Nepal is a small, landlocked country. It is located between the southern slopes of the Himalayas and the north of India.
Nepal is home to most of the world’s highest mountains, including Mt. Everest. The Himalayan Mountains cover 15 percent of Nepal. By contrast, the flat plains or Terai regions close to India have a hot, humid climate and make up 18 percent of Nepal. In between, the Hills make up 67 percent of the country. Kathmandu is the capital city and lies in the Hills of Nepal. The city has a population of approximately one million people.
On April 25th 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with a series of strong aftershocks including one of 6.7 magnitude, and triggering avalanches in the mountains. It was the worst earthquake to hit Nepal in 80 years. Estimates indicated more than 8000 people died and many more were injured. On May 12th 2015, a second, 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, again with strong aftershocks. The United Nations estimated that approximately eight million people had been affected by the earthquakes. Destruction of buildings, roads and other infrastructure will make re-building a long-term challenge.
With the Kathmandu valley as its centre, the Nepal stretches out in all directions, covering some of the most varied and astounding terrain on earth.
All in one place, you can experience the thrill of rafting down raging, glacial fuelled river while enjoying views of jungle covered canyons. You can soar amongst the world’s highest peaks on daily mountain flights or you can catch it all from ground level, where you’ll trek through gorgeous terraced lands of vibrant gold and green. Along the way you’ll pass serene villages, turquoise lakes, age-old yak herders along the Himalayan salt route.
Whether your interest is adventurous or cultural, Nepal will satisfy all its visitors with a wide range of exciting experiences. Anything from the ever popular bungy jump over a Himalayan canyon, to a trek with a yak caravan in search of the mythical yeti can be experienced in this majestic land. The limits of your Nepal adventure are the limits of your imagination.
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