"Of temples, mountains and elephants" Nepal by GillianMcLaughlin

Nepal Travel Guide: 4,243 reviews and 11,967 photos

Somewhere different this year please!

With 4 weeks notice and 2 weeks planning I headed off to Nepal with my LP, backpack and return ticket. I had just over a month off work. Those who had been before me told me a month was too long for such a small country - 3 or 4 days would do.

In the event, I used my month to the full, taking in everything from an amazing trek in the Annapurna range to watch the sunrise over the mountains, an elephant ride in the sourthern jungle lands of Chitwan, early morning walks through ancient towns in the Kathmandu valley and just hanging about in the coffee shops of Kathmanu.

I made friends with stall-holders who took me out visiting, and invited me to dinner. I had to go to the dentist somewhere along the line. I had a ball! An absolute ball!

I hope these pages give you a little flavour of what is in store if you decide to visit.

Among the tips you will find an inordinate number of suggestions for avoiding and dealing with tummy bugs... personally my month passed untroubled, but this was not the case for many people I met... don't let it put you off, but do think ahead.

Pokhara - Dipwali

I was fortunate enough to visit during the massive Dipwali festival. This week-long festival cuplimates with a hige family party. The hotel I was staying in invited all of us guests to join them for the party. This included receiving our gift of a Thika, all home made from pastes made from flowers.

Would you get a load of that white skin! It glows in ultra-violet light you know!

Poon Hill: the gay boys got there before me!

A 4-day trek from Pokhara can lead you to a small mountain village, where you spend (a bit of) the night. A couple of hours before dawn you set off on a near-death hike to reach the summit of Poon Hill to watch dawn rise over a 360 degree panorama of 6000m + mountains.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A small country with fantastic people and amazing sights
  • Cons:Since my visit maybe less secure than it was
  • In a nutshell:The best of everything. A great introduction to Asia for the first-timer
  • Last visit to Nepal: Nov 1997
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2008 at 12:38 AM

    What a special time - a month in Nepal!Great page and photos thanks Gillian!Somewhere Ive always wanted to go - still ahead of me....!

  • luckymiffy's Profile Photo
    Jan 4, 2008 at 6:44 AM

    I really want to be there. can't help reading more from your pages. thanks for the tips!!

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2007 at 5:37 AM

    I hope my son knows these things...He's just gone off for a 3-month trek in Nepal & India...Next time he e-mails me, I'll remind him.

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2007 at 10:12 PM

    Patupashinath looks like an interesting place to visit...Take care! Keep those tips coming!

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 15, 2007 at 8:31 AM

    Excellent tips - beautifully written and equally beautifully illustrated. I will certainly be back to explore the rest of your Nepal pages

  • calcaf38's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2006 at 3:21 PM

    HI Gillian: Your Nepalese pigment powders were on the front page at 18:15 Eastern Standard Time. Gorgeous picture. I saw similar pigments offered at the Pisac market. See you in Baltimore!

  • Anchovy56's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2006 at 8:31 AM

    Me thinks GM is getting a kickback from said supplier. Dialang was just a cover, right?

  • topoftheworl's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2006 at 7:48 PM

    "Early morning in Pashupati." A very moving photo. Thanks.

  • miso80's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2006 at 7:43 AM

    Then you must come along..and allow us to show you around ;) Love ur pages..i'll have to take a good look at them.Maybe you will come here in the fall on that trip brad brown is planning!hihi! Lebanon-Syria-Turkey-Greek Isles :)

  • roz.van's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2005 at 11:29 AM

    ur great :) a month off and u dont waste it, u turn i into something special. thanks for yr help..i have just googled indian toilets LOL OMG. i only hope i enjoy it as much as u obviously enjoyed nepal! xxx roz


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