Quite simply the best trekking destination on the planet.
Pinched between the mighty India and Tibet, Nepal packs a punch more powerful than its diminutive size would suggest. There are mountains aplenty - the frontiers of Nepal encircle a sizable chunk of the Himalayan range, including eight of the ten tallest peaks on earth. The challenges and rewards of trekking in such formidable surroundings are the main attraction and our local experts are primed to advise you on each and every trail. Beyond the world of boots, blisters and base camp, Nepal shines as a destination rich in spiritual intrigue, jungle wildlife, rural splendour and a genuine welcome. Whether you want to spot tigers in Chitwan National Park or discover the cultural highlights of Kathmandu, Nepal has plenty to offer the intrepid traveller.
Top three things to do in Nepal
There are many wonderful experiences to be had in this mountainous country. For further inspiration take a look at the trip ideas put together by our trusted local experts at the foot of this page, but in the meantime here are our top three things to do in Nepal.
Take a walk on the wild side
With Himalayan black bears, red pandas, Bengal tigers and elephants roaming free in national parks containing a variety of habitats, wildlife lovers will not be disappointed. It’s a little known fact that Nepal’s altitude range spans an immense 8,789 metres from the lowland Terai to the summit of Everest, meaning a huge variety of habitats. Chitwan National Park is known as one of the best wildlife-watching destinations in Asia - lowland jungle shelters leopards, jackals, langurs, gharials, elephants, indian rhinos and an impressive range of birds.
If you are a fan of trekking you need to experience the highland trails of Nepal. Using Pokhara as a base, take advantage of the many routes in the spectacular Annapurna range. Logistically a trek from Pokhara is simple to arrange, and within a couple of days’ hike the views of the high peaks open up. Beyond hiking, the mountains have plenty of other adventures to offer. Try your hand at rock climbing, mountain biking and scenic flights around the roof of the world.
Explore the diverse cultural landscape
The capital, Kathmandu, is a busy and historic city which is the hub of the Kathmandu valley, a region crammed with cultural sites that reflect Nepalese society. Hindu and Buddhist teachings are both prevalent in Nepal, and for many worshippers the two have become intertwined, resulting in hundreds of colourful temples scattered all over the nation. Numerous exciting festivals reflect the eclectic cultural scene and despite earthquake damage, history is on display in many of the ancient towns.
Tailor-made holiday ideas for Nepal
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