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Nepal Travel


Travel Guide

Nepal is an adventurer's paradise - it's not all expeditions and hard-core trekking in the Himalayas though, you can capture the essence of the Nepalese culture as you wander the century-old pathways among the gentle rolling hills, and take in the stunning sights of lush green valleys and ancient villages. The cities, although a bit of a culture shock, are bustling with noise and color - lose yourself in the peace of the Buddhist temples, go shopping in Thamel, or visit the 'Fire and Ice' (known for the best pizza in Asia) in Kathmandu. Nepal is a truly epic destination...

Nepal fast facts

Nepal Language

Languages spoken

The official language is Nepali, although altogether there are 123 languages spoken in Nepal.

Nepal Currency


Name: Nepalese Rupee
Code: NPR
Symbol: रू‎
100 NPR is approx 97c

Nepal Time Zone

Time zone

Nepal Standard Time (NPT)

Getting to Kathmandu

Nepal Costs

Nepalese Beers


The cost of a domestic beer in India is 200NRS on average (approx $1.95). Give Coblenzer or Everest a try!

Nepalese Food


A budget meal out in Nepal averages at about 180NRS (approx $1.75), or go on the hunt for some tasty street food, like the momo (Nepal's take on the Chinese dumpling).

Nepalese Taxi

Taxi Ride

Catching a cab? The normal tariff starts at 250NRS (approx $2.44).

Transport Nepal


The easiest and most frequent mode of transport around India is by bus which start at 20NRS (approx 19c). However you can also get around by taxi, rickshaw (like a Tuk Tuk) or tempo (which is an oversized rickshaw, with set routes).

Hostels Nepal


Looking to stay in a hostel when you're in India? The average price of a dorm room is 460NRS (approx $4.50 per night).

Hotels Nepal


From budget to 5*, you'll be able to find a hotel room to suit your tastes. The average cost for a budget hotel room is 1500NRs (approx $14.60).

Nepal's Highlights: The top places to visit

Vibrant, colorful and bustling - Nepal's capital is a great place to explore - from the popular Thamel area (perfect for shopping) to the amazing Swayambhunath temple, which gives you great views across the Kathmandu Valley, and from the dramatic and impressive Boudhanath Stupa (Asia's biggest stupa) to stepping back in time in the city's central square, Durbar.
Mount Everest
What better way to challenge yourself and have an unforgettable adventure than taking on a trek to the highest mountain in the world? The expedition to Everest Base Camp is one that has always attracted, and will continue to attract, adventurers for years. Not only is it a physical and psychological challenge, you'll also witness jaw-dropping scenery, visit remote villages, and have one of the best memories to look back on. Just imagine those soaring white peaks against the bright blue sky. 
Annapurna village, Nepal
Pokhara & the Annapurna Circuit
Another place for a perfect Nepalese trek is the Annapurna Circuit - not only will you be surrounded by dramatic scenery like forests and mountains, and be treated to magnificent views, you'll also encounter isolated hamlets, local mountain villages, beautiful temples and monasteries.  Not for the faint hearted, but definitely rewarding. End your trek in Pokhara, where you can chill and recharge after your strenuous (but incredible) adventure.
elephants in chitwan national park
Chitwan National Park
One of the highlights of Nepal, Chitwan National Park is a protected area deep in the Nepalese jungle and home to some amazing wildlife. From elephants and rhinos to tigers and monkeys, Chitwan is one of the best nature reserves in Asia and is easily reachable from both Kathmandu and Pokhara. The nearby town of Sauraha is popular with backpackers and is a decent place to spend a few nights. We offer plenty of tours that visit Chitwan.

Nepal Adventure Tours & Treks

Nepal Kathmandu tour
Nepal Adventure | 10 days
Nepal is a country of world-record highs including the world's highest peak, highest lake and highest valley! This trip takes you around its most celebrated cultural spots and lets you live out every mountaineer's dream - trekking in the Himalayas! You will also spot tigers in Chitwan N.P., visit a local community project, visit a hot springs and check out Kathmandu. 
From $1,399
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Annapurna trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek | 18 days
On this incredible trekking adventure, spend 13 challenging days traversing forests and mountain villages. For six to seven hours a day, follow the trails of this challenging circuit on and around one of the worlds highest mountains while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes. Led by expert guides, you'll be greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life.
From $1,549
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Delhi to Kathmandu Adventure | 15 days
Staying in comfortable accommodationand using a mix of public and priavte transport, this 15-day trip contrasts India's kaleidoscope of colours with the serenity of the Himalayas. From the ghats of the Ganges to a 4WD safari in Chitwan N.P., this adventure opens up a magical part of the planet. 
From $1,749
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When is the best time of year to visit Nepal?

Like elsewhere in the region, Nepal experiences monsoon rains during the summer months, mainly at night, and clouds often hide the stunning views the country is so famous for. However, accommodation prices drop, which is great for those of you on a budget. The autumn months bring clear skies and warm temperatures making it a popular time to attempt Everest and Annapurna base camps. Winter also sees clear days however the nights are very cold. Spring is warm with the occasional rain shower. Whatever time of year you visit, take a mixture of warm and cold weather clothing as temperatures can alter dramatically depending on area and altitude.

Getting around Nepal

Nepal is pretty off the beaten track, especially once outside of the capital Kathmandu. Local transport does connect to top destinations such as Pokhara, but a guide is needed when attempting any mountain ascents. Many visitors opt to join a combined trek-culture tour offering the best of what this amazing country has to offer. Check out some of our top options above and get in touch for more information.

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