Replies: 17 - Last Post: Sep 13, 2012 5:44 AM Last Post By: treabeard
Sep 11, 2012 11:32 AM
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Sep 11, 2012 11:50 AM
2Use Nepali rupees easily exchanged for dollars in KTM...there is absolutely no reason to think about spending daily expenses in $$...your will be in Nepal, use their currency.
And depending on which trek and which village $$ may not be taken; at some big lodge yes at a bad exchange rate but what about at smaller places etc, and for small purchases....what is the $$ equivelant of 10-20rupee cup of tea and do you expect change? in $$?, I doubt it, in rupees, good grief who wants to do all that fuguring and hassling. And what is the point/purpose in the first place...none for $$.
Just get/use rupees and don't even think about $$ for trek expenses....Personally I always carry a high limit credit card for emerg evac and some $$ in different donominations for smaller emergencies too. But carry rupees for ALL expenses on the trek.
Sep 11, 2012 12:21 PM
3Yep agree with above replies – When in Nepal do as the Nepalese do –Although many things are priced in US $'s, this is really just for the convenience of the visitor (So you know how mush something is) because other that a Visa on arrival, most other things are bought in Nepali Rupees
Sep 11, 2012 12:53 PM
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Sep 11, 2012 2:10 PM
8Again, Good info posted on exchanging money – Banks often do offer a better rate of exchange, but then they charge commission, so even when I am changing very large amounts of money I use the money changers as they will bargain where the banks won't – For a starting point try Fuji
Sep 11, 2012 2:43 PM
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Sep 11, 2012 11:52 PM
11Regarding paying in rupees are there things that I definitly have to pay in US$.I'm thinking of internal air fares.Also are Australian dollars easily exchanged at money changers.These days I like to take cash with me to exchange because I'm sick of paying international transaction fees and ATM fees to banks who make billions of dollars profit here in Australia.Thanks.
Sep 12, 2012 12:43 AM
12Yes, Apart from your visa on arrival, you can pay for everything else in NPR (Nepali Rupee)
I am fairly sure that you will be able to exchange Australian $’s with out problem, But as I am a Pom, I have no direct experience with this, But I am sure someone else will come along and give you more details
PS – I always take Travellers Cheques as a back-up, safer than cash, less commission than plastic, you can use them in power-cuts and ATM can’t ear them
Sep 12, 2012 1:26 AM
Sep 12, 2012 3:32 AM
As all have suggested you, its better for you to exchange your currency at Thamel where you get the best rate. Never exchange the dollar in airport as they never give the best rate. The rate that you can get is almost always higher then that appears in national daily newspapers so to be clever please see the exchange rate in the paper and then ask for exchange.
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