The majority of people in Nepal are Hindu rather than Buddhist as we had expected. In the mountains, the majority are Buddhist. Prayer flags and prayer wheels are common.
Almost the entire Nepali royal family was killed in a murder suicide by one of the crown princes in 2001, leading to the downfall and elimination of the monarchy.
Many villages in Nepal don’t have road access. Most things are carried on trains of ponies, but large or fragile items are transported by human porters.
Nepal is a very poor country. Outside of the cities and trekking routes, most people live a very basic existence.
The Himalayan mountains are really big. They make the Rockies look small.
The city of Pokhara is an adventure seekers paradise. Mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, trekking, mountain climbing, canyoneering, and paragliding are all done against a backdrop of spectacular mountains.
Pokhara also has a great streak house. Surprisingly the steaks are imported from India, where it was virtually impossible to find beef. In most other places in Nepal, you can only get buffalo.
The streets in Kathmandu fold up at ten PM, including most restaurants.
We couldn’t get enough ‘momos’ — small dumplings filled with vegetables or meat that are steamed or fried.
Trekking in Nepal is better than going to a ‘fat farm’. Two to three weeks of walking in the mountains will take weight off anyone.
The menu at all trekking guest houses is almost identical. The only difference is that the prices get higher the further you get away from the road.
On average, all the trekking in Nepal is flat. There is just a lot of up and down in between.