We returned from Nepal last week and I just wanted to post more warnings about the touts at Kathmandu airport. It was pretty confusing when we came out of the arrivals area as there were several people holding up cards with the name of our hotel plus one with my name on it. I had read all the warnings about not letting touts help you with your luggage, as they demand to be paid, but when we spotted the person from the hotel who’d come to collect us, we assumed that the men who put our bags in the car were also from the hotel. Unfortunately we discovered that they were not and had just grabbed our bags from us so we had to tip them!!
They are also waiting for you when you come off the mountain flight.
When we flew to Pokhara, despite our best intentions, we were once again bushwhacked by the touts. As soon as we'd got one case out of the taxi and put it down to get the other one out, a man had grabbed the first and it was halfway to check-in and the same happened to the second one while we collected our hand luggage from the boot! A small crowd of men surround you fighting for a bag!! Of course you then have to tip them all!!
When we got to check-in, a man came up to us, showed us his official badge and took our passports and tickets. When he came back he also demanded a tip - for checking us in, which we could have done ourselves!!
The only solution seems to be to carry as many bags as possible across your body and keep a very tight hold on the suitcases.
Touts will also fetch you a luggage trolley and demand payment even though the trolleys are free to use. A nightmare!