Holidays to Nepal
Namaste! A holiday to Nepal is a journey to a mountain paradise located on the "roof of the world". This a small country nestled amidst the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas. Nepal has eight of the world's highest mountains including Mount Everest at an altitude of 8,848m.
Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia with a strategic location bordered by China/ Tibet and India. Over many years traditional trading routes have enriched Nepalese culture and architecture. Explore the timeless wonders of Kathmandu by visiting Hindu temples and experience the Newari culture. In the mountains, visit Sherpa villages and Buddhist monasteries bedecked with colourful prayer flags.
The Mountain Company Difference
We are holiday experts to the Himalaya and Karakoram. Our Managing Director, Roland Hunter, has a lifelong fascination and connection with Nepal. Our unrivalled knowledge is recognised through winning AITO's Tour Operator of the Year in both 2018 (Gold) and 2015 (Bronze).
We have offices both in the UK and in Nepal so during peak season we offer unique on-the-ground support from Kathmandu. Find out more about Our Operations.
We take the time to understand your requirements so that we can plan an unforgettable holiday for you. We offer small group and tailor-made holidays. We can craft a tailored made itinerary for you or join one of our trekking or tour groups. Our Nepalese guides will bring the journey to life by sharing their knowledge and passion with you.
Types of Holiday
Adventure Holidays in Nepal
The best way of seeing the beautiful scenery of the Himalaya is by trekking or mountaineering in Nepal. This is the perfect destination if you love the outdoors. See diverse landscapes from terraced fields in the foothills to forest and river valleys to the glaciers in the high mountains. Put on your hiking boots and come join one of our guided walking groups.
Many of the best treks in Nepal need no introductions. We organise teahouse lodge and luxury lodge treks in the Everest and Annapurna region. Everest Base Camp is the most iconic base camp at the foot of Mount Everest. Visit the heart of the Sherpa homeland with stupas, prayer wheels, and hairy yaks.
The Annapurnas get more trekkers than any other region in Nepal. Annapurna Circuit is the classic trek. On this hike experience a variety of landscapes and cultures. There is a vast number of treks in the Annapurna region. To help choose the best trip for you take a look at our blog 7 Best Annapurna treks in Nepal?
Our passion is to find remote Himalayan treks. We are specialists in camping-style treks such as along The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT). This incredible long distanced trek makes a traverse of the country from East to West. Visit Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Everest, Manaslu, Annapurna, and into Dolpo and Far West regions by walking the GHT.
Running safe trips is of paramount importance to us. We are British Standard 8848 compliant. We have invested in high-quality equipment to support our groups in the field. We send a satellite phone on all our trekking holidays.
Luxury Nepal Holidays
The Nepal experience has much more to give beyond the mountains. We offer cultural tours where you can explore the country and view the Himalayas from afar. Stay at high-end hotels on a cultural tour of the country.
These days it is possible to trek into the mountains while staying at better accommodation. Luxury Lodges of Everest and Annapurna are at a higher standard than teahouse lodges. Our Luxury Everest Base Camp is a hike to Everest Base Camp staying at higher-end lodges for most nights. However, we stay at teahouse lodges for five nights where there are no Luxury Lodges available.
Family Holidays to Nepal
Main Cities of Nepal
Pokhara is the second-largest city and also has a brand new international airport. It is a beautiful city located on Phewa lake with views of the Fishtail mountain and Annapurna mountain range. It is the gateway for treks such as Annapurna Circuit, Kopra Ridge, and Annapurna Base Camp.
A visit to Pokhara is the perfect place for travellers who want to see the Himalayas without joining a trek. It is also a good place to relax after a trek.
Religions of Nepal
Festivals of Nepal
Temples of Nepal
There are intricately designed temples throughout Nepal. Some of the most important medieval temples are around the Durbar Squares of the Kathmandu valley. We include a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu in most of our Nepal holidays.
The 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu caused a lot of damage to the temples. Reconstruction is underway although rebuilding is a slow process. We recommend a visit to Patan Durbar Square as there have been more renovations than the Durbar Square in Kathmandu.
Pashupatinath is the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu. It is a sacred temple of Lord Shiva and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Boudhanath is a traditional Buddhist stupa. The dome is painted with the ‘all-seeing' eyes of the Buddha and is adorned with prayer flags. It is a beautiful experience to walk around this special place with pilgrims.
Food of Nepal
Indian and Tibetan flavours are mixed to create the tasty dishes of Nepalese cuisine. A few of our favourite dishes are momos and dal bhat.
Momos are Tibetan dumplings with various fillings including vegetables, pork or chicken.
Dal Bhat is cooked rice and lentil soup. Everyone is different but it is always yummy! Side dishes include vegetable curry, cooked spinach, and salad (cucumber, tomatoes, and radishes). There is often fresh chillis and curd or yoghurt. If you like a spicy meal then add a hot pickle known as Achar in Nepalese.
National Parks of Nepal
Chitwan National Park has jungles and rivers in the lowland plains. Chitwan is home to Bengal tigers and gharial crocodiles. There are endangered mammals such as the one-horned rhino and the Bengal tiger. Freshwater dolphins live in the Narayani river. Find out more on our blog Inspection visit to Chitwan National Park.
Bardia National Park is located in the far west of Nepal. It is much further distance to travel from Kathmandu than Chitwan. There is a daily flight from Kathmandu to Nepalganj taking about an hour followed by a two-hour drive.
Sal forest coves about 70% of Bardia National Park and the rest is grassland and riverine forest. There is a high chance of seeing a tiger in Bardia is due to the low coverage of the riverine forest. Find out more on our blog Inspection visit to Bardia National Park.
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TRIP STYLES FOR NEPAL
Teahouse Lodges are located in the more popular trekking regions of Nepal such as Everest, Manaslu, Annapurna, Makalu and Langtang. The lodges will provide your meals in a communal dining room and you sleep in a private room with a common or shared bathroom.View Teahouse lodge trips in Nepal
We developed our own unique Teahouse Lodge Plus+ style as a halfway standard between Teahouse Lodge and Luxury Lodge treks. For this trip style, we include rooms at Teahouse Lodges with an attached bathroom where available. We also include a hot shower and a hot water bottle for use at night.View Teahouse Plus+ trips in Nepal
Luxury Lodges have been built in the Everest and Annapurna regions that provide a more comfortable alternative to the standard Teahouse Lodges previously available. These newer lodges provide the highest level of service with landscaped gardens, good food and attached bedrooms with hot showers and western toilets.View Luxury Lodge trips in Nepal
Camping style is a fully supported trek where our cooks will cater for all of your meals. We provide group equipment including personal tents, mess tent, kitchen tent, and toilet tent(s). The key advantage of a camping trek is that you can access remote areas away from the busier trails with a lodging network.View Camping trips in Nepal
There is a wide range of hotels in Nepal from budget guesthouses to higher-end hotels and resorts. Over the years of operating in Nepal, we have stayed at or personally inspected a large number of hotels so we can provide suggestions and advice based on first-hand experience.View Hotel based trips in Nepal
REVIEWS FOR NEPAL TRIPS
Review by Ali on 09/12/2019
An amazing experience! A journey with unforgettable landscapes and soundscapes. I enjoyed every step! The experience of walking across stunning landscapes and feeling so small will remain a memory forever. I had the privilege to be surrounded by new friends and a great team. Our group leader, Nat, was incredible! Thank you, once again! TMC are a very professional and caring operator. For me, safety on such trips is key. TMC aligned with my expectations and even exceeded it at times. The group leader, Nat, and the supporting team did an excellent job in looking after us! We were fed very well, kept warm and enjoyed some very funny and unforgettable moments. Thank you TMC, will be back for more! ...Show more Show less
Review by Basher 31/12/2019
Perfectly organised trek around Kanchenjunga I have done many organised treks in a Nepal, with various operators, but this was my first one with TMC and I would certainly use them again. The route up the western side to the ‘northern’ base-camp at Pangpema took us through a range of different vegetation and scenery as we gently acclimatised. T he views were stunning throughout. We were thus all well and fit for the ascent of the passes to cross to the eastern side and ‘south’ camp at Oktang. We had good weather and all the team made it. The crew, from guide to cooks to porters, were all excellent and good fun. First time I had used TMC - after bumping into the owner two years ago in Kathmandu and being impressed by his approach. I was not disappointed. Everything was well thought-through - the itinerary, the timing to avoid the bad weather (we had a couple of hours of rain in 3 weeks), the excellent choice of staff, the pace and length of days to allow acclimatisation, and provision of excellent information. I would certainly use the company again. ...Show more Show less
Review by Alice E 06/01/2020
Extraordinary adventure around the third highest mountain in the world For our first ever trip to the Himalayas we chose the Kanchenjunga Circuit run by The Mountain Company. This might seem unwise, as it is billed as a remote and challenging trip. However the personalized care we received before, during and after our trip made us feel safe, comfo rtable, and exhilarated throughout. We are going back, and wouldn't dream of going with any other tour operator. The Mountain Company was fantastic to deal with from start to finish. It was always clear whom we could contact, and during our initial communications that was Roland Hunter, the owner, who made sure this trip was right for us and that we were prepared. In the immediate run up to the trip we received immediate responses to all our questions, and then while on trek we were superbly cared for and motivated by Natalie Wilson, the Western Leader, and the highly experienced local sidar. ...Show more Show less