Nepal is one of the most beautiful and unique countries in the world. Although it’s a destination that almost all travelers admire and intend to visit, it has relatively few visitors. Nepal is known for their peaceful Hindu population, having the birthplace of Buddha, hot jungles teeming with wildlife in the south, and the highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest in the north! My visit to Nepal was completely focused on Everest. I flew in to Kathmandu and after nearly a week in the city I headed out to the Himalayas.
The dusty and heavily populated city of Kathmandu is located in the heart of the country. Hindu temples and shrines are seen on nearly on every block of the city. Durbar Square has the Royal Palace, and dozens of 16th century temples and is the location of the most culturally important festivals in Nepal.
One of the most popular treks in the world, the way to Mt. Everest’s base camp takes travelers through the Khumbu Valley as you hike along some of the planet’s most impressive mountains. Because the final destination is 17,500 feet (5,300 meters), the hike typically takes about a week. Trekkers will stay in tea houses or camp along the way; and will get to enjoy learning the culture of the Sherpa people. Famous peaks that will be visible along the way include Ama Dablam, and of course Mt. Everest.