Nestled between India and Tibet, Nepal welcomes you with a scenic and cultural diversity that extends far beyond the fascinating mountain ranges of the Himalayas. The lively capital Kathmandu awaits you with colorful markets and golden temples, the country's national parks are home to exotic plants as well as wild animals like rhinos, tigers or crocodiles and charming villages invite you to take a relaxed stroll. The breathtaking mountain landscapes of Nepal are best experienced on hikes or trekking tours lasting several days, during which, with a bit of luck, you can enjoy incredible views of the Himalayas. Let Nepal enchant you!
The Annapurna area includes a mountain range in the Himalayas, which you can circle on the Annapurna Circuit. This is considered one of the best trekking routes in Nepal and even one of the most beautiful and varied hikes in the world. On the way you can look forward to spectacular views and charming little villages of ethnic minorities. Also travelers who do not want to hike for several days at a time will get their money's worth. The surroundings of the city of Pokhara invite you to shorter, but still equally charming hikes.
The Kathmandu Valley, in the center of which is the state capital of the same name, is located in eastern Nepal, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Only over a narrow pass one can reach the area, which is densely populated by Nepalese standards. Also here, hiking trails through impressive landscapes such as rhododendron as well as pine and oak forests await you. The city of Kathmandu is, despite its remote location, the colorful and lively center of the country. Stroll through the small and large streets, taste the national dish Momos and let the special flair of this city captivate you.
At the border to Tibet, Mount Everest is enthroned majestically. In Nepal, the highest mountain in the world at 29,000 feet is called Sagarmatha, the forehead of the sky. Countless stories entwine themselves around the imposing giant, which is part of the Himalaya Mountains, the roof of the world. No wonder, Mount Everest is considered one of the most dangerous mountains in the world. Since the first ascent in 1953 by Hillary and Norgay, ambitious climbers have tried their luck every year to conquer the snow-covered peaks.
The first national park in Nepal, the Chitwan National Park, is located on the border with India, in the southern foothills of the Himalayas. Here lives the king of the jungle, the Bengal tiger, as well as the rare tank-rhinoceroses and leopards. Elephants also call the park their home. In the elephant breeding station you can get very close to the calves of the grey giants. Besides jeep safaris, you can also go on safaris on the elephants' backs.
Poon Hill is a 10,500 feet high mountain that offers a breathtaking view of the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri and other sister mountains. Especially at sunrise you can look forward to spectacular views when the massive mountain ranges are bathed in red and orange light. You can stay overnight in the nearby village of Ghorepani.
The holiest site of Buddhism is, how could it be otherwise, the birthplace of Buddha. According to tradition, it is located in Lumbini, north of the border with India. Since 1997 the pilgrimage center with the peace park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park includes numerous pagodas and temples, which you can explore by bike or rickshaw. Because cars are not allowed in this holy place. Less
Nepal is a real paradise for passionate hikers and trekkers. After all, eight of the highest mountains in the world are located here. Especially the Annapurna region invites to short as well as longer explorations on foot. Unique experiences in nature await you in the Chitwan National Park, which is part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage and is home to rare tank-rhinoceroses, deer, monkeys as well as leopards, wild elephants and sloth bears. Whitewater rafting, which leads through exciting rapids and past untouched landscapes, is another pure thrill!
The colorful prayer flags, which decorate stupas, temples but also mountain tops, are a picturesque symbol for the deeply rooted spirituality of the Nepalese people. Throughout the country there are countless impressive religious buildings, such as the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. In the south of Nepal is also the birthplace of Buddha, Lumbini, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The extensive sacred gardens of the city can be easily explored by rickshaw or bicycle. Less
The seasons in Nepal are comparable to those in Europe. While from December to February temperatures are mostly low, from April to June it gets very hot and also humid. Otherwise you can look forward to mild temperatures. Due to the extreme differences in altitude and the variety of landscapes, Nepal has different climatic zones. The lowlands have a subtropical climate, the pre-Himalayan region awaits you with moderate, and the mountains of the Himalaya with high mountain climate. The best time to travel is generally from October to the end of May, when temperatures are moderate and it is dry. Throughout the year Nepal celebrates many religious festivals and holidays. The New Year's Festival Losar usually falls in the month of January or February and is of special importance for Buddhists. For one week they celebrate with traditional dances. The end of the winter is celebrated with bright colors at the Holi festival, the Hindu festival you may know from India.