Nepal

Nepal has the most stunning scenery we’ve seen.  Although Mount Everest steals the attention, there is so much more than the world’s tallest mountain, from lush valleys to villages seemingly from another century, to more high peaks than any other country.  The best way to see the country?  By walking it.  After 40 days of hiking up, down and around mountains we didn’t regret a single step…or blister.  This is a country like no other, it’s a place you must see with your own eyes.

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DON’T MISS: The Three Passes Trek, a shockingly beautiful trek between the world’s tallest mountains, including Mount Everest.  This route is substantially less touristed than the Everest Base Camp Trek and offers unparalleled views.
MUST SEE:
Mount Everest, the best views of the peak are from Chhukung-Ri and Gokyo-Ri.
MUST TASTE
: Dal Baat in all its variations, the national food of Nepal.

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TRIP PLANNING: Get the clearest views of the Himalayas during March/April or October/November trekking seasons.
GETTING AROUND:
Nepal is about trekking, bring good boots and be prepared to walk.  Getting to/from the treks will require taking Nepal’s notoriously unsafe and unreliable transport.  We recommend flying to/from the start of the Three Passes or Everest Base Camp trek as the 30-minute flight saves you 14 days of walking.  Tourist buses between Kathmandu, Pokhara and the Annapurna Circuit are the best option to travel between these parts.

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OUR COST PER DAY (2 ppl): $40.04.  We trekked unguided which saved us at least $30/day and a lot of headache.
COST OF A BEER:
$2-3 in Kathmandu and upwards of $4 up in the mountains.
KEY MONEY-SAVING TIP: Buy gear and food in Kathmandu, it is substantially cheaper than on the trail or in Pokhara.  When possible avoid flying, Nepalese airlines have one of the world’s worst safety records and are expensive.

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YOU NEED TO KNOW: Once you hit the trail there are no ATMs, you need to carry all the cash you need from Kathmandu or Pokhara.  Even if there “is” an ATM along the way it may not work when you need it.
IF WE KNEW WHAT WE KNOW NOW:
We would have packed more power bars, snickers and protein powder to supplement the mostly vegetarian fare available at tea houses.

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WE WERE THERE FOR: 2 months.
OUR HIGHLIGHT:
The surreal scenery of the Three Passes Trek.
WHERE WE WENT: Three Passes Trek, Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Kathmandu, Janakpur
WE REGRET MISSING:
Upper Mustang.  Permits must be purchased in Pokhara or Kathmandu, once we saw the beauty of the area and wanted to go from the entry point at Kagbeni we weren’t able to.

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Nepal Highlights

Nepal, "the roof of the world", is the most scenic country on earth. Known for being home to most of the world's tallest mountains, it offers so much more including vibrant village life and exciting traveler cities. Take a tour of Nepal, including our 40 days hiking, in only 32 photos.

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Three Passes Trek

The single best Himalayan hike with unparalleled views of 7 of the world's 14 8000 meter peaks including Mt. Everest. Climbing over three 5000 meter passes to the valleys leading to these Goliaths, there is nothing that compares to this 20-35 day hikes.

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Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Circuit is the classic Nepalese village hike, circling the Annapurna Range by following valleys filled with villages untouched by time including ancient Tibetan settlements. A road around the circuit is currently under construction, but due to a nationwide strike we were able to walk it without motorized traffic.

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek

This hike starts from the lush green valleys surrounding Pokhara and climbs to a bowl formed by snow-capped mountains. This short 7-10 day hike is a highlight reel for the natural beauty Nepal offers.

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Kathmandu

Truly the center of Nepal, Kathmandu has become a travelers oasis, offering all the comforts, shopping, food and entertainment tourists could want. Sleepy mountain town it is not, but a great place for those seeking to prepare for mountain expeditions or seeking creature comforts upon returning from altitude.

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