One woman said she paid three times the normal price for a bus ticket out of the valley, and considered herself lucky to get it.
At the top of the world, the mountains become more prominent, set against the stoney, treeless landscape.
Three day festivals are common, but the Newari in Bhaktapur stretch it out for nine days.
Power and corruption go together, and accountability and transparency are elusive, especially in a fledgling democracy like this one.
The media is subsidized, which has a dampening effect on both opinion and reporting.