I love Nepal for many reasons.
Nepal feels more safe than most other countries around the globe, possibly due to the the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Over the past 10 years Nepal has enjoyed a growing fascination to visit from travelers from all over the world. The People are very hospitable. The Nepalese accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy, and are very welcoming.
Obviously there are dangers associated with mountaineering/trekking but they exist because of altitude, experience level, things that be accounted for with proper planning.
Much of the tourist and trekking infrastructure is up and running again. Hotels and restaurants in the tourist quarter of Kathmandu known as Thamel are open, likewise in Patan and Bhaktapur, Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan. The latter were not even affected by the earthquake in April 2015.
It is relatively easy to get to Kathmandu and Mount Everest. Whereas if you were to visit the Himalayas from one of the other countries (China, India, Bhutan, Pakistan) that share the mountain range, it’s slightly more difficult. You can literally fly straight to Everest base camp from Kathmandu. Not that the other countries don’t have access or the means to accomplish this, this is mostly due to the tourism industry directly related to Everest, and several other factors.
The scenery is amazing.
The remoteness of the Himalayas and the night sky are truly incredible. Don’t even compare pictures because it doesn’t matter how good the camera or the photographer is, you’ll never understand the awe and beauty until you witness it for yourself.
Buddhism and Hinduism live side by side. Literally there are temples of different religions next to each other. There are no other countries that offer this experience.
I left out some of the more touristy things, like currency exchange rates, cost of living, friendliness of the people, ease of visa access and food, cause those are kind of obvious. I wanted to give a more unique perspective.
Some Amazing Facts about Nepal:
Kathmandu has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other city in the world.
7 World Heritage Cultural sites within a radius of 15 kilometers.
Lumbini, Nepal- Birthplace of Lord Gautam Buddha.
Nepal is the only country with attitudinal variation that ranges from 70 meters to 8848 meters.
So, Nepal boasts the most extreme places on the earth such as the highest lake on the earth (Tilicho 4800 meters), the deepest gorges (1200 meter)
Not to forget, Nepal has 8 out of the world’s 14 highest mountains including the Mount Everest (Tallest Mountain in the world).
The highest valley on earth (Arun valley) in Kaligandaki and the tallest grassland in the world in Chitwan, Nepal.
Nepal is a habitat for 900 species of birds i.e. about 8% of world’s total bird species.
Arguably more than the whole continent of Europe and North Africa combined. This makes it a wonderland for bird watching.
Nepal boasts few of the world’s most popular trekking trails such as Annapurna Circuit trekking and Everest Base Camp Trek.
The Annapurna region was voted one of the top 10 best trekking places on earth.
World’s most extreme (longest, steepest and fastest) zip-line is built at Sarangkot.
A zip-line rider rides down the cable for two kilometers and gets to view surrounding peaks of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna.
Chandani Dodhara Bridge or Mahakali Bridge is a Longest suspension bridge over Mahakali River and of Nepal as a whole with a length about 1,496.5m built to link the only island of Nepal, a border villages of Chandani Dodhara in far western Nepal with the rest of Nepal. It is in Kanchanpur District of Mahakali state in far wester Nepal.
Lukla airport- One of the most dangerous Airport in the World.