Nepal is a small country, just 124 miles wide, however it still encompasses a variety of terrain, from the lush jungles of the Indian plain to the soaring snow-capped heights of Everest at 8,848m. In between are low stone villages nestled in isolated valleys, rushing glacier fed rivers, and a charm personified in the people that you will experience nowhere else.
What to expect on your Nepal holiday
The Nepalese people are fiercely proud and are committed to perfection in all things. Nowhere is this more obvious than when trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is nothing short of a miracle that you can wake to the smell of freshly baked bread and eat toast and marmite for breakfast when you are miles from nowhere, and overlooking some of the most magnificent mountains in the world.
But a holiday to Nepal is not just about trekking. There is river rafting, elephant conservation and the opportunity to spot the one-horned Indian rhinoceros or possibly even a tiger.
Some ideas for a Nepal holiday
- Spend some days river rafting, camping out at night, and walking the valleys of Annapurna
- Wander the streets and squares of old Kathmandu where intricately carved temples have survived for 500 years.
- Stay at Chitwan or Bardia National Park, and take a safari in search of wildlife.
- View the Himalayas while sipping a sundowner at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge.
Beyond the ordinary
Take a flight to discover all the 8000 metre peaks of the Himalayas by helicopter.
Our Nepal Expertise
Nick, our chairman, first travelled to Nepal in 1975 (and no, he didn’t inhale) and then proceeded to return every year for 10 years. We have trekked, river rafted, watched tigers, fished and trekked again.
Making a difference | Visit Nepal in 2017
On 25 April 2015, an earthquake measuring 7.8 in magnitude hit Nepal - the worst earthquake to hit the country in 80 years. Tourism took a major dive following this catastrophic event affecting all those employed in tourism, the largest industry in the country. The economic impact was huge.
The news on the streets of Kathmandu is that Nepal is open for business again in a very big way. Nepal has re-achieved its top spot as the ‘Best Value Destination’ to visit in 2017; a list released earlier this year by the Lonely Planet in their Destinations Guidebook. In addition to this, Nepal sits in the 5th position among the “Ten destinations you cannot afford to miss” in 2017 by the Lonely Planet.
Talk to our Nepal Travel Experts to learn how you can support this amazing country by visiting this year. Don't put it off any longer. By visiting Nepal and supporting local culture the nation can rebuild and come back stronger.
Like many Asian countries, there are always different rules and etiquettes to follow when it comes to dress code. When visiting temples women must cover up bare shoulders and legs, and when out and about should dress conservatively. If entering a temple or Nepalese home, it is custom to remove your shoes before entering.
Transfers will vary between internal flights and for shorter distances, by car. Travelling by road is a great way to see the countryside and there are always opportunities to stop off en route to take in the stunning scenery.
Home to the mighty Himalayas, lush national parks and the birthplace of Buddhism, Nepal has no end of things to see and do. Get lost in Kathmandu’s charming alleyways and visit its famous Durbar Square where you will come across ash covered Saddhu’s (holy men). Out of the cities lies stunning mountain scenery and the world famous Everest, but for less daunting treks then the Annapurna Mountains are perfect - weaving through scenic villages and stunning landscapes.