Wanderlist: Nepal

The next stop of the tour is taking us to the backpacker haven nestled high in the mountains, the mystical country of Nepal.

Nepal has called to my heart for as long as I remember. As a little girl, I would gather every available pillow in the house, pile them into a mountainous shape, blast the air conditioner, and imagine myself scaling Everest like a weathered sherpa. Over the years, I have become less ambitious but visiting the home of the fabled ‘Yeti’, where prayer flags zigzag the a skyline dominated by majestic mountain ranges has grown no less appealing. And now, with the devastation incurred by the earthquake this past April, the urgency for tourists to revive a suffering economy is absolutely imperative.

“If Nepal doesn’t bring a smile to your face everyday, you’re a lost cause. ” — Jack Witts

MAPPING OUT THE COUNTRY

wanderlist nepal map

In the aftermath of any natural disaster, planning a trip requires careful planning because of the state-of-affairs on the ground. Some landmarks and whole towns have been reduced to rubble. For the three weeks that we’re there, we’ve engineered a route designed to enjoy the best of Nepal’s culture. Sadly, a trek to Mt. Everest’s base camp was out of the budget this time around but until the next time!

  1. Kathmandu (3-days with a day trip to Pashupatinath and Boudha)
  2. Bhaktapur (10-day homestay)
  3. Bandipur (1-day rest stop)
  4. Pohkara (4-days sightseeing/relaxing)
  5. Chitwan National Park (2-day safari)

Read more about the cities here:


on the itinerary

wanderlist nepal homestay

Get an intimate look at the lives of rural Nepalese

Volunteering/Homestay

We’ve decided to go the voluntourism route in Nepal. After sifting through a number of expensive volunteering options, we thankfully found the HelpStay option that only will cost $6 a night for full three-meals and a bed in exchange for help reconstructing a fallen temple and some menial garden work. Its advertised as a cultural exchange opportunity which I’m so excited about. HelpStay is driven by the idea of trading help for a place to stay (hence the name). Don’t be detered by the small register of offerings or the annual membership-fee given its a fairly new website with a great mission.

wanderlist nepal buddhism

Spend a day or two with monks

Temple Retreat at a Monastery

For the most part, Nepal is a spiritual retreat for the wandering soul. I hope to address my issues with being ‘at peace with oneself’ and recenter my chakra.

wanderlist nepal chitwan

See the majestic one-horned rhino

Go on a Safari in Chitwan National Park

Located in the southern most part of Nepal, this ecologically-diverse biosystem is home to the likes of Bengal Tigers, One-Horned Rhinos, and Asian Elephants.

wanderlist nepal doshain

Be festive with a local family

Celebrate Doshain with a Local Family

The longest and largest celebration on the Nepalese calendar, this fifteen-day festival (being held from Oct.15-27) celebrates family and the triumph of good over evil.

wanderlist nepal momo

Momos are usually filled with buffalo meat

Find the Best ‘Momo’

Locate the best food stand that serves up cheapest and freshest Nepalese equivalent of the dumpling. Try it with yak cheese filling.

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See Nepal from a different vantage point

Go UltraGliding in Pokhara

See the World Peace Stupa and Fewa Lake from a new vantage point in a small, lightweight aircraft meant to carry two.

wanderlist nepal massage

Giving meaningful employment opportunities to the visually impaired

Get a massage at Seeing Hands

A clinic that doubles as a charitable organization trains and employs blind massage therapists in support of equal opportunity for the disabled community in Pokhara

Any places to recommend/things to do/things to eat/places to stay? Comment below!


Izzy Pulido is a Bostonian by way of the Philippines who loves to vagabond. At twenty-seven, she's traded in gallivanting around Europe for the 9-to-5 grind... but don't count out the vagabonding! With a new long distance relationship, she's bringing American travel to the forefront. She lives for good times, good food, and good peeps.

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