• Officially: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
  • Capital: Kathmandu

Facts

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

Geography

  • Area :147,181 sq km (56,827 sq miles)
  • Landlocked between China and India

Notes

  • 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.

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.

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