7 Reasons to Visit Nepal Now
Nepal is open for business and ready to welcome travelers with open arms.
Following the earthquakes in 2015, Nepal's tourism numbers dropped drastically. And while the country is gradually recovering, Nepal needs visitors more than ever to support its mountain communities.(Getty Images)
As we mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquakes that rocked Nepal, it's important to remember Nepal is still rebuilding itself and is in desperate need of tourism. While the country's infrastructure was damaged, today Nepal’s world-renowned trekking routes have been repaired and are ready to host your next adventure. And now is the time to visit Nepal and experience its dramatic natural landscapes, rich culture and vibrant cities as you help support the country continue its path toward recovery. Here are seven top selling points for planning a trip in 2016.
The Gokyo Lakes
The Gokyo village is located at 15,720 feet and is two-day hike from Namche Bazaar. Both Hindus and Buddhists consider the Gokyo Lakes of Sagamartha National Park to be sacred and when you see them – and the jaw-dropping mountain views in the backdrop – for the first time, it's easy to see why. They are a magnificent site and one that can only be seen in Nepal. The best way to see the lakes is to add them to your Everest Base Camp trek itinerary.
Nepal is the Best Place to Experience the Himalayas
The Himalayas stretch across South Asia and contain nine of the 10 highest peaks in the world. Nepal is home Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world standing at 29,029 feet. And the Everest Base Camp trek is one of the best ways to see if for yourself and experience the Himalayan culture of Nepal. After all, seeing the sunrise over Mt. Everest is a sight you will never forget.
Nepal Needs Your Tourism
After the earthquakes in the spring of 2015, Nepal’s tourism numbers plummeted and hotel occupancy rates fell to new lows. Tourism is slowly recovering but it is not back to its regular numbers of past years and Nepal needs visitors now more than ever. Despite setbacks, the Nepalese are a resilient people. They have rebuilt their cities and are ready for you to enjoy their country. And tourism is a large part of the country's econom, so if you want to help, now is a great time to plan a trek.
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The Country Has Transformed From Chaos to Calm
Kathmandu is chaotic, crowded and polluted, but its liveliness and winding cobbled lanes are part of its charm. Once you get accustomed to the area's congestion, you'll find there is plenty of fun to be had in this city. And once you leave Kathmandu and enter Sagarmatha National Park, you'll leave the hustle and bustle behind for one of the most serene environments in the world.
You Can Walk in the Footsteps of Legends
Of course there are countless treks to experience in Nepal, but few are more rewarding than the Everest Base Camp trek. It's an inspiring, life-changing trek for those looking to mentally and physically challenge themselves. After all, trekking isn’t only about reaching a destination, but also following the footsteps of legends and taking in magnificent natural scenery over the Everest Base Camp.
The UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Few cities can claim multiple UNESCO World Heritage sites, but Kathmandu boasts seven distinct sites. Bagmati River is where Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu temples, is located. Many of these sites were damaged in the earthquake in 2015, but there is still much to see.
The Incredibly High Peaks and the Himalayan Views
Nepal is home to seven of the world’s highest peaks. These peaks are all over 20,000 feet and seeing them in person is an incredible experience. Beyond checking out the peaks, trekking the Himalayas region of Nepal offers some of the best views of these mountains. It is important to sit back and take it all in during your trek and simply enjoy the view.
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