17 November, 2018
Carved out and crumpled by the mightiest mountains on Earth, Nepal rises through the clouds, from the glimmering lake waters of Pokhara, all the way to the snow-dusted summit of Everest at 8,848 meters above sea level. It's hardly a wonder that this has become an adventure seeker's paradise. Long-distance trails can take you through dusty valleys dotted with Sherpa teahouses, over swinging rope bridges, and across creaking ice fields, eventually finishing with sweeping views of craggy Annapurna or the white-capped Lhotse Face by Everest Base Camp. Between treks, you can delve into bustling chowks and find UNESCO-tagged Buddhist stupas, stalk tigers in the Royal Chitwan or taste chili-infused curry. Cheap flights to Nepal from Australia leave from major cities like Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney, with most deals having a single stop along the way.
What could be more astounding than the highest peak on the planet? You could join the adventurers who make the trek to base camp from Lukla for the full experience.
Frenetic, frantic Kathmandu is a feast for the senses, as the smells of turmeric-infused dals swirl around the terraced temples of Durbar Square.
The Annapurna Circuit is the one of the most iconic treks in Nepal. It's a 16-day odyssey through rural Nepalese villages and the untamed heights of the Himalaya.