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With a plan to do the Mera peak climbing in Himalayas, starting planing with many local companies and now about to book the trip with Mountain Monarch Adventures as they have groups to join and they say that they provide all the personal and group climbing gear which saving my time and money. They reported that they have 100 % summit success rate last year, great point to go with. Has any one travel with them, any of your feedback is highly appreciates.
Thanks for your time and answers
Are the routes and paths of the poon hill trek pretty easy to follow or would hiring a guide be preferable?
(Sorry if this not an appropriate forum) I'm interested in volunteer work in Nepal ... either as EFL teacher (my job) or just mucking in with manual work (etc). I'm happy to give up the time (2 months) pay for all direct costs, but don't want to part with a ton of cash to a random organisation of questionable integrity. A google search just throws up a load of greedy organisations offering dubious placements. Any advice of how to go to Nepal (loaded with useful medical and / or educational provisions, for example), and feel you are doing good and not being exploited?
Can anyone recommend some great nepal blogs that are about a year old? I'd love to find one that would be from someone of similar age (late 20s/30s) and mindframe (Culture & Adventure)
I'm thinking about heading in October but want to read some first hand experiences as I've never been and Kathmandu sounds a little too crazy for me!
Thinking 2 nights in Kathmandu, 2 in Pokhara and a 3 night hike and have time for a third stop (Have 9 nights in total) but not sure where! Not interested in visiting Chitwan so any recommendations close to either Pokhara/Kathmandu would be appreciated!
Very, very sad news - there was a huge fire in Thamel in Kathmandu last night. According to current reports there were no casualties, but the magnificent Pilgrims Books was destroyed.
This really was a wonderful bookstore, with an incredible stock of rare and out-of-print books and a maze of upstairs rooms crammed with a truly eclectic range of titles.
There were almost certainly plenty of specialist books on Nepal and the rest of South/Central Asia in there that would be completely impossible to find anywhere else. The thought of them all going up in flames is horrible.
I did the Langtang, Helambu, and Gosaikund Lakes Trek in 2011 and wanted to post the trip info to help anyone doing research for their own trek before my info gets too outdated. Hope this helps and my packing list is included at the end of the blog entry....
I'm hoping my blog may be useful for anyone planning the Annapurna Circuit. I did the trek in 2011 and thought I'd share the information before it gets too outdated.
Lots of details of the hike plus I included my packing list at the end. Here's the link:
I am going to Kathmandu in the middle of October and I would like to know if someone have any idea of how can I find a guide to stay with me there, and know well the place and the culture.
I am a photographer and I will have to find a guide who stays with us all day. Somes times wake up until sun rises, somes times stay with us late at night, and also take us to places that not normal tourists usually go.
Yesterday morning I went to the Nabil ATM near the big supermarket in Thamel, Kathmandu to get out money. The first time I tried to get out 35,000 RP. ($412) it said there was an unknown problem. I then tried again and it said Insicifient funds. I thought this was quite strange, because i'd just had $600 put in my account that morning. I went home to check my bank account to find that the $412 had indeed been taken from my account. I don't have a receipt or anything, but there was a security man there that will most likely remember me. (I asked him why it said there was a problem the first time). I'm going back tomorrow with the proof on my bank account and hopefully they will have footage on camera and the security man will remember the failed attempt.
Has anyone heard of this happening before? Or can you give me any extra advice on what to do?
We are planning to visit Nepal for the first time this fall.
We would like to do an Annapurna Base Camp Trek.
Although I am aware that there are hundreds of trekking companies in Nepal, I would be so happy if someone could share any of their experiences they have had with the Himalayan Advisor P. Ltd Trekking Company.
Thank you so much!
Hello. We have selected a trekking company to help us plan our first holiday to Nepal. Apparently, their booking procedure includes requesting their guests to submit to them a copy of their passport.
Does anyone know if this is common practice?
To date, the only people who I have submitted a copy of my passport to are the government agents who issue them (for renewal purposes).
I am also familiar with the passport practices as I have made my way through international airports.
Any information that you could share with me in this regard would be greatly appreciated.
A plane crashed while trying to land at a mountain airstrip in northern Nepal early Thursday, and all 21 people on board, including eight Japanese tourists, survived with injuries, police said.
Four of the injured were in critical condition, police officer Bhim Bahadur Chand said.
The state-owned Nepal Airlines plane was carrying eight Japanese tourists. The others on board, including three crew members, are all Nepali.
The Canadian-built Twin Otter plane was trying to land at Jomsom airport, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of the capital, Katmandu, when it crashed on the banks of the Kaligandaki river.
http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/plane-foreign-tourists-crashes-nepal-19190271#.UZSgbkriK1s more »
I am planning an itinerary in Nepal, and I need to know, how many hours it takes by public transfer from Pokara to Tansen by Bus.
And there are frequent buses from Tansen to lumbini? how long it takes?
I am noy sure if it is worth it lumbini.....
FRom there I am planning to go to Chitwan National ParK and then Katmandu.
Thanks for your tips.....!
My husband and I are planning a honeymoon/first anniversary trip to Nepal for about 3 weeks in March/April 2014 (I like to start planning early). Due to our limited time the first 10 days will be spent on an organized tour with G Adventures with time spent in Kathmandu (including a day trip to Bhaktapur), Pokhara, a 3-day trek in the Annapurna foothills, and Chitwan National Park, ending back in Kathmandu, then we would like to spend another 10 days or so travelling around the communities of the Kathmandu Valley. Right now we're just looking for suggestions as to how to get from place to place (renting bicycles from Kathmandu, local buses, etc), where to stay, what to see, approximate costs, etc. We love getting off the beaten track and really experiencing the local culture (would definitely be interested in homestays with local families which have been the highlights of our o... more »
Toying with doing this over 2 week period starting around 19 November, couple of answers to questions to help me make up my mind please :
1) What will weather be like en route last 2 weeks of November ? I appreciate this is not an exact science but just a general indication please, rainfall, temperatures, snow
2) Will it be busy or would this be the back end of trekking season ?
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