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Nepal

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Nepal Mountain Range (Photo: Thinkstock/jupiterimages)
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Trekkers and other adventure travelers, rejoice! 2011 has been declared "Nepal Tourism Year," with the country's 16 political groups uniting to welcome tourists throughout the year. This means all strikes, demonstrations, or other impediments resulting from political differences will be put on hold for the duration of 2011, to ensure visitors feel safe and free to explore all that Nepal has to offer. While one hopes this goodwill will last into the coming years, you may want to take advantage of this special agreement while you can, when touring conditions are as close to ideal as possible.

If you're planning to trek, familiarize yourself with the regulations on the Nepal Mountaineering Association. Here, you'll find information regarding permits, routes, and guides. Other adventure activities are only limited by your imagination, with paragliding, rafting, horseback riding, mountain biking, and bird- and butterfly-watching representing just a few possible activities. Per-diem costs are remarkably inexpensive, as Frommer's reports three-star hotels can be had for as low as $43 per night, double occupancy. By spending so little on accommodations and other day-to-day costs, you may have plenty left over in your budget for adventure tours and excursions.

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Find the best vacation package for your budget by checking the listings on the Nepal tourism website. Browse offerings by interest (e.g., trekking, bird watching, pilgrimage, etc.), or length of stay. Once you've chosen your tours, you're then matched with appropriate travel agents to customize your vacation.

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