Nepal Trip report
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March 1st, 2005 – by: aquaholicme2
As i am an experienced trekker, so thought will decide on which trek to go once I reach Kathmandu and get in touch with the agents to get more information and days, intensity of the treks. Nepal is all about culture and nature and mountains and Himalayas and amazing trekking trails so I decided to go on the most popular trekking route.
Would give Kathmandu a low rating on cleanliness and accommodation, the valley is more touristy now and Thamel area was bit crowded. The lanes are quiet narrow with shops all around and all sorts of vehicles trying to navigate through the lanes, honking, shouting. There was garbage on the streets and drain water flowing onto the roads.
People are very friendly everywhere. They are good-natured, helpful and very eager to please the tourists, in particular if they are operating a guest house or restaurants as tourism is the next main source of income after farming. Interaction was great with us as most of them understand and speak the Indian language.
Beware of the landslides and slippery roads in the mountains as the valleys are quiet deep.
I would probably advise against going on treks by yourself if you are not experienced enough.
Some medication is a good thing to pack, particularly if you are prone to altitude sickness, albeit the affects are not too severe if you are not planning to climb beyond 4000mts.
Walking time on the so called roads per day is around 6 hours for comfortable walk. Maybe not the best thing for small kids, but experienced travelers can cover the distance faster.
A last word on water: there are plenty of streams on the way and we were able to drink the water without any problem.
Nepal has 4 seasons, Autumn - Sept to Nov, Winter - Dec to March, Summer - April to May and Rainy - June to Aug. Summer and the Autumn seasons are the best to visit Nepal as the sky is clear and you can get the best view of the high mountains. The winter can get quiet chilly in the mountains so remember to carry some good warm clothing. I had learned from my earlier trips and brought warm clothes, but I still got cold a couple of times.
There is good deal of information in the Lonely Planet Guide for the obligatory traveler looking for infomation and various websites giving further details. I did not carry any guide books and relied on the information provided locals, by the travel agencies and my guide.
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