We arrived in Kathmandu around 18:00.
Right away you can tell you are, let’s say, “not in kansas anymore”
The airport is dated, dark woods, old floors, looks like it has not been renovated in about 30 years. Baggage claim is tiny and guards actually check your luggage tag with the sticker you are given (on the back of your ticker – presumably to stop people from stealing bags which I guess happens.
Once you are out of the airport, all you see is taxi drivers trying to get your attention.
Advice: book a hotel or hostel that will pick arrange your airport transfer for you because these taxi drivers waiting at the airport will most definitely overcharge you because you are a tourist.
Our hotel did arrange airport transport but we were not able to send them our flight information in advance due to internet issues. We thought it would not be an issues. However, upon landing we realized it was. Both ATMs in the airport were broken and taxis do not accept credit cards.
We were able to call our hotel though and they sent a car for us right away so it all worked out fine.
Advice: Come to Nepal with US dollars. These are worth much more to locals than their own currency.
We did not have US dollars as we came from Denmark and Dubai and we made out just fine, but having some USD will make your trip to Nepal that much easier.
Our hotel for the first few nights was lovely. We stayed at Madhuben Guest House.
The rooms were basic but clean. Our room had an ensuite bathroom and a TV. Our booking included the airport pick-up for free if you stay 2 nights or more and they included a very nice breakfast every morning.
The hotel is also just around the corner from the Thamel neighborhood, the best place for tourist to be in Kathmandu – full of restaurants, shops, etc.
The hotel also had a travel desk to help with tours of the city, booking treks, etc. Later we found that this travel desk was actually part of a separate company called Adventure Bound. Rajan helped us so much! We arranged city sightseeing with him as well as our trek (more on that in another post).