Toilets

  • Outside of Kathmandu and Pokhara, the ‘squat toilet’ is the norm, except in hotels and guesthouses geared towards tourists.
  • Next to a squat toilet (charpi in Nepali) is a bucket and/or tap, which has a twofold function: flushing the toilet and cleaning the nether regions (with the left hand only) while still squatting over the toilet.
  • In tourist areas you’ll find Western toilets and probably toilet paper (depending on how classy the place is). In general, put used toilet paper in the separate bin; don’t flush it down the toilet.
  • Most rural places don’t supply toilet paper, so always carry an emergency stash.
  • More rustic toilets in rural areas may consist of a few planks precariously positioned over a pit in the ground.