Top Destinations in Nepal

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When Mother Nature turned her attention to South Asia, she gifted Nepal with some of the most unique terrain imaginable. The gigantic mountains and ferocious rivers have huge climactic impact and have created an abundance of diversity in a relatively small place. So whether you’re answering the call of the Himalayas or following that sweet scent of Nepali tea, you'll be blown away by the choices on offer.

The Everest region and Kathmandu are popular spots to visit, but there is still heaps to see throughout the rest of the country. We've selected some of our top destination picks below to help you narrow down your options.

If you have specific questions about your Himalayas adventure feel free to flick through an email, give us a call or request a free brochure, we've spent a lot of time planning and executing well balanced and life-changing trips in this region.

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1. Kathmandu

Location: Central Nepal, Capital city

Highlights: Durbar Square (the historical and religious centre of the city), Boudhanath Stupa (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Pashupatinath Temple (the country's most important Hindu temple), Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath, the oldest stupa in Nepal)

Best time to visit: Autumn/Spring (September, October, November, March, April, May)

Best way to see it: On foot or by rickshaw 

Cultural Bells in Kathmandu

 

2. Everest Base Camp

Location: South Everest Base Camp - Nepal (most popular), North Everest Base Camp - Tibet

Highlights: Flight to Lukla (incredible scenery), Namche Bazaar (the world's highest market place with incredible 360 views), the Sherpa Culture, the achievement of reaching Everest Base Camp!!

Best time to visit: Autumn/Fall (September, October, November)

Best way to see it: Guided tour, by helicopter

Group on the Everest Base Camp Trek

 

3. Pokhara 

Location: Pokhara is 200km (120 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu

Highlights: Boat on Phewa Lake (the second biggest lake in Nepal which has a temple in the middle), Shanti Stupa (The World Peace Pagoda), Paragliding, Zip-lining, Pokhara Tibetan Centre

Best time to visit: Autumn/Spring (September, October, November, March, April, May)

Best way to see it: Guided tour, by boat, on foot

Boats on Lake Phewa Pokhara

 

4. Lukla

Location: Lukla is in the north-east of Nepal

Highlights: The scenic flight in and out, visit the local school and monastery, acclimatise before starting the trek to Everest Base Camp

Best time to visit: Autumn/ Spring (September, October, November, March, April, May)

Best way to see it: Guided tour, Mountain Flight

Lukla airport

 

5. Annapurna Massif

Location: The Annapurna Massif is in north-central Nepal

Highlights: The Massif has one peak over 8,000m, thirteen peaks over 7,000m and sixteen over 6,000m, Annapurna Base Camp, Machapuchare Base Camp, the natural hot springs in Jhinudanda

Best time to visit: Autumn/Spring (October, November, March, April, May)

Best way to see it: Guided tour

sunrise in the annapurna massif

 

6. Mustang

Location: The Mustang Region is in Northern Nepal

Highlights: The Red Cliffs, the Muktinath Temple, well preserved and authentic culture, The Jampa Gompa (built in the 15th century), The Cave Gompas of Luri Gumba, views of the Annapurna Massif

Best time to visit: From March to December (Winter becomes difficult as many villagers migrate to lower regions)

Best way to see it: Guided tour

horses grazing next to red cliffs of mustang

 

7. Popular Villages 

Location: Throughout Nepal

Names: Namche Bazaar (Everest Base Camp trek), Chitwan, Janakpur, Khumjung (Everest Base Camp Trek), Jhinudanda (Annapurna Sanctuary Trek), Geling (Forbidden Kindgom of Lo Trek), Jomsom (Forbidden Kindgom of Lo Trek)

Best time to visit: Autumn/Spring (October, November, March, April, May)

Best way to see it: Guided tour

the village of Namche Bazaar in Nepal

 

8. Popular Religious Sites

Location: Throughout Nepal

Names: Bouddhanath Monastery (the largest monastery in Nepal), Swayambhunath Monastery (also known as monkey-temple), Jamba Gompa (incredible mandala painted walls), Khumjung Monastery

Best time to visit: Autumn/Spring (October, November, March, April, May)

Best way to see it: Guided tour, on foot

Swayambhunath Monastery in Kathmandu

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    19 Days  | 

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    • ACTIVE 4

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      I’ll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it’ll be tough, but the views will be worth it.


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    When it comes to bucket lists, the Everest Base Camp trek is surely near the top! Join our Kiwi and Nepalese guides to safely and gradually hike to the base of the tallest mountain in the world.

  • Annapurna Sanctuary Trek - AST

    14 Days  | 

    US$3999

    ACTIVE 4
    • ACTIVE 1

      What's The Rush?

      I’m not a triathlete, but I’m in decent shape and I’m not looking to experience a place just through a bus window. I’m happy to slow down on the trail, soak it in and breathe in the fresh air.


    • ACTIVE 2

      Leg Stretcher

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they’re even worn in, but they don’t go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.


    • ACTIVE 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation so that I can eat and drink what I like without feeling guilty. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.


    • ACTIVE 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I’ll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it’ll be tough, but the views will be worth it.


    • ACTIVE 5

      The Ultimate

      I’ve put in the hard yards and now I get to reap the rewards. I’m a seasoned adventurer, not afraid to get my boots wet.


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    Discover Annapurna Sanctuary, a natural amphitheatre accessed on a trail that’s less about altitude and more about mind-blowing scenery. Explore Kathmandu and Pokhara too.

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    14 Days  | 

    US$3999

    ACTIVE 4
    • ACTIVE 1

      What's The Rush?

      I’m not a triathlete, but I’m in decent shape and I’m not looking to experience a place just through a bus window. I’m happy to slow down on the trail, soak it in and breathe in the fresh air.


    • ACTIVE 2

      Leg Stretcher

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they’re even worn in, but they don’t go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.


    • ACTIVE 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation so that I can eat and drink what I like without feeling guilty. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.


    • ACTIVE 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I’ll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it’ll be tough, but the views will be worth it.


    • ACTIVE 5

      The Ultimate

      I’ve put in the hard yards and now I get to reap the rewards. I’m a seasoned adventurer, not afraid to get my boots wet.


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    18 Days  | 

    US$5999

    ACTIVE 5
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      What's The Rush?

      I’m not a triathlete, but I’m in decent shape and I’m not looking to experience a place just through a bus window. I’m happy to slow down on the trail, soak it in and breathe in the fresh air.


    • ACTIVE 2

      Leg Stretcher

      Sure, I own some hiking boots, they’re even worn in, but they don’t go on long trips. I like my creature comforts and I like to give a range of activities a go.


    • ACTIVE 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation so that I can eat and drink what I like without feeling guilty. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.


    • ACTIVE 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I’ll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it’ll be tough, but the views will be worth it.


    • ACTIVE 5

      The Ultimate

      I’ve put in the hard yards and now I get to reap the rewards. I’m a seasoned adventurer, not afraid to get my boots wet.


    • Read more about the Active Range

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