Common misconceptions and clichés about life in Nepal

Hello everyone,

Old clichés die hard, as the saying goes... and living in Nepal can generate lots of misconceptions in the eyes of the people.

What are the most common misconceptions about the expat lifestyle in Nepal?

What are the most common clichés about life in Nepal in general?

Did you have a biased view of the country before moving there? What is you view now?

Thanks in advance,


People think that since the national average pay is $800 per year that people don't need much money. People in the Kathmandu Valley and Kathmandu city have to pay $50 for one room (no kitchen or running water) with a bathroom shared by everyone in the building. Yet if they live far from the city they will have to spend 3 hours a day on the bus.

Since they cannot farm and live in the city they will need to spend at least $100 on vegetables and rice. Lentils are $2-3 a kg. It's hard and they seldom complain. Petrol is $1 per liter and sometimes men need to wait in line for hours for petrol. Sometimes there is none and people have to walk.

I've read that Nepali are lazy, but have found that not to be the case, but seriously, how much effort will you expend for a dollar?

One misconception about Nepal is that everyone has equal rights.
Let's face it.  They do not, and if Expats think they do, they will be in for a shock.

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