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  • "Our Private Journey trip to Nepal was absolutely wonderful. As a couple in our sixties, the trek was an experience of a lifetime. Although we did not reach great heights, we saw village life en route and enjoyed simply tremendous scenic views. Thank you very much for an extremely enjoyable holiday."


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With 8 out of 10 of the world's highest mountains within its borders, Nepal is renowned for its spectacular mountain scenery, and is a walker's paradise. the country also offers a fascinating culture with strong Buddhist and Hindu influences.

What to see

The capital of the ancient mountain kingdom of Nepal, Kathmandu has the air of a medieval city a maze of narrow streets, wooden temples and beautifully decorated palaces. In the background there is often the gentle sound of jangling cymbals and the markets are a rich blend of colours and aromas. Only in the 1950s was Nepal opened up to visitors and today the contrast between 21st century technology and traditional lifestyles help to make Kathmandu one of the world’s most fascinating cities.

Chitwan National Park contains a sizeable wildlife population. The park is also home to an estimated 400-plus Asian one-horned rhinos and 80 Royal Bengal tigers, sloth bear, wild boar, gaur (bison), species of deer, monkeys, crocodiles, leopard, and over 450 species of birds.

The peaceful town of Pokhara lies on the shores on Nepal’s second largest lake, Phewa Tal, and is surrounded by the majestic snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. Pokhara is an ideal place to relax, take walks in the surrounding hills, or engage in the more energetic pursuits of trekking or white-water rafting which this region of Nepal is famous for.

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Key Facts

Capital: Kathmandu
Flying time from London: 9.5 hours (via Delhi)
Time difference: +5h 45m GMT
Population: 29.5 million
Currency: Nepalese Rupee
Official Language(s): Nepalese
Visa (UK Passport Holders): Tourist visa issued upon arrival

Before You Go:

First Ascent

Stephen Venables (2008)
Covering all the world’s mountain ranges, this book  tells the stories of the people who risked their lives in order to be the first to climb them.


BBC television series recording Michael Palin's six-month trip across the Himalaya mountain range.
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