How Safe Is Kathmandu for Travel?

Kathmandu, Nepal
Safety Index:
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Kathmandu is the largest city and capital of Nepal.

People from all over Nepal migrate to Kathmandu in search of jobs, education, health, etc.

It offers glorious historical places recognized by world heritage sites such as Pashupatinath Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Sayambunath Status, Patan areas, etc.

However, though people might argue that Kathmandu is an ideal place to live in Nepal, the majority would instantly say no because of prevailing exhaustive pollution.

However there are changes taking place and the government has improved its work and hopefully, this city will regain its beauty.

Warnings & Dangers in Kathmandu

Overall Risk

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Nepal is a relatively safe city to travel to. Though its crime rates are not very high and it's filled with friendly people, its greatest dangers lie in nature, so be very cautious when exploring this country.

Transport & Taxis Risk

TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Transport is somewhat risky in Kathmandu. Be sure to check on current road conditions before leaving Kathmandu. As of April 2010, long-haul bus trips through the Eastern Terai should be avoided due to the risk of Maoist activity in this area.

Pickpockets Risk

PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpockets and bag snatching is a very common issue in Kathmandu. Keep your belongings by your side at all times and try to leave all your valuables in a security deposit box of your hotel.

Natural Disasters Risk

NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

When it comes to natural disasters, Kathmandu is susceptible to an entire range of them, such as floods, landslides, fires, epidemic, earthquakes, avalanches, windstorms and droughts.

Mugging Risk

MUGGING RISK : LOW

There are some areas where cases of mugging have been reported, though violent crime rates are low and foreigners are rarely targeted.

Terrorism Risk

TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Although Kathmandu has experienced no significant terrorist attacks, it has an open border with India and weak border controls which makes way for the concerns that international terrorist groups could reside in Nepal and use it as a transit state.

Scams Risk

SCAMS RISK : LOW

As in any country, there is the risk of getting scammed. You can get overcharged by everyone: street vendors, taxi and bus drivers, and accommodation owners. Double-check every information and payor negotiate everything in advance.

Women Travelers Risk

WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Kathmandu is mostly safe for solo female travelers, though some Nepali men often have strange ideas about the morality of Western women, due to seeing them a certain way in movies and TV shows. Follow basic common sense and avoid walking alone at night and in poorly lit and secluded areas.

So... How Safe Is Kathmandu Really?

Generally, Kathmandu is safe to visit, and it’s known for extremely friendly people and hospitality towards tourists and visitors.

It is no stranger to tourists, is extremely friendly to visitors, and is very well organized for traveling around.

Its crime rates are low, though you should still exercise caution.

It does have its share of petty crimes, but it is by no stretch a dangerous place in any part of the city.

Bear in mind that pickpockets and bag snatchers operate in crowded places such as bus or train stations and airports, as well as tourist landmarks.

Generally traveling to the hills and mountains near Kathmandu by bus or air is immensely more dangerous than normal travel anywhere in Western Europe or the U.S., and here’s why: Lukla, which is the entry point for the Mount Everest trek, is at the same time a place where the most dangerous airport in the world is located, due to its jaw-dropping cliff-top location.

Be very careful when considering ways to approach these locations and generally trekking activities.

There is one little district called Thamel where all the nightlife is, apart from the casino at the Radisson hotel.

In Thamel, just make sure you’re sober and you will be fine.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Visas for Kathmandu are handed out upon arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu and at all borders open to foreigners: all you need is passport photos on hand and to pay the visa fee. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months and that you have an entire blank page in your passport. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Nepali embassy for further information.
  • Currency - Nepalese rupee is the official currency in Kathmandu. Bear in mind that though ATMs are widely available in Kathmandu, they are almost impossible to find in rural areas.
  • Weather - The climate in Kathmandu is mild and generally warm and temperate. The summers are much rainier than the winters here. During summer, which lasts from June to August, you can expect the monsoon season when the hills are covered with lush, green vegetation.
  • Airports - Tribhuvan International Airport is the busiest, and at the same time, the only airport serving the country of Nepal. It is located about 6 km from the center of Kathmandu, in the Kathmandu valley.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Kathmandu, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Kathmandu Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 10° C
Feb 12° C
Mar 16° C
Apr 20° C
May 22° C
Jun 23° C
Jul 23° C
Aug 23° C
Sep 22° C
Oct 20° C
Nov 16° C
Dec 11° C
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Average High/Low Temperature

Temperature / MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
High
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171924282929272727252218
Low
°C
2481215171818171494
High
°F
636675828484818181777264
Low
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363946545963646463574839

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