I’ve been working at Culture Trip for several months as a copyeditor, and now I’m pleased to join the ranks as the Nepal contributor. I’ve kicked things off with this fun article on the best things to see and do in Nepal. It includes some tried-and-true favourites (climb a mountain, go trekking) and many others.
Read an extract below, or the full article on Culture Trip.
The Best Things to See and Do in Nepal
“Yes, you could climb Mount Everest while in Nepal. But, there are actually so many other exciting, interesting and adventurous things to see and do in the little country that forking out the multiple-thousand-dollar fee to scale the highest mountain in the world isn’t necessary. From visiting Buddha’s birthplace to spotting enormous rhinos, here are our picks for the best things to see and do in Nepal.
Climb a mountain
Okay, we’re going to get this one out of the way quickly so we can move on. Nepal is home to eight of the world’s highest mountains: Everest (8848 m.), Kanchenjunga (8586 m.), Lhotse (8516 m.), Makalu (8481 m.), Cho Oyu (8201 m.), Dhaulagiri (8167 m.), Manaslu (8156 m.) and Annapurna I (8091 m.). There are also many, many more mountains in the 6,000 and 7,000-metre range that would be major attractions anywhere else in the world, but because they’re in Nepal, they tend to be outshone by their taller brothers and sisters.
Many of these mountains are climbable and many don’t require a prohibitively expensive permit or an extreme risk to life, as Everest does. Nepal also has a category of mountains called a ‘trekking peak’, which essentially combines the best of two worlds: trekking and climbing. Trekking peaks, such as Island Peak (6189 m.) or Mera Peak (6461 m.), require some mountain climbing experience, but you don’t need to be an absolute pro to give these a crack. If you’ve climbed lower peaks in other parts of the world and want to level up to a Himalayan peak, climbing one of these trekking peaks is a good place to start.”
The featured image was taken by myself on an Everest scenic flight, which I took in October 2015.