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Reviewed 22 December 2014

The streetside retail bustle of Namche is left behind as you ascend the many interior steps to reach the Kamal Hotel's dining room which serves as a base for acclimatization activities in the Namche area. With a full pack, these stairs can be surprisingly "breathtaking" after the access walk to Namche. No doubt now that you are in the Himalayas as the protective metal edges on the stair steps are salvaged and re-used snowpickets!
Rooms are comfortable (in Nepali context) with firm mattresses, LOTS of floor space to sort gear and with your own prussik cord there is ample protected undereave drying space for laundry off the balcony/walkway outside your door. A few steps from your room will provide a backstreet escape from the local hawkers to get to the striking Norgay Tenzing Sherpa Memorial statue near the museum as well as out of town past the chortens for a "rest day" beneficial walk. Sitdown western toilets are now provided at the end of the balconies for sharing. Outside, at kitchen level behind the hotel, a large village-style public washing centre provides cold water laundry and bathing options although privacy is non-existent. "Tato-panni" basins are available for more secluded self scrubbing in one's room when/if requested.

The dining room is heated with a central stove (unlike the yak/nak dung heaters you will encounter at higher elevations). The kerosene used to start this heating fire can be a bit intrusive so you may wish to plan your evening meal after the fire has been well established. The serving staff are pleasant, conversational, relaxed and interested in their clients. Seating is typically around the perimeter of the room with those on the outsides of the tables on benches much more aware of and involved in the comings and goings of other global travellers. Conversations are wide ranging and inclusive of any willing participants. The veggie burgers are generously sized and tastily prepped. The dal bhatt is perhaps a little more urban in serving size and predictability than what you will experience in more remote locations BUT if you request "piro pickle" you will not be disappointed.
The dining area serves also as a quiet reading/journalling/contemplation area, a guide services negotiating locale, a rest and recovery spot and unfortunately, to this writer, a TV room with intrusions of first world media and music. Battery charging services are available although somewhat unpredictable in speed and efficacy.
A visit to the local monastery is recommended where a pleasant lama facilitates prayer, meditation, memorial butter lamp lighting, pujas and chanting.

Room tip: Remember "Nepali context" when staying here. Rooms with rear balcony access have a quieter side and better escape from Namche's street sales focus. Nepali dogs are active AND VOCAL nocturnal creatures. A family behind the hotel has a horse.which can be noisy in the a.m. Less intrusive construction noise, hand splitting of rock etc in Namche these days particularly in this hotel's area. If you are not staying at the Kamel Hotel be aware of such sleep disturbing activities elsewhere in town.
Date of stay: November 2014
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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