If it’s trekking you're after, nowhere else on the planet compares to Nepal.
Of the ten highest mountains in the world, eight of them lie within Nepal’s borders. Once you’ve explored Kathmandu’s exotic markets and windy backstreets, head into the countryside to hike through Sherpa villages dotted with prayer flags and teahouses, past rice terraces and ice-clear rivers with Himalayan peaks looming all around. You can rest your head in rustic local lodges and reward your trekking accomplishments with a long soak in natural Himalayan hot springs.
Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu, and one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. It is also very close to the Annapurna mountain range, and serves as a base for trekkers and mountain climbers making their way to the Annapurna Circuit. Annapurna is often translated as Goddess of the Harvests in Sanskrit, and is a 55 kilometre-long section of the Himalayas. This circuit is extremely popular, and the Annapurna Conservation Area is the first and largest conservation area in Nepal.
Kathmandu Valley has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites and lies at the crossroads of Asia’s ancient civilizations. It has several sites that are places of pilgrimage for both Hindus and Buddhists, and is home to Nepal’s capital Kathmandu.
The scenery in Nepal is magnificent, but it’s not all mountains. This is the land of Kipling’s Jungle book, and it is home to Chitwan National Park – a stunning nature reserve with fantastic luxury lodges. Nothing compares to rising early on a misty morning for a trek on elephant back through the jungle to spy on the park’s numerous tigers.