Ever since Nepal first opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s, this tiny mountain nation has had an irresistible mystical allure for travellers. Today, legions of trekkers are drawn to the Himalaya’s most iconic and accessible hiking, some of the world’s best, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurnas and beyond. Nowhere else can you trek for days or even weeks in incredible mountain scenery, secure in the knowledge that a hot meal, cosy lodge and warm slice of apple pie await you at the end of the day. Nepal is nirvana for mountain lovers.
Other travellers are drawn here by the adrenaline rush of rafting down a roaring Nepali river or bungee jumping into a bottomless Himalayan gorge. Canyoning, climbing, kayaking, paragliding and mountain biking all offer a rush against the backdrop of some of the world’s most dramatic landscapes.
Temples & Tigers
Other travellers prefer to see Nepal at a more gentle pace, admiring the peaks over a gin and tonic from a Himalayan viewpoint, strolling through the temple-lined medieval city squares of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, and joining Buddhist pilgrims on a spiritual stroll around the centuries-old stupas and temples that lie scattered across the Kathmandu Valley.
Further south lie Nepal’s wild and woolly national parks, where nature buffs scan the treetops for exotic bird species and comb the jungles for rhinos and tigers from the backs of lumbering Indian ele-phants. Whether you cross the country by mountain bike, motorbike, raft or tourist bus, Nepal offers an astonishingly diverse array of attractions and landscapes.
There are few countries in the world that are as well set up for independent travel as Nepal. Wandering the trekking shops, bakeries and pizzerias of Thamel and Pokhara, it’s easy to feel that you have somehow landed in a kind of backpacker Disneyland. Out in the countryside lies a quite different Nepal, where traditional mountain life continues stoically and at a slower pace, and a million potential adventures glimmer on the mountain horizons.
The biggest problem faced by visitors to Nepal is how to fit everything in. Many people have spent a lifetime exploring the mountain trails of the Himalaya and the atmospheric temple towns of the Middle Hills, and they still keep coming back for more. Our advice is to pick a handful of essential experiences for your first visit and save the rest for trips two, three and four…
Best places to stay in Nepal
Nepal travel guide
Wedged between the high wall of the Himalaya and the steamy jungles of the Indian plains, Nepal is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras.
Durga Puja (Dasain) - world's best festivals
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Nepal on a budget
Temples and shrines in Nepal
Trekking in Nepal Himalaya - Planning Information (Chapter)
This chapter contains the Trek Descriptions, Planning, Environment, Responsible Trekking and Culture chapters from Lonely Planet's Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya guidebook .
For many people, stepping off a plane into Kathmandu is an exhilarating shock - the sights, sounds and smells can quickly lead to sensory overload.
Expert tips for your first trek to the Indian Himalaya
Yearning to explore the forbidding peaks of the Indian Himalaya, but not sure where to start? These expert tips from a seasoned trekker will help you dodge the newbie mistakes and ensure your journey exceeds expectations. Man hiking in the Himalaya. Image by Grant Faint / Digital Vision / Getty Images...
Biking and extreme sports in Nepal
Trekking in Nepal Himalaya - Eastern Nepal (Chapter)
This is the Eastern Nepal chapter from Lonely Planet's Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya guidebook.
Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar
The classic trek through Sherpa villages to the base of Mount Everest and Kala Pattar
Everest Circuit & the Cho La
Spectacular traverse from Gokyo Lakes to Kala Pattar affording incredible views of Mount Everest
Planning your dream Himalayan trip
For mountain lovers and the vertically inclined the Himalayas represent nothing less than the crowning apex of nature's grandeur. Here dramatic forested gorges rise to skylines of snow-capped glaciated peaks through a landscape that ranges from high-altitude desert to dripping rhododendron forest...
Nepal - Pokhara (Chapter)
Many weary travellers come to peaceful Pokhara to chill out by its picturesque lake. Look beyond its laid-back charm and you’ll find a sprawling trade centre and a booming adventure sports industry. It’s also the gateway to the world-famous...
Sights in Nepal
Activities in Nepal
Tours in Nepal
Restaurants in Nepal
Budget hotels & hostels
Guesthouses and B&Bs
The Terai & Mahabharat Range
Hanging out in the plains might not be the first thing that comes to mind when visiting the world's most mountainous nation, but the Terai is a fascinating and varied place and most people see only a tiny fraction of it as they rush between the Indian border and the hills.