Nepal, home to Mount Everest, is dominated by the majority of the world's most imposing mountains. A tiny country (147,181 square kilometers), 18 percent of its territory is occupied by the spectacular mountain range we know as The Himalayas. Nepal was a mysterious land to the west for many centuries, it was closed to the outside world until 1951, this only added to its mystique. It has over the remaining years developed into both a very spiritual place to visit as well as being one of the most exiting destinations for adventure in the world. Nepal is known for both its friendliness and hospitality and it holds a wealth of experience and opportunity for travelers of all ages.
Nepal can roughly be divided into three geographical regions, stretching from west to east across the country. The southernmost strip of land, the Terai, is bordered to the north by Himalayan foothills and to the south by the Ganges River. The area was originally covered with tropical vegetation, but has been almost completely converted to agricultural production. The Terai is now the breadbasket of Nepal and is covered with farms.