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Nepal Travel Guide

Whether you want to push your self to the limit and take on the mighty Himalayas, want to lose yourself in the peace of Buddhist temples, or want to uncover the history of this fascinating land, Nepal guarantees the trip of a lifetime. With kind, friendly locals, delicious cuisine, enough trinkets to satisfy even the biggest shopaholics, and scenery like nowhere else, get ready for one truly epic getaway.
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The official language is Nepali, although altogether there are 123 languages spoken in Nepal.
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Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
Symbol: रू‎
100 NPR is approx 70p
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Nepal Standard Time (GMT+5:45)

Top places to visit in Nepal

Kathmandu in daylight

Kathmandu

Nepal's capital is a vibrant city, and the popular Thamel area surrounding it is perfect for all your backpacker needs. Be sure to climb to the amazing Swayambhunath temple for great views across the Kathmandu Valley, and Boudhanath Stupa (Asia's biggest stupa) is another dramatic icon. The city's central square, Durbar, is like stepping back in time, as are the nearby towns of Patan and Bhaktapur - both well worth the visit.
Annapurna village in Nepal

Pokhara & the Annapurna Circuit

Known for its amazing backdrop of skyscraping mountains and lakes, Pokhara enjoys a beautiful waterside position and is the gateway to the mighty Annapurna mountain range... and Everest. Whether you wish to kick back and relax and take in the amazing surroundings, wander through its quaint villages, or want to take part in some adrenaline fuelling adventure sports, Pokhara, Annapurna's hub, will see to your needs.
elephants in chitwan national park

Chitwan National Park

One of the highlights of Nepal, Chitwan National Park is a protected area deep in the Nepalese jungle and home to some amazing wildlife. From elephants and rhinos to tigers and monkeys, Chitwan is one of the best nature reserves in Asia and is easily reachable from both Kathmandu and Pokhara. The nearby town of Sauraha is popular with backpackers and is a decent place to spend a few nights.

Nepal tours & experiences

A group of local men in Nepal

Nepal Adventure

Nepal is a country of world-record highs including the world's highest peak, highest lake and highest valley! This trip takes you around its most celebrated cultural spots and lets you live out every mountaineer's dream - trekking in the Himalayas! You will also spot tigers in Chitwan N.P., visit a local community project, visit a hot springs and check out Kathmandu. 
 
10 days
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People doing the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

On this incredible trekking adventure, spend 13 challenging days traversing forests and mountain villages. For six to seven hours a day, follow the trails of this challenging circuit on and around one of the worlds highest mountains while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes. Led by expert guides, you'll be greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life.
18 days
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Plan your trip to Nepal

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Flights to Nepal

Kathmandu Airport is likely to be your entry point into Nepal, unless you are travelling overland from India. Flights to Kathmandu are available from the UK via connecting airports such as Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and New Delhi.
Woman standing next to a sign to Mount Everest

Trek Mount Everest

What better way to let our your intrepid side than by taking on a trek to highest mountain in the world? The expedition to Everest Base Camp has been attracting adventurers for decades. Overcoming the physical and psychological challenge of the trek whilst witnessing jaw-dropping scenery and chilling in remote villages along the way - soaring white peaks against bright blue skies - makes climbing Everest the experience of a lifetime. We can get you there, with a wide range of treks and tours.

What we love about Nepal

person on a trek with a walking stick and large back bag Trekking
There's ample opportunity for that here. In fact, the Annapurna range was voted in the top ten best places to trek on earth,
Steamed dumplings in a bamboo pot Momos
A culinary institution, these steamed meat or veggie dumplings are dangerously addictive.
Rhino Chitwan National Park
Deservedly one of the best national parks in Asia for wildlife-viewing. You'll definitely spot rhinos. If you're really lucky you'll spot tigers.

Frequently asked questions about travelling to Nepal

How do I get around Nepal?

Nepal is pretty off the beaten track, especially once outside of the capital Kathmandu. Local transport does connect to top destinations such as Pokhara, but a guide is needed when attempting any mountain ascents. Many visitors opt to join a combined trek-culture tour offering the best of what this amazing country has to offer. Check out some of our top options below and get in touch for more information.

Do I need a visa for Nepal

Visas are normally required for travel to Nepal so be sure to check all relevant documentation needed in advance.

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