- 28 million
- Nepalese rupee
Take me higher! Indeed Nepal will – Himalayan high, in fact. The country has eight of the world’s 10 highest mountains. Steeped in both Hindu and Buddhist traditions – many of the population adhere to one of them – it’s an inevitable outcome that Nepal makes a popular spiritual and trekking destination.
You’ll explore remote monasteries, mountain teahouses, sherpa culture and Himalayan vistas that cannot, literally, be topped. There are more intricate temples, grand old palaces and places to release your inner hippie than you can poke your walking pole at. After experiencing Nepali mountain life and climbing till you drop, your weary body will be deserving of a long soak in hot springs. Food will never have tasted so good when you tuck into Newari soups and curries.
You might be pleasantly surprised to find out that there are Nepali safaris, where you can (hopefully) spot rhinoceros, tigers, wild boars, monkeys and deer, as well as kayaking where you may encounter crocodiles, otters and the endangered Ganges river dolphin.
As the nation recovers from the devastating earthquake that hit in April 2015, your tourist dollars are all the more valuable.