We usually recommend the Summit Hotel in Patan, and advise booking in advance by e-mail for your arrival and departure dates. This is a comfortable hotel with rooms at reasonable cost for the standard. If you ask for ‘INF’ rates and explain you are visiting our project, then you should get a good discount. It also has a small pool and nice view (above). These days Kathmandu can be quite polluted and dusty, depending on the season. This hotel is a little higher and above the worst. There are very many other hotels that are usually easy to find rooms in at short notice, at every level of cost. e.g. Tibet guest house in Thamel (who will usually collect you from airport free of charge). Beware traffic holdups in rush hours in central Kathmandu and tourist areas like Thamel, these can cause significant delays getting to the airport etc. Some hotels will reduce prices dramatically if you bargain/ask for discount.

Taxi from airport

Current fare is about 600-700 rupees from the airport to anywhere in Kathmandu town, per taxi or minivan. Either ask at taxi booking counter as you reach airport exit door (easiest) or use any of the drivers assailing you outside. Don’t worry they are generally very good-natured about it!
Keep things in perspective (
today’s exchange rates), it costs about £5.00 to go the several miles into Kathmandu.
Porters: 50-100 Rs each is fair. If there is a group just give a reasonable amount and they will divide it up, leave them to it, don’t be intimidated!


If you're not sure where to go, lost, or have missed a connection

Go to
Summit Hotel in Patan (taxis know it, pronounce it Soomit Ohtel, Paataan!), we will look for you there

Summit Hotel
Phone: +977 1 55 21 810 and +977 155 24 694
Fax: +977 1 55 23 737 and +977 155 35 221

If calling from overseas, the Nepal country code is +977

To contact
INF via KTM office, 01552 11 83 / 01552 69 28 or perhaps 01 552 77 93, 01552 1063, 01552 9850
Pokhara office on 061 20111 / 21994 / 25617 (closed Saturday and Sunday)

Green Pastures Hospital Ear Centre: ‭+977 61431015, ‭+977 61430548 (IF PHONING OUT OF HOURS YOU MAY REACH THE WARD).‬‬

When in Nepal Mike Smith’s own current Nepali N-cell mobile phone number is: +977 98 13 16 63 73

Mike Smith, Eka Dev Devkota

Mike Smith and Eka Dev Devkota (Ear Services Co-ordinator)

Eka Dev our co-ordinator on camp has a mobile and laptop which may work even when he is in remote areas, his contact details are:

- Eka Dev Devkota
- Ear Services Co-ordinator
- International Nepal Fellowship
- P. O. Box 28, Ear Centre, Green Pastures Hospital, Naya gaun, Kaski, Pokhara-15, Nepal

- Telephone 1: +(977) 61 431 015
- Mobile 1: +(977) 98 460 21866
- Mobile 2: +(977) 98 560 31345
- Personal email address:
Skype: devkota.ed

You can e-mail or phone home easily from the hotel in Kathmandu, it is more difficult from district centres but usually possible (International code for Nepal is +977 then delete first zero of local code).
We usually now take a laptop on camp with internet access via the local phone system.

Mobile phones
You can purchase a local SIM card quickly and easily in many phone shops, you need to show your passport, visa and supply a proper passport photo.


Mike Smith’s contact details:

Mobile: +44 (0)7771 983158 (UK)