Best Places for Backpackers in Nepal.

Enjoy backpacking around Nepal without a fixed itinerary by using our handy listings of the best hostels in every destination. Specially curated for backpackers and economy travellers, we help you find an amazing place to stay no matter where you're headed!

The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Nepal.

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Top 50 hostels in Nepal.

These are the 50 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Nepal.

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Kathmandu Sunny Hotel

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Kathmandu Sunny Hotel

Kathmandu Sunny Hotel is located at the Paknajol height, a closer distance of the tourist market - Thamel. The banks, ATM and shopping centers are just in 5 min walking distance. Our location is peaceful and you will feel you are not away from your home place. You will find out the overall environme...
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Hotel Himalayan Oasis

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Hotel Himalayan Oasis

Hotel Himalayan Oasis is a traveler's home away from home and is located in the heart of Thamel the centre of tourist activity; especially for those who have onward adventure destinations like treks, mountaineering and rafting expeditions. Whether it is at the beginning or end of your adventure, Hot...
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BnB Royal Tourist House

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BnB Royal Tourist House

Clean and quite hostel for sleep in Kathamandu, 4 to 5 minutes walking distance to center street Thamel. Hospital - health - clinic - - are around the walking distance. Doctors are on call. Tourist bus station is for departure to Pokhara - Chitwan - Lumbini in 10 minutes walking distance....
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Hotel Giramondo

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Hotel Giramondo

Giramondo hotel is located in the centre of Kathmandu, just five minutes walking from the main tourist area, Thamel, with shops, restaurants, markets, bars and pubs. The other attractions (Durbar square, Swayambhunath, Royal palace and many others ) are just a walk distance away. Hotel Giramondo...
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Hostel The Billabong Garden

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Hostel The Billabong Garden

Located 2.5 km from the Pokhara Airport, It features a massage parlor and provides free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Fitted with large windows, rooms here will provide you with a cable TV, a seating area and fan. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with free toiletries and slippers...
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Pagoda Guest House Bhaktapur

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Pagoda Guest House Bhaktapur

We do not consider Pagoda a hotel; it is rather a home. We started Pagoda a decade ago to provide travelers a 'Second Home' and so far we have been able to do that. Rest assured. You will never feel like you are far away in a distant land. You will always feel like you are with Friends and Family....
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Hotel Darwin

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Hotel Darwin

In Hotel Darwin we provide accommodation service in excellent location. We have a beautiful green rooftop garden where you can relish the panoramic view of sub-Himalayan hills surrounding the valley and cool breeze from the Himalayas . We provide budget, sociable accommodation with comfortable wo...
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Hotel Fewa Holiday Inn

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Hotel Fewa Holiday Inn

Heartily welcome to the Hotel FEWA HOLIDAY INN at the Valley of PEACE of PARADISE, Pokhara: Fewa Lake POKHARA valley is without doubt one of the most & best natural as well beautiful place in the world. It is a place of remarkable natural beauty. The serenity of Fewa Lake & the magnificence of t...
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Thamel Grand Hotel

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Thamel Grand Hotel

Thamel Grand Hotel is located at the heart of Thamel area is a newly established hotel with very friendly and peaceful area. Nowadays, the city is being crowded and there is much disturbance in the city area in this context our hotel is located in such area where there is no disturbance at all with...
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Manamaiju Homestay

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Manamaiju Homestay

Featuring mountain views, Manamaiju Homestay and Hotel in Manamaiju offers accommodation and a garden. Fitted with a terrace, the units feature a TV and a private bathroom with bath. Some units have a balcony and/or a patio with garden or city views. The homestay offers an Asian or vegetarian bre...
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Hotel Vintage Home

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Hotel Vintage Home

Hotel vintage is the one of the best hotels in town which is located at near Bhaktapur Durbar square where you can find the tastes of vintage style of building with cosy beautiful architects of old ancient wooden craft balcony, tarrace with old patti with used of red brick infront of hotel and well...
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Alpine Hotel and Apartment

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Alpine Hotel and Apartment

ALPINE HOTEL & APARTMENT provides you with luxurious, tranquil and cosy second home in Kathmandu. It is geographically situated in a picturesque town Thamel, a convenience hub for tourist. Thamel has an extensive shopping selection for eateries, souvenirs, bookshops, outdoor gears, money changers an...
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Hostel Nepal

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Hostel Nepal

Situated in Pokhara and with Fewa Lake within touching, Hostel Nepal Pvt Ltd features a garden, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi and a terrace. The shared bathroom is equipped with a shower. Guests at the hostel can enjoy an American or a vegetarian breakfast. You can play darts at Hostel Nepa...
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Fuji Hotel

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Fuji Hotel

Fuji Guest House has now been upgraded to Fuji Hotel: the management is the same. Ideally located in a nice quiet area, the hotel is minutes away from the heart of Kathmandu - Thamel. Thamel is a tourist hotspot and is always bustling with activity: the best pubs, the savory restaurants, travel b...
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Rest Up Kathmandu Hostel

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Rest Up Kathmandu Hostel

A hostel unlike any other hostel with private rooms and bunk beds for all age's tourists from all around the world as well as friendly staff and delicious meals available throughout the day. It’s a perfect place to make new friends, relax and rest up. Rest up Kathmandu Hostel is located in centr...
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Hotel at the End of the Universe

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Hotel at the End of the Universe

Hotel at The End of The Universe was one of the first hostels in Nagarkot and to this day remains the best place to relax and enjoy the majestic views here. Unlike other hotels in Nagarkot, Hotel At The End of The Universe is perched atop Mahankal Hill, a mere five minute walk from the tourist c...
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Mitra Garden Inn

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Mitra Garden Inn

Established by the very energetic, well experienced and well known personality about hospitality. Located at the heart of the Thamel(Touristic area of Kathmandu). There is plenty of open space to chill out and have their own restaurant where guest can have breakfast, dinner, lunch, and drinks an...
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Kathmandu Village House

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Kathmandu Village House

Kathmandu Village House is committed to serve best frankly service with reasonable prices for backpackers, families, business travelers, groups and individuals to an enjoyable peaceful stay in Nepal. It is located in centre of Thamel and close to Narayanhiti Museum. Moreover, it is 15 minute far fro...
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The Mountain House Pokhara

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The Mountain House Pokhara

The Mountain House is in the central part of the Lakeside, not in the main street still very close to Restaurants, Bars, Internet Cafes, Travel and Trekking agencies, Banks and ATM. It is about one hundred and fifty meters inside to east from the Funky Salsa Restaurant near to the Nabil Bank Limited...
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Rambler Hostel

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Rambler Hostel

Rambler hostel Pvt. Ltd is a prime located bed and breakfast hostel in Thamel Kathmandu, Nepal. It's come to provide the budget beds and ethnic culture to the trekkers who seeking memorable adventure in Mountain country(Nepal). Rambler hostel can provide luxury private bed room, common bed room,...
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Avalon House KTM

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Avalon House KTM

Avalon House is newly established property in tourist hub Thamel. It is bit quite place from crowd, offers 20 testfully sunny room with private bath and all the time hot and cold shower. A nice roof top terrace provides an excellent views of Kathmandu as well as monkey temple to the west and sno...
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Pushpa Guest House

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Pushpa Guest House

The Pushpa Guesthouse is a family owned and operated guesthouse in the lakeside area of Pokhara, Nepal. Our guesthouse is operated by a manager, Raj Ojha, with over twenty years of experience in treking as well as the tourism industry.now raj has trekking company as well.his trekking company name i...
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Hotel Mount Paradise

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Hotel Mount Paradise

We believe in sharing feelings not only providing rooms. Hotel Mount paradise is a charming property in the middle of nature with clean rooms, hot shower and free WIFI in Nagarkot, Nepal. It is the only one resort with pure vegetarian menu for the guests. Each room is embellished with unique colo...
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Andes House

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Andes House

Andes House is a Nepali family people/trekking guide run property in kathamndu which is your ideal choice to taste and know more about local life and culture of Nepal. our main goal is to make feel for tourist andes is second house in Nepal. . It is located in centre of Thamel and close to Narayan...
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Hotel Rhino Land

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Hotel Rhino Land

Namaste. the perfect place for those who travel on a budget choices in Sauraha (Chitwan National Park. We are ideally located, in a very quiet and peaceful neighbourhood, close to the elephants’ stables, just 5 minutes walking from the town center and the park entrance. We have 11 large rooms...
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Changu Farm House

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Changu Farm House

Welcome to Changu Farm House! We are a family run guesthouse located just 5 min away from the oldest Hindu temple in Nepal - Narayan, on the hill beautifully overlooking the panorama view of Kathmandu - but without the dust and chaos of our capital! Here we offer a gateway to another, more tranquil...
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Hotel Yambu

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Hotel Yambu

“Yambu” name is given by Tibetans and other ethnic people living in the Himalayan region to Kathmandu. In other words, “Yambu” means “The Northern Land.” Hotel Yambu is located just 8 km from Tribhuvan International Airport, near Thamel; the tourist hub of Kathmandu and one of the most happening...
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Gurung

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Gurung's Home

Gurung’s Home is family based accommodation designed for travelers who wish to stay in peaceful area away from the crowd of touristic hub of Thamel, and learn about the general local lifestyle of the people. Our valuable travelers can expect beautiful rooms with breakfast included, home amenitie...
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Heart of Bhaktapur Guest House

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Heart of Bhaktapur Guest House

Heart of Bhaktapur guest house offers 13 bright, well-furnished cozy rooms with attached bathrooms. The guest house is located in the old city center of beautiful Bhaktapur, Nepal. We offer good services by friendly staff and all modern facilities. We provide for the experience of the traditiona...
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Elbrus Home

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Elbrus Home

The home lies near from tourist hub thamel,Galkopakha. It is 7 minutes walking distance from Royal Palace & Tourist bus station, Kantipath. The home offers neat and clean rooms including bathroom with hot & cold shower for 24 hours. It has testefully sunny room with balcony and beautiful garden....
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Aroma Tourist Hostel

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Aroma Tourist Hostel

Aroma Tourist Hostel welcomes you by offering hospitality services par excellence. Aroma invites you to experience the spectacular beauty of Pokhara, the gateway to Annapurna circuit, and many other wonderful authentic Nepali experiences and activities. Aroma Hostel, run by a family, is situated a s...
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Forest Lake Backpackers Hostel

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Forest Lake Backpackers Hostel

Forest Lake is well positioned, where the Phewa Lake is only a doorstep away. Means, you get to enjoy marvelous beauty of the lake while staying at our luxurious yet affordable hostel. Our place is definitely not a party hostel. Our main aim is to give you complete relaxation, also giving you atmosp...
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Yakety Yak Hostel

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Yakety Yak Hostel

Hello and Namaste, Yakety Yak Hostel is located in Thamel. The heart of the hip and happening Kathmandu. It is a planned and purpose-built hostel and not some residential building converted to a hostel. We’ve worked with design firms and professional architects to bring you the aesthetically desi...
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Zostel Kathmandu

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Zostel Kathmandu

Zostel Kathmandu is the liveliest & classiest backpacker hostel in Kathmandu. Located right in the city's backpacking hub, Thamel, there is no better pitstop for travelers to explore Kathmandu on budget. Located in Thamel, Zostel captures the essence of the city. It consists of a rooftop bar, a g...
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Peace Guesthouse

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Peace Guesthouse

Peace Guesthouse is on the lap of small green hilly forest garden with stunning view around. Some rooms include a seating area for your convenience. Views of the lake, garden or city are featured in certain rooms. Each room is equipped with a shared bathroom. Peace Guesthouse offers breakfast...
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The North Face Inn

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The North Face Inn

Free Wi/Fi service with high speed internet connection. The North Face Inn is born in 2010 April in Pokhara, which is a striking place for natural beauty at an altitude of about 850 meters from the Sea level. The North Face Inn is situated in one of the beautiful, clean, quiet &...
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Hotel Bishram

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Hotel Bishram

Hotel Bishram is situated in one of the beautiful, clean, quiet & environment friendly lane of the lakeside from where you can see the clear snow-capped machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain and clear Fewa lake. Our goal at the Hotel Bishram is to ensure that our guests have a comfortable and memorab...
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Sanus House

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Sanus House

Sanu’s House is in Patan, which is only 5 km. from Kathmandu. The location is within easy access to all tourist destinations in the Kathmandu valley. The house is only 50 meters from a bus stop and a taxi stand where taxis are available around the clock. Sanu’s House is just 7 km. from the intern...
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Harvest Moon Guest House

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Harvest Moon Guest House

Harvest Moon Guest House was established in 2000 which is situated just a five minute walk away from the main tourist strip(Lakeside) and Fewa lake to offer a nice, clean, quiet, family oriented accomodation for tired and weary tourists as well as those looking for adventure.We are just 1.5 km far f...
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Hotel Potala

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Hotel Potala

Hotel Potala is one of the leading hotels centrally located in the heart of Thamel. This is the most convenient place to stay for them who understand the value of time. It has a simple, elegant, comfortable, safe and secure economic hotel for families, individual travelers, trekkers seeking for real...
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Pokhara Backpacker

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Pokhara Backpacker's Hostel

Featuring free W-iFi, a barbecue and a sun terrace, Backpackers Pokhara Hostel offers pet-friendly accommodation in Pokhara. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. Free private parking is available on site. Bike hire and car hire are available at this hostel and the area is popular for horse riding....
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Kasthamandap Traveller

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Kasthamandap Traveller's Home

Kasthamandap Traveller's Home is located a 2-minute walk away from the always-awake touristic Thamel, close enough to be central, yet far enough to experience some 'Shanti' Moments. Our hostel has been open for 2 years. Thus all rooms, dormitories and bathrooms benefit from new furniture. A no...
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Kathmandu Peace Home

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Kathmandu Peace Home

Kathmandu Peace Home is a new name and new brand in the hospitality industry. We at Kathmandu Peace Home would like to add another dimension to your memories of this wondrous land of peace and Himalayan Kingdom. Besides accommodation, our sincere service and and affordable prices in competitive...
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Gauri Shankar Backpackers Hostel

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Gauri Shankar Backpackers Hostel

Located in Pokhara, 458 m from Fewa Lake, Gauri Shankar backpackers hostel pokhara has a garden and rooms with free WiFi access. One mile from World Peace Pagoda, the property is also 3.1 km away from International Mountain Museum. Guests can have a cocktail at the bar. At the hotel, every room i...
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Sudha

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Sudha's Garden Home

Located in the Boudhha neighborhood in Kathmandu, 600 meters from Boudhanath Stupa, Sudha's Garden Home features free Wi-Fi access and free private parking. The family stay has a barbecue and playground, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Certain units feature a sitting area where you...
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Kiwi Backpackers Hostel Pokhara

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Kiwi Backpackers Hostel Pokhara

Namaste and welcome to Kiwi Backpackers Hostel Pokhara! Situated at the beautiful south end of Lakeside, we offer superior Himalayan views, a relaxed vibe and close proximity to trekking gear shops, bike rentals, cafés, restaurants, movie gardens, parks, and the boatyard. The tourist bus park is...
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Zen Bed and Breakfast

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Zen Bed and Breakfast

Zen Bed and Breakfast is located in the Central Thamel, close to Kathmandu Guest House, Or2K, Himalayan Java and many budget restaurants. It is only 15-20 minutes from airport (light traffic). Property airport pickup is cheaper than the official rate, The guesthouse provides you not only the comf...
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Hotel Ganesh Himal

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Hotel Ganesh Himal

HOTEL GANESH HIMAL has been the Authors Choice Hotel by Lonely Planet Guide book's new 7th edition. Let us serve you in a Homely atmosphere. Hotel Ganesh Himal is located just between two famouse tourist centers Thamel and Ktm Durbar Square within 5 minutes walking distance. It is 6 kilometers awa...
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The Glasshouse Hotel

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The Glasshouse Hotel

The Glasshouse Hotel is a cozy and friendly accommodation with a totally modern exterior & decor that is tasteful & stylishly equipped with the latest bathroom fixtures, lighting & home entertainment. The bedroom furniture has been hand crafted & tailored to provide maximum comfort & space. There...
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Pushkar Backpackers Hostel Pokhara

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Pushkar Backpackers Hostel Pokhara

Hello and Namaste to all. Pushkar is one of the very few real youth hostels located to the north lakeside in Pokhara. If you are a social person, come visit us.We are almost like a base camp for your travels in Nepal. You come and check in and meet other travelers and make plans with them to go...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Nepal.

Check out tips from other travellers and bloggers and their experiences in Nepal.

If you're already planning to visit Nepal - scroll to the next section for a list of the best places to stay.

Nepali culture

When traveling sometimes it is difficult to discover nice restaurants. Maybe they are too touristic or they charge you a lot for a good and clean meal. But I reveal you here (so you won’t have to take any risk) the best vegetarian and vegan spots in Kathmandu. Nepali culture Nepali cuisine relies on Dal Bhat. These two words are (or should be) well known to everyone who has traveled once to the country. Dal Bhat consists of a melange of ingredients: lentil soup (dal) and steamed rice (bhat). Along with these two, the dish is complete with some curry veggies (usually potatoes and cauliflower called tarkari), sauteed green leafs (sak), pickles (achar) and papad (a kind of fried lentil flour chip).

Azeta Yu

Welcome to Sauraha

The Terai refers to the southernmost region of Nepal. It’s a narrow belt of flat plains, winding rivers, and subtropical jungles that borders India.

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The Street Gurus:

        One funny story that I will share with you:  I had little money and I found a Moon Stone, a sparkly white crystal that has a mesmerizing light blue shine across its surface when put under the sun’s rays, the stone was much more expensive than what I could have afforded and the dude selling it was not going to bargain it down to the price I wanted; at one point seeing I won’t quit until I get my stone he says: “I like the shirt you are wearing!” So now I had some leverage on the situation, it was a cool shirt from Element that cost me like 25$, the stone was roughly the same price, so after a bit of more bargaining I traded with the jeweler: my shirt for this incredible stone! Win-win, right? The Street Gurus: Rickshaw in Nepal the fastest way to get around, The Nepali Helicopter!!!

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The unmissable stone carving at the Boudhanath Temple

Even the famous attractions like the Boudhanath Temple, Pashupatinath Temple, and the Kathmandu museum are best reached by micro bus. It’s cheap and exciting, and the drive takes you through sectors of the city you might not otherwise see. The Monkey Temple especially is a sight that can’t be missed. The view from the top of the stairs is worth the visit. The whole sprawling metropolis tucked into a seemingly small valley. With the most prayer flags I’ve ever seen in one place fluttering above, to the sacred cows plodding about, to the skittish monkeys darting between the tourist and the pilgrim, this place is one of wonder. While the souvenir stores take away from the holiness of the site somewhat, they smell like quintessential Nepal and are spectacular collections in their own right. Piles of candles, coins, magnets, and the Buddha’s eyes everywhere, not to mention some beautiful artworks, all crammed onto the same mountain that once bore the brunt of the 2015 earthquake. Don’t miss the stone carving of the Buddha from the 12th century. 

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Say no to water bottles

Unless you are a seasoned traveller with a cast iron stomach, do not drink the tap water. To avoid adding to the mountains of plastic water bottles left behind by travellers, BYO reusable bottle. You have two options for water purification. Water purification tablets, which, based on the disgusted faces pulled by my fellow trekkers every time they drank water, tastes like crap. Option two, my preferred method is to use a steripen.  It works by using UV light to destroy over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa like Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Several trips to Nepal, Indonesia and Thailand and it hasn’t failed us yet. Take several two litre water bottles with you to fill up and sterilise the water with the steripen. You can drink directly from the bottle once the water is sterilised. While trekking, we transferred the sterilised water to camelbacks in our backpacks.

Kira Simpson

Kathmandu: The Basics and Essentials of Nepal

Kathmandu is one of the many cities adapting and changing to meet growing tourism demands. Other online forums easily become outdated in the fast paced technology and modernized to the developing nation. It is obvious the tourism is building rapidly, and for good reason. It is incredibly cheap, culture rich, with breathtaking scenery and mouth-watering cuisines. If you have come to Kathmandu, then it is most likely you’ve planned a trek. Otherwise one of the street marketers has convinced you. Imagine Kuta in Bali, with taxi drivers shouting “taxi” at you, now replace this with Nepali men shouting “trekking”. Here are some current insider tips for arriving in the biggest city of Nepal.

Sarah Bartlett

The little boy in Kathmandu

Never End Peace And Love – Nepal. Every letter of ‘Nepal’ is used to build this phrase. When you travel to the other side of the world, this adventure ensures you to gain a lot of life experience if you let yourself immerse into this different world and way of living. Go on reading and let yourself plunge into the wonderful world of Kathmandu…

Emilie Frans

Basantapur: The Hub For Every Travelers

With the emerging interest in tourism  Basantapur, i.e., Kathmandu Durbar Square is believed to be the most sought destinations of Nepal. It is considered to be a living paradise for a culture seeker due to the presence of old durbars, temples, shrines, monuments, and monasteries while for the other popular time traveler’s  the area is filled with activities like city excursions, shopping and eating authentic foods.  The area got indeed blessed with a rich cultural heritage, wide traditional practices, codes of manners, costume, literature, and religion.

Kushu

An eye-opening experience in Kathmandu

I had dreamt of visiting Nepal for 15 years (and probably lifetimes!) I had always been drawn to the colours of the jewellery, red coral and turquoise, bronze goddesses, the Thangka paintings, the wisdom of the Tibetan women dressed in traditional dress using their malas at sacred sites but it was also something deeper. Something that as soon as I arrived, the streets seems to embody, an ancient beauty, something forgotten…. something I’d been chasing for a long time: the Goddess.

Kate Leppard

The Triangle Trip in Nepal

My love for travelling starts precisely with this ‘triangle trip’. Back in 2005, we lived in Nepal and we had already completed two years living in Birgunj. So, as a family tradition, it was mandatory to take a trip every year around the time of October-November when all four of us were free. I was just a fifth grader but the passion of wandering was like that of a twenty-year old then. The idea of family trips excited me to the level that I used to dance around for some time (I assure you that it does not happen anymore, I’m twenty now) and I was an expert at preparing my bag-pack.

Sumedha Jadli

Annapurna Circuit and Base Camp Without A Guide

AC and ABC: two of the best trekking trails in Nepal Wondering whether to go to Nepal and do some trekking? Don’t wonder. You will meet amazing people, see beautiful scenery, enjoy delicious food and tea, and all of this can cost you less than 500 euros. I have done Annapurna Circuit and Annapurna Base Camp starting on 8th of April. It took us 18 days, but we did allow ourselves few days of rest, so it could be done faster. We used transportation on the places where we had to walk on the road. I met one Brazilian girl online, Hermione, searching for trekking partner because I didn’t want to go alone. There are hundreds of people on the trek, especially on ABC, so you will for sure not be alone, even if you want to. I met the second person of our group on the 3rd day and the three of us stayed together until the end. You can find below the story and an itinerary of this incredible journey.

Evelina Hadzhieva

Nepal : In the laps of the Himalayas

Travel Diaries – Nepal (Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara) Summers are pretty hot in India, so my husband and I thought of taking a trip to the mountains to Nepal for a week from Pune, India. Those who wish to run through the itinerary, please check the footnote. To know more about my wonderful experience, read on…

Anuprita Chendke

The Triangle Trip in Nepal

My love for travelling starts precisely with this ‘triangle trip’. Back in 2005, we lived in Nepal and we had already completed two years living in Birgunj. So, as a family tradition, it was mandatory to take a trip every year around the time of October-November when all four of us were free. I was just a fifth grader but the passion of wandering was like that of a twenty-year old then. The idea of family trips excited me to the level that I used to dance around for some time (I assure you that it does not happen anymore, I’m twenty now) and I was an expert at preparing my bag-pack.

Sumedha Jadli

The little boy in Kathmandu

Never End Peace And Love – Nepal. Every letter of ‘Nepal’ is used to build this phrase. When you travel to the other side of the world, this adventure ensures you to gain a lot of life experience if you let yourself immerse into this different world and way of living. Go on reading and let yourself plunge into the wonderful world of Kathmandu…

Emilie Frans

Where is it?

As soon as you reach the gate of boudhanath, pushing through the crowd and paying extra 250NPR if you are Non-Nepali citizen, you can see the magnificent Stupa standing right in front of you filled with such a strong energy to make you feel warm and welcomed.

Pritha Khanal

Say no to water bottles

Unless you are a seasoned traveller with a cast iron stomach, do not drink the tap water. To avoid adding to the mountains of plastic water bottles left behind by travellers, BYO reusable bottle. You have two options for water purification. Water purification tablets, which, based on the disgusted faces pulled by my fellow trekkers every time they drank water, tastes like crap. Option two, my preferred method is to use a steripen.  It works by using UV light to destroy over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa like Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Several trips to Nepal, Indonesia and Thailand and it hasn’t failed us yet. Take several two litre water bottles with you to fill up and sterilise the water with the steripen. You can drink directly from the bottle once the water is sterilised. While trekking, we transferred the sterilised water to camelbacks in our backpacks.

Kira Simpson

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