The nation of Nepal is sandwiched between India and China is the mecca for all trekkers and mountain lovers. Nepal has 8 of the 10 highest mountain peaks in the world, including that of the highest, Mt. Everest. A small country of around 500 miles in length, by less than 150 miles wide (about the size of an Arkansas State), Nepal harbors ecosystems ranging from the tropical lowlands of the south to the alpine deserts and the arctic conditions of the north. The thriving and bustling capitol city of Kathmandu is located in the central valley of this mountainous land. In addition to geographical and ecological variety, Nepal’s diversity is reflected in all aspects of socio-cultural life as well.
Nepal is a country thoroughly drenched in a vibrant culture that has had strong influences from both of its’ neighbors; India to the South and China to the North. Birth place of the Lord Buddha, this Himalayan nation prides itself on a nonviolent religious co-existence. Nepal has a religious majority of Hindus who have lived peacefully for many centuries alongside the Buddhist minority. There are very few countries that can match Nepal’s cultural diversity with over 120 distinct languages spoken by over 28 million people. In Nepal, you will find at least 82 distinct ethnic groups living in social harmony. There is no shortage of cultural wealth and architectural marvels in Nepal; Kathmandu valley alone has over 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. To briefly list some of Nepal’s impressive natural statistics: there are over 640 species of flowering plants, over 200 species of butterflies, and more than 400 species of birds. If you travel high enough in the mountains, the infamous Yeti or the legendary Snow Lion may show up to greet you!!
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world and yet it surpasses all other countries in the Himalayan region in terms of trekking infrastructure and facilities. Tourism is major contributor to Nepal’s ever struggling economy. All of Nepal’s trekking routes are full of small lodges (teahouses) that are most often owned and operated independently by locals. After a long trek, you can always count on hot shower, a clean room and warm apple pie. Here in Nepal, you can escape the bustle of city life and trek for months without needing a tent or bringing any food. Hassle free, easy access to major mountain destinations and helpful, friendly locals makes trekking in Nepal simply irresistible.
Whether it is high altitude trekking to Everest base camp or the less challenging trek to see the famous sunrise view atop Poon hill, there is always something for everyone here. Rest assured your time spent exploring the Himalayas in Nepal will leave you with memories you will cherish for years to come. The amazing people and majestic mountains of Nepal will inspire you to keep you coming back for more.