The best paperback guidebook to Nepal

Cover of Nepal Guidebook 2021 Edition

 

The latest paperback guidebook to Nepal has arrived!

The latest book in my Nepal guidebook collection has been published in print with the release of Nepal: the complete guidebook (print edition) 2021. The book is published by Himalayan Travel Guides through international printing presses and is now available worldwide (15% discount until April 9th – see below for more). 

A couple of weeks ago I wrote here about the backstory to publishing the only travel guidebook to be released during the global pandemic. The first 2017 edition completely sold out in mid 2018! We published a second edition in 2019 and then the pandemic struck. Previously we shipped from Nepal, but due to global lockdowns it meant nothing could leave Nepal by book post. I’ve solved that now and so went ahead and released an entirely new edition in 2021 with over 100 pages of new content! That’s quite an accomplishment. So this is the new third edition of the best print guidebook to Nepal! Just like my digital PDF guidebooks it includes the most up-to-date great travel information to Nepal plus many extras that no other guidebook has.

Tourist reading Nepal GuidebookNepal is both a gateway to trekking the Himalayas but also a magical place of unique living heritage style temples and adventurous wildlife filled jungles. It’s a country I’ve lived, studied in, and traveled for over 10+ years. During this time I’ve always believed Nepal deserved a better guidebook that was custom made for travelers who come here.

I want travelers to discover the undiscovered in Nepal

Like all my books this guidebook has been written with real travelers and tourists in mind as a priority. Nepal’s intermittent electricity, slow WiFi, remote areas and bad road infrastructure can make things hard for a tourist. This paperback book addresses all this plus shows you how to use it to your advantage as you travel.

My guidebook is fully up to date for 2021. It’s a comprehensive 656 pages with clear print and maps. Each book is printed individually which means near zero waste which is great for the environment too.

Do you remember the great print guidebooks of 15-20 years ago? Well, I liked them. Full of practical information, no hidden sponsored content and the paper felt great. Then it all became commercial. I’ve reversed all this by taking the best of the past, writing the current most up to date information and thus giving readers the best insight into the future of Nepal.

With all trekking routes containing day-to-day descriptions, independent do-it-yourself heritage walks following every temple photographed along the way and wildlife safaris explained in detail, this is the type of guidebook I’ve always wanted for my own travels in Nepal for years. This paperback guidebook will let you explore Nepal like never before!

This paperback guidebook was specifically designed from a tourists perspective to help you discover Nepal like no one else.

Why does Nepal need a new edition paperback guidebook?

I’ve been publishing the worlds best guides to Nepal online for over 10+ years and publishing guidebooks books since 2014. Many people have asked for paperback versions of my guidebooks. With a paperback book there’s less worry about carrying electronics, no battery worries, less eye strain and to many a paperback book simply feels better when traveling.

For a such a small country Nepal is an epic but challenging destination. There’s the majestic Himalayan mountains to trek. Unique living heritage sites that stretch across the countries middle lands. To the south are magnificent jungles filled with thriving wildlife that you won’t get anywhere else in the world. With this hardcopy guidebook in your hands you will be able to explore these places like no other person in the world.

Compound diagram of Gokarna Nepal
Includes the most detailed temple compound diagrams that you’ll find anywhere in the world

Explore the Kathmandu Valley & beyond: From the Kathmandu Valley’s fabled royal Malla cities and Rana palaces to winding stone streets that are like walking back through time. Discover when the very first mystical building (stupa) was created that overlooks the whole lush valley of the gods. There are more than just three former royal kingdoms in the valley which still look as they once did hundreds of years ago. Explore the grandeur of Bhaktapur, the old city streets of Kathmandu and artistic Patan.

But with this paperback guidebook you can now discover even more of Nepal with dedicated chapters to Thimi, Kirtipur, Bungamati, Chabahil, Budhanilkantha, Gokarna, Changu Narayan, Nagarkot, Panauti, Dhulikeil, Gokha plus everywhere in between these areas.

All this in just one section alone. Plus new hotel reviews for all budgets along with new restaurant reviews and transportation maps/fees, trekking agencies and where to go shopping. All reviewed in a frank and ethical way!

I never except payments for any review or inclusions – so you the reader always get the most honest and independent advice in the world.

Trek better in Nepal: The epic Himalayan mountains of Nepal are one of its greatest tourist attractions. My best selling book first time trekking in Nepal is included in full with this print guidebook along with hill hikes and walks. These include Everest Base Camp, the Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal, Poon Hill along with short treks and a host of side treks.

Exclusive to this paperback guidebook are duel maps!

I’m proud to say that once again with the third edition you’ll have both my personally cross-referenced-GPS maps plus Himalayan Map House’s award winning trekking maps which are used for the Great Himalayan Trail.

Not only that but as always there are detailed chapters for first time trekkers on trek preparation, where and what equipment to buy, where to find a guide in Kathmandu and Pokhara, how to choose a guide, independent reviews of trekking agents for each region, monthly weather reports and so much more. Plus, due to the pandemic I’ve done my best to make sure to reference what’s still open.

I’ve trekked every trek written about in this book more than once and I’ve made it a point to bring you the very best trekking experience using this paperback guidebook.

 

Nepal Map from guidebook
What many people overlook when visiting Nepal is that despite its small size there’s a lot to do there – and it’s all in this print edition

Get more out of the resort town of Pokhara: Nepal’s lakeside resort location offers more for people than just what the generic guidebooks write. Yes, Pokhara is right beside the scenic Lake Phewa with the Annapurna Mountains gazing down on it. But the main road running along Lakeside also has a blossoming selection of restaurants, cafes, new hotels and dozens of travel agents.

There’s a new “international” airport on the way. It’s basically finished but in typical Nepali style there’s no flights yet. So don’t get misled by online promotions claiming otherwise. The domestic airport is still open.

This guidebook will take you further past the quiet Damside area all around to the new budget hangout of Happy Village. Plus, discover new outdoor activities in Pokhara by taking independent day treks, hikes, nature walks, paragliding, horse rides, mountain biking, motorcycling, skateboarding, boating, water balling or simply go to visit the Tibetan artisan camps to buy carpets or locally made jewelry.

There’s more to Pokhara though. I’ve also included details on Begnas and Rupa lakes for those who want some remote lakeside time along with more day activities to help you make the most out of your trip than you’ll find anywhere else. Quite simply, everything to do in Pokhara is included in this book!

Jungle Adventures in Chitwan National Park: Nepal’s first and most popular national park. Made famous by its royal Bengal tigers, world renown elephant and wildlife conservation, successfully protected one-horned rhinos plus hundreds of other wild animals.

In this paperback book you’ll discover why and how to avoid the expensive package tours being promoted for Chitwan and other locations. Avoid package tours to save double with the best transport options plus hotel and jungle tour reviews. This print guidebook will help you plan your trip to Chitwan with ease but also shows you how to save a lot of time and money.

Jiri to Everest Map
Includes GPS aligned maps for every trek in this book plus detailed Great Himalayan Trail maps. This is the only guidebook in the world with duel maps to give you the best of both worlds!

Go off-the-beaten-path in Bardia National Park: For a truly wild wildlife experience you won’t get better than Bardia or Bardiya as it’s known locally. Forget busy tourist trails packed with commercial outlets. Head into a jungle with just a guide and a porter to spot royal Bengal tigers in the wild. This is no safari park. Bardia is the real jungle, so be prepared – by reading this book first.

Elephants, rhinos and tigers are truly in the wild here so caution must be taken because this is as real and thrilling as it gets! This paperback book contains the best chapters to Bardia National Park, how to get there and how to explore it all safely!

Discover the Spiritual Center of Lumbini: The birthplace of Prince Siddartha who became the Buddha is right here. With over 20 Buddhist monasteries to visit from around the world built around one zone this book takes you to them all. What’s more this is the best print guide book to Nepal that shows you how to get to Lumbini easily along with up-to-date reviews of hotels and restaurants plus brand new Terai village walks.

While Lumbini should be all peace and meditation it’s actually quite a rough place. I don’t mince words here. This book will help you make the most of your trip while not being disappointed and getting around easily.

Explore the Unexplored in Eastern Nepal: Discover places not mentioned anywhere else. Visit the epic tea plantations of Ilam or take a detour to the stunning temple in Janakpur. Ever heard of Itahari? It may not be quite worth an overnight stay, but if you are in Eastern Nepal the fantastically colorful and large temple there is well worth an hour of your time.

From the ancient fort of Sindhuli Gadi via an epic road or helicopter trip to the last sacred Hindu and Buddhist caves in Nepal in Haleshi Mahadev. These chapters are really for those who want adventure in Nepal. No other guidebook to Nepal in the world covers these locations.

These are just the highlights of my print guidebook to Nepal … Each chapter has been personally written with detailed maps, photographs and step-by-step guides to every location. Quite simply:

I have every confidence in saying: this paperback guidebook to Nepal is the best in the world.

What makes this guidebook so different from the rest?

Tourist discovering new things with a guidebook to Nepal
With this print guidebook you’ll explore and discover the side of Nepal other guidebooks don’t tell you about

A good question! Take a look at the sample pages here. As you can see it’s all written in great detail but with ease and a focus on factual reality. There’s more to Nepal than just the big highlights – which I also cover. However, I don’t mince words about what is good and what is not-so good. From historic temples to mountain treks and green jungles everything is written with the unique perspective of putting the travelers experience first. Don’t feel bad about skipping things if they are of no interest to you. Spend more time doing and seeing things you really want to do and see! I detail everything with easy to use maps, over 984+ helpful photographs and exclusive DIY heritage walks & treks plus compound diagrams!

Nepal’s living heritage buildings are fascinating but under severe threat from congestion and traffic. In this book I show you how to navigate these streets with less traffic hassle while finding every temple using over 500 photos from the Kathmandu Valley alone. I do the same for jungle trips and treks!

It’s a system that works. The feedback from tourists using my books over the years has been fantastic.

“There’s are no other guidebooks like these in world, they made our trip!”

Ellen from New York, USA.

As an example you can easily discover different aspects of the real Patan Durbar square from romantic sunsets to the stunning golden temple and even get the chance to meet a Living Goddess. No other guidebook shows you so much so easily. Mine does.

Stay in the former royal capital of Bhaktapur with photographs of every temple at your fingertips as you walk around ancient stone steps that haven’t changed in centuries. It’s also nearly finished reconstructing all the temples since the earthquake. But before you go, stop off at the township of Thimi on the way. A place untouched by tourists as it was abandoned for tourism over 30 years ago. It’s like walking into another world. Explore these places in a way few other tourists ever will with 100% original maps made to help you get around easily.

Among anything we’ve read, without doubt, this is a three-star Michelin guidebook!

Paul Wilks from Brighton, UK.

Nepal print guidebook sample pages Haleshi Mahadev
Go to places in Eastern Nepal no other guidebook go’s to!

Trekkers can delight in the day-by-day explanations of where you will be going and what to see on the way. Before that find out how to hire the best guide for your trekking region, when to go and where to get your equipment in Nepal. Discover new routes and treks with award winning duel maps included in this print guidebook.

This print guidebook to Nepal gives you real insider information on travel in Nepal from places like the new main bus park in Kathmandu to the new taxis and bus services on offer.

There’s so much more …

  • Every temple, trek and jungle location has been photographed and included on a map (123 maps)
  • I’ve created detailed heritage compound diagrams showing you temple and shrine layouts used by the Digital Archeology Foundation
  • Buildings and temples currently being renovated are marked out along with exclusive “next to be renovated” information to help you plan ahead better
  • Duel maps give you more options than any other guidebook to get around
  • Naturally there’s extensive historic, pre-trip preparation, transportation and culture chapters
  • Easy to follow DIY independent Heritage Walks
  • Designed and printed with new recycled high-grade lightweight paper in a size that’s easy to carry around
  • 100% supportive of local Nepali businesses and people

Table of contents: + 654 pages, 123 maps (including extra Great Himalayan Trail city & trekking maps), over 984 photos

 

What else is inside this guidebook for you:

  • Virtually every area of the Kathmandu Valley covered from Thamel, Paknajol, the old southern city streets, east Kathmandu, Freak street and the markets, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath (monkey temple), Patan (Lalitpur), Bhaktapur, Kailashnath Mahadev, Panauti, Thimi, Kirtipur, Dhulikhel, Bungamati, Budhanilkantha, Gokarna, Godavari, Changu Narayan and Nagarkot
  • Go outside the Valley to the ancient fortress at Nuwakot or on to the cable car at Manakamana or Bandipur
  • Explore everything there is to do in Pokhara from paragliding to meditation, pony rides and day hikes
  • Visit the jungles of Nepal with an easy trip to Chitwan or a take a more adventurous journey to Bardia
  • Trek into the great Himalayas by discovering what it’s really like up there along with all the preparation needed
  • If you are short on time in Nepal then find day hikes to see Everest from Nagarkot or Dhulikhel
  • Exclusive highly detailed courtyard diagrams showing you were everything is with ease
  • Independently visited and reviewed accommodation for all budgets (high-end, mid-range and budget)
  • Independently visited and reviewed restaurants for all budgets and tastes
  • How, what and where to shop for souvenirs, jewelry, tea and more in Kathmandu & throughout Nepal
  • Send things home with contact details of recommended courier & postal companies
  • Transportation details from arriving into Nepal to taking local or private transport throughout the country
  • Up to date visa information, visa extensions and overland border crossings
  • Exclusive lists, reviews & contact details of recommended trekking agencies for all regions
  • Travel to Tibet overland or by flight (includes a list of tour operators)
  • Great preparation chapters to read before visiting Nepal
  • Explore east Nepal with the only guidebook that covers the region properly
  • Find out about volunteering in Nepal
  • Learn about the vast cultures of Nepal along with religion & faith in Nepal
  • Practice basic Nepali language

This print guidebook truly is the complete guidebook to Nepal!

Tourist using a Nepal print guidebook in Nepal to identify a temple

 

this print guidebook to Nepal is the only one in the world that will show you a photograph & explanation of every temple on the map!

100% original well researched information about traveling Nepal

I’ve read every guidebook to Nepal. Some are no more than copy/paste versions taken from other sites. Others are generic and not written specifically for Nepal. This 654 page print edition guidebook to Nepal has been written, mapped, reviewed, photographed and created with the travelers heart in mind.

This book is 100% ethical & genuine with original content written specifically for travelers like you

I personally visited and reviewed over 615+ hotels, guesthouses and everything in-between throughout Nepal.

I don’t, nor have I ever, taken sponsored trips, hotel stays, meals, gifts or money in exchange for reviews. This way you as a visitor to Nepal will read and get exactly what I experienced at a hotel, trekking company or in restaurants.

It’s a well known fact that many people take sponsored trips to travel the world and then write about these places. I don’t believe that this is the best way to give readers the best experience when they purchase a book.

Trust is important and it’s one of the main experiences you’ll get with this print guidebook to Nepal. Everything is written as you will experience it! No flowery language about things unless something deserves such a mention.

Which is better, the print edition or the digital edition?

Index page of the Nepal guidebook print edition
Full index included, along with a glossary, list of Nepali Hindu gods, language, culture chapters and so much more …

It depends on what you prefer. But rest assured, both books have the exact same great content. Both were updated in March 2021. However, the paperback version has additional trekking and city maps from Himalayan Map House and a note taking section at the back!

For those traveling long-term who don’t want to carry a book for every country, or for those who enjoy bringing technology with them on holiday, then my digital guidebook to Nepal is the best option.

However, for many people a guidebook to Nepal in print is the perfect option. Nepal is an adventurous place so a paper guidebook still feels safer to many in their hands than a phone or tablet.

With a paperback guidebook there are no worries if it rains on the book or if it falls on the ground. There’s also a traditional note taking section at the back of the book so you can add your own information or jot down travel notes along the way.

I understand that many people visit Nepal to get away from phones, tablets and tiring screen glare. This print edition is your perfect solution.

There’s a wonderful leisurely, learning pleasure about Nepal that makes a print guidebook, for many, the best way to experience the country.

Ultimately, the choice of digital or print will be yours – now you can have whichever you prefer!

Includes places & options not included in any other print guidebook!

Every aspect of this guidebook to Nepal has been designed to improve upon other print books.

Best print guidebook to Nepal in a book shop
Print version of the Nepal guidebook – 100% made in Nepal, by Nepali people, printed to reach everyone around the world & written to help travelers get the most out of their trip of a lifetime to Nepal!

It is the first and only guidebook to include eastern Nepal’s Haleshi Mahadev and the ancient fort at Sindhuli which sparked the very formation of Nepal as we know it today. It also includes many budget travel options all the way to luxurious executive travel.

This book continues to help employ local Nepali. The print book comes from Himalayan Travel Guides which is a 100% locally owned Nepali publishing company. Local staff worked on the maps, templates, and maps. Due to the global pandemic no staff lost their jobs. We now have to use an international printing press to ensure the print book can reach customers. However these same Nepali staff remain employed printing out the book for the Nepal market and Himalayan Map House trekking maps for trekkers in country. Once postal service resumes in Nepal, we’ll be back using Nepali printing presses. By the way in case you are wondering we used the same cover as the 2019 edition because we felt it never got a fair shot due to the pandemic. It was a staff choice. All the content inside is updated with an extra 100 pages of new content.

Every chapter in this book describes places with far more information and interesting notes than you’ll find anywhere else. Even places like Thimi or Panauti are given dedicated chapters and not just short paragraphs.

  • This is the only guidebook to come from a Nepal publisher which ensures local Nepali employment
  • This is the only guidebook with duel maps to give you the best options in getting around.

I wanted this third edition paperback guidebook to continue to help local workers in Nepal who have struggled through this pandemic with a collapsed tourism industry. This is the only guidebook published during the pandemic! It is published by a Nepali company (Himalayan Travel Guides) and we are using the international printing presses to ensure it reaches all customers worldwide.

It was very important to me that this third edition print guidebook continue to employ local  Nepali people in Nepal by continuing with local employment, sustainability, empowerment and pride. It’s still the only guidebook to Nepal to come out of Nepal!

  • We’ve all worked hard to create the best, travel ready and tough guidebook which also has a price that beats any other guidebook in local stores!
  • You can order a copy of the Nepal Guidebook in paperback directly from the printing press right here. Depending on where you live in the world there will be different shipping options from regular mail, to tracked mail to express delivery. For anyone living in areas where the postal service is not so great, I would recommend tracked or express options to make sure you get your copy.
  • For those in a rush, there’s express delivery options.

I want you as a traveler to Nepal to experience and make the most out of your trip to Nepal. I want you to explore Nepal better than anyone else. With this guidebook you can!

This is Nepal’s best paperback guidebook

This paperback guidebook to Nepal has been written by a traveler, tested by local Nepali and other travelers LIVE on the streets, mountains, jungles, flatlands and cities of Nepal in 2021 and is now available to everyone worldwide. It has been 100% published in Nepal by Nepali people and is now available world wide.

The book is also shipping out to major retailers like Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Barnes & Noble, etc. But it might take a while for the copies to arrive there. Again, the best option is to buy it direct from the printing press on Lulu here.

Nepal Guidebook Print Edition 2019 cover

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37 Replies to “The best paperback guidebook to Nepal”

  1. A new guidebook to the Himalayas! One from the heart of someone who knows the country so very well and is so honest with his words.

  2. Many congratulations. You are correct in saying paper guidebooks still have a place in the world.

    The book looks great.

  3. You have done so much wonderful work over the years, it’s great to see you accomplish such a publication. I’m sure travelers all over the world heading to Nepal will benefit from this guide book.

  4. Fantastic. I just ordered a copy. You took the words right out of my mouth. So many guidebooks have become boring reads. So full of bloated hotel reviews. Great to see a traditional guidebook for the modern world being published like this.

    1. Thanks for the order. Yes, this is a new purpose created guidebook to Nepal that still holds traditional values. Just like having a note section! But with duel maps to modernize it all for travellers to Nepal.

  5. Yea!! Well done. The best guidebook to Nepal just went to the moon!

  6. Finally it has arrived! The best paperback guidebook to Nepal!

  7. Looks like it covers everything. Do you write about Everest Base Camp trekking?

    1. Nearly everything, no guidebook is perfect. But, I do approach things from a travelers mindset. And yes, Everest Base Camp is included with step-by-step daily sections on the trek along with provisions for Gokyo Lakes.

  8. We’ve been following your journey for a number years now. Great to see you accomplish something like this when others push apps and live sites! They seem to have forgotten about poor old Nepal along the way. Should take lessons from you. Cottage industries like yours a fighting back and winning!

    1. Thanks for the kind words and for following my journey Stuart. Yes, I too looked at apps. I even made a couple. But user feedback to apps when traveling Nepal was awkward. They preferred my guidebooks. Then, with more feedback people were requesting a paper version too. So, I went for it! T

  9. Well done! The fact that it is published and printed in Nepal is a huge credit to you.

    1. Thanks Anna. Yes, having the first edition published in Nepal was a priority for me. At the end of the day it creates employment here and hopefully over the years Nepali people will be proud of their own products (something that they currently struggle with).

  10. Is it fair to say you now produce premier travel guides to Nepal across all mediums?

    1. Well, nearly all mediums, but yes, premium for all budgets! I found app usage among tourists in Nepal to be difficult when it comes to actually using them so that’s a lesser priority. But, they are there and the future is bright!

  11. I bought your digital guidebook to Nepal last year. It absolutely beat the other guidebook I had at the time. Great to see your latest guidebook out in print.

  12. After reading your website we took a chance and bought your digital book for our trip to Nepal this year. It really made a great difference. We only went to Poon Hill but your book helped us for every step. In Chitwan we stayed in Forest Resort and they were so kind to us and we saw rhinos in the wild while walking with an elephant. Then in Kathmandu it showed us so many interesting places for our last two days. I was happy with the book on a tablet, but a paper version would have been equally good. Just some feedback!

  13. Keep up the great work, your books are really above and beyond what’s currently out there. Hope you expand to other countries soon.

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