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Trekking in Nepal

Posted on Aug 4, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Trekking in Nepal

 

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Nepal is one of the more popular hiking and nature destinations in the world for athletic tourists. Boasting ownership of the largest portion of the Himalayas, many mountain climbers travel to Nepal to conquer the peaks of Mount Everest and the surrounding mountains. So this then begs the question,is Mount Everest the only beautiful part of Nepal?

The answer is a very strong no. If you look at any listing of ‘largest peaks in the world’, you will find that eight of the ten are located in Nepal, and by looking at any map, you’ll see that Nepal is nestled inside the Himalayas. Containing more than 240 peaks over 20,000 feet above sea level, Nepal is a dream come true for those wanting to see a wonderful view, be it for the distance, mountains, valleys, or sunsets. On top of this, the southern region of Terai is fertile and humid, so you can even experience a lush environment if you so desire.

For those that aren’t much into hiking, this doesn’t prevent you from seeing beauty, as Nepal has a powerful culture and society, too. You can find many temples and close-knit communities in nearly any village or town you enter, all beautifully decorated and respected by each local. Whether you’re passing through or staying for a personal retreat, the people of Nepal will greet you with open arms and expose you to any beauty you have in mind, even if you’re there to see everything at once. You are capable of finding your way to a temple that overlooks a wonderful view, or going for a calm walk along a mountain trail that doesn’t involve any climbing or extended activity.

The sunrises and sunsets in Nepal are a whole other beauty to behold that nearly any human being alive today could not resist watching. With the tight mountain range and epic views, you are bound to see at least one spectacular sunrise or sunset during your visit to Nepal. It is, for all intents and purposes, a guarantee that you’ll experience this part of Nepal, no matter what you’re there for. Typically, you will see one of these events either by a temple or by a mountain, both of which make for a view that make you pause and immerse yourself in the atmosphere.

Nepal is truly a place for personal reflection and recovery from stress. Finding yourself in a calm and receptive village can change your life no matter who you are, and you are sure to return home with a new perspective on life and the nature this world possesses. Because of this power Nepal has, you can find several organizations and programs that base themselves in Nepal for several activities: hiking, climbing, scenic tours, scenic plane flights, religious teaching, personal retreat resorts, and more. All it takes is a desire to try and you will find your way.

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10 Things to do in Nepal

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on 10 Things to do in Nepal

Colorful holy flags on Boudhanath temple stupa Kathmandu Nepal

1. Visit Kathmandu

Kathmandu, known as Tri-City, is the illustrious capital of Nepal, boasting a million citizens. No trip to Nepal is complete without a visit to the capital, where there are a large assortment of attractions and events for a visitor to enjoy.

2. Go Shopping at Asan, Kathmandu

The most famous bazaar in Nepal, all visitors should spend some time at Asan to experience the several temples, festivals and music. Nearly anything can be bought at markets here, ranging from foodstuffs, textiles and electronics.

3. Volunteer in Nepal

One of the most fulfilling things you can do in Nepal today is sign up as a volunteer. There are so many things you can do to help out the community, such as teaching or taking care of orphans. Programs are available to make this a reality.

4. Look Upon the Stupa of Boudhanath

Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. The Stupa is also one of the largest in the world, and is considered a UNICEF World Heritage Site while enjoying the construction of several monasteries around it.

5. Hike Through Bardiya National Park

Labelled as the largest national park in Nepal, Baridya is dominantly covered in forests (70%) and the remainder is a mix ofgrassland, savannah, and riverine forest. There are over 800 species of flora and over 600 faunal species.

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6. Experience the Monkey Temple

The Monkey Temple, officially named Swayambhunath, is a temple in Kathmandu and is known as one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal. The temple is considered Buddhist, but is honoured by Hindus as well. It is the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site.

7. Eat at the Traveller’s Ghetto

The Traveller’s Ghetto is a location in Nepal (that is full wi-fi) which is seen as an excellent tourist location, albeit called a ghetto. It’s officially named Thamel and has extensive markets and restaurants to be enjoyed by foreign visitors.

8. View the Scenic Himalayas from Nagarkot

A tiny village located a short distance away from Kathmandu, Nagarkot offers an exquisite view of the mountain range (sunrise included!) and a panoramic view of the Kathmandu Valley. It is suitable for any individual that adores nature.

9. Trek the Himalayas

If you don’t feel confident enough to climb Mount Everest, don’t worry! You can still enjoy the beauty of the mountain peak and the surrounding mountain range by doing a short trek either at Annapurna Sanctuary or close to Pokhara.

10) Participate in a Nepali Festival

Nepal has a strong festival culture that is heavily based on their religion, and there are plenty of festivals to choose from when deciding to expose yourself to the local culture. Mani Rimdu in particular is the most important festival for the Sherpa people!

Caique on Phewa lake Pokhara Nepal
 Writer: Davy Lambrechts
 
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