Temples, tigers and inspiring peaks

Nepal is a spectacular destination, with breathtaking scenery, otherworldly royal squares and some of the highest mountains in the world. The Himalayas in many ways are the nation's defining characteristic, and the trekking here, on the roof of the world, is unforgettable. Mount Everest is the highest point on Earth at 8848 metres above sea level, and seven more of the planet’s 10 loftiest peaks are here as well. Kathmandu's atmospheric temples will transport you to a different realm, and the ancient Royal City of Bhaktapur is a beautiful slice of medieval Nepalese life whose historic centre is a UNESCO world heritage site.

Sandwiched between India and China, Nepal's climate ranges from tropical monsoon to Arctic alpine snow, and is home to more than 70 peoples speaking more than 50 languages. Joyful daily life, vibrant religious rituals in temples, stupas and complexes linked to Buddhism and Hinduism, the mix of customs, traditions and culture all contribute to the many facets of this intriguing country. Travellers can participate in activities such as safaris, meditation and yoga, and sample delicious cuisine they can learn to prepare themselves in cooking classes. National parks in the south are home to Bengal tigers and rhinoceros, while the mighty yak dominates transport in the mountains and on the Everest Highway. Visitors will have many encounters with the friendly and open-minded Nepalese people who welcome tourists with great warmth.