Religion: Nepal is the only official Hindu kingdom in the world. Eighty per cent of the population are Hindus, the remainder are mainly Buddhist, especially the Sherpa peoples. The two religions live harmoniously together. Travellers to Nepal should dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious areas.
Language: English is fairly widely spoken throughout Nepal, especially in the major centres. The official language of Nepal is Nepali. It is similar to Hindi which is spoken widely in India. In the Everest region, the Sherpa language is also spoken, a derivative of Tibetan.
Area (sq. km): 140,800 square meters
Time: Nepal is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT.
Airports: Tribhuvan International Airport is the international point of arrival. Domestic flights to the Everest region fly from Kathmandu to Lukla and domestic flights for the Annapurna region fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Telephone: The international dialling code for Nepal is +977
Telephone calls, especially international ones, can be expensive when made from a hotel. We suggest you check the price first. If you have a mobile phone it should be a relatively simple procedure to arrange ‘global roaming’ with your service provider; however, charges are generally very high so be sure to check this option thoroughly before using it. Phone calls made from public telephone offices are generally your cheapest option.
Electricity: Voltage in Nepal is 220 volts (50 cycles). You will need an international adaptor. Most sockets are two pins - round. Electricity supplies are subject to occasional disruption. Once on trek, only a few lodges have electric power points.
Food: Kathmandu has many excellent and exciting restaurants offering Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan, Chinese and Western menus. Your leader will have the latest information on the best restaurants. All of these restaurants serve hygienically prepared food and are reasonably priced - US$5-US$15 will get you an excellent meal.
Mingma! Julay!namestey! hope you are in good health. Sorry to write you lately. Our trip to Thiland made us busy so we were unable to write you back. Mingma the trekking was well organised and I had a wonderful time with you.. . Ladhak is a wonderful place and your guiding made it much much better. We all are very happy and eager to visit your country sikkim next time.
The way you describe sikkim, it really seems to be a nice place. We will promote for you wherever we go. Thanks for your support when the chips were down..
Convey our regards to Jigmee,Arun and Horse man. Hope we will meet then again. Harry,Dorris Michael and Gracy Switzerland 2009
Max, hope you are doing fine business. We are thankful for your warm guidance and wonderful trekking arrangements in a short time. Mingma the food was excellent. We will return to sikkim with friends and family someday. We would no doubt recommend your company mountain tours and treks to all of our friends who want to visit India and specially sikkim and Darjeeling. Adam and wanda Netherland. 2010
Mingma, thanks for your mail. We are still in kerela and doing familiarization trip. Its very hot out here. Mingma your trekking arrangements was good and we had no hesitation in recommending your company. Your guide and cook was very good. We had more than enough varieties of food everyday. We surely hope that you will do well.
Well take care and best of luck Andrew, Roben and David Switzerland 2011 feb