Nepal Trip report

Nepal Travel Blog

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Used Royal Nepal airlines for my return flight from Bangalore to Kathmandu. Now this airlines is quiet famous for its delays and flights cancellation, but since I was getting a very good deal on the flight charges so still decided to take a chance and go ahead. Everything went pretty well as planned and Was able to start my journey on time with no glitches. No visa required for Indians visiting Nepal, just some official Government identity card.

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.
I did buy my quota of liquor from the duty free shops but the 2 bottles were over in 4 days. So then shifted to the local made whiskey called "Roxy" which costed less then 1USD per litre.  Beer was around  USD 2.00 to USD 3.00 (all of them imported from India), Tea was free and plentiful, and soft drinks around USD 1.00. If you insist on drinking wine or rum in the middle of mountains, expect to pay USD 20.00+ per bottle.

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.
Most of the cheap hotels were basic with a dire need of renovation and cleanliness of the bed sheets. Once outside the valley the accommodation were of basic nature but were clean. Food was available in various variety of cuisines, even in the mountains.

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.
Although it is possible, it is also not very practical. Outside Kathmandu valley, there are no road signs (and not much of roads), the dirt tracks look all the same, villages are between few hours walk and sometimes might find some tea houses in between. But if you are from other countries then might be a little bit difficult to ask for directions as they do not speak English.

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.
You can also carry a small liquid bottle of water purifier which can be bought from anywhere. Carrying a Glucose drink is also a good idea as you drain your energy pretty fast during the climb.

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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