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Electrical Voltage Plugs and Adapters in Nepal- What You Need to Know


If you plan your trip to Nepal, it is important to make sure about electric voltage and adapters in Nepal and whether you should carry different plugs. We know the hassle and frustration when you can't charge your smartphone or laptop. Will it not be a nightmare? So you must figure it out and buy a power plug adapter or voltage converter before traveling to Nepal or else in Nepal.

In Nepal, there are three associated plug types; type C, D, and M. Plug type C has two round pins, while type D and M has 3 round pins. It is best to have type C, the "Euro" plug. You are supposed to buy a voltage converter if your country's electrical voltage doesn't match the voltage in Nepal-220-240 volts.

Which Type of Adaptors do I need while traveling to Nepal?

Power adapters can vary from country to country. Therefore we suggest you prepare in advance before you travel to a foreign country. You will find D, C or M type 230 volt wall outlets in Nepal to power your electronic devices in Nepal. While you can buy any of the three plugs, generally, type C plus is prevalent in Nepal.

What is the standard electrical voltage and frequency in Nepal?

You can use your electrical appliance if the electric voltage of your country matches that of the host country. The standard electrical voltage in Nepal is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. If the voltage doesn't match, you will need a voltage converter. If you are from USA or Canada, you are aware that the electrical voltage is 110-120 volts. 

Type of sockets (A-N)

Type of sockets

There are currently 15 electrical outlet plugs used worldwide, each with an alphabet letter, from A to N. Type A and B are the most commonly associated plus in America, and for the United Kingdom, type G is the official standard. Similarly, you can find types C, D and M plug sockets in Nepal.

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Do I need a voltage converter while traveling in Nepal?

It's pretty simple. If the voltage in your country varies from the standard voltage in Nepal, you have to buy a converter. If the standard voltage of your country is 100V-120V, you will have to buy a voltage converter. That said, some appliances may not need a converter. If you find the 'INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60 Hz' label in your electronic appliance, you can use it all over the world without the need for a voltage converter.

What is a Dual voltage-rated appliance?

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First, you need to find out if your device is dual voltage or single voltage. All you need to do is check the power level. It would be best if you remembered that a dual-voltage device could work with both 110-120V and 220-240V. Many cameras, iPhones and laptops are dual-voltage devices and can be easily powered up anywhere.

If your device is single voltage, you will notice that the power label is 110V AC or 120V A. For such devices, you will need a plug adapter and a voltage converter.

What is the electric condition trekking Region in Nepal?

More than 90% of the population of Nepal is connected to electricity and it is estimated that within 2 years, it will be 100%. This means electricity access will not be a problem when in Nepal. There is the facility of electricity in major trekking routes of Nepal. While electricity is common in popular trekking regions like Annapurna and Everest regions, you may find electricity supply unreliable in some remote parts of Nepal.

One thing we can't stop sharing is that you need to be ready for occasional power outrages in remote parts of Nepal and in a city like Kathmandu as well. So what's the best thing you can do? Well, you can bring a portable charger to charge your smartphone.

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Can I charge my phone or laptop in the mountains?

Well, yes, and maybe not. As mentioned earlier, it won't really be a problem to charge your phone or laptop in popular trekking regions like Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions. Some teahouses may charge you a small fee per hour to charge your electronic devices. But in some remote parts, there is no electricity facility. You will be lucky to find solar-powered teahouses where you can charge your phone or laptop!

Can I buy a universal plug Adaptor, voltage converter, and frequency converter in Nepal?

universal plug Adaptor

Yes, you can. But it is recommended to buy in your country than in Nepal. You can definitely buy a voltage converter or universal plug adaptor from Amazon at a reasonable price. 

But in case you forget to buy, you can always buy at the international airport in Nepal. Please be noted that the price may be high. Similarly, you can also buy them in Kathmandu. Again, the price may be high than the regular price, or you may find knock-off products.

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