Money

The Nepali currency is the rupee

The US dollar is the currency in which ‘tourist activities’ are quoted and charged, but don’t expect dollars to be useful anywhere except the 2 tourist centres (Kathmandu and Pokhara). See here for the cash/dollars you will need on arrival. ATMs are now widespread in Kathmandu and Pokhara and a range of currencies can be exchanged, but the most efficient means of exchange is with US$ 100 bills at the money exchangers in Thamel (the tourist quarter in Kathmandu). If a sufficient amount is to be exchanged then rates can be negotiated, ask round. NB US$ always have to be in crisp, uninked condition.

Don’t forget to carry a considerable amount of small rupee notes when in the countryside for any purchases you may wish to make, small tips for photos etc.