The Nepal Tourism Board has launched the ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ campaign to attract more tourists to the “roof of the world”.
Since the devastating earthquake of 2015 Nepal has tirelessly repaired and rebuilt monuments, roads, accommodation, and other infrastructure. Tourism is now back to pre-earthquake levels. Almost a million people visited Nepal in 2017. It is now the fifth-most popular tourism destination and the number one best value destination in the world.
If Nepal has been on your bucket list, or you have been planning to return, then make 2020 the year to visit.
What to expect in visit Nepal 2020?
Upgraded airports, better roads, improved mobile phone, and internet coverage. You can now snapchat or Instagram at Everest Base Camp along with many other routes. Accommodation ranging from 5-star hotels to frugal hostels. Restaurants with amazing local and international cuisine. Enjoy a BBQ Yak steak washed down with Tibetan millet beer or your favourite Italian pasta
Trekking and Mountaineering.
Nothing compares to the Himalayas. Trekking in the number one reason people come to Nepal. But it doesn’t have to be hard. Average fitness is all you need to explore. Sure, if you want to challenge yourself there are treks that will test even the fittest hikers, but other routes explore amazing places, by visiting diverse ethnic groups with their own unique culture at a more leisurely pace.
Those that want the ultimate challenge of summiting a Himalayan peak, can choose from hundreds including four of the five highest peaks on the planet.
Adventure Tourism. Nepal has it all. Mountain biking, hot air ballooning, white water rafting, para-gliding, freefall parachuting, zip-lining, caving, and canyoning are just some of the adventures that await.
World heritage sites.
The Kathmandu valley alone holds seven UNESCO world heritage sites. Durbar square, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Bhaktapur, Patan, and Changu Narayan are all worth your time to visit and will provide a lifetime of memories.
Nepal has an incredible range of flora and fauna. Nowhere else will you get to see Red Pandas and Snow Leopards living in the same region. Thar, Pika’s, Blue Sheep and Marmots inhabit the Alpine areas. Pristine mountain streams cascade down from glaciers. 852 species of birds call Nepal home including the Spiny Babbler and the Red-Headed Trogan.
Exploring our southern National Parks you can see Tiger, Leopard, Rhino, Sloth Bear, Hyena and Crocodiles in their natural environment. Nepal is the home of Rhododendrons, where springtime fills whole mountainsides with colour.
Magical Nepal in 2020?
Magical Nepal can help provide guidance and ideas for virtually anything you want to do in Nepal. Trips can be tailored to families with young children, those with time constraints, or those wishing to focus on specific things like bird-watching. Below are just a few examples.
One Day Hike – Bhaktapur is a world heritage listed walled medieval city full of amazing temples and only 20 km from Kathmandu.
Chisapani is a hillside station only one hours drive from Kathmandu. A 2 hour walk takes you through sub-tropical forests to Malkharka for lunch then a further 1.5 hours to Chisapani for great mountain views.
Short Treks – The Nagakot trek is only three day but provides spectacular views of the Annapurna’s as well as staying at Nagakot a classic Newari village with open courtyards giving it a European feel.
The Dolakar trek is only 5 days and provides everything from Buddhist temples to stunning Rhododendron forests and views from Annapurna to Everest.
The Everest view trek is only 6 days. Trekking to Namche Bazaar provides views of the Khumbu glacier as well as Everest for those with time restraints or are unable to trek at higher altitudes.
Treks for the super fit – The Everest 3 passes trek, Nar Phu Valley trek, Makalu base camp trek and finally the Sherpani Col trek possibly Nepal’s hardest with 3 passes, one being over 5000 metres and the other two over 6000 metres.