Everest Base Camp (5,364m,17,598 ft)
We are certain that everyone must have heard about Mount. Everest - after all, this is the world's highest peak. But there are very few people who have ever seen Everest. So it is natural to feel the desire to see Everest up close. This makes the Everest Base Camp trek one of the best treks in Nepal. In Everest, you will find that the trails pass through some of the most remote regions on the planet.
But, Everest Base Camp Trek is not only about reaching Everest but much more than that. During the trek, you will get to enjoy stunning high-altitude landscapes. The traditional Sherpa culture, Buddhist monasteries, and several snow-capped mountains. This trek is a bit challenging as compared to the Poon Hill and Annapurna Base Camp trek. You can complete the Everest Base Camp trek within seven to twenty days.
Boudha is an awe-inspiring and spiritual space. It is one of the holiest Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu. Boudha Stupa is semicircle shaped and contains the relics and remains of Buddha. The stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in the world. Boudha Stupa was listed on the world heritage list by UNESCO in 1979. It is one of the most popular tourist sites in Kathmandu. Surrounding Boudhanath stupas are streets and narrow alleys. It is lined with colorful homes, Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, and street vendors.
However, due to April 2015 Nepal earthquake, Boudhanath Stupa was demolished badly. The whole structure above the dome and the religious relics it contained had to be removed. The reconstruction work began in June 2015 and was completed by November 2016. Boudhanath is a world heritage site. It signifies Buddhist culture, tradition, and way of life so it should be preserved. Hence, it is a must-visit site for both national as well as international tourists.
Pokhara is a city of nature's paradise. It is one of the blessed lake-filled cities of Nepal. The city is surrounded by verdant hills and mountain panoramas on all sides. The beautiful lakes and splendid waterfalls are the important attractions of this site. Over the years paragliding, Bungee jumping, and zip flying have been extremely popular. This has helped grow Pokhara into a lovely destination.
For the last few decades, this place has been the eye of explorers as there are a lot of things to see and explore. There are unexplored hiking trails and mystical caves around the valley of Pokhara.
It is enriched by the floral and faunal diversity. Pokhara has all the reasons to give you an experience of being out of the world.
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is one of the premier attractions in Nepal. This World Heritage-listed reserve protects more than 932 sq km of forests. This grassland contains huge animal populations. This makes it one of the best national parks for viewing wildlife in Asia.
One gets an excellent chance of spotting one-horned rhinos, deer, and monkeys. Besides that, it houses more than 500 species of birds. If you’re extremely lucky, you may spot a leopard, wild elephant, or sloth bear. If lucky enough rare sightings of majestic royal Bengal tiger on a prowl can be viewed. Chitwan National Park is open throughout the year.
February to April is the best time of year to see the variety of wildlife. During this time of the year, they come out to the water holes due to the hot and dry weather. Chitwan National Park's sub-tropical climate is the best for all kinds of wildlife. It is your chance of making a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife venue the best place to visit.
Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Lumbini has gained more popularity these days as a spiritual center. People from all over the world come here in huge numbers. They come to meditate in the open meadows with the sole purpose of attaining peace in mind.
Lumbini is a sacred site among Buddhists and Hindus. There are a lot of historical monuments to see and stumble across. The major attractions of Lumbini are:-Mayadevi temple, Ashoka's Pillar, viharas, monasteries, and stupas. Besides that many layers of brick structures from the 3rd century, and a sacred pool is wonderful.
Lumbini is for all kinds of travelers. But it's a bit special for those who visit it in search of peace. Also, those who like to explore monasteries. It is a perfect setting for all that you want.
When you are in Nepal, a visit to Bhaktapur is a must. In Bhaktapur, the Durbar Square is one of the best among the Nepal tourist attractions. The history of Bhaktapur dates back to about the 8th century. This place was the capital of Nepal from the 12th century to about the 15th century. The locals of Bhaktapur are mostly peasants, public employees, handicraft manufacturers or businessmen.
The best place to begin a tour of the city is Durbar Square. Once it was the royal home of the Bhaktapur Dynasty. The entire area consists of four main squares. It consists of temples dedicated to various Hindu deities. Such as the Bhairava, Pashupatinath, Krishna, and Shiv-Parvati, along with gates like Lion Gate and Golden Gate. The 55 Window Palace, a statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, and many such beautiful structures reflect the intricate artwork of the craftsmen back then.
The entire Durbar Square area is declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A lot of tourists visit this city every year. The city is filled with red bricks which makes it look very beautiful.
The Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the crowning glories of Kathmandu Valley architecture. This glorious monument rises through a whitewashed dome to a gilded spire. One can get to see four iconic faces of the Buddha staring out across the valley in cardinal directions. The site was badly damaged by the 2015 earthquake. But the main stupa sustained only superficial damage.
The entire structure of the stupa is symbolic. Pilgrims circuiting the stupa spin each one as they pass by. Fluttering above the stupa are thousands of prayer flags. Depicted with similar mantras, it is said to carry it to heaven by the Wind Horse. A large number of Buddhists and Hindus alike visit Swayambhu throughout the day. This shrine is the best place to observe religious harmony in Nepal. The largest crowds of people are seen here on Buddha's birthday which usually falls in May each year.
This temple is situated on the banks of the holy River Bagmati. It is the most revered Hindu temple in Nepal. The temple is dedicated to Pashupati, one of the incarnations of Shiva. Of the three gates, only the western one is open. Is only practicing Hindus of South Asian descent be allowed inside. A good view of the complex for non-Hindus is located across the river.
Hundreds of rituals are performed here every day. The temple premises is an open museum. This national treasure was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1979. There are good views of the gilded rooftop from the top of the terraces on the east side of the Bagmati. It is believed that those who die in Pashupatinath Temple are reborn as humans. It is a temple with a special atmosphere of death; death is present in almost every ritual and every corner of it.
Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m,13550 ft)
Annapurna Base Camp is one of the most popular classic Trekking destination in Nepal. This trek covers a wide variety of terrains. It ranges from lowland pastures and peaceful villages to mighty glaciers and stunning mountain views. Besides that, you can take a dip into natural hot springs, and encounter mule trains. The sight of carrying supplies to remote villages is spectacular. Also, get to rest and revive in cozy teahouses and meet friendly locals along the way.
Before reaching the Annapurna Base Camp, you will be hiking through various landscapes. It also goes past several traditional ethnic villages such as Ghrepani, Ghandruk, Chomrong and many more. From the base camp, you will get to enjoy stunning views of high mountains such as Fishtail (6,993m), Hiunchuli (6,441m), Annapurna Massif, and many more. You can complete Annapurna Base Camp Trek anywhere between 7 to 14 days.
Poon Hill (3210m / 10,532 ft)
Poon Hill is the most popular viewpoint in Nepal. This place is famous for sunrise views. Provides one of the most photogenic Himalayan mountain clicks. It includes Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Nilgiri (7,061m), Machhapuchhare (6,993m), Annapurna and Manaslu.
Ghorepani Poon Hill is one of the popular shor trekking in Annapurna in Nepal, that takes you place below 3,500m. So there is no chance of getting altitude sickness and other health problems. It is also a short trek that provides you a Nepali flavor to longer and more challenging hikes.
Manaslu Circuit (5,160m/26,781 ft)
If you love to trek in remote secluded areas - away from the crowd, then Manaslu Circuit Trek is for you. This teahouse trek circles the world's eighth highest peak - Manaslu (8,163m). While on the trek, you will enjoy the views of lush forests, raging rivers, and diverse flora and fauna.
Moreover, you can observe an ideal mix of Nepalese as well as Tibetan ethnic groups. And of course, there are the high mountains - Annapurna II, Himlung, and Manaslu itself. Your Manaslu Circuit Trek can last anywhere between thirteen to twenty-six days.
Upper Mustang (3,840m,12,598 ft)
Upper Mustang Trek is by nature a completely different trekking area. It takes you to the Himalayan rain-shadow area into the dry Mustang Valley.
The Upper Mustang is the last forbidden kingdom in Nepal. Due to isolation from the world, it developed its own distinct culture and tradition. If you love history and enjoy experiencing different cultures, this trek is for you.
Upper Mustang is is the Annapurna conservation area. The views of the mountain ranges all along the way are sensational. You get to see the likes of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri himalayan range. The Upper Mustang trek can last from 10 to 12 days.
Everest Three Passes (5,555m,18225, ft)
If you are an avid adventure seeker, then the Everest Three Passes Trek is one of the best option for you. Besides reaching the Everest Base Camp, this trek also takes you across three high passes. These are the challenging passes in the Khumbu region.
Besides that, it takes you through some of the world’s most popular mountain settlements. It includes Namche Bazar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorakshep. Besides, it takes you to Gokyo Valley, allowing you to stand at the shore of pristine Gokyo Lakes.
Langtang Valley Trekking (3,800m,12,467 ft)
Langtang Valley is one of the best hikes in Nepal. It is accessible from Kathmandu. The Langtang valley is popular for its varied landscapes and tamang culture. Not to forget its authentic culture and soaring mountain views. This trek offers the best view of the Himalayas, thamang culture and history.
The trek begins from the bustling town of Syapru Besi/Dhunche. It goes past the magnificent forest trails, yak pastures, and the high alpine meadows. It then takes you all the way up to the mountain settlement of Kyanjin Gompa. You’ll further hike to the vantage point of Chorkari Ri, located at 5,050 meters. From the summit of the viewpoint, you get to enjoy the majestic views of the various mountains. The sight of Langtang Lirung, Kimshung, and Langshisha Ri is phenomenal.
International Mountain Museum
The International Mountain Museum is located in the lake city of Pokhara. These impressive building records, and various information about the indigenous people and the mountains.
Three galleries are spread throughout the museum. The first is the Mountain People Gallery. The mountain gallery follows it, and finally the mountain activities gallery. The first gallery showcases indigenous habitants of the mountain regions of Nepal. . Their lifestyle and culture are exposed impressively. The visitors are guided by the museum guides to the adjoining video hall. The information about the people, culture and the mountains are displayed.
Whereas the second gallery Second hall is the Hall of World Mountains. The visitors are introduced to the national and international mountains. Information on all 14 peaks over 8 thousand meters are available in this section. The geological section in this hall displays a collection of important rock samples.
Finally, the third hall displays the equipment, clothes, and photographs. These are of the French Expedition team leaders. Last but not least is the famous legendary tale of Yeti. Its myths and publications of the elusive giant brown bear are there for exploration.
White Water Rafting
Nepal is a land of many world-class rivers. which provide fun and exciting river rafting adventures. Rafting in Nepal is one of the most popular adventures and it is considered a paradise land for water lovers. There are various grades of whitewater rafting trips as per the interest and choice.
Nepal is blessed with some of the wildest and most spectacular rivers in the world. The combination of beautiful mountain scenery, and white water rapids is the best. This ideal mix makes Nepal one of the premier places to go white water rafting. The best time for rafting in Nepal is usually September to early December and March to June. This is when the weather is best and the water is the warmest.
World Peace Pagoda
The World Peace Pagoda is a famous tourist attraction in Lumbini. It is a site of great religious importance and also a great place to visit in Nepal. The whole structure was constructed by a Japanese Buddhist. The white structure housing a golden statue of Buddha is awe-inspiring. This structure displays a position when Lord Buddha was born. This is an intriguing site to watch. It is a great place to relax and meditate in the calm and tranquil surroundings.
Sagarmatha National Park
The Sagarmatha National Park is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Sagarmatha National Park is a world-famous wildlife reserve. It is home to rare species of animals, and birds. The views of the majestic Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks are a treat to watch. It is also a famous region for indulging in trekking and hiking amidst stunning scenery.
It features a wide variety of pine and oak trees. The blooming rhododendrons, and various wildlife species are a treat to the eye. It is a good chance for the photographers to capture moments in their cameras for memories.
Phewa Lake is known to offer beauty and tranquillity. Phewa Lake features the dream-like surroundings of the Himalayas. A perfect setting for experiencing boating through calm turquoise blue waters. An island in the middle of the lake is another highlight that houses an ancient Tal Barahi Temple.
It's perfect for witnessing the glorious Himalayan sunrises. Or else enjoy the reflection of surrounding mountain ranges in the clear water. Visit this one of the most serene places to see in Nepal. Experience a wonderful combination of boating, bird watching or trekking.
This is one of the most picturesque and must-see places in Pokhara. Anyone who visits Pokhara rarely misses the sunrise from the viewpoint of Sarangkot. Similar to that of Poon Hill, the Sarangkot sunrise view is one of the best glimpses of nature.
The hike to Sarangkot takes you along the pleasant trail. It is surrounded by the lush farm fields and the hamlets of indigenous Gurungs. Seeing the view from Sarangkot is not only a beautiful memory but a spiritual experience. It is best to venture on this trek with your family or friends.
The major attractions of this trek are:- Sunrise & Sunset View, a glimpse of Hiunchuli. Also Machhapuchhare, Annapurna South, the entire Pokhara Valley, Paragliding, and the Phewa Lake.
The temple of Muktinath is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the three superior Hindu deities. This place is religious and is an interesting pilgrimage site too. The natural water released out of the tap-like sculptures is mixed with the natural gas. This is why you can notice an eternal flame burning on one side of this temple.
This place is considered sacred in the sense the four elements- earth, water, air, and fire- fuse in a natural way. Also, one can find a lot of Shaligrams (ammonites) in this region. These stones are regarded as the manifestation of Lord Vishnu in the form of a stone. Many people from India, as well as Nepal, come to this site to take a sacred bath from the 108 holy fountains.
Muktinath is a spiritual place and is a must-see pilgrim destination with family or friends.