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Nepal is arguably the most beautiful country on earth. Eight of the world’s 10 highest mountains are here, as well as countless Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Trekking through the Himalayas between glittering rice terraces and towering, snow-clad peaks is an extraordinary experience. Treks in ...

Nepal is arguably the most beautiful country on earth. Eight of the world’s 10 highest mountains are here, as well as countless Hindu and Buddhist shrines. Trekking through the Himalayas between glittering rice terraces and towering, snow-clad peaks is an extraordinary experience. Treks in Nepal are led by experienced Sherpa guides and range from relatively gentle four- or five-day excursions at elevations below 8,000 feet to demanding trips of a month or more at altitudes of up to 20,000 feet. Cooks and field staff are provided, with porters/pack animals carrying all food, camping equipment and personal belongings. People in their 70s and even 80s now routinely go trekking, but it is an experience suited only to the fit and the young at heart. 

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WHEN TO VISIT

The monsoon brings heavy rain from late June to mid-September, which falls as snow in the mountains. Winter is chilly, with early-morning fog in the Kathmandu Valley. The best months for trekking are November and February. The mountaineering season extends from March until the end of May. 

TIME

9¾ hours ahead of New York (EST). (Time listed is for DST in the West. Difference is one hour more November to mid-March.) 

DIRECT DIAL CODES

To phone hotels in Nepal, dial 011 (international access) + 977 (Nepal code) + local numbers in listings.

CURRENCY

Nepalese rupee (NPR). Fluctuating rate valued at NPR106.83 = US$1.00 as of October 2016. Note: Our suggested hotel quotes rates in US$. 

U.S. EMBASSY

Kathmandu, Tel. 1-423-4000.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport (valid for six months beyond end of stay) and visa. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

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