For the first time, people visit Nepal to see the mountains and natural landscapes and they find a new good reason to do it a second time, its the friendship and bond established with the people along with the natural beauty of the country.
Nepal is beautiful and unique. It’s a small mountainous country sandwiched between two of the largest economies, China and India.
If you are planning for Nepal, be prepared to experience some austerity as long as public services are concerned. It is one of the poorest countries in the world but on the hind side, Nepali people have probably the biggest heart and are most hospitable.
From the gigantic tallest peaks in the world to the low lying plane lands, Nepal has all sorts of attractions that lure you to explore more of this beautiful country.
Travelling to Nepal and having a thrilling experience, however, can get tricky at times. You need to know quite a few “HOWTOs?”
Travel Guide to Nepal for the First Timers
When it comes to Nepal, as mentioned above, it’s always the Himalayas for the first-timers. Rightly so, the snowcapped mountains steal all the show for tourists.
- Make sure you are aware of all the travel permits in Nepal, especially the trekking permits you’ll be needing.
- Carry gears according to the need and safety.
- Get a map and a navigation compass and an altimeter for trekking.
- Make yourself aware of the health problems related to altitude.
How to apply for the visa
Please refer following links to find Nepalese Embassies or Consulates Worldwide:
Plan the trips
You will be spending most of your time hiking or trekking. Your legs need some good prep before you leave for Nepal. Most of the people who visit Nepal find it daunting to hike for 2 weeks but that is all you are going to do. Make your legs stronger and fit to return home in a good shape.
Plan for Clean Drinking Water
Though Nepal is pristine and fresh, drinking water cannot always be trusted. Moreover, a throwaway water bottle is not considered good for obvious reasons! Avoid it!
Not all water sources in the Himalayas are drinkable. In the Annapurna region, especially there are provisions of treated drinkable water along the trails. For foreigners and tourists, drinking from the random water tap is not recommended, unlike for the locals who have already become used to it.
Carrying purifying drops and chlorine tablet is recommended.
Where to visit
Temples, Monasteries, Medieval cities! Cover as much of them as possible. You will not be disappointed.
Kathmandu: Its the capital, however, some alleys and streets will let you experience the medieval lifestyle.
Kathmandu sits on an altitude of 1340m from sea level and probably has the best weather throughout the year. Due to extended road expansion and rebuilding after the massive earthquake in 2015, the air quality has consequentially degraded. Moreover, it has become a melting pot for over 4 million people living in one city.
The hill stations around Kathmandu valley namely, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel gives you a nice escape from the chaotic capital.
Pokhara: If Everest is the 1st thing that attracts tourists to Nepal, Pokhara is the second. Its the purest blend of nature with urban lifestyle.
Also known as the lake city of Nepal, Pokhara is a resting point after the Annapurna circuit trek. The city is calm, quiet with beautiful lakes like Fewa, Begnas and the entire Annapurna Range in the backdrop.
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