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5 Things To Do In Nepal on Valentine’s Day. If you must.

February 14, 2016

So you find yourself in Nepal on Valentine’s Day. You had smugly thought that the day would simply slip by unnoticed  and without fuss as Nepalis don’t typically celebrate  this day of love, affection and contrived romantic gestures. Wrong. Valentine’s Day is not traditionally celebrated in Nepal but a growing number of youngsters have adopted this holiday as their own and traces of chocolate hearts, dinner for twos and inflated expectations can be spotted all around the capital.

So now you’re in a bind because you’re that girl, or guy, or friend that didn’t plan anything. Grabbing your pack and escaping to the mountains may be a wise decision at this point. (Personally, we can’t think of anything more worthy of our affection than the mountains and trails of Nepal.) In the event of that not being an option for you, we’ve cobbled together your Plan B.  Thank us later.

1. Head for the Hills

Get lost in each other’s eyes (and a massive plate of the best Dal Bhat you’ll ever have) at Nagarkot Farm House, 30 km east of Kathmandu. Many rooms offer spectacular mountain views and a woodstove to keep you warm in mid-February nights (if love just ain’t enough).

2. Hop on a Love Boat

Set sail with the captain of your heart on the emerald waters of Fewa Lake in Pokhara. (Fine print: it’s a rowing boat and you’ll probably be spending the whole voyage quarreling about who gets to be in charge of the rowing).


Colorful rowing boats on Fewa Lake by Madeleine Dolling

3. Watch a sunrise

There’s nothing like watching a sunrise with your sweetheart…and 50 other panting trekkers who made it up the laborious steps to Poon Hill. Share a cup of warm tea and wait for the daylight’s first rays to smile upon the Annapurna mountain range. 

Poon Hill Annapurna

Sunrise at Poon Hill

4. Eat food

Nothing says “I Love You” like a special deal on dinner. If you’re in Kathmandu for Valentine’s Day, you’re in luck. Kathmandu Post just released a list of places suitable for candlelit handholding. All menus guaranteed to offer an extra side order of cheese.

5. Go the extra 100 miles

Take your love to soaring heights on a thrilling heli ride to Kongde and celebrate Valentine’s Day with a champagne breakfast in the company of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Because you really can’t put a price tag on love right?…But if you could, it would be roughly $5000 a pop.

Himalayas Nepal

Head to the himalayas…for breakfast. Photo by Shikhar Bhattarai

Happy Valentine’s Day to you.
With love, The GHT

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