230 volts AC, 50Hz. There are frequent power cuts. Plugs usually have two or three round pins.
Soaring ice-topped mountains shimmer with rainbows of prayer flags, while the intense streets of Kathmandu are a ceaseless frenzy of honking mopeds, chattering vendors and garish signs: Nepal is a thoroughly colourful slice of Asia.
If there is a hikers' paradise, then this is it. Nepal's craggy chunk of the Himalayas offers world-class trekking terrain - from leafy Annapurna to distinguished Everest - peppered with rustic mountain villages, and hundreds of undulating trails that have been trodden upon for centuries.
But spiritual and nature-rich Nepal is certainly not only for mountaineers set on scrambling to Everest Base Camp; from the lime-green grasses of Chitwan National Park rustling with the charcoal flash of an Indian rhino, to the eclectic cafés and bohemian vibe of lake-side Pokhara, Nepal is an intriguing and welcoming destination for all.
Last updated: 04 March 2014
The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Most visits to Nepal are trouble-free.
If you’re trekking, use a reputable agency, remain on established routes, and walk in groups. You should never trek alone.
Nepal is considered to be at high risk of a major earthquake.
For information on potential risks of road and air travel in Nepal see Safety and security.
The Monsoon season in Nepal normally runs from June to September and can make travel in rural areas hazardous. Natural disasters.