Nepal is, of course, synonymous with the greatest mountain range on earth. An adventure playground of awe inspiring peaks and roaring white-water rivers, it is the ultimate destination for adventure and mountain lovers. But Nepal, offers so much more: a surprisingly diverse array of landscapes and attractions and a melting pot of cultures. A perfect extension to any trip to Bhutan, particularly if your are flying via Kathmandu, you will experience to very different Himalayan cultures in one trip.
Tropical jungles in the southern lowland plains, have an abundance of wildlife spotting opportunities. Dramatic rice paddies cut into the central mountains in Kathmandu valley and beyond, lead to charming villages with warm welcomes. Kathmandu with its medieval cities and numerous UNESCO world heritage sites is an intoxicating and chaotic mix of ancient alleyways, medieval architecture, colourful markets and golden stupas, tiny workshops and courtyards overflowing with drying rice. Nepal will transfix you with its multitude of colours, fragrances, sounds, and landscapes.
We have been organising stop-overs in Kathmandu for the last seven years as part of our Bhutan journeys. A few days in Nepal before flying into Bhutan works wonders for jet lag and acclimatisation. This could be wandering through the palaces of Kathmandu valley, or relaxing on an organic farm in the foothills. The colour and chaos of Kathmandu provides such a sharp contrast to Bhutan, it is a great add on. However, you can of course, easily spend weeks discovering this remarkable country and whilst we have still yet to climb Everest and explore every nook and cranny of Nepal, if you can spare a little more time en route to Bhutan, we would love to share with you the parts that we do know; the beautiful sunrises, the lakes, jungles and rivers, wild one-horned rhinos, hikes to medieval villages and some really amazing places to stay.