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Nepal

NEPAL TOURS

Home to the world's largest mountain range, Nepal provides some of the best trekking experiences this planet has to offer. The landlocked Asian nation is a paradise for adventurous types, although it also features an abundance of culture with beautiful palaces, temples and shrines adorning the Kathmandu Valley, gorgeous mountain vistas overlooking Pokhara, and national parks rich with wildlife. These are all just waiting to be discovered on one of our Nepal tours.

Explore the lowlands and sprawling capital city of Kathmandu, soaking in all its historic feel courtesy of the medieval squares and shrines complemented by bustling streets, shops and restaurants. Many old temples, monasteries and stupas are dotted around the country for those seeking some history, along with the thrills of white water rafting, cycling and more. Our Nepal holidays also visit the lowland Terai region which has some spectacular wildlife parks for spotting wild elephants, rhinos, tigers and exotic birds in their natural habitat.

Whatever you hope to get out of your trip to the country, all our small group tours in Nepal set off from Kathmandu and offer something different. Prepare well and take the traditional yet tough trek to Everest Base Camp, enjoy a comprehensive journey covering west to east through jungle regions and ancient hilltop villages or opt for a shorter jaunt with our Nepal Exposed tour if you're on a tighter schedule. Our private & tailor-made holidays can be customised as much or as little as you like, so you can book onto one of our Nepal tours to see this beautiful country in all its glory in a way that suits you.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When is the best time of the year to visit Nepal?

The best time to visit is between October and December as the weather is dry and warm, and the skies are clear.

Is it safe to visit Nepal?

Nepal is generally a safe country to visit and there are no political tensions in the country.

What is the official currency of Nepal?

The Nepalese rupee is the official currency of Nepal and is made up of subunits known as pasia.

What should you wear in Nepal?

The dress code for tourists in Nepal is relaxed, but we suggest covering your arms, lower legs and shoulders when visiting temples and religious sites.

Can you drink the tap water in Nepal?

The tap water in Nepal is unsafe to drink so visitors have a choice between bottled water, purification tablets and boiling water.

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Nepal Country Guide

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Time: GMT+5:45
Dial Code: +977
Area: 147,181 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Nepal is Kechana Kalan of Jhapa District at 70m (229 ft.) above sea level | The highest point in Nepal is Mount Everest at 8,848m (29,029 ft.)
Population: 29,624,035 (2018)
Capital: Kathmandu
Governemnt: Republic, Federation, Parliamentary system, Parliamentary republic, Federal republic
Language: Nepali, Bhojpuri, Maithili

Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is positioned mainly in the Himalayas, but also includes parts of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. Nepal is the 48th largest country by population and the 93rd largest country by area.

The countries that border Nepal include China to the north and India in the south, east, and west while Bangladesh is situated by the southeastern tip. The geography of Nepal is diverse with fertile plains, forested hills and eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, including Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth.

The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu, which is also the nation's largest city. Nepal is a multiethnic nation with Nepali as the official language. Nepal is also home to at least four indigenous sign languages. Nepali is written in the Devanagari script, which derives from Sanskrit. The official religion in Nepal is Hinduism, followed by Buddhism and Islam.

There are five seasons in Nepal: summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. The Himalayas stop cold winds from reaching Central Asia in the winter. Nepal is a popular destination for trekking as it has some of the highest mountains in the world.

Nepal has 36 public holidays a year, making it the country with the greatest number of public holidays in the world. As Nepal is a secular country, it also enjoys the holidays of the main festivals of minority religions in the nation too.

Highlights

  • Kathmandu – the capital of Nepal located in a valley and filled with historic sites and ancient temples.
  • Everest Camp trek – a famous and popular trek to the world's highest mountain passing by villages and monasteries.
  • Annapurna Circuit trek – a renowned walk from the Marsyangdi Valley to the north of the main Himalayan range.
  • Trisuli River - one of the major tributaries of the Narayani River in central Nepal, popular for kayaking.
  • Chitwan National Park – the first national park in Nepal, home to the endangered Asian one-horned rhino.
  • Pokhara – a city positioned on Phewa Lake known as the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit.
  • Bhaktapur – an ancient Newar city in the Kathmandu Valley and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Swayambhunath Stupa – an ancient religious shrine sitting on top of a hill in the Kathmandu Valley.

Tips

  • Consider wearing a facemask against Kathmandu's air pollution, especially if you rent a motorcycle or bike.
  • A sideways tilt or wobble of the head means 'yes' in Nepal, not 'no'.
  • Remember to remove your shoes when you enter a private house or a monastery.
  • Wash your hands before eating and use your left hand for eating or passing food.
  • Nepalis rarely shake hands so placing your hands together in prayer is a better option.
  • Check in advance the dates of Nepal's festivals as some businesses shut down for days.
  • Bring a reusable water bottle and filter/chemical tablets to purify water when trekking.
  • Pack a head torch for trekking in the mountains and for power cuts in cities.

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TAILOR-MADE Nepal TOURS

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Our tailor-made tours seek to create a personalised experience – one that is completely exclusive to you. By taking all your interests and requests into consideration, we design an itinerary that ticks off your specific boxes. If you are after adventurous exploration, cultural immersion, a relaxing escape or a balanced blend of everything, we can make it happen.

A highlight of our tailor-made tours is that the itinerary is flexible and incorporates plenty of free time – so you can do some exploring on your own. Our local, friendly guides, experts in their country’s history and culture, will be happy to adjust the activities or your schedule as you travel.

If you are a group of friends, a large family or a company, our tailor-made tours are an ideal, stress-free option. You can even select your own hotels or make use of our recommended accommodation. We have a varied selection of sample holiday itineraries to choose from, either as they stand or as a base for inspiration.

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