- Officially: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
- Capital: Kathmandu
- Population: 31 million
- Languages: Nepali
- Religions: Hinduism, Buddhism
- Life expectancy: 68 years (men), 71 years (women)
- Currency: Nepalese rupee
- Home to eight of the world’s highest mountains including Mount Everest
- Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmatha and in Tibetan as Chomolungma, is Earth’s highest mountain above sea level, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas.
- The international border between Nepal and China 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.
- 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
- 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 organized tour that only a travel agency can arrange
Safety & Security
- Bombings occur in Nepal. While not usually targeted at foreigners, don’t could get caught up in violence directed at others.