If invited into a Nepali home
- Always remove your shoes at the entrance.
- Do not put litter into a cooking hearth or fire.
- Never eat from someone else’s plate or share eating utensils.
- Feet are viewed as unclean in Nepali society so avoid stepping over religious objects, eating surfaces or anyone’s legs or feet. When sitting try not to point your feet at anyone.
Be considerate when trekking
- In some lodges the dining room doubles up as a sleeping area for your Nepali trekking staff so try not to stay up too late
- Keep noise to a minimum at night and in the morning – you might want an early start but others where you’re staying may need their sleep
- Try not to complain about facilities or the service unless you have a genuine grievance. The rooms, toilets and food may well be basic and it could take some time for your food to be cooked, but remember that you are in a remote mountainous area where everything needs to be carried in.
- Above all, remember that you are representative of an outside culture and your impact lingers long after you return home.