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ELECTRICITY AND POWER

ELECTRICITY AND POWER

Electricity in Nepal is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you are travelling to Nepal with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.

Most outlets in Nepal accept two types of plug: a two round-pin plug or a three round-pin plug arranged in a triangle. If your appliances have a different shape, you may need a plug adapter. Some hotels do provide plug adapters, and we recommend that you check with the reception.

Up until just over a year ago, Nepal faced acute power shortages, so the government planned load shedding (power cut) programmes all over Nepal. Many cities in Nepal remained without power for 10-12 hours a day in some seasons. Fortunately, that era has passed. Nowadays, the power resources are better managed and there is no longer load shedding. However, power cuts are still likely in cities. We recommend that you pack a small flashlight, which may come in handy during power cuts.

Power cuts are rare in villages on trekking routes. Lodges/guesthouses along the trekking routes are supplied with power from small nearby hydropower plants, and some have solar panels to support their electricity needs. When up in the mountains, lodge owners may charge you a fee to charge your electronic devices.