The perfect scenery, monstrous mountains and spectacularly serene lakes.
At the head of the Dudh Kosi Valley, the Gokyo Lakes region offers a seductive alternative to the more iconic trails of Mt Everest.
With more time to acclimatize and a more tranquil, off-the-beaten-path trail, the Gokyo Lakes hike is arguably one of the most appealing options for the adventure trekker.
Absorb the breath-taking views of Mt Everest and trail around dazzling lakes, overlooked from the spectacular panoramas atop beautiful alpine campsites. This trek through the Sherpa heartland is not to be missed.
Bhaktapur, with its medieval alleys and famous wood carvings, is an essential visit on your tours to Nepal.
Bhaktapur contains enchanting alleyways, charming courtyards and ancient houses.
Stroll through the charming medieval alleys of Bhaktapur and you will feel like you have traveled back in time in this well preserved city.
Located in the east corner of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur showcases the very best of Nepal’s ancient charms, in particular the culture and work of the Newari people (the indigenous people of the Kathmandu valley).
6. Langtang Trek
The Langtang Trek in Nepal is the alternative trekking masterpiece, showcasing Nepal’s greenery and budding wildlife.
Breathtaking views on the Langtang Trek (Tibet on the left, Nepal on the right)
Although relatively unheard of and less iconic than the other world-famous trekking trails in Nepal, the Langtang trek offers superb nature treks that follow the gushing Langtang river through splendid verdant mountains and forests.
From the Tourist center of Thamel to the majestic temples of Durbar Square, capital Kathmandu packs a hard punch for the traveler.
Durbar Square is filled with opulent palaces and enchanting temples around every corner.
4. Annapurna Circuit
Trek one of Nepal’s most celebrated circuits and absorb the ridiculously beautiful scenery from Poon Hill.
One of many distant peaks found on the Annapurna circuit.
Across the Bagmati River from Kathmandu, Patan displays some of the finest collections of temples in the world.
Crowds gather for Krishna festival, Patan, Nepal.
An hour outside of Kathmandu, and just the other side of the Bagmati River, you’ll find the beautiful temple-saturated city of Patan, an ancient city containing a myriad of old brick lanes leading to unimaginably pretty squares and courtyards.
I went to Patan in August and caught the atmospheric celebrations of Krishna, where packed Patan squares (pictured) were filled with people watching holy rituals and traditional reenactments take place. Like Kathmandu, the rooftop cafe’s offered the perfect vantage point to survey the electrifying scene, after, of course, meandering through the crowds of people and mixing in with the vibrant colors on display.
2. Everest Base Camp
The most iconic attraction in Nepal and one of the world’s most daring feats, climbing Mt Everest is a remarkable achievement.
Climbing the monumental Mt Everest predictably provides incredible views, like this one.
Not everyone can climb all the way to the top of the almighty Everest, a feat that a) takes years of preparing for and b) isn’t feasible for the majority of us (costs around $11,000, and that’s excluding airfare prices to Lukla and other factors), so the next best achievement is climbing to Everest Base Camp.
Get a glimpse of the beauty of your upcoming experience on your exhilarating flight to Lukla, before commencing on your trek of a lifetime. Through the 16 days of trekking to Base Camp and back you will experience different challenges and diverse scenery.
From lush rhododendron forests and stone walled traditional villages at the bottom, to the Sherpa Land of Namche and all the way to the village of Phortse Gaon where you can witness magical peaks of Everest and Nuptse and various other mountain ranges.
Need it be said that climbing to the Everest Base Camp requires a lot of training to reach a very high level of fitness. The camp lies at an altitude of 5,364 meters and is more of a rest point for Climbers looking to climb the rest of Mt Everest.
Whether exploring the surrounding mountains or fishing on Lake Phewa, days in Pokhara are filled with delightful activities and explorations.
A serene ride on Lake Phewa offers an idyllic afternoon surrounded by nature and nice scenery.
Everyone that travels to Nepal will agree that Pokhara is one of those gems that you feel you must revisit a number of times in your lifetime, and it’s almost always included in their ‘favorite cities’ list. It’s certainly in mine.
This charming lakeside town offers a whole array of activities, from the famous paragliding cliff to hiring pedalos and fishing gear and having a relaxed day out on the lake. Pokhara’s attractions are endless. Rows of cafe’s align the beautiful Lake Phewa and are a nice spot to laze in the sun and absorb the romantic scenery on offer.
Pokhara also provides the perfect opportunity to hire a bike and zoom off into the sunset up any of the surrounding mountains to get a scintillating panoramic aerial view of the lake. I recommend driving up the mountain to Sarangkot, a nearby village that is also nice to get lost in and meet the friendly locals.