Shalom Guest House in Jawalekhel

The Shalom Guest House is run by people formerly associated with United Mission to Nepal (UMN) and they cater to foreign volunteers for UMN and other NGOs.

About lodging

first, whenever anybody tells me they were in Kathmandu I always ask them where they stayed. It tells me a lot. Such as how much it cost. An experienced person pays the least amount possible unless there is a darned good reason. when you pay a lot of money you are buying things you don’t use.  such as a swimming pool or nice gardens or a restaurant on the premises or room service.  I think Jimmy Carter stays at the Hyatt when he is in town to promote elections.  It’s out of my personal price range. They don’t post the rates on the site. If you have to ask you can’t afford it.

Thamel vs Patan

second, where did they stay. There are two neighborhoods that host the bulk of foreign visitors to Nepal. Thamel is the first. Lots of bars, lots of crowds. Thamel is where the rock jocks go after they conquer a mountain, or where the people on a tour are likely to end up.

The second is Patan, more specifically Jawalekhel and or Lagankhel. This is where the NGO types go ( Fulbrighters, YWAMers, Christian NGOs, UN, etc). Its a quieter experience that is more family friendly and reflects the spirit of Nepal as opposed to commercialism. If you are a partyer or stay out late at night, Patan is not where you stay. I think Patan became this sort of area because of the number of foreign medical people working with Patan Hospital, one of the earliest Christian NGO efforts.

The Goshen House is one such Guest House. The Shalom is another. each is inexpensive and clean and a retreat from daily life in a crowded city.

I am partial to the Shalom, and when they told me that internet problems prevented them from creating a presence on FaceBook, I offered to create a Business Page for them. and here it is. You can contact Shalom via email at

Coffee in the land of Chiya?

Higher Ground is also in Jawalekhel. Okay, there are lots of nice places to eat, but if you ask me, Higher Ground has the best coffee, to go along with WiFi and pastry. There’s always a few expats hanging out there. kind of like a modern day alcohol-free re-incarnation of Rick’s.

with me as Rick, of course.


About Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

These blogs, and my books, and videos are written on the principle that any person embarking on something similar to what I do will gain more preparation than I first had, by reading them. I have fifteen years of USA nursing faculty background. Add to it fifteen more devoted to adult critical care. In Nepal, I started teaching critical care skills in 2011. I figure out what they need to know in a Nepali practice setting. Then I teach it in a culturally appropriate way so that the boots-on-the-ground people will use it. One theme of my work has been collective culture and how it manifests itself in anger. Because this was a problem I incorporated elements of "situational awareness" training from the beginning, in 2011.
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