5 reasons why you should go to Nepal in 2016

Nepal used to be one of the most popular dream destinations, with Kathmandu part of the hippie trail and world renowned treks. But with years and political problems, people started avoiding the country, and this year’s earthquakes aggravated the touristic issue even more. Everybody canceled their trip and now everybody is asking the question on forums : is it safe ?

Yes ! It is safe. Although the people are still getting back from the tragedy, the buses, trains, and treks are available again. Everything is set for the return of tourism, they are waiting for us, but we are slow to respond. To kickstart things, here are 5 reasons why you should go to Nepal in 2016 :

1. It’s still there and it’s beautiful.

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Close your eyes, can you see the mountains ? The temples ? The fall colors, or the snow on the peaks, or even the fields blanketed with bright flowers ?

Well it’s still there. Whatever the earthquake destroyed, seasons and natural beauty are still going strong. Some temples and buildings are not yet rebuilt, it’s true, but you still have more than enough to fill your eyes with a tone of wonders.

2. They need you.

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Just you going there is helping. Tourism is a big part of the nepalese economy and since it started slowing down, people over there are in trouble.

For you, Nepal is one of the cheapest country ever, but for the locals, a good season could make a big difference.

 

3. A good life lesson.

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I guess I won’t be able to measure how right I am on this one until I actually come back from Nepal, but just reading about it is making all my troubles seem small. The community is getting back up from the earthquake tragedy with such an attitude … just be humbled.

 

4. Experience a first rate destination as an off the beaten path adventurer.

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Nepal used to be very crowded. In high season, the trails could be literally covered with lines of people. If you’re not a fan of crowds, like me, now is the perfect time to go. You’ll feel like an off the beaten path adventurer, daring to go to Nepal, and finding places to enjoy for yourself, where once you would have been lost in a noisy crowd.

 

5. Amazing travel and a good deed all in one.

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And why not take this opportunity for experiencing volunteering ? Beautiful surroundings, amazing travel and a good deed all in one : that’s the recipe for a happy traveler.

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Le it be official, I’m going to Nepal in March, if you have any tips or volunteering programs to share with me, or if you’ll be around yourself, leave a note in the comment section !

9 Comments on 5 reasons why you should go to Nepal in 2016

  1. Hey! Thanks for your article. I’m heading to Nepal in April to do some volunteering at a school under construction in the village of Chauguda. Never been, and excited for the adventures ahead!
    I wish you all the best on your travels 🙂

  2. Great post! I’ve wanted to go to Nepal since I was 13 and learnt about it in Geography! My teacher had been there which really made a difference! I’m not sure when I’ll get there…but it’ll happen one day for sure. Very inspiring post! 🙂

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  3. Thanks for the post, Cora! I was planning on traveling there by myself (first time to travel alone) in July of this year. I started second guessing the trip though and have yet to pay for it. I really want to go, but I’m worried about safety and getting lost. The Kathmandu airport looks incredibly difficult to navigate. Any advice?

    -Alyssa

    • Alyssa, I’ve been traveling Nepal on my own for a month now, so I can tell you that there’s nothing to worry about. I haven’t felt in danger once, people are really helpful and I didn’t get lost either, I still think Nepal is a good country to go to, even for beginners. I haven’t been to the airport yet, but I’m sure it’s manageable, and there will be plenty of other people going the same way or ready to help, so go! 🙂

  4. Amazing to think that this destination became an “off the beaten path” destination. You’re totally right, those people need help and they seem to have so much to offer. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a nice trip. Maybe you’re already there when I write this. We’re already waiting for your post about it. Philippe

    • Thank you Philippe, yes I’m there right now and it’s really worth coming here, to help AND to enjoy the beauty of the country and of its people! Plenty of posts about it coming soon, you can count on it 😉

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