An Insight Into Nepal

Hi, Dan here – I would like to provide some insights into one of my favourite destinations anywhere – Nepal.

The territory of Nepal is confined to only 147,181 sq kilometre; however there are so many opportunities in Nepal to spend holidays.   Nepal is arguably one of the best destinations in the world for those who are fond of mountain climbing, trekking, hiking, motorbike riding, sightseeing, scenic mountain flights, white water rafting and kayaking, bungee jumping, paragliding, jungle safaris, mountain biking, skydiving, volunteering and, thanks to a good selection of hotels in key areas, it is a delightful place to explore the culture and history of the land in comfort.

Nepal has adopted on arrival visa policy for most foreigners now. For instance, European, American and Australian citizens are eligible to obtain a visa on arrival in Kathmandu airport.   Visitors can explore Nepal at any time throughout the year as per their convenience. However, March, April and May in spring and September, October and November in autumn are considered as best months to visit Nepal mainly because of the pleasant weather and clear visibility.  You can go all over Nepal but there are some controlled areas for which you need to have special trekking or climbing permits to travel. You have to apply to make such special trekking permit or climbing permit through government registered trekking/climbing companies.

Depending on your interest, time-frame and budget, you can choose a variety of travel packages in Nepal ranging from pure leisure to extreme trekking/mountain climbing.   I leave some of the more extreme trekking and mountain climbing to the experts and will not be able to assist you there, but for the full range of leisure and soft adventure activities, I am your man!

For instance, the trekking I can assist with is a combination of hiking and walking activity in which people take multi-days trips in rural, un-development areas.  In another words, trekking is making a journey/trip on foot, especially to hike through mountainous areas often for multiple days and along lovely mountain trails that pass through small villages thus allowing the enjoyment of nature and/or close contact with people in remote mountain villages where lifestyles have been unchanged for many generations.  Nepal has many places where people can easily trek for three days or up to three months.

Trekking is also sometimes done in risky mountain areas so the more adventurous wisely build up fitness, experience and skills before tackling such activities and to be truthful, these are beyond my personal ability these days.   However for many years, my partners in Nepal have been conducting trek tours for all experience levels, from raw beginners to mountain climbers – so I am confident in my ability to organise just what you aspire to.

If you are just coming for city and cultural touring and other light leisure activities like jungle safari and so on, you do not need to bring any special equipment.  But, if you are planning to do trek or mountain climbing, or perhaps motorcycling or mountain biking adventures and the like, it is necessary to have some special equipment.   Generally, my Nepal partners will provide the major hardware for your chosen adventure such as tents, motorcycles, mountain bikes and the like (these will all be included in quoted prices) however you will need to provide your own personal kit depending on the activity– there is too much information to be shared in this general article – you can be assured appropriate guidelines will be provided to assist you in your planning and preparation at the time.

So to be a trekker or to pursue any of the other soft adventure options in Nepal, you must consider your own personal abilities and fitness levels for the chosen activities; you need to carefully consider your budget considering both the inclusions and the duration of your holiday; you need the willingness for adventure and clear ideas of what you want to experience, and ideally, the desire to learn about the history and culture of this ancient land.  If you have all these attributes, then I will be there to help you achieve your objectives by giving quality services that are backed by my many years in this industry.  Indeed, it will be my great privilege to connect with you and share my passion for this beautiful country of Nepal and to help you achieve your dream holiday plans to leave you with positive memories for a lifetime.

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