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NEPAL

Nepal is a small, landlocked country, 800km long and 200km wide making a total land area of 147,181 sq. km. The landscape soars from just 150m above sea level to 8848m at the tip of Mt. Everest. Nepal covers only 0.1% of the world’s surface area but is home to 8% of the world’s species of birds, including 72 critically endangered species.
Geographically, Nepal can be divided into three regions:
1. Himalayan (snow peaks) Region
2. Hilly (mountain) Region
3. Tarai (plain) Region

Quick View of Nepal
•    Capital Kathmandu
•    Literacy rate 48.6%
•    Life expectancy 62 years
•    Population 29.5 million
•    10 of the worlds 14 tallest mountains
•    2% of all the flowering plants in the world.
•    8% of the world’s population of birds (more than 848 species)
•    4% of mammals on earth.
•    Electricity 220-240 Volts, 50 Hz

Top Picks for Nepal
1.    Pokhara: Hang out by Phewa Tal and gaze across the lake towards the Annapurnas
2.    Annapurna Circuit: Hit the Apple Pie Trail on Nepal’s most popular trek, or just enjoy short hikes from Jomsom
3.    Tansen: Tour ancient temples, visit traditional villages and hike to hilltops with Himalayan views
4.    Lumbini: Meditate on the nature of existence amidst a sea of monasteries at the birthplace of the Buddha
5.    Bandipur: Soak up the medieval atmosphere and the views in this living museum of Newari architecture
6.    Chitwan National Park: Track tigers and rhinos on elephant-back at Nepal’s most famous nature reserve
7.    Langtang National Park: Get to the mountains quickly on the nearest trek to Kathmandu
8.    Kathmandu: Immerse yourself in one of world’s most fascinating and tourist-friendly cities
9.    Rafting & Canyoning: Raft down the Bhote Kosi River or abseil down a thundering waterfall for the ultimate white-water rush
10.    Mountain Flights: Hitch a ride into the heavens, so close you can almost touch the Himalaya
11.    Everest Region: Take it slowly up the classic trek to Everest Base Camp and the gorgeous Gokyo Valley
12.    Patan: Prepare for temple overload, with some of the finest Newari architecture in Nepal
13.    Bhaktapur: Stroll along traffic-free backstreets and witness the unchanging rituals of Newari life
14.    Janakpur: Join the pilgrims to this ancient Hindu centre, scene of the famous Hindu epic the Ramayana
15.    Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve: Escape to this water world of thatched villages and rice paddies where bird species outnumber tourists 400:1
(source: lonelyplanet guidebook)

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