DRAPED ALONG THE GREATEST HEIGHTS OF THE HIMALAYAS, Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. It’s a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and sherpas and some of the best trekking on earth. The Himalaya mountain range runs across Nepal’s northern and western parts, and eight of the world’s ten highest mountains, including the highest, Mount Everest, are within its territory. It is a land of cultural diversity, being at the religious crossroads of Hinduism and Buddhism, and is the birthplace of Lord Buddha and Goddess Sita. The Himalaya’s most sophisticated urban cultures took shape here, in the three great mini kingdoms of the Kathmandu Valley – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur – home to a world-class artistic and architectural heritage. Tour Extension available to Chitwan National Park, one of the finest national parks in Asia and Pokhara, home to thick forests, clear lakes and panoramic views of the Himalayas.