• Try momos in Kathmandu
• Spot rhinos in Chitwan National Park
• Stay in local teahouses on the Annapurna Circuit
• Watch the sun rise over Everest from Nagarkot
• Enjoy the views from Lake Pokhara
• Take a scenic Everest flight
Nepal is a trekkers' paradise, combining Himalayan views, golden temples, sleepy hill villages and spectacular jungle wildlife. It contains eight of the world's ten highest peaks, including Mount Everest - the world's tallest - on the border with Tibet, and Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism. Nepal was a monarchy for hundreds of years, until it was declared a republic in 2008. While most visitors associate the country with snowy mountains, approximately a third of Nepal is subtropical –– blanketed in tea plantations and paddy fields.
When trekking, most tourists head to the Annapurna region, north of Pokhara, with its spectacular scenery, ease of access and variety of trails. The Everest region, in in the eastern side of the country; one of Nepal’s most thrilling areas, but altitude and distance from the trail bases make shorter treks less viable. The Helambu and Langtang regions are less dramatic but conveniently close to Kathmandu, attracting a little under ten percent of trekkers. South of Nepal's mountains lies something completely different: a chain of wild and rugged national parks, where nature enthusiasts scan the subtropical treetops for exotic bird species and comb the jungles for rhinos, tigers and crocodiles.
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