Every dog owner wants to take their canine companion on holiday – and why should a trip to Nepal be any different? A truly unique destination, your time trekking in the Himalayas will only be more special with your dog at your side. Some preparation and research beforehand will make sure everything runs smoothly, and you'll enjoy the trip of a lifetime.
Where to Begin?
Research what paperwork and vaccinations Nepal requires visiting dogs to have. These include a jab for rabies, and a valid Nepal Veterinary certificate. It is also a good idea to make sure your pet is microchipped, even though this isn't a requirement. Your own home country may well have different regulations for pets coming back in, even if you're a resident. You should be able to find this information on your government's website.
Think about how you're going to get to Nepal. This will probably be by air, but make sure you are aware of some restrictions in common transit countries – India does not allow pets in to the country with those on tourist visas. Check out what options different airlines offer – depending on your airline and the size of your dog, it might be allowed in the cabin with you. Also, consider if you might need any extra luggage allowance to accommodate food or other items for your dog.
Dogs are fantastic partners for any kind of adventure, and are well-known for their endurance and loyalty. However, it's important not to be too ambitious and risk over-taxing yourself or your dog. Ask your travel provider for the detailed statistics on distance, terrain, and vertical climb for the treks that you're interested in, and compare to those you regularly walk at home. If you have enough time before you go, you and your dog can embark on a fitness regime to make sure you're up to scratch.
While You're There
Loose livestock is common in Nepal, especially if you're trekking through high mountain pastures. It helps if your dog is very obedient and will return when you call, but otherwise be prepared to walk with them on a leash. Similarly, you are likely to encounter many stray dogs, so be sure to keep your own under control. Being a responsible traveller is key when in Nepal, as a small action can have a big impact on the lives of the local people.