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Nepal Travel

Nepal

Destination Inspiration

A total playground for an explorer - Nepal has soaring peaks like Everest, lush green valleys, the Silk Road, and endearing ancient villages. Whether you want to take on the challenging Himalayas, find your zen in the depths of the Buddhist temples, or just live amongst the locals, Nepal guarantees an unforgettable trip. 

Nepal fast facts

Nepal Language

Languages spoken

The official language is Nepali, although altogether there are 123 languages spoken in Nepal.

Nepal Currency

Currency

Name: Nepalese Rupee
Code: NPR
Symbol: रू‎
100 NPR is approx $1.25

Nepal Time Zone

Time zone

Nepal Standard Time (NPT)
UTC+5:45h

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Nepal Costs

Nepalese Beers

Beers

The cost of a domestic beer in India is 200NPR on average (approx $2.50). Give Coblenzer or Everest a try!

Nepalese Food

Meals

A budget meal out in Nepal averages at about 180NPR (approx $2.25), or go on the hunt for some tasty street food, like the momo (Nepal's take on the Chinese dumpling).

Nepalese Taxi

Taxi Ride

Catching a cab? The normal tariff starts at 250NPR (approx $3.13).

Transport Nepal

Transport

The easiest and most frequent mode of transport around India is by bus which start at 20NPR (approx 25c). However you can also get around by taxi, rickshaw (like a Tuk Tuk) or tempo (which is an oversized rickshaw, with set routes).

Hostels Nepal

Hostels

Looking to stay in a hostel when you're in India? The average price of a dorm room is 460NPR (approx $5.76).

Hotels Nepal

Hotels

From budget to 5*, you'll be able to find a hotel room to suit your tastes. The average cost for a budget hotel room is 1,500NPR (approx $18.77).

Nepal's Highlights: The top places to visit

Kathmandu
Kathmandu
Take to the heart of the city for the hustle and bustle - Thamel is perfect for backpackers, or you could step back in time in Durbar. If you're looking for more of the great outdoors, then go hiking or cycling around the Kathmandu Valley, or go for a climb to the amazing Swayambhunath temple for the most insane views of the valley.
everest
Mount Everest
Looking for a challenge? Then what better than the famous Mount Everest? You can either walk to the base camp, which is more than enough of a hike, or you can take on the highest mountain in the world for a proper hike! Not only is it a physical and psychological challenge, it also presents you with some of the most jaw-dropping scenery - white peaks against bright blue skies, as well as a local experience like no other in the remote villages along the way. 
Annapurna village, Nepal
Pokhara & the Annapurna Circuit
If you're not quite feeling the challenge of Everest, maybe you might want to check out the Annapurna mountain range - just as rewarding, and one of Nepal's offerings to the serious adventurer. With trails that see you hiking alongside scenery that doesn't look real. Afterwards, enjoy the beautiful waterside of Pokhara - kick back and relax, or take up some other adrenaline-fueled sports! 
elephants in chitwan national park
Chitwan National Park
If you're a wildlife lover, then you won't want to miss Chitwan National Park - one of the top highlights of Nepal. Wander deep into the Nepalese jungle to find elephants, rhinos, tigers, monkeys and lots more wildlife native to Asia. It's one of the top nature reserves in the region, and is easily accessible from Kathmandu and Pokhara. If you're looking to spend a few nights nearby, then check out Sauraha - a town popular with backpackers. 

Nepal Adventure Tours & Treks

Nepal Kathmandu tour
Nepal Adventure | 10 days
From the colours and magic of Kathmandu's markets to the serenity of Himalayan trails, this 10-day adventure offers an intriguing blend of well-paced excursions. The rugged foothills of the Annapurna Range will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of mountain vistas.And experience Nepal from a different perspective as you explore Chitwan National Park on a 4x4 safari.
From $1,599
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Annapurna trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek | 18 days
On this incredible trekking adventure, spend 13 challenging days traversing forests and mountain villages. For six to seven hours a day, follow the trails of this challenging circuit on and around one of the worlds highest mountains while encountering temples, monasteries, and breathtaking landscapes. Led by expert guides, you'll be greeted by locals who offer a fascinating glimpse of traditional rural life.
From $1,759
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Nepal
Delhi to Kathmandu on a shoestring | 15 days
India and Nepal are less places to see than places to do, and this fast-paced 15-day tour ensures you live every moment to the fullest. With other youthful travellers, you'll sail the Ganges, have the opportunity to take a jeep safari in Chitwan National Park, and breathe deeply in the Himalayas of Nepal. It's a mix of classics like the Taj Majal and backpacker faves like Pushkar wrapped up in a riot of colour.
From $1,499
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Where is Nepal?

Nepal is located in South Asia - with China in the North and India in the East, West and South. Travellers often enter Nepal overland as part of a larger trip, or they fly directly into Kathmandu.

What's the weather in Nepal like?

Like elsewhere in the region, Nepal experiences monsoon rains during the summer months, mainly at night, and clouds often hide the stunning views the country is so famous for. However, accommodation prices drop so great for those of you on a budget. The autumn months bring clear skies and warm temperatures making it a popular time to attempt Everest and Annapurna base camps. Winter also sees clear days however the nights are very cold. Spring is warm with the occasional rain shower. Whatever time of year you visit however, take a mixture of warm and cold weather clothing as temperatures can alter dramatically depending on area and altitude.

Do I need a visa for Nepal?

All foreign nationals need a valid visa to enter Nepal - Australian citizens can get a tourist visa on arrival, which costs approx $65 for 15 days or $175.00 for 90 days, or you can apply beforehand. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months. For further information visit the Nepal Consulate's page for Australian citizens.

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