Roof of the World: Mountain Magic on a Holiday in Nepal
On a mountain flight where everyone gets a window seat, your Nepal holiday gets dialed up a notch. Snow glistens on towering Mount Everest, and rocky cliffs and immense snowfields feel close enough to touch.
At the other end of the country in Chitwan National Park, situated in the dense riverine forests of the Terai region, safaris take you to see the endangered one-horned Asiatic rhino and other wildlife.
Nepal is about mountains, dramatic vistas, and Himalayan cultures. It is a world-class trekking destination, but even those who don’t want a challenging walk, can do short 2-3 days trips or one-day hikes into the mountains.
Picturesque Pokhara, on the shores of Phewa Lake, is a popular starting point for walks and treks. As the sun rises over the mountains at the Sarangkot viewpoint, you’ll be glad you woke up early to catch the magnificent sight. Beyond the walking, travelers enjoy kayaking or boating on the lake. And, Pokhara’s sky is often dotted with paragliders sailing through the cool mountain air reveling in top-down views of the valley.
The capital Kathmandu’s streets and markets are as busy as its Hindu and Buddhist temples. A 2015 earthquake caused extensive damage to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, and restoration work is still on.
To catch a glimpse of Nepali village life, stop off at the quaint Newari village of Bandipur, en route to Pokhara. For a different experience, you can visit the high-altitude Sherpa village of Namche Bazaar in the Everest region. Nepal’s Sherpas are famous for their mountaineering and guiding skills. Reliable as them, Enchanting Travels destination guides will gladly act as your personal sherpa, ensuring you get an exceptional itinerary perfectly suited to your needs.