Nepal is a place of pure natural beauty. It presents unrivalled scenery and is a paradise for nature and adventure love
Nepal recently started ranking as one of the up and coming destinations attracting travelers from the US, so when that fancy Tesla stops giving you thrills, here are 5 must-do activities for US citizens visiting Nepal in 2017.
Few destinations introduce you to different landscapes and diverse terrains and bring you closer to peaks rising to heights of 7000 and 8000 meters within a couple of weeks. The scenery is truly spectacular for you get to enjoy mesmerizing 180-degree views of the Machapuchhre (6994 m), Hiunchuli (6441 m) and Annapurna I (8091 m).
Why Go: This is your best bet of enjoying untouched Himalayan beauty in the absence of huge crowds. You also get to visit traditional villages, cross rice terraces and enjoy unparalleled views of several peaks.
- Cost per Person: $540-$650
- Duration: 9-12 days
Most countries would define Poonhill as a major mountain, but sadly, when you’re unlucky to be born in a country that hosts the mighty Himalayas, even 3200 meters isn’t enough! Considered to be one of the most popular viewpoints in the region, Poonhill presents the Himalayan region at its stunning best.
Why Go: Poonhill offers a spectacular Himalayan experience in just 5 – 7 days, whereas the mighty treks of Everest and Annapurna take at least double the time. Moreover, the sunrise views from Poonhill are considered to rank among the most beautiful scenery that the country has on offer.
- Cost per Person: $385-$500
- Duration: 4-7 days
Insider Knowledge: While there is no real drawback, Poonhill does force you to climb a number of stairs.
Cultural Tour of Kathmandu Valley
The Kathmandu Valley comprises of three stunning medieval-era cities. Kathmandu takes your breath away with its ancient architecture, stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites and soul-stirring experiences. Patan and Bhaktapur are famous for their palaces, museums and ancient city squares.
Why Go: Our fast-paced lifestyles often force us to dive into the day-to-day stressors of life, leaving historical wonders, tales and legends for those coffee table discussions. So when you come across palaces, temples, stupas and monasteries that probably predate the first settlers, you really have to pause for a moment, explore the sheer architectural ingenuity of a bygone era.
- Cost per Person: $400-595
- Duration: 4-8 days
Everest Helicopter Tour
Sure, you can trek to Everest Base Camp, but why spend all that time when you can simply hop on-board a helicopter and soak in views of the highest peaks on the planet from Kala Patthar?
Why Go: Most helicopter tours usually involve simple pass-overs that feel so overrated. However, a helicopter tour to Everest doesn’t just offer incredible views from the air, it lets you walk around those iconic landmarks, get a feel of the incredible aura all around you.
- Cost Per Person: $2400
- Duration: 1 day
Chitwan National Park offers the ultimate escape from the chaotic scenes and concrete jungles of Kathmandu, a journey into the wild that brings you closer to some of the most exotic Asian species. The park covers an area of 932 sq. kms. and offers a variety of activities such as jeep drives, elephant safaris, bird watching tours, nature walks and cultural trips to a local village.
Why Go: The highlight of your Chitwan safari is the chance to get close to 500 one-horned Asian rhinos and about 100 Royal Bengal tigers who call this national park their home. Other sightings include the crocodile, elephants, rhesus monkeys, leopards, sloth bears and grey langurs.
- Cost Per Person: $150-300
- Duration: 3-4 days (2-3 nights)
The iPhone 7 left many fans disappointed with its boring approach, but it’s still better off than owning a Samsung Note 7 at the moment. And if you’re too bored of the tech dilemma and mobile giants ripping you off, spend your money treating yourself to a trip to Nepal instead. Its more satisfying, much more enriching and its guaranteed to give you bragging rights in ways that Apple or Samsung could never do!