Reasons to Visit
Nepal is often portrayed as an adventure destination, and although this does very much depend on the traveller, the country does seem to have the feeling of adventure in the air! Whether it be river rafting, trekking or elephant-back safaris, Nepal has so much to offer for the more adventurous visitor.
64 per cent of Nepal is covered by mountains and it has the world's second greatest range of altitude, from the top of Mount Everest (8,850m) to the plains of the Terai at just 100m above sea level. However it is the Himalaya which dominates the country and is the primary attraction.
The Nepali people are amongst the friendliest in the world. Several diverse ethnic groups make up the population including Limbu, Rai, Newar, Sherpa Tamang and Gurung. Generally Nepalis are laid back and have a relaxed attitude to life; Kathmandu is great to see this diverse population and if you are trekking you are bound to strike up a fantastic relationship with your porters.
Nepal has numerous and diverse temples. Some of the highlights include the Buddhist Swayambhunath Temple and Bodnath Stupa as well as Pashupatinath, Nepal's most important Hindu Temple, which are all in the Kathmandu Valley. There are also hundreds of smaller temples and stupa in the high Himalaya on trails and passes.
Nepal really is the world's best trekking destination. From short day walks to staying in basic tea houses, luxury lodges or tents, Nepal has it all and offers some of the greatest mountain scenery on earth. The most popular trekking destinations are around the Annapurna (central Nepal) and Everest (eastern Nepal) regions.
Tiger and rhino are Nepal's most famous mammals and can be found in Chitwan National Park although there are also elephant, leopard, several species of deer, black bear, Himalayan Thar and blue sheep! Nepal also has over 850 bird species so there really is abundant wildlife and Nepal is great for real enthusiasts and those who want to spend just a few days on safari.
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The first thing you notice on arrival at Himalaya Lodge is the massive peaks of Annapurna South (7,219m) and its neighbour Hiunchuili (6,441m). The 11 rooms are simple but very comfortable, and the fantastic staff ensures that you are fed (delicious home made food), watered, and very well looked after.
The first thing you notice on arrival at Himalaya Lodge is the massive peaks of Annapurna South (7,219m) and its neighbour Hiunchuili (6,441m) towering over the valley.
The sunrise views from here (enhanced by a steaming cup of tea, brought to your door) must be some of the most spectacular in Nepal.
The 11 rooms are simple but very comfortable, and the fantastic staff ensures that you are fed (delicious home-made food), watered and very well looked after.
Ghandruk is a mountain village set in the Modi Khola Valley at around 2,000 metres. The village is a major recruitment centre for the famous Gurkha soldiers and is the hub of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, which promotes many varied ecological projects.
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