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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 07, 2017
VT Itineraries for Nepal?

I liked the idea of VT Itineraries, but never got around to write itineraries on my own VT pages. Instead, some two and a half years ago I started collecting itineraries - in the beginning as a response to all the questions on the Nepal Forum. That developed into a book which is coming out now in Kathmandu, "Adventures in Nepal. Discovering the Country and the People". I hasten to mention that I wrote this book with a friend for free (even paid our research expenses), and had the Norwegian Embassy modestly sponsoring the design, print and distribution. We receive no royalties. The book is for sale at a not-for profit rate, where the sales money go back into printing more copies according to market request and providing a distribution subsidy. Reasonably priced. A low-resolution edition of the book will be made available for free on an accessible web page of the Norway-Nepal Association later.
The effort was done in order to attract visitors to Nepal, to familiarize them with simple how-to in Nepal, ease their anxiety after the earth quakes, and to encourage the spread of tourism jobs and salaries to other places than in the iconic areas and the crowded trails.
We wrote nearly 130 treks and activities - all of them non-motorized, but not necessarily trekking - covering all but 17 of Nepal's 75 districts. You will hopefully recognize some of the VT spirit in this book. For several of the treks I have consulted VT Nepal pages for confirmation and relevance, but most of the itineraries go in areas that are not on VT/Nepal, in places not many would venture into, or areas people not described in traditional guidebooks. However, in the future the book will need an update, so I look forward to keep in touch with fellow Nepal clan VT'ers. Anyone out there?
Our book does not undermine other guidebooks or web sites, but roll out the real map of opportunities that exist in Nepal. Then you go ahead and buy a specific guide book for your backpack. All we have described is commercially available (but no expeditions, charter helicopters etc.), modestly available, and downplaying the over-featured areas. I am amazed myself of all there is to see and do. My conclusion after all this research, statistics and screening of every district in Nepal, is that people will tend to go where "everybody else has been before". And they are just not aware of the opportunities beyond. From this I had intended to present some of the routes I have taken myself in VT Itineraries. And then, just as the book is ready from the printers VT closes down. If there were to be a dedication in that book, it would have gone to the VT Community and Spirit. The book will become available on Himalayan Map House in Kathmandu and their outlets shortly, and, give it some more time, there will be a free pdf version available on the net. Write me on for further info regarding availability and other questions. I am truly sorry VT and this Forum closes at the end of February.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 07, 2017
VT closing down - what about the Nepal clan?

There is a lot of valuable information saved between us on our member pages; any chance of a coordinated effort to save the Nepal info and make the info available somehow? With some of the features of the old VT, incl. the Forum? I am not a very technically capable person, that's why I ask. In fact, I am beginning to take down some of the info from my VT pages to my personal computer in word format, simple cut and past. Most of the original formatting is lost. Asn an example, my Svalbard pages alone (not arrived to Nepal yet) ran to 167 pages of text and thumbnail photos. I think my Nepal files are even larger. There are literally b o o k s of info on Nepal.

To start with, let's keep in touch! My VT nome de guerre is Saagar, my real name is Olav Myrholt, and you can reach me on deurali@online no, and in a little while (about VT close-down time) . I maintain a Facebook page in my real name and I think I will establish my VT Friends group there for now.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 13, 2016
Overweight tourist with a bad back!  (4 Answers)

So my husband and I are booked to go to Kathmandu at Christmas but I am having a hard time finding things for us to do since he has a bad back and can't tolerate much as far as hiking, rafting (probably too cold anyway), or long bumpy bus rides. Any ideas for short comfy day trips from Kathmandu would be appreciated! Or should we hop Yeti Air or Buddha Airlines to Chitwan or Pohkara to avoid that 6 hour ride on land? Help! I think staying 7 days in Kathmandu only might be too hectic as it is a busy bustling city!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 23, 2016
Looking for Trekmates in Annapurna on February/March '17  (4 Answers)

I'm going to Nepal on February '17. I want to trek in Annapurna but I think I shoudn't (obvious).
That's why I'm just looking for solo travellers like or groups to join os just share the trekking.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 11, 2016
tourist visa for nipal from pakistan .  (6 Answers)

need help regarding tourist visa for Nepal from Pakistan , can a perso having offcial passport applies for gartis viasa

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 01, 2016
Trekking Annurpuria Circuit Oct 17  (2 Answers)

My partner and I are planning to walk the circuit next year. We wish hire a guide and porter. This will be our first trip trekking in Nepal.
Please I would wish recommendations of trekking companies from you.
Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 19, 2016
Reputable Tour Company Kathmandu  (4 Answers)

I am planning to go to Everest Base Camp in March/ April 2017, I was wondering if anyone could recommend a trust worthy and reputable tour company based in Kathmandu.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 13, 2016
Christmas in KTM?  (2 Answers)

Has anyone spent Xmas in KTM and if so what is there to do? Are there bars and restaurants with music, jazz, rock? We won't be trekking so are looking for entertainment in the city. Good places to eat? Hear music, etc.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 16, 2016
Trekking Routes  (4 Answers)

Me and my buddies are planning a trek to Tsho Rolpa next month. What is the best trekking route? And what are the places that we have to look out for? Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 16, 2016
Book Guide in advance or not?  (5 Answers)

Hi ! we are a couple of guys thinking about doing the EBC trek in May this year.
And we want to do it "on our own terms" so no organised trip.
But do you have any suggestions on when/how to get in touch with any guides?
should we just figure it out in kathmandu or is it wiser to fix it before?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 14, 2016
NEPAL - Beautiful village to stay in for 14 days and do day trips from  (6 Answers)

Hey...I am going to Nepal for one month the 3 of april and was planning to do the Annapurna Circuit. But i tripped over 3 weeks ago and are now looking for help to find a beautiful village which has lots of nice day trips where i can stay for 1-2 weeks and enjoy the village life as well.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 06, 2016
tea water Nepal  (4 Answers)

(tap water ) should we boil tea water 1 minutes or take you to bottled water for tea ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 13, 2016
Trekking Nepal  (3 Answers)

Any suggestions on remote, challenging, low tourist area treks in Nepal? I have 3 weeks to work with and already have a guide in place. We had planned the Dolpo, but it's just way too expensive. We hiked the Nar Phu Valley/Tilicho Lake two years ago and encountered less than 10 tourists the whole time. I'm hoping to have a similar experience this time. My guide has some ideas, but thought someone here might have a wonderful trip idea to share. Thanks for any input!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 11, 2016
Searching for trekking partners for Annapurna Base Camp - March  (3 Answers)


I want do to the Annapurna Base Camp trekking in March, starting around the 16th of March. If someone wants to join, send me a message.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 12, 2016
Visa on arrival  (4 Answers)

Coming to Nepal again in April from Australia....can we still obtain visas on arrival and if so, any idea of cost?
Deciding the cheapest way, staying 3 weeks, can't wait !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 10, 2015
Info about Sherpani Col

Hi, has anyone crossed Sherpani Col (not East Col, which is often wrongly called Sherpani; see )? I'm planning to do so from West to East and have a hard time finding information about the crossing.




Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 03, 2015
plan to visit september ABC trek  (3 Answers)

Please help about below point
1. Cost from Bangladesh
2. 10 days possible or not ?
3. weather condition preferable or not ?
4. Advice something for good trekking .

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 30, 2015
Visit Visa  (11 Answers)

May i know what are the requirements for applying a visit/tourist visa for Nepal?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 03, 2015
Everest Base Camp w/o guide  (9 Answers)

Hi, I'm plannign a trip to EBC next year. Want to do it on my own without tours/guides/porters. I'm wondering if I can simply rock up there, pitch my tent and stay a night or two? Or are there any special overnight permits or similar required?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 03, 2015
Three Passes trek w/o guide - which permits etc are required?  (5 Answers)

I'm planning the Three Passes trek next year without porter or guide. However I'm getting confused as to which permits are required and how to get them? Has aynone here done this Trek (or any other in the Everest region since I assume that the regulations will be similar)?
I'm also plannign the side trip to EBC - can I just rock up there, pitch my tent and stay a night or two?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 06, 2015
Anyone want a trekking buddy?  (4 Answers)

Hello. I am 26 years old solo traveller from Australia and I am going on an Earthquake support trek in November and I am looking for like minded travel buddies to share the experience with. If you would like to join me. Please let me know and we can chat further details and stuff. Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 14, 2015
Joining your efforts  (5 Answers)

I am flying in on May 23rd from US and will be there for a month to help in any way I can. I am taking first aid and CPR with the Red Cross prior to flying out and will be bringing a special water purification system (specifically kills parasite in water this season) and grains and light cooking equipment. I am answering God's request that I go and am traveling alone. Presently the airport is reported as being closed but I am hopeful that it will be open by the time I am scehduled to fly in. May I join your group's efforts? Because I am not a registered doctor I have not been taken on with any other group. I have donated money through organizations but feel in my heart that I must be there to help in the way God intends. I will be obtaining an international phone and in that way may be able to get in touch upon landing or will meet at a designated location depending on what the situation is. If there is anything that would be helpful for me to bring that is needed I would be happy to do so per your advisement. Thank you so much for your taking the time to read and respond. I look forward to hearing from you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 12, 2015
Nepalese name Payma / Paima  (4 Answers)

Hi there, I travelled to Darjeeling in India and did some trekking in Singalila National Park. During the trek we crossed the border into Nepal and stayed in a village where we met a little girl who we fell in love with! We were told her name was Payma or Paima or possibly Bayma. I can't find any record of this as a Nepali name, or a meaning for the word, so wonder if I may have misheard or misunderstood the pronunciation.

Any help would be much appreciated! We are expecting a baby are considering naming her Payma/Bayma but want to get the spelling and origin of the name correct if possible - if it exists!

Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 26, 2015
Nepal Earthquake!  (4 Answers)

If you are looking for your loved ones in Nepal, please call these Emergency Numbers in Nepal provided by Embassy of Nepal:

00977 1 4200258
00977 1 4200105
00977 1 4200203


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 17, 2015
Trek to Langtang Valley  (3 Answers)

Hi, me along with my team member are planning to trek in Langtang Valley for 10 days. Can you suggest me the travel agency which provides the best itinery. Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 04, 2015
Monastery stay in Nepal  (6 Answers)

hi all. I was hoping you could help me. My boyfriend is thinking about going to Nepal and staying in a buddihst monastery for two months. He is prepared to work there, teach english or do any sort of labour. He is looking for somewhere really traditional and remote, in the mountains. Is there anywhere that you know of which will accept him? And let him stay there? How would he approach them? Contact them before hand or just trun up? I will appreciate your help greatly. And any other advice you may have. Thanks so much. Rojiar

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 22, 2015
Paragliding - most experienced (and insured!) company and flight duration opinion  (4 Answers)

Hi, does anyone have any experience of Avia Club Nepal – they have been recommended by the company organising our holiday in nepal and they say they are pioneers in the field – but ……?

Also is it worthwhile paying the extra for an hour flight rather than 30 mins standard flight; 30 mins doesn’t sound very long but I can only guess? Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 14, 2015
Nepal in the end of June  (6 Answers)


I will be visiting Nepal in 3rd week of June with family and kids. As I understand that it may not be a best weather in those days. What precautions we should take and what places should we visit during our 7 to 8 days stay to make best out of our trip?
I shortlisted Pokhara, Nagarkot, Lumbini, Bhaktapur and Chitwan initially. considering the Monsoon factor, which places can be visited?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 13, 2015
Base camp newby  (4 Answers)

Hi there
I am drom australia and I am looking to plan a trek to base camp. I would like to go as part of a trek group or company that is highly reputable and would love some information or recommendations from anyone who has gone before!
I am also wanting to know thoughts on duration, difficulty level what to take and altitude sickness. Any info would be greatly appreciated!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 18, 2015
nepal annapurna base camb trekking  (4 Answers)

anyone plans to go nepal annapurna trekking on feb 22th?
maybe can go together.

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