5 phrases you should know before visiting Nepal

If you're planning one of our treks in Nepal, you're in for an incredible adventure full of stunning landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and friendly locals. However, it's always important to be respectful of the customs and traditions of the places we visit, and Nepal is no exception. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare for your trek.

First and foremost, Nepal is a predominantly Hindu country, with a long history of spiritual and cultural traditions. When visiting temples and other religious sites, it's important to be mindful of these customs. This means taking off your shoes before entering, and dressing modestly with shoulders and knees covered.

In Nepal, it's also important to be mindful of the country's relative poverty. While it's natural to want to help those in need, it's not appropriate to give away large amounts of money or items, Instead, consider supporting local businesses and buying handmade crafts or souvenirs. These are often crafted using traditional techniques and materials, making them one-of-a-kind items that cannot be found elsewhere. By choosing to purchase handmade items rather than mass-produced souvenirs, you are helping to preserve the cultural heritage of Nepal and its artisans. This not only helps the local economy, but it also allows you to take home a meaningful and unique piece of Nepal.

Now, let's move on to some key phrases that will come in handy on your trek.

  1. Namaste (nah-mah-stay) - Hello, greetings, I bless the divine in you
  2. Dhanybhad ( Dan-yah-bad) - Thank you
  3. Majja nai (mahj-jah nigh) - No thank you
  4. Kasto cha? (kahsto chah) - How are you?
  5. Pheri bhetaunla (Feh-ry Vet-on-laa) - I hope we meet again

By keeping these cultural norms in mind and making an effort to learn a few key phrases, you'll not only have a more authentic and meaningful experience on your trek, but you'll also show respect for the amazing people and culture of Nepal.

Written By

Zach Gidney

Musical Yeti