Photo: Pexels/ Isaac Garcia . Travelling to remote areas is tough so it consists of some unique and challenging yet rewarding experiences. Embarking on journeys to places with scarce infrastructures can even level up your touring experiences. In fact, the most exotic and rare paradises lie in remote areas, untouched by urbanisation. And remote Nepal is a true example of it.
Being a country of diverse cultures and landscapes, Nepal offers some of the exotic paradises for travellers. So if you are one who wants a challenging travelling experience to remote Nepal, here are some of the places that can be the best destination for your next trip.
So, without further ado, here is the list of the exotic destination in remote Nepal:
1. Upper Mustang
The trip to the ancient forbidden kingdom is considered one of the best trips of remote Nepal and one of the tour experiences everyone must have once in a lifetime. Reaching Mustang is also challenging due to the remoteness of the place and scarcity in infrastructures.
On the way to the Upper Mustang, you will get the sight of deserted landscapes, snow-capped mountains, medieval villages, monasteries, temples, natural hot springs, trekking routes, and traditional Tibetan cultural lifestyles.
Also, you will require a special trekking permit to visit the medieval kingdom. Being in the Himalayan rain-shadow region, the best time for the Upper Mustang Trek is considered spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November).
2. Langtang Valley, Rasuwa
Langtang valley is one of the remote Nepal destinations and is located 30 km north of the capital, Kathmandu. The journey to the valley from the capital to the valley is about seven to eight hours.
Langtang valley is also one of the beautiful valleys of Nepal with astonishing landscapes, natural vegetation, authentic cultures, and warm hospitality from the local people. The valley lies inside the Langtang National Park, the first Himalayan national park of Nepal, and is inhabited by Tibetan communities.
One can be relaxed, being surrounded by the mountain ranges and mountains like Mt Annapurna, Mt Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and other peaks. The trail continues through the sub-tropical forests crossing the Bhote Koshi and also follows beautiful rhododendron forests. The trip to Langtang valley warms your heart and esses your eyes.
3. Dolpo Shey Phoksundo, Dolpa
Dolpo, or Dolpa, is the biggest district of Nepal in terms of area and also one of the most remote parts of the country. The area lies in western Nepal and has a scarce population, limited infrastructures and other facilities. This makes one’s trip even more daring and unique.
Although the area is very remote, it is full of beautiful scenarios, mystical landscapes, mountains, hills, and lakes. Likewise, you can also reach the Shey Phoksundo lake, an alpine freshwater lake, inside the Shey Phoksundo National Park. This lake is one of the deepest and majestic lakes of Nepal giving a heavenly view to the travellers. The trip to Dolpo is one of the most famous trips among tourists.
4. Namje, Dhankuta
Namje is a beautiful valley of eastern Nepal surrounded by dense forests and astonishing landscapes. The area is inhabited by Magar people and is also a representation of typical Nepali houses and villages. The beautiful aspects of this place are beautiful hills, cultivated fields, terrace farms, slopes, dense forests, and views of the mountains like Mt Everest and Mt Manaslu, etc.
To the upper part of the valley lies a hill named Dhoje Dada situated at an altitude of 2,133 m which is a famous sightseeing location to see the valley, sunrise, sunsets, green slopes, hills, mountains, etc. The trip gives you a peek into the dense forests enhancing your experience in remote places In Nepal. Thus, the experience of the trip to the Namje valley is bound to be fascinating.
5. Namche Bazaar, Solukhumbu
Namche Bazaar of Solukhumbu district is another popular region located in eastern Nepal. It is an ample region to be at during your trip to the summit of the highest mountain in the world, Mt Everest (8,848 m).
Namche Bazaar lies at an altitude of 3,440 m inside the Sagarmatha National Park. It offers the best lodging options for the trekkers and travellers on their route to the Himalayas of Mt Everest. This gateway to Everest comprises typical, traditional Sherpa villages surrounded by a heavenly view of Mt Everest and other mountains, hills, terrace slopes, and other stunning landscapes.
Sherpa is a major language there and English and Nepali are also spoken in the region. The market is also famous for agricultural products in the area. Besides, yak butter and cheese, woollen clothes and trekking gear are also locally sold in the market.
6. Khaptad National Park, Doti
Khaptad National Park is located in the western part of remote Nepal covering an area of 225 sq km. The lower altitude area is covered by subtropical forests and higher altitude sub-alpine forests. The national park is famous for having varieties of wild flora and fauna.
The park comprises 224 species of medicinal herbs and 270 species of birds which include impeyan pheasant, partridges, flycatchers, bulbuls, cuckoos, and eagles. It is also a habitat for 20 different mammal species like barking deer, wild boar, goral, Himalayan black bear, yellow-throated marten, rhesus, and langur monkey.
Besides this, the park is also famous for trekking, bird watching, meditation, cultural tours, religious sightseeing, and mountain viewing. Some of the places further inside the park are Khaptad Baba Ashram, Saileshwori Mandir, Khaptad Daha, and Nag Dhunga.
7. Olangchung Gola, Taplejung
Olangchung Gola (also called Walungchung Gola) is a remote village in the Kanchenjunga region of north-eastern Nepal. The destination at a higher altitude allows travellers to have a close view of the third highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga (8,586 m). And, because of the remoteness in the area, trekkers are also scarcely present.
The village is small and the houses are very close to each other. The hills covered in snow and stunning views of the Kanchenjunga and Makalu mountains can guarantee a thrill to anyone. Visiting the place excites you with a panoramic view of the Himalayas, amazing landscapes, cultures, terraced fields, colourful villages, green forests, many waterfalls, and monasteries. Thus, Olangchung Gola is an alpine valley with mesmerising sceneries and cultures. It is tough but it will be worth it once you reach there.
8. Khopra Danda, Myagdi
Khopra Danda (also known as Khopra Ridge) is a hilly destination in the Annapurna region of central Nepal. When you reach the hill, you will be stunned by seeing the snow-capped mountains like Mt Dhaulagiri, Annapurna (I, II, III, and south), Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, and Nilgiri around you.
Besides this, you can experience the Himalayan wildlife like pheasants and yaks, dazzling rivers and waterfalls, natural hot springs (Tatopani), amazing mountain and hill views, pastoral villages, valleys, and rice fields on the way to Khopra Danda. Due to the remoteness, this region is not exposed much to the travellers as well. The destination also pictures the traditional Nepali lifestyle and exposes various ethnicities of the region. There is also a sacred lake named Kaire in the place which the Hindus believe will help you achieve Nirvana.
9. Rara Lake, Mugu
Rara Lake (also known locally as Mahendra Taal, or Queen of Lakes) is situated in the Mugu district of western Nepal. The area is restricted to pass through but with a special trekking permit, you can enter inside. Rara lake, at an altitude of 2,990 m, is the deepest lake (167 m) in Nepal. You can reach Murma viewpoint to see the whole lake surrounded by green hills, juniper trees, Himalayas at distance, orchards, lakes and villages.
In short, the view of the deep blue lake with forested hillsides and snow-capped peaks is magnificent. The lake lies inside the Rara National Park which is home to various wild flora and fauna including the endangered red panda. Rara is also a famous destination for pilgrimage and religious sightseeing and also offers you with experience to ride a boat in the freshwater lake. Also, you will be delighted with the hospitality of the local people, their cultures, and traditions. The Rara region is remote but the infrastructures and tourist services are slowly developing over time.
10. Surma Sarovar, Bajhang
Surma Sarovar is a holy lake situated in the Bajhang district of remote western Nepal at an altitude of 4,333 metres. It is a famous destination, also known as Mini Kailash among Hindu pilgrims. The destination is crowded especially during Janai Purnima when the pilgrims take a holy dip in this sacred lake. Cultural attractions like Deuda, Fag, and Magal (singing hymns in the name of Goddess Surma) make the destination joyful.
As the lake is believed to be the holy abode of Hindu Goddess Surma Devi, there is a stone temple of Surma Devi next to the lake. This exotic destination offers a beautiful view of the holy lake with huge grasslands, rocky structures, and mountain peaks including Jethi Bahurani. Richness in wild flora and fauna like black bears, barking deer, the Himalayan Monal, and plenty of medicinal herbs embraces the destination.
The best time to travel is during the month December-January. To reach there, you can take a flight to Nepalgunj and then to Chainpur. Or you can also take a bus all the way to Chainpur. From Chainpur starts a 44.1 km wild adventure to the beautiful lake.