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

Short treks around Pokhara or also know as short treks in Annapurna region begin and end in Pokhara and involve a maximum of three days of walking and reach to a maximum altitude of 3500m.

Annapurna region is famous for being trekkers’ paradise. Pokhara is the gateway to almost all the trekking adventure in the Annapurna region offering you the option for both long treks and short treks around Pokhara.

Trekkers of all ages and physical abilities can choose short hikes from Pokhara.

Hiking from Pokhara to Sarangkot is most probably the shortest and most popular hiking in Pokhara. Similarly Poonhill, Ghandruk, Australian Camp, Panchase, Pothana etc are other renowned short treks around Pokhara.

All short treks in Pokhara are equipped with lodges and guesthouses offering good facilities for accommodation and food.

Below is a list some of the famous routes offered 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
  12. Mardi Himal Trek 5 days
  13. Mardi Himal Trek 4 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

Gosainkunda

Khaptad National Park

Chitwan National Park

Janakpurdham

Ilam         

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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Honeymoon to Nepal

Honeymoon to Nepal is a special program targeted for honeymoon couples who are looking to spend a quiet time together to enjoy and share solitude, romance and love.

Nepal is not only for adventure travellers, but it also is a popular destination for honeymooners. Nepal for honeymoon couples is about two partners spending precious time with each other and sharing love. There are some great honeymoon spots in Nepal that are located in beautiful natural surroundings. In this program, the couples can also cherish the splendid views of lakes, rivers, hills, Himalayan peaks etc. Ilam, Chandragiri and Kalinchowk are some of the best spots for honeymoon couple which are easily accessible and offer best hotels and lodges for accommodation and services.

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Bhutan tours from Nepal

Best Tour Nepal operates direct Bhutan tours from Nepal. Nepal is often regarded as an entrance to Bhutan because of the proximity between two countries. Separated by just 100km from border to border, the two countries share similar culture, geography and biodiversity.  

Bhutan is open for tourists and is connected to the world both virtually and physically. There are two options to reach Bhutan from Nepal. The first one is by flying directly from Kathmandu to Paro which takes about 1 hr 20 minutes. Dragon Airlines operates daily flight between two cities.

Alternatively you can make an overland tour on a private jeep. The overland route starts from Kakadbhitta from Nepal and goes through Siligrui of India and enters Bhutan from Phutsoling. This takes almost 15 hrs drive.

The two way airfare from Kathmandu to Paro is about US$500. The tour cost including flights, accommodation and guide per day is US$250. You will have to pay an extra US$50 as visa fees.

Bhutan tours extend from as little as 3days to two weeks. The features of Bhutan tour includes sightseeing Paro and Thimphu, visiting world heritage sites, museums and monasteries and trekking.

Travelling to the kingdom of Bhutan is regarded as once in a lifetime experience. Visiting this country of happiness is one sure way to make ourselves happy.

Currently we are running following Bhutan tours from Nepal

Nepal Bhutan tour 5 days 4 nights

Bhutan Bumthang cultural tour 8 days 7 nights

Nepal Bhutan cultural tour 5 days 4 nights

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Best hikes in Nepal

There are many options for taking short hikes when you are in Nepal. Choosing the best hikes in Nepal depends on your budget, time availability and physical and mental preparedness.

Hikes are often run for a couple of days and relatively easier and shorter version of trekking. The maximum altitude you will reach in hiking is 2500m. Most hiking routes are well established with easy availability of lodges, electricity and communication. Best hikes in Nepal are often located near cities such as Kathmandu and Pokhara with better road connection.

During summer the temperature is normally 20-25 degree Celsius during day times. In winter the temperature ranges from 5 to 20 degree Celsius during night and day time respectively.

Following are the top picks when it comes to best hikes in Nepal based on our experience, guests’ feedback and coverage by trip advisor and lonely planet.

Best hikes in Nepal

Nagarkot Trek

Poon hill Trek

Australian camp trek

Dhampus trek

Panchase trek

Pikey peak hike

Sundarijal Chisapani hike

Nagarjuna hike

Mohare danda trek

Khopra danda trek

Everest short trek

Mardi Himal Trek

If you are interested in other sites not mentioned above, then please contact us for further information

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