A nation synonymous with mountains, Everest, and the great outdoors, the Himalayan state of Nepal is every bit as fascinatingly wild and tumultuous as you’d expect. Windswept, snowy peaks and temple-laden towns are the norm here, so much so that you’ll catch your first Himalayan glimpse through the clouds as you glide down into Kathmandu Airport.
The legendary Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary treks, as well as the long slog to Everest Base Camp have reputations that speak for themselves. Take it slow and avoid the dreaded altitude sickness, and you’ll find yourself amongst snowy panoramas, remote villages of yak farmers, and a form of near-subsistence hillside living that’s as romantic as it is spectacular. These routes are road free, out of the way adventures, and certainly not for the unfit or timid, but other treks incorporate similarly special experiences, such as in the surreal villages and waterfalls of Langtang National Park. Alternatively, you can avoid all the effort, and simply stare across the lake at the remarkable skylines in magnificent Pokara.
Back in Kathmandu, overt Buddhist leanings make for special temple experiences in any one of the three Durbar Squares (the other two are actually in small towns near to the capital), as well as amongst the staircase-sliding primates of the glittering monkey temple. Om chanting permeates the air on hillsides coated in prayer flags, while chai tea wallas compete for business outside the ornate gates. A vivacious nightlife and hefty backpacker culture keeps resting hikers busy in the lively Thamel tourism district.
Nepal does stretch gently into the plains as well, and down in the insipid heat of the area near the Indian border you’ll find Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and a town drenched in poignant symbolism, while the dense forests of Chitwan National Park are the perfect spot for a steamy elephant safari. Nepal is also the occasional launch pad for secluded Tibet, and – visas permitting – pricey tours to Lhasa via the Chinese side of Everest make for once in a lifetime excursions.
Small, but full of overwhelming experiences and a true Mecca for anyone who enjoys mountains, Nepal is a quintessential outdoor experience, laden with memorable rural culture.
Even the descent into Kathmandu airport is something special, spiraling around the valley amid the clouds, catching a glimpse of the Himalayas from high altitude, and then swirling over the m…
One of the most beautiful spots in the planet and arguably one of the most popular destinations for travelers to the region, Pokhara is one of the largest cities in Nepal. Nestled in the nort…
Meaning of name Chitwan is Leopard jungle. It is located at middle of Nepal and spread up to India boarder. The hot and humid place Chitwan is famous for its tropilcal jungle and wild animals…
Located 14km east of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur is a historical Newari town that can be visited as a day trip. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the town was once the capital of Nepal during…
Nagarkot, 22Km east from Kathmandu at 2200mtr high from sea level a famous hill station call Nagarkot. Every traveller or local do not go to trek to himalayan side but one still want to exper…
If coming from the north of the Kingdom of Nepal, take an inexpensive five hour local bus trip from Pokhara to the town of Bhairahawa, close to the Indian border. From Bhairahawa, another 45 …
Thamel, a tourist hub of Nepal packed with thousands of colorful shops, travel agencies, restaurant and bars, hotels and lodges accomodating high profile tourists to bare feet hippies in Nep…
Sauraha is a buffer zone to Royal Chitwan National Park. Its located at the bank of Rapti river and across is Chitwan jungle. People coming for jungle safari stop over to this Sauraha area if…
Patan, some says it Lalitpur one of city of Kathmandu valley famous for their ancient art, crafts, pagodas, temples etc. It is small town but very beutifully jewelled with lots of temples, co…
Dhulikhel is mid point of Araniko Highway that goes to Tibet boarder to Khasa from Kathmandu. It is above 1600 mtrs from sea level and settlement of villages. As this location is pretty much …
Ghorepani situated at 2850 mtrs high from sea level. One the way to Annapurna trek on second day one reach this beautiful gurung village. After crossing Ulleri steep of Tikhedhunga it will st…
Sarangkot a famous hill point of Pokhara at 1600 mtrs high at mountain ridge located between Pokhara valley at south and himalayan Panoramic view at north. One could come here for short trek …
Lukla, the main base for trekkers and climbers to begin their assault towards Everest. This sizable little village sits on a ridge above the Dudh Kosi river. Many, many shops, restaurants, …
Barabise is a tiny village midway between Kathmandu and the Tibetan border. Main reason to come here is to stay in one of the two eco-resorts and partake in the many adrenalin activities that…
Gokyo is a collection of lodges in the Gokyo Valley located at the base of Gokyo Ri mountain. Trekkers who arrive here usually climb to the top of Gokyo Ri to get a view of Everest and the n…
Pashupatinath a famous holy place of Hindu and temple of Shiva. It is situated at the bank of Bagmati river and half an hour drive from Thamel one the way to Airport. Many festivals use to ce…
Situated 3750m above sea level, Muktinath is an important pilgrimage site for both Hindus and Buddhists. A natural spring exists in the mountain side and nearby is an eternal flame. This co…
Situated about 3650m above sea level, Manang is a major stop on the Annapurna circuit trek. Many tourists trekking the circuit from east to west spend at least a full day resting in Manang i…
Kagbeni is a Tibetan trading town situated in the Kali Gandaki valley and is home to about 1,200 inhabitants. The valley itself was used as an important trading route between India and Tibet.…