Is Nepal Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Nepal generally displays a welcoming and friendly environment. However, solo female travelers need to take standard precautions. While day-time touring is usually safe, it's not advised to travel alone at night. Stay in reputable accommodations and avoid secluded areas. Keep your personal belongings close and secure, and always inform someone about your itinerary. Check for local customs as well, to respect them and avoid any unintentional infractions.

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Safety at night:Moderate

Nepal is generally considered safe with a friendly and welcoming culture. However, it's advisable to avoid walking alone at night, especially in quieter and less illuminated areas. Even in the generally safer cities, exercise caution after dark, choosing well-lit, populated areas and using reliable transport services when possible.

Public transportation:Unsafe

Public transportation in Nepal can be a challenging experience due to overcrowded vehicles, unreliable schedules, and safety norms aren't always strictly enforced. It's not unusual to see passengers hanging outside the doors due to lack of space. Women should be aware that harassment can occur, particularly on crowded vehicles. During night hours, it's usually recommended to avoid public transportation or travel with a group for safety reasons.

Street harassment:Moderate

In Nepal, instances of street harassment are moderate. While it's not prevalent or aggressive like in some other countries, it's recommended to be cautious. The local people are generally respectful, especially towards tourists. However, occasionally there could be some forms of subtle verbal harassment or unsolicited comments, particularly in crowded areas. It’s more of an annoyance than a threat, but it’s still worthy of note.

Petty crimes:Low

Petty crimes in Nepal are relatively low in comparison to other nations. While you may occasionally come across instances of pickpocketing or bag snatching, particularly in crowded markets or tourist areas, these are not rampant. Always exercise caution and keep an eye on your belongings, just as you would anywhere else.

Tap water:Very unsafe

Tap water in Nepal is generally not considered safe to drink. Even locals often prefer to treat their water before consumption. As a visitor, you should follow suit to avoid any potential health risks. Bottled water or treatment tablets are commonly used alternatives to ensure safe water consumption.

Is Nepal safe to travel?

3.7 /5

Based on 8 experiences

Holly

Holly

United Kingdom

Group travel experience

I traveled to Nepal with a group of 30 people I’d never met before, we spent 2 weeks’ together sightseeing seeing for the 1st week, then 2nd week trekking through the Himalayan Mountains. I felt very safe, it was the most amazing experience and I would highly recommend going to Nepal as well as traveling with new people. I’ve made friends for life!

Posted: April 8, 2024
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Anneke

Anneke

Netherlands

Solo travel experience

I am traveling in Nepal at the moment for more than a week. There has not been a moment that i felt unsafe. People are friendly and helpfull. I dont deel stared at. Eating alone is easy. I have been walking a lot in Kathmandu, hopping on local buses for transport and finding my way by asking (and Google)

Posted: January 23, 2024
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Group travel experience

Nepal is an amazing country with a beautyful nature. If you like to hike, it is perfect for you, because the mountakns are so high. The food is really dealicous, but after a while it is mostly the same: rice with vegetables. It is not the safest country because of the earthquakes and the poverty. But the people are really friendly. I would highly recommend it.

Posted: November 16, 2023Experienced: March, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I spent 3 months in Nepal, as the start of a bigger solo journey. It was not my first solo trip and it was not my first "developing" travel destination, but it was still kind of a culture shock. The nature is beyond words beautiful and I would always recommend hiking (according to physical level and time constraints). But even without it, there is much to see. It is a very safe country for solo traveling women and people are, generally speaking, very friendly. The biggest nuisance for me was the constant harassment by people trying to sell me something - trinkets, taxis or guide services. Plus, even genuine contacts with local residents ended up asking for money in 90% of cases.

Posted: February 15, 2023
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Is Nepal safe for women?

Is Nepal safe right now?

Before your visit to Nepal, it's essential to check travel advisories for Nepal, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States Government advises exercising increased caution in Nepal due to the potential for isolated political violence. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: December 18, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian Government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Nepal, due to the country's fragile political and security situation. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: April 5, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in Nepal due to the risk of civil unrest and natural disasters. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 12, 2023

Is Nepal worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 8 experiences

Rating summary

Things to do

4.5/5

Safety

3.7/5

Food

4.3/5

Budget-friendly

3.6/5

Solo travel experience

It was crazy! A magical country that one must absolutely visit for its mountains. The cities and the population are just incredible and so kind. We loved it, I highly recommend it. And lots of flags and monks who explain everything to you!

Posted: March 20, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 1/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Spent 5 weeks travelling Nepal, it was my first solo trip and I had an amazing time. I stayed in hostels and travelled via bus to most places. It was very cheap, the locals were extremely lovely and the friends I made in the hostels made the trip amazing.

Posted: December 20, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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