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Nepal conjures up images of snowcapped mountains and rolling green hills. Indeed, the image is far from incorrect. Nepal is home to 8 of the world's 14 highest peaks (more than 8,000m), making it a mountaineer's dream. These include Mt Everest (Sagarmatha) at 8,848m, Kanchenjunga at 8,586m, Lhotse at 8,516m, Makalu at 8,463m, Cho Oyo at 8,201m, Dhaulagiri at 8,167m, Manaslu at 8,163m, and Annapurna at 8,091m. But Nepal has more to offer than just the icy, sky-embracing Himalayas. 

Apart from the sheer natural beauty, Nepal has a rich culture, vibrant tradition, exquisite temples and monuments, fast flowing rivers (ideal for rafting) and tropical jungles that teem with wildlife. Put together, these elements make for an unforgettable trip. The country has been a tourist's paradise for many 
years. It all began in the 1960s when many of the world's flower children (hippies high on hash) wound their way to the Nepali capital, Kathmandu. For years a secret, unknown country, it was in the 1950s that Nepal made the leap from the 11th century to modern times. In 1989 restrictions barring several areas to tourists were lifted. 

Nepal has a typical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons: the dry season (October to May) and the wet season (June to September). The monsoon affects the whole country, often flooding the southern plains before moving away to the north and west. Temperatures vary but it is usually hottest in the summer months of May and June and coldest during December and January. However, enchantment is everywhere, for Nepal has something for everybody: tourist, trekker, river rafter, wildlife enthusiast, poet, artist, writer and scholar.

 

 

The land

For its size, Nepal surprisingly contains the greatest altitudinal variation on this planet.  The rises from the Terai, the southern plains at almost sea level, and within short distance to the north, culminates at Sagarmatha, the highest point on earth.  Eight of the 10 highest mountains in the world lie in Nepal.

 

Climate

Nepal contains a variety of climatic conditions ranging from the tropical heat of the Terai plains to the freezing cold of the high Himalays.  The mid-hills, particularly the Kathmandu Valley, are pleasant with warm summers and cool winters.  Temperatures range between a maximum of 37 and a minimum of 8 degrees Celsius in the Kathmandu Valley, and between -6 and 16 degrees Celsius in the mountains.  The rainy season lasts from June to August.

 

What to wear?

Medium-weight and east-to-wash cottons can be a good choice year-round in Kathmandu Valley.  From October to February woolen sweaters, jackets or similar other warm outfits are necessary.  Short or long-sleeved shirts are good for March through May.  From June to September, light and looses garments are advisable.  Click here to buy some great garments specially designed for Nepalese conditions.

 

Wildlife

Nepal provides shelter to over 30 species of large wild animals and approximately 180 species of mammals.  The rhinoceros, tiger, crocodile, snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan black bear, and many other beasts are found in Nepal jungles.  Nepal is also a heaven for birds and over 800 species, representing approximately 8% of the world's population, are found here.  Nepal has nearly as many bird species as whole of North America.

 

The People

Nepal's many ethnic groups are as varied as its land with their own languages and cultures.  In the Kathmandu Valley are the Newars, whose culture and artistry have earned them an international reputation.  The Sherpas of the Himalaya are known as tough mountain climbers.  Brahmins and Chhetris are scattered over the hills and valleys, and Tamangs are found in the districts around the Kathmandu Valley.  The Rais, Limbus, Magars and Gurungs of the mid-hills have earned fame as Gurkha soldiers.  Lowland ethnic groups such as the Maithili, Bhojpuri and Tharu enhance the colorful mosaic.  The total population of Nepal is about 19 million.

 

Languages

Nepali, writen in the Devanagari script, is the national language as well as the lingua franca for Nepal's diverse communities.  Numerous languages and dialects are spoken in the Kingdom, however, only six (Nepali, Maithili, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Tamang and Nepal Bhasa) are spoken by more than half a million people.  English and Hindi are widely understood in the urban centers and areas frequented by tourist.

 

Getting There

Kathmandu is connected by direct flights to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Moscow, Doha, Dubai, Karachi, Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Calutta, Dhaka, Paro, Lhasa, Bankgkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Osaka.

 

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