Travellers with Disabilities

Wheelchair facilities, ramps and lifts (and even pavements!) are virtually nonexistent throughout Nepal and getting around the packed, twisting streets of traditional towns can be a real challenge if you are in a wheelchair. It is common for hotels to be multilevel, with most rooms on the upper floors. Many places – even midrange establishments – do not have lifts. Bathrooms equipped with grips and railings are not found anywhere, except perhaps in some of the top-end hotels.

There is no reason why a visit and even a trek could not be customised through a reliable agent for those with reasonable mobility. As an inspiration, consider Erik Weihenmayer, who became the first blind climber to summit Everest in 2001 (and wrote a book called Touch the Top of the World), or Thomas Whittaker, who summited in 1998 with an artificial leg, at the age of 50.

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from https://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.

Other useful online resources include Access-Able Travel Source (www.access-able) and Accessible Journeys (www.disabilitytravel.com).