Nepal – Walking on top of the World!
“Ain’t no mountain high enough,
ain’t no valley low enough,
ain’t no river wild enough,
to keep me from getting to you…” (*)
We’re talking about Nepal, a small country with a big soul and the highest peaks in the world! Located in the legendary Himalaya Mountains, Nepal is a must-see destination for all…from expert mountaineers to hill walking hikers, this is the ultimate adventure surrounded by nature at its wildest.
On our mission to ‘discover the world’ we meet the most fascinating people, new friends who give us an insight on the local way of life in far away lands.
In Nepal we met the Bhandari brothers, really nice guys who took us into their lives and showed us around, explaining their country’s culture, the history and legends, on an extraordinary adventure across mountains, valleys and nature reserves.
BB Bhandari owns a tour agency in Kathmandu which is committed to eco-friendly sustainable tourism and Padam is a leading Himalaya guide. Both men and the rest of the friendly team are expert mountain hikers.
International travel agency ‘La Vieja Brújula’ are now promoting exclusive trips to Nepal based on our experience! Working directly with a local trekking agency in Kathmandu means they can offer unbeatable prices! As a licensed tour operator, they will conveniently book your connecting flights from anywhere in the world and generally ensure a stress-free experience.
3 exciting itineraries -2 treks and 1 cultural tour- something for everyone!
- Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara Tour: See Nepal’s ancient sites, enjoy a wildlife safari in the jungle and then relax by Phewa lake;
- Poon Hill Trek: Imagine walking through the Himalayan foothills and seeing the sunrise over the peaks;
- Everest Base Camp Trek: The iconic hike that takes you to the highest mountain in the world!
Nepal’s main attractions
White-water rafting on the Trishuli River, paragliding and parachute jumps are just some of the adrenaline-packed attractions for action lovers! And for serious expeditions there’s Mount Everest Summit! Fancy breakfast with an Everest view? A hike to base camp is another awesome experience or treat yourself to a helicopter ride to the highest hotel on the planet, a once in a lifetime experience.
Imagine a dawn Flight in a light plane to see sunrise over the snow-capped peaks before reaching the ruggedly remote landscapes of Upper Mustang. Something a little less energetic? You’ll love a trek through the foothills to picturesque villages, filled with smiling faces and genuine hospitality.
Marvel at the ancient heritage in Kathmandu Valley; discover the temples, watch authentic Hindu and Buddhist rites, enjoy the fascinating festivals and colourful markets.
Walk beside scenic Pokhara Valley Lake, row a boat to the far shore and walk up to the Buddhist Peace Temple then relax with a massage, or meditation at a yoga retreat.
Hike the solitary Langtang trails up to a breath-taking glacier lake, passing woolly beasts on the way…indigenous yaks not the mythical yeti! Delve deep into the tropical jungle and spot some unique wildlife on a photo safari in Chitwan National Reserve down on the lowland plains – there are Bengal tigers and one-horned rhinos hiding in the bush.
From basic backpacking to super deluxe, club expeditions to young family outings, trendy teenagers to the marvellously mature and everyone in-between, whatever your energy level and expectations, Nepal has it all! Nepal is legend.
Nepal – facts and figures:
Located in South Asia between Tibet (north) and India to the south.
Dimensions: 147,181 km2
8-thousanders: Eight of the highest peaks in the world, inc. Mount Everest at 8,848m.
Popular hikes: EBC Everest Base Camp (challenging), ABC Annapurna Base Camp (moderate), Ghorepani Poon Hill trek (fairly easy).
Chitwan National Park: engendered species include one-horned rhinos and the rare Bengal Tiger.
Kathmandu Valley Heritage Sites: Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Monkey Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapu Durbar Square.
Lumbini: Birthplace of Lord Buddha.
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- Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara Tour:
See Nepal’s ancient sites, enjoy a wildlife safari in the jungle and then relax by Phewa lake;
- Poon Hill Trek:
Imagine walking through the Himalayan foothills and seeing the sunrise over the peaks;
- Everest Base Camp Trek:
The iconic hike that takes you to the highest mountain in the world!
(*) ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ is the legendary soul song written by N Ashford and V Simpson.
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Karen and Juan’s around the world trip: First stop Kathmandu – Nepal.
There’s so much to see in 3 days! Juan and I arrived in Kathmandu just after dawn on a Qatar Airways flight that had conveniently connected straight through from our local airport in Alicante (Spain), via Madrid and Doha …
Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Swayambhu Monkey Temple in Nepal. Padam took us to Patan on our 2nd day in Kathmandu… Padam Bhandari being our guide from Nepal Adventure Point, and Patam one of the original three kingdoms of Kathmandu Valley founded in the year 299…
Karen in Kathmandu, Nepal – Boudhanath Stupa + Pashupatinath Temple.
Day 3: Contemplating Buddhist prayers…and the final Hindu rites! Boudhanath We got up bright and early on day 3 in Kathmandu to meet BB Bhandari, our friend from Nepal Adventure Point, who was taking us to see two unique local World Heritage Sites…
Poon Hill Trek, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal.
Our 6 day Poon Hill trek in the Himalayan foothills. Days 1 & 2: Nayapul – Hile – Ghopepani.
The Bhandari brothers invited us over to Nepal to try an ‘easy’ trek…
Days 3 & 4 of our Poon Hill trek – Ghorepani – Tadapani – Ghandruk.
I didn’t realize how excited I would be to get up at 4am! I threw some warm clothes on and my hiking boots, and set off up the steep path to see the sunrise from Poon Hill…
6 day Poon Hill Trek, Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal.
Days 5 & 6: Ghandruk – Landruk – Tolka – Pothana – Dhampus.
The Poon Hill trip as such had come to an end at Ghandruk but we decided to carry on trekking…
Pokhara, Nepal. 1 week chilling in Lake City Paradise.
Juan and I chilled at Pokhara lakeside for a few days after our memorable hike in the Himalayan foothills. The six day trek to Poon Hill with Nepal Adventure Point had left us feeling energized and healthy…
Chitwan National Park – spotting an elusive tiger in Nepal. After visiting the ancient historical temples in Kathmandu, trekking for a week in the legendary Himalayan foothills, and chilling down by picturesque Pokhara lakeside for a few days, it was time to visit yet another of Nepal’s great attractions…
Diwali – Festival of lights in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Juan and I started our Nepal adventure in Kathmandu celebrating the family orientated Dashain festival with our friends, the Bhandari brothers of Nepal Adventure Point…
Now it was time to return, after an amazing hike to Poon Hill in the Himalayan foothills, and join in the Diwali festivities…