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Welcome to XII ISMM World Congress on Mountain Medicine 2018. The three day congress will have world class scientists and researchers shed light on the following main areas of mountain medicine and high altitude physiology:

Day 1: High Altitude Research

Day 2: Travel Medicine in the Himalayas

Day 3: Mountain Rescue at High Altitude


   Arrival:

Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu is about 5 kilometers from the congress venue. Prepaid taxi service provides 24 hour transport service from airport. Once you step out of the arrival gate the pre-paid taxi service is on your right, if you wish to use this facility you can do so by paying in advance. The rates are made visible as they are exhibited on board. For more information please click here.


   Venue:

The pre conference workshop and the main congress will take place at Yak and Yeti Hotel, Durbar Marg, Kathmandu. For further information please click here.


   Clothing:

There is no dress code as such. However, we recommend you to attend the congress and workshop in smart casual wear for both social and cultural events. Bring a warm jacket.


   Climate:

Kathmandu is temperate in climate with four distinct seasons. November, the conference month, is the beginning of winter. During this time, it is usually dry and average temperature is approximately 15⁰C ranging from minimum of 5⁰C to maximum of 20⁰C and receives sunshine for 8-9 hours a day.


   Time Zone:

Nepal time is 5hr 45 min ahead of GMT.


   Currency:

The Nepalese Rupee is the national currency (NPR). The banknotes come in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000 NPR. International Credit Cards are widely accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops.ATMs are available. Check the latest exchange rate at www.nrb.org.np/fxmexchangerate.php. You can exchange your currency at airport, all major banks in the city and in exchange counters around the congress venue.


   Language:

English is the official language of Congress. All presentations will be made in English.


   Electricity:

Electrical supply in Nepal is 230 V/ 50 Hz. Plug adaptors: Type C, Type D and type I. You are advised to bring travel adapter accordingly.


   Emergency numbers

Here are few emergency telephone numbers which you can call from Nepali cell phone.

  • Police: 100
  • Fire brigade: 101
  • Ambulance: 102
  • Ambulance, Red Cross: 01-4228094
  • Blood Bank: 01-4225344

And, in case of emergencies related to the congress, please contact the congress secretariat http://ismm2018.org/article/contact


   Travel Clinics and Hospital

Two travel clinics in Nepal where doctors and staff speak English and make travellers feel at ease are:


   Vaccines and Prophylaxis

Our recommendations are: Influenza, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Rabies, and Japanese Encephalitis. Yellow fever vaccine is required if you travel from endemic countries. Malaria prophylaxis is not needed. For further information, visit the websites of Nepal International Clinic (www.nepalinternationalclinic.com), CIWEC Clinic (www.ciwec-clinic.com) , and Nepal page in CDC yellow book (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2018/select-destinations/nepal)


   Transport

Public transport is cheap, but far from easy. Colour coding for license plates of public vehicles is black background with white characters, or vice versa. Red plates are private vehicles and hence unlikely to stop when you signal. Green plates are vehicles from travel/tour agencies and are also unlikely to stop unless pre-booked. Public transport is in the form of buses, vans, taxis and auto rickshaws (popularly known as tempos). Taxis display a little “TAXI” in yellow on their roofs. They have the similar number plates as any other public transport vehicles.


   Letter of Invitation

Please contact the Congress Secretariat at ismm.wc2018@gmail.com to receive an official letter of invitation for XII ISMM World congress of Mountain Medicine 2018. This letter can be used to assist participants to raise travel funds or to obtain a visa. The invitation is not a commitment on the part of the organizers to provide any financial support.


   Liability and Insurance

The organizer is not able to take any responsibility for injury or damage involving persons and property during the congress. Participants are advised to take out their own personal travel and health insurance for their trip.


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