What to Expect in Nepal

Traveling anywhere new comes with the added task of getting to learn about and experience a new culture.

If you're headed to Nepal on our Everest Base Camp Trek, check out our advice and packing guide for your expedition to the base of the tallest mountain in the world. 

Traveling in Nepal

When arriving in Nepal at the airport, there will be a Choose a Challenge In-Country Operations staff member there to greet you and bring you to your accommodations. It is important to remember (whether arriving for the first time, or if you elect to travel on your own in Kathmandu before or after your challenge) that traveling in the developing world is not the same as traveling as you're used to it. Having a bit of patience, your wits, and a plan is always advisable to make sure you get wherever you're going successfully. 

Helpful phrases:


"Chaina" means without or no.
"Kati ho" is how much? (Very important with Nepali taxi drivers). 
"Dhanyabad" is Thank you. This is pronounced Dahn-yuh-bahd. 

Nepali indicate "yes" not by nodding the head, but by shaking the head (the same as we would indicate "no"). To indicate "no" Nepali bob the head from side to side. 

Nepali very much appreciate when you put your hands together as if you are praying and give a small bow when saying "Namaste" to any Nepali (Namaste means hello or goodbye).

Do not hold hands or kiss in public. It is important to note that this is a cultural norm and you will be going through small towns where this would not be appreciated. 


Packing List

Below you'll find a full packing list for your adventure to Everest Base Camp. Print it out and use our checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your trek!

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