Home to eight of the world's highest peaks, Nepal is a mountaineer's dream. Most tourists begin journeys in the bustling capital of Kathmandu, soon making their way to the Himalayas. Whether exploring the Annapurna, Langrang, or Everest regions, trekkers will encounter turquoise lakes, mountain villages, and lush valleys with snowy titans towering above.
Visitors will have no problem finding treks that suit their level of experience and budget. Hikers lighten their loads on 'teahouse treks' by relying on teahouses for food and accommodation, with both casual and veteran mountaineers equally captivated by the country's majesty.
Travellers can further take advantage of the country's diverse natural beauty by embarking on white water rafting trips or exploring the jungles of the southern Tarai belt, seeking sightings of Bengal tigers from the back of an elephant.
With countless shrines and temples scattered across the county, Nepal's spiritual and religious heritage attracts numerous pilgrims. Travellers can visit Pashupatinath, one of the world's largest Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva, and step back in at the ancient royal cities of Patan and Bhaktapur.
The UNESCO World Heritage site at Lumbini is seen as the birthplace of the Buddha while the 5th-century Swayambhu Stupa is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the country, with prayer flags fluttering from its golden spire.
Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durbar Square is the religious and social heart of Kathmandu's old city. Built between the 12th and 18th centuries by the ancient kings of Nepal, it's a complex of palaces, temples, shrines, statues, and courtyards.
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Colourful fluttering prayer flags adorns the golden spire of the 5th-century Swayambhu Stupa. It crowns a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley and offers fantastic views over the capital city of Kathmandu.
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Royal Chitwan National Park
Of the 14 national parks and reserves in Nepal, the Royal Chitwan National Park is the oldest and most popular safari destination for visitors. Situated in the subtropical Tarai lowlands, the jungle is home to endangered animals such as the one-horned rhinoceros and... see full details
Also known as the City of Devotees, Bhaktapur lies just 22 miles (35km) east of Kathmandu. The wealth of fabulous architectural showpieces, soaring pagodas, richly ornamented houses, and medieval layout is testament to the period when the city was the capital of the... see full details
Officially called Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Patan is one of the three royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley. It has a rich cultural heritage and is known for its fine crafts, evident in the elaborate architecture, stone carvings, and metal statues found all over... see full details
One of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pashupatinath is one of the major temples devoted to Lord Shiva on the Indian subcontinent. It attracts thousands of Hindu pilgrims each year, with Shiva being the... see full details
The most popular region for trekking in Nepal, the Annapurna region passes through some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. It has deep valleys, ancient stone settlements, Tibetan culture, Buddhist temples and monasteries, and mountains over 22,966 feet (7,000m) tall.
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Mount Everest Region
The sight and challenge of the highest mountain the world draws trekkers and mountaineers from across the world. They set out to explore the Sagarmartha National Park in the northeast of Nepal, even if not attempting an ascent.
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