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Kathmandu

I'm going to Kathmandu on Sunday as a volunteer to work in a school for a month. The weather forecast looks bad, but is the heavy rain just intermittent short showers, or is it likely to last all day?

Also is the flight to see Everest & the Himalayas worth the money? I'm assuming there is no flight unless it's clear?

I'll have the weekends free - any ideas?

Thanks

Val

Kathmandu, Nepal
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1. Re: Kathmandu

Hi

the rainy season will be over in just about 2 weeks. Yes, it has been raining heavily in the last several days but it is at the tail end of Monsoon. I would say it is intermittent but mostly all night long and also in the late afternoon as well.

I recommend going on the everest flight towards the end of your one month here in Nepal so the weather will be more favourable.

You may do the following activities during yuour free weekends:

1. Mountain Biking -

2. Short hikes to the surrounding mountains

3. Trip to pokhara to enjoy the lake district

4. Yoga and meditation to Kopan Monastry

5. rafting

6. Bird watching trip around kathmandu valley

7. Indoor climbing wall

8. etc etc

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2. Re: Kathmandu

The forecast on

www.timeanddate.com/weather/nepal/kathmandu

doesn't look too bad: probably the last throws of the monsoon ?

The Mountain Flight is good (and doesn't operate in poor weather), but is expensive. Perhaps as an alternative you might consider flying to Pokhara for a weekend and enjoying the chilled-out atmosphere of the place. You'd get great mountain views on the way.

Exploring Kathmandu will take some time, and I'd recommend visiting Bhaktapur as well, again perhaps staying overnight as it's a magical place, particularly once the day-trippers have gone.

Consider going to Nagarkot for a night to watch sunset and sunrise over the mountains.

Oxford, United...
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3. Re: Kathmandu

Hi Sunil & Alanyeti,

Thanks for the speedy & helpful replies. Sounds as if you both know & love the place.

Val

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5. Re: Kathmandu

good adivce from Alanyeti and Sunil

if you take out the visibility part

rain showers are a blessing in ktm in my view

keeps the dust and smoke down - as you will see

in this super polluted valley which used to be prestine not too long ago

to get the feel for what everest flight is like

go to youtube, search for key word "everest flight buddha air" etc.

and browse through some videos there

you will get the gist - little pricey if you ask me

but if one has the dream to see everest upclose

w/o the hassle of treks or trips to hill stations this is the way to go

if you are free on weekend hiking, mountain biking and short rafting excursions to sunkosi and trishuli might be it - along with things Sunil dude listed above

although trip to PKR an a weekend would be a stretch even you if fly both ways

my favorite thing around KTM is to go hiking on the hills surrounding the valley

here's a link to the blog of a hike i recently did - most of which can be done with mountain bike as well

…blogspot.com/2012/08/ktm-valley-nagarkot-dh…

good luck

Edited: 1:42 am, September 15, 2012
Kathmandu, Nepal
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Val,

There are a lot of activities you can do in Kathmandu on weekends. It really depends of your appetite. Besides the adventureous stuff I mentioned above, you may also do things like

Learn how to cook like locals

Learn Nepali Language

visit various pilgrimage sites

or even try a game of golf up in Gokarna.

You will not run out of things to do in Nepal for months. Tell me your interests and I might suggest you more activities.

Kathmandu, Nepal
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