Last month, Mike and I traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal for the first time to meet our travel partner Helena, owner of Helena India Travels. We are sending our first group to Nepal in autumn and it was a great opportunity to meet her as well as the owners of the hotels where our group would be staying at. We were offered complimentary five nights stay by Mingma, the Nepalese owner of Chhahari Retreat and needless to say, we enjoyed every single day of our stay not only because of the nice room and excellent food in the restaurant but moreso because each one of them treated us like their own family. As for our flight, Mike and I used our remaining American Airlines Advantage miles to fly in first class from Europe to the Indian Sub continent, just before the devaluation in March, which is 80K miles return per person. Here's the full trip report of our trip to Nepal and I hope that thru this, more people would consider traveling to this wonderful country in the future!
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Flight: NYT 302
Departure time in Kathmandu: 6:30 (actual 7:00)
Aircraft: Jetstream 41
Date of flight: May 29, 2016
After moments of anxiety, at around 7am, the passengers were finally asked to approach the gate for boarding. Yipee!
The 1-2 configuration from rows 1-10 offers a total of 30 seats but I was told by Ankita, the friendly flight attendant from Nepal that 15 passengers is the maximum because she would need to guide each one of us to the cockpit later (for viewing) and that having more than 15 would be very difficult. Also, this assures that all the passengers have window seats which is a very good thing.
The truth is Michael and I did not actually plan to take this flight before coming to Nepal. It was not until Helena mentioned to us about the chance of seeing Mount Everest through Yeti Airlines during our first dinner that we decided that we would take the trip. So after talking with Mingman owner of Chhahari Resort, he quickly contacted his staff who booked us for the Sunday flight so that in case the flight gets cancelled due to bad weather, we could still take the flight the following day. Mingman insisted that we do not pay for the flight but the fare on Yeti's website showed 199 US dollars. Thank you so much, Mingman! I think that the price is reasonable considering that you get to see Mount Everest and the rest of the Himalayas, celebrate it with a glass of champagne and then get your own certificate. Of course, Ankita the flight attendant was such an amazing lady and lastly, the airline is also helping four social organizations by donating 4 Rupees on every ticket you buy. Overall, our flight on Yeti Airlines was an amazing flight and I would highly recommend taking this flight as it is a "once in a lifetime experience" and something you will remember for the rest of your life.
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