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quickandeasy Volunteer moderator says

Hey guys,

I’m heading to Nepal next week to stretch my legs and do some trekking in the Himalayas.

Have any of you ever visited Kathmandu or Nepal?

I would be very grateful if anyone could offer any advice, and in particular if someone could advise me a good place to stay whilst in Kathmandu :)

Thanks!

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ranfirefly says

Hey Adam,

Man, you’re gonna have fun.
I’ve been in Katmandu few years ago (for a whole month), and I still remember it like it was yesterday.. although I can’t remember specific names.. motels/restaurant.

One restaurant I do remember it called “OR2K”, it’s on ‘Thamel’ , the central area. I spent days and hours in there, great food and great people, lots of trekkers coming down and you can get ALL the info you need.
There are so many places/ treks you can do from the Katmandu valley, so many villages to visit. Oh, You must go to ‘Nagrakot’ it’s a small town 15 miles east to Katmandu (you can take a bus), I spent couple of days in one of the guesthouses, it was on the far north-east of town, best location to stay and see the Everest peak on a good day with the right visibility condition). I remember the amazing sunsets and sunrises… WOW.

If you drive to ‘Pokhara’ (130miles west to Katamndu),
The “ABC” (Annapurna Base Camp), is by far one of the best. 7-8 days trek, depends on your speed :)
You can Google all the above and you’ll see.

Enjoy (I envy you).
8-)

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MSFX Volunteer moderator says

aw dude, gutted. We were going to be there this whole month trekking to base camp but decided against – not the best season if you get to pick and choose – hope you have an amazing time and hope the weather lifts, should get better toward end of sept :)

jealous jealous jealous :P

(hope you’re back in the UK for the meetup?)

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RadiantCreation says

Hello,

I have stayed in Kathmandu for two months. It is a very special place.

Here is a recommendation for a friendly, safe, and inexpensive guesthouse ($20/night single room with bathroom and shower), they may even allow you to leave some things in storage while you’re in the mountains:

Ti-Se Guest House It is in Boudha, Tusal. Here is their website: www.tiseguesthouse.com

You can get a room with a nice view of the Boudha Stupa, free wi-fi in the common area and I believe inside the rooms also, though you may need to make an effort to catch it.)

The staff is very helpful from my experience.

It is tucked away in a quiet area near a monastery, but also right by one of the main squares , near wonderful cafes. It is in an area where cabs are very easy to catch . Cabbing is the most convenient method of travel to and fro in Nepal. You can get a 30-min cab ride for $8. You can also befriend a driver that may be available to you whenever you are in need for a very good price, providing that he has a cellphone and knows basic English.

KTM is a very friendly people-place, so you will get along great wherever you find yourself.

Wishing you wonderful travels full of Blessings!

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MicrostockMan says

Awesome place, went there years ago and did the Everest Base Camp trek. HIGHLY recommend it.

Plenty of cool sights to see in Kathmandu itself – just go wandering the streets.

Can’t exactly recommend one of the places we stayed in Thamel – it was right next door to a pub basically, with cranking live music to all hours of the morning. Not good when your trying to rest up after 3 weeks of trekking!

I would do it all again in a heartbeat though. You’ll love it. Get ready to get offered plenty of rickshaw’s and tiger balm!

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quickandeasy Volunteer moderator says

One restaurant I do remember it called “OR2K”, it’s on ‘Thamel’ , the central area. I spent days and hours in there, great food and great people, lots of trekkers coming down and you can get ALL the info you need.

Oh, You must go to ‘Nagrakot’ it’s a small town 15 miles east to Katmandu (you can take a bus)

If you drive to ‘Pokhara’ (130miles west to Katamndu),
The “ABC” (Annapurna Base Camp), is by far one of the best. 7-8 days trek, depends on your speed :)

Thanks Ran! I’ll note this down and definitely go checkout Nagrakot!

@MSFX I won’t be back in the UK for several years all being well. I have a 12 month lease on an apartment here in Chiang Mai which I’m using as a base to travel around Asia.

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quickandeasy Volunteer moderator says

Cabbing is the most convenient method of travel to and fro in Nepal. You can get a 30-min cab ride for $8. You can also befriend a driver that may be available to you whenever you are in need for a very good price, providing that he has a cellphone and knows basic English.

Thanks! 30 minute cab ride for $8 is pretty good – good to know the prices up front too! And thanks for the hotel recommendation I will check it out!

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quickandeasy Volunteer moderator says

Plenty of cool sights to see in Kathmandu itself – just go wandering the streets. Can’t exactly recommend one of the places we stayed in Thamel – it was right next door to a pub basically, with cranking live music to all hours of the morning. Not good when your trying to rest up after 3 weeks of trekking!

Thanks MicrostockMan!

Open question: Is “Thamel” the tourist district of Kathmandu? When I get out of the airport, shall I just ask a cabby to take me straight there?

Thanks again folks!

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MicrostockMan says

Yep, Thamel is tourist central of Kathmandu. Just ask a taxi to drop you at the front of the Kathmandu Guest House (just looked at its website, WOW has it changed since I was there!!) and you’ll be right in the hub of Thamel. Lots to choose from once you’re there.

If you need any trekking gear or anything this is the place to get it.

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joiaco says

Wishing you safe travels. Nepal is a mind and heart expanding place. My only advice would be to fit in some kind of ‘silent’ time even if it is a couple of days where you don’t talk unless it is absolutely necessary. I did three weeks a long time ago with a group of people and i learned how to ‘see’ in a whole different way.

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