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Nepal is home of Mount Everest ‘Forehead of the Sky’ – Breathtaking!

Nepal is a southern Asian landlocked country located between India and Tibet. Mount Everest – the tallest mountain in the world – is found in Nepal.

Mount Everest, Nepal

Nepal has a population of 31.5 million (July 2015 est.). The official language is Nepali — although some public institutions and businesses do use English.

Mount Everest, Nepal
Photography by Nancy Collins

Mount Everest locally known as Sagarmatha (meaning Forehead of the Sky), peaks at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level.

The mountain was named Everest in 1863 after British surveyor Sir George Everest.

Mount Everest, Nepal
Namche Bazar is a gateway to Mt Everest. The village lies in Solukhumbu district of Nepal. The mountain seen in the background is Mt Kungde. Photography by Gaurab

Close to three quarters (64%) of Nepal is covered by mountains.

These mountains (14 of which peak above 8000 meters; and 1,310 peak above 6000 meters), serve as huge touristic attractions, especially for mountain climbers and trekkers.

Mount Everest, Nepal
View of Annapurna South (left) and Machapuchchre (right) by Sudan Shrestha

The country of Nepal is also rich in forests, grasslands, wetlands, and wildlife.

Mount Everest, Nepal
Annapurna Base camp by Bishow Joshi

Nepal is endowed with an abundance of natural resources including minerals (quartz), timber, soil, water, and hydropower.

Mount Everest, Nepal
Bridge in Annapurna Circuit. Photography by Greg Willis

Agriculture is the main economic activity in Nepal. 70% of Nepalis are farmers of rice, maize, millet, wheat, sugarcane, and vegetables; some farmers maintain livestock such as cows, chicken and goats.

Mount Everest, Nepal
Road on the way to Syabrubesi (a small touristic town). Photography by Bharat2

The Nepali heavily depend on trees for most of their daily energy needs such as heating and cooking. Because of this, forests are rapidly being cut down by the general population and for commercial purposes, causing conservation/environmental concerns.

Mount Everest, Nepal
Monjo village, located between Lukla and Namche Bazaar. Photography by Moralist

90% of Nepalis live in areas covered by a cellular network, hence mobile cellular subscriber-ship is rising rapidly.

Mount Everest, Nepal
Khumbila (a high Himalayan peak), with a view over Khumjung and Kunde villages, and Mount Everest, Lhotse and Ama Dablam peaks in the background. Photography by Moralist

Mount Everest, Nepal
Mera Peak by Indra Rai

Mera Peak is one of Nepal’s most popular trekking peaks.

Nepal photos
This image of the God Vishnu sculpture in Sheshnarayan Temple was built in the 10th Century. The sculpture is made of stone. It is located near the ancient town of Pharping, which lies approximately 20 kilometers south-west of Kathmandu.

There are over 125 ethnic groups in Nepal.

Mount Everest, Nepal
Photography by Christopher J. Fynn

Hindu is the main religion in Nepal, practiced by 81.3% of the population (followed by Buddhism).

Mount Everest, Nepal
An 89 year old man weaving a basket by Vivek Dahal

Mount Everest, Nepal
Photography by Andreastagnaro

The head is considered the most sacred part of the body in Nepali culture. Touching a person’s head is culturally unacceptable.

Mount Everest, Nepal
Photography by Nancy Collins

Handshaking is not common in Nepal. The traditional greeting – Namaste (“I salute the god within you”), while placing palms together as if praying – is beloved by visitors.

Tourism is the largest industry in Nepal. Would you visit? Mount Everest awaits!

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