Nepal should be on your travel bucket list if you are an adventure person. Located between ancient India and old China, Nepal is one of the most exciting places for adventure enthusiasts. Nepal is beyond the mountains, but its breathtaking nature leaves everyone voiceless.
Still, if you are an adrenaline junkie or you love to spend your time hiking, or merely being outdoor, then Nepal won’t disappoint you. That being said, let’s see what the top five things that you should know before going to Nepal are.
Must-See Places in Nepal
Travelling can be difficult if you don’t plan well. Visiting an old and unique place can be a fantastic experience if you plan it well. Make sure that you visit all of the major cities, including:
- Kathmandu: Nepal’s capital and largest municipality
- Pokhara: this place is such a breathtaking place that the locals call it – Himalayas’ mirror.
- Everest Base Camp: yes, this is the must-visit place if you are dreaming of see the world
- Annapurna Circuit: one of the best long-distance trek circuit trek
- Boudhanath: due to its colourful flags from the washed dome, this is the most popular place for photo sessions.
- Bhaktapur: through history, this place has been subject to severe earthquake destruction.
- Chitwan National Park: Nepal’s first national park.
- Lumbini: the birthplace of Gautama Buddha.
Whatever you plan to visit first, make sure that you plan and have a straightforward route.
Learn Social Etiquette
You know how diverse and beautiful this world is and that with diversity come different rules and social etiquettes. So, you should get familiar with proper social etiquette in Nepal before you go there. Most importantly, learn how to greet the locals.
The ultimate traditional manner of greeting in Nepal involves placing your palms together in a prayer style and saying “namaste” or “namaskar”.
- use “dai” for men and “didi” for women if they are older than you avoid touching anyone with your feet
- avoid stepping over someone’s outstretched legs
If you are lucky enough to visit a local’s home, make sure that you take off your shoes before you enter.
The very first thing that you should know about food in Nepal is that it’s delicious and that your wallet will love its prices.
Nepali food is usually salty, spicy, seasonal, and hearty, so if you are not a fan of spicy food, you should take it slowly.
Several western cuisines are available in most of the cities and trek. Don’t forget to try the national dish Dal- Bhat which is consumed by the population for the breakfast and dinner. It is simply riced with lentils and several vegetable options.
Explore Nepal From the Sky
Yes, hiking Nepal is a fantastic experience. However, If you are not keen to hike and still see the mountains, the mountain flight or helicopter flight experience is a great choice for you.
First, you could hurt yourself. If you are up for great adventure experiences, you can visit the second-highest bungee jump in the world, over the mighty Bhote Koshi River.
If you are eager to see how this fantastic place looks from the sky, then you should definitely put a helicopter tour on your must-do-while-in-Nepal list.
If you are travelling in a group, this experience can be both fun and wallet-friendly.
For example, the Everest Base Camp Helicopter tour costs $1000 per person in a group of 5 people. Magical Nepal has been operating this tour and claims that the Everest base camp in a helicopter is rising every year.