10 Reasons to Visit Nepal

Nepal is one of our favorite countries. This is one of our best destinations and the place where we love to return again and again. Every year we look forward to the opportunity to return to Nepal and explore this country even more, go through our own paths, admire the mountains and still we have something to explore in this small and such huge country. If you love nature, adventure and budget trips, Nepal is the place for you.

And this article lists the main 10 for which you should include Nepal in your travel list.

Nepal is one of our favorite countries. This is one of our best destinations and the place where we love to return again and again. Every year we look forward to the opportunity to return to Nepal and explore this country even more, go through our own paths, admire the mountains and still we have something to explore in this small and such huge country. If you love nature, adventure and budget trips, Nepal is the place for you.

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And this article lists the main 10 for which you should include Nepal in your travel list.

1. Himalayas

The highest mountains in the world are located in Nepal. The most impressive of them are: – Mount Everest (8848 meters), Mount Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and Annapurna (8071 meters). Everest is literally the “roof of the world” and to see it you don’t have to be a climber. Twice a year, in spring and autumn, we go to Everest base camp to look at the highest peak of our planet: a trekking tour Everest base camp .

Nepal is a great place to go trekking or trekking. Nepal is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Conservation zones offer many routes of varying complexity: Annapurna, Sagarmatha, Mustang, Langtang, Manaslu, etc. You can go with us or go on your own. But even for those who do not go on trekking, there are many surprising things: monasteries, stupas, national parks and observation platforms with views of the Himalayas.

2. Nature of Nepal

In addition to all these impressive high mountains, Nepal is home to magnificent lakes, rivers, glaciers and jungles. In fact, there is something for every person. Next to all these amazing trekking in the mountains, you can also go to the jungle or go on excursions. Indeed, Nepal is a country with a huge number of tourist opportunities.

One of the largest lakes in Nepal is the pristine mirror  Rara lake . Lake Rara is located at an altitude of 2990m and it is extremely difficult and long to get there, but the landscape is stunning. Another beautiful and our favorite lake is Phewa (Phewa Lake) in Pokhara, which we visit after trekking in the Annapurna Reserved Area ( track  Around Annapurna and Annapurna Base Camp Track )

3. Friendly people of Nepal

It is not a lie that people in Nepal are amazingly friendly. At first, I really didn’t understand this, it always seemed to me that they needed something from me (after India you become paranoid). But the people of Nepal are sincerely benevolent and open.

After traveling to other countries, we realized how friendly the local people of Nepal are: everyone is trying to help you, help you, give a discount. For foreigners in Nepal is very friendly attitude, regardless of nationality. In Nepal, we always feel safe and like we are at home.

Nepal has had quite a few difficult times, such as the 2015 earthquake, which killed about 9,000 people. But most Nepalis with whom we are familiar have never lost hope. They have lost their homes, family members, and friends, but they still look to the future and build new homes and new realities.

We have never seen happier people than the local people we met in Nepal. They never complain, no matter how poor or hard they live. Nepalis always smile and greet every guest in their own country.

4. Nepal’s Amazing Wildlife

Nepal’s wildlife is diverse, rhinoceros, elephants, leopards, buffaloes, tigers and other wild animals live in Nepal. For example, Chitwan National Park is the most popular national park in Nepal, since it is quite accessible, there is a great chance to see wild life near by. Bardia National Park is quite far away, but for the same reason it is less tourist, if you have enough time to travel – we advise you to visit one or both of the parks.

In addition, in the cities you can also meet wild animals. For example, in Kathmandu, you can visit the Swayambhunath temple , also called the Monkey Temple, because so many impudent monkeys live there.

5. Extreme Adventures

Nepal – the perfect place for true lovers of adrenaline. This is not surprising, because it is in Nepal that the highest mountain in the world is  Mount Everest  , and every year many adventurers risk their lives trying to climb it. But along with trekking and mountain climbing, there are many other adventures that you can experience on the Roof of the World.

Perhaps you want to go into the jungle and meet a wild life. Or go for bungee jumping, rafting, mountain biking, paragliding in Pokhara or even diving in the sky on Everest.

6. Traditional Nepalese cuisine

We love the cuisine of Nepal. As strange as she looked, it is very tasty. Nepalese food is a combination of ingredients and a fusion of dishes from neighboring countries such as India, China and Tibet. We personally love Indian food, and one can easily notice certain similarities and influences.

But, while many restaurants in Nepal offer Indian cuisine, Nepalese cuisine is not exactly the same. Nepalese food uses less spices and is softer, while Indian dishes often have a pungent taste.

Food in Nepal is varied, nutritious, healthy and has a lot of vegetarian dishes. The most popular dish is Dal Bhat (dal baht), consisting of rice, lentil soup and various side dishes. Approximate cost gave bata to Kathmandu 3-5 $. The portions in Nepal are huge! In addition, when you are in Nepal, you should at least try Momo – Nepali dumplings. They usually contain vegetables and are simply delicious: there is a variant of fried momo, boiled and momo with various fillings. A serving of Momo costs about $ 1–3 in Kathmandu.

7. Traveling in Nepal is affordable

All you need is to get to Nepal. Airfare from Moscow to Kathmandu will cost about $ 500 with one or several transfers. If you fly from Asia, it will be quite budget, especially from India. Otherwise, traveling around Nepal is very economical.

When you travel around Nepal, you spend about $ 30 for two a day. This includes accommodation, meals, excursions and transportation. But it all depends on what you are looking for. Perhaps you are looking for a bit more comfort than us. As for trekking, then the price tag increases with climb. For each day of hiking in the mountains, charge $ 20-30 per person per day.

Budget theme is very sensitive. You can find a hotel for $ 10, you can for $ 20, of course there are hotels and $ 200 per night – it all depends on your preferences. If you travel by bus, you can spend a few dollars. At the same time, there is a difference in price if you take a tourist or local bus (local bass). Usually the tourist bus is much more convenient. Entrance tickets to attractions and excursions certainly cost money, but if you know workarounds, you can save a lot.

8. Nepalese culture

In addition to stunning scenery and amazing nature, Nepal offers many cultural attractions. There are different customs and traditions in different parts of the country. Nepal has many religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism, and more. Therefore, there are so many temples and cultures in this country.

9. Shopping

Nepal offers a large selection of goods and souvenirs. Especially in Kathmandu you can find some unique gems. Clothing, jewelry, artwork, souvenirs – everything can be found in Kathmandu. These are often handmade things, colorful and unique, and of course inexpensive. After each trip to Nepal, I bring huge bags stuffed with shawls of Yak carta, pashmina, ornaments and of course clothes. So, if you are going to Nepal for a few weeks, we recommend that you take as little as possible with you and just buy everything there. You can come back with a brand new wardrobe. Also in Kathmandu you can buy trekking equipment at very attractive prices. These will be high-quality fakes of local production. If you need shopping – feel free to go to the area of ​​backpackers and travelers – Thamel.

In Nepal, as in most countries of Southeast Asia, you need to bargain. Usually they do not give you a good price right away. Feel free to throw off and call as much as you are willing to give.

10. There is always something to see

Despite the fact that we have spent in Nepal for several years, there is always something that will surprise and amaze us. Too many routes in the mountains, more remote areas, unexplored and forbidden, unique landscapes and more and more I want to explore this country. So nice every time to return to his native Nepal!

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