Nepal Driving Advice and Car Hire Info
The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia and Africa where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.
Driving In Nepal
In Nepal, vehicles are driven on the left-hand side of the road. Driving in areas outside the Kathmandu Valley remains dangerous. Roads in Nepal are generally in poor condition and lack basic safety features and drivers are often poorly trained and lack road sense. Vehciles are also often in a poor state of repair .Political groups frequently blockade roads in certain districts of Nepal including main roads to Tibet, India, Chitwan, Pokhara, and Jiri. This can go on for several days so you should check the local situation before setting off. In the monsoon season, heavy rains cause flooding and can wash out roads or make road travel difficult.
Nepal Car Rental –
Sixt have an office in Kathmandu but all cars seem to be chauffeur drive.
There are a number of tour companies offering car rental such as the one below. However, as with most places in Asia, Car rental tends to mean car with driver. Many companies websites actually say its only possible to rent a car with a driver in Nepal. The company below were a little ambiguous so I emailed them and they replied and said that if you have an international driving licence you are technically able to drive a car in Nepal but there are no companies that offer this ‘officially’, but it would be possible if you rented from a ‘friend’. All I can suggest is that you try companies such as the one below and see if they can recommend a local fixer who may be able to arrange for someone to rent you a car. If anyone manages to rent a self drive car in Nepal please let me know.
Update December 2013- I have now located a company who have confirmed they can arrange self drive as well as cars with driver-