Nepal tailor-made holidays
Nepal is one of the most dramatic countries in the world, where spectacular scenery and centuries of spirituality combine to create a truly breathtaking destination. With eight out of the world's ten highest mountains within, or straddling, its borders, Nepal is of course an outdoor enthusiast's dream. But holidays to this small, landlocked country have much more to offer though than simply soaring peaks and snow-capped summits.
The capital Kathmandu, a chaotic array of cows, bikes, cars, beggars, pilgrims and vendors, is a fascinating and friendly city. At the heart of it stands Durbar Square, named after the royal palace and home to the city's living goddess. Other highlights include the Bagmati ghats, a throng of riverside temples and statues that stretch along the shore.
Venture out to Swayambhunath, a magnificent hilltop temple complex, teeming with Tibetan exiles and Buddhist pilgrims. Alternatively, clamber aboard an elephant to spot tigers or rhino in the Royal Chitwan National Park or head to Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve for some exceptional bird watching.
Trekking in Nepal is big business. The easiest treks to access are those in Langtang. Trekkers should also consider the legendary Annapurna Circuit, a 300km track that climbs to 5,300m and touches the edge of the Tibetan plateau. Nepal's second city Pokhara is the end point for the famous trek. If this sounds too strenuous, just enjoy short hikes from Jomsom. The trek up to Everest Base Camp is also popular and a great way of experiencing the thrill of being close to the world's highest peak.
Away from the mountains, raise your pulse by white water rafting down the Bhote Kosi River, kayaking or mountain biking amidst world-class landscapes.
At a glance
When to go to Nepal
The high season – when thousands of trekkers hit the trails of Annapurna, Everest and Langtang – runs from early October to late November and brings unrivalled views of the high Himalayas. March and April, when Everest expeditions head to base camp for the annual climbing season and the rhododendrons are in full bloom, is another good time to visit. During the summer (June to September) the heavy monsoon rains bring mud and leeches to some hiking trails, and some heavy hotel discounts to match.
Top itineraries in Nepal
You don't have to be Sir Edmund Hillary to enjoy the delights of Nepal. This nine-day trip takes in Himalayan peaks, medieval towns, mesmerising temples and tiger-padded parks - all without the need to go trekking in the mountains.
Top places to stay in Nepal
The Hyatt Regency is located close to Tribhuwan International Airport, and offers world-class hospitality. The property is set amidst 37 acres of land, and is one of the best hotels in Kathmandu. It is also located within walking distance of the UNESCO World Heritage Site the Boudhanath Stupa, a fa…
Dwarika’s Hotel is a luxury hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is located in Battisputali, and is a collection of various traditional Nepali houses that congregate around courtyards. The hotel has also won the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Award for Culture Heritage Conservation, and is known for its cul…
The 25th of April, 2016, marks the one-year anniversary of an earthquake that left over 8,000 Nepalese people dead and a further 20,000 injured. But, a year on, Nepal is starting to emerge from the rubble with grim determination and a fresh-faced optimism. We take a look at what’s happened, how the…
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Everest has become the ultimate tick in terms of adventure tourism and a serious prize. There is though a substantial cost associated with any asscent. However, from next year permits for climbs originating in Nepal will be considerably cheaper.
Wild tiger numbers in Nepal have increased by 63% to 198 since 2009, a government survey has found.
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