Magic in the mountains. Our fav things to do in Nepal
Updated: Jul 11, 2019
There’s something about 'The Roof of the World' that just drags you in. Whether it’s the breathtaking peaks, ancient cities or the friendliest locals you're likely to meet, there’s only one way to describe an adventure to Nepal – an absolute game-changer. We’ve picked out a few of the best spots Nepal has to offer – from mountain monasteries to the bustling bazaars, you'll have the chance to see 'em all. Ready? Let's go.
Hit up the Himalayas
When people think Nepal, they think mountains – and why wouldn’t they? Home to seven of the ten highest mountains on Earth, the Himalayas draw everyone from Everest-summit hopefuls to those just keen on some fresh mountain air and views that send your jaw crashing to the ground. Some experiences in your life you just know will be unforgettable, and a trip to Nepal is one of them. Cruising through alpine forests, past Buddhist monasteries and chilling in teahouses on top of snow-capped mountains are bucket-list items you’ll never get sick of telling people about.
Kick back in Kathmandu
If you were only allowed one travel experience in your entire life, it would have to be wandering through the bustling streets of Kathmandu. Chaotic, beautiful and bursting at the seams with things to do, see and eat, the ancient capital of Nepal will win you over within minutes. From bargaining over souvenirs with the locals in Thamel to kicking back with a mango lassi and a few momos in the Garden of Dreams, when it comes time to bail you’re not gonna want to leave.
Soak up the serenity
It’s impossible to visit Nepal and not immediately become immersed in the culture. Those spiritual vibes are simply part of daily life for Nepali people, with some of the most significant sites in the Hindu and Buddhist faiths dotted throughout the country. Whether you’re keen to check out the monkeys on the way up to the Swayambhunath or watch as Tibetan monks chant and pray at Boudhanath, head in with an open mind and there’s a good chance you’ll walk away with a bit of inner peace yourself.
Mow through some momos
Nepali food is definitely a crowd-pleaser – wherever you are you’re never too far from delicious, cheap eats that will keep you powering through the busy city streets. A pretty good place to start is with ‘momo’s’, steamed or fried dumplings with veggies, chicken or even buffalo if you’re feeling brave.
Next up on your list should be some ‘choila’, a bowl of spicy grilled meat or a delicious ‘thukpa’, also known as Himalayan noodle soup. If you’re still hungry after smashing a few of those, you really can’t go past some ‘dal bhat’ – the staple Nepali food. Made up of rice and a bowl of spiced lentil soup, every bazaar stall and restaurant have their own spin on the national dish. Take notes - whipping some up for mum when you get home is an express-lane straight into the good books.
Nepal is one of those places that you come away from with a completely different state of mind. As soon as you step off the plane and take in that first big breath of mountain air everything you’re hung up on at home disappears for a while, and everything you’re worried about doesn’t seem quite so important.
It’s easy to get a little overwhelmed at the end of high school, and in that awkward period between what you’ve done and what you want to do next it can take a while to figure it all out. If you've gotta be figuring it out though, it makes for a pretty good story to do it on top of a mountain.