Nepal is a mesmerising country that combines Himalayan views, golden temples, charming hill villages, jungle and wildlife and abundant spiritual culture. Nepal lives up to its claim to fame as being one of the worlds great travel destinations.
Trails lead to high altitude towns with access to the peaks of mountains like Everest, the largest mountain on Earth. Annapurnas is another excellent area for hiking and for the adventurer they have all your bases covered. There's trekking, rafting on the roaring Nepali river, bungee jumping into a Himalayan gorge, canyoning, climbing, kayaking, paragliding and mountain biking – all set with a backdrop of some of the world's most dramatic landscapes. For those not up to scaling Everest look at the spectacular peaks like Lhotse, Cho Oyo, Nuptse, Thamserku, Pumori, and Amadablam.
South Nepal is entirely different. Here national parks and forests are home to exotic bird species, rhinos, tigers and crocodiles. The birthplace of Buddha is set on the steamy plains near Lumbini, while the spiritual Kathmandu is your first international arrival point.
Kathmandu has an eclectic mix of temples, food, historical sites, shrines, restaurants and bustling streets. Visit markets with colourful souvenirs and an abundance of UNESCO sites. The Boudhanath Stupa, (the monkey temple) in Swayambhunath and the Kopan Monastery are just two. When the moon rises, Kathmandu has a vibrant nightlife scene, with a multitude of bars and live music venues, clubs and its aptly named and very popular Buddha Bar.
Sagarmatha National Park is very special and home to many animals like the snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan tahr, choral and black bears. It's one of the best places for natural wildlife. Ilam is for tea drinkers, the Khumbu Valley for really series hikers or maybe you simply relax in Kathmandu and explore alleyways and ancient sites.
Chitwan National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the abode of unique one-horned rhinos, more than 500 species of birds, wild elephants, leopards, sloth bears, and the majestic Bengal tiger, to name a few.
Nepal is the ideal destination for adventurers, those that indulge in culture and every traveller in-between. In the mountains, the Nepali saying is ‘bistarai, bistarai', which means slowly, slowly. There is no need to rush in the Nepalese mountains – there is time.
Book early and remember to organise drinking water, no matter where you are staying.
Nepal has four main seasons. Late September to late November, is the post-monsoon season. The weather is clear and dry, the air clean and mountains most visible. While it is peak season, it is the best window of opportunity to enjoy Nepal at its finest.
Spring, from February to mid-April, is also an excellent time to visit. The days are still long, and the sun is shining, making perfect hiking conditions. From late May there is more of a chance of monsoon showers moving across the coast in the late afternoon, while mornings are usually relatively clear. Sagarmatha National Park is best visited during October-November and March-May.
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