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The Nepali version of Diwali, the festival of lights. Animals are honoured with flower garlands and houses are decorated with butter lamps,...


This popular festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva and celebrated by Hindus all over the world. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in Nepal at the...


Tibetan New Year, marked by Buddhist processions, masked dances and parades at monasteries and Buddhist stupas across Nepal. Bodhnath and...

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Nepal Travel Guide

Key Facts

147,181 sq km (56,827 sq miles).


26.4 million (2013).

Population density

208.99 per sq km.





Head of state

President Ram Baran Yadav since 2008.

Head of government

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala since 2014.


230 volts AC, 50Hz. There are frequent power cuts. Plugs usually have two or three round pins.

Officially the highest country on Earth, lofty Nepal is commonly referred to as the “roof of the world.” That seems like a fitting moniker for this Himalayan nation, where soaring, snow-capped mountains disappear into the clouds like stairways to heaven.

Mount Everest is, of course, the star attraction. Tourists come in their droves to climb, hike and admire the world’s tallest peak, which flirts with the stratosphere at 8,848m (29,029ft).

However, this charming country is much more than just mountains. The birthplace of Gautama Buddha, Nepal is an important pilgrimage site for millions of Buddhists, who come from far and wide to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lumbini, a temple complex where Buddha once lived.

Temples are ubiquitous in Nepal, but not just the Buddhist variety; Hinduism has a strong foothold in the country and there are many Hindu temples scattered across the country.

If spirituality doesn’t arouse your interest, the Nepali capital, Kathmandu, should prove a welcome distraction. Encircled by mountains, this beautiful, bustling city stands at a cultural crossroads between India and China, whose influences can be seen in the architecture and tasted in delicious cuisine.

Kathmandu is the entry point for most travellers and is worthy of at least a few days exploration. As well as temples, gardens and a fantastic culinary scene, the city has a lively nightlife, particularly in the district of Thamel, which is a favourite for partygoers.

The city is also a good starting point for travellers venturing into the jungle at Chitwan National Park, a fantastic reserve which is home to Bengali tigers, crocodiles and one-horned rhinos, plus myriad bird species. Phewa Lake is another draw for tourists, as are the hiking trails in the Himalayas.

Wherever you go, though, wide smiles will be there to greet you; Nepalese people are amongst the friendliest in the world and it’s not uncommon to be invited into a strangers’ home for tea.

Sitting on top of the world, Nepal is just one step away from heaven – and for those who have discovered the country’s many charms, it feels like it too.

Travel Advice

Last updated: 22 October 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit

Most visits to Nepal are trouble-free.

Over 30 people have died as a result of heavy snowfall in the Annapurna region and north Dolpa district since 14 October. The weather is improving, but conditions at high altitude remain hazardous and light snow is forecast for the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Jomsom regions.

The local authorities continue to advise against trekking in the area around Thorang-La pass on the Annapurna circuit because of heavy snow. For other areas in Annapurna, you should check conditions with local authorities, guides or reputable travel agents before trekking to affected areas, particularly for high-altitude (above 4,000m) destinations like Annapurna base camp.

The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is providing live updates on the situation in the Annapurna region. Online weather forecasts are available on the website of the government of Nepal Department Of Hydrology and Meteorology.

To British nationals who have been travelling in the affected areas: you are encouraged to get in touch with relatives by telephone or social media. Please also contact the British Embassy consular section in Kathmandu to confirm your whereabouts, either on +977 1 4410583 or at If you can’t phone internationally the British Embassy can pass your message to concerned relatives.

Other popular trekking regions in Nepal, like Langtang and Everest base camp, aren’t experiencing bad weather conditions at present. But weather conditions can always change quickly. You should check conditions with local authorities, or reputable guides and trekking agencies.

If you’re trekking, use a reputable agency, remain on established routes, and walk in groups. You should never trek alone.

Nepal is considered to be at high risk of a major earthquake.

All air carriers from Nepal have been refused permission to operate air services to the EU due to safety concerns.

The Monsoon season in Nepal normally runs from June to September and can make travel in rural areas hazardous.

There is a general threat from terrorism.

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