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The Most Beautiful Virgin Nepal

 

The Most Beautiful Pictures of Nepal

Nepal is on the Forbes' list of ten coolest places to visit in 2015. With a reputation as one of the most beautiful places in the world, there are lots of opportunities to see some amazing sights in Nepal. This page will show you the breathtaking views Nepal offers - from the roof of the world to the deepest valleys, from the highest lakes to deepest gorges.

Barpak Village

The center of the massive 7.8M earthquake

On April 25, 2015, a devastating earthquake struck Nepal with its epicenter on this beautiful Barpak village. It is 77 km away from the capital Kathmandu and is a popular trekking village.

 

Barpak village, Gorkha

 

Photo by Mann Gurung via Flickr

1. Fishtail Mountain and the Annapurna range

Fishtail Mountain from Sarangkot

Credit: Esmar Abdul Hamid via Flickr/Licensed under CC BY 2.0

Mount Machhapuchchhre (also known as Fishtail mountain) as seen from a small village called Sarangkot just above Pokhara.

 

Machhapuchhre (a Nepali word) translates to "tail of a fish". The two summits of the mountain resemble the shape of a fish's tail, that's how this mountain got its name. The shape is more clearly visible when seen from Ghandruk, which is one of the stops in Annapurna trekking region in Nepal. Ghandruk is about 5 hours hiking distance far from Pokhara.[1]

Ghandruk trekking circuit can be a good start for beginner trekking enthusiasts. Trekking in Nepal is challenging, and you can prepare for more treacherous routes by starting with small. The best time for this 5 day trekking from Pokhara to Ghandruk is from September to May. This trekking season falls on the winter days when the mountains are covered with the whitest snow and your itinerary avoids the rainy days while including the biggest festivals of Nepal.

Fishtail mountain as seen from Ghandruk

 

Fishtail Mountain as seen from Ghandruk village

Photo by Lamsisir via Wikimedia Commons

2. The Mount Everest

You can't really talk about Nepal and not include the Everest. Standing 29,029 feet high from the sea[2], it offers challenging trekking to the base camp and even more dangerous route to its summit. The gateway to Mount Everest, the Lukla airport is equally challenging for its aviators and one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Nevertheless, more people are motivated to reach its summit every year.

In his book Climbing Everest[10], George Mallory explains that climbing the Mount Everest is a way to live. We do not live to eat or to acquire wealth. What we do is just the opposite - eat or make money in order to live, to survive. For him, mountaineering and climbing are to live. He begins to explain that we get sheer joy from adventure, and this is what it means to live. This can't be truer when used in the context of Nepal.

 

Everest at night

 

Mount Everest and the Mahalangur Himalayan range under the stars at night.

Photo by: Sam Hawley via Flickr

Namche Bazaar, The Gateway to Everest

Namche Bazaar, trek to Everest

Credit: McKay Savage via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Namche, the stopping point for Everest (Sagarmatha) trek is equally gorgeous.

 

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3. Pokhara

Annapurna range from Pokhara

Credit: Mike Behnken via Flickr/ CC BY-ND 2.0

Honestly, this is the most beautiful picture of Pokhara I have ever seen!

 

The above picture was taken from Sarangkot, which is about 25 minutes ride from Pokhara. Sarangkot is just 11 km away[3] and is a perfect place to enjoy breathtaking scenes of the Pokhara valley and the Phewa lake below and the Annapurna range in the north.

Another equally beautiful picture shows Pokhara from the hill of World Peace Stupa, just south of Phewa lake. It is the paragliding spot in Pokhara.

 

Pokhara

Phewa lake and the Pokhara Valley sits on the lap of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range

Photo by Mike Behnken via Flickr

Ann Abel from Forbes[11] perfectly sums up the activities you will want to do at Pokhara. If you like peace and calm, a boat ride on the Phewa Lake (pictured above) will soothe you from inside while its pleasant water mirrors the magnificent Fishtail mountain and the Annapurnas will soothe you from inside. And if you are feeling particularly active, a hike to the top of the World Peace Stupa will give you the stunning view as above.

4. Rara Lake

Rara Lake in Nepal

Credit: Samir Jung Thapa (Great Himalaya Trail) via Flickr/ CC BY-ND 2.0

Clear and transparent water. Doesn't it make you jump right in?

 

5. Numbur Cheese Circuit

The Numbur Cheese Circuit is a new trek in the Ramechhap District of Nepal. The starting point of the trek is Shivalaya, also the start of Everest Base Camp trek for those who don't fly to Lukla.

This route has a recommended itinerary of 14 days trekking, although at a push it can be completed in up to 10 days by combining some of the shorter days. It can also be extended several days for those who wish to visit some of the nearby glaciers, peaks or lakes. A rest day on the trek is also a good idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6. Shey Phoksundo Lake

Phoksundo Lake Nepal

Credit: Carsten.nebel via Wikimedia Commons

A stunning panaromic view of Phoksundo Lake (Dolpo).

 

Lake Shey Phoksundo

Credit: Wimbex via Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Located on the remote western district of Dolpa, it is one of the highlights of Shey Phoksundo National Park. The national park is the largest and the only trans-Himalayan park in Nepal. It covers almost 2.5% land area of Nepal.[6]

 

7. Chitwan National Park

Chitwan National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Nepal. It is about 20 minutes away from the capital Kathmandu via air. It is the richest animal sanctuary in Nepal in terms of biodiversity with:

  • 68 species of mammals (including Gangetic dolphins, one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal Tigers)
  • 544 species of birds
  • 56 species of herpetofauna (including the endangered gharial crocodiles)
  • 126 species of fish[7]

One horned rhino spotting at Chitwan National Park

Credit: symmetry_mind via Flickr

Rhino spotting in Chitwan. I would give everything to enjoy a day's tour to see rhinos, tigers and crocodiles in Chitwan National Park.

 

One-horned rhinoceros in Chitwan

See? And you thought only cats were cute.

Rhinoceros feeding in Chitwan

Credit: Frted via Flickr

Good. Let the "aww!" flow through you.

 

8. Bhaktapur

Bhaktapur is the smallest district of Nepal and is the eastern-most city in Kathmandu valley. The Durbar square is a UNESCO world heritage site with famous temples and palaces:

  • Nyatapol (the tallest temple of Nepal)
  • 55-window palace
  • Dattatreya

Siddha Pokhari (Pond)

Just outside of Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Siddhapokhari Bhaktapur

Credit: Dhilung Kirat via Flickr

A stunning capture of Siddhapokhari, Bhaktapur.

 

9. Boudhanath Stupa

The stupa with the largest single Chhyorten in the world stands 118 feet tall from its base. It is believed to have been built just after the death of Lord Gautam Buddha and was the center of ancient trade route between Kathmandu and Lhasa (in Tibet).[8]

Buddhists pilgrims revolve around this massive stupa enchanting their sacred song "Om Mani Padme Hum" and it is believed to bring peace, prosperity and spiritual well-being from within.

 

Boudhanath Stupa at Night

 

Boudhanath Stupa in a full moon night

Photo by Alice Popkorn via Flickr

Boudha Stupa, Kathmandu in the evening

Credit: Wonderlane via Flickr

Boudhanath Stupa in the evening light of the setting sun. Taken from one of the restaurants around Boudhanath premises.

 

10. Kathmandu Valley

Last, but really not the least!

Nagarkot

Credit: Mike Behnken via Flickr

Waiting for sunrise. This is taken from Nagarkot, on the northeastern hills of Kathmandu Valley. Yes, the land below the clouds is Kathmandu valley; and includes some areas of Shivapuri National Park.

 

11. (Bonus!) The Barun Valley

Barun valley is a very little-known tourist place in Nepal. It is located in a protected wildlife reserve - Makalu-Barun National Park. It shares its border with Arun valley in the west (which is the deepest valley in the world), with Tibet in the north and India in the east.

As it lies just at the base of Mount Makalu (27,766 feet), the valley has a contrast in elevation and landscapes. High waterfalls, foggy mountains, snow-capped mountains, deep gorges and even tropical forests shelter in this beautiful mountainous ecosystem.[9]

Himalayas and the hills in the Barun region

Barun Valley

Credit: Dhilung Kirat via Flickr

"Nghe" in Barun Valley. Located inside Makalu Barun National Park

 

(12!) Manang Valley

Sorry, I'm on a roll!

Manang is a place beyond the Himalayas. It is the least populated district of Nepal and a very weird thing is that there are no blacktopped roads. That is, the length of motorable roads is zero. Yup,

However, it has much more to offer than zero. I'll let the following picture speak for itself.

Manang Valley beyond Dhaulagiri and Annapurna

Credit: tcy3282 via Flickr

Manang on the foothills of Gangapurna mountain.

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