Mount Everest peak (Nepal)

Mount Everest peak (Nepal)
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January 14th, 2016

Unquestionably one of the world’s most alluring countries for the adventure traveler, Nepal contains some of the most exciting and unique tours on the planet.

Whether you’re looking for tranquil lakes set around unrivaled landscape scenery, ancient architecture sprawled around quaint, cobbled streets or exhilarating trekking trails, Nepal offers all of this in abundance and at its very best, completely unique to any other country.

Top 5 things to do in Nepal:

1. Pokhara

Whether exploring the surrounding mountains or fishing on Lake Phewa, days in Pokhara are filled with delightful activities and explorations.

A serene ride on Lake Phewa offers an idyllic afternoon surrounded by nature and nice scenery.

Everyone that travels to Nepal will agree that Pokhara is one of those gems that you feel you must revisit a number of times in your lifetime, and it’s almost always included in their ‘favorite cities’ list. It’s certainly in mine.

This charming lakeside town offers a whole array of activities, from the famous paragliding cliff to hiring pedalos and fishing gear and having a relaxed day out on the lake. Pokhara’s attractions are endless. Rows of cafe’s align the beautiful Lake Phewa and are a nice spot to laze in the sun and absorb the romantic scenery on offer.

Pokhara also provides the perfect opportunity to hire a bike and zoom off into the sunset up any of the surrounding mountains to get a scintillating panoramic aerial view of the lake. I recommend driving up the mountain to Sarangkot, a nearby village that is also nice to get lost in and meet the friendly locals.


2. Everest Base Camp

The most iconic attraction in Nepal and one of the world’s most daring feats, climbing Mt Everest is a remarkable achievement.

Not everyone can climb all the way to the top of the almighty Everest, a feat that a) takes years of preparing for and b) isn’t feasible for the majority of us (costs around $11,000, and that’s excluding airfare prices to Lukla and other factors), so the next best achievement is climbing to Everest Base Camp.

Get a glimpse of the beauty of your upcoming experience on your exhilarating flight to Lukla, before commencing on your trek of a lifetime. Through the 16 days of trekking to Base Camp and back you will experience different challenges and diverse scenery.

From lush rhododendron forests and stone walled traditional villages at the bottom, to the Sherpa Land of Namche and all the way to the village of Phortse Gaon where you can witness magical peaks of Everest and Nuptse and various other mountain ranges.

Need it be said that climbing to the Everest Base Camp requires a lot of training to reach a very high level of fitness. The camp lies at an altitude of 5,364 meters and is more of a rest point for Climbers looking to climb the rest of Mt Everest.


3. Patan

Across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu, Patan displays some of the finest collections of temples in the world.

An hour outside of Kathmandu, and just the other side of the Bagmati River, you’ll find the beautiful temple-saturated city of Patan, an ancient city containing a myriad of old brick lanes leading to unimaginably pretty squares and courtyards.

I went to Patan in August and caught the atmospheric celebrations of Krishna, where packed Patan squares (pictured) were filled with people watching holy rituals and traditional reenactments take place. Like Kathmandu, the rooftop cafe’s offered the perfect vantage point to survey the electrifying scene, after, of course, meandering through the crowds of people and mixing in with the vibrant colors on display.


4. Annapurna Circuit

Trek one of Nepal’s most celebrated circuits and absorb the ridiculously beautiful scenery from Poon Hill.

The popular trail in the Annapurna region, known as the Annapurna Circuit, winds through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and past icy waterfalls (great for a refreshing stop-off to cool your face).

Around every corner is a tantalizing glimpse of the high mountains and stunning whole horizons of which will be revealed to you as you reach the high points of your trek.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Panorama trek is a colorful short foray into the Annapurna region.The trek, through the Annapurna foothills to the view point on Poon Hill, offers all the best of trekking in Nepal. 

5. Kathmandu

From the Tourist center of Thamel to the majestic temples of Durbar Square, capital Kathmandu packs a hard punch for the traveler.

Durbar Square is filled with opulent palaces and enchanting temples around every corner.

Arriving in Kathmandu is a pleasant shock for those traveling to Nepal straight from home. The old-world streets, intense, bustling markets, and crumbling architecture is a beautiful and captivating embrace on first arrival.

Settle in and you will discover the beauty of laid-back Kathmandu, the breath-taking historic capital of Nepal. Located at a dizzying 4,600 ft, Kathmandu is the gateway to all of Nepal’s main attractions, with all treks and hiking trails available to book here.

For me, the buzz around Kathmandu was electrifying, swathing with excited trekkers, fun-loving locals and ceaselessly providing its visitors with a rugged city that has by no means lost any of its historic charms.

It is simply stunning to kick back and relax on one of many of Kathmandu’s roof-top terraces, where either some therapeutic Tibetan music or the omnipresent Bob Marley tunes reverberate around the relaxed, sun-drenched rooftops. 

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