For years, Kathmandu, Everest, and Annapurna have enticed travelers with dreams of exotic cultural experiences and epic trekking routes. While Nepal’s main attractions might be exactly what your clients are looking for, some of our favorite travel moments here have come from stepping off the beaten path. And Nepal offers a multitude of ways for travelers to do just that while making a deep connection with locals and discovering some of our country’s beautiful landscapes.
Here are just a few of our favorites places:
These hills lie in the shadows of the Annapurna Range and offer some of the least-trafficked trails and magnificent views. Home to the Chepang people, this area is dotted with villages and terraced fields. Stay with a local family in Upardang Gadi, a historic village, and climb up the massive fort from the Shah dynasty era for vistas of both the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges, a well as Chitwan Valley. A homestay gives travelers the opportunity to learn about the hunter-gatherer culture of this small ethnic group, who often share traditional songs and dances with visitors.
One of the oldest towns in Nepal, Panauti offers a chance for travelers to step back in time to see a preserved medieval town, as well as the more modern one that has grown up around it. A tentative UNESCO World Heritage Site, Panauti is known for its many temples and stupas, and for its cultural and religious festivals. Travelers who want to immerse themselves in the culture will want to stay in the community homestay, run by a group of local women. As hosts, these women offer cultural programs, cooking classes and community hikes into the surrounding countryside. We often recommend combining a trek through Chepang Hills, a visit to Chitwan National Park and a stay in Panauti.
This rocky, arid valley protected from the monsoons is a visual shock to travelers who expect Nepal’s regular lush green landscapes. Come for the rich Tibetan Busshist culture, fascinating meditation caves, Jurassic-era fossils and of course the Muktinah Temple, a holy pilgrimage site for both Hindu and Buddhist followers. While travelers might feel like they’re in a different world, this area is quite accessible and this 11-day tour pairs the area with sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
The village of Kagbeni, in Lower Mustang. Photo: Inside Himalayas
While it is not Everest, Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain peak in the world. The surrounding Manaslu Conservation Area has only been open to trekkers since the 1990s, meaning it’s still lesser known, but it delivers a magical experience for those seeking a physical challenge and jaw-dropping panoramas. Travelers can visit Buddhist monasteries and stay in tea houses in the local villages along the 14-day trek, offering many opportunities to connect with local people and the culture.
When it comes to finding off-the-beaten-path Nepal, these few spots are just the beginning. We welcome the chance to work with all travel agents to offer meaningful travel experiences that support the local community and protect our environment.
Manaslu. Photo by Alison Spencer
Nepal |Dec 17, 2012
Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka, is where the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings are located. Besides a number of palaces and historical courtyards, the site also has many significant temples including Taleju, Maru Ganesh, Shiva Parvati Temple, Bhagwati Temple, Saraswoti Temple and Krishna Temple.
Nepal |Dec 18, 2012
According to official figures, the total number of hotels in Nepal are 669 (all categories) with a total capacity of 26,063 beds.
Nepal |May 3, 2017
Every year Panauti celebrates the Navadurga Jatra, the festival of Nine Durgas, which falls – normally – during the end of April or beginning of May.
Nepal |Nov 30, 2021
We conducted a Photography session by Mr. Sudan Budathoki, for our colleagues (Royal Mountain Travel and Community Homestay Network) on October 27th, followed by a challenge in which the participants were divided into 6 teams and were assigned to submit 12 best shots and tell a story on different themes.
Nepal |Dec 18, 2021
One of the most popular trails in Nepal, the trek to Everest Base Camp, is rarely without visitors.
Nepal |Jan 4, 2013
Newars, the inhabitants of Kathmandu Valley, are a sociable lot, and they are always on the lookout for the slightest excuse to have a bhoye (feast).
Tours |Jul 31, 2014
Palpa is one of the 75 districts of Nepal located in the western region of Nepal. Lying on the lap of the Shreenagar Hills at an altitude of around 1300 m, Tansen is an ancient hill town and the administrative headquarter of Papla district.
Nepal |Oct 4, 2021
On a bright monsoon morning right after a week of rain, the air was crisp and the sun was mellow. I decided to walk half of the way to work. My body had been craving for some long-overdue exercise.
Nepal |Jul 4, 2019
The face of tourism is changing. Once seen solely as a reprieve from the mundane day-to-day life, individuals are now taking vacation opportunities to explore destinations aligned with their spiritual journeys.
Nepal |May 2, 2022
A Festival for Rice planting – is the day of a climax of rice planting. Ropain Festival, also known as Asar 15, is celebrated mostly by farmers from all regions of Nepal – to mark the day of planting new seedlings of rice crop of the year.
Others |May 26, 2022
The popularity and success of destinations historically have primarily been assessed via the economic prosperity that it delivers. In other words, more often than not, the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is viewed as the tried and tested metric