Population: 30+/- million
Capital city: Kathmandu (population 1 million)
Major airports: Kathmandu (KTM), Pokhara (PKR)
Main tourist draws: Mt Everest and Annapurna treks, Bhaktapur ancient city, temples in Kathmandu – Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Ghorapani Poon Hill trek near Pokhara
Exchange rate: 1 USD = 102 NPR (Nepalese rupee) (Jan 2018) To my knowledge there is no ATM in the airport. Prepare to take cash to exchange. There are ATM’s in Tamel, the popular tourist area, but two that I saw weren’t working.
Local cuisine: Dal baht, baby, dal baht everywhere, everyday dal baht! (there’s a story behind this), Nepalese dumplings called momo, buffalo curd (yogurt) which is delicious and sold in clay pots you return to the vendor, a spicy chickpea dish I only saw eaten at breakfast that I think is called Chana.
Beer: Nepal Ice, Gorkha, Commando (gotta try this one just because of the name), Mustang Premium Lager, Kathmandu and many more I haven’t tried. These are all okay. I lean towards Mustang lager as a fave
Below is a slide show of some of my favorite pictures from my first two trips to Nepal. I’ve never been anywhere with more entertaining monkeys.