My Nepali Experience...
Highs: Doing a trek; the beautiful scenery along the trek (the landscape and different villages);
having a break from the heat of India; Durbar Square in Kathmandu; my mountain flight over Mt.
Lows: Never fully seeing the Himalayas during my trek due to the weather.
Best Moment: Walking from Dhampus to Sarangkot through the different landscape and villages.
Sounds: 'Namaste'; goats; Buddhists praying.
Sights: Rickshaws; candles lit along the streets; lush, green countryside outside of Pokhara; Durbar
Square; lots of rain and fog; cows, buffalo and goats.
Tastes: Momos (steamed Tibetan dumplings); trek mix; dhal bhat (basically rice mixed with lentil
soup); pastries from German bakeries.
Purchases: A malachite necklace and matching earrings; turquoise earrings; a hat.
Street Food: Fruit; popcorn; corn.
Fun Food Finds: White chocolate m&m's.
Western Companies Out Here: A Hallmark store; Baskin Robbins.
Other General Info...
Visa needed? Yes. I got it upon arrival at the airport for $30 US.
Departure Tax? Yes. $20 U.S. for my international flight to India (it is more expensive to a
non-Indian sub-continent country). The tax was 170 rupees for my mountain flight.
Type of currency? Nepalese rupee. One U.S. Dollar equals approximately 74 Nepalese rupees.
Things Nepal Is Known For: Mt. Everest; trekking; friendly people.
Main Items to Buy Here: North Face gear; trekking gear; jewelry; wool clothing; pashminas.
Religion: The majority is Hindi. The second religion is Buddhism. The two co-exist very well over
Costs: $600 (including flight, mountain flight, hotels, food, the trek and trekking guide, and