12 Photos That Will Inspire You To Travel to Nepal

Elaina Giolando

A former management consultant turned nomad, Elaina writes about the intersection of career, life, and travel on topics including internships abroad and gap years.

Nepal is quite possibly the most captivating country on the entire Asian continent. With the charm of a quiet, peaceful people, the Himalayas at your doorstep, and some of the most beautiful ancient architecture in Asia, Nepal has a sure-fire method for winning over the unsuspecting traveler's heart.

There are four major areas visitors tend to travel to in Nepal: Kathmandu and the less-frequently visited Kathmandu Valley, Pokhara, the Annapurna region, and the eastern Khumbu region where Mount Everest lies. Fantastic trekking opportunities are available in all four regions and should not be missed by even the laziest travelers (I know, I am one and reluctantly did an 8-day trek on the Annapurna Circuit only to find it the most rewarding experience of my entire gap year).

Here are a selection of photos from my recent month-long venture into a country still recovering from one of the deadliest natural disasters in its history, yet boasting arguably the most magnificent natural landscapes you'll find anywhere on the planet.

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Kathmandu, Nepal

Meeting a sadhu baba (holy man) at the monkey temple in Kathmandu

Annapurna in Nepal

Trekking in the Himalaya on the Annapurna Circuit

Durbar Square in Nepal

Durbar Square in the ancient city of Bhaktapur

Patan Central Square, Nepal

Patan's central square, which is the best preserved after the 2015 earthquake

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

On the road in the Kathmandu Valley

Kathmandu Valley, Nepal

A tiny village in the Kathmandu Valley

Bhaktapur, Nepal

The narrow, dusty streets of Bhaktapur

Bandipur, Nepal

Bandipur, a tiny town between Kathmandu and Pokhara, from above

Yak on the Annapurna Circuit

Spotting a yak on the Annapurna Circuit trek

Thorong Phedi, Nepal

Crossing the Thorong Phedi pass at over 5,000 meters

Kagbeni, Himalaya region, Nepal

A man herding goats in Kagbeni, Himalaya region

Menang, Nepal

Playing peek-a-boo in Manang