International Symposium on 

Glaciology in High Mountain Asia

Hosted by International Glaciological Society and ICIMOD 

Kathmandu, Nepal

1-6 March 2015 

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

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. 

Photo: Evan Miles