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[Editor’s note: A magnitude 7.8 earthquake caused extensive damage in Kathmandu and throughout the country April 25, 2015. Full recovery could take many months, and travel to Nepal should be undertaken only after confirming that your itinerary is workable. We will lift this notice when conditions have improved.]

Nepal has always been a dream destination for adventurers and thrill-seekers. Open to tourists only since the 1950s, this tiny mountain kingdom has attracted hippies and hikers, poets and pilgrims, monks and mountaineers. Nepal's fortunes took a nose-dive during the ten-year Maoist rebellion from 1996 to 2006, but with ...

[Editor’s note: A magnitude 7.8 earthquake caused extensive damage in Kathmandu and throughout the country April 25, 2015. Full recovery could take many months, and travel to Nepal should be undertaken only after confirming that your itinerary is workable. We will lift this notice when conditions have improved.]

Nepal has always been a dream destination for adventurers and thrill-seekers. Open to tourists only since the 1950s, this tiny mountain kingdom has attracted hippies and hikers, poets and pilgrims, monks and mountaineers. Nepal's fortunes took a nose-dive during the ten-year Maoist rebellion from 1996 to 2006, but with the signing of the truce, travelers returned to the temples, viewpoints and rugged trekking routes around the ancient capital, Kathmandu.

Almost everyone makes time for the temples and medieval towns of the Kathmandu Valley, Chitwan National Park and the mountain-fringed lake at Pokhara. Trekkers test their endurance on the trails around Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Massif, while spiritually-minded travelers seek enlightenment in monasteries and retreats around the Kathmandu Valley. Don't overlook the plains — the Terai is dotted with Hindu townships, pristine national parks and famous pilgrimage sites, including the birthplace of the Buddha at Lumbini.

Joe Bindloss
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Joe Bindloss has written more than 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers, with a focus on Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and island nations.

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  • Location: Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is bordered by China to the north, and India to the south, east and west. The Himalaya mountain range runs across Nepal's northern and western parts and includes Mt. Everest.
  • Language: Nepali
  • Currency: Rupee
  • Research: Wikipedia | Wikitravel
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