Planning your elective - Nepal
Peter Chamberlain shares his experiences, and series coordinater, Mark Wilson, adds some useful information
Nepal, the world's only Hindu kingdom, is a land rich in diversity and culture. Within 150km the altitude rises from 100m on the hot plain bordering India to Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain at 8848m. Famed for its resilient Sherpa mountaineers and ruthless Gurkha soldiers, it is also a land of much hardship and political struggle. A country of warm hearts, breathtaking scenery, and tremendous opportunities, Nepal is an ideal place to experience a developing world elective.
The recent deaths of the country's royal family have temporarily plunged the nation into chaos. But the situation is gradually improving and life is returning to normal. For up to date information check with the Foreign Office at www.fco.gov.uk
For a country that boasts eight out of the world's highest mountains, Nepal is surprisingly small. Within this area is a phenomenal mix of tribespeople and customs reflecting the Indians (Hinduism) and Tibetans