Written by Zoe Stephens
With fewer tourists traveling to Nepal and the country’s restoration, there has never been a better time to visit Nepal than now. Hit by an earthquake in 2015 that destroyed much of Nepal’s infrastructure, the country has been slowly but surely getting itself back on its feet. Tourists have been pretty put off visiting since the earthquake, despite the fact that most of the country is now fully open again. This means you get those unparallelled snowcapped mountain views all to yourself!
If ever there was a perfect time to travel to Nepal, it’s now!
Seven of the world’s highest peaks are situated within Nepal, all of which reach over 20,000 ft. It’s the only place in the world where you can experience an altitude between 60 and 8,000 meters above sea level!
Unless you’re a machine and manage the Everest climb, you may not technically be on top of the world… But surrounded by mountains and beautiful lakes and landscapes below, it will certainly feel like you are.
Not only is the natural scenery unparalleled in its beauty, but the various temples, monasteries, and inns are not to be missed.
Nepal is also home to 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; 4 of which in Chitwan National Park and Sagarmatha National Park, and the remaining 7 in Kathmandu Valley.
Help Economy (post-earthquake)
Every rupee you spend in Nepal is going towards helping the country get back on its feet. Hotels, restaurants, shops, and temples; Kathmandu was affected especially badly in the earthquake and saw vast amounts of devastation. Nearly two years on and the country’s vibrant capital is bouncing back. Renovations and restorations are well underway, and anything that you contribute towards the economy will contribute towards the rebuilding of the country.
Kathmandu alone is home to 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many of these were damaged in the earthquake, but luckily the government acted swiftly to prepare these and reopen them. These sites are found dotted throughout the city.
This vibrant metropolis is home to 1.4 million people and is the largest in Nepal. It is a hub of art, culture, history, and economy. It lies in Kathmandu Valley 1400 meters above sea level and is a popular place for tourists. In fact, Kathmandu was ranked third among the top ten upcoming travel destinations in the world by TripAdvisor!
With temples, museums, and monasteries galore, you’ll not run out of things to do in Kathmandu!
Pokhara: Nepal’s adventure capital. Pokhara is the second largest city and lies on a historic trading route between India and China. It is perfect for those who like nature and being outdoors, as well as those who like a good adrenaline rush! There are multiple hikes and parks to visit, and thrill seekers can get their fill enjoying hang gliding and paragliding, white-water rafting, zip lining, and kayaking! You’ll be spoilt for choice.
Nepal’s history is extremely interesting and like many countries, not without conflict. From 1996 to 2006 the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) fought a ten-year People’s War against the King and, for the most part, the parliamentary parties. They created communist base areas and fought on the basis of surrounding the cities from the countryside, using Chairman Mao’s theories as their guide.
In 2006 the war ended, the Maoist’s came above ground, won the first elections held after the war and told King Gyanendra to vacate the palace, making Nepal the first country to depose the monarchy and change to a republic since Iran in 1979.
If history & politics is your thing, Young Pioneer Tours offer a specialist Maoist People’s War tour. As well as hitting up the popular sites in Nepal such as Kathmandu, this is a tour with a difference.
Nepal: Maoist People’s War Tour, 2018
YPT will take you deep into the Maoist heartlands of Rolpa and Rukum, seeing the communes and Maoist offices, police outposts destroyed during the war. It even includes talking to Maoist ex-soldiers and commanders about their experiences during and after the war!
As well as the historical and political aspects, the tour also visits Nepal’s two main cities; Kathmandu and Pokhara. It doesn’t miss out on sampling a variety of the local food and drink either! This tour is not for the fainthearted; expect an experience of rural Nepal far, far away from the beaten path on an adventure into 21
It’s not a tour for the fainthearted; expect an experience of rural Nepal far, far away from the beaten path on an adventure into 21st century Maoism.
For more information, click here to see the tour’s itinerary or contact Young Pioneer Tours for more information.