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Nepal Travel Guide

An explorers playground

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. 
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The official language spoken is Nepali
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Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
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Nepal Standard Time (NPT)
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Top places to visit in Nepal

a grand statue landmark brimming in gold and white in the city centre of 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.
snow capped mountain peaks at Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world

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. 
vast mountains peaking with snow in Nepal's Annapurna region

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. 

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a traveller sitting amongst local Nepalese people and laughing together with them

Nepal Adventure

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.
10 days
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a hiker about embark on a trek amongst the Annapurna region in Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Trek

On this incredible trekking adventure, 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.
18 days
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A tour traveller offering her arm to a local who is performing traditional body art on her

Delhi to Kathmandu on a Shoestring

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.
15 days
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FAQ - Travel in Nepal

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.

How long does it take to travel to Nepal?

Depending on whether you're already in India and are travelling overland, your most likely entry point into Nepal will be Kathmandu Airport. The quickest flights on average take 16 hours from Sydney, but the majority of airlines offer one-stop flights. 

Do I need a visa to travel to 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.

What's the weather like in Nepal?

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.

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