With its truly awe-inspiring snow-capped giants and delightfully charming people, beautiful Nepal is home to monasteries, yaks and eight of the world’s highest mountain peaks, including the world-renowned Mount Everest. This landlocked country is bordered by China and India, with the iconic Himalayas running across the northern and western part of the country.
From the low jungles plains of Terai, home to the royal Bengal tiger and the greater one-horned rhino, the land begins to gently rise through hills chequered with fertile terraces, small villages and ancient cities. It then steepens and merges into massive walls where trees cease to exist and snow and ice begin. Even higher, the ragged landscape culminates in Sagarmatha, Goddess Mother of the World, the gigantic Mount Everest.
Nepal is a land where deities mingle with mortals and strange legends follow yak caravans down from the mountain passes to become a part of the Hindu folklore. It is here that the Gurkhas, famed for their courage; the Sherpas (legends in mountaineering) and the Newars, skilled craftsmen who contribute to the rich artistic heritage of the Kathmandu Valley, live.
Adventure tourism in Nepal dates back to the early attempts to scale the world's highest peaks. It has come a long way since. While trekking, mountaineering and game viewing have long been popular, an entire range of adventure possibilities have erupted. Now, travellers to Nepal can enjoy excursions such as rafting, biking, fishing, rock climbing, paragliding, hot air ballooning, boating, canyoneering and bungee jumping.
This incredible journey into Nepal explores the best destinations of this unique Himalayan Kingdom.
- Nepal is a country of contrasts. Spectacular natural riches combine with a vibrant culture and sense of history. Home to ten of the world’s 14 highest mountains, the country offers a magnificent setting for hiking and mountaineering, as well as some of the world’s best white water rafting.
- With its vast range of altitudes, Nepal is also home to an incredible variety of plant and animal species, including more than 300 species of orchid. With over 800 bird varieties, it accounts for almost 10% of the world’s avian species.
- The diverse national parks of Chitwan and Bardia encompass lowland tropical jungles and grasslands and Nepal shelters a rich variety of wildlife.The Bengal tiger, rare snow leopard, one-horned rhino and the Himalayan black bear can be seen in the remote national parks.
- The ancient culture and traditional architecture of Kathmandu means that the city boasts no less than seven World Heritage Sites, while Nepal is famous for its scenic monasteries as well as being home to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha.
The start of the dry season, is in many ways the absolute best time visit.
Temperatures often exceed 30°C
Rainfall varies throughout the year.
- Best time to travelThe best time to travel to Nepal is from October to March, as the weather remains dry after the wet monsoon from June to September.
- Traveling with childrenNepal is a spectacular destination for the whole family to enjoy!
- Guest SafetyNepal is a safe country to visit. Its people are very warm and gracious. However, as with travelling to any foreign destination, it is wise to keep your belongings close and guarded at all times
- Flying to NepalKathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport is the only International gateway - with flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Middle East, Bhutan and India.
- LanguageNepal's official langue is Nepali.
- CurrencyThe Nepali Rupeeis the official currency of Nepal.
- WildlifeAsiatic rhino, sloth bear, tiger, leopard, sambar deer, barking deer, spotted deer, crocodile, and over r 800 species of birdlife.
Steeped in history, the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu dates back to close to over 200 years, and has over 130 important monuments.
Pokhara sits high on the list of ‘must visit’ places in Nepal. It is the gateway to the Annapurna region where many a trekker finds his Shangri-La.
Chitwan translates to “heart of the jungle”, and is home to the one-horned rhino and the royal Bengal tiger.
There is only one international airport in Nepal – Kathmandu.
Traveler tips to consider when in Nepal.
Frequently Asked Questions on travel within Nepal.
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