While traveling, there is always a possibility of theft. It’s good to be a little aware. If possible, do not carry a purse or wallet.
Instead, either store your valuables in a hotel safe, or purchase a money/document pouch that can be kept hidden underneath your clothes so that you can keep your valuables with you.
There are many official exchange services in Kathmandu—at the Kathmandu airport, many larger hotels (not guaranteed), exchange houses, and most banks in the city. As the airport is quite small and can be crowded and chaotic, we suggest waiting until you arrive in town to exchange your money.
For convenience and the best exchange rate, we strongly suggest exchanging all the money you will need for your time in Nepal before departing Kathmandu. Be sure to keep any exchange receipts, as you may need to present them if converting excess currency upon departure from Nepal.
IMPORTANT: Nepal Rastra Bank, the central bank of Nepal, has recently declared in the invalidity of old rupee notes printed with the portraits of ex-kings. All new banknotes have been printed with an image of Mt. Everest. Be sure to check your cash thoroughly when exchanging money or making purchases, and do not accept any old notes with the image of previous kings.
Note that some art and craft shops (not convenience stores) that sell goods to tourists will accept U.S. dollars. But to ensure the best exchange rate, we recommend changing your money into local currency.
Public computer access may not be available during the adventure. If you are shooting digital and plan to take a large number of photos, be sure to bring enough memory cards or your own computer equipment/image tank onto which you can download your pictures. • A flash unit can be helpful for people pictures and for reducing harsh shadows that can often develop during mid-day conditions. • Make sure your camera gear is properly protected from any potential rain or humidity. If you are using a point-and-shoot camera, store it in a heavy, zip-top plastic bag whenever not in use to protect it from the elements and to keep it in working order.
Passport & Visa Requirements
Guests visiting Nepal must be in possession of a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of travel and should have two blank pages available in their passport. Visa on arrival is also an option. The current charges for it is USD 30.
What the Experts Say
- Internet facilities are available in all cities however in rural areas the internet service may not be consistent.