Nepal is one of the few countries which is relatively untouched by the modernity of the 21st century. With pristine mountain ranges gracing the skyline, the Himalayan nation has become the go-to destination for most travelers across the world.
However, most of the travelers are under the misguided impression that Nepal only houses Mount Everest. This article shall dispel that myth as it puts the spotlight on the hidden gems of the nation.
These gems are lands lost in time and are havens of peace. Given their beauty, no tourist can afford to miss these spots when they visit Nepal. Let’s dive into the list of tourist spots where one can soak in the natural beauty of Nepal.
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1) Upper Mustang
Upper Mustang is deemed as the ancient forbidden kingdom of Nepal. Given its remoteness, the perception of the region is apt. Reaching Upper Mustang is a challenge. However, touring the forbidden kingdom is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The tourists who journey to the region will witness landscapes devoid of the urban humdrum as the tour will be filled with medieval villages. One can soak in the beauty of the snowcaps and wind off at the natural hot springs that you are bound to come across. There is considerable Tibetan influence as monasteries are a common sight.
To tour Upper Mustang, one has to obtain a trekking permit. One would get the best touring experience at Upper Mustang when they visit it in March-May or September-November.
2) Langtang Valley, Rasuwa
The Langtang valley is 30 Kilometers north of Kathmandu, which is the national capital of Nepal. It is one of the most remote valleys in the country. Although the distance is not much, the duration to reach the valley generally consumes seven to eight hours. However, the tiring journey is worth it as Langtang is one of the most beautiful valleys of Nepal.
Sporting jaw-dropping landscapes, Langtang will impress any nature lover with its natural vegetation. The residents, who appreciate their culture to this day, are known for their warm and welcoming nature. The tourists will be soothed by the beautiful mountains surrounding the valley. From Mt Annapurna to Mt Manaslu, Langtang valley has a lot to offer.
The valley is nestled in the Langtang National Park, and the valley is resided by Tibetan communities. The national park also happens to be Nepal’s first Himalayan national park.
3) Dolpo Shey Phoksundo, Dolpa
Dolpa is one of the most remote districts of Nepal. It is the biggest district of the Himalayan nation, and it is situated in the west part of the nation. As it is sparsely populated, the infrastructure and modern-day development are barely visible. Due to the dearth of modern facilities, one has to be bold enough to undertake the journey to this remote district.
As is with the others, Dolpa boasts of natural beauty, which will leave a lasting impression on the tourists. The freshwater alpine lake, Shey Phoksundo, is one of the deepest lakes in Nepal. Its majestic view will make the visit a memorable one for all. Due to its beauty, the lake is relatively popular among travelers.
4) Namje, Dhankuta
Namje is a valley in east Nepal that is surrounded by immense greenery. Complimenting the beauty of Namje are the beautiful landscapes. The beauty is enjoyed by the resident Magar community and is accentuated by the aesthetically pleasing Nepali houses and villages. One is graced by the view of Mt. Everest and Mt. Manaslu when they visit this valley.
The higher planes of the Namje valley are situated at the height of 2,133 meters and are popular for sightseeing. Tourists soak in the picturesque sunrises and sunsets over the green slopes of the mountains. The tourists will change the perception that Nepal only has Mt. Everest as the remote valley is bound to fascinate the tourists.
5) Namche Bazaar, Solukhumbu
The Namche Bazaar of Solukumbu is relatively well known among the spots in this list. It is a region situated in east Nepal, and it is a spot frequented by trekkers who want to scale the highest peak, Mt. Everest.
At an altitude of 3,440 m, the Bazaar is located in the interiors of the Sagarmatha National Park. The Bazaar offers great lodging options for tourists who are en route to Mt. Everest. As the tourists edge closer to the highest mountain, they will encounter the villages where mountaineering Sherpas reside. Making the journey a memorable one is the beautiful view of the highest mountain which will leave any tourer mesmerized.
The Bazaar is popular for the agricultural products produced in the area. The yak butter, cheese, woolen wear, and trekking essentials are sold in the market. Although Sherpa is the prevalent language, English and Nepali are also understood here.
6) Khaptad National Park, Doti
It is no surprise that a national park has figured onto this list as Nepal’s flora and fauna diversity is commendable. The Khaptad National Park is a 225 sq km reserve located in west Nepal. Subtropical forests occupy the low-lying regions of the park while sub-alpine grace higher altitude regions of the park.
There are 224 species of medicinal herbs and 270 species of fauna romping around in the park. From impeyan pheasant to cuckoos, there are various birds flying around in the park. It is also a habitat for 20 different mammal species like barking deer, wild boar, goral, Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten, rhesus, and langur monkey.
Thanks to the vast peaceful locales, the park is a popular destination for meditation and birding activities, aside from mountain viewing.
7) Olangchung Gola, Taplejung
Olangchung Gola is a remote mountain village in northeast Nepal. It is situated in the Kanchenjunga region, and its high location gives the tourists the view of the world’s third-highest mountain, the Kanchenjunga. Due to the remote location, Olangchung Gola is devoid of trekkers.
The village is compact and covered in snow as it is pretty close to the Himalayan mountain range. Due to its alpine flora, tourists will be left with a memorable experience despite the village’s remoteness.
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Capping it off
The places featured here are remote and difficult to reach. However, visiting these places will bless you with memories that you would cherish. From the panoramic view to colorful rural houses, the tourists will be spellbound throughout the trip. Although reaching these villages and reserves is tough, the priceless result is worth the effort.
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