All of us knows that the highest mountain in the world – Mount Everest – lies in Nepal. While most of us can’t summit the mighty peak, a lot of people (over 30,000 per year) trek and reach the Everest South Base Camp that lies in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Although the path is full of perils, once the Base Camp at an altitude of 5,364 metres is reached, it offers astounding views of the magnificent Mount Everest and all the other adjoining mountains. No doubt it is one of the most sought-after treks by trekkers throughout the world despite being one of the most difficult. Kala Patthar, close to the base camp, is another famous viewpoint that offers similar views.
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Location: Khumjung, Nepal
Best time to visit: March to May and September-October
Entry fee: The base camp lies inside the Sagarmatha National Park, and the Gaurishankar Conservation Area and entrance fees for both has to be paid. For the first one, it is NPR 1695 for residents of SAARC countries, NPR 3390 for other foreigners (all inclusive of VAT), and for the second – NPR 226 for residents of SAARC countries, NPR 2260 for other foreigners
Lying in the southern Terai plains, a visit to Chitwan National Park is recommended not only for animal lovers but for all people. The lush green forests, the lakes and the hundreds of species of animals and birds together combine to create a stunning landscape at this beautiful place In Nepal. It is even a UNESCO World Heritage Site and houses critically endangered animals like the Royal Bengal Tiger, one-horned rhinoceros and gharial crocodiles. Expect to get more close to nature in the form of elephant rides, bird watching, canoeing and jeep safaris that take you deep inside the jungle.
Location: Subarnapur, Nepal
Best time to visit: January to March
Entry fee: NPR 850 for residents of SAARC countries, NPR 1700 for other foreigners
3. Phewa Lake
The second-largest freshwater lake in Nepal, Phewa Lake is top-rated among tourists. It is vast and breathtaking, surrounded by the Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, forests on one side, and the Tal Barahi Temple which lies amidst the lake. Boating at Phewa Lake especially at sunsets is one of the must-do activities in Nepal, to witness the play of colours in the evening sky, the reflection of the mountains in the water and the lights of the numerous cafes and entertainment areas lining the lake, making for wonderful snapshots.
Location: Pokhara city, Kaski district, Nepal
Best time to visit: September to November
Entry fee: No entry fees, but rent has to be paid for hiring boats
A trip to Nepal is incomplete without watching the sunrise at Sarangkot, a village located at 1600 metres above sea level. It has a viewpoint that offers picture-perfect views over the city of Pokhara and Phewa Lake, and the Annapurna, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, Dhaulagiri and Lamjung mountains that lie on all its sides. Good news for adrenaline junkies – paragliding opportunities are also available here!
Location: North-east of Pokhara, Kaski District
Best time to visit: Throughout the year at sunrise or sunset except for cloudy days
Entry fee: Around NPR 100
Sagarmatha National Park lies in the north-eastern part of Nepal. The prime feature of the park is that it covers a wide area with altitudes ranging from nearly 3000m to as high as 8000m. Thus, this beautiful park has varying forms of flora such as dense forests in the lower regions, mosses and lichens in the high altitudes and with zero vegetation in the highest areas. This beautiful place In Nepal is known as the home of some of the tallest peaks of the world, including Mount Everest. The Gokyo Lakes that lie inside the park at an altitude of around 5000m is believed to be the abode of Hindu God ‘Nag Devata’ making it a pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists. Several species of animals and birds also live inside the park. A must-visit for its picturesque topography.
Location: Namche, Province No. 1, Nepal
Best time to visit: March to May and October-November
Entry fee: NPR 1695 for residents of SAARC countries, NPR 3390 for other foreigners