The serenity and grandeur of Nepal attracts nearly half a million visitors each year. This small, ancient, land-locked country is nestled between two giants, India and China. Nepal is home to more than 29 million people, 40 ethnic groups, 70 languages, and several religions.
The country has a wide range of terrains. Its Himalayan border with Tibet boasts some of the highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest. The opposite side of the country is home to exotic Terai jungles full of endangered wildlife. The country’s small size allows visitors to easily travel across the country to see all of these terrains in the same trip.
Similar to the diverse terrain, the climate also ranges from tropical in the low lands, to arctic at the higher altitudes. Nepal has four distinct seasons:
Summer is monsoon season and is considered the “off-season”. Despite this, many still travel and enjoy trips here since the daily rain is typically only in the afternoons/evenings. Autumn is the most popular travel time as the temperature is cooler, the monsoon has passed, and the mountainsides are vibrant green from the recent rains.
Nepal is rich in culture and history. It is the only country to have 7 (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites. Many are situated within a 20 kilometer radius in the Kathmandu valley. Temples, shrines, monuments and monasteries are alive with devotees burning butter-lamps, singing hymns, chiming temple bells and playing drums. The remote mountain side villages are equally rich in culture, celebrating numerous festivals throughout the year.