Electrical Information

Nepal uses 220-240 volts and 50 MHZ to power their appliances and plugs that are different. Some countries use 110-120 volts of electricity, and accept very specific shaped plugs. It is a wise idea to bring your own adapter if your gazettes and appliances have specific shape.

Electricity flow is not smooth in Nepal.Voltage fluctuation is very common and Nepal suffers serious load shedding every year especially in dry seasons due to insufficient electric production. However, the hotels and lodges have the facility of power back up. So use of an adapter with quality power surge protector for your electronics is highly recommended.

Electric Plugs in Nepal are of two or three round prongs, but not flat prongs as found in use in the United States or in other countries. You need to change the shape of your appliance’s plug to match the type of socket you need to plug in if your appliance plug doesn’t match the shape of the plug. Travelling with both types of adapter along with you is suggested. If you intend to use hair drier, electric shaver, hair straighter or curler, laptop or any other electrical devices, it would be a wise idea to carry a voltage adapter (electrical converter) or a plug adapter or both. Most voltage adapters for travel convert 220-240 to 110-120, usable by your American and similar appliance. A plug adapter, on the other hand, allows you to plug into a foreign outlet.

Carrying a universal adapter or a converter kit is advised if you plan to take many electrical appliances. They are available at hardware stores, travel shops and online retailers in Kathmandu and other major cities.


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