Nepal is a small, picturesque country hidden in the Himalayas and located between India and south of the Autonomous Region of Tibet.
What makes Nepal so special is that it exhibits an array of geographic features ranging from lush, dense forests to cold, unbearable high mountains. In fact, this tiny country is home to the world's highest peak, Mt. Everest at an incredible height of 8,848 m.
From a spiritual point of view, Nepal is of great significance to both the Hindus and Buddhists. All of this makes Nepal an extremely exciting and interesting place to visit at least once. If you especially love to travel, Nepal must be on your bucket list.
The country heavily depends on tourism and the government has been running various Visit Nepal programs since 1998 to entice more tourists to come to this amazing place. The year 2011 also saw a Visit Nepal program and was pretty successful in bringing more tourist than ever.
However, Nepal was devastated by the 2015 earthquake, resulting in significant loss of life and property.
This prompted the Government of Nepal (GoN) to organize another campaign - Visit Nepal 2020. But fate had something else - the world-wide pandemic of corona virus.
To promote tourism and provide better infrastructure on the hospitality sector, the Government of Nepal is organizing more international flights as well as more airbuses to transport tourists to Nepal from all over the world.
The Hotel industry will also be greatly enhanced with significant improvement to accommodate more tourists will all the required facilities.
Since Himalayan Trekkers have their base in Nepal, we know the phenomenal places to visit even on a tight budget. From unexplored lands to Nepal's most popular destinations, we know the secret hidden gems that can make the trip exclusive. And when it comes to hospitality, we guarantee the best for our customers.
A Noble Reason to Visit Nepal in 2022
Nepal is a picturesque place that is astonishingly beautiful with beautiful mountains, lakes, glaciers. The attraction not only lies in rich geographical variation but also among the courteous people and rich culture of the place.
Nepal was globally recognized globally back in the 1950s when Tensing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary first step their foot on the summit of Mt. Everest.
The Visit Nepal 2020 Campaign is also devised as a method to introduce more people to the country. The MoCTCA in Nepal has already started a campaign in different places around the world to promote Visit Nepal 2022.
The GoN has included the major attractions in Nepal and is also focusing on untouched destinations such as the Khaptad Region and the Rara Lake Region.
Major Activities in Nepal in 2022
Almost all the activities from spiritual, heritage tours, hiking, wildlife safari, river rafting, mountaineering, bungee jumping, or be it traversing the landscape on a mountain bike or a motorcycle, you can find the activity which you likely to be fit in.
All your activities have the added bonus of passing through spectacular scenery.
Adventurous Climbing & Trek Activities
The most popular attraction of Nepal is the high and lofty Himalayan ranges that stretch from west to east and occupy the entire Northern region throughout the country. According to geologists, the Himalayas are a relatively younger range of mountains and are still growing.
Thus, some of the highest peaks in the world could be found in the Himalayan range such as Mt. Everest, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Langtang. In fact, 8 out of the 14, highest peaks above 8000m plus peaks are located in Nepal alone.
There are above 1,300 peaks in Nepal which are over 6000 m. Langtang region along with Everest and Annapurna attracts the greatest number of tourists and adventurers alike. The Mera peak and Island peak situated in the Khumbu region is a great place to climb if you are fond of adventurous climbs.
Looking at the world from such higher heights and altitudes truly has a different kick attached to it. You will pass through lush forests, steep slopes, thick layers of ice, and so on as you go on a trekking expedition.
Thrilling Water Activities
The Chure region comprises the youngest mountains in Nepal and contributes to major of the 6,000 or so fast-flowing freshwater rivulets and rivers that cut through Nepal which are formed by melted glaciers. There are three main river systems in Nepal - Koshi, Gandaki, and Karnali.
These fast-flowing rivers apart from generating hydroelectric power, are very suitable for different kinds of water sports and adventurous activities such as rafting, kayaking, canoeing, and so on.
Rich Cultural Essence
Nepal is a country of contrasts, with incredible natural wonders coexisting with a vibrant culture and a deep understanding of history. Further, it is also the source for the growth and development of different religious disciplines such as Buddhism and Hinduism.
There are accounts about Nepal and its surrounding regions recorded in many religious texts. Nonetheless, Nepal has a rich culture to offer for visitors to explore!
There are as many as 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal in Kathmandu Valley, Lumbini, Chitwan National Park, Sagarmatha National Park, and so on.
The Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath Stupa), the Pashupatinath temple, the Bouddhanath Stupa, and the Changunarayan Temple are excellent heritage sites in Kathmandu that hold much religious significance.
Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha also has lots of attractions to offer and welcomes tourists as well as devotees alike every year. The Ashoka Pillar in the Lumbini Garden built way back in 250 BC is a major attraction in this place with artistic temples and monasteries abound this place.
One of the temples, the Mayadevi Temple has very intricate architectural work and was built to commemorate Lord Buddha’s mother.
The Pushkarni Pool is also an enduring sight where the King and Queen from the royal palace used to take their baths in front of the Mayadevi Temple. The Lumbini museum also contains important artifacts that are very charming and has an impressive history attached.
Nepal is a multi-cultural nation and boasts 125 different ethnic communities mutually co-existing. There are many trails that take you on a journey through the many cultural locations. You can easily plan a trek through these routes to immerse yourself in a memorable journey within yourself.
Sherpa Cultural Heritage around Everest and Gurung Cultural Heritage around the Annapurna circuit are the two most notable of these cultural hotspots. The Magar Cultural Heritage that comes en route the Guerrilla trek is also a notable hotspot.
The Tibetan Buddhist Culture Heritage located in the Shey Valley and the Dolpo Region is a picturesque location enriched in peace and deep understanding.
Acceptance & Diversity of Religion
The majority of Nepalese people follow Hinduism, but there is also a strong Buddhist influence, as well as some Kiratism, Islam, and Christianity (although relatively in smaller portions).
Traveling around various parts of Nepal and learning about each region's traditions, diversity of faith, multiculturalism is an enlightening experience that demonstrates what and why a special place it is to visit.
Nepal is also well-known for its religious tolerance. In spite of having an influence of several religions, none of the people discriminate against each other on basis of religion instead they live in harmony celebrating each other’s festivals.
Nepal is a mythical land. Although there is very little known about the early history of Nepal, it dates way back. The people of the Gopal Dynasty were the ones who came to Nepal and started the settlement, then there were Mahishpal, Kirate, Licchavi, Simroun, Thakuri, Malla, and Shah Dynasty.
The first written history of Nepal is only observed from Kirate Dynasty. History has further progressed which can be witnessed in the architecture, palaces, museums, durbar squares, and temples in Nepal. Different dynasties and rulers are represented in each palace and museum. Furthermore, the legends of the great Gorkha and brave Gorkhalis are immaculate.
Peace & Serenity
As the land of Lord Buddha and guided by his preaching, Nepal is regarded as the sacred place offering peace and tranquility. Farther away from the hustle, Nepal is spiritual and ideal for peaceful reflection, whether you're trekking, temple-hopping, or looking out over a still, glass-like lake.
Even the most adrenaline-pumping adventures will provide some serenity with its unrivaled natural beauty.
Nepal is a very small country and covers an area of only 147,181 square km. In spite of its very small size, Nepal boasts of featuring all the climatic zones that could be found on earth. It extends from an elevation of just 59 m above mean sea level up to 8,848 m (Mt. Everest), which is physically the highest point in this world.
The climatic regions in Nepal are divided into Terai (hot, torrid climate), Hilly (temperate climate), and Himalayan (frigid, alpine climatic conditions). Through this huge variation, there exist 118 different kinds of ecosystems that abound in 160 species of animals. 852 species of birds, and 284 different kinds of flowering plants.
A Plethora of Wildlife
Since Nepal has a diverse geography that includes dense forests it also attracts a diverse array of wildlife.
The jungles are enriched in various kinds of flora intermingled with exotic fauna. Watching birds and endangered animal species in their natural habitat is one of the main attractions that the GoN is offering in Visit Nepal 2022.
Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park, Suklaphanta National Park, and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve are rich in natural beauty and could be a grand experience.
Besides, the forests in Nepal are also the habitat of wild animal species such as the Bengal tiger, one-horned rhino, sloth bears, Asiatic elephants, spotted deer, wild buffalo, and much more.
In the higher altitudes, you will find animals such as snow leopard, blue sheep, Himalayan black bear, and so on, whose physiology is developed to withstand the intense cold conditions.
The diverse geography also ensures a diverse climate in different parts of Nepal that have allowed different species of birds to thrive. These include local birds as well as migratory bird species that flock to the forests and water bodies of Nepal in abundance.
The national parks and wildlife reserves mentioned above are also rich in a variety of bird populations. In fact, Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve is referred to as the Capital of Bird Watching.
Himalayan bird species such as the Lophophorus, the national bird of Nepal could be found if you go on a bird-watching trail in the Everest region. Taudaha Lake, Nagarjuna Lake, and Godavari Lake in Kathmandu are impressive freshwater bodies that attract a considerable bird population. In short, if you are an ardent bird watcher, Nepal is the place for you to be to capture some captivating shots.
Safety & Security
Since Nepal is politically secure, crime isn't a big concern for travelers. While there are some common precautions to take, such as not drinking the tap water and being as vigilant as you would in other cases, Nepal is a reasonably safe destination.
Furthermore, you are being properly looked out after in Nepal. Despite the challenging hikes, the routes are clear, while guides are available, and any risks, such as experience level and altitude sickness, are things you can prepare for beforehand.
Exotic Cuisine & Hospitality
You can experience great hospitality in every part of the country. Nepalese people are without a doubt the most kind and welcoming people you will ever encounter. In Nepal, the traditional manners and hospitality are still preserved, so you will be welcomed and respected by all Nepalese people.
With several diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, Nepalese cuisine is unavoidably delightful. Although Nepal's cuisine is heavily influenced by its neighbors, China and India, the country makes it unique, and relatively healthier dishes than other southeast Asian countries.
The must-try dishes include Dhal bat (lentil or chicken curry with boiled rice, vegetables, pickles, and roti bread) and famous Momo (Nepal’s version of dumplings).
Nepal is a relatively inexpensive destination for travelers, with hotel rooms for less than $20 (and guesthouses for as little as $5), food for a day for $10, and economical experiences and activities. However, there are more expensive options, such as top hotels, which cost about $ 200, but even with these, you'll get one of the best rooms. For a really pleasant stay in the countryside, you shouldn't expect to pay more than $40 per night.
Since Nepal is still an underdeveloped nation, there are numerous volunteer opportunities for you to participate and assist. Nepal is a place where you can genuinely travel for a charitable reason.
You will gain incredible perspectives and form special relationships with people from all walks of life, all of which have the power to change your entire outlook on life.
All in all, there are so many things that Nepal has to offer. To engage tourists more in the wildlife and raw beauty of Nepal, various adventure sports activities such as river bridging, rappelling, bungee jumping, have also been started in Nepal.
All of these will be in a full boost in Visit Nepal 2022 that is surely going to give you an immersive experience into the natural and cultural bounty of Nepal. To ensure that you have covered all your bucket-list locations in Nepal, do connect with Himalayan Trekkers.
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