Nepal is a small country, just 124 miles wide, however it still encompasses a variety of terrain, from the lush jungles of the Indian plain to the soaring snow-capped heights of Everest at 8,848m. In between are low stone villages nestled in isolated valleys, rushing glacier fed rivers, and a charm personified in the people that you will experience nowhere else.
What to expect on your Nepal holiday
The Nepalese people are fiercely proud and are commited to perfection in all things. Nowhere is this more obvious than when trekking in the foothills of the Himalayas. It's nothing short of a miracle that you can wake to the smell of freshly baked bread and eat toast and marmite for breakfast when you are miles from nowhere and overlooking some of the most magnificent mountains in the world.
But a holiday to Nepal is not just about trekking. There is river rafting, elephant rides and the opportunity to spot the one horned Indian rhinoceros or possibly even a tiger.
Some ideas for a Nepal holiday
- Go trekking. It does not have to be arduous or at a high altitude and the pace does not have to be demanding.
- Spend three days river rafting, camping out at night, eating supper by the light of flickering oil lights and a camp fire.
- Wander the streets and squares of old Kathmandu where intricately carved temples have stood for 500 years.
- Stay at Chitwan or Bardia National Park, venturing out each day on an elephant in search of wildlife.
- View the Himalayas while sipping a sundowner at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge.
Beyond the ordinary
Take a flight to Everest or discover the Himalayas by helicopter.
Our Nepal Expertise
Nick, our chairman, first travelled to Nepal in 1975 (and no, he didn’t inhale) and then proceeded to return every year for 10 years. Paul lived full time in Nepal for a number of years. Between them and our other Nepal specialists Kate and Joe, we have trekked, river rafted, watched tigers, fished and trekked again.
Making a difference | Nepal Earthquake UPDATE
On 25 April 2015, an earthquake measuring 7.8 in magnitude hit Nepal - the worst earthquake to hit the country in 80 years.
In the initial days we recommended that donations be made though ShelterBox, ensuring that vital aid was delivered to the areas that needed it the most. Moving forward, it is now important that tourism continues to support the rebuilding of the communities of Nepal.
Restless Development has worked alongside young people in Nepal since 1991, supporting them to build healthier communities, access education, and claim a voice in the decisions that their government makes. It has built a network of thousands of young volunteers and alumni across the country. When the earthquake hit, Restless Development mobilised its network of young Nepalis to help set up camps and distribute food, tents, and medicine.
One of the most pressing needs after the quake has been to provide safe spaces for children - sadly an unbelievable 16,000 schools were destroyed or badly damaged. Restless Development has been working with UNICEF to set up 500 Temporary Learning Centres (TLCs), reaching over 168,000 children and almost 6,000 teachers. The TLCs are run by young, local volunteers who are trained to provide shelter, education, counselling, and sanitation for children and their families, and to train school teachers to support children who've been through the trauma of the earthquake. They've been going door-to-door in areas where it's now safe to return to school, encouraging children and their families to resume their education and they provide ongoing support for more than 100 schools that have reopened.
Talk to our Nepal Travel Experts to learn how you can support their ongoing work.
Like many Asian countries, there are always different rules and etiquettes to follow when it comes to dress code. When visiting temples women must cover up bare shoulders and legs, and when out and about should dress conservatively. If entering a temple or Nepalese home, it is custom to remove your shoes before entering.
Transfers will vary between internal flights and for shorter distances, by car. Travelling by road is a great way to see the countryside and there are always opportunities to stop off en route to take in the stunning scenery.
Home to the mighty Himalayas, lush national parks and the birthplace of Buddhism, Nepal has no end of things to see and do. Get lost in Kathmandu’s charming alleyways and visit its famous Durbar Square where you will come across ash covered Saddhu’s (holy men). Out of the cities lies stunning mountain scenery and the world famous Everest, but for less daunting treks then the Annapurna Mountains are perfect - weaving through scenic villages and stunning landscapes.