WikiProject Nepal

From OpenStreetMap Wiki
(Redirected from Nepal)
Jump to: navigation, search

We have maps for 2015 Nepal earthquake

Nepal, Asia
latitude: 27.6, longitude: 85.3
Browse map of Nepal 27°36′00″ N, 85°18′00″ E
Edit map
External links:
Use this template for your city

Nepal is a country in Asia at latitude 27°36′00″ North, longitude 85°18′00″ East.

OpenStreetMap images (and underlying map data) are freely available under the OpenStreetMap License.

OSM would not be complete without Mt. Everest (and eight of the ten highest mountains of the world) mapped, so this page is all about adding to OSM in Nepal.

Some things you can do

There are missing roads around Butwal and Biratnagar. The feeder roads need to be done: Nepal/Feeder_Roads

It would really be cool to start mapping trails that could be joined into new trekking routes. Trekkers pile up on a fraction of the potential routes. Mahabharat traverse anyone?

Mailing List

Local citizens from Bajrabarahi, Makwanpur, Nepal mapping their towns and villages. Kathmandu Living Labs, pioneer of OpenStreetMap in Nepal, was involved in training them. The training mostly focused on mapping agriculture and food security data

To stay updated with all information and updates about the works being done, the progress being made while mapping, future plans, please join the mailing list:

Mailing List to discuss anything related to mapping in Nepal]


  • OSMNEPAL for general activities and information on OSMNEPAL.
  • OSMNEPAL KU for activities done by Kathmandu University as moderator of OSM Community.

Works Regarding OSM in Nepal

  • OSM Nepal is a community of active mappers who are voluntarily contributing to the OpenStreetMap (OSM) of Nepal.
  • Kathmandu Living Labs ( - A project mapping the Kathmandu valley
  • MapKathmandu, as the name suggests, is a project by Adyota to map the streets and major landmarks of Kathmandu Valley using GPS data points and uploading them on OpenStreetMap (OSM).
  • Monsoon Collective is a group of individuals who want to work together to create objects and projects (often involving open data)during the Monsoon season every year in Kathmandu.
  • GalliGalli is an initiative to use technology to gather, package, and share information that impacts our relationships with our streets, our communities, and our government’s services.
  • Open Cities Kathmandu is a project by the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Risk and Recovery (GFDRR) which included the founding of Kathmandu Living Labs. It evolved from OpenDRI, below.
    • The Open Data for Resilience Initiative (OpenDRI) is a pilot project in Nepal backed by the World Bank. It aims at supporting evidence-based, innovative solutions to urban issues across South Asia by creating data that is open and accessible to the public.

Cities in Nepal

Mapping Nepal


Public Transportation


Route Distance Description Route relation(s) % Complete Notes
Annapurna Circuit 250? km Trek around the Annapurna Sanctuary 1187310 (x i j p h a m r) route almost 100% complete (needs to be verified)
guess many POI (guesthouses, facilities, drinking water) are still missing
Wikipedia: Annapurna Region
Annapurna Base Camp  ? km Trek to Annapurna Base Camp not yet footways almost 100% (needs to be verified), though not added to a relation yet
guess many POI (guesthouses, facilities, drinking water) are still missing
Wikipedia: Annapurna Region
Everest Base Camp  ? km Trek to Everest Base Camp (EBC) 1189003 (x i j p h a m r) route almost 100% complete (needs to be verified)
guess many POI (guesthouses, facilities, drinking water) are still missing

Downloads for Nepal

Cloudmade has an extract for Nepal dated 13 December 2011 available in the link Cloudmade. It contains .osm XML extract as well as other useful files (.img files for Garmin, .poly for a rough shape of nepal, ...)

Temporary XML Extract (approx. 1,8MB, OSM data from 28.10.2010)

Geofabrik provides extracts for Nepal in various formats, see

Generating own extract for Nepal

The idea is to download asia.osm extract from Geofabrik, polygon from Cloudmade, cut with Osmosis. Here are the steps

./osmosis --read-binary file="asia.osm.pbf" --bounding-polygon file="nepal.poly" --write-xml file="nepal.osm"

In case of normal .osm file

./osmosis --read-xml file="asia.osm" --bounding-polygon file="nepal.poly" --write-xml file="nepal.osm"

Map Downloads for Garmin GPS devices

  • [1] OSM error edition (
  • [2] OSM-mirror: Topographic trekking/city area maps (

1) Annapurna area, incl. Pokhara
2) Helambu & Langtang area, incl. Kathmandu & Bhaktapur
3) Everest area, incl. Jiri & Tumlingtar
Lambertus [3]. [4].
Velomap [5].

DEM Data for Nepal

SRTM NASA data has very large gaps in the Himalaya, if you want to render a topographic map for nepal (or other areas in the Himalaya) you are probably interested in more acurate DEM data from It's not perfect, but more useful than the SRTM data.


First read the Getting_Involved