My love affair with Nepal began when my brother moved there for a year back in 2005. I can remember receiving emails from him where he would describe the friendly locals, endless
As I arrived in Kathmandu, following what I would call an uncomfortable (but super cheap) flight (uncomfortable due to the lack of free movies, eatable food, and
Here is a small tale of my adventure, and few tips if you’re planning a Nepalese adventure of your own.
I planned my trek in the Annapurna region, picked for its greenery and for being slightly less intimidating through my eyes than Everest (
There were countless stories along the way of
That being said, if (and when) I return to Nepal, if I was with a group of friends or chose a trek with more people in the group rather than going solo, I wouldn't have an issue booking locally. Safety in numbers!
As a solo female
The hustle and bustle when you arrive at Kathmandu airport at midnight
Just like when
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The tap water and river water in Nepal is unsafe to drink so trekkers have a choice between bottled water, purification tablets or boiling water. Most guest houses I stopped at along the way provided boiled water at a price (but cheaper than bottles), so make sure you have a few metal drink bottles to fill up. Using boiled water is more environmentally friendly than purchasing bottles.
If you do buy bottled water make sure the top has not been
Remember to also avoid food that may have been washed in contaminated water or drinking anything with ice in them, as the ice may have been made from tap water. Anything that has been cooked though will be fine to eat.
I love food. So despite the fact that most people suggested I should avoid all meat and my usual gluttonist ways while in Nepal... I ate everything! Dal Bhat, mutton and vegetable momos, water buffalo, chicken curry, yak cheese. I could start eating dal bhat
A lot of people I've spoken to have become sick from the Nepali food, but as I didn't get sick, my advice is - if you eat spicy food at home, you'll be fine in Nepal. It's the water you need to look out for.
Take walking poles! I thought I was too fit and cool for walking pole, but I was wrong. The impact on your knees and your toes while walking
If you’re wondering how
I met a guy in Kathmandu who was running twice a day in 2 hour lots with a 15kg backpack in preparation for the same trek I was doing. Yes, that intimidated me. But I was fine, I took it slow, stopped when
That guy completed the trek in less than HALF the time that I did, but that's not to say he enjoyed it more!
Nepal is everything I could have hoped for. The sounds, smells, hustle
Kate Hoffman was an Editorial Producer at World Nomads. She lives for all things travel and food. Follow her on twitter @Hoffkate.
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