Best of Nepal List

Posted by Andy on Sunday, May 25, 2014
iTrekNepal’s annual Best of Nepal list
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Namaste Saveena ,
This is our annual list of some of the best things to do and see before, during or after a trek in Nepal. If you’ve already been to Nepal please feel free to send us your favorites, and all comments/questions are welcome.
Hope to see you soon!
Birendra lake in Manaslu Circuit Trek
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2014 Trek Schedule
Groups limited to 8 participants

Everest Treks

20 April
5 May
20 May
20 Sept
5 Oct
20 Oct
5 Nov
 

Annapurna Treks
18 April
20 Sept
5 Oct
20 Oct
31 Oct
5 Nov
20 Nov
 

For more information about specific treks
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Swayanbhunath in Buddha Jayanti
Gai Jatra Festival
Gai Jatra
11 August
Teej Festival
Teej
28 August
Living Goddess Kumari in Indra Jatra
Indra Jatra
6 – 12 September
Dashain
Dashain
1 – 4 October
Oil lamps in Tihar
Tihar
23 – 25 October
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Ten of the best books ever written about Nepal
  1. Everest: The Challenge by Sir Francis Younghusband
  2. Annapurna by Maurice Herzog
  3. The Snow Leopard by Peter Mathiessen
  4. Upside DownsideAn Account of an Early Trekking Adventure in the Kingdom of Nepal by Winona G. Campbell 
  5. Forget Kathmandu by Manjushree Thapa
  6. Touching My Fathers Soul: A Sherpas Journey to the Top of Everest by Jamling Tenzing Norgay with Broughton Coburn 
  7. Culture Shock! Nepal by Jon Burbank  
  8. Into Thin Air by John Krakauer  
  9. Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan
  10. Everest: The First Ascent by Harriet Tuckey

Some recommendations courtesy of Pilgrim’s Books in Thamel, Kathmandu (recommended by ITrekNepal guests as the best bookstore in Nepal)

 
Nine things do before or after your trek 

  • River rafting – An amazing variety of rivers, from the gentle Trisuli to the rugged rapids of the Bhote Kosi.
  • Paragliding – All you have to do is be willing to jump, then relax and soar silently over the Himalayas with the hawks.
  • Massage – Your muscles will tell you this is what you need to do before you get back on the plane, whether in Pokhara or Kathmandu.
  • Canyoning – Like zip lining except in a downpour.
  • Volunteering – Teaching at a village school
  • Jungle Safari – Chitwan for comfort and rhinos, Bardia for the real jungle and Bengal tigers
  • Celebrating in Thamel – There’s Rum Doodle, Kilroy’s, Sam’s Bar or wherever and with whomever you might bump into.
  • Yoga and meditation – Two week retreat at Kopan monastery or day classes in Pokhara.
  • Contribute – to the education fund for the children of iTrekNepal porters.
 
Four great treks you may never have heard of

  • Tsum Valley – Opened to trekkers in 2008, its name means “vivid”
  • Tamang Heritage – On its own or as an extension of the Langtang Valley trek
  • Rara Lake – Hard to get to and hard to forget
  • Balthali Village – “One of the five best low altitude treks in the world” – Lonely Planet
Rara Lake Trek
Nine unique restaurants in Kathmandu and Pokhara

Krishnarpan – Traditional Newari cuisine authentically and graciously presented, inside the World Heritage Dwarika’s Hotel.
Krishnarpan dinner by itreknepal
Kaiser Cafe (Garden of Dreams) – An oasis in a classical European garden setting; best for lunch and a stroll around the gardens.
Rum Doodle – The place to go to share trek memories and let loose on your last night in Nepal; it’s all about the ambiance and trekking lore.
OR2K – The most creative, best-tasting vegetarian dishes with a Mediterranean flair and backpacker ambiance.
Chez Caroline – In Babar Mahal Revisited, a renovated Rana palace where you can also window-shop, or explore the eclectic assortment of restaurants and bars scattered throughout the complex.
Moondance – The place to go at lakeside in Pokhara after your trek. Wonderful ambiance, great food and warm-hearted Nepali hospitality.
Mike’s Breakfast – For breakfast, lunch or dinner, but especially for breakfast right by the lake in Pokhara.
Fire and Ice – On the outskirts of Thamel this is where you’ll find the best pizza in Kathmandu. 
 
Top 5 treks in Nepal for:
Upper Mustang
 
Seven great exercises to prepare for a trek

  • Leg presses and squatsto build your quads for long descents, and “low profile” toilets at the teahouses
  • Elliptical trainer or Stairmasterat maximum ramp and resistance
  • Climbing stairsascending as quickly as possible and descending as slowly as possible
  • Hikinganywhere on steep trails with up to 10 kg (22 lb) pack
  • Deep breathingpractice until it becomes a habit
  • Yogaone hour of sweat-inducing hatha practice daily with good breathing technique
  • Tai Chi – for combining leg strength, balance, and slow motion
 
The most popular (and exciting) festivals in Nepal

Shivaratri – late February/early March – millions of Hindus throng Pashupatinath to worship Shiva with the help of local weed
Holi (March) – at the full moon in March, colors and water everywhere to celebrate the arrival of spring and triumph of good over evil.

Bisket Jatra (April) – Bhaktapur’s great festival where the great chariots are pulled through town and young men climb teetering poles to snatch a prize flower. Phallic symbolism and raucous behavior.

Dashain (October) – Celebrated in Bhaktapur like no where else – animal sacrifices, Newari feasts, and worshipping everything that moves.
Tihar (late Oct/early Nov) – the festival of lights, a Nepali Christmas
The top 10 movies about the Himalayas
  1. Everest by Mac Gillivray Freeman
  2. Seven Years in Tibet by Jean Jacques
  3. Into Thin Air by Robert Markewilz
  4. Himalaya (Caravan) by Eric Valli
  5. Honey Hunters of Nepal  by Eric Valli
  6. Shambala  by Fidel Devkota
  7. Samsara by Pan Nalin
  8. Kundun by Martin Scorcese
  9. The True Heroes of Mt Everest by Senn, Thapa and Honegger
  10. Little Buddha by Bernardo Bertolucci

Recommendations courtesy of Music ‘n Video Expression in Thamel, Kathmandu

We hope you have enjoyed and will also share these ideas with your friends and family. Please write to us at info@itreknepal with any comments or suggestions.
Feri bhetaunla – Namaste!
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