Nepal is a Himalayan country in South Asia.  As a landlocked country, it is surrounded all sides by the giant countries - India and China. If you have heard about Nepal, it is probably related to the Himalayas and the Everest. But there is so much more to it.  Even with no access to sea, Nepal gives a sense of a different world in itself.

A size of just 4 degrees in latitude and you will see the highest places to the deepest valleys, rugged mountains to the developed lowlands, tiny monasteries to the largest stupas and temples in the world! Traveling to Nepal? Make sure to include these exotic striking destinations in your list of Nepal visit.

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On the background is the Fishtail mountain, known as Machhapuchchhre. This photo is taken on the Annapurna Circuit Trekking route.

#1 - Go Trekking

Nepal is trekkers' paradise. The Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit is well-known to all. It is believed that the mighty Himalayas and the skyscraper hills were formed when China and India came closer and closer, and sandwiched Nepal in the middle.

With routes through the Annapurna and Sagarmartha National Park, Nepal is renowned for its trekking. This is one of the most popular reasons to visit Nepal. Some of the classic routes include Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Sanctuary and with stunning scenery amongst some of the most famous mountain ranges on earth, this is a unmissable part of Nepal. It is also a wonderful way to see the lives of the Sherpas and experience their unique hospitality in this region.

If you are visiting Nepal for trekking, one of the most useful Nepal travel tips is to prepare before even stepping into the country. Being fit, getting a good travel guide, hiring hiking guides from reputable travel agencies - all these should be the top priority.

Nepal Trekking Guide from Experts

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Treat this as a passport to getting the most authentic, personal and up-to-date trekking advice. When you're trekking in the rugged mountains, you will be desperate in search of tea-houses and small shops. What I like about this guide is that it shows all these tasty teahouses on a detailed map.

Not only Everest and Annapurna trail, it includes other short and medium trekking roads as well.

#2 - Mountain Flight to The Himalayas

Nepal is the home to the highest points on earth. The Mount Everest in north-eastern Nepal is the highest mountain in the whole world.

Out of 10 highest mountains in the world, 9 of them are in Nepal.

The second highest is K2 in Pakistan.

If you cannot climb the mountains, then fly to it - experience mountain flight in Nepal!

Private airline companies in Nepal operate mountain flights everyday in the morning. The one-hour mountain flight starts from Tribhuvan Int'l Airport in Kathmandu and takes us north-east to the highest mountains in the world. Within 5 minutes of takeoff, we can see snow-capped mountains shining in the rising sun.

Manang ValleyCredit: Dey (aka ૐ Didi ૐ) on Flickr

Beautiful Manang Valley right under the Annapurna Himalayan Range

Photo by: Dey (aka ૐ Didi ૐ) via Flickr

The top 5 highest mountains we can see are:

  • Mt. Everest (8848 m) - World's highest mountain
  • Kanchenjungha (8586 m) - World's third highest mountain
  • Lhotse (8516 m) -  fourth highest
  • Makalu (8463 m) - fifth highest
  • Cho-you (8201 m) - sixth highest

During summer months, some airlines also operate flights to the Annapurna out of Pokhara. However, mountain flights are normally limited to the Everest region and out of Kathmandu only.

(Full HD Video) Mountain Flight in Nepal

You get to see most of the Himalayas from this one hour flight.

From Kathmandu to the Himalayas

(1 hour long flight)

Mountain Flight route: KTM-MTN-KTM

Operated by Buddha Air, Yeti Airlines and Simrik Air

#3 - Look for Tigers and go Jungle Safari

Nepal has lowland areas and national parks and one of the most famous is Royal Sukla Phanta Wildlife Reserve. This is home to tigers, hundreds of bird species, and the rare one horned rhinoceros. Chitwan National Park is the oldest national park of Nepal. It is a world famous national park due to the fact that most endangered animals of the world are found here. It is the home to the great one-horned rhinoceros, Gangetic dolphins and also the Royal Bengal Tigers.

Royal Bengal Tigers in NepalCredit: S Pakhrin/Flickr

Royal Bengal Tigers

Photo by: S Pakhrin (via Flickr)

Of the two elephant breeding centers in the world, one lies here. Chitwan is full of nature and greenery. You’ll have trip on an elephant here. Chitwan National Park is the only national park in the world to organize Elephant Polo. Thousands of sports enthusiasts around the globe show interest towards this game. A day or two here to see the elusive wildlife is a wonderful experience and visitors can encounter a wide range of species.

#4 - Explore Kathmandu

Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, is chaotic and busy but has number of interesting things to see and do. There is the intriguing Durbar Square with its extraordinary carved buildings, and the fabulous temple of Swayambhunath. Visitors can relax in the Garden of Dreams, go shopping in Thamel, or visit Patan. Pashupatinath is another famous temple and a must visit attraction among other Kathmandu's must visit places.

Pashupatinath Temple KathmanduCredit: Dhilung Kirat via Flickr

 Photo by: Dhilung Kirat (via Flickr)

I doubt if anyone can resist the temptation to see the beautiful sculptures and the native traditional customs of “The City of Temples”. Located in the heart of central Nepal, Kathmandu Valley constitutes three cities – Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. Not only famous as a site of religious interest, Kathmandu Valley is home to the famous Shivapuri National Park, Nagarkot and the breath-taking hills in and around Chittapole – making it one of the best tourist places in Nepal. One of the must visit tourist attractions!

Swayambhunath Stupa
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Swayambhunath Stupa is located on a hill inside Kathmandu.

Kathmandu Valley Sunset
Credit: Mike Behnken via Flickr

Sun setting in the background - Kathmandu Valley.

#5 - Visit Pokhara and Sarangkot

Pokhara is the third largest city of Nepal (after Kathmandu and Biratnagar) and the second most visited tourist place after Kathmandu city. At a height of 2712 ft. above sea level, it is the city receiving highest rainfall in Nepal. It is connected to Kathmandu by a short 25 minutes flight and is the gateway to other popular places like Jomsom, Mustang, Muknitath and Annapurna Base camp.

PokharaCredit: Mike Behnken via Flickr

Pokhara Valley, Phewa Lake and the Annapurna Himalaya range

Photo by: Mike Behnken (via Flickr)

Pokhara is a dream destination to many. Your trip to Nepal is 100% incomplete if you don’t visit this beautiful place. It is world famous as "The Switzerland of Asia". From snow capped mountains to beautiful lakes, from large waterfalls to deep caves, this exotic place will bring the world to life around you. An hour-long boat ride in gorgeous lakes like Phewa Lake and Begnas Lake will take each and every stress out of your life and you’ll be dancing from your heart.

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#6 - Go Rafting

Rafting in Bhote Koshi, NepalCredit: Boggin via Flickr

Rafting in Bhote Koshi

Photo by: Boggin (via Flickr)

Nepal has some of the most famous white water rafting runs in the world. Just a short journey from Kathmandu, the Trishuli is one of the most popular places with fearsome rapids and an exhilarating experience. Other places to try are the Seti and Bhote Koshi rivers. It is a different way to experience Nepal as well as a wet one.

Rafting in Trisuli River
Credit: Bijaya2043 (via Wikimedia Commons)

Rafting in Trishuli River

Tourist Places on the map

6 Must Visit Tourist Attractions of Nepal