Nepal

Attraction

Everest base camps

Mount Everest has long been the highest goal to achieve for many mountaineers. There are two main routes leading to it, the north ridge from Tibet and the southeast ridge from Nepal. In the latter route, the wind is relatively weaker, and mountaineers can have proper altitude acclimatisation. Also, it provides easier evacuation for mountaineers. The south route, therefore, is more popular among mountaineers.


Quite a number of mountaineers will climb the Mount Everest in the short climbing season every year. Yet, given difficulty and high cost, more people will instead visit the base camps nearby to admire closely the Mount Everest. Unlike the base camps in the north route that is accessible by vehicles, those in the south route have to be reached on foot. It will take you two days to travel from Tenzing–Hillary Airport to Namche Bazaar. After some rest and replenishment for a day, you have to spend five days to climb to an altitude of 5,400m, where the base camp is located. You will then see so many camps pitched by mountaineers, and also Tibetan prayer flags. There the spectacular Mount Everest will be unfolding before your eyes. Even if you don’t plan to climb the peak, you will have no regrets after seeing the view from the base camp.

Annapurna Circuit

Some people visit Nepal to challenge the high peaks. Some just want to enjoy the pleasure of strolling and the beautiful view of mountains. If you prefer the latter, Annapurna Circuit will certainly be the best route.


The circuit is about 200km in length. It not only provides a close view of the Annapurna Massif, but also of others including Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Pisang Peak, and Paungda Danda. Trekkers usually hike the route anticlockwise, as it will be easier and safer for them to adapt to the change of altitude. Some people who look for excitement will choose to ride a mountain bike. Whether you are the former or the latter kind of person, there is no doubt you will be able to admire the beauty of the mountains.  

Phewa Lake

Pokhara is the second largest city in Nepal. Unlike Kathmandu, which is always packed with people and full of hustle and bustle, Pokhara is a tranquil and secluded place which fascinates many visitors. The city is also known for its beautiful landscape of mountains and lakes, including Phewa Lake.


Meaning “the city of lakes” in Nepali, Pokhara has a romantic aura produced by the numerous lakes. Phewa Lake, at the foot of Annapurna, is the best spot for admiring the reflection of the snow mountains. It is also the most visited place for vacation. When you go there, you can rent a colourful wood canoe, and make your way to the centre of the lake, where an island is located. On the island is a Hindu temple which you would love to visit. When sunset comes, an amazing reflection of the golden snow mountains is to be admired. You will certainly be amazed by the creation of nature. 


After the canoe ride, you can walk to the north shore of the lake, which is developed into a tourist district called Lakeside. The district is the centre of the whole scenic area, and you can find a variety of hotels and restaurants by the lakeside. It is a popular tourist attraction where people have a nice meal and enjoy a great time of relaxation.  

Namche Bazaar

Although it is only a small town, Namche Bazaar has become well-known given that it is a must-take path when climbing Mount Everest.


Surrounded by several mountains, Namche Bazaar is the nearest town to the Mount Everest. With more and more mountaineers visiting every year, different hostels, restaurants and cafes, as well as government facilities have been opened in Namche Bazaar. Before starting your journey, you can take essential rest and purchase any supplies needed in this town. Professional Sherpa guides, who also live there, can be hired. As a major trading centre, Namche Bazaar also operates a weekend market, where a variety of goods are available. Whether you are aiming for the Mount Everest or other peaks, Namche Bazaar will no doubt be the best supply depot for you. 

Lumbini

There are four places of pilgrimage for Buddhists. The first one is Lumbini, where the Buddha was born. The second is Bodh Gaya where the Buddha attained enlightenment. The third is Sarnath where Buddha’s first teaching was given. The last is Kushinagar where the Buddha attained Parinirvana. Lumbini is a sacred place for Buddhists, just like Bethlehem in the eyes of Christians.  


Lumbini is full of temples built with funding from Buddhist organisations of different schools and countries, including China, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, India and many others. Therefore, no matter where you are from, it is almost certain that you can find a familiar temple in Nepal. There is also a World Peace Pagoda where visitors can pray for world peace. The most remarkable place in Lumbini must be the Maya Devi Temple, where the Buddha was born. It is said that the Buddha was born from Queen Maya’s armpit when she was resting by the Ashoka tree, or literally the “sorrowless tree”. 


The Buddha could walk immediately after his birth. He took seven steps, with each step producing one lotus flower. Then he declared, with one finger pointing up to the sky and another down to the ground, “I alone am the World-Honored One!” Today, the Ashoka tree and the place where the Buddha was bathed have become the dream destination for many Buddhist pilgrims. In Lumbini, you can also see the Pillar of Ashoka, which was built upon the order by Ashoka, emperor of the Maurya Empire.