Nepal is a
country steeped in culture and tradition. As a visitor, it is
important that you respect the rights and beliefs of the local
people and that you minimize your impact - culturally and
The Nepali people are a friendly and proud people who will thank
you for saying something positive about their country. Always
remember that life for many of the people in Nepal is extremely
hard, they have very few material possessions and there is
little or no alternative to doing things the hard way.
Nevertheless, you will find many of their qualities put the
western 'developed' world to shame.
The influx of visitors to Nepal is bound to have an impact on
the country. In the cities and larger villages where trekkers
are frequently seen, you will find the locals to be more aware
of the western ways and in some cases will have picked up on the
less favourable attributes.
Of course, being in a totally different culture, you can expect
to make some mistakes and most of the locals will make
allowances for this. It is, however appreciated when visitors
make a genuine effort to observe local customs.