International conference on

Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayas

Forging regional partnerships to enable 
transformative change 

Organized by National Planning Commission, Nepal and ICIMOD 

Kathmandu, Nepal

1–4 December 2013 

Local Information

If you are coming from outside of Nepal then please email a copy of your flight itinerary or e-ticket to Krisha Shrestha () no later than 20 November 2013

Airport transfer will be provided for meeting participants. When you step out of the airport, please look for a driver holding a display placard that reads either “ICIMOD" or the Hotel’s name. In case you cannot find the driver, please take a prepaid taxi from the counter on your right, just before you exit the airport building. 

Meals 

Breakfast is included in your room rate. 

Lunch: Lunch will be served for participants on 2 - 4 Dec.

Dinner: ICIMOD is sponsoring the dinner after the inauguration ceremony on 1 Dec. 

Currency exchange

Hotels, airlines, travel agencies and major department stores take international credit cards. Otherwise, most transactions in Kathmandu require cash (in Nepali Rupees). We recommend that you change money at the airport bank counter upon arrival. There are commercial banks within a few kilometers of the hotels, but their working hours are limited, you might not be able to go during the meeting. The hotel front desk can also change money. ATMs are common around Kathmandu, and there is one ATM machine within the hotel premises. However, ATM machines in Nepal typically only provide small amounts (~USD120) per transaction with foreign cards, and your ATM fees might add up. Exchange rates fluctuate. At the time of writing it is about ~98 Nepali Rupees to the US dollar. 

Electricity

Electricity service throughout Nepal is 220 Volts AC, 50 Hz. You will find different types of power plugs used in Nepal, including continental European and British ones. If you plan to use equipment from your county such as a personal computer or mobile phone, we recommend that you to bring a plug adapter. 

Weather, Clothing, and Shoes

December is the beginning of the winter season. The average high temperatures are around 11°C reaching highs on average of 18°C and dropping to an average minimum temperature of 4°C. 

During the winter, nights can get quite chilly, generally dipping to the freezing temperature, so make sure you have warm clothes with you.

Kathmandu is at 1325 meters above sea level (4300 ft), at 27.7 degrees north. The sun can be intense, bring appropriate sun protection. 

Many streets in Kathmandu are uneven and dusty or muddy, so bring appropriate walking shoes. There are also opportunities for short hikes nearby. 

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