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Nepal

Land of the Himalayas, Nepal is renowned as a paradise for hikers who dream of high mountains and go around the Annapurna, or admire the Everest massif. Following the instructions of a Nepalese tourist guide, you will be able to discover sublime landscapes through trekking tours, but also canyoning or rafting. A trip to Nepal is also about discovering Buddhist culture, including the site of Swayambhunath and its famous stupa in the Kathmandu Valley, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the country. Going to Nepal also means meeting seventy people who live in the Himalayan mountains and warmly welcome visitors. Whether it is the Newar, Sherpa, Parbatya, Gurung, Tamang, Limbu, Magar peoples, they will offer you their hospitality and smiles, plunge you into the beauty of their landscapes and reveal their ancestral mystique. Nepal is indeed lived at the rhythm of contacts with its population and this is also what makes this country so endearing

What to see, what to do Nepal?

When to go Nepal ?

The high tourist season in Nepal extends from October to April, when the climate is dry and sunny. During the high season, the best time to travel to Nepal is October and November (autumn) and March and April (spring). The low season therefore extends from the end of April to the beginning of September in Nepal: it is the monsoon season. If this weather is not a particular obstacle to activities, your view of the mountains may be reduced because of the accumulation of clouds

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Covid-19 : current situation Nepal

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, entry and travel restrictions may apply Nepal. Remember to visit the site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before you leave for the latest information
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How to go Nepal

How to go alone

The only international airport in Nepal to access Nepal is Tribhuvan Airport in Kathmandu. No particular risks for solo travellers other than common sense safety precautions. In case of trekking, however, it is strongly recommended to be accompanied by a Nepalese guide specialized in this type of stay.

How to go on a tour

Many tour operators offer tours in Nepal. To choose the right tour operator, it is recommended to read carefully the stages of the different tours offered. Many tend to favour the wide open spaces, treks and the Annapurna sanctuary, but if you are more interested in cultural visits and encounters with the population, there are adapted tours. For a mix of nature and culture, it is often easier to opt for a tailor-made trip.

How to get around

Due to the rugged terrain and climatic conditions, travelling by road in Nepal is not always easy and often uncomfortable. However, tourist buses offer decent comfort. The air service inside the country is good and really saves time compared to land journeys....

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Discover Nepal

Nepal is one of those destinations that never ceases to make the great travellers, adventurers, nature lovers and lovers of eternal summits dream. But do we really know this timeless country? To allow you to plunge into the heart of the subject, this chapter gives an overview of the history that has shaped Nepal, its incredible cultural melting pot, its economic, social and environmental challenges, its gastronomy, its authentic craftsmanship and its many natural assets: welcome to the land of trekking, mountaineering, and its always welcoming inhabitants... In short, a portrait of this magnificent, as yet little-known destination, with its legendary hospitality and breathtaking scenery!

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Enfants de Sarangkot. Author's Image
Palais du Potala. Thierry Lauzun - Iconotec
Temple du Jokhang. Stéphan SZEREMETA
Échoppe de thangkas au Barkhor. Thierry Lauzun - Iconotec

The 12 keywords Nepal

1. National Happiness

Created in 1972, the concept of "Gross National Happiness" has made Bhutan famous. Its objective? To replace the Gross National Product and propose a new indicator of wealth based on 4 pillars: environmental protection, promotion of Bhutanese culture, good governance and responsible economic development.

2. Buddhism

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Buddhism, which is omnipresent in Bhutan, was introduced there in the 8th century. The kingdom is the only country in the world to have recognized Tantric Buddhism (or Mahāyāna) as the state religion. It is therefore deeply rooted in the traditions of the kingdom. Three-quarters of Bhutanese claim to be Buddhist and draw inspiration from it on a daily basis.

3. Costume

In Bhutan, the wearing of national costume is compulsory in public, at school and during official performances. Women wear an elegant, long traditional dress, the kira, with a short jacket, while men wear the go, a kind of kimono pulled up to the knees in a skirt and tightened at the waist with a belt.

4. Dal Bhat

It's the national dish of Nepal. Impossible to miss this lentil soup, accompanied by white rice and a vegetable curry. The Nepalese love it and eat it morning, noon and evening! It is served with spinach, a spicy mixture (sensitive souls, refrain!), a yoghurt (dahi) and a spicy cake (papad) of course!

5. Dzong

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Often built on the mountainside, these imposing fortresses, typically Bhutanese, are strategically located in strategic points of the country. They serve both as regional administrative centres and as seats of religious power for each of the provinces. A particular sign: the dzongs were all built without an architect's plan!

6. Himalaya

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A natural border between the Indian continent and the Tibetan plateau, the Himalayas mean "home of the snows" in Sanskrit. Crossing five countries (Pakistan, Nepal, India, China and Bhutan), the mythical mountain range is home to the highest peaks in the world. Of the fourteen peaks, eight are located in Nepal, all over 8,000 metres above sea level.

7. Namaste

You can hear it everywhere! And with good reason: "Namaste" means "hello", "goodbye", or "nice to meet you". In reality, the expression means "I salute the divine in you". In Nepal, it is most often pronounced as a greeting by raising your two hands together in front of you and bowing slightly.

8. Newar

They are the first inhabitants of the Kathmandu valley. Ethnicity represents less than 10% of the population and speaks a language that has nothing to do with Nepali. Talented artists, the Newar excel in stone carving and woodworking. The prowess of Newar architecture is most visible in the Kathmandu Valley.

9. Takin

It is the emblematic animal of Bhutan. This mammal lives in herds in the Himalayan steppes. According to the legend, it is a master llama, who, after eating a cow and a goat whole, would have assembled the remains of bones to create a takin. Hence its strange appearance: a goat's head, a cow's body and horns in the shape of a lyre.

10. Sâdhu

These "holy men" (and a few women) gave up the world in an attempt to achieve liberation, the ultimate stage of life in the Hindu religion. Supposed to devote themselves exclusively to meditation, they live by public charity. In places frequented by tourists, sadhus are more often beggars than true ascetics.

11. Earthquake

On 25 April and 12 May 2015, two earthquakes of magnitude 7.8 and 7.3 hit Nepal. The Kathmandu Valley was the most severely affected. The death toll is heavy: nearly 9,000 people dead, tens of thousands injured and homeless, and historic temples destroyed. A tragedy that is still very much alive today.

12. Tschechu

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This is one of the highlights of Bhutanese life: attending a Tschechu, one of those festivals with ritual dances (cham) performed by dancers wearing masks and spectacular costumes. A unique experience! The tschechu season starts in autumn and the dates differ from region to region.

You are from here, if...

You cross without looking, throwing yourself on the road and slaloming through the cars and motorbikes, to the sound of the horns in chorus.

You can't help but turn the smallest prayer wheel, always clockwise and with your right hand.

You bow as a sign of respect when you pass a cow in the street.

You chew doma all day long. Chewing this nut chew wrapped in a betel leaf would have euphoric virtues. Beware of red teeth next!

You cover your shoulders with a scarf (kabne) when you go to a monastery or dzong. The colour of the cloth (white, blue, green) determines the rank of the person.

Once a week, on Tuesday, you scrupulously respect Dry Day, the day without alcohol. In other words, cafés and bars remain open but they are strictly forbidden to serve alcohol!

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