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Here you have your full guide if you are thinking of traveling to Nepal
General Tips to travel to Nepal
Your first words in Nepalese:
Thank you: Dhanyabad
Your welcome: Kehi Chhaina
Currency: Nepali Rupee
The capital: Kathmandu
Population: 29,3 million
Main religion: Hinduism
Safety Rating: According to the Global Peaceful Index, Nepal is the number 76 out of 163 countries.
Solo Female Travel: Medium risk. Nepali people are the kindest people I’ve ever been with. Although I’ve never felt in danger, I am conscious that it is a developing country with a different culture. For this reason, female travelers should watch out and they should not walk alone when it is dark.
Cold Season: This period goes from January to march, with low temperatures. In the cities, temperatures could go down until 0 ºC and in the mountains; the temperatures can drop to -5 ºC (23 ºF).
Rainy season: From June until September the rain is abundant, especially in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Once you start ascending to the mountains, the rain decreases drastically. Temperatures in this season are high; they could achieve 30-35 ºC (86-95 ºF).
The rest of the year, you will find milder temperatures from 15 ºC to 25 ºC (59 ºF and 77 ºF) with little or no rain.
Nepal is full of accommodation for people traveling on a budget.
In the main touristic cities (Kathmandu, Bhacktapur, and Pokhara) you can sleep for only 2.5 $/night in a shared room with good infrastructure and service qualities.
If you prefer to spend a night in a private room, prices go from 6 $/night until 16 $/night on a good hostel o basic hotel in the cities.
Very different if you are planning to go on trekking…a night could cost you between 22-32 $/night on a shared room. The reason for these prices is that food, equipment, and everything a refugee need has to be carried by people from the city to the mountain.
There is one international airport in Nepal, the airport of Kathmandu. There are also 5 more local airports in the country but internal flights are expensive.
One of the most dangerous airports in the world is located in Nepal: Lukla airport, the airport to get to the Everest base camp. It is really dangerous as pilots have limited space for the takeoff and landing and it is 2.860 m above the sea level.
The worst part of Nepal is the dangerous roads. The roads that communicate cities are very badly constructed and due to the rocky landscape it not strange to find big rocks in the road that collapses the traffic.
Be patient in Nepal with transport, 100 Km could take 8 hours easily.
The local transport used in Nepal to go around the country is the bus, as I have already said, be patient. Prices depend on the distances, but they do not exceed 13 $/ride.
The main dish in Nepal is called “Dhal-Bat”, it consists of a lentils soup (dhal) with rice (bat). This is the national dish of Nepal,local people could be eating this their whole life. They accompany it with sides such as spicy sauces, chicken or veggies.
The other famous dish in Nepal are “Momos”, the dough of the Momo is made of barley flour and water. They could be filled up with different things as minced pork or lamb and veggies. In Kathmandu, the typical filling is with buffalo meat and cheese.
With a lot of influence from India, they also cook with a lot of spices.
MAIN ACTIVITIES TO DO IN NEPAL
Trekking to Langtang
Doing trekking is a must if you travel to Nepal. Langtang is a very unknown but unbelievable mountain to trek. You can spend from 1 week to 20 days walking and you will get reach up to 4.500 m high. As it is not very touristic, prices are moderate (but still more expensive than cities). You’ll be amazed by the Himalayan landscape. Do not miss it!!!
Poon Hill Trekking
If you do not have enough time and would like to do trekking, you can go to Pokhara and from there, do the Poon Hill trekking (3 days trekking). From there, you can see the Annapurna mountain chain.
Relaxing in the Phewa’s lakeside, in Pokhara, central Nepal. Pokhara is located 200 Km away from Kathmandu. The Phewa Lake is known to be the gateway of the Annapurna circuit (route across the Himalaya). Besides the lake, you will enjoy incredible sunsets.
Durbar Square in Kathmandu
This square contains cultural buildings you cannot miss such as the palace of Malla and Sha kings.
A very impressive experience in this square is visiting the Kumari (when she peeks out the window) in the Kumari Ghar. The Kumari is a living goddess (a girl of early age) that lives in the palace not being able to go outside until she reaches puberty. Then, a new Kumari is chosen… The Kumari cannot walk, talk or touch objects that could harm her and make her lose her purity.
Also, several buildings in the Square were collapsed due to the earthquake on 25 April 2015.
It is located 13 km away from Kathmandu and it is 1.400 m above the sea level. It was devastated during the last earthquake but still has a lot of charm.
This Buddhist stupa that represents a mandala is the largest stupa in the world. It is located 11 km away from Katmandu and it is World heritage by UNESCO since 1979.