Hiking in Nepal

Nepal is known world over as a hiking and trekking destination. Nepal is home to world’s nine highest mountains in the world including world’s highest Mt. Everest and third highest Mt. Kanchenjunga. Its unique geographical diversity of Himalayas, hills, valleys, lakes and forests give it a unique edge and competitive advantage over every other country. Hiking in Nepal guarantees you beautiful Himalayan views, typical village lifestyle and culture and pristine nature.

Nepal is paradise for hiking and trekking. Annapurna, Everest, Langtang, Dolpo and Manaslu are few of the most popular hiking and trekking destinations in the world. In fact trekking and hiking comprise almost 30% of the tourism activity in Nepal. When it comes to hiking, you don’t even have to travel all the way to the mountains. There are plenty of of options even from cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. These hiking opportunities range from a few hours walk to few days, depending upon your choice. And further hiking opportunities for hiking are available in all parts of Nepal.

Some of the best spots for hiking in Nepal are:

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Chitwan National Park Tour package from Pokhara

Once you have experienced adventure in Pokhara, you can visit Chitwan National Park for more relaxing time. Chitwan National Park Tour package from Pokhara has many attractions the chief being the journey itself. Chitwan is a UNESCO world heritage site and is home to endangered one horned rhino, Asian elephant, Bengal tiger and over 600 bird species.

How to travel to Chitwan National Park from Pokhara?

Chitwan is the best destination after Pokhara. It is located at the center of Nepal, accessible from all major cities of Nepal. The journey from Pokhara to Chitwan National park can be done overland or by flight. It is best recommended to take a tourist bus at 7.30 from Pokhara and you will reach Chitwan in 6 hrs easily. While for those who want to avoid longer road journey, you can take 25 minutes direct flight from Pokhara to Chitwan.

Chitwan is an affordable destination for all types of tourists. Both cheap and luxury accommodation facilities are available in Chitwan. Normally tourists can spend 3 to 5 days in Chitwan. Hotel rates per night start from US$10 go up to US$300 while one lunch serving will cost from US$1 to US$50.

The jungle safari experience for tourists is not to be missed when in Chitwan National Park. Your Nepal visit will be incomplete until you visit Chitwan.

Eyes on Nepal is offering following tour packages in Chitwan National Park.

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Chitwan National Park Tour package from Lumbini

Which is the nearest and popular tourist destination from Lumbini? Due to easy road access and affordable services, Chitwan is the one. Chitwan National Park Tour package from Lumbini is designed to offer you a memorable exploration of Chitwan National Park right after completing pilgrimage tour of Lumbini. You can go to Chitwan to enjoy sunbathing, boating, jungle safari and witness live wild animals. Chitwan is a quieter place to relax on a low budget. There are professional natural guides to guide you in all jungle activities, be it bird watching, elephant safari, crocodile breeding center etc.

How to travel to Chitwan National park from Lumbini?

How to travel to Chitwan National park from Lumbini? You can go from Lumbini to Chitwan National Park on private car, tourist bus or local bus depending upon your budget and interests. Local bus usually takes 1 hr from Lumbini to Bhairahawa and then another 30 minutes to reach Butwal. From Butwal you can climb on any local bus to Narayanghat and from there to Sauraha. Travelling in local bus is a challenging experience as you will travel with local people.

Normally tourists can spend 3 to 5 days in Chitwan. Hotel rates per night start from US$10 go up to US$300 while one lunch serving will cost from US$1 to US$50. But the overall experience of wild safari and jungle activities for all tourists is the same.

Chitwan National Park is a god gifted natural treasure. You shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit this natural wonder of the earth. Your Nepal visit will be incomplete until you visit Chitwan. Other touristic places such as Pokhara, Kathmandu, are well connected with Chitwan by flight and road. 

Eyes on Nepal is offering following tour packages in Chitwan National Park.

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Chitwan National Park Tour Packages

Chitwan National Park Tour Package offer a great way to experience Chitwan National Park, a world heritage site. There are varieties of jungle activities you can get involved in depending on your budget and time. Jungle Safari tour in Nepal is mostly focused in Chitwan National Park which is home to one horned rhinos and Bengal tigers.

Among Chitwan National Park Tour packages, Chitwan National Park elephant tour is a jungle tour conducted on the back of an elephant. Other popular activities include Chitwan National Park jeep tours and Chitwan National park walking tours. Chitwan National Park activities are not limited within the national park as you can also observe Tharu villages, buffer zone area and sunset views from the bank of Rapti River.

Chitwan National Park tourism is magnet for both nature and culture lovers. Chitwan National Park day tours, 4 days 3 nights Chitwan National Park tour, 3 days 2 nights Chitwan National Park tour, 2 days 1 nights Chitwan National Park tour and Chitwan national park jeep tours are our most selling Chitwan National Park tour packages.

Here are the list of famous Chitwan National Park tour packages Eyes On Nepal offering.

  1. Chitwan National Park Tour 3 days 2 nights
  2. Chitwan Day Tour

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Cost of living in Nepal

Cost of living in Nepal depends on where in Nepal you want to stay and what facilities you require, ranging from luxurious living to economy lifestyle.

During the mid-90s, as a student I had to struggle to find even a basic room in Kathmandu or Pokhara. A single room used to double as kitchen and bed room. Within a decade, Kathmandu changed as people began having separate rooms for kitchen and sleeping, which back then cost around 30 to 40 dollars.

Cost of living in Nepal per month

Fast forward to 2019, major cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan has now started offering sleek apartment with facilities of shower, water supply in kitchen and parking

space for bikes and cars. People are now more conscious of how they live and cost of living in Kathmandu has increased. The rent expenses depend directly on the area you choose to live. The outlying areas of Kathmandu charge anywhere between NRs. 10000-20000 (US$100 to 200) and in VIP area that rent could go up to NRS. 40000 (US$400).

For foreigners and tourists, average cost of living in Nepal, particularly in a fully furnished and studio apartments is NRs. 30000 to 200,000 a month depending on area and facility you seek and they provide. In all famous tourist cities such as Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan, luxurious and state-of-the-art apartments are coming up everywhere, mostly preferred by foreigners and tourists.

Thamel and Jhamshikhel in Kathmandu are go-to areas for tourists, however for those living for a longer period prefer Narayanthan, Baluwatar, Patan and Bhaktapur.

Cost of living in Nepal vs USA

Cost of living in Nepal per month is way lower than USA. There is perhaps no comparison between USA and Nepal when it comes to facilities. Both accommodation and food are cheaper in Nepal compared to Europe, America and Australia.

But people from developing Asian countries surely feel living in Nepal a bit expensive. If you have any plan to buy electronic item, garments or any other household things, you will need to pay unexpected price since there is no consistency in price.

Cost of living in Nepal compared to India

As regards the cost of living in Nepal compared to India, Nepal is slightly cheaper but other commodities like food and drinks are higher. Compared to India, Nepal is less crowded and the weather is very pleasant.

Average cost of living in Nepal

The monthly rental for apartment range from NPR 10000 for basic accommodation to NPR 100000 for well furnished apartment. For tourists the rate can go up from 30000 up to 300000.

Whether you agree with us or not, we would love to hear from you.

If you are looking for advice on making best choice as per your budget and interest, please feel free to ask me at cidartha@outlook.com.

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Short Treks around Pokhara

Pokhara is a very popular tourist destination in Nepal, famous for its beautiful lakes, green hills, and snow-capped mountains. It offers many adventurous activities such as trekking, rafting, hiking, paragliding, bungee jumping, and ziplining. However, trekking is the most popular activity from Pokhara, with tourists able to choose from long or short treks depending on their preferences, time availability, and budget. Short treks around Pokhara are especially popular among tourists who have limited time but still want to experience trekking in Nepal. Famous trekking destinations such as Sarangkot, Poonhill, Ghandruk, Australian Camp, Panchase, and Pothana offer short treks from Pokhara, with good accommodation and dining options easily available in these areas. Trekkers love the hospitality offered by the locals during their stay in these lodges, which encourages them to come back again for longer treks in the Annapurna region. These short hikes from Pokhara last up to three days and do not go higher than 3500m. Pokhara to Sarangkot, Pokhara to Australian camp, Pokhara to Siklesh are some of the popular short treks near Pokhara.

Short trekking routes from Pokhara

There are several popular short trekking routes in Pokhara, including Dhampus to Australian camp, Phewa Lake side to Sarangkot, Pokhara to Pumdikot and Kande to Australian camp. These routes offer amazing views of snow-capped mountains, the Pokhara valley, and typical beautiful villages in this region. If you have extra time in Pokhara or interested in multi-day treks in this famous Annapurna region then Poon Hill, Ghandruk, and Panchase villages are the most famous treks from Pokhara. These are considered “entry-level treks” in terms of difficulty.

Below is a list some of the famous short treks by Eyes on Nepal Tours & Treks, check them out below:

  1. Poon Hill Trek 3 days 2 nights
  2. Mohare Danda Trek
  3. Khopra Danda Trek
  4. Gurung Hill Trek
  5. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek 4 days 3 nights
  6. Dhampus Trek
  7. Australian Camp Trek
  8. Panchase Trek
  9. Ghandruk Trek
  10. Annapurna Base Camp Trek
  11. Mardi Himal Trek 6 days

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Best places to visit in Nepal

Nepal is a country blessed with unique geographical and topographical features. There are many best places to visit in Nepal, depending upon one’s interests and timeframe. What makes them so attractive is something for travellers to discover themselves. From the highest mountains in the world to biodiversity hotspots, from deepest gorges and freshwater lakes to tropical forests of the flat plains and from rich architectural beauty of Kathmandu Valley to the sublime Buddhist monasteries, Nepal is a journey on its own.

You can categorize best places to visit in Nepal both in terms of their popularity and their cultural or natural richness. Trip Advisor has repeatedly called Mount Everest world’s number one travel destination, Pokhara as the most favorite destination of Nepal and Kathmandu Valley as a live cultural museum. But it all depends what you fancy and what your taste is. Art lovers would most probably want to visit Kathmandu Valley as opposed to adventure lovers who dream of being on the base camp of Mt. Everest.

List of best places to visit in Nepal

Kathmandu Valley

Pokhara Valley

Annapurna Conservation Area (Tilicho Lake, Annapurna Base Camp, Poon hill)

Upper Mustang

Sagarmatha Conservation Area (Everest basecamp, Kalapathar, Gokyo Lake)

Panch Pokhari

Lumbini (Birth place of Buddha)

Rara Lake


Khaptad National Park

Chitwan National Park



This is based on my personal experience.  If there are anything missing, your suggestion is highly appreciated. Please send your suggestion on cidartha@outlook.com

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