Kathmandu has a wide variety of international class hotels to suit everyone's fancies and finances. Please, check under "Conference Venue & Official Hotels" on the menu bar for information on the official conference hotels.
AIRPORT and VENUE TRANSFERS The delegates who book the official hotels through the conference website will be provided complimentary transportation between the airport and the official hotels upon arrival and departure. Complimentary transportation will also be provided between the official hotels and the conference venue.
SIGHT-SEEINGS & EXCURSIONS You can take advantage of your conference to visit the country as well. There are many tours and excursions to choose from in order to enrich your visit to Nepal. Please, click on "Tours & Excursions" of the menu bar to check various options available to suit your preferences.
CUSTOMS All baggage must be declared and cleared through the customs on arrival at the port of entry. Passengers arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) without any dutiable goods can proceed through the Green Channel for quick clearance without a baggage check. If you are carrying dutiable articles, you have to pass through the Red Channel for detailed customs clearance.
Visitors are permitted to import the following for their personal use: Cigarettes, 200 sticks; cigars, 50 sticks; alcoholic liquor, one bottle not exceeding 1.15 liters; beer, 12 cans; one binocular; one movie camera with 12 rolls of film or one video camera; one ordinary camera with 15 rolls of film; one tape recorder with 15 tape reels or cassettes; one perambulator; one laptop computer.
CLIMATE & CLOTHING Only warm clothing including sweater & jacket will be required in Kathmandu during the conference in December.
Temperature Chart (in Celcius)
Rainfall Chart (in mm.)
|Chance of a dry day||95%||91%||93%||85%||74%||54%||33%||37%||62%||88%||98%||99%|
|Hours of sunshine||5:54||5:39||7:37||9:30||5:43||4:54||2:37||2:23||3:18||5:12||5:12||
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION Metered taxis are easily recognizable by the taxi sign and black number plates and can be hailed off the street. Battery run EV tempos are also available. There are micro and normal buses with the three cities of the Kathmandu Valley. However, not all points in the cities are served by public transportation and fixed timings are practically non-existent. Taxi fares are negotiable and should be arranged beforehand.
HEALTH INSURANCE A travel insurance policy that covers theft, loss and medical treatment is highly recommended. Make sure the insurance covers the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal such as trekking or river-rafting.
IMMUNIZATION Nepal does not require any particular immunization for your visit. Cholera, Meningitis, Tetanus & Diphtheria, Typhoid and Gamma Globulin are some of the vaccinations that should be considered for your trip. Please consult your physician and get a complete check-up before your departure.
PREVENTION THE BEST MEDICINE Care in what you eat and drink is the most important health rule. The number one rule is 'don't consume the water including ice'. Reputable brands of bottled water or soft drinks are generally fine. Take care with fruit juice, particularly if water may have been added.
Milk should be treated with suspicion as it is often unpasteurized. Boiled milk is fine if it is kept hygienically, and yogurt is usually good. Tea or coffee should also be OK since the water would have been boiled. Salads and fruit should be washed with purified water or peeled where possible. Ice cream is usually OK if it is a reputable brand name, but beware of ice cream that has melted and been refrozen. Thoroughly cooked food is the safest but not if it has been left to cool. Stomach upsets are the most likely travel health problem but the majority of these upsets will be relatively minor. Wash your hands frequently, as it's quite easy to contaminate your own food. You should clean your teeth with purified water rather than straight from the tap. Avoid climatic extremes: keep out of the sun when it is hot, dress warmly when it is cold. Avoid potential diseases by dressing sensibly. You can get worm infections through bare feet. Try to avoid insect bites by covering bare skin when insects are around, by screening windows or by using insect repellents.
ELECTRICITY All electrical outlets in the hotels and other areas are 220 to 240 volts, 50 cycles, continental plugs. For Multi-voltage appliances like laptops, plug adaptor is needed. For 110 to 120 electronics, plug adaptor plus step-down transformer is necessary.
MONEY Nepalese Rupees comes in denominations of 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 20, 10, 5, 2, and 1. Coins come in denomination of 10, 25, 50 paisa, 1 rupee and 2 rupees. One rupee equals 100 paisa.
Payment in hotels, travel agencies, and airlines are made in convertible currencies. Credit cards such as American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted at major hotels, shops, and restaurants. Remember to keep your Foreign Exchange Encashment Receipt while making foreign exchange payments or transferring foreign currency into Nepalese rupees. The receipts may be needed to change left-over Nepalese rupees into hard currency before leaving the country. However, only 10 percent of the total amount may be converted back by the bank.
Major banks, hotels and the foreign exchange counters at Tribhuvan International Airport provide services for exchanging foreign currency. US Dollar Traveler's Cheques can be purchased from American Express at Durbar Marg and other major banks in Kathmandu.
ATM machines are widely available in Kathmandu and Pokhara for drawing cash from credit cards and debit cards.
LANGUAGE Nepali is the mostly used official language in Nepal. However travel, trade and most of the literate people understand and speak English.
COMMUNICATION FACILITIES International calling centers and cyber cafes are widely available in Kathmandu. Internet access and international calls should also be available in your hotel.
TIME ZONE Nepal Standard Time is GMT+0545 Hours.
BUSINESS HOURS Business hours are from 10am to 5pm in the summer and 10am to 4pm in the winter from Sunday to Thursday and until 3 pm on Friday. Saturday is the weekly holiday in Nepal. Malls, shops and markets are generally open from 10am to 7pm.
FOOD & BEVERAGE Rice is the staple food is usually eaten two time during the day in Nepal served with curries, lentils and pickles. However, most international cuisines are available in hotels and restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara at reasonable prices. There are also plenty of fast food outlets in Kathmandu, including Pizza Hut and KFC. Mineral water is available everywhere you go, from street vendors to shopping centers. Cafes, bars, pubs and night clubs offer wide variety international drinks and spirits.
MORE TRAVEL INFORMATION If you need maps and more travel information, please, visit www.welcomenepal.com which is the official web-site of Nepal Tourism Board.