One word: Himalaya. Nepal is a pilgrimage every walking devotee must make
When it comes to Nepal, one word says it all: The Himalaya. For this magical kingdom sits high on the spine of the world’s most famous mountain range. Nerve-tingling scenery, a complex culture and some of the best walking trails in the world make Nepal holidays a mecca for the adventure traveller. Here you can trek to the top of the world, raft down raging rapids, venture to Chitwan’s lowlands on safari, or simply contemplate the meaning of life as you listen to monks chanting.
Life in Nepal adds new meaning to living on the edge, a delicate balance of high altitude, hard work and social festivities, all steeped heavily in ancient tradition. And although poor, Nepal’s culture is rich. It’s not hard to see why this is a haven for Buddhism, and you’ll come across monasteries, village stupas, and prayer flags atop passes wherever you go. The people leave an indelible impression too.
Or why not try our Private Group Adventure in Nepal?
Are you looking to book a holiday with a group of your friends, family or other half? With our Private Group Adventures, you can now experience the Nepal trip with people who matter the most. Enjoy the freedom to travel with your own private group, including the flexibility to choose your departure date and add on days at the end of the trip, should you wish to extend your stay. So, if you’d like to celebrate your birthday with friends, a wedding anniversary or simply book a Nepal holiday with the ones you love, just let us know your group size and dates, and we’ll do the rest. Find out more information about our Private Group Adventures.
One year on since the earthquake that devastated Nepal struck, we sent our very own filmmaker Olly Pemberton out to the beautiful mountain nation to find out how the funds raised by our Emergency Appeal are being used to help remote communities where the big aid agencies don’t go. Whilst filming our 3-day Medical Camp in Thulopatel, he met hundreds of local people, many of whom had walked 2 days to attend the camp, and here he documents their stories…
Valerie Parkinson, Exodus Asia Base Camp Manager & Guide, has been leading treks in the Himalaya for more than 30 years, and has spent over 50% of her life surrounded by the most magnificent mountains on Earth.
1. Everest Region Trekking: “Straddling a ridge with breathtaking views of Everest, Thyangboche Monastery, is the holiest place in the Sherpa highlands. En route to Everest, Hillary and Tenzing paused for a blessing. We stay in the teahouse next door, so close you can hear monks chanting.”
2. The Annapurna Region – in luxury: “Not all Himalayan trekking holidays require roughing it. Our low-altitude route through villages and farmland to the Annapurna foothills includes five nights in premium Ker & Downey lodges, all of which have en suite bathrooms and proper duvets. In Himalaya Lodge, the snow-capped Annapurna peaks feel close enough to touch…”
Click here to read Nepal holidays insights from Valerie and the rest of our travel experts.
FAQs on Nepal Holidays
Is it safe to travel in Nepal?
While Nepal is a relatively safe country to travel to, it does have some risks like any other country. Crime rates are quite low, however, the UK government has highlighted some rare incidents. More often than not, any risks are associated with nature or sickness. For each of our Nepal tours, we provide you with trip notes that advise you on what to take and how to take precautions when trekking in Nepal.
Throughout our Nepal trips, your safety is paramount. As well as providing you with highly experienced guides that have undergone rigorous safety training, we also offer a high guide-to-traveller ratio, with a minimum of one staff member to each traveller. On any Nepal hiking trips, we have a medical professional or expert on hand, who can provide you with the best medical guidance and treatment if necessary.
How many days are enough for Nepal Trip?
Our Nepal hiking trips take you on magnificent journeys across some of the country’s most spectacular mountains, from Everest Basecamp and Annapurna trails to Langtang and Bhutan. Because these treks cover a lot of ground with high altitudes, we want to make sure you have enough time to acclimatise and take in the best views. With our trips to Nepal ranging from 11 to 22 days, we recommend nothing less than this.
Is it easy to visit Nepal?
Requirements to enter Nepal are relatively straightforward and you’ll be pleased to know there are no mandatory vaccinations needed. Nepal is home to just one international airport with direct flights available from India, UAE, and South-East Asia. Most UK flights have connections at Doha or Dubai.
How much does a Nepal trip cost?
There are several factors that will determine the cost of your tour of Nepal, such as the duration of your stay and the activities included in your trip. You could be looking at prices anywhere from around £1,649 to £5,599.
Which month is best for trekking Nepal?
Between October and mid-May are considered the best months for Nepal hiking trips as they provide the most comfortable temperatures for trekking in the daytime, particularly at high altitudes. You’ll be mostly treated to blue skies with occasional rain or snow. However, different months come with their own benefits for hiking. Autumn sees temperatures of 20 degrees Celsius when you’re more likely to experience clear views of the mountains.
Which is the best place for trekking in Nepal?
Nepal is blessed with some of the most beautiful and dramatic mountain scenery in the world so there are many incredible trekking routes to choose from. Some of the more rewarding treks with phenomenal views include Everest Basecamp, Annapurna, the Manaslu Circuit, Langtang, Gokyo Lakes, and Bhutan’s Druk Path.
How hard is trekking in Nepal?
Nepal is renowned for its awesome peaks, many of which make up the Himalayas, so you should expect moderate to challenging treks that require a high level of fitness. All our Nepal hiking tours provide you with a detailed description of the tour and are given activity gradings based on the distance, trail and weather conditions, level of support, altitude, comfort and access to services.
Exodus has set up and supported many projects in Nepal over the decades, from installing solar cookers and donating smokeless stoves, to supporting a tree nursery in Braga (Annapurna’s) and helping supply water and hydro-electric power to several villages.
Following the 2015 Nepal earthquake, Exodus’ emergency fundraising appeal raised over a quarter of a million pounds. This enabled us to provide immediate and longer-term emergency support in the necessary areas. Exodus worked with volunteers from Nepal Medical College to run a medical camp in the remote village of Thulopatel in 2016, and sponsored Health Partnership Nepal to run a medical camp in Charikot in 2017. We are also proud to support Freedom Kit Bags (providing sanitary wear) for women in Nepal..
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