Gateway to the Himalayas and the highest point on earth. Snow-capped mountains and sparkling streams, villages that haven’t changed for centuries, forests of rhododendrons, tranquil lakes, ancient monasteries, Bengal tigers, leopards, bears, smiling monks, and of course the highest mountain on earth; Nepal has it all. Unforgettable, proud and enchanting, it is home to both the only living goddess on earth and to the Gurkhas. Everything begins and ends in Kathmandu, the capital city – rackety, noisy, and full of life, a melange of monks, hippies, travellers, hikers and mountaineers. It is dotted with Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas and is home to the Royal Palaces, hidden gardens, tiny workshops filled with craftsmen, and three magnificent Durbar Squares which are designated UNESCO World Heritage sites. It’s where the trek to Everest begins.