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Nepal 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

Currency

Name: Nepalese Rupee
Code: NPR
Symbol: रू‎

Nepal Time Zone

Time zone

Nepal Standard Time (NPT)
UTC+5:45h)

A female dressed in a thick coat and hat in front of Everest and prayer flags

Nepal's Highlights: The top places to visit

A buddhist stupa in a city square in Kathmandu

Kathmandu

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.
A person in front of a yellow sign at an everest base camp

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. 
Houses lining a hill in Annapurna village with a mountain in the background

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

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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. 
 
Three hikers walking along the green hills of the 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.
The front of the red fort in Delhi India

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. 

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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