Thanks for your question Krista and great suggestions for Nepali language learning.
For photography, it is true we ask you to come without your phone, but understand that it is often the only camera people have. If you already have a camera, our preference would be for you to bring that, but otherwise, it is fine to use your phone as a camera. We just ask that you limit the use of it to that function.
On another note, it came to our attention that a sleeping bag is on the packing list. We have had individual conversations with some of you about this, but wanted to state here that you will not need a sleeping bag for this course.
We hope you are all well.