With such an abundance of nature, great culture, wild adventures, stunning views, and safe and friendly people, Nepal still evades most of the traveler's bucket list. The answer to this is still unknown to us. So, Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition has carefully crafted this article on Why you should visit Nepal in 2021?
What are you waiting for? Here are 17 reasons why you should keep Nepal on your travel bucket list in 2021.
10 UNESCO World Heritage Site in One Country
With a mix of nature, conventional culture, and rich history, Nepal is quite possibly the most culturally appealing nation on the globe. The authentic social legacy and customary urban areas are encircled by the mightiest Himalayan pinnacles on earth which embrace the country and go through its inconceivably diverse landscape.
The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu valley is the chaos of sound, smell, and action and has been serving as the cultural metropolis for the country since the Unification Campaign led by late King Prithivi Narayan Shah. Kathmandu Valley alone has seven UNESCO Cultural World Heritage sites. This 7-world heritage site inside Kathmandu valley is counted as one. Apart from Kathmandu, there are 3 other world heritage sites. They are Chitwan National Park, Sagarmatha National Park, and Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha.
Henceforth, if you are planning to go backpacking in this country, then you have made the right decision. Visiting this country will be a great opportunity to know the historical and cultural legacy, as the single-day tour around Kathmandu valley will offer you 7 UNESCO cultural world heritage sites.
Home to 8 out of 14 Highest Himalayan Peak in the World
Nepal is a country blessed with unparallel natural beauty and diverse geological structure that even makes heaven envious. This beautiful Himalayan country beholds eight noteworthy Himalayan peaks on the planet. Despite the country being landlocked with a very small geographical territory, it is the home to eight mountain pinnacles among the fourteen highest mountains over 8000 meters.
The eight-height noteworthy pinnacle includes Mount Everest (8,848.86 meters / 29,029ft), Mount Kanchenjunga (8,586 meter / 28,169 ft.), Mount Lhotse (8,516 meter / 27,940 ft.), Mount Makalu (8, 485 meter / 27, 838 ft.), Mount Cho Oyu (8,188 meter / 26,864 ft.), Dhaulagiri I (8,167 meter / 26, 795 ft.), Mount Manaslu (8,163 meter / 26, 781 ft.), and Mount Annapurna I (8,091 meter / 26, 545 ft.).
Every year thousands of enthusiast mountaineers flock to Nepal to witness the bewitching beauty of these magnificent Himalayan sites. Some even undertake the challenge to scale these mountains. Besides these Nepal as well flaunts 1,310 peaks which are over 6,000 meters high.
Here is the complete detail of the 8 tallest peaks in Nepal:
A paradise for Trekkers and Adventure Lovers
If you enjoy adventure trekking and mountaineering then Nepal is the ultimate destination for you. Every year thousands of people from all around the world flock to Nepal for trekking and hiking purposes. Being the Himalayan country with an abundance of natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, Nepal is considered to provide some of the world's best trekking experiences.
Adventurous trekking accompanied by some of the noteworthy mountains is an inexpressible feeling. Nepal provides many trekking trails and routes; some are easier and last for a few days. These short trekking trails offers a beautiful panoramic view and an opportunity to know little about the cultural attribute of Nepal. Whereas other trekking trails are challenging because of their remote location and high-altitude terrain, however, the reward is incomparable to any feeling you ever had.
There are over 35 trekking routes that are officially surveyed and opened for trekking activities by the Government of Nepal. However, there are many places that haven’t come under the radar and waiting to be explored. So, trekking in Nepal will be a great opportunity for you to go backpacking to the untouched virgin landscape and create a memory to be cherished for your lifetime.
Blessed with immense natural beauty and diverse geographical landscape it will not be false to say Nepal is the portray of wonderland you have imagined. Nepal's astonishing beauty combined with the splendor beauty of snowy Himalayan peaks never stops fascinating the travelers who have a taste of it. Among all the resources which beautify Nepal also possesses some of the most tranquil lakes on the planet.
This is a god-gifted land and the possession of serene lakes takes its beauty to a whole different level. The lakes in Nepal are one of the awe-inspiring things that bewitched every traveler through their tranquillity. All the lakes vary in range, some being close to the city while others require a few days of trekking. Lake Tilicho is the highly elevated lake in the world situated at an altitude of 4,950 meters.
In Nepal, there are over 200 picturesque lakes, most of which are glacial-fed high-altitude lakes elevated at an altitude over 4000 meters from sea level. Many of the high-altitude lakes have their own legend and carry a cultural significance in the Hindu religion. Some of the culturally significant lakes are Gosaikunda, Maipokhari, Pach Pokhari, and soon.
The Diversity and acceptance of Religion
About 40 different ethnic groups call Nepal their home. The customs and traditions practiced in Nepal contrast from one part to another. The capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu Valley is the cultural hub of the nation as its envelopes individuals of all locales and cultures in one spot. In simple terms, Kathmandu valley enjoys the rich tapestry of cultures mixed to form one national identity.
Religion is one of the prominent factors in the Nepalese way of life. Whereas the festival adds color to the existence of individuals, which are celebrated with great enthusiasm every year.
In 2006, Nepal was declared as a secular country and henceforth all of the regions has coexisted here in harmony. The Nepalese religion is immensely influenced by Hinduism followed by Buddhism as well as other regions like Islam, Christianity, Kiratians, Jainism, Sikhism, and many more. The majority of Nepalese people practice Hinduism and Buddhism and both religions have existed together in Nepal with great harmony for hundreds of years. Because of the peace and harmony that exists even of the diverse religion and multiculturism, backpacking around Nepal will be a one-of-a-kind experience to enlighten your soul while exploring the virgin landscapes.
Nepalese cuisine is a mixture of a wide range of ingredients, techniques, and characteristics from its neighboring countries China and India, with its own historical legacy. The cuisines of Nepal constitute multiple dishes that blend with amazing flavors and the aroma is mouth-watering.
Nepal is a nation nestled in the Himalayas, this beautiful country combines the individual of various ethnics group and backgrounds; hence this multitude of individuals living in the same nation is reflected within the country’s cuisine. The cuisine here is considered to be much healthier compared to other south Asian countries. In Nepalese cuisine, the dishes like Dal, Bhat, pickles, and roti are must-tries.
Peace and Serenity
Nepal is the land where the symbol of peace Lord Gautam Buddha was born. As the birthplace of Buddha, the country is hugely influenced by Buddhism. Every individual in Nepal is a worshipper of peace and serenity.
Tranquil lakes, pristine forest, awe-inspiring views, dazzling Himalayas, and quaint villages decorated with prayer flags, it's no wonder the people of Nepal are happy. The land itself is considered to be sacred as many historical figures like Buddha, Goddess Sita were once born in this holy land.
If you want to get away from the chaotic life and be in a peaceful place, then Nepal will be the best destination for you. Backpacking in Nepal will offer you some quiet contemplation whether you are hiking in a remote area, spectating the amazing work in the temple, meditating in the gompas, listening to the birds singing in the forest, or gazing over a still glass-like lake. There is no place in Nepal where you can’t find peace.
Nepal is one of the most affordable destinations for your vacation. With hotels, accommodation is available for less than 30 USD whereas the normal guest house is available for as little as 5 USD, this is quite a place to hang out within your budget.
In Nepal, you can have food lasting a day for as little as 10 USD and other services and facilities are much cheaper. Nepal is surprisingly an affordable country to have your dream vacation within your budget. With the best services and facilities, you get it is easy to spend 40 USD or less in a day.
However, there is also accommodation which costs 200 USD or more, however, with this much money you will get some of the best available rooms in the building. If you are traveling in the remote countryside then spending 30 USD a night will get you the coziest room to stay in. Conclusively, if money is everything to you, backpacking around Nepal will fit within your budget and you can also save extra bugs if you spend wisely.
Safe to Travel
Many travelers around the globe are often found obsessed with one question; Is Nepal safe to travel to? The obvious answer to the question is yes. In fact, Nepal is one of the safest countries to travel to.
Nepal is considered to be one of the safest countries across the globe for travel due to the religious beliefs of the people and also because of natural kindness. In Nepal, guests are greeted as Athithi Devo Bhava, which translates as guests are gods. Because of this practice, a guest is considered to be the gods and treated with utmost hospitality and respect.
In the past decades, Nepal has received a great number of visitors from all around the globe. This was all possible because of the great hospitality shown by Nepalese to the foreigner. While traveling around Nepal, crime is not a major risk for travelers, and with the political stability Nepal has acquired in recent years, it is a safe place to travel under normal circumstances.