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Situated between the high Himalaya of Tibet and the tropical climes of India, Nepal is a land of contrasts. Though most famous for its towering peaks, the self-contained "mountain kingdom" also encompasses within its borders vast swathes of semi-tropical forest, terai and marshland. Its culture, too, is a mix of influences. Until 2006 the world's oldest Hindu monarchy, the country has long been a refuge for Tibetan Buddhism, whose culture has thrived among the Sherpa of north-eastern Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal
Home to no fewer than eight of the world's ten highest mountains, Nepal is the ultimate goal for mountain lovers, attracting both hardened mountaineers and novice trekkers alike.
While Nepal is most famous for its 8,000m+ peaks, you needn't be a experienced climber to discover these spectacular mountains. Popular and accessible treks include Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit, while non-technical 6,000m+ climbs such as Mera Peak can be conquered even by less-experienced climbers.
And for those seeking to explore the Nepali Himalaya but without the various hardships that go with mountain climbing, our Nepal in Comfort itineraries offer an easy lodge-based alternative to a standard trekking or climbing holiday.
We design treks and climbs that suit your goals (matched to your capability), and your interests. See our Nepal trekking pages for more information.
Wildlife holidays in Nepal
Outside of its popular mountain routes, much of Nepal remains little explored, particularly its southern national parks. Yet Nepal houses a diversity of wildlife, including such rarities as snow leopard, Bengal tiger, and the greater rhinoceros. Accessing this wildlife isn't always easy. The most remote corners of Nepal are usually accessed via India, where National Parks such as Dudhwa and Singalila provide a gateway on to some of most fascinating environments of the Nepal-India border. Beginning in North-West Bengal, treks on the Singalila Ridge offer the rare prospect of viewing red panda and black bear in the wild, while the vast terai of Dudhwa is home to tiger and rhino, among other large mammals, which move freely between Nepal and India.
More accessible is Chitwan, in south-central Nepal. The country's oldest and most famous national park, Chitwan serves as an easy extension to a trekking holiday, offering visitors the prospect of sighting Bengal tiger, leopard, sloth bear and Indian rhinoceros in their national habitat.
More remote is Bardia National Park. The preferred option for those wanting to escape the crowds of Chitwan, Bardia protects one of the largest stretches of tiger territory in Asia, and is also home to a healthy population of rhino.
Example itineraries in Nepal
The Annapurna Circuit Trek packs the full range of Nepalese trekking experiences into a two week trip. You will begin your trek in the valleys of the Gandaki zone, passing through small agricultural communities, terraced rice fields and lowland forests, before grdually climbing higher, out of the sub-tropical zone and into a harsher climate. You will reach a max height of 5,416m as you traverse the Thorung La Pass, before descending to the lakeside city of Pokhara, the end point of your trek.
This trek passes through a more diverse range of climate, vegetation and cultures than most small countries can boast in their entirety. From the lush vegetation of rain- and temperate forests to terraced rice fields, the land and its people change daily or even hourly, giving trekkers a tantalising introduction to Nepal’s natural and cultural beauty. There are priced options to camp or stay in tea houses and hotels.
Trek through the Sagarmatha National Park to the base camp of the world's highest mountain, Everest, in this most popular of Nepal trekking itineraries. You will begin your journey in Kathmandu, flying to Lukla and then journeying along the Khumbu trail, passing Tok Tok, Namche Bazaar, and Dingboche before reaching your goal at Everest Base Camp. Those looking for an extra challenge have the option to take on Kala Patthar.
Everest Base Camp Trek beginning in Bhandar. To avoid flying to Lukla, this itinerary involves a 7 hour drive from Kathmandu to Bhandar, near Jiri, and a 5 day trek from Bhandar to Tok Tok, where you will join the main trail to Everest Base Camp.
Our Nepal comfort treks are a luxury lodge-based alternative to traditional camping treks. These are mostly gentle trekking programs in which you are accommodated in comfortable, heated lodges and en-suite guesthouses. For the leisurely traveller who is looking to explore the beauty of the Nepali Himalayas but is put off by the Spartan conditions associated with traditional camping-based treks, our comfort treks provide the ideal alternative.
Nepal trekking and climbing rates, including Everest Base Camp, Annapurna, Island Peak, and Mera Peak. Please see our Nepal in Comfort brochure for separate rates for our top-end programmes.