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      VT Itineraries for Nepal?

      Nepal Jan 7, 2017 at 6:06 PM

      I liked the idea of VT Itineraries, but never got around to write itineraries on my own VT pages. Instead, some two and a half years ago I started collecting itineraries - in the beginning as a response to all the questions on the Nepal Forum. That developed into a book which is coming out now in Kathmandu, "Adventures in Nepal. Discovering the Country and the People". I hasten to mention that I wrote this book with a friend for free (even paid our research expenses), and had the Norwegian Embassy modestly sponsoring the design, print and distribution. We receive no royalties. The book is for sale at a not-for profit rate, where the sales money go back into printing more copies according to market request and providing a distribution subsidy. Reasonably priced. A low-resolution edition of the book will be made available for free on an accessible web page of the Norway-Nepal Association later.
      The effort was done in order to attract visitors to Nepal, to familiarize them with simple how-to in Nepal, ease their anxiety after the earth quakes, and to encourage the spread of tourism jobs and salaries to other places than in the iconic areas and the crowded trails.
      We wrote nearly 130 treks and activities - all of them non-motorized, but not necessarily trekking - covering all but 17 of Nepal's 75 districts. You will hopefully recognize some of the VT spirit in this book. For several of the treks I have consulted VT Nepal pages for confirmation and relevance, but most of the itineraries go in areas that are not on VT/Nepal, in places not many would venture into, or areas people not described in traditional guidebooks. However, in the future the book will need an update, so I look forward to keep in touch with fellow Nepal clan VT'ers. Anyone out there?
      Our book does not undermine other guidebooks or web sites, but roll out the real map of opportunities that exist in Nepal. Then you go ahead and buy a specific guide book for your backpack. All we have described is commercially available (but no expeditions, charter helicopters etc.), modestly available, and downplaying the over-featured areas. I am amazed myself of all there is to see and do. My conclusion after all this research, statistics and screening of every district in Nepal, is that people will tend to go where "everybody else has been before". And they are just not aware of the opportunities beyond. From this I had intended to present some of the routes I have taken myself in VT Itineraries. And then, just as the book is ready from the printers VT closes down. If there were to be a dedication in that book, it would have gone to the VT Community and Spirit. The book will become available on Himalayan Map House in Kathmandu and their outlets shortly, and, give it some more time, there will be a free pdf version available on the net. Write me on deurali@online.no for further info regarding availability and other questions. I am truly sorry VT and this Forum closes at the end of February.

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      VT closing down - what about the Nepal clan?

      Nepal Jan 7, 2017 at 4:59 PM

      There is a lot of valuable information saved between us on our member pages; any chance of a coordinated effort to save the Nepal info and make the info available somehow? With some of the features of the old VT, incl. the Forum? I am not a very technically capable person, that's why I ask. In fact, I am beginning to take down some of the info from my VT pages to my personal computer in word format, simple cut and past. Most of the original formatting is lost. Asn an example, my Svalbard pages alone (not arrived to Nepal yet) ran to 167 pages of text and thumbnail photos. I think my Nepal files are even larger. There are literally b o o k s of info on Nepal.

      To start with, let's keep in touch! My VT nome de guerre is Saagar, my real name is Olav Myrholt, and you can reach me on deurali@online no, and in a little while (about VT close-down time) Nepal@deurali.no . I maintain a Facebook page in my real name and I think I will establish my VT Friends group there for now.

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      Overweight tourist with a bad back!

      Nepal Dec 13, 2016 at 6:27 PM

      So my husband and I are booked to go to Kathmandu at Christmas but I am having a hard time finding things for us to do since he has a bad back and can't tolerate much as far as hiking, rafting (probably too cold anyway), or long bumpy bus rides. Any ideas for short comfy day trips from Kathmandu would be appreciated! Or should we hop Yeti Air or Buddha Airlines to Chitwan or Pohkara to avoid that 6 hour ride on land? Help! I think staying 7 days in Kathmandu only might be too hectic as it is a busy bustling city!

      4 Answers Dec 15, 2016 at 9:59 PM
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      Looking for Trekmates in Annapurna on February/March '17

      Nepal Nov 23, 2016 at 4:36 PM

      I'm going to Nepal on February '17. I want to trek in Annapurna but I think I shoudn't (obvious).
      That's why I'm just looking for solo travellers like or groups to join os just share the trekking.

      Thanks!

      4 Answers Nov 28, 2016 at 11:06 PM
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      Shopping prices

      Kathmandu Oct 12, 2016 at 8:23 AM

      Hi there
      It's time to buy some gifts from Thamel but I don't have any clue about the price of things here (I am very good at getting ripped off..)
      I would love some cushion covers, from basic to abit more fancy, what would be a general starting price?
      Very lost,

      Thanks,
      Allie

      3 Answers Oct 18, 2016 at 6:10 AM
    • tourist visa for nipal from pakistan .

      Nepal Oct 11, 2016 at 10:02 AM

      need help regarding tourist visa for Nepal from Pakistan , can a perso having offcial passport applies for gartis viasa

      6 Answers Oct 13, 2016 at 2:48 PM
    • Trekking Annurpuria Circuit Oct 17

      Nepal Sep 1, 2016 at 7:25 AM

      My partner and I are planning to walk the circuit next year. We wish hire a guide and porter. This will be our first trip trekking in Nepal.
      Please I would wish recommendations of trekking companies from you.
      Many thanks
      Maggie

      2 Answers Sep 1, 2016 at 3:30 PM
    • necessary things for trekking in Thorongla pass

      Kathmandu Aug 23, 2016 at 5:57 AM

      are there hotels up there at thorong high camp or i need to take sleeping bag, mattresses? im planning to go there in october with my 4 friends. how cold is there? will there be snow falls? what else should i pack?

      2 Answers Aug 23, 2016 at 9:41 AM
    • Anyone planning to trek Gokyo Ri and Base Camp?

      Mount Everest Aug 5, 2016 at 4:49 PM

      Hello,

      Just wondering if anyone is planning to start trek from Lukla first week in November?

      1 Answer Aug 6, 2016 at 12:21 AM
    • Should I book through a 'western' company or a local one?

      Mount Everest Jul 25, 2016 at 12:36 AM

      Hi,
      My boyfriend and I are planning to do Mount Everest base camp next year and have been looking into a few different companies and the price differences are quiet large. I was wondering is it best to pay the extra few $1000 or would it be better to go local and book with a Nepalese company?
      One company we were looking at was at least $2000 more each than others and we were wondering if this was necessary. We want to do the climb properly and safely but we are not precious, we camp in the bush regularly so we don't mind about roughing it.
      I would love to hear about your experiences!
      Courtney :)

      5 Answers Aug 2, 2016 at 2:24 AM
    • Reputable Tour Company Kathmandu

      Nepal Jul 19, 2016 at 8:59 AM

      I am planning to go to Everest Base Camp in March/ April 2017, I was wondering if anyone could recommend a trust worthy and reputable tour company based in Kathmandu.

      Thanks,

      CraigP

      4 Answers Jul 19, 2016 at 10:15 AM
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      Christmas in KTM?

      Nepal Jul 13, 2016 at 1:57 AM

      Has anyone spent Xmas in KTM and if so what is there to do? Are there bars and restaurants with music, jazz, rock? We won't be trekking so are looking for entertainment in the city. Good places to eat? Hear music, etc.

      2 Answers Jul 13, 2016 at 10:59 PM
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      Annapurna Trek

      Pokhara Jul 7, 2016 at 1:14 AM

      Hi there!

      I am traveling to Nepal in October and due to time times I am only about to do a short trek (less then a week)

      I was looking at the Annapurna Panorma/ Poon Hill etc

      Should I book with a tour agency before I leave or is it cheaper to do it once you arrive with a local tour agency? I found a 5 day hike for $625aud. What would the normal cost be if booking on arrival to Kathmandu or Pokhara?

      Thanks!

      8 Answers Jul 29, 2016 at 5:57 PM
    • bus fare for taveling from kathmandu to sagarmatha zone

      Mount Everest Jun 15, 2016 at 7:39 AM

      how much does it cost to travel from kathmandu to sagarmatha form bus??

      3 Answers Jun 15, 2016 at 5:28 PM
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      Best transportation Pokhara-New Delhi overland

      Pokhara May 10, 2016 at 9:56 PM

      Hi...is there anyone know what's the best transportation to get New Delhi from Pokhara overland?
      Regarding I'm a female and will be traveling alone in December and I don't know much about the country. I heard that going to India by passing the border in Bhairahawa is tough and many scammers?
      Please let me know about the information. Thanks

      2 Answers May 11, 2016 at 12:15 PM
    • Trekking Routes

      Nepal Apr 17, 2016 at 12:38 AM

      Me and my buddies are planning a trek to Tsho Rolpa next month. What is the best trekking route? And what are the places that we have to look out for? Thanks.

      4 Answers May 11, 2016 at 12:44 PM
    • Mont Everest Base Camp

      Mount Everest Apr 8, 2016 at 4:06 AM

      Hello dear mountain lovers,
      planing on hiking the EBC around 22/05/16. Is anyone else interested in joining these dates?
      I am planing to take a jeep from KTM for 30 usd to Salleri and to hike from there to Lukla (2-3 days hike).
      I found a guide which costs around 15-20 usd a person (including also his living costs); the price will be reduced the bigger the group is.
      Anyone interested in sharing costs for the guide?
      xx isabel

      5 Answers Apr 13, 2016 at 2:52 AM
    • Book Guide in advance or not?

      Nepal Mar 16, 2016 at 1:46 PM

      Hi ! we are a couple of guys thinking about doing the EBC trek in May this year.
      And we want to do it "on our own terms" so no organised trip.
      But do you have any suggestions on when/how to get in touch with any guides?
      should we just figure it out in kathmandu or is it wiser to fix it before?

      //Ronnie

      5 Answers Apr 19, 2016 at 8:46 AM
    • NEPAL - Beautiful village to stay in for 14 days and do day trips from

      Nepal Mar 14, 2016 at 2:50 AM

      Hey...I am going to Nepal for one month the 3 of april and was planning to do the Annapurna Circuit. But i tripped over 3 weeks ago and are now looking for help to find a beautiful village which has lots of nice day trips where i can stay for 1-2 weeks and enjoy the village life as well.

      Thanks.
      Elisabeth

      6 Answers Mar 31, 2016 at 6:53 AM
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      tea water Nepal

      Nepal Mar 6, 2016 at 3:22 AM

      (tap water ) should we boil tea water 1 minutes or take you to bottled water for tea ?

      4 Answers Mar 6, 2016 at 12:24 PM
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      Trekking Nepal

      Nepal Feb 13, 2016 at 10:53 AM

      Any suggestions on remote, challenging, low tourist area treks in Nepal? I have 3 weeks to work with and already have a guide in place. We had planned the Dolpo, but it's just way too expensive. We hiked the Nar Phu Valley/Tilicho Lake two years ago and encountered less than 10 tourists the whole time. I'm hoping to have a similar experience this time. My guide has some ideas, but thought someone here might have a wonderful trip idea to share. Thanks for any input!

      3 Answers Mar 30, 2016 at 5:21 PM
    • Possible to buy fuel in Chukung?

      Khumbu Himal Feb 12, 2016 at 5:57 AM

      Is it possible to buy fuel for my stove (kerosene, diesel, white gas) in Chukung? Or maybe DIngboche/Pheriche?

      Thanks!

      1 Answer Feb 12, 2016 at 6:33 AM
    • Searching for trekking partners for Annapurna Base Camp - March

      Nepal Feb 11, 2016 at 7:17 AM

      Hello,

      I want do to the Annapurna Base Camp trekking in March, starting around the 16th of March. If someone wants to join, send me a message.

      Rebecca

      3 Answers Mar 3, 2016 at 8:09 AM
    • Current situation regarding TIMS cards

      Khumbu Himal Feb 9, 2016 at 11:01 AM

      Hi, I am finding different and contradicting information on this matter online:

      - is it possible to pick up a TIMS card anywhere in Katmandu on a Saturday? In this case 8th Oct 2016 (I believe there is some kind of festival going on around that weekend?)
      - is it possible to buy a TIMS card somewhere after Lukla? At additional costs?

      Thanks!

      3 Answers Feb 9, 2016 at 10:56 PM
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      10 day east trek to the Annapurna

      Annapurna Himal Feb 4, 2016 at 5:32 AM

      We are a 70 year old couple in good health looking to do a 10 day trek in the Annapurna's.
      We would like to stay below 7,000 ft and do a 4-5 hour trek each day
      Can anybody suggest a good itinerary?

      7 Answers Feb 5, 2016 at 4:17 PM
    • Further than EBC

      Mount Everest Jan 28, 2016 at 6:50 AM

      First off, I'm not a mountaineer nor a skilled climber and I have no delusion of reaching the summit :D

      I was wanting to trek to base camp, but from reading I'm worried that I'm going to be left craving for something more adventurous.

      I'm guessing next is icefall and camp 1.
      1.) Do you need lots of experience going there?
      2.) How much more would it cost?

      Thanks in advance :)

      6 Answers Feb 5, 2016 at 8:27 AM
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      Visa on arrival

      Nepal Jan 12, 2016 at 3:23 AM

      Coming to Nepal again in April from Australia....can we still obtain visas on arrival and if so, any idea of cost?
      Deciding the cheapest way, staying 3 weeks, can't wait !
      Anne

      4 Answers Jan 20, 2016 at 3:26 AM
    • Looking for trekmates-trekking in March'16-Annapurna Base Camp (Nepal)-17days

      Annapurna Himal Jan 9, 2016 at 12:57 PM

      Hi All,

      I am planning a trek to Annapurna Base Camp (Nepal)-17days in the month of March'16-April'16
      Looking for trek mates, 5-6 people (male/Female)

      Travel dates are Open
      Here is a Itinerary Overview. please let me know if anyone is interested.
      write to me at minisriva at g mail dot com

      Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu, 1350m/4428ft.
      Day 02: Kathmandu - Pokhara (820m/2510 ft)
      Day 03: Drive to Nayapul & trek to Tikhadhunga
      Day 04: Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,850m/9,350ft). 5-6 hrs walks
      Day 05: Poon Hill & Trek to Tadapani (2,710m/8,891ft), 6-7 hrs walk
      Day 06: Tadapani to Chhomrong (2,210m/7,249 ft), 5-6 hrs walk
      Day 07: Chhomrong- Dovan-Himalayan hotel (2,600m/8,528 ft)
      Day 08: Dovan- MBC- Annapurna Base Camp 4140m: 5-6 hrs
      Day 09: ABC- to Bamboo (2,300m/7,544 ft), 5- hrs walks
      Day 10: Bamboo to Jhinu Danda (1,780m/5,859 ft), 5-6 hrs walks
      Day 11: Jhinu Danda to Pokhara (823m/2,700ft), 6-7 hrs walk
      Day 12: Paragliding And sightseeing In Pokhara
      Day 13: Paragliding And sightseeing In Pokhara
      Day 14: Pokhara- Kathmandu – Evening explore Kathmandu
      Day 15: Kathmandu valley sightseeing 1350m/4428ft./ Or we can make it as additional day in ABC
      Day 16: Final Departure. – Depending on your flight, if evening flight we can visit places in Kathmandu

      8 Answers Jan 10, 2016 at 5:12 AM
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      Short treks 3-4days

      Himalayas Dec 12, 2015 at 2:03 PM

      HI. Looking at the posibillity of walking for 3-4 days after landing in Kathmandu With my wife.
      Where do we go from Katmandu and how much should we expect to pay for guide and accomodation. We are not looking for anything extreme but we would like to try out something on an alt of 3-400mters if possible.

      6 Answers Feb 28, 2016 at 8:27 PM
    • Info about Sherpani Col

      Nepal Dec 10, 2015 at 1:00 AM

      Hi, has anyone crossed Sherpani Col (not East Col, which is often wrongly called Sherpani; see himalaya-info.org/westcol_os... )? I'm planning to do so from West to East and have a hard time finding information about the crossing.

       

      Cheers

      Felix