Tucked between two giants, India and China(/Tibet), is the quiet Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. Despite its small size Nepal is literally and figuratively packed with awe-inspiring, adventurous and fascinating things to do and see. Home to Mt. Everest, the Annapurna circuit and countless other trekking routes, Nepal draws thousands of adventure-enthusiasts every year, the majority of whom funnel through the capital city of Kathmandu.
The people, cultures, religions and languages of Nepal are incredibly diverse: it’s an anthropologist’s dream. The majority of people in Nepal are Hindu, followed by a smaller percentage of Buddhists. The Himalayan foothills are spotted with large and small Buddhist monasteries, many populated by monks who have fled from their native Tibet to the north. Whether you’re traipsing through the majestic, lush hillside or exploring the crowded streets of Kathmandu, Nepal never runs out of surprises. The majestic nature of Nepal has been drawing travelers for decades and will surely continue to do so for decades more.
Population: 28,809,526 (World Bank 2008 estimate)
Religion: Hindu (80%), Buddhist (10%), Islam (4%), other (6%)
GDP Per Capita: $438 USD
Money: Nepalese Rupee
Popular Attractions/Things To Do: Kathmandu, Everest Base Camp, Pokhara
Adventure Nepal: Paragliding, bungee jumping, trekking
Information for Travelers:
Visa Info: The visas for Nepal are easy to obtain upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu). You’ll receive a 2 month visa upon first entering the country, the cost of which is $30 USD. After the first 60 days you may extend your tourist visa for one months at a time for a total of 5 months per calendar year. Each visa extension after the first 60 days costs $50 USD.
When To Go: Nepal is always a beautiful country to visit, but if you are trekking on your trip make sure to plan accordingly. Monsoon season is between June and August. During the monsoons the country becomes a lush paradise due to all the moisture. The monsoon rains are not constant, but usually a heavy downpour a few times a day. The monsoons are a nice time to visit, but trekking on soggy, slippery paths is not always the best choice (also, beware of leeches during this time). The plus side of coming to Nepal during the monsoon is that the country is not swarming with visitors.