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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 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) . 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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      HI Nepal Trip In June 2015

      by samwax Online Now Apr 23, 2015 at 8:54 AM

      HI , Nepal Trip In June 2015 , travelling from manali tp nepal , any tips , etc transport etc appreciated specially the weather in nepal , in June 2015 thanks sam

      14 Answers Apr 23, 2015 at 11:17 PM
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      Jumla to Beni

      by kikuchi Online Now Oct 18, 2014 at 10:16 PM


      Reading the lonley planet this trek should be permit free (Hence no guide required). I would like to trek independently (No guide).

      From Jumla to Dunai and from there to Beni via Dhorpatan.

      Can someone second this for me? It would be very inconvenience if all of a sudden I'm blocked by some check post.

      Thanks in advance

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      Trekking Pokhara-Jomsom

      by 2047hakan Online Now Aug 24, 2014 at 2:06 AM

      Hi! I am going to trekk Pokhara-Jomsom in feb-15.Do I need a permit for this route? If so, can I get it in Pokhara or only in Kathmandu? If possible in Pokhara, is this a time consuming procedure,or is if possible to get the permit, go to the startpoint and start to walk the same day.
      Did this trekk 22 yrs ago,now i want to show my doughter. Is it still a good trekk.all the way or is it a idea to walk where the trail and road is seperated and go by bus where there is a road in order to save a day and spend more time in Kabeni/Muktinath? If you have any more info regarding this, please let me know...


      1 Answer Aug 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM
    • One day trip to Nepalganj

      by pl618 Online Now Aug 12, 2014 at 12:23 AM

      Is it worth going if I have to take a break from my hectic schedule? I wanna go to the place where I can get peace. Any leads are welcome.

      Cheers :)

      1 Answer Aug 12, 2014 at 12:41 AM
    • Transportation details

      by Pratyush.Bhandari Online Now Apr 21, 2014 at 1:39 AM

      Which Bus Should I take from KTM to Nepalgunj? Bus that is comfort and reliable with no passangers extra than that of the total bus seats.

      2 Answers Apr 22, 2014 at 12:07 AM
    • How can I get from Lucknow to Nepalgunj? How much will it cost?

      by Conner_up Online Now Dec 13, 2013 at 6:06 AM

      How can I get from Lucknow to Nepalgunj? How much will it cost?

      1 Answer Dec 13, 2013 at 2:51 PM
    • planning for EBC from JIRI.starting from may first week 2014.

      by sindabad Online Now Nov 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Any one on during this time...

      5 Answers Nov 19, 2013 at 5:52 AM
    • Travelling in Nepal in July

      by Mandjules Online Now Jun 25, 2013 at 7:41 AM

      I am supposed to be travelling to Nepal in July and am worried about the monsson and flooding. We've had lots of different answers form people. We intend to do an Annapurna trek and spend time in Chitwan and Katnmandu valley. Does anyone know if it is pointless trying to trek in this season or whether it is worth going ahead. The other alternative is changing plans and going to Ladahk. Any comments and ideas would be very welcome

      4 Answers Jul 9, 2013 at 10:56 PM
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      visa requirements

      by puma_2002 Online Now Jun 22, 2013 at 3:37 AM

      hi guys,

      I'm rusty at the requirements - where do I get my tourist visas for nepal,seoul and philippines? I'm in Australia

      5 Answers Jun 23, 2013 at 2:55 AM
    • is it antique shops/dealers in Nepalganj?

      by fortross13 Online Now Dec 5, 2006 at 7:21 AM

      Hello,did any one have seen antique shops or dealers in Nepalganj?
      I'm mostly interested in archaic wooden sculptures from west Nepal....
      I'm gratefull to you for the answers beforehand!