Feedback on Nepal : Hinduism, treks, mountains and jungle

Administrative

  • Visa : Tourism, 30 days, single entry
  • Currency : Nepalese Roupie (NPR) ; 1€ ~ 120 NPR (2017)
  • Local bank fees : 500 NPR (4€) per withdrawal of 10.000 NPR (90€) (We managed to find a bank where we could withdraw 35.000 NPR, but they are difficult to find. You can ask locals about it)
  • Languages : Nepalese and dialects, English, …

 


Our itinerary

 


Our stay

26/11/2017 – 23/12/2017

27 days

 


Our best pictures

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Thamel district, Kathmandou
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Pollution and dust, Kathmandu
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Cremation ceremony at Pushpatinath temple, Kathmandou
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Hanuman God shrine, Durbar Square, Kathmandou
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Ganesh God shrine, Durbar Square, Kathmandou
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Swayambhunath temple, Kathmandou
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A few pics of our trek in the Annapurna

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Chitwan National Park, Sauraha
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Rhinos
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Bears
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Tigers hunting fields
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Python
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Crocodiles
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Elephant

 


Global and average daily expenses for two people

  • Admission (visa, attractions, treks) : 250€ (37€/pp Visa fee, 16,5€/pp for Kathmandu temples, 35€/pp for both trekking permits and TIMS, 17,5€/pp for a walking safari and 17,5€/pp for a jeep safari in Chitwan)
  • Transport (Bus, plane) : 322€ (120€/pp Chengdu-Kathmandou)
  • Food : 518€ (2-3€/pp for the simpliest dish in a restaurant)
  • Hotel : 128€ (4-5€/night for a private room with bathroom ; 2€/night if not free in a mountain lodge off-season. You just have to bargain to have it for free, if you have dinner and breakfast there ;-))
  • Tips (bank fees and guides): 72
  • Shower and others : 65€ (sometimes you have to pay for the shower in mountain lodges, like 1€/pp off-season)

         

        Global expenses: 1355€

       Average cost per day for the both of us: 39€ (excluding both visa fee and plane tickets)

 


Feelings and feedback about our trip

  • ++ :
    • Gorgeous landscape in the Annapurna
    • Fresh mountain air. Cars and motorbikes are forbidden when you reach a certain altitude and it becomes super quiet!
    • Incredible trekking paths
    • Easy to communicate (English is widely understood and spoken)
    • Farly safe (Even though we felt disturbed by a few looks and we saw a taxi drive beating our bus driver because he took us in, hence impeding him to make his day)
    • Fruitful and rich religion. We are big fans of polytheists religions and mythologies (Nordics to name it) and we enjoyed Hinduism for that reason
    • Free lodges and accommodations in the mountains if you trek off-season (late November, beginning of December e.g.). Bargain to have if for free if you have both dinner and breakfast at the lodge is enough 😉
    • Cheap rooms with free Wi-Fi (Except in the lodges)
  • — :
    • You cannot trust any food, unlike in China (we got food poisoning several times) and it is not really varied (Having dal bhat for both breakfast, lunch and dinner is quite common here)
    • Strong spices smell in everything and everywhere
    • Street food not commonplace. You will have to eat in restaurants every time and that increases food costs
    • Tourists scams and non-stop harassment to book trips, hire guides or buy things
    • People see Europeans as bank accounts: “You are from Europe? You must be rich then, 200€ is nothing for you” Don’t try talking with them about it, it’s useless L
    • You can’t trust anyone (they will tell you there is no bus, that the way is closed, that the place you want to reach is too far away to walk)
    • Traffic jams, dust, pollution, noise and trash (there is no any trashcan!) in streets (particularly in Kathmandu)
    • Poverty (lots of beggars, even children). Sometimes, you get to have “Hello” before they ask for money, but it is rare
    • Poorly organised transports (3 hours delay, no-show buses, several passengers with the same seat)
    • “Nepali time” is what people refer to when they schedule something and means that it can be late or early by a few hours
    • Stray dogs everywhere, sleeping during the day and barking at night
    • Accommodations are cheap, but can sometimes but may have to lower you standards from time to time :p
    • In opposition with China, all accommodations offer laundry services for a fee and do not allow you to use neither their washing machine, nor to hang your clothes on their racks. As we noticed later on our trip, it would seem that China is the only one where you can wash your clothes in your guesthouse

 


Feedback and feelings

Nepal will remain a very good experience to us. We recommend the country to all trekkers (beginners or advanced) and maps.me is enough to get through the Annapurna.

Religions culture, history and monuments are really worth seeing, even though we were sometimes disappointed by a few people behaviour.

We never had problems, but we could not help feeling only welcome because we were “rich tourists”, bringing money to the country. That made us feel sad from time to time.

Pokhara is by far the quietest and chilliest town in our trip, compared with Kathmandu.

We were expecting too much from Lumbini because it was supposed to be THE sanctuary for all Buddhists, since it is famous for being the birthplace of Buddha. We discovered a town covered in dust, pollution and it was raining or cloudy most of the days, which makes it a disappointing experience.

We had our very first safari in Chitwan National Park and we had a wonderful experience watching nature, wilderness and wild animals (bears, rhinos, pythons, crocodiles, stags and deers). We were not lucky enough to see tigers, but we definitely saw footprints :p

 

How about you ? What do you think about Nepal?

 

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