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Top Destinations in Nepal

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When Mother Nature turned her attention to South Asia, she gifted Nepal with some of the most unique terrain imaginable. The gigantic mountains and ferocious rivers have huge climactic impact and have created an abundance of diversity in a relatively small place. So whether you’re answering the call of the Himalayas or following that sweet scent of Nepali tea, you'll be blown away by the choices on offer.

The Everest region and Kathmandu are popular spots to visit, but there is still heaps to see throughout the rest of the country. We've selected some of our top destination picks below to help you narrow down your options.

If you have specific questions about your Himalayas adventure feel free to flick through an email, give us a call or request a free brochure, we've spent a lot of time planning and executing well balanced and life-changing trips in this region.

Skip to: KathmanduEverest Base Camp | Pokhara | Lukla | Annapurna Massif | Mustang | Popular Villages | Popular Monasteries | Related Trips

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1. Kathmandu

Location: Central Nepal, Capital city
Highlights: Durbar Square (the historical and religious centre of the city), Boudhanath Stupa (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Pashupatinath Temple (the country's most important Hindu temple), Monkey Temple (Swayambhunath, the oldest stupa in Nepal)
Best time to visit: Autumn/Spring (September, October, November, March, April, May)
Best way to see it: On foot or by rickshaw 
Which trips go here: All Himalayas trips

Cultural Bells in Kathmandu

2. Everest Base Camp

Location: South Everest Base Camp - Nepal (most popular), North Everest Base Camp - Tibet
Highlights: Flight to Lukla (incredible scenery), Namche Bazaar (the world's highest market place with incredible 360 views), the Sherpa Culture, the achievement of reaching Everest Base Camp!!
Best time to visit: Autumn/Fall (September, October, November)
Best way to see it: Guided tour, by helicopter
Which trips go here: The Everest Base Camp Trek

Group on the Everest Base Camp Trek

3. Pokhara 

Location: Pokhara is 200km (120 miles) west of the capital Kathmandu
Highlights: Boat on Phewa Lake (the second biggest lake in Nepal which has a temple in the middle), Shanti Stupa (The World Peace Pagoda), Paragliding, Zip-lining, Pokhara Tibetan Centre
Best time to visit: Autumn/Spring (September, October, November, March, April, May)
Best way to see it: Guided tour, by boat, on foot
Which trips go here: Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Trek

Boats on Lake Phewa Pokhara

4. Lukla

Location: Lukla is in the north-east of Nepal
Highlights: The scenic flight in and out, visit the local school and monastery, acclimatise before starting the trek to Everest Base Camp
Best time to visit: Autumn/ Spring (September, October, November, March, April, May)
Best way to see it: Guided tour, Mountain Flight
Which trips go here:  Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Lodge to Lodge Trek

Lukla airport

5. Annapurna Massif

Location: The Annapurna Massif is in north-central Nepal
Highlights: The Massif has one peak over 8,000m, thirteen peaks over 7,000m and sixteen over 6,000m, Annapurna Base Camp, Machapuchare Base Camp, the natural hot springs in Jhinudanda
Best time to visit: Autumn/Spring (October, November, March, April, May)
Best way to see it: Guided tour
Which trips go here:  Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

sunrise in the annapurna massif

6. Mustang

Location: The Mustang Region is in Northern Nepal
Highlights: The Red Cliffs, the Muktinath Temple, well preserved and authentic culture, The Jampa Gompa (built in the 15th century), The Cave Gompas of Luri Gumba, views of the Annapurna Massif
Best time to visit: From March to December (Winter becomes difficult as many villagers migrate to lower regions)
Best way to see it: Guided tour
Which trips go here:  Forbidden Kingdom of Lo Trek

horses grazing next to red cliffs of mustang

7. Popular Villages 

Location: Throughout Nepal
Names: Namche Bazaar (Everest Base Camp trek), Chitwan, Janakpur, Khumjung (Everest Base Camp Trek), Jhinudanda (Annapurna Sanctuary Trek), Geling (Forbidden Kindgom of Lo Trek), Jomsom (Forbidden Kindgom of Lo Trek)
Best time to visit: Autumn/Spring (October, November, March, April, May)
Best way to see it: Guided tour
Which trips go here: All of our Himalayas trips pass through and stay at various villages.

the village of Namche Bazaar in Nepal

8. Popular Religious Sites

Location: Throughout Nepal
Names: Bouddhanath Monastery (the largest monastery in Nepal), Swayambhunath Monastery (also known as monkey-temple), Jamba Gompa (incredible mandala painted walls), Khumjung Monastery
Best time to visit: Autumn/Spring (October, November, March, April, May)
Best way to see it: Guided tour, on foot
Which trips go here: All of our Himalayas trips visit various monasteries.

Swayambhunath Monastery in Kathmandu

Trip Reviews

  •   4.70 out of 5 (from 37 reviews)

    Khumbu Trip for Vaughts

    Our Khumbu trip was spectacular. The Himalayas are absolutely breathtaking and our guides were phenomenal. We had a few unforeseen hiccups, some significant, but the guides handled every single one of them with grace and 110% effort to make the best of our situation. They were kind, patient and knowledgeable
    The hike is amazing; massive vertical walls of lush mountains piercing the sky. You hike into the clouds only to discover that those huge mountains were just the foothills of the snow-caps behind them. Unforgettable and worth every tiring step!
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    – Georgia, United States
    Khumbu, January 2017
  •   4.74 out of 5 (from 226 reviews)

    Have to Experience it to Believe it

    Don't know where to start and don't want to write a book but want anyone who is considering this trek to do it with Active Adventures. Why? I'm 62, still in good health and shape. Have experienced two other treks over the past ten years with other outfitters. Machu Picchu in Peru and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. There was a huge difference in personal care and attention to expedition details. What impressed me the most was the attention to every detail required to make this trek to Base Camp not only successful but an enjoyable one too. There was not one negative experience that Active Adventure was in control over (lodging, food, permits etc). My mind was put to ease every day when our daily heart rate and oxygen levels were tested and medication was made available to you should you experience the effects of altitude sickness. Our guide’s knowledge of the history and culture of the Nepalese people added to the enjoyment of our journey.
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    – Ontario, Canada
    EBC, January 2018
  •   4.62 out of 5 (from 248 reviews)

    5 Stars x 3

    I rated this as 5 stars, "Excellent, the trip of a lifetime", but actually that is not totally true. It is actually 1 of 3 trips of a life time. The other two were the AA Jaguar Tour and the AA Condor tour. All three were outstanding and each qualified as a "trip of a lifetime".
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    – Minnesota, United States
    AST, November 2017
  •   4.74 out of 5 (from 226 reviews)

    An incredible journey through a truly mystical land.
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    – Alberta, Canada
    EBC, November 2016
  •   4.74 out of 5 (from 226 reviews)

    Everest Base Camp, Sept - Oct 2017

    Great trip. Elder and Arjun are so great. They make an awesome team and really care about the people on the trip and the people working with them. The Himalayas are too hard to describe and pictures do not do them justice. There is no scale to compare them to when talking about them. You simply have to see it. Oh, Ama Dablam is magnificent. There were times when the scenery literally brought tears to my eyes. In a good way. Kathmandu is an experience for sure, but have mixed emotions about the city itself.
    – Indiana, United States
    EBC, October 2017

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