Introducing Nepal

Few destinations entice travellers as much as Nepal; a nation of impossibly tall Himalayan peaks, pristine white-water rivers and cities lined with ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples. Away from the mountains, hills and valleys, meanwhile, are the plains, where well-watered national parks provide a sanctuary for tigers, elephants and rhinos.

First and foremost, though, Nepal is a mountain destination. Eight of the world’s tallest ten peaks are located here, with their lower reaches giving rise, quite literally, to some of the planet’s most spectacular trekking routes.

These Nepal holiday ideas are crafted by destination experts from trusted local travel companies.

Highlights

  • Marvelling at the all-seeing Bodhnath Stupa
  • Trekking the awe-inspiring Annapurna Circuit
  • Discovering beautifully preserved Bhaktapur
  • White-water rafting on the Trisuli River
  • Relaxing beside Pokhara’s placid Phewa Tal

 

When to go

  • High: Sep to Nov, Feb to Apr
  • Shoulder: Dec to Jan
  • Low: May to Aug

Essential Nepal

  • When to go: February – May, September – November
  • Duration: 9 nights

After exploring the medieval temples of Kathmandu and Patan, this spellbinding ten-day introduction to Nepal heads west to Bandipur – a ridge-top village tribute to traditional Newar culture – and Pokhara, whose lakeside location is enhanced by a spectacular Himalayan backdrop. After visiting the Buddha’s birthplace in Lumbini, the trip culminates in Chitwan National Park, where canoeing down the Rapti River is complemented by a jungle safari on the back of an elephant. Welcome to Nepal’s enchanting essentials.

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Adventure Nepal: White Water and Walking

  • When to go: February – May, September – November
  • Duration: 14 nights

From white water rafting along the thundering Trisuli River to hiking part of the awesome Annapurna Circuit, this two-week journey offers a truly adventurous introduction to Nepal’s great outdoors. Along the way will be the chance to explore medieval temples, traditional villages and holy caves, not to mention the spellbinding cities of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Bhaktapur. There’ll also be the opportunity to explore the jungles of Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the back of an elephant.

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Wellness Nepal

  • When to go: February – May, September – November
  • Duration: 8 nights

With clean mountain air, awe-inspiring landscapes and time-honoured Himalayan healing practices, Nepal is as wonderful a wellness destination as can be imagined. Beginning in the verdant Kathmandu Valley before continuing to lakeside Pokhara, this eight-night programme, which takes in yoga, meditation and Ayurvedic healing experiences, not to mention heavenly Himalayan locations, promises to cleanse the body and stimulate the mind.

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Nepal travel advice

While central Nepal was tragically struck by an earthquake in April 2015, the country has largely reopened to tourists. Most trekking areas, including the Annapurna region, were fortunately spared widespread damage, while the reopening of Everest was confirmed in August 2015. Many heritage sites in Kathmandu, meanwhile, reopened a couple of months before.

Nepal has recovered to such an extent that Rough Guides named it its number-one country to visit in 2016.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) only advises against all but essential travel in Nepal’s remoter Himalayan regions. The remainder of the country, including Kathmandu, Pokhara and the Annapurna, are safe for travel. For the latest travel information, visit the FCO’s Nepal page.

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