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It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

Sir Edmund Hillary

Nepal

Between the soaring peaks of the Himalaya and the steamy expanses of India, Nepal is a nirvana for hikers, trekkers and lovers of mountains. Some of the world's best and most iconic trails lead you to Everest Basecamp, around the Annapurnas and beyond.  Besides the mountains, there are the temple-lined medieval city squares and centuries-old stupas of the Kathmandu Valley and the jungles of the south, where you can search for rhinos and tigers on foot, by canoe or by jeep.

When to go

The best time for visiting or trekking in Nepal is October - November (when skies are clear) and March - mid-May (when rhododendrons are in bloom).  Winter, while cold, can be a sublime time too - trails are quiet and skies are crystal clear. 

Must-See Places

Signature Experiences

 
 

Kathmandu

Nepal's capital is a city of neighbourhoods.  Get everything a traveller needs in Thamel, visit the old city's jumble of temples and ancient architecture, or explore Patan's quieter and better-preserved historic district. And everywhere there are shantytowns and shopping malls, suburbs and bustling bazaars, hidden temples and courtyards making Kathmandu a great city to explore!

 

Pashupatinath Temple

Surrounded by a bustling market selling religious paraphernalia Kathmandu's, Pashupatinath is Nepal’s holiest Hindu pilgrimage site.  A smoky and exhilarating affair, Pashupatinath is at its most photogenic early in the morning or during evening prayers.

 

Boudha

One of the world’s largest stupas, and the most important Tibetan Buddhist monument outside Tibet, Boudha (Bodhnath) is only one of a few places in the world where Tibetan Buddhist culture is accessible. Walk the prayer flag–decked streets absorbed in a cacophony of ritual music and watch monks, locals and pilgrims spin prayer wheels and perform their ritual circumnavigation together.

 

Bhaktapur

With its narrow streets winding past red-brick houses,  this beautiful city was heavily damaged in the 2015 earthquake. But there is still plenty to see here, including three squares with magnificent temples, boasting some of the finest religious architecture in the entire country.

 

Gorkha

Halfway between Kathmandu and Pokhara lies Gorkha, the cradle of the Nepali nation and a quintessential hill town. A must-see here is the Gorkha Durbar, the palace of the former rulers offering superb views over the valley and soaring peaks alike.

 

Chitwan

Chitwan's forests, marshland and rippling grasslands boast over 500 rhinos and about 120 tigers, 400 gaur (Indian bison), nearly 50 wild elephants and well over 500 species of birds. Take a guided walking safari, step into a canoe, or board a jeep and enjoy the ride!

 

Pokhara

Get up early in Pokhara and you will feel like you can almost touch the 8000m-plus Annapurna and Manaslu ranges, soaring in to the clear-blue skies. This lakeside town boasts a laid-back atmosphere and is the perfect place to recharge your batteries.

 

Annapurna Sanctuary

The natural amphitheatre known as the Annapurna Sanctuary is ringed by such giants as Annapurna 1 and Machapuchare. The trek into the basin is a stunning combination of towering peaks and dramatic valleys.

 

Annapurna Circuit

Offering incredible cultural and geographical diversity this trek takes you from green foothills dotted with lowland villages past inspiring views and across Thorong La Pass to the stark and rugged landscapes of the Tibetan Plateau.

 

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp has captivated the minds of trekkers around the world ever since the 1920's and the trek to basecamp offers some of the most breathtaking scenery you will see in your life. In addition, the fascinating culture and a personal sense of achievement will make this a once-in-a-lifetime trip.   Be sure to make detours to Kala Patar or Gokyo Ri, where unbelievable mountain panoramas await.

 

Trek the Himalaya

Trekking is the main reason travellers come to Nepal. Hike through green valleys, forests and villages and gaze up at stunning mountains in the Annapurnas, walk along babbling rivers in Langtang, marvel at high Alpine scenery in the Everest area or climb the snowy Thorung La Pass on the Annapurna Circuit.

 

See the Himalayas

Even when you decide a trek is too much, you can see some fantastic mountain views in Nepal. Be it from a sightseeing flight over the Everest region, or from a hilltop viewpoint in Pokhara, the views are simply unforgettable. If you find yourself in Pokhara, get up early for a dawn view of Machapuchare and Annapurna, mirrored in the still waters of the town's lake.

 

Festival time

Like its neighbour Bhutan, Nepal has a thriving festival scene. Many of them take place during the trekking seasons. Shiva raatri is celebrated around the full moon in February/March at the famous Pashupatinath Temple, while in the fall during Dasain masked dancers perform grand rituals in both Bhaktapur and Kathmandu.

 

Jungle safari

Climb into a jeep, into a canoe or walk with a guide and experience the wildlife of Nepal's national parks. Chitwan's forests, marshland and rippling grasslands boast over 500 rhinos and about 120 tigers, 400 gaur (Indian bison), nearly 50 wild elephants and well over 500 species of birds. Further away, Bardia National Park is quieter and offers an even wider range of habitats.

 

Chiya

Hot and sweet, milky and spicy, tea in the form of chiya is Nepal’s national drink.

 

Rafting

World-class rapids and epic rivers conspire to make Nepal one of the best rafting destinations in the world. Aside from the thrills, it is also a wonderful way to experience rural Nepal.

 

Yoga and meditation

Inspired by both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions, Nepal offers plenty of yoga classes, meditation sessions and retreats. If you are lucky, your trekking guide may show you some moves amidst the soaring peaks of the Himalaya!

 

Sunrise from Poon Hill

Both shorter and longer treks in the Annapurna area will give you the chance to see the sunrise from Poon Hill, where the entire Annapurna range will lay stretched out before you. This truly is an unforgettable view!

 

Taking off from Lukla

To get to and from the Everest region you fly to Lukla Airport, considered the most dangerous in the world. The 460 metre long runway ends at a 2760 metre drop. Not for the faint at heart!

 

Seeing Everest

Whether you climb Gokyo Ri or Kala Patar, the views towards Everest, the world's highest mountain, and nearby Lhotse, are simply breathtaking and heart-stopping.

 

Momo

These Tibetan steamed dumpling filled with meat or vegetables are a real treat!

 

Suggested Tours

Everest Basecamp & Gokyo Lakes

 

Tour code: VEBG

 

Why we love this trip: Go beyond Everest Basecamp to the tranquil Gokyo Lakes.  Trek to the two most spectacular viewpoints in the region at Kala Patar and Gokyo Ri

 

Places visited: Kathmandu, Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Mongla, Gokyo, Machhermo, Dingboche, Everest Base Camp, Kala Patar

 

Signature Experiences: Trek the Himalaya, see the Himalayas, festival time, chiya, yoga and meditation, taking off from Lukla, seeing Everest, momo

 

Length: 19-20 days

 

Accommodation: hotel, tea houses, lodges

 

Included meals: all breakfasts

 

Transport: air, on foot

 

Departures: Set small-group dates March-May, October - November

 

Customizable?  We can run this trek for private groups - price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $2325

Annapurna Circuit

 

Tour code: VAPC

 

Why we love this trip: stunning views and cultural and scenic diversity make this one of the most popular treks in Nepal

 

Places visited: Kathmandu, Bhulebule, Marsyandi Valley, Jagat, Dharapani, Temang, Chame, Pisang, Manang, Yak Kharka, Phedi, Thorong La Pass, Muktinath, Kagbeni, Kali Gandaki Gorge, Larjung, Ghasa, Tatopani, Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Birethanthi, NayaPul, Pokhara

 

Signature Experiences: Trek the Himalaya, see the Himalayas, festival time, chiya, yoga and meditation, sunrise from Poon Hill, momo

 

Length: 17-22 days

 

Accommodation: hotels, tea houses, lodges

 

Included meals: all breakfasts

 

Transport: Minivan, flight, on foot

 

Departures: Set small-group dates February - April, October - November

 

Customizable? We can run this trek for private groups - price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $1499

Annapurna Sanctuary

 

Tour code: VAPS

 

Why we love this trip: a short trek offering breathtaking views and scenic variety

 

Places visited: Pokhara, NayaPul, Birethanthi, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Chuili, Kyumnu Khola, Chomrong, Modi Khola Valley, Dovan, Machapuchare Basecamp, Annapurna Sanctuary, Annapurna Basecamp, Bamboo, Chomrong, Jhinnudanda

 

Signature Experiences: Trek the Himalaya, see the Himalayas, festival time, chiya, yoga and meditation, sunrise from Poon Hill, momo

 

Length: 15 days

 

Accommodation: hotel, tea houses, lodges

 

Included meals: all breakfasts

 

Transport: minivan, flight on foot

 

Departures: set small-group dates February - April, October - December

 

Customizable? we can run this trek for private groups - price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $1349