Mountains and Jungles - Monks and Sadhus
Nepal sits on the spine of the world’s biggest mountain range, the majestic Himalayas. The bulk of the world’s most impressive peaks, 8 of the 10 tallest, fall within Nepal’s borders. The most well known is, Sagarmatha, otherwise known as Mount Everest. Standing at 29,029 feet above sea level it dominates the horizon as much as it does global awareness of Nepal. But there is so much more to the small country situated between India and China.
The topography of Nepal is diverse and includes icy peaks, terraced mountains, and lowland jungles where the tigers and elephants share space with villages as old as civilization itself. The diversity of Nepal is extends far beyond geography. Situated between China and India, the cultures of Nepal are rich and varied. Nepal is home to more than 100 unique ethnic groups, tribes, and social castes speaking 115 distinct languages. From the lowlands where the Tharu tribes dwell, to the Tibetan influenced Sherpas of the mountains, it seems a new cultural experience awaits around every turn.
For our LAST MILE teams, we dive deep into the many different experiences Nepal has to offer. On arrival we visit the temples and palaces of Kathmandu and discover the city’s many ancient treasures. For thousands of years people from across Asia have journeyed to the Kathmandu Valley. It is here they built vast kingdoms, empires, and fueled religious teachings that spread throughout the globe. It is an enchanted city, although it is admittedly a little rough around the edges. It is fondly referred to by those who love it as––the gritty city.