Nepal’s incomparable mountains are a worldwide draw for hikers and climbers and if they were the only thing Nepal’s visitors saw, they would leave more than satisfied. The views and adventures found among those astounding peaks are incomparable and those who’ve succeeded on their treks will return exhilarated.
But once you’ve descended from the peaks, you’ll find there’s plenty more to be grateful for in Nepal. Kathmandu’s busy streets can be a little overwhelming, but they will guide you to pockets of culture and history that will take your breath away almost as much as the mountains. Simple but delightful food (oh those momos…), welcoming faces, and a spirit of camaraderie among travellers will greet you at every stop.
And that goes for Nepal’s other cities and villages too. Find tranquility in Pokhara or glimpse rhinos in Chitwan National Park and if you don’t find yourself wanting to venture back to Nepal, you might need to get your head checked.
The devastating earthquake in April, 2015 brought tragedy to an impoverished nation, but Nepal rebuilds, and in so doing, demonstrates admirable resilience. If you want to help, you can, and here’s the best part: the best way to help, is to pay them a visit.
01. Clouds sweep off the summit of Nepal’s Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world.
02. A lone figure watches the clouds roil beneath the Thamserku, one of the Himalayan peaks above Namche Bazaar, Nepal.
03. A panoramic view of the village of Namche Bazaar in Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal. (Click for a larger image.)
04. The Tenzing Norgay Memorial stupa on the Everest trail with Lhotse, the world’s fourth-highest peak in the background.
05. A panoramic view of the Khumbu Valley on the way to Everest Base Camp with Ama Dablam at the centre. (Click for a larger image.)
06. A clear night in the high mountain air of the Himalayas reveals bright stars behind a moonlit Ama Dablam, one of the mountains along the Everest trail in Nepal.
07. A pre-dawn glow reveals Tengboche Monastery nestled among the Himalayas.
08. A panormic view of the area surrounding Tengboche and its monasteryon a frosty morning. (Click for a larger image.)
09. A boy supplies a drink to his puppy in the mountain village of Phakding stationed along the Everest Trail in Nepal.
10. The Dhudh Kosi river winds past guesthouses lit up during a quiet evening in Phakding with cloud-enshrouded Himalayan mountains behind.
11. The Nepalese Himalayas as viewed from the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
12. The first rays of dawn strike the summit of Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain in the world.
13. The snowy peak of Ama Dablam, a popular peak to climb in Nepal’s eastern Himalayas.
14. Stars shine at night over Namche Bazaar and the moonlit Himalayan mountains in the background.
15. Clouds obscure the jagged, rocky peaks of mountains along the Everest Trail.
16. Tengboche Monastery, a Tibetan monestery on the Everest Trail that has been twice destroyed and rebuilt, most recently in 1989.
17. Early morning clouds flow through hills at the base of the Himalayas near Kathmandu.
18. A panoramic view of Nuptse, Mount Everest and Lhotse. (Click for a larger image.)
19. Clouds rolls through Nepal’s Khumbu Valley at nighttime.
20. A yak stands amid morning frost with Nuptse, Mount Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam in the background.
21. The Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Tengboche in the shade of the surrounding mountains along the Everest Trail.
22. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal, frequently cited as one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
23. Clouds part to reveal one of the mountains near Lukla, Nepal.
24. Clouds part to reveal one of the mountains near Lukla, Nepal.
25. A panoramic view of Taumadhi Tole, a square in Bhaktapur, Nepal from the Nyatapola Pagoda with the Bhairavnath Temple to the left. (Click for a larger image.)
26. A panoramic view of the Boudhanath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal at sunset.
27. Prayer flags hang from the Buddhist Boudha Stupa, one of the world’s largest stupas, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
28. Buddhist monks walk in a circle around the Boudha Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal.
29. The roofs of the many temples in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square.
30. The sun sets behind the Maju Deval Temple in Durbar Square in Kathmandu.
31. Worshippers visit the Kala Bhairav in the evening in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square.
32. The Trailokya Mohan Narayan Temple as viewed from thr Maju Temple in Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kathmandu.
33. A chipmunk wanders through the Garden of Dreams in the Thamel area of Kathmandu.
34. Worshippers light candles at one of the temples in Patan Durbar Square, one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley.
35. The Newa architecture of Patan Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
36. Worshippers light candles at one of the temples in Patan Durbar Square, one of the three Durbar Squares in the Kathmandu Valley.
37. Evening in Patan Durbar Square in the Kathmandu Valley.
38. The busy, narrow streets of Thamel in Kathmandu, a busy hub for travellers and trekkers in the region.
39.The busy, narrow streets of Thamel in Kathmandu, a busy hub for travellers and trekkers in the region.
40. The sun sets over Kathmandu and the dense apartment blocks covering its hills.
41. Monkeys clamber on stupas at Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
42. A Rhesus Macaque at Swayambhunath, the Moneky Temple, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
43. A Buddhist nun spins the prayer whells surrounding the Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu.
44. A close up of the Buddha eyes on the Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu.
45. A Nepalese man poles a dugout canoe across the Rapti River in Chitwan National Park in Nepal.
46. Young Nepalese children play and learn near a smoking fire in a village in Chitwan National Park, Nepal.
47. A man stands on the banks of the Rapti River on a misty morning in Chitwan National Park, Nepal.
48. The sun sets behind Himalayan foothills bordering Phewa Lake and its many canoes in Pokhara, Nepal.
49. The terraced farms in the mountains across from Tikhedhunga on the Ghorepani to Ghandruk Loop in Nepal.
50. Farmers use sifts to blow the chaff from millet seeds in Tikhedhunga, Nepal.
51. Nepalese women sift the chaff from their grains in the mountain village of Tikhedhunga.
52. A woman harvests wheat in the foothills of the Himalayas near Pokhara.
53. A panoramic view of the Annapurna range by moonlight as seen from Poon Hill in Nepal. (Click for a larger image.)
54. A panoramic photo of the Annapurna mountains as viewed from Tadapani with Machhapuchchhre at the centre. (Click for a larger image.)
55. A panoramic image of the Annapurna mountains viewed from Ghandruk. (Click for a larger image.)
56. Tukuche Peak rises above the clouds in the Dhaulagiri range in Nepal.
57. The sign marking the peak of Poon Hill with the Annapurna mountain range in the background.
58. The first light of day hits Mount Machhapuchchhre also known as Mount Fishtail for its distinctive shape.
59. Stars shine on a clear night over Tadapani village and the Annapurna mountains in Nepal.
60. Clouds part to reveal one the south face of Annapurna South in Nepal.
61. A panoramic view from Poon Hill towards the Annapurna range. (Click for a larger image.)
62. Annapurna South at dawn viewed from Tadapani, Nepal.
63. Dawn light hits the mountains of the Annapurna range behind the medieval village of Ghandruk, Nepal.
64. Stars shine above Mount Machhapuchchhre also known as Mount Fishtail.
65. The first light of day hits Mount Machhapuchchhre (also known as Fish’s Tail) as viewed from between the guesthouses in Tadapani, Nepal.
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