Katmandu, Pokhara, And Annapurna. Three Must-Visit Places In Nepal.
Are you an adrenaline junkie, avid hiker, cultural seeker, food enthusiast? Keen on volunteering or teaching English? Want to conquer high reaching mountains, kayak on lakes, explore bustling cities, or sleep in remote villages? Looking to explore a place in South Asia?
Nepal is an enchanting country with an abundance of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, cultural and religious diversity, landscapes that will leave you breathless, literally and the most kind and generous people. I spent 5 days exploring Katmandu, 8 days hiking through The Annapurna Mountain Range and 2 weeks relaxing at the lakeside town of Pokhara. I can’t wait to return to discover more of this humble country.
Chaos, pulsating sounds, intense aromas, Katmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal. Wander the lively streets of Thamel, climb the many stairs to Swayambhunath, Nepal’s famous Buddhist temple, read a book in the Garden of Dreams and of course, eat! Dal bhat, Momos, Chatamari and plenty of beer will be consumed.
POKHARA & ANNAPURNA MOUNTAIN RANGE
Only 200km West of Katmandu, but an eight-hour bus, Pokhara is the gateway to the beginning of the Annapurna circuit. Phewa Lake is littered with trekking stores, eateries, spas, and yoga centers – the perfect place to relax after your intense expedition. I didn’t trek to Annapurna Base Camp but rather spent 8 days hiking through the Modi Khola valley with stops in Ulleri, Poon Hill, Tadapani, the Jhinudanda Hot Springs and Landruk. I left as a solo hiker but met 3 lovely girls and we conquered the trek together. We were one of the few hikers who did not have guides or porters, which truthfully you do not need. However, it is important to support the local economy and by using guides and porters you contribute to their families income. If you prefer to go solo, you will be amazed with the clearly marked paths and how often you come across luxurious guesthouses which offer wifi, hot water, blankets, comfy beds and scrumptious meals. As I trekked in the off-season, February 2018, the accommodation was usually free as long I ate dinner and breakfast at the guesthouse.