Though many people head straight to the towering Himalayas and mountain trekking circuits the moment they touch down, Nepal is a lot more than simply altitudes and conquered peaks.
So if you want to see as much of this mountain kingdom as possible during your stay, here are the top five Nepal tours to get you started.
Kathmandu to Chitwan
As the main transport hub and capital city, many tours in Nepal will either begin or end in Kathmandu. Use the time to explore the important sights of the city and get a feel for the culture and people of Nepal.
As a contrast to the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, Chitwan National Park is perfect. Explore the park by canoe, on foot or even on an elephant safari for a truly unique experience of Nepal’s wildlife.
Elephant safari in Chitwan National Park. Image: Flickr/ Göran Höglund (Kartläsarn)
Lumbini to Kathmandu
As the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, there are few spots more important to Nepali culture than Lumbini.
Many people arrive overland from India as it’s only a short drive from the border to the ancient religious monuments, monasteries and gardens, of Lumbini many of which are world heritage sights.
Kodari to Kathmandu
If you’re a thrill seeker looking for an unforgettable experience, this is the tour for you.
Not far from Kodari is The Last Resort, a world famous bungee jump specifically designed for maximum adrenaline action. The jump is 160m high, and gives great views of the nearby scenery. The drive to Kathmandu takes in yet more of Nepal’s stunning landscape and normally takes around six hours.
Kathmandu to Pokhara
As one of the most beautiful cities in the country, Pokhara is a must see on any trip and a favourite starting point for Nepal trekkingroutes.
Begin your tour in the nation’s capital before taking a spectacular drive across the country to Pokhara. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even take a raft down the river for part of your journey to the city.
Kathmandu to Dhulikhel
A short but impressive drive from Kathmandu brings you to Dhulikhel, a small town with incredible views of the nearby Himalayas.
Take a day or two to soak up the unique culture, strongly influenced by neighbouring Tibet, before heading back to the vibrancy of Kathmandu.
Tours in Nepal can often be combined or extended to create the perfectly tailored Asian adventure, so now’s the perfect time to crack out that map, book some flights and get planning