40+ Unique Travel Ideas for Your Nepal Bucketlist

Nepal is not a destination for traditional luxury. You won't find five-star accommodation, nor opulence. Nepal is a country of unrivaled adventure, where luxury is provided by the most magnificent surroundings on earth. Expect solitude as you trek into regions where few Westerners venture. Explore by bike or helicopter, into landscapes as cut off from the modern world as anywhere. Walk alongside rhinos, skydive next to Everest, fly to base camps, and discover ancient cultures recovering after earthquake. Nepal epitomises a feeling of luxury created by where you are and what you do, not the place you stay or the vehicle you drive in.

machapuchare peak in himalayas annapurna base camp trekking route with helicopter

Nepalese Himalaya Multi-Day Helicopter Tour

skydiving game in the Khumbu region of Nepal near Mount Everest

Skydive Next to Mount Everest

Rhino and tiger Safari, Chitwan National Park

Chitwan Rhino and Tiger Safari

Red mountain rescue helicopter flying to help in the Nepal Himalayas with Nuptse and summit of mount Everest in the background.

Everest Base Camp By Helicopter Day Tour

Upper Mustang Trekking, Himalayas

Trekking in the Upper Mustang

Colourful Budhist prayer flags flying in the deep blue high altitude skies above the iconic summit pyramid of Mt. Everest (8848m) and the dramatic snow capped Himalayan mountain peaks of the Khumbu, Nepal. ProPhoto RGB profile for maximum color fidelity and gamut.

Everest Base Camp via Gokyo

Mugger Crocodile, Bardia National Park

Bardiya National Park Conservation Safari

Scenic Heli Flight, Annapurna Circuit

Scenic Heli Flight to Annapurna Base Camp


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Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas

Every valley is different in the land of the high Himalayas. Some are stark and barren, others flush with snow. Welcome to the world’s highest mountains. As you trek you'll be among mountains rising above 7000 meters, along with those in the 8000-meter club. Everest is here of course and Everest Base Camp is the most famous trek. But this entire mountain range represents the best place in the world to do serious high-alpine trekking. You don't need too much experience, but you absolutely need experienced guides and a route that's tailored to your ability.

For Westerners, the Khumbu was one of the world’s most inaccessible and unknown regions. It’s home to Everest and half the world’s tallest ten mountains. Yet people have always traveled here. Tibetan traders walked down with their yak caravans, while Nepalese lowlanders walked up with their donkeys, everyone meeting on Saturdays to barter and exchange in Namche Bazaar. Since the 20th century Khumbu has become better known to the Western world, particularly after Hillary and Norgay successfully climbed Everest. Yet the mystique remains, personified by the beautifully carved Mani stones, spiritual messages in white font that wish a safe journey for those walking up or down.

And the Everest region is just one place you can trek. Annapurna is the other popular destination, but there are regions only just opening to tourism as well, such as Langtang, Manaslu and the Upper Dolpo.

Mountaineer contemplating dramatic mountain view snow capped peaks Himalayas Nepal

Three Passes Ultimate Everest Base Camp Trek

Trekker in front of Manaslu glacier on Manaslu circuit trek in Nepal

Manaslu Circuit Trek

Trekking Route to Dolpo, Himalayas

Trekking in the Upper Dolpo

Sunrise in Nagarkot in the Kathmandu Valley. The edge of the valley from where is the best view of the Himalaya.

Nagarkot Sunrise Hike From Kathmandu

Langtang Valley Trek, Himalayas

Trekking in Langtang Valley

Gokyo Ri Summit Hike, Everest Region

Summit Gokyo Ri (5,357m)

Road to Everest base camp 2019. This shot view from Namche to Kyangjuma

Trek to Everest Base Camp

Annapurna Basecamp Trek, Menang

Annapurna Basecamp Trek

Indian man selling plastic in Annapurna Conservation Area. The Annapurna region is in western Nepal where some of the most popular treks (Annapurna Sanctuary Trek, Annapurna Circuit) are located. Peaks in the Annapurnas include 8,091m Annapurna I, Nilgiri and Machhapuchchhre. The Annapurna peaks are among the world's most dangerous mountains to climb.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Poon Hill Trek, Himalaya Mountains

Poon Hill Trek From Pokhara

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Gokyo Ri Summit Hike, Everest Region

Everest Base Camp Private Trek

A helicopter landing on a remote mountain glacier.

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Best Places to Stay in Nepal

Nepal is not high on high-end accommodation. A Nepalese five-star establishment may only get three stars anywhere else. This isn't the country to visit if you demand the absolute highest standards for accommodation. Other than a few upscale resorts, like Dwarika, the best accommodation you can find is quaint and comfortable. Don't expect luxury, for the luxury in Nepal is provided by everything that surrounds your accommodation. Accommodation is not an experience here, but a place to rest and recover so you can get back out into the wilderness.

Restaurant View, Meghauli Serai in Chitwan National Park

Stay at Meghauli Serai in Chitwan National Park

Dwarika's Resort Dhulikhel

Stay in a Presidential Suite at Dwarika's Resort

Dwarika's Hotels Nepal- Dwarika's Hotel Kathmandu

Dwarika's Hotel, Kathmandu

Pilgrimige hike, Namo Buddha

Namo Buddha Pilgrimage Hike Inc. Monastery Stay


Discovering Nepalese Culture

Nepal was brought to its knees by earthquake. Yet from the ashes the cultures rise once more. The country is home to some of the oldest and most traditional cultures in Asia, including practices you can experience like Aarti and Shamanism. Here are some cultural ideas you can add to what to do in Nepal.

shiva lingam of Pashupatinath temple and cremation ghats, Khatmandu, Nepal

Participate in a Pashupatinath Aarti Ceremony

aerial view of kathamandu rooftop

After the Earthquake Kathmandu Cultural Tour

Nepalese Monk with candle in his hand.

Traditional Shamanistic Ceremony in Nepal

Patan .Ancient city in Kathmandu Valley. Nepal

Kathmandu History and Chandragiri Hills Tour

Novice Buddhist monk praying before meal in the monastery in Bhaktapur, Nepal

Discover Bhaktapur and Newari Culture

Phewa Lake, Pokhara

Pokhara City Tour, Including Phewa Tal and Tibetan Culture

Ghandruk Gurung Village Trek From Pokhara, Annapurna Mountains

Ghandruk Gurung Village Trek From Pokhara

Historical Tour, Bandipur

Historical Tour of Bandipur


Rare and Unique Adventures Across Nepal

Nepal is famous for hiking but there are many different ways to explore. You can kayak and mountain bike the Himalayas, then canoe past rhinos in search of tigers. Abseil down waterfalls, paraglide through the mountains and find an expression of adventure tailored to your spirit.

View of Mount Everest through an aircraft window. Everest is a mountain in the Himalayas, on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Rising to 8848m (29,028ft), it is the highest mountain in the world.

Everest Scenic Flight From Kathmandu

Scenic view at Pokhara lake and mountain range with single yellow paraglider in front of the remote World Peace Pagoda on top of a green hill. Biswo Shanti Stupa is a famous place of pilgrimage for people of buddhistic religion. Paragliding starting from Sarangkot is a popular outdoor activity for tourists. Famous travel destinations. XXXL (Sony Alpha 7R)

Paragliding Over Pokhara

Himalaya Kayaking Trip, Nepal

Kayak the Himalaya and Camp on Beaches

Canyoneering member with backpack rappeling down the waterfall in the canyon.

Canyoning & Abseiling Down a Massive Himalayan Waterfall

Royal Enfield Ride, Nepal

Ride a Royal Enfield Through Nepal

Man with mountain bike on Annapurna Sanctuary Foot Trails and trek on a mountain summit on a nice sunny day with clear sky.

Mountain Bike the Annapurna Circuit

Multi-Day Rafting Trip, Nepal

Multi-Day Himalayan White-Water Rafting

Bungee jumping.

Himalayan Bungee Jumping

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Chitwan Wildlife Canoe Safari