If you’re visiting Nepal, its good to understand the local slang. Feel free to contribute:

Dal Bhat Power: Dal (lentil soup) Bhat (rice) Tarkari (vegetables) is our staple diet. Throw in Masu (meat) for fun and flavour. We eat it twice a day, sometimes even three times a day. We might have a pizza or a burger or a steak for a snack, but the average Nepali needs his dal bhat for 100% efficiency. Hence the phrase Dal Bhat Power, 24 hour.

Typically eaten with the right hand, using only the four fingers to scoop the food and the thumb to push it into the mouth. Palms are clean all the time. Yes, it is a skill you’ll have to practice a few times before it is perfected.

Ek Chin: Literally translated to ‘just a moment’, ek chin can be a moment or a few hours.

Five Minutes: Einstein would have been proud, time is a flexible concept here. If you’re asked to wait for ‘five minutes’ don’t take your smartphone and set the timer to 300 seconds. Find some creative ways to kill time (that is one resource we Nepalis seem to have a lot of). If you’re trekking, it’s even worse. The average Nepali will not be able to guess what kind of walker you are, so ‘five minutes’ (or thirty, for that matter), is a fair enough answer.

Hills: No matter how high it is, if there is no snow on top, it is a hill. Yeah, we don’t care if it 5,000 m high, it is still just a hill.

Momo / Chowmein / Fried Rice: The restaurant menu may be 5 pages long and your Nepali friend might pour over it for a good 10 minutes, but I’ll bet 1:1 odds that they’ll end up ordering slight variations of momo / chowmein / fried rice.

Mountain: Must have snow. No two questions about it. If it is not snow clad, it can’t be a mountain. See Hills above.

Nepali Flat: When you’ve been hiking the whole day and are dead tired and you can see your destination for the day still a long way on the top of the hill, but your guide says, “walk a bit more, only 5 more minutes, no more uphill!” This is impossible because you’ve seen with your own eyes how much higher you need to climb. The guide is not lying to you, he just doesn’t think it is an incline at all. See Hills and Mountains above. Apparently when the British were recruiting Gurkha soldiers, their medical officers thought the recruits were deformed because the soles of their feet were slightly bowed inside. Later it dawned on them that there was no deformity, it was just that there was no flat land and the feet had only adapted to the kids running along the hillsides.

Time Vs. Distance: We tend to measure distance in terms of time. Kathmandu to Pokhara is technically 200 kms, but practically it is 30 minutes on a flight and 7 hours by bus. Even more important when trekking. “We climbed 1200 meters over a distance of 14 kms” is something nobody says. A more likely answer is, “We walked 8 hours and we’re ready for some dal bhat.” See Dal Bhat Power and Five Minutes above.