Nepal

→ Stunning landscapes
→ Rich in culture 
→ Unforgettable experiences

The strongest reasons why you must visit Nepal are to see beautiful mountain ranges, natural vistas, and its rich cultural diversity. Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world is in Nepal. Trekking around Annapurna Circuit is one of the 'must-do' things in Nepal.

Outdoor Activities Lover

Trekking/Hiking, White water rafting, Kayaking, Jungle Safari, Exploring National Parks, Bungee jumping, Paragliding, Sky diving, Biking, Caving, Mountaineering

Wildlife and Nature Lover

Lakes, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Scenic Landscapes

Art and Culture Lover

Historic Sites, Museums:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:

Best Season: October-November
Shoulder Season: March-April

Top destinations in Nepal

This is the list of top destinations in Nepal where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.

KATHMANDU

KATHMANDU

Kathmandu is the only entrant point for international visitors by flight.

  • UNESCO’s listed Durbar Squares
  • Prime site to reach Bhote Koshi rafting and bungee jumping
  • Everest trek starts from Kathmandu
  • Proximity to Patan (Lalitpur), Bhaktapur
  • Boudhanath Stupa
  • Pashupatinath Temple, the most sacred place of Hindu
  • Swyambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple)
  • Basantapur Durbar Square (Kathmandu’s Durbar Square) (Note: Unfortunately Basantapur Durbar Square was severely damaged in the major earthquake of 2015).
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Patan Museum
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Nayatapola Temple
  • Walk through the old city
  • Admire architectural and historical splendor of the squares and temples
  • Visit Pashupatinath Temple and take a glimpse of cremation, rituals of Hindu
  • Visit stupas and temples for spiritual experiences
  • Visiting museums
  • Shop and hang out in Thamel
  • Taste momo and drink a coffee
  • Participate in some cultural and traditional festivals/events
  • White water rafting and Bungee Jumping in Bhote Koshi River (at the distance of about 3 hours drive)

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

  • The highest peak in the world (8,848 meters/29,028 feet)
  • Stunning scenery
  • Mount Everest
  • Namche Bazaar, the gateway to Everest
  • Quaint villages
  • Viewing mountains and landscapes
  • Taking photographs
  • Helicopter trip to Everest
  • Skydiving

POKHARA

City of Lakes

POKHARA

Scenic View of Mountains

  • Scenic sightseeing of hills with verdant forest, majestic mountain ranges, and glimmering lakes
  • Pokhara is a starting point for Jomsom, Mustang trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Panorama Trek to Poon Hill

Related Post: Top attractions to see in Pokhara

  • Phewa Lake (Fewa Lake); Begnas Lake; Rupa Lake
  • Davis’ Fall
  • The Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda)
  • Sarangkot Tower
  • Boating, Kayaking in Phewa Lake, Begnas Lake
  • Relaxing and shopping at Lakeside
  • Paragliding over Phewa Lake
  • Bungee jumping and Ziplining
  • Ultralight scenic flight tour
  • Skydiving

Read ‘Top things to do in Pokhara‘ in more detail.

Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit

  • Encompassing the Annapurna Massif consisting the world’s tenth highest mountain, this classic trekking crosses two different river valleys.
  • Thorong La, a mountain pass with an elevation of 5,416 meters/17,769 ft is the part of the Annapurna Circuit.
  • Trekkers can do a side trip to Tilicho Lake.
  • Annapurna Mountain Range
  • Verdant hills, lush forests, and burbling rivers
  • Quaint villages
  • Viewing mountains and landscapes
  • A side trip to Tilicho Lake
  • Taking photographs

Annapurna Base Camp

Annapurna Base Camp

  • Mesmerizing 360° view of mountains
  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Close-up view of mountains
  • Viewing mountains and landscapes
  • Taking photographs

Mustang

mustang

  • Being a remote region of the Nepalese Himalayas, Mustang offers the most stunning and unique scenic landscapes.
  • Upper Mustang nestles in the rain shadow region of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges
  • Unique culture and traditions reflecting Tibetan culture
  • Transit point during Annapurna Circuit Trek
  • Jomsom (Lower Mustang)
  • Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang
  • Lo Manthang (Upper Mustang/Traditional Mustang)
  • Muktinath Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site
  • Kali Gandaki Gorge
  • Sightseeing
  • Exploring Jomsom and Muktinath Valley
  • Trekking/Hiking to Lo Manthang
  • Knowing about local people, their tradition and culture

Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park

  • Chitwan National Park is known for jungle safari to see wildlife
  • Learn the unique culture and lifestyle of Tharu Community, an indigenous groups of Nepal
  • Chitwan National Park is in an enviable location between Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Bengal Tigers, Rhinos, Water Buffalos, Leopards, Fresh Water Dolphins, Crocodiles and many more species of animals and birds
  • Tharu culture village
  • Crocodile breeding areas
  • Jungle safari by jeep or by riding an elephant
  • Birding
  • Watch night cultural shows

Lumbini

Lumbini

  • The birthplace of Lord Buddha
  • Buddhist pilgrimage site
  • A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Birthplace of Buddha
  • The Maya Devi Temple
  • The Ashoka Pillar
  • Buddhist Monasteries
  • Touring around

top activities to do in Nepal

A passport valid for 6 months and a visa (depending on your country) may be required to enter Nepal.  It is advisable to check visa requirements (required for the nationals of your country) with the embassy well before you travel.

Nationals from selected countries can also obtain a tourist visa on arrival at the airport/land entry points.

The validity of a visa can be 15, 30 or 90 days. You can apply for a multiple-entry visa if you wish. There is also a provision for extending your tourist visa for a total of 120 days.

Credit Cards and Debit Cards are widely accepted. ATMs are available throughout the country in cities. But ATMs are not available in trekking routes through mountains. It’s better to take cash with you while trekking. Changing cash or traveler’s check is not that hard.

Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is the only city that receives international flights. So Kathmandu is the main transit hub for visitors to other parts of the country.

The major destinations are connected with domestic flights and roads. 

Domestic Flights:
Since the major attractions are well scattered across Nepal, domestic flights are convenient and fast for traveling long distances. However, there might be a delay due to bad weather.

Buses/Coaches:
Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. However, road quality may be deteriorating outside the main city areas. In the case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling not-too-long distances. The public transport system (city buses/microbuses) is cheap but can be slow and overcrowded. But tourist buses are comfortable, well managed and safe.

Taxis/Cars:
Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. Hiring a car with a driver or picking up a taxi can be the best alternatives too. You can rent a bike too.

Travel Tips:
Most of Nepal’s attractions are free to visit while others require fees. Foreign visitors (except Indians) are required to pay for trekking permits.

Weather Tips:
Since the weather in Nepal can be unpredictable during monsoon seasons and there is always a chance floods and landslides occurrence, it is a good practice to always check the latest weather updates before going to mountainous regions. Do not ignore the suggestions given by local people and always follow the instructions given by local authorities. 

Health Tips:
It’s better to take precaution against tetanus and mosquito bites (in summer) while traveling to Nepal. Although immunizations are not required while traveling to Nepal, it is advisable to update your standard vaccinations of mumps, measles, rubella, polio, diphtheria, and tetanus. If you are coming from infected areas, then you are required to have a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate.

You should be aware of ‘Altitude Sickness’ if you are doing trekking in a mountainous region. 

It’s better to make full travel insurance.

Others:
You should be aware of the petty crimes (from pickpockets, thieves, scammers, etc.) taking place inside and outside the cities. You should take care of your travel documents, luggage, and other belongings. Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone.

Note: Nepal falls in a seismically active area so that you have to be prepared for natural disasters such as earthquakes.

our recommendations

Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of ‘must-see’ places.

Must-visit destinations in Nepal:

If you are an outdoor activities lover:

  1. Pokhara
  2. Bhote Koshi

If you are a trekking/hiking lover:

  1. Everest Base Camp
  2. Annapurna Base Camp
  3. Annapurna Circuit

If you are architecture and history lover:

  1. Kathmandu
  2. Lumbini

If you are a nature lover:

  1. Pokhara
  2. Mustang
  3. Annapurna Base Camp
  4. Everest Base Camp
  5. Annapurna Circuit
  6. Bhote Koshi
  7. Rara Lake

If you are a wildlife lover:

  1. Chitwan National Park

If you are culture and tradition lover:

  1. Kathmandu
  2. Chitwan
  3. Ghandruk
  4. Mustang

From the above list, you can see that Kathmandu, Pokhara, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Everest Base Camp, Bhote Koshi, and Chitwan overlap in two categories and rest in a single category. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary according to your priorities and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.

Our Pick:  Since Nepal is mostly about art, culture, nature and adventure travel with beautiful landscapes, our first pick would be Kathmandu, Pokhara, Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp. Since Nepal is famous for its highest peaks, your target of a trip to Nepal should be at least to reach one of the mountain’s base camp.

Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences  in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.

If this is your first-time visit to Nepal and 


If you have 8/9 days, then we recommend you to choose the following itinerary:

(If you want to combine nature, wildlife tour with art, culture, and history)

Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan), Bhaktapur (Day 1-2)→Pokhara (Day 3-4)→Lumbini (Day 5-6)→Chitwan (Day 7-8)→Return Kathmandu for catching International Flight to your home (Day 9)

Or,

(If you want to do beautiful landscapes tour, skip Lumbini and Chitwan and head to Mustang.)

Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan), Bhaktapur (Day 1-2)→Pokhara (Day 3-4)→Fly or drive to Jomsom (Mustang) (Day 5-6)→Fly to Kathmandu and Return home (Day 7/8)


If you have 14 days, then you can extend above itinerary:

Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan), Bhaktapur (Day 1-2)→Pokhara (Day 3)→Annapurna Base Camp Trek (Day 4-8)→ Return to Pokhara (sightseeing, boating, paragliding) (Day 8-10)→Chitwan (Day 11-12)→Return Kathmandu to catch International Flight to your home (Day 13/14)

(Annapurna Base Camp trek can be a good alternative to Everest Base Camp in case you didn’t make to Everest Base Camp.)

Or,

(If you want to do beautiful landscapes tour, skip Lumbini and Chitwan and head to Mustang.)

Kathmandu, Lalitpur (Patan), Bhaktapur (Day 1-2)→Pokhara (Day 3)→Annapurna Base Camp Trek (Day 4-8)→Mustang (by bus) (Day 9-11)→Return to Pokhara (sightseeing, boating, paragliding) (Day 12-13)→Return Kathmandu to catch International Flight to your home (Day 14)

(Note: Flying from one destination to another saves your time if you are short on time). But trekking routes are worth the trek, despite helicopter services available up to Base Camps. You can watch mesmerizing 360° view of mountains in Annapurna Base Camp)


If you have 3 weeks, then

do Annapurna Circuit Trek (16 days), (one of the best trekking trails in the world):

Kathmandu (Day 1)→Dumre, Besisahar, Annapurna Circuit Trek (Day 2-17)→Pokhara (End Point) (Day 18-19)→Return to Kathmandu and Fly home (Day 20/21)

(Note: You can always take a bus/jeep ride to Pokhara after reaching Jomsom during your Annapurna Circuit if you feel exhausted or if you are short on time. This saves your time to explore other places in Nepal.)

Or,

do Everest Base Camp Trek (21 days)


You can go white-water rafting, bungee jump and paragliding in Nepal if you want the budgeted adventure sports in comparison to other countries.

If you are on your second visit, then pick the itinerary which you didn’t do in your first visit. There are many other possibilities of trekking routes like Rara Lake Trek, Langtang Trek, Manaslu Trek, Tilicho Lake, Shey Phoksundo Trek (Upper Dolpo Trek) to name but a few.


(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)


We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Nepal can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.