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Nepal at a Glance

Famous mountaineering, atmospheric medieval towns and lush jungle forests all bring visitors to Nepal. The region is well known for Mount Everest and other Himalayan giants, but the country can be enjoyed at a much slower pace.

For those interested in backpacking, travel from hut to hut and enjoy a warm meal and a safe place to sleep at the end of a day of spectacular mountain views an dizzying elevations. You don't have to climb Everest to experience Nepal's mountain majesty. Sheer rock faces, deep snows and spectacular gorges will fill up your camera.

At lower elevations, enjoy the temples and old towns that are nearly ubiquitous in Nepal. Kathmandu is a historic treasure trove where old architecture melds with modern life. Walk the streets and get to know the people and the vibe of Nepal. 

If you've still got time, don't miss the jungle where elephants, rhinos, birds and monkeys roam. With so much humidity around you and the caw of jungle birds filling your ears, you will scarcely be able to imagine the chillier, drier, higher mountain areas where you were first. 

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  • Major Airport Tribhuvan International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

Travelers to Nepal need a valid passport and a tourist visa. Visas can be obtained at various entry points, but can also be purchased at an Embassy of Nepal or a consulate's office. For more information, contact the Embassy of Nepal. American tourists can learn more at the U.S State Department's travel website

Need to Know

Severe Weather June through September is the monsoon season and is the wettest and frequently muddiest season. Mudslides, leeches and high water make travel unpleasant or impossible.  

Safety Concerns Political unrest, mandatory curfews and frequent strikes make travel unpredictable and sometimes dangerous. Do not violate curfew as soldiers have orders to shoot on sight. Female travelers will want to dress modestly and should not travel alone with a male guide. 

Health Concerns Rabies and waterborne illnesses could ruin your visit. Speak with a doctor at least two months before your trip to schedule vaccinations and discuss reducing your health risks. 

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