Reasons to Visit
Nepal is often portrayed as an adventure destination, and although this very much depends on the traveler, the country does seem to have the feeling of adventure in the air! Whether it is river rafting, trekking or elephant-back safaris, Nepal has so much to offer for the more adventurous visitor.
Nepal is widely covered by mountains, which make up 64 percent of its land area. It has the world's second greatest range of altitude, from the top of Mount Everest (29,028 feet) to the plains of the Terai at just 328 feet above sea level. However, it is the Himalayas that dominate the country and are the primary attraction.
The Nepali people are among 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 Himalayas on trails and passes.
Nepal really is the world's best trekking destination. From short day walks to staying in basic teahouses, 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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Pangboche (13,070 feet) used to be the highest permanently occupied village in the Khumbu until tourism created a demand for lodges higher up the valley towards Base Camp. It is a pleasant village with great views and an old monastery that you can look around.
Pangboche (13,070 feet) used to be the highest permanently occupied village in the Khumbu until tourism created a demand for lodges higher up the valley toward base camp.
It is a pleasant village with great views and an old monastery that you can look around. The village is mostly surrounded by farmed fields that grow vegetables for the lodges.
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