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Adventurous couples fond of nature and exploring the great outdoors will find Nepal a perfect honeymoon destination. Home to the iconic Mount Everest, it lures mountaineers and adventurous travellers interested in scaling some of the world’s tallest mountains. But even if you’re not keen on trekking or climbing mountains, you’ll find plenty of things to do for your honeymoon. There are temples and monasteries to visit and charming mountain villages to explore.
Here’s a guide to honeymooning in Nepal.
As the capital of Nepal, you will most likely begin your honeymoon adventure in Kathmandu. While many visitors would head straight to Pokhara or other cities for their trek, it’s worth spending a day or two in the capital, discovering its fascinating temples and other cultural sights. For couples who want to splurge, consider staying in a luxury hotel in Kathmandu.
Many of the luxury hotels in Kathmandu cater to honeymooners looking to relax, unwind, and spend quality time. Others even host wedding ceremonies, which may be something to consider if you’re considering a weddingmoon in Nepal. Expect top-notch service and world-class amenities during your stay. Some have luxurious suites with a Jacuzzi and a balcony that look out to stunning views.
One of the best things about staying at luxury hotels is the opportunity to use a concierge service that will take charge of arranging tours and excursions in Kathmandu. These tours will take you to famous sights like the Buddha Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Patan Darbar Square, and more. At the end of your tour, you’ll come home to a comfy bed and a delicious dinner from your hotel’s onsite restaurant.
Couples interested in learning more about the local culture should consider exploring Patan Durbar Square, the spiritual culture of Patan. Located in the south of Kathmandu Valley, the ancient city of Patan, also called “Lalitpur,” is renowned for its fine arts and architecture. Believed to be the oldest city of Kathmandu Valley, the Durbar Square is home to a mix of Buddhist, Hindu, and Newar temples.
Some historians point the origins of Patan Durbar Square to after the end of the Licchavi era in 879 CE. It was during this time when Thakuri Kings ruled several parts of Nepal. Nowadays, the Patan Durbar Square is one of Nepal’s most visited tourist attractions. It’s a relatively small area, which you can cover in an hour or two.
While you can visit the Patan Durbar Square independently, hiring a local guide is the best way to learn more about the spiritual culture of Patan. Some highlights include the Hari Shankar Temple, Chyasin Dewal Temple, Krishna Mandir, and Vishwanath Temple. You can ask for a map at the entrance that can serve as your guide to exploring the square.
Home to some of the world’s tallest mountains, your honeymoon to Nepal won’t be complete without trekking the Himalayas. There are plenty of trails to tackle, depending on your preferences and level of physical fitness. But one of the most scenic routes is the trail to Annapurna.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trails in the Himalayas. It’s not an easy trek to tackle, although you don’t need to be an experienced trekker to complete the trail. Depending on your experience and fitness level, you should be able to complete the trek within two weeks.
While the Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most scenic treks to the Himalayas, it can also get crowded due to its popularity. One of the highlights is the Thorong La Pass, one of the world’s highest trekking passes, where you can witness the most breathtaking views of the Himalayas from the top.
Aside from the views, the traversing Annapurna offers a chance to immerse in the Sherpa culture. You will visit local villages home to the Gurung and Magar Community and get a closer look into the Buddhist culture in the Himalayas.
Nepal is home to some of the world’s most beautiful lakes. Among these are the Gokyo Lakes, which you can visit by trekking to the Himalayas for roughly two weeks. Along with the Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit, the Gokyo Lakes trek is among the most popular treks in Nepal. While it’s not an easy trek to conquer, your efforts will reward you with awe-inspiring views of the world’s highest freshwater lake, surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the world’s tallest mountains. The Gokyo Lakes trek also offers some of the best views of Mount Everest.
Your journey to Gokyo Lakes will begin with a thrilling 30-minute scenic flight to Lukla, considered by many as the world’s most dangerous airport. You will hike along picturesque Sherpa villages, passing through the pristine Dudh Koshi River, before arriving at the Namche Bazaar, home to the local Sherpa community.
Your trek will also take you to the most stunning viewpoint of Mount Everest. Along the way, you’ll come across incredible wildlife, including yaks and donkeys. Trekking the Gokyo Lakes on your honeymoon is an experience you will never forget.
Many of the world’s most avid mountain climbers dream of conquering the Everest Base Camp Trek. It’s one of the world’s most popular trails, taking you to the foothills of the world’s tallest mountain and passing through awe-inspiring views of the majestic Himalayas Mountain range. At over 8,000 metres, trekking the Everest Base Camp is no easy feat. But the views will make it all worth it.
Trekking to the Everest Base Camp is an incredible experience, best shared with the person you love. You can hire a local guide and porter to make things easier. Many trekking tour companies in Nepal can offer pre-planned itineraries that include acclimatization days for a more enjoyable experience.
Aside from the views and the thrill of conquering the world’s tallest mountain, trekking to the Everest Base Camp is also an opportunity to immerse in the culture of the indigenous Sherpa community, who earn a living guiding trekkers to the world’s tallest mountains.
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