The Best Guidebook to Nepal

Best guidebook to Nepal

The most up to date travel guidebook to Nepal in the world

The latest editions in my Nepal guidebook collection have just been published and fully updated including the new edition of the best guide book to Nepal in 2019 (October). Now there’s both a complete collection of all my individual guidebooks to Nepal but also the most updated and innovative guidebook to the entire country of Nepal that you can get, anywhere in the world.

Much like last year, the Nepali tourism board continue encouraging tourists to visit Nepal as it continues to spring back as one of the most popular and recommended destinations in the world. Over 1 million tourists visited Nepal last year and there’s room for more. Nepal is hitting its stride as a top rated destination. This is something I’ve known for years and very much agree about. It’s almost time for Nepal’s first peak season to begin in March. By September, October, November through to December it will be the main peak season for tourists. This is the best guidebook to Nepal that will help you plan ahead!

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There is no other place like Nepal in the world. I’ve always believed Nepal deserved a better more modern guidebook specifically written for travelers so they can really appreciate the country. This guidebook is written with real travelers and tourists in mind first. Nepal’s intermittent electricity, low WiFi, remoteness and poor road infrastructure can make things hard. This book addresses all this plus shows you how to use it to your advantage.

This book has an advantage over other print travel guides to Nepal which are outdated and have the same generic layout to other countries. I’ve read these books. Some continue to contain no post-earthquake information while others are simply out of touch with the reality of Nepal and don’t even update hotel reviews properly. This guidebook not only covers earthquake affected temples and areas but also their reconstruction, covers eastern Nepal and I’ve personally visited every hotel/restaurant reviewed.

This book contains absolutely no advertising or sponsored trips – everything was paid for by me just like you would

This guidebook is fully up to date for 2019, printable and best of all it works beautifully on your tablet, laptop/desktop or mobile device without WiFi or the internet.

This is the type of guidebook I’ve wanted for my own travels in Nepal for years. This book shows you Nepal like you really will experience it – I don’t mince words, I tell it like it is so you can make the most out of your trip.

Today, you can finally do the same with my guidebook to Nepal.

What is so special about Nepal?

For a small landlocked country Nepal can be an epic destination with some of the best mountain treks in the world to both see from afar and trek through. Diverse and unique heritage sites lie across its ancient middle lands. While to the south are some of the greatest jungles and thriving wildlife reserves found anywhere in the world. I’ve included them all for you in this guidebook.

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Never miss out on a temple in Nepal again!

The Kathmandu Valley & beyond: From the Kathmandu Valley’s grand royal cities and palaces with fascinating heritage lined backstreets to the very first mystical building (stupa) ever created that still overlooks the whole lush valley which was once a lake of the Nepali gods. The former royal kingdoms in the valley still look as they once did hundreds of years ago. I’ve updated the book with the very latest reconstruction news for every temple including photos so you know what to expect! There is nowhere else on earth like Bhaktapur, Boudhanath and Patan and I’ve included them all for you in this guidebook plus equally extensive coverage of Thimi, Kirtipur, Bungamati, Budhanilkantha, Gokarna, Changu Narayan, Nagarkot, Panauti, Dhulikeil and everything in between. I’ve included all these extensive details with photographs of every temple. There’s also – Do It Yourself walking heritage tours and GPS tracked maps so you’ll never get lost!

Plus, exclusive highly detailed courtyard diagrams!

All this just in one chapter alone plus high-end, mid-range and budget hotels reviews, restaurant reviews and transportation maps/fees.

Trekking in Nepal: The pristine majestic mountains of Nepal are perhaps its greatest tourist attraction. My best selling book first time trekking in Nepal is entirely included in this guidebook with additional trekking advice for all the locations in the book. I’ve written exclusive up to date guides for Everest Base Camp, the Annapurna Circuit (including the short version), Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal, Poon Hill, the new Panchase trek and a host of side treks (including new permit fees not cover in any other book) which are all included alongside day by day trekking guides and cross referenced-GPS tracked maps. There are fantastically detailed chapters for first time trekkers on preparation from where and what equipment to buy, where to find a guide, how to choose a guide, reviews of trekking agents, weather reports and so much more. 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 in this book.

If you find online information about treks confusing then rest assured this book deciphers all this confusion and makes planning a trek easy and understandable for all budgets


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What many people overlook when visiting Nepal is that despite its small size there’s a lot to do there – now with all the maps in this guidebook you can zoom right in!

Pokhara:  Known as Nepal’s premier resort location to the west, Pokhara offers visitors beautiful Lake Phewa to gaze out as the Annapurna Mountains reflected down on it. There’s just a single road along Lakeside with a hip vibe of restaurants, cafes and dozens of travel agents that now stretches along the north and to the south past the quiet Damside area. There are more outdoor activities in Pokhara than anywhere else in Nepal. Go trekking, hiking, walking, paragliding, horse riding, mountain biking, motorcycling, boating, hot-air ballooning, water balling or simply go shopping in the Tibetan artisan camps. I’ve included all these activities plus more along with updated hotel, restaurant and travel/trekking agent reviews. I’ve also included details on the truly pristine Begnas and Rupa lakes along with many more day activities to help make the most out of your trip. Quite simply, everything to do in Pokhara is included in this book!

Chitwan National Park: Nepal’s most popular national park is famous for its royal Bengal tigers which are increasing in numbers every year, world famous elephant and wildlife conservation, one-horned rhinos plus hundreds of other wild animals. I write about how you can make the most out of visiting the park plus why and how to avoid expensive tours, getting the best transport option plus hotel and jungle tour reviews. This guidebook will both help you plan your trip to Chitwan but also includes how you can save a lot of time and money. Did you know about the Mugling road delays? How to avoid the road delays with a better itinerary is only available in this book!

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Zoom right into all individual trekking routes. (you can even zoom in closer than this map image of Mardi Himal shows with crystal clarity!)

Bardia National Park: Looking for a more remote wildlife experience? I’ve spent a lot of time in Bardia. If you ever fancied yourself heading into a jungle with no tourists and coming face to face with wild royal Bengal tigers then Bardia is the place. It’s not for the faint of heart but it’s just about as real as a jungle can get! Wild elephants, rhinos and tigers roam this area along with those who dare. There is no better guide to Bardia, how to get there and how to experience it all than the one in this book.

Bardia National Park: Looking for a more remote wildlife experience? I’ve spent a lot of time in Bardia. If you ever fancied yourself heading into a remote jungle with no tourists and coming face to face with wild royal Bengal tigers then Bardia is the place. It’s not for the faint of heart but it’s just about as real as a jungle can get! Wild elephants, rhinos and tigers roam this area along with those who dare to watch them. There is no better guide to Bardia, how to get there and how to experience it all than the one in this book.

Lumbini: There has never been a truly in-depth guide to Lumbini and the birthplace of the Buddha before I wrote up the first one in my exclusive Lumbini guidebook. With new Buddhist monasteries being built this book is more updated than any another with the latest happenings and maps. I solve the age old problem of transportation and getting to Lumbini easily along with reviews of hotels and restaurants plus new Terai village walks. Did you know there are now eco friendly electric rickshaws in Lumbini! I’ve dedicated entire sections to this chapter just because it won’t let you down if you are looking for inner peace in the land of Buddhas birth.

Eastern Nepal: This was and still is the first guidebook to ever bring these locations to the world. I’ll show you the ancient fort of Sindhuli Gadi which is the place that triggered Nepal becoming a unified country before explaining the epic road or helicopter journey to the last sacred Hindu and Buddhist caves in Nepal, Haleshi Mahadev. Make no mistake about it, these are adventurous journeys. No other guidebook to Nepal in the world covers eastern Nepal other than this one.

These are just the highlights which with the rest of the book create the best guidebook to Nepal … Each chapter is personally written with detailed maps you can zoom right in on, photographs and guides to every location. That’s why I’ll just go ahead and say what other’s have said after reading it:

This guidebook to Nepal is the best in the world for a very good reason!

Why is this guidebook to Nepal the best?

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Nepal guidebook on your mobile showing you exactly what you are looking at!

As you’ve just read, there’s more to Nepal than just the highlights. From temples to treks and jungles everything is written with the perspective of putting the travelers experience first. I detail everything with clear maps, photographs and exclusive 100% original Heritage Walks that I created just for those who love culture along with 100% fully detailed treks for those who love the outdoors!


Did you know that only two of Thamel’s roads (central tourist area) are now vehicle free and not the whole area?!

Did you know that the tourist bus stop in Kathmandu moved?

Did you know that all the trekking permit prices recently changed?

You won’t find this sort of update information in any other guidebook guaranteed! Here’s the real insider scoop – this guidebook has all this information and more! From how to avoid the congested streets of Thamel to maps with the new bus locations and the very latest trekking costs.

Every chapter in this book is written with insider knowledge and detail like no other book. Here’s an example: Nepal’s prized heritage is interwoven with fascinating but heavily congested and confusing streets. In this book I show you how to navigate these streets with ease and find every temple with over 500 photos from Kathmandu Valley alone and 908 photographs overall from mountain treks to jungle paths.

Discover real Nepal’s prized Patan Durbar square sunsets to the magnificent golden temple to meeting with a Kumari Living Goddess. No other guidebook shows you so much insider information. Mine does.

Not only visit or stay in Bhaktapur with photographs of every temple at your fingertips but stop off at the tourist free townshop of Thimi on the way. Known as the “middle place”, it’s a historic township virtually untouched by tourists.  Know exactly what you are looking at 100% of the time with my unique easy to follow maps and photographs of every location.

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Discover what treks are really like with the only guidebook that shows you day-by-day guides

Read through day-by-day village-to-village trekking guides to world famous and off the beaten path mountain treks. Discover brand new routes with ease and see exactly what you will be encountering up high in the Himalayan mountains. Feel your adrenaline rush as you read how to tackle the hardest parts of a trek before coming face-to-face with breathtaking snow-capped mountains.

A guidebook to Nepal that changes everything!

Plan out your trip to Nepal with my exclusive personally built itineraries which detail the real journey times between cities. Discover how to budget your journey better than anyone else with the latest prices and stop off at exciting places along the way. My guidebook to Nepal gives you real insider information on travel in Nepal from where the bus park in Kathmandu has moved to (again this information is not updated in any other guidebook) to showing you how to save money with a private jeep rental.

And there’s so much more …

  • Every temple, trek and jungle location photographed and linked to its location on a map (108 maps)
  • Go in-depth with incredibly detailed updated diagrams showing you temple and shrine compound layouts (5 diagrams)
  • Earthquake rebuild information including destroyed, rebuilt and what temples are currently being renovated (know where to expect scaffolding, where to see traditional stone makers and where to find untouched temples)
  • Highly detailed interactive digital maps (click a photo or location & it will zoom in to show you the building/location)
  • Extensive preparation, history, transportation and culture chapters
  • Fully cross compatible guidebook with the ability to be printed or for digital viewing on a (laptop, PC, iPad/phone, tablet, or mobile – no internet needed)
  • Compressed algorithm creates an amazingly small file on your device
  • Interactive elements (no more endless swiping on a mobile or tablet)
  • The digital version works completely offline
  • Easy to follow exclusive Heritage Walks

Table of contents: + 545 pages, 108 color maps over 914 color photos


What else is inside this guidebook for you:

  • All areas of the Kathmandu Valley covered from Thamel, Paknajol, the old southern city heritage walks, eastern city, Freak street and the markets, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath, Swayambhu (monkey temple), Patan, Bhaktapur, Kailashnath Mahadev, Panauti, Thimi, Kiritur, Dhulikhel, Bungamati, Budhanilkantha, Gokarna, Godavari, Changu Narayan and Nagarkot
  • Go beyond the Valley to the ancient crumbling fortress at Nuwakot or on to the cable car at Manakamana
  • Explore everything there is to do in Pokhara from paragliding and hot air ballooning to meditation and relaxation
  • Visit the jungles of Nepal with an easy trip to Chitwan or a wild explorers journey all the way to Bardia
  • Trek into the Himalayas by discovering what it’s really like up there along with all the preparation needed
  • Daily trekking route descriptions & photographs for every single trek so you know what to expect
  • Take hikes to see Everest from hill stations in Nagarkot or Dhulikhel to see the Himalayan mountain range
  • Exclusive courtyard diagrams showing you were everything is with ease
  • Personally visited and reviewed accommodation for all budgets (high-end, mid-range and budget)
  • Personally visited and reviewed restaurants for all budgets and tastes
  • How, what and where to shop for souvenirs, jewelry, tea and more in Kathmandu
  • Send things home with lists & contact details of recommended courier companies
  • Transportation details from arriving into Nepal to taking local or private transport throughout the country
  • Up to date visa information, how to get an extension and how to fill the application forms
  • Lists, reviews & contact details of recommended trekking agencies
  • The latest entrance prices and trekking permit fees
  • Discover how to travel to Tibet overland (includes a list of tour operators)
  • Get ready to travel with the best preparation chapters to visiting Nepal
  • Explore east Nepal with the only guidebook that overs the region
  • Find out about volunteering in Nepal
  • Understand the vast cultures of Nepal
  • Learn about religion & faith in Nepal
  • Understand the caste system in Nepal
  • Practice the basic Nepali language
  • 108 zoom-in color maps and over 545 pages of fresh original content
  • Easy to follow guides that show and get you where you need to go

Yes, this guidebook contains all of my Kathmandu Valley guidebook plus Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan, Bardia, eastern Nepal and trekking in Nepal and a whole lot more including the latest entrance fees that no other book has updated.

This book truly is the most detailed guidebook to Nepal!

Nepal guidebook displayed on laptop, iPad tablet and mobile

great on an iPad, iPhone, big screen, Android tablet, phone and in print!

An original well researched guidebook to Nepal

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I’ve bought many guidebooks to destinations online only to discover scraped together badly presented copies of Google/WikiTravel/Voyage. This is not the case here. I’ve written, mapped, reviewed, photographed and created every page in this book personally.

It contains 100% genuine and original premium content written specifically for travelers.

Throughout Nepal, I personally visited, priced and reviewed over 618 hotels, guesthouses and everything in-between.

It was an intensely physical and mentally exhausting task

Why do I use this method instead of simply copying them from a hotel booking site or from another guidebook? Well, I’m truly fed up of others doing the same and making fake reviews.

I want to see the accommodation for myself and bring you the very best

From this huge list of hotels I separated them into high-end accommodation (USD $100+), new boutique accommodation ($60), good mid-level accommodation ($30) and great value budget backpacker accommodation ($4+). I am constantly stunned to see so many hotels in other guide books that no longer exist or on booking sites that are listed in the wrong part of town or given make up reviews to look good. I give you my recommended places to stay including contact details, prices and great booking options from more than one respected booking site! I also include hotels not included anywhere online with telephone numbers, addresses and map locations.

I took the time to place every hotel correctly on a large scalable map for you to find them easily

Every hotel reviewed in this book was paid for by me. Not a single guesthouse, hotel, restaurant, ticket office or travel agent knew they were being reviewed when I was there. This alone is not an easy task. But the result is this guidebook brings you 100% genuine reviews and factual information without exception so you will know exactly what to expect when you are in Nepal.

The most up to date guide book to Nepal

I’ve been writing guides and guidebooks to Nepal for over a decade. I know how quickly things change here. Keeping this the most up to date guidebook to Nepal in the world is something it has become renown for.

Shopping and trekking gear page from Nepal guidebook
Find out exactly what you can buy in Nepal and save money!

Each temple in this book is listed on a map and you will clearly see what was destroyed with information about what was once there and if it is being restored or not.

My guidebooks have been the only guidebooks continuously updated during and since the earthquakes.

Yes Nepal is safe to visit and yes this guidebook will take you to the best of the best in Nepal today. If a place is still under construction, you will see it clearly here and be able to make up your own mind if you want to visit or not.

Likewise all treks, trekking stores, restaurants and hotels are constantly kept updated and independently reviewed.

Includes places not written in any other guidebook!

This is the first and still the only guidebook to include eastern Nepal. From one of the most important and fascinating Buddhist and Hindu sites, the caves and shrines at Halaeshi Mahadev, to the ancient fort at Sindhuli. From budget travel options to executive travel, it’s all included.

 So much more detailed than anything I’ve ever bought from LP. – Sang, TripAdvisor

My chapters on places like Thimi or Panauti are not just relegated to a half page of text like in other guidebooks but they have many pages of exclusive information, maps and places to visit that most tourists never discover.

A guidebook written by someone who wanted to travel Nepal properly from the start

Map of Pashupatinath

As you may know from reading on this website when I first arrived in Nepal I struggled to find a good guidebook to the country. It’s been that way ever since with outdated text, disengaged reviews and typical overly passionate writing that made everything sound great when in realty it was generally less than stellar. Moreover great places to visit were only given a passing remake.

I think it is a disservice to write things like “resorts in Bardia are pricey and not suitable for those watching their budget”. This is incorrect, alongside premium resorts there are cheap budget resorts in Bardia and it’s a lot easier to get there than anyone makes out!

The fact is Bardia does indeed take 16 hours to reach by bus but you can find a budget resort for under USD $10 per night! Moreover, Barida is actually better than Chitwan for a raw immersible jungle experience!

When I travel around Nepal there’s no doubt I want to save time and money getting around without doubling back on broken roads. It’s actually very easy to get from Pokhara – Kathmandu – Chitwan and Lumbini but I could never find this information easily anywhere! So I researched, traveled, visited, photographed, mapped and wrote out all the transport options in this guidebook myself.

Whether good or bad, we are living in a digital age of high pressure and big profits. This often leads to mainstream book publishers cost cutting and not being able to include additional information. Moreover many online guides are filled with sponsored content by travel agencies looking to make bookings. This is where I as an independent publisher can now fill the void and bring you what’s been lacking in guidebooks to Nepal for so long.

My 100% honest online guides to Nepal speak for themselves. My individual guidebooks have proven to be the best in the world for many years. My print guidebook to Nepal is a national best seller. Now you can take all that trust, factual information and honest feedback in this complete guidebook to Nepal.

This is Nepal’s best guidebook

This guidebook has been written by a real traveler just like you, tested by other travelers LIVE on the streets, mountains, jungles, flat-lands and cities of Nepal in 2019 and is now available to everyone worldwide.

If you are going to be in Nepal then this is the best guidebook you can have.

Best guidebook to Nepal

Print Edition is Now Available Here


There’s a personal 100% free update guarantee with every digital copy.  If you buy the book and are not traveling to Nepal for the next 6 months or even a year from purchase then just drop me an email before you fly out and I’ll send you a free updated copy.  More details on the Nepal guidebook.

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50 Replies to “The Best Guidebook to Nepal”

  1. Awesome looking guidebook, just bought a copy and it looks to have more detail than any other I’ve come across!

  2. Well done!! We’ve been watching you publish these books for the past few years as we love Nepal too. Can’t wait to read this!

  3. What’s your opinion on a guidebook vs online? I mean do we really need a guidebook in 2017?!

    1. Online can’t deliver a concise experience that a guidebook can. Everything that you need is in a guidebook that works offline which you can access anywhere at any time without the need for any internet!

  4. Well done, we’ve got the Kathmandu one and will get this one for the whole country based on the first one alone which is a great read and so helpful.

  5. Is it easy to visit Chitwan these day? My friend came back recently and said the bus took 10 hours!

  6. Congratulations Dave! I’ve been reading online for years and have been dreaming of visiting Nepal for even longer. This book will be the only one I take!

  7. As a writer myself I want to say well done. As a traveler to Nepal this October I’d like to ask if you cover what we actually need to bring for a trek vs what’s available in Kathmandu?

  8. Great to see new publishers appearing! Awesome site by the way. Big fan.

  9. Can you recommend a place we can relax after a trek and get some sunshine? We’d like to avoid the touristy sites but are there places with swimming pools in Nepal?

    1. Yes there are swimming pools in many hotels throughout Nepal which are listed in this guidebook. Rooftops are often the best place to catch some sun in Nepal peacefully and many have rooftop gardens. Otherwise to get away you could try to visit Pokhara which has several lakes nearby.

  10. Looks like a winner! Buying a copy now as I know so much has changed there.

  11. You hit the nail on the head with the big publishers these days. Everything looks the same and everything is indeed written “positively”. It’s not like the old days when they’d write “give it a skip”. I’ve enjoyed your website for quite a while and will happily purchase this book based on that alone.

    1. Yes, I’ve missed the more honest approach to guidebook writing for a while now. Everywhere these days is a sales pitch it seems. I just tell it like it is with factual information and my own experience taking into account what others might experience. It’s what people appreciate with this site too! Thanks for your purchase!

  12. I bought the book and am loving it! We had a guidebook from last year and it’s incredible to see how out of date it is compared to yours!

  13. If I buy your guidebook and download it to my tablet, can I copy it to my husband’s tablet too, or is it just for one device?

  14. Hey! A fan of your writings for quite some time. Im a Malaysian living in Kathmandu. Been a year since we reside here but not been able to explore it so much with small child and all.Hopefully will get a hand of your guidebook n make full use of our time here

    1. Nur,

      There is a Malaysian/Singapore restaurant down the street called Singma Food Court (in Patan). I recognize the dishes from the few weeks I spent in KL. They have lots of good reviews on It is actually a restaurant, not a food court. They also have a burger menu. I assume it is hygienic as they probably want to copy the safety of eateries in Malaysia. Oddly, the reviews say they have the best cheesecake in the valley. I will have to go try it out!

  15. I have two guidebooks to Nepal. This one is more detailed and thorough than any other. Take it from someone who has visited more than once!

  16. Well done David. Huge fan of this book. It’s brought us to the best restaurants, hotels and we’ve found new places no one else knows about in Nepal. Just like it says – the best!

  17. Wanted to say that not only is this book a “must have” for anyone visiting Nepal like me. But David went above and beyond in helping me after I lost my iPad just before I left. Not only did he send me the latest edition, details on where to go for a new iPad in Nepal but he also sent me details on how to get a taxi from Kathmandu Airport. That alone should tell you about the genuine person and the book he’s written!

  18. Thank you much sir for publishing the book. This is the best guidebook that I have ever read. Anyone traveling to Nepal must read it once to make their trip easy. This book is really helpful as it includes information about routes, condition of temples and places after an earthquake, the price of a hotel and many more. In addition, it includes tips about how to avoid expensive tour too. This book is really helpful to plan your tour in Nepal. I hope the given site may help you to plan your tour to Nepal.

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