The small, mountainous country of Nepal is one of the most breathtaking places on earth. Home to Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain, Nepal literally sits on top of the world.
It’s a backpacker’s paradise.
Though Nepal is primarily Hindu and Buddhist, Christianity is on the rise—especially after the earth shook in April 2015. With nowhere else to turn, homes in shambles, and loved ones injured or gone, the hope of Christ is on the move. Churches are growing, and entire families are turning to Him.
Will you join the work God is doing in Nepal?
Cows are sacred in Nepal and are allowed to wander the streets. When entering a temple, do not wear leather.
Visitors should dress conservatively, especially women. If encountering a Nepali dressed entirely in white, it means that the person is in mourning.
Ask permission before taking photographs in temples. Do not step over people's feet or any other parts of their bodies. To sit with feet pointing at someone is insulting, especially toward a monk or llama. It is also insulting to pat children on the head.
The left hand should never be used for eating, handling food, shaking hands. However, presenting or accepting gifts is always performed with both hands.
Language: Nepali and Maithili
Nepal is home to one of the most famous hikes in the world: the ascent to Mount Everest Basecamp.
One of the highest swings in the world is located in Nepal. Take a day-long trip outside Kathmandu to a bridge suspended above a scenic valley and experience the heart-fluttering drop down into the valley below.
Make sure to eat a traditional Nepali meal, and drink a cup of chai!
Stock up on all your Nepali style clothing in the Thamel shopping alleys.