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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

2019 World Ranger Congress



rss

nepal - Google News

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

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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

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Wikipedia

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




Images

Nepal earthquake displacement

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