I will never stop loving Nepal. This place is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It’s the people, the landscape, and the vibrancy of this country that make it so special. If Everest isn’t enough to convince you, here are my top 5 reasons why you MUST go to Nepal sometime in your life.
Nepal is a country I will never get tired of. It’s full of so much happiness, culture, and beauty… in a word, Nepal is vibrant. It’s a country that I’ve fallen in love with over many visits and a brief move there, and it’s somewhere I will return to again and again. Here’s the ultimate guide to backpacking Nepal, filled with tips and tricks.
Before visiting Nepal, I was full of excitement and curiosity about what was to come. Little did I know, I’d meet some of the most incredible people in the world, fall in love with new people and places, and have the adventure of a lifetime.
Nepal is a place people don’t often think of as a holiday destination, but it should be on your list! It’s a country that I can’t get enough of; everyone who has the opportunity to visit Nepal should.
Need more convincing?
Here are just a few reasons to visit Nepal.
The world class trekking
Let’s get the obvious out of the way! Nepal has some of the best trekking in the world! It’s home to Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, (etc.), some of the tallest mountains in the world. Whether you’re trekking in the foothills or up to the highest of highs, you’re going to see (and be in awe of) these mountains.
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The Three Passes (my favourite hike in the country!)
Sure, you can get animal products around, but Nepal is a seriously veg-friendly place! Dahl baht, veggie momos, and most other Nepali foods are plant-based. The food is flavourful, plenty healthy, and delicious. While it may be a little difficult to find vegetarian dishes in other parts of the world, Nepal is an absolute gem for vegetarian food. I found myself eating mainly vegetarian there and not missing meat at all. Some of my favourite places to eat are vegetarian-only!
You may like: The Best Restaurants in Pokhara (full of vegetarian restaurants!).
Nepal has an incredible history that can still be seen today. You have the stunning Durbar Squares, the beautiful old traditions that can still be experienced today, and religious history, too! Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal, and you can travel there to learn more about his birth and life. There are four UNESCO heritage sites in Nepal, and 15 nominated sites to explore as well.
While most people would head to Africa to see the Big 5, Nepal has it’s own version! You can spot tigers, rhinos, leopards, elephants, and buffalos around Nepal. The most common place to go on a safari is Chitwan National Park, though Bardia (Bardiya) National Park is a great hidden gem. There’s nothing like going on an overnight safari, falling asleep to the sounds of wild animals and getting close to nature. Seeing these amazing wild animals with your own eyes is such a special experience.
It won’t break the bank
While there are definitely luxury vacations in Nepal, there are usually budget ways to do the same thing. Example: A flight to Bardiya for $150 or a bus for $12. A mountain flight is about $200 USD and a helicopter flight is about $150- compared to the rest of the world, this is still budget-friendly! I’ve stayed in backpacker hostels for about $4 a day and really nice hotel rooms for $25! If I get an absolutely huge meal at one of my favourite restaurants in Kathmandu, it only costs around 300 rupees (around $3). Even a nice meal out is less than $10. I love travelling on a backpacker budget because I get to stretch out my money and stay longer in a destination.
I’ve travelled to Nepal with others and as a solo-female traveller. I’ve walked home alone at 1am and wandered around middle-of-nowhere towns, and I never felt unsafe! Anywhere you travel, you should take precautions, but I’ve felt insanely safe in Nepal and I will continue to travel there as a solo female.
If you want to read more about my opinion of Nepal’s safety, click this post: Is travelling in Nepal safe as a solo female traveller?
There’s no place like Nepal. If you need any more convincing, check out some of my favourite photos below.
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