasters and the lack of experience and training of the rising. And if the sudden avalanches will save you no, then prepare equipment and assist in climbing Sherpas will - mountain people, decades of experience that go up and down in the mountains of heavy loads. Guides are much better visitors know the mountain trails and accustomed to loads at height.
neglect bandage on face
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To trust everyone you meet Baba
Baba can simply call a reputable person, but usually referred to in common parlance as a sadhu. In Hinduism, sadhu - ascetics, saints, yogis, who abandoned the material world to the spiritual life. Becoming a sadhu is not easy - you need to formally go through three stages of spiritual development, full service to the deity, asceticism and meditation. Baba sitting on the streets in droves, smoking marijuana, and in the evening to drink alcohol, do not look like saints. They are easily recognizable by their clothing ocher and my drawing entities. It is with such psevdosadhu, but in fact with the usual beggars, should be careful not to make their predictions, prayers, curses and simple stories at face value. Do not give them the money, do not show valuables, do not smoke and do not drink with them.
Do not respect the feelings of believers
Religious Nepal constitute Hindus, Buddhists, Catholics and Muslims. Most of the inhabitants are Buddhists, and religion - an important part of the life of every Nepali, so check in advance with the rules of visiting religious sites. For example, a gross violation will bypass the Buddhist stupa clockwise and enter the temple, not Razuvious. Also, do not touch the people and praying to their offerings, and the monks are not available for touching women.
First of all, it concerns the fair sex. Due to the cause of dresses, short skirts and shorts local can take you for a girl of easy virtue, that in addition to national convictions, can be fraught with attacks at night. Nepal - not the best place for frank fashion show, so it's much more convenient to just have a practical and comfortable clothing for the season: jeans with a sweatshirt or sweater, jacket, hiking shoes or sneakers. Winter can not do without a warm jacket, warm socks, scarves and gloves. Nepalis themselves never publicly bare body even in hot weather. The exception is the religious rites with the washings, such as shivaistskom temple of Pashupatinath.
The ride without a helmet and a special license
The most convenient way to travel around the country - a scooter or motorbike, which are easy to rent. International rights acquired in their home country, will help you out for 15 days, and then you need to buy a local license for transportation management. However, examination of the documents occur infrequently, but the chances of being stopped without a motorcycle helmet is 90 out of 100. And even the local will not go out without wearing a helmet.
To buy without bargaining
Nepal - a poor country, and white tourists look here is quite wealthy. Be prepared for the fact that "white bag of money" will try to gut all and sundry. Buying anything on the streets and markets, feel free to ask the seller to reduce the price twice, because the wrapping for your tourist person can be 100%! Trading is often appropriate even in the store with fixed prices (MRP). Arguments you will learn how to pick up with experience. The most simple - to say that in the next store this product cheaper, find some obvious and non-obvious defect of things (which you and be ready to buy, if you succumb to cheap), or to pretend that you're leaving - pointedly dissatisfied dearness . The farther away from the tourist district of Thamel, the sellers have become more compliant and prices - pleasant.
Acquire a fake
Nepal is famous for its low prices for branded sportswear and gear, but be careful: cheap knockoff markets at Thamel in Kathmandu or Pokhara Lakeside may be of poor quality. Offers The North Face, Marmot, Arcterix, Gore-Tex, Salewa, Lowe Alpine, however, most market brands sewn in a neighboring yard, quickly wear out, losing color and shape. Therefore strategically important to trekking things - jacket, jacket, shoes, backpack - we recommend buying in the original and in a specialty store. Thermal underwear, sleeping bags, sticks, pants can be taken and on the market, but be ready to go for these purchases again for the next tracking.
Do not do pre-immunized
about insurance and the availability of vaccinations when entering Nepal do not ask, but I do need to be concerned about their own safety. It is recommended to protect yourself against hepatitis A, typhoid, tetanus and polio. In the southern areas there is a risk to be ill with malaria, and Japanese encephalitis.