Friday, 21 May 2010

Nepal summary

Some tourists will recall the dawn chorus of hoicking and spitting as the sound of Nepal but for me the mesmerising rhythm of Buddhist monks chanting Om Mani Padme Hum will forever sing Nepal. It is said that visitors come to Nepal for the mountains but come back for the people - I will return.
Water: There is safe filtered drinking water stations on trekking routes which is far better than using endless plastic mineral water bottles.
Drinks: Wine - local clear fire water 'wine' in the hills. Beer - Nepal Ice or Everest pass muster. Tea - generally available but Ilam and other varieties from the east, near Darjeeling, far superior - I brought my own Ilam dunking bags. Coffee - variable.
Toilets: A mix of upright and squat in hotels, lodges, cafes and restaurants.
Nepalese Rupee (currently £1 = 109 NRp).
Language: Namaste is hello, and then some, in Nepalese. Most people in the tourist trade can speak some English, even porters if you are prepared to listen.
TICs: Helpful with free maps and advice.
Accommodation: Room only is the norm but in trekking areas you are expected to dine and breakfast at your lodge
Food: Dhal bhatt rules but smaller portions of more expensive western fare is usually available
Small local shops in Kathmandu and even smaller 'corner' stores elsewhere.
Transport: Buses and microbuses (minibuses) serve most destinations. Mountain ponies and mules work in the hills if you need them.

Medical: Good quality medical and dental care is available for a fee.

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