Nepal is relatively safe for tourists, though the political situation is always in flux. Spontaneous uprisings, riots, protests and brutal police crackdowns are frequent affairs, so be sure and avoid any public demonstrations or rallies. The Maoist rebels are another source of trouble, especially in the western mountains. They mainly target locals and not foreigners. However, trekkers in remote areas are occasionally stopped for cash. If this happens, it’s always best to pay. Keeping a stash of money secretly sewn into your pack is a good idea when trekking into the hinterlands.
Kathmandu is a poor city, and as such has plenty of beggars and petty thieves. After dark is when most of the crime takes place, and tourists are often on the receiving end. Be careful when walking home at night around the Thamel district or when taking a taxi to a remote part of town. Pokhara has similar theft problems, but nothing like Kathmandu. Don’t flash money or valuables around.
Nepal gets occasional earthquakes in the central regions and even in Kathmandu Valley. Extreme weather also creates hazardous conditions in the mountains, with landslides and floods a common occurrence during the rainy season and the spring runoff. Trekkers should exercise caution when travelling through the mountains during these times.
Police: +977 1 4261790
Electricity: 220V AC, 50Hz; all plugs are round European two-pin types.