Welcome to Nepal – the ‘Land of the Himalayas.’
Nepal runs parallel to the Himalayan axis on the north border, wearing the great Himalayas like a crown. With 8 of the 10 tallest peaks in the world, including the tallest – the Everest, Nepal also hosts 8 of the other 8000+ metre peaks and is home to the Himalayas.
Coming down from the mountains, Nepal has so much more to offer than just those. The diverse terrain and topography of Nepal contribute to its ecological riches offering suitable habitation to countless flora and fauna. Witness them while you go trekking in the Everest and Annapurna regions or take Jungle Safaris in the west.
The urban landscapes are a real treat too. The capital, Kathmandu, (add 7 things to do in Kathmandu) is a burst of chaos, culture, tradition, heritage and religion. It also hosts 7 of the 10 UNESCO recognised world heritage sites that’ll take you back as far as the 4th century into Nepal’s History and Architecture.
With the tallest mountains on earth, most beautiful rivers and lakes, great food, adventure sports, and unbelievably kind people, Nepal dominates over every traveller’s bucket lists. If you are low on budget, then Nepal is definitely the country for you. This multicultural, multilingual, multi-religious, and multi-ethnic country has the best of everything for every traveller.
If you’re still wondering about the best things to do in Nepal, let me give you a list of everything this gorgeous Himalayan country packs.
1. Mountaineering in Nepal
Home to the tallest mountain – Mount Everest with 8 of the 10 tallest mountains in the world, Nepal is the Land of the Himalayas. Almost parallel to the Himalayan axis, it’s no shocker mountaineering is at the top of the list. Nepal has been open to around 175 peaks out of 326 peaks for this challenging and persevering sport.
The fact that Nepal has eight out of 14 peaks above 8000 metres and over 1310 snow-capped peaks attracts mountaineering enthusiasts from all over the world. With eight of the ten highest peaks of in the world, Nepal lures thousands of mountaineers to scale its peaks. Apart from obvious 8000m expeditions, there are many 7000m dream peaks you could opt for depending on your experience and fitness levels.
2. Trekking in Nepal
Nepal – the ‘land of the Himalayas’ is the ultimate destination for trekking. Home to 8 of the tallest mountains on earth, Nepal is famous for its remotely located, facilitated trekking opportunities.
From easy hikes to life-threatening strenuous mountaineering, Nepal has everything. Choose from the many day hikes or the shorter treks to the ones that almost take you a month to finish! Each destination is an unbeatable combination of the natural Himalayan beauty with the indigenous culture of local mountain inhabitants.
Indulge yourself in the Himalayas with treks that take you to famous trekking in Nepal destinations like the Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manang, Mustang Valley and Langtang Valley.
3. Adventure Activities in Nepal
Whether you are visiting this mountain country solo, with your partner, friends, or your family, Nepal is an absolute adventure hub. With its diverse topography, Nepal forms a natural setting for varying degrees of adventure. Choose from Rock-climbing, Ultra-light Flights, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Mountain Flights and countless others all while you enjoy the natural environment surrounding you that provides the perfect backdrop while you venture on your adventure!
From bone-chilling activities like Mountaineering, Ice-Climbing, Everest Skydiving, Bungee Jumping, Canyon Swing and Whitewater Rafting, to subtler ones like Trekking, Paragliding, Canoeing, Tandem Swing, Zip Lining and Boating – Nepal offers an adventure of every type.
4. SubUrban Cities in Nepal
Apart from Kathmandu, Nepal has beautiful cities and suburban towns you could escape to.
See the first view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs from the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. Built around Lake Fewa, this lively city has bars and clubs running all through the week during peak trekking season and is lit with parties even on Mondays! Pokhara also has 10 other lakes and more remote settlements around them that you could visit for a more local experience.
Another 4 hours drive from Pokhara, you will reach Nayapul and a few hours trek from there, you will reach a lovely village named Ghandruk. Surrounded by snow-capped Annapurna mountains, Ghandruk is a popular stop for trekkers in and out on their Annapurna region treks, but you can even go there if you are looking for something quieter.
If none of this sound appealing, escape to the beautiful hill station of Bandipur in the west of Nepal. Or go to Bhedetar, also known as ‘Sailung Danda,’ a small hill station named after Sheep because there’s plenty there.
5. Wildlife in Nepal
Known to be the Amazon of Asia, Nepal is truly a wildlife paradise and is an extraordinary destination for wildlife. Nepal may be small but is very rich in its greenery that helps it host a variety of flora, fauna and wildlife.
The Royal Chitwan National Park and the Sagarmatha National Park, both UNESCO World Heritage recognised sites, are home to around 50 species of mammals, 544 species of birds and 45 species of reptiles. You can tick off four of the “Big Five” in Nepal: Rhinos, Elephants, Leopards and Buffalo. And instead of lions, you can spot tigers.
Other than these, Nepal has the Bardia National Park, Langtang National Park, Khaptad National park, the Shey Phoksundo National Park, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, Mustang Conservation Area, Chitwan National Park and the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve that have been sanctuaries to few endangered animals.
6. Culture, Heritage, and Tradition of Nepal
Besides the stunning landscape, Nepal offers many destinations that highlight the culture, heritage, tradition and religion of Nepal. More than 35 ethnic groups having its unique language, belief, festival, and art call Nepal home; each is distinct and differs from place-to-place all over the country.
The capital – Kathmandu alone has 7 seven UNESCO recognised world heritage sites, while three lie on different parts of the country. Visit Durbar Squares in all the 3 major cities of Kathmandu and witness the spectacular cultural architecture that dates back to the fourth century.
7. Religious Tour in Nepal
Nepal is also a sovereign country with religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism all living in peace. This multiculturalism and diversity in religion is one of the most unique attractive characteristics of Nepal.
Nepal is also the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The rubbles of the sacred palace, where he was born, are still preserved in Lumbini. Also listed under the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, there are many monasteries built by different countries here in Lumbini.
Take a religious tour to world-renowned Hindu and Buddhist pilgrim sites like the Pashupatinath Temple, Guhyeshwari Temple, Manakamana Temple, Lumbini, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath, and countless others.
What are you waiting for?
The only choice you need to make now is how you want to tour this beautiful country. With a variety of alternates that range from religious, cultural, and wildlife tours – to mountaineering, trekking and adventure activities, Nepal has something for everyone.
Come visit us!