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Nepal is located in the Himalayas and is bordered to the north by China, and to the south, east and west by India.

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Report on the joint World Heritage Centre/ICOMOS/ICCROM Reactive Monitoring mission to Kathmandu Valley (Nepal, C 121bis), 27 October-2 November 2015

Headlines

Sherpas Are Taking Control of Climbing in Nepal
Nepal warns of humanitarian crisis as India border blockade continues
Volunteering to be a tourist - @nepalitimes
Coming soon: “spotlight focus” on Everest & Sherpa welfare
Donor pockets 80 percent of grant assistance provided to Nepal for forest resources assessment
Mystery of the ancient kingdom discovered in Nepal - Daily Mail

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    Trek Nepal Pool

    Nepal Earthquake Relief – What Can You Do? @theblueyonder #NepalEarthQuake

    After the #‎NepalEarthquake‬

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-32817748
    http://blogs.dw.de/adventuresports/2015/05/26/temba-tsheri-sherpa-interview/

    April 2015 #‎NepalEarthquake‬

    Nepal_earthquake - Open Street Map
    Responsible Tourism Networking - Facebook
    usatoday - http://outbounding>mashable
    nepal-earthquake-reduces-world-heritage-sites-to-rubble
    usgs
    http://www.kathmandulivinglabs.org/earthquake - reports
    http://www.theguardian.com
    http://blog.travel-peopleandplaces
    http://theblueyonder.com - outbounding
    earthquakesnepal.blogspot.com - drone surveillance



    Flickr

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/socialtours

    Flickr Groups

    Nepal
    trek nepal

    Twitter

    @socialtours
    @KingGyawali
    @KTMLivingLabs
    @thenepalnow




    Tourism Portals

    http://www.welcomenepal.com
    http://www.welcomenepal.com/brand/index.asp
    https://www.facebook.com/nepaltourismboard

    Features

    Volunteer in Nepal - Key Organizations - Transitions Abroad

    Two peak tourism seasons are

    Mid Feb to early May:
    • Perfect weather
    • dry season
    • warm weather so high-altitude treks not that difficult or demanding
    • best time to see National flowers of Nepal, Rhododendron
    • Others (Culture: Nepalese New year falls around April)

    Mid Aug to early Dec:
    • dry season just after monsoon
    • green and lush
    • panoramic mountain views
    • Others (culturally best time too as our great festival, Dashain and Tihar fall on this time)

    Temperatures in Degrees Celsius (maximum – minimum Temperature)
    Place
    Jan
    Feb
    Mar
    Apr
    May
    Jun
    Jul
    Aug
    Sep
    Oct
    Nov
    Dec
    Kathmandu
    19 - 2
    20 - 4
    25 - 8
    30 - 11
    30 - 16
    30 – 20
    30 – 21
    29 – 20
    27 - 19
    23 - 15
    23 - 4
    20 - 2
    Pokhara
    20 - 8
    21 - 8
    27 - 11
    30 - 16
    30 - 19
    30 – 20
    30 – 21
    30 – 21
    29 – 20
    27 - 18
    23 - 11
    20 - 8
    Chitwan
    24 - 7
    26 - 8
    33 - 12
    35 - 18
    35 - 20
    35 - 23
    33 - 24
    33 – 24
    32 - 22
    31 - 18
    29 - 12
    24 - 8
    Average rainfall in Nepal
    Month
    Rainfall (in mm)

    Month
    Rainfall (in mm)
    January
    47

    July
    327
    February
    11

    August
    206
    March
    15

    September
    99
    April
    5

    October
    42
    May
    46

    November
    0
    June
    135

    December
    1

    - Travel Budgets -
    Kathmandu (City tour) USD 75- USD 230 inclusive of accommodation (non- star hotel/ heritage hotel), transportation, entrance fees, guide

    During trek: USD 85- USD 250 inclusive of accommodation with three meals, trek permit, guide charge and insurance, porter charge and insurance



















    Social Tours

    http://www.google.com/profiles/socialtours
    http://www.facebook.com/socialtours.nepal
    https://www.facebook.com/socialtours.np
    http://www.linkedin.com/company/socialtours.com-travels
    http://socialtours.blogspot.com
    http://socialtours.blogspot.com/2014/04/thoughts-on-last-2-months-interning.html
    @socialtours
    @KingGyawali

    RTR - Responsible Tourism Reporting is an initiative started in the UK by Jenefer Bobbin. It was developed and researched in Nepal at www.socialtours.com and then developed as a system for companies to follow worldwide. Three companies from Nepal and one from the UK use this system, and others are following in Nepal as well. rtreporting.org

    Sustainable Tourism Network Nepal - A network started in 1999 by the Nepal Tourism Board and supported by SNV, this informal group brings together people and organisations interested in Responsible Tourism. Its member based, and does some activity in promotion of small initiatives. Lauded a lot as a wonderful PPP intiative, it could be more effective than it is at the moment. http://www.stn.org.np | http://www.responsibletravelnepal.com

    SRBDN Forum - The Socially Responsible Business Development Network is a email list developed by Lotus Holdings, to promote sustainable and responsible practice in businesses in Nepal. They send out regular newsletters informing members of whats happening around the world. http://www.srbdn.org.np

    References

    Current Time
    Nepal

    Recommended listening

    http://www.radiosagarmatha.org
    Established in 1997, Radio Sagarmatha is the first independent community radio in entire South Asia. On air from 5 am to 11 pm every day from its studio in Lalitpur, it has evolved as a truly independent and highly credible community radio of Nepal. Radio Sagarmatha had got the license following nearly half a decade of struggle, with as many as 17 conditions which must be adhered to. The conditions included that Radio Sagarmatha cannot broadcast news and current affair programs while also refraining from taking up economic agenda. The permit was issued allowing broadcast time of two hours a day using 100 watt transmitter. Another condition was that government officials would vet the issues which would form the program.

    But Radio Sagamatha soon started talking the language of the people by breaking the monopoly of government-owned radio going back to 50 years. It started its mission by giving voice to the people by respecting the right of the people to information while also giving them voice so that they too can come up with their views on issues of public concern. However it was not a joy ride for Radio Sagarmatha since it had to face a number of obstacles and hardship coming to it from both democratic and regressive regimes. But it came out successful in both expanding its mandate and area of work. Said conversely, Radio Sagarmatha is itself a social campaign and saga of continual struggle.

    It really came out as a player of the big league when it played an important role during the Free Independent Radio Movement before the year 2005. That was the period which saw community broadcasting coming under the scanner of the erstwhile government with the ulterior motives of gagging the free voice of the community. True to its objectives of playing the role of defender of democracy, Radio Sagarmatha has successfully espoused the cause of freedom of the speech, rule of law, desired gender relations, human and women's rights and role of youth in economic development throughout the past while the mission remains unchanged. What's more, it has been setting community and public interest broadcasting standard in not only Nepal but in entire South Asia.

    It is verily the defender of democracy and freedom of speech. This was substantiated by a crackdown on it during the royal regime in December 2005 when a troop of army raided out studio and took away equipment and arrested journalists on duty for merely broadcasting an interview of CPN-Maoist Chairman Prachanda from BBC Nepal Service as part of the long-running arrangement with the BBC. A spirited fight culminated in the discomfiture of authoritarianism. It has emerged stronger than ever.

    Indigenous Peoples

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherpa

    Ethnic groups include Gurungs and Magars who live mainly in the western region; Rais, Limbus and Sunwars who live in the eastern middle hills; Sherpas, Manangbas and Lopas who live near the mountains of Everest, Annapurna and Mustang respectively; Newars who live in and around the Kathmandu valley; Tharus, Yadavas, Satar, Rajvanshis and Dhimals who live in the Tarai region; and Brahmins, Chhetris and Thakuris generally spread over all parts of the country. (Welcome Nepal)

    Newa Peoples

    http://www.newatimes.com - @newa_issues - <https://www.facebook.com/Newa.Issues
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newa_people

    Travel Safety

    The official write up on safety in Nepal written by the tourism board : http://www.welcomenepal.com/nepal/safe.asp
    Safety Blog written by the tourism industry in Nepal - http://nepaltraveladvisory.blogspot.com

    News from Nepal
    Current News : http://www.nepalnews.com
    News and Analysis: http://www.nepalitimes.com
    Newspapers : http://www.ekantipur.com , http://www.myrepublica.com, http://www.ekantipur.com/the-kathmandu-post, http://www.thehimalayantimes.com
    http://www.nepalnews.com

    Mountains

    The mountainous north has eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest, called Sagarmatha in Nepali.

    Parks

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sagarmatha_National_Park

    Pokhara

    http://www.nepalvista.com/travel/pokhara.html
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g293891-d1156790-Reviews-Moondance_Restaurant-Pokhara.html
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokhara

    Development Organisations working in Tourism
    International Center for Integrated Mountain Development - ICIMOD - http://www.icimod.org
    SNV Nepal - http://www.snvworld.org/en/countries/nepal/Pages/default.aspx
    GIZ Nepal - http://www.includenepal.org

    Nepal-20091119-092


    Elsewhere

    Destination Nepal - Lonely Planet
    Volunteering in Nepal - Transitions Abroad
    Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation
    Nepal Trek Leaders
    Guidelines to Travelling Responsibly in Nepal
    Responsible Tourism Audit Report
    Volunteering Code of Conduct

    Wiki

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    ecotourismasia

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    misc

    #NepalEarthquake,

    Wikipedia

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumbini
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepal
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Namaste
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baburam_Bhattarai




    Images

    Nepal earthquake displacement

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