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  • Officially » Sanghiya Loktāntrik Ganatantra Nepāl
    • Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal (English)
  • Capital: Kathmandu

Facts

  • Population: 31 million
  • Languages: Nepali
  • Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism
  • Life expectancy: 68 years (men), 71 years (women)
  • Currency: Nepalese rupee

Geography

Map of Nepal

Map of Nepal (Source » France)

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Climate

  • Nepal Tourism Board » “In northern Nepal summers are cool and winters are severe, while in the south, summers are very hot while winters are mild to cold. Nepal has five seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.”

Notes

  • Home to eight of the world’s highest mountains including Mount Everest, Lhotse (Map), Makalu (Map), and Kanchenjunga
  • Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha and in Tibetan as Chomolungma, is located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.
    • The international border between Nepal and China (Tibet) runs across its summit.
  • The UNWTO reported that in 2017, Nepal had the sixth largest year-over-year increase in international tourist arrivals.
    • One of the world’s poorest countries, Nepal’s economy relies heavily on aid and tourism. (BBC)
  • Formerly known as the Kingdom of Nepal (Nepal Adhirajya)

Tourism

  • Nepal Tourism Board
  • Everest is the highlight, but there are many other adventures in Nepal.
  • Canadians must have a visa to visit Nepal. A tourist visa, valid for up to 60 days, can be purchased at:
    • a Nepalese embassy or consulate
    • the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu
      • the only international airport in Nepal
    • some border crossings, upon arrival
    • Allowed stay » 90 days
  • South Base Camp in Khumjung is at an altitude of 5,364m
    • Serious high-altitude
  • If you intend to travel to Tibet from Nepal, contact the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu for current entry regulations
    • Currently, all foreign travellers must be on an organised tour that only a travel agency can arrange (2020)

National Parks

  • Sagarmatha National Park (map) is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • “Sagarmatha is an exceptional area with dramatic mountains, glaciers and deep valleys, dominated by Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world (8,848 m). Several rare species, such as the snow leopard and the lesser panda, are found in the park. The presence of the Sherpas, with their unique culture, adds further interest to this site.”
  • Makalu Barun National Park (map)

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This page was last updated on 2021.03.19 by Robert Vinet