Nepal

Soaring Himalayan mountain peaks, charming foothill villages, lowland plains and sub-tropical forests, and rivers coursing through it all, Nepal is simply remarkable. Nepal is home to ancient cities and architecture, gorgeous scenery and a multitude of activities. There is world-class wildlife viewing of tiger, rhino and elephant in their natural habitats and trekking in the magnificent mountains throughout the country. Legendary hospitality, festivals and rich traditions of the Nepali people abound.

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What to Expect

Kathmandu, a cosmopolitan urban civilization in the foothills of the Himalayas, also called the city of temples and home to some of the most spectacular mountain ranges.

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Visitors marvel at the distinct architecture, the narrow streets in the old town, the smell of burning incense sticks and the chanting of the mantras from the temples. A simple ‘Namaste’ greeting will be quickly reciprocated by a gentle smile and a welcoming inquiry.  A visit to old Thamel ‘s bustling street is like stepping through a time portal and finding yourself in the medieval days of Buddhist learning. After an exciting stay in Kathmandu, many seek the mountains; famed for numerous treks, spectacular day hikes and amazing wildlife.  Nepal is often on the top of one’s list as one of Asia’s desired journeys. An adventure here may perhaps just change your life.

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The Essence of Nepal — Trek to mist covered villages of the Himalayan range just beneath the spectacular Mount Everest.

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It’s exhilarating to wind along these trails with the locals who are attending to their daily lives. Stop at a teahouse to mingle with the Nepalese people, whose unreserved hospitality might steal your heart. Catch glimpses of sun-kissed peaks at sunrise or sunset with a warm cup of Nepalese chai in hand to behold these breathtaking sights. A journey through these mountain ranges is one of spirit and mind.

Intrepid Explorations— Once you tear your eyes away from the vista of the stunning Himalayan range, you might want to focus on some of the wildlife that calls Nepal home. Situated at the foot of the mountains, in Chitwan National Park one-horned rhinos, sloth bears, leopards, Asian elephants and elusive Bengal tigers roam freely through dense tropical forest and the grassy plains.

The Festivals of Nepal— Nearly every day throughout this diverse nation, a festival is being held. If given the opportunity, a Nepalese festival may change your life. Most are unbridled celebrations of the goodness in life, color and promise. Dashain is the most significant festival held in Nepal. Rejoicing in the triumph of good over evil, elders adorn family members with Tikka on their foreheads enhancing the power of the soul in the third eye.

Hidden gem— It is said that Bhaktapur, just outside of Kathmandu, is medieval Nepal hidden in plain sight. Here visitors can glimpse both the past glory and modern life of Nepal. Devastated by an earthquake in 2015, Bhaktapur miraculously preserved many of its ancient wonders including the Nyatapola Temple, the Palace of 55 Windows, and several museums dedicated to various craft techniques. Talented artisans perfect their crafts and display their wares in maze-like alleys and markets like Potter’s Square. Delve into this beehive of activity and simultaneously step into Nepal’s past.

Need to know

Flights are easily arranged into Kathmandu. Typical routing is through major Asian gateways, such as Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, or New Delhi.

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  • We recommend 7-9 days in Nepal, to combine trekking opportunities with helicopter tours of Everest base camp and cultural experiences. This country combines nicely with neighboring India or Bhutan.
  • Nepal is ideal for first-time goers and veterans alike; it oozes romantic adventure for honeymooners and offers a wide range of options for families. For those who are curious about history, culture and nature, Nepal delivers.
  • Visas are required for most visitors and inoculations may be required based on itinerary. We suggest you see a travel medicine specialist for advice.
  • Most travel throughout your journey will be by air. The Nepal domestic flight network is well connected.
  • English is widely spoken throughout the country, especially in the hospitality industry.
  • Nepal boasts outstanding guides with excellent qualification programs.
  • Throughout your trip you will find plentiful, hearty, and varied international and local cuisine with fresh ingredients. Try the popular Momo—steamed dumplings filled with meat and a mixture of spices and vegetables.

When to go

Overall, the best time to travel to Nepal is September through November as the skies are generally clear and the views spectacular.

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We recommend 7-9 days in Nepal, to combine trekking opportunities with helicopter tours of Everest base camp and cultural experiences. This country combines nicely with neighboring India or Bhutan.

Nepal is ideal for first-time goers and veterans alike; it oozes romantic adventure for honeymooners and offers a wide range of options for families. For those who are curious about history, culture and nature, Nepal delivers.

Visas are required for most visitors and inoculations may be required based on itinerary. We suggest you see a travel medicine specialist for advice.

Most travel throughout your journey will be by air. The Nepal domestic flight network is well connected.

English is widely spoken throughout the country, especially in the hospitality industry.

Nepal boasts outstanding guides with excellent qualification programs.

Throughout your trip you will find plentiful, hearty, and varied international and local cuisine with fresh ingredients. Try the popular Momo—steamed dumplings filled with meat and a mixture of spices and vegetables.

Accommodation

Nepal is most known for small intimate tea houses and yeti mountain homes along the trekking routes, which are simple bed & breakfast accommodation.

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In Kathmandu, there are many choices ranging from deluxe to bespoke lodgings that rewrite the definition of ultra-luxury. Every property booked on a Rothschild Safari is vetted by staff and offer the highest standards in each category.

What our travelers say

Amy Lundberg

Wow, wow, wow!! We are back in LA now, recovering from jet lag and still in shock and awe regarding our experience. From the moment we landed in South Africa to the moment we touched down in LA, our experience was seamless and amazing. 

Betsy Robertson

We were thrilled with the trip. It was as good as or better than described at every turn. The prep, attention to detail, willingness to make changes and ensure we were ready and prepared was outstanding. Our Travel Designer was awesome! 

Dawn Jacobs

Choosing a safari expert is never easy given the choice and lists upon lists of "top suppliers"....but we made the BEST choice for us....why....because above all, Rothschild listened ....really listened to what we wanted to experience.

George Kowalski

It was a well organized trip. It was easy to get around since we were guided through all of our itinerary. Everyone was pleasant and very helpful. This is an excellent way to travel. Rothschild Safari did very well and brought a fantastic African experience to us.

Jackie Smith

My trip was beyond AMAZING! I truly enjoyed every moment. The itinerary allowed me to experience a variety of different activities all of which I enjoyed! When I originally thought of going to Africa I was just thinking of safaris. This trip opened my eyes (and my family/friend's) to so much more Africa has to offer.

Jamie Scarlett

Trip was PERFECT!! Every single detail was planned out and the accommodations and people were wonderful. This trip exceeded all of our wildest expectations. Every place we stayed was just lovely and each each camp had a different vibe, which was really neat. Everyone we worked with was outstanding. 

Joe Moravec

On behalf of the Moravec’s and the Stone’s……thank you for arranging a trip of a lifetime. Every detail was accounted for and all the recommendations were perfect. It honestly could not have gone any better.

Kim Mather

Meggan Woody and Kim Killick were extraordinary at crafting THE PERFECT safari for our family of 8. They both listened (actually 'read' my email) to EXACTLY what we wanted, within the budget that we needed, and miraculously pulled off miracles in obtaining the properties that we wanted! 

Lisa Anderson

Every aspect of my trip went according to plan and the plan Rothschild's help me to orchestrate was magnificent! I loved every lodge that I was blessed to be in! They were all very different yet all high end and very accommodating.

Mary & Rob Johannigman (and family)

It was the most exciting, scenic, inspiring trip we've ever taken. To say it was a trip of a lifetime doesn't begin to capture our experience. Pam Langhoff and the Rothschild team did an outstanding job of helping us plan this trip.