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 views of Everest and the surrounding peaks from here are spectacular on a clear day and you can see the route continuing on towards base camp.
You start the trek by descending on a small path through the pine forest. You meet the main path before long and keep on descending until you reach the river and cross the sturdy wooden bridge over it. From here it is a good 2 - 3 hours climbing on a fairly steep path which switches back on itself many times as it rises up the side of the ridge on the top of which Tangboche monastery is located. The path can be quite uneven, dusty and rocky.
Make sure you rest as much as you need to on this climb and that you are carrying enough water. Once you have reached Tangboche, there are a number of places to eat and drink, though these are mostly outdoor eating areas which are quite exposed, so make sure you have a hat and gloves with you. The views of Everest and the surrounding peaks from here are spectacular on a clear day and you can see the route continuing on towards base camp.
The monastery itself is wonderful, and you can go inside it and watch the monks chanting. If you are feeling strong, you can carry on down the other side of the ridge for about 30 - 40 minutes on a shallowly descending path through a rhododendron forest to Devuche, where there are a few teahouses and a small nunnery in a very peaceful location. From Tangboche, you return the way you came, descending back down to the river and then climbing up through the pine forest to Tashinga.
Trekking in Nepal is a fantastic way of experiencing the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Hike to Mount Everest or through any of the many beautiful mountain ranges in the surrounding Himalaya region.
Tashinga is a tiny collection of stone houses, most of which are now uninhabited. It is just off the main trail to Everest, and is a very peaceful place.
75 miles away in Nagarkot
87 miles away in Kathmandu
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