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For the first time, Asia for Animals is coming to Nepal. What better place to gain some perspective, than on top of the world?

Rising from pristine lowland jungle where tigers flourish, up through the precipitous hunting grounds of the snow leopard to the soaring peaks of Everest, the dramatic beauty of Nepal attracts a million visitors every year.

With 23% of its total land mass within national parks or reserves, Nepal provides a stronghold for endangered species such as the red panda, Ganges river dolphin and one-horned rhinoceros.

Nepal’s culture is as rich as its biodiversity and landscape, with more than 100 ethnic groups living in crowded, medieval cities or villages perched on dizzying rice terraces. Nepal is the home of Lord Shiva and birthplace of Buddha, and religious practice is a blend of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, animism and shamanism. The holiest place in Nepal is the temple of Pashupati, an incarnation of Shiva as protector of all animals.

Venue

One of Nepal’s oldest hotels, the Yak and Yeti is a beautifully restored Rana palace, which captures the old charm and style of Kathmandu. Centrally located just off Durbar Marg, the hotel is a garden oasis right in the heart of the city, with Himalayan views from every room.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Discounted room rates at Yak and Yeti are available for participants of Asia for Animals 2017.

Please be sure to book by sending an email to [email protected], clearly mentioning that you are attending Asia for Animals, the number/type of rooms you require, and your dates of arrival and departure.

Please be aware that the hotel typically fills up early, and you are advised to make reservations before 1st September 2017. For more information about the Yak and Yeti please visit their website.

For alternative accommodation, we recommend Kathmandu Guesthouse, in the centre of Kathmandu's tourist hub, Thamel. A converted Rana dynasty mansion with fragrant gardens and airy corridors, Kathmandu Guesthouse has provided a peaceful refuge for travellers since the 1960s, when it was the first and only hotel in Thamel. It has become something of an institution - even the Beatles stayed here in 1968!

There are many other accommodation options in Thamel, to suit all tastes. Thamel is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the conference venue. A free shuttle bus between the Yak and Yeti and Thamel will be in operation throughout the conference.

If you have any queries regarding booking your accommodation for the conference, please contact us.

Climate

Climate

Kathmandu is at its finest in December, after monsoon has cleared the atmosphere to offer the crispest Himalayan views. Days will be sunny and pleasant but temperatures drop significantly at night time, so bring a warm fleece. We will offer plenty of bonfires, blankets and local ‘Tongba’ to keep the chill away.

Food

All food and beverage provided as part of the conference shall be vegan.

Nepal is close to heaven for vegans and vegetarians, as many Nepalese do not eat meat or dairy. At all restaurants there are vegetarian options and there are excellent restaurants in Kathmandu that only serve vegetarian meals.

Health

Please click here for details on the immunization requirements before travelling to Nepal.

Water is the common medium for health problems in Nepal. You will be provided with safe drinking water during the conference and we recommend drinking only bottled mineral water.

There will not be any mosquitoes in December.

Money

The best way to get hold of cash in Nepal is to bring your ATM card, which you can use in many banks, shops and restaurants. The exchange rates are better than at currency exchange shops, and the machines in Kathmandu are available 24/7. Alternatively, you can exchange most major currencies at the airport, in hotels, or in the city centre.

Making The Most Of Your Trip

Getting Here

Nepal has one international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport, which is in Kathmandu. Flights can get over-booked so it is advisable to book well in advance.

Citizens of most countries can obtain a visa on arrival. Some nationalities do not need a visa to enter Nepal. Please check the Department of Immigration’s website for the latest advice.

A free shuttle bus will be running to and from the airport and conference hotels all day on 1st and 6th December. Alternatively, you can get a local taxi for around 600 Nepali rupees.

Making The Most Of Your Trip

Nepal is bursting with spectacular scenery, adventure and culture to explore, if you have time to stay a little longer. Nepal offers some of the world’s best mountain trekking, taking in Himalayan villages and spectacular views of the roof of the world. For adventure seekers, you could try mountain paragliding, bungee jumping or canyoning in the world’s deepest gorges. For culture, archaeology and history, spend some extra time touring Nepal’s ancient temples, visit the palaces of the valley of the Kings, and soak in the atmosphere of Kathmandu’s vibrant bars and cafes.

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