Travel tips

Information for travelers to Nepal

Arrival/departure by plane

Kathmandu, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA): Distance to the center of Kathmandu is approximately 20 minutes by car.


Time difference UK  – Nepal

During daylight savings time it’s 4 hours and 45 minutes later in Nepal. During the winter it’s 5 hours and 45 minutes later in Nepal.


Local currency

The Nepali Rupee (NRS). 100 NRS is ± 1 Euro.


Food and drink safety

Mineral water, purified water and soft drinks purchased with sealed bottles are safe. The food is reliably safe in most tourist areas. Traveler’s diarrhea is common, but you can reduce the chances of this. Purchasing food from street vendors is risky! Be sure to clean fruits and vegetables from the local markets well and boil them if possible.



Inquire with your doctor or clinic. Some doctors recommend taking malaria pills during certain times of the year when visiting the lower lying areas like Chitwan National Park.



Pure Nepal always encourages guests to obtain good travel and health insurance in their home country. Experience has shown this to be the best option. However, Pure Nepal can assist you should you wish to purchase insurance in Nepal. Costs incurred due to illness or emergencies cannot be recovered from Pure Nepal.


Transportation in Nepal

  • Cities: taxi, chauffeured car, bicycle or mountain bike rental, rickshaw
  • Between villages and cities: bus, chauffeured car, taxi
  • Longer distances: bus, domestic flight
  • Rural areas: walking, buffalo carts, donkey caravans, horses, yaks


Like any other developing country, you will encounter beggars in Nepal. This can be shocking. No matter how good your intentions may be, when you reward begging you ensure that it continues in the city. Begging even keeps children from going to school. If you’d like to give a gift that will really help people, make a donation to an organization in Nepal that helps improve living conditions, healthcare or education.

Sit on the left side of the plane during your flight to Nepal: Magnificent views of the Himalayas in clear weather!

Diyo Nepal Foundation:
Each small lamp and even the smallest flame drives away the darkness

Language bridges boundaries

Nepali is the official language of Nepal and is spoken by the majority of its people. English is also widely spoken and you can get by using it in many areas.


Learn a bit of Nepali

  • People appreciate it when you make an effort to understand their language
  • More direct contact
  • Useful in unforeseen circumstances without an interpreter
  • It’s just plain fun for people who love languages!

Some basic Nepali

Hello                   Namaste
How are you?    Sanchai chha?
Thank you          Dhanyabad

Pure Nepal language guide

The Pure Nepal language guide offers 6 pages of practical words and phrases in three languages:
Dutch – English – Nepali.

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