Ideally located in beautiful South Asia and nestled comfortably between China and India, Nepal offers some of the most incredible natural terrain and unique culture on earth. From the soaring peaks of Mt. Everest to
Adventure lovers delight in the endless outdoor activities while those seeking rest, relaxation and rejuvenation come to commune with nature at its most magnificent. One of the best features of Nepal is the ability it affords to travelers who are looking for non-traditional experiences. Here are a few options to bring you off the beaten path, and into the heart of Nepal.
Manaslu is a beautiful region of Nepal that is amazingly pristine and virtually untouched. Trekking this region offers a unique opportunity, particularly since few people venture there. The area has only been open to trekking since 1991, and since that time has hosted organized groups with special permits to enter the region and experience spectacular beauty, especially along where Nepal borders Tibet. The environment in Manaslu is exceptionally rich in
Just beyond the Himalaya lies Dolpo, a land that conjures up visions of mysterious monasteries, elusive snow leopards
As breathtaking and mesmerizing as the stunning mountain scenery is to behold, meeting the people who call this region home is equally as moving. These friendly locals number only into the hundreds and with some villages located higher than 4,300 meters are among the highest dwellers in the world. Isolated for generations, they still practice the pre-Buddhist religion Bon Po, which was almost completely replaced by modern Buddhist doctrine in the 9th century. The area was somewhat made known by writers Peter Matthiessen and David Snellgrove, who visited and wrote books about their journeys. A trek through Dolpo provides the distinct feeling of being a true mountain dweller and is sure to enchant and inspire anyone who follows its mysterious route.
Trekking into Upper Mustang provides a rare and privileged opportunity to experience the true life of the real mountain people of Nepal. Unlike other parts of the country, Mustang has an almost treeless and barren landscape with a countryside similar to the Tibetan plateau, but where happiness flourishes, in spite of hardship. Until the 1830’s, Mustang was part of the Tibetan Kingdom of Gungthang. The fabled medieval wall city of Lo Monthang, the unofficial capital of Mustang, still remains a kingdom within a kingdom, full of fascinating culture and religious heritage. The early history of Lo Monthang is shrouded in mystery and legend, lending to its intrigue and appeal to visitors. So
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Named after a route once taken by Prince Charles, this short yet fascinating trek commences in Pokhara, following a short drive to Bijaypur Khola and passes through the
Cycling enthusiasts delight in this extraordinary trip which runs along some of the most exotic and stunningly beautiful bike routes in all of Nepal and passes through some incredibly diverse landscapes, from rainforest to fields and valleys, from wooden alpine to arid deserts. Riders experience not only Nepal’s incredible bio-diversity, but get to meet and commune with some of the fascinating local hill tribes. Enjoy amazing views of surrounding mountain peaks, visit lowland villages and ride through dense forests, alongside deep gorges and tiny communities to the welcoming mountain foothills. Rest beside the banks of the Tilicho Lake, one of the world’s highest altitude
Nepal, with its
You know all about Mt. Everest, the Annapurna Circuit and Kathmandu City, but did you know about the national parks and lakes of Nepal?
Before you set foot on Nepal's hiking trails or wander the streets of Kathmandu, here are five things to know.