Welcome to Nepal
Nepal, a country of Asia, lying along the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountain ranges. It is a landlocked country located between India to the east, south, and west and the Tibet Autonomous Region of China to the north. Its territory extends roughly 800 kilometers from east to west and a mean width of 193 kilometers (non-uniform) from north to south. The capital is Kathmandu. Wedged between two giants, India and China, Nepal seeks to keep a balance between the two countries in its foreign policy and thus to remain independent. A factor that contributes immensely to the geopolitical importance of the country is the fact that a strong Nepal can deny China access to the rich Gangetic Plain; Nepal thus marks the southern boundary to the Chinese sphere north of the Himalayas in Asia.
A trekker’s paradise, Nepal combines Himalayan views, golden temples, charming hill villages, and jungle wildlife watching to offer one of the world's great travel destinations.
The Himalayas of Nepal is the ultimate goal for mountain lovers. Some of the Himalayas most iconic and accessible. Some of the Himalaya's most iconic and accessible hiking is on offer here, with rugged trails to Everest, the Annapurna, and beyond. Nowhere else can you trek for days in incredible mountain scenery, secure in the knowledge that a hot meal, cozy lodge, and warm slice of apple pie await you at the end of the day. Then there's the adrenaline kick of rafting a roaring Nepali river or bungee jumping into a yawning 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.
Medieval Cities & Sacred Sites
Other travelers prefer to see Nepal at a more refined pace, admiring the peaks over a sunset gin and tonic from a Himalayan viewpoint, strolling through the medieval city squares of Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, and joining Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims on a spiritual stroll around centuries-old stupas and monasteries. Even after the 2015 earthquake, Nepal remains the cultural powerhouse of the Himalayas; the Kathmandu Valley, in particular, offers an unrivaled collection of world-class places, hidden backstreet shrines, and sublime temple art. Nepal is also a great place to learn about everything from Tibetan Buddhism to how to make the best momos (dumplings).
Few countries in the world are as well set up for independent travel as Nepal. Wandering the trekking shops, bakeries, and pizzerias of Thames and Pokhara, it’s easy to feel that you have somehow landed in a kind of backpacker Disneyland. Out in the country lies a quite different Nepal, where traditional mountain life continues at a slower pace, and a million potential adventures glimmer on the mountain horizons. The biggest problem you might face in Nepal is just how to fit everything in, which is one reason why many people return here over and over again.
South of Nepal's mountains lies something completely different: a chain of wild and wooly national parks, where nature buffs scan the subtropical treetops for exotic bird species and comb the jungles for rhinos, tigers, and crocodiles. Choose from a luxury safari lodge in central Chitwan or go exploring on a wilder trip to remote Bardiya or Koshi Tappu, stopping en route to visit the birthplace of Buddha on the steamy plains near Lumbini. Whether you cross the country by mountain bike, motorbike, raft, or tourist bus, Nepal offers an astonishingly diverse array of attractions and landscapes.