ACCOMMODATION

- In Kathmandu

The Summit Hotel
http://www.summit-nepal.com/home
The Summit is a comfortable hotel in Patan, the other side of the river to the airport. It sits a little higher than the main city and escapes some of the dust and pollution. It has a small pool and a nice view. There are good restaurants within easy walking distance. It has been used by INF and EAN for many years and If you ask for ‘INF’ rates and explain you are visiting our project, then you may get a discount.

Tibet Guest house
https://www.tibetguesthouse.com
The Tibet guesthouse is a cheaper alternative and is in the centre of Thamel, the main tourist area of Kathmandu. There are many restaurants to choose from in this area, with a variety of different cuisines. Travel from the airport is by free minibus. At the main airport exit someone will be holding a message board up with the name of the hotel on it.

There are very many other hotels and it is usually easy to find rooms at short notice, at every level of cost. Beware traffic holdups in rush hours in central Kathmandu and tourist areas like Thamel, these can cause significant delays getting to the airport.

Websites like
www.booking.com show a huge range of options from 5 star to ‘home stay’.

- In Pokhara

There are many tourist hotels, at varying prices at Lakeside, the main tourist area of Pokhara. There are also many restaurants to choose from in this area, with a variety of different styles. If you are planning a visit to the hospital we would be happy to help with arrangements for your accommodation.

- In the villages

Guesthouse accommodation is available in most villages. In trekking areas this can be simple but very good, with a variety of food available. Out of these areas it is likely to be very simple.
Accommodation will be arranged for you if you attend and an ear outreach visit. This accommodation will generally be basic, wooden beds with thin mattresses of cotton or foam. You may choose to travel with your own sheet or silk sleeping bag, or in higher areas, a sleeping bag. Mosquitos rarely trouble us during the dry seasons, so a net is not normally needed. Most places will have toilet and washing facilities although in the more remote areas these may be fairly primitive.

Food in villages and on the roads is usually typical local Nepali style (the famous Dal Bhat). This is rice or chapatti and a vegetable curry.
Food in towns, tourist and trekking areas has more variety and can be quite international, but don’t expect haute cuisine! Drinks are mainly sterilized water and soft drinks like Coke or Fanta orange. Bottled mineral water is available, although you may choose to carry a filter or sterilising tablets to help with the issue of plastic pollution. On community or outreach camps we will arrange for filtered water to be available. Nepali tea (Chhya, sweet and spicy) is available, as well as black and lemon tea.

N.B.
We have a policy not to drink alcohol in the workplace or in the community on outreach as it may be misunderstood in the local culture.