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Nepal, a trekker's Paradise, is where legends hold truth and heaven meets the earth - An Amazing place to be!

Imagine a place where you can gaze at the crystalline peaks of the world's highest mountain range, enjoy the sunrise at it splashes hues of red and orange on blushing mountain ranges, trek from alpine meadows to jungle forests in a day, raft down a glacier-fed river, fly among the peaks of the Everest range, share a meal with a yak herder in his mountain home, track wild elephants and tigers through lush jungles, and enjoy world-class meals with Mt. Everest for company. Think your imagination is working over time? Well, think again. This paradise is closer than you imagined.

The Mountain Kingdom Nepal, is bounded on the north by the peaks of the highest mountains on Earth, the Himalayas. In the south is the incredibly flat Terai region, home to: Tigers, elephants, rhinoceros, and innumerable exotic birds. In between the high peaks and the Terai is an amazing diversity of ecosystems, cultures, and terrains in what is called the middle hills. From the high Himalayan yak grazing pastures of the Sherpa people, the great capital cities and ancient empires of the middle hills, to the prolific assembly of temples and monuments in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal is characterized by friendly people, colorful traditions, harmonious religious life, and a lively and distinctive cultural tradition. The unique geography and traditional people of Nepal give this small Kingdom a wide breadth of travel options, including: Rafting the snow-melt waters cascading off the high peaks, trekking in the high mountains and traditional villages, mountain biking winding trails, safari in the jungles of the world renowned Chitwan and Bardia National Parks, and touring intimate towns and markets.

Nepal offers wonderful adventure, culture and nature tours / treks , that is not found anywhere in the world. Recently British Magazine wrote that Nepal offers second best trekking trail in the world and it is listed as one of the best place that you must visit before you ..die.. among other 50.

Strength of Tourism in Nepal, why to visit Nepal - One of the most beutiful countries in the world!

Mt Everest - the world's highest peak and many other mountains including 8 of the world's 14 highest peaks. Lumbini - the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Brave Gurkha soldiers are also from Nepal and Nepal offers of the best trekking trails in the world. In Nepal Seven World Heritage Sites within a radius of 20 km the Kathmandu valley plus 3 other ones

Diverse and multi ethnic culture (more than 40 ethnic group and 70 spoken languages)
Living Heritage.
World's most famous climbers - the Sherpas
Diverse altitudinal climatic variations providing unique attractions like: Highest Lake.
848 species of birds
More than 640 species of butterflies
7000 species of flowering plants including 350 endemic ones
175 species of mammals
190 species of fish
143 species of moths
180 species of dragonflies
40 % land mass covered by forests
600 indigenous plant families
Rare and endangered species - tiger, rhinos, crocodiles, snow leopard, and red pandas
World-class facilities
Diverse adventure activities like rafting, mountaineering, trekking, hot air ballooning, mountain flight, kayaking, jungle safari, mountain biking, Para- gliding, hang - gliding etc.

Trekking in Nepal : Trekking in one of the best way to explore and experience Nepal's unbeatable combination of natural beauty and cultural riches.If you are reasonably fit,have a spirit of adventure and are not afraid of walking in the mountains,you qualify for it.The entire length and breadth of the kingdom is a paradise for trekkers.There are easy and strenuous treks lasting from a few days to several weeks.All of them have great scenery.

Nepal Mountain flight: For those who can not withstand the rigorousness of mountain climbing there are mountain flights which fly around Mt.Everest. Mountain flight offer passenger a spectacular view of the Himalayan peaks.The one hour mountain flight takes with in camera range of some of the highest peaks in the world.

Mountaineering in Nepal : It is another prime attraction of Nepal. Mountaineering can range from climbing the highest peak of the world to climbing lower peak in Nepal.

More info about Nepal (weather, climate etc)

This is straight out of Lonely Planet, Thank you for the "lonely planet"
There are two major factors to weigh as you decide when to go to Nepal: crowds and weather. As a general rule, the better the weather, the more people come to Nepal to go trekking. During the high tourist season in October and November, flights and hotels are fully booked and hotels and trails in the hills can be horrendously busy.

During autumn the nights are cold in the mountains, but the bright sun makes for pleasant day temperatures - in the high 20s° C, falling to 5° C at night, between 1000 metres and 3500 metres. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20° C down to -10° C. Mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night to reveal spectacular starry skies. During winter it is about 10 degrees colder.

Early December usually has a lull, but this is also a good trekking season. The Christmas period is cold, but this is the holiday season in Japan and Australia and these nationalities dominate flights and hotels. High passes, especially Thorung La on the Around Annapurna trek and Laurabina Pass on the Gosainkund trek are usually closed from late November to March. February is still cold; though less so as the spring trekking season of March and April approaches. The Middle Hills, especially around Pokhara, are full of dust and haze in April and May, but the high country is usually clear. Trekking tapers off in the heat of May except at high elevations.

The monsoon is a good time to visit Kathmandu, but there are few trekkers among those who come. A monsoon trek is possible if you are willing to put up with the rain, leeches, slippery trails and lousy mountain views. Flights operate throughout the monsoon to Lukla, Jumla and Jomsom, so it is possible to fly in and trek above the leech line.

Many of the new treks to recently opened restricted areas are good summer treks. Mustang and Simikot are partially in the Himalayan rain shadow, so trekking conditions are good throughout the monsoon season. Most of the restricted area treks are impossible during the winter season.

Health Care

The most convenient hospital for visitor care is Patan Hospital in Lagankhel, Nepal. Other hospitals include the Western Regional Hospital and the Manipal Hospital in Pokhara and the Mission Hospital in Tansen. Most hospitals have English-speaking staff and larger hotels have doctors. Pharmacies in Kathmandu, mainly along New Road, offer a wide range of Western drugs at low prices. In Kathmandu, you can get certain vaccinations free of charge at the Infectious Diseases Clinic. Full medical insurance is essential.

Note

  1. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required of travelers arriving from infected areas.
  2. Following WHO guidelines issued in 1973, a cholera vaccination certificate is not a condition of entry to Nepal. However, cholera is a serious risk in this country and precautions are essential. Up-to-date advice should be sought before deciding whether these precautions should include vaccination, as medical opinion is divided over its effectiveness.
  3. Typhoid is common and there are reports of resistance to anti-typhoid drugs.
  4. Malaria risk, mainly in the benign vivax form, exists throughout the year in rural areas of the Terai districts (including forested hills and forest areas) of Bara, Dhanukha, Kapilvastu, Mahotari, Parsa, Rautahat, Rupendehi, Sarlahi, and especially along the Indian border. There is no risk in areas higher than 1200 meters. Chloroquine is not an effective anti-malaria drug.