In Nepal the sky is the limit. Nestled between the immensities of China and India it is home to vast extents of the Himalayan mountain range-not to mention the great Mount Everest itself. At day break, the peaks are tinted by the nuances of the rising sun unveiling breathtaking panoramas and only a little lower down, the numerous temples and stupas reflect the Hindu and Buddhist spirituality which envelops this country. When it comes to hospitality, you could say the Nepalese are in a category of their own. You will be enchanted by their numerous traditions, sparkling folklore and remarkable friendliness.
Thanks to its mountain range, Nepal is the ideal destination for trekking and what's more, the country provides a vast range of options. So if you don't fancy the intensity of a hike to an Everest base camp, treks as short as a day or a few hours can be organised in the lower regions.
Nevertheless, it's not all about the trekking in Nepal. For those seeking an adrenaline rush, activities such as canyoning, climbing, kayaking, paragliding and mountain biking are plentiful here but the country can also be visited at a more relaxed pace. Soak up the views of the mountain range from the lakeside in the enchanting city of Pokhara or stroll through the myriad of streets and temples in the capital of Kathmandu. Alternatively, head south to Chitwan National Park and experience an entirely contrasting landscape within the subtropical lowlands. Come face to face with nature as you ride through the jungle on the back of an elephant or drift along the Narayani, Rapti and Reu rivers in a dugout canoe among the crocodiles and exotic birds.
The summits : The Himalayas, Nepal© Didier Fernandez
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