CONSIDER THE CULTURE

Nepal has only been open to Western visitors since 1951, and it is still basically a very traditional and religious society, especially in rural areas. You will be treated very specially, but we request that you respect the local culture. Please consider the following points: 

* Wear long, loose shorts, trousers or skirts, and T-shirts, not tight or revealing shorts or tops; 

* Full or partial nudity is unacceptable-wear a swimsuits or sarong when bathing outdoors; 

* Overt displays of affection between men and women are discouraged 

* Leave your shoes outside a home, monastery or temple .(Not always, check what the locals do;) 

* Most Hindus can not  eat food that has been touched by a foreigner; 

* Do not throw rubbish into a cooking fire or household hearth' 

* Never touch a Hindu or Buddha's head, or point the soles of your feet or a single finger at a person or shrine; 

* Walk clockwise around temples and shrines; 

* Please ask before entering a Hindu shrine or temple, as many are closed to non-Hindus; 

* Begging is a harsh reality in developing countries, but Nepalese frown on it. It creates a society where work is not respected and gives a false impression of Westerners as all being wealthy and gullible. Do not give anything to anyone at any time, even small, cute children. Previous tourists, unaware of the damage they were doing, have created a situation that will take many years to defeat. Please do not add to the problem. 

* Some Nepalese like having their photo taken and others don't. They are usually obliging, but always ask first. Think, before you snap, how you feel about your privacy! 

* Punctuality has little meaning in Nepal, so patience and a sense of humor are great assets. 

The Final word and Sorry, I don't own a Watch 

Thousands of Trekkers come to the Himalaya annually, many on very limited budgets, so the horror stories of bad treks, stomach problems and A.M.S. are mostly true. In the past, tea-house trekking could be hazardous, only undertaken by the brave or the foolhardy! However the facilities are now greatly improved and to a large degree, standardized. It need not be  a uncomfortable alternative anymore, if you follow the guidelines we have given you about personal hygiene, rubbish disposal and environmental protection. It's the little things that make the difference; before you clean your teeth on the trek, think about where the water has come from. It will not be 5star, but, you would not have come to Nepal to trek if you were expecting that! But you have chosen, very sensibly, to travel with a company with many years service experience of taking the fears out of trekking. We can't control the weather, but we do work constantly to give you the holiday of a lifetime, by controlling the food you eat and your rate of ascent and monitoring your safety and well-being at all times. 

A little bit of common sense, patience and tolerance goes a long way. So, while we are always ready to assist you in having the holiday of your life-time, the old adage about ‘Getting back what you put in' is especially true here. A trekking holiday doesn't appeal to everyone and honestly, half way up the first hill you may wonder why you're not on a beach somewhere. However, at the first sight of  the mighty Mountains and the environment you will know why you chose Nepal and why trekking is the ultimate holiday. It is a time to reflect, take photographs make new friends among vastly different people, to sit in the sun and gaze up at soaring peaks of ice and rock, to relax and have fun in the company of great people. 

Nepal is a developing country and sometimes things happen on time but mostly they don't. Nepal Trek Ways appreciates that this is your Holiday and that you want things to happen when they are supposed to, but we can't control the weather! While we will do our best to rectify the situation, please understand that delays are commonplace in this part of the World. We are sure you will appreciate this and accept this and it as part of the whole Nepal experience. Leave your watch at home and take things as they come. You will quickly become accustomed to the relaxed pace and are likely to reassess your usual frantic schedule! Enjoy your trek. 

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