Generally speaking, Nepal is a safe country for women travelers. A professional tour, trekking, rafting, hiking guide always lead safe, comfortable trips. However, women should still be cautious. Some Nepali men may have peculiar of Western women, given their exposure to Western films portraying women wearing ‘immodest’ clothing. Dress modestly, which means wearing clothes that cover the shoulders and thighs – take your cue from the locals to gauge what’s acceptable in the area. Several women have written to say that a long skirt is very useful for impromptu toilet trips, especially when trekking.
Sexual harassment is low-key but does exist. Trekking guides have been known to take advantage of their position of trust and responsibility and some lone women trekkers who hire a guide have had to put up with repeated sexual pestering. The best advice is to take a guide through a trekking agency.
Trekkers Paradise makes things easy for foreign travel by providing female staff for treks. Trek in the Langtang, Annapurna, and Everest regions are ideal for travelers who want to trek without too much forward planning. Our best advice is not to rush your walk. Adding on a few days to your itinerary allows you to take inside trips, detours, and monasteries, or just take a day off every now and then. These just might end up being the highlights of your trip.
When to Go
▪ For the clearest skies and most pleasant temperatures and high-season crowds, visit during October and November.
▪ March through to early May rhododendron blooms in mountains but there are high temperatures in the lowlands
▪ A good time for visiting upper Mustang and Dolpo is July through to September, however, you’ll encounter monsoon clouds and leeches elsewhere.