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Observations about Nepal

  • 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.