The Best Guidebook to Nepal

by Dave from The Longest Way Home ~ February 17th, 2018. Published in: Travel blog » Nepal.

Best guidebook to Nepal

The travel guidebook evolution continues in Nepal

The  latest editions in my Nepal guidebook collection have been published and fully updated with the release of the best guide book to Nepal 2018. It’s not just a collection of my individual guidebooks to Nepal but this is in fact the most updated and innovative guidebook to the entire country of Nepal that you can get, anywhere.

Much like last year, the Nepali tourism board are 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. 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 guidebook will help you plan ahead!page 1 Nepal Guidebook

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, WiFi, remoteness and 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This book has an advantage over rated print travel guides to Nepal which are outdated and have the same generic layout to other countries. I’ve read these books. Some contain no post-earthquake information while others don’t cover eastern Nepal or even update hotel reviews properly. This guidebook already covers earthquake affected temples and areas, 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 a tourist would

This guidebook is fully up to date for 2018, 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.

Today, you can finally do just that with my guidebook to Nepal.

What is so special about Nepal?

For a small landlocked country Nepal is an epic destination with some of the best mountain scenery in the world to both witness 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.

Nepal guidebook sample page

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 led backstreet’s 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! 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, 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, Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal, Poon Hill and a host of side treks (including new permit fees) which are all included alongside day by day trekking guides and cross referenced-GPS tracked maps. There are fantastic 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.


Nepal Map from guidebook

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. A single road along Lakeside with a hip vibe of restaurants, cafes and dozens of travel agents that now stretches way along the north and to the south past the quiet Damside area. There are more new outdoor activities in Pokhara than anywhere else in Nepal. Go trekking, hiking, walking, paragliding, horse riding, mountain biking, motorcycling, boating, 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 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, 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 all these 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? It’s only in this book!

Mardi Himal trek map-zoomed in

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.

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 an 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 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 of my guidebook to Nepal … Each chapter is personally written with detailed maps, photographs and guides to every location. I’ll just go ahead and say it:

this guidebook to Nepal is the best in the world

Why is this guidebook to Nepal the best?

mobile phone and shiva statue Nepal

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!

Did you know that most of Thamel (central tourist area) is now vehicle free?

You won’t find this sort of update information in any other guidebook – here’s the real insider scoop – not all of it is vehicle free! But I’ll show you how to make the most of it!

Nepal’s prized heritage is interwoven with fascinating but heavily congested and confusing streets. I’ll show you how to navigate them 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 Living Goddess. No other guidebook shows you so much. Mine does.

Not only visit or stay in Bhaktapur with photographs of every temple at your fingertips but stop off at 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.

Trekking page from Nepal guidebook

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

Read through day-by-day 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 snowcapped mountains.

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 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 (107 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: + 538 pages, 107 color maps over 908 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, Swayambhunath (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 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 Himalayans by discovering what it’s really like up there along with all the preparation needed
  • 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, extension and applications
  • Lists, reviews & contact details of recommended trekking agencies
  • 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
  • 107 zoom-in color maps and over 538 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 guidebook truly is the complete package 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

Kathmandu city guide maps

I’ve bought many guidebooks to destinations online only to discover scraped together badly presented copies of 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 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.

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

From that 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. 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.

Includes important earthquake 2015 information

I’ve been writing guides and guidebooks to Nepal for over a decade. I set up the Digital Archeology Foundation which helps to preserve culture. I know exactly what was there before the earthquake, during it and in the recovery afterwards.

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.

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.

My chapters on places like Thimi or Panauti are not just relegated to a half page of text like in other books but they have many pages of exclusive guides, maps and content waiting to show you these unique places most tourists never discover.

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

Map of PashupatinathAs you may know from reading on this site when I first arrived in Nepal I struggled to find a good guidebook to Nepal. 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.

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 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. 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. 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 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 wonderful streets, mountains, jungles, flatlands and cities of Nepal in 2018 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

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41 Great responses to The Best Guidebook to Nepal

  1. Steve says:

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

  2. Jacob says:

    Just checking but do you cover backpacker locations and places to stay?

  3. Samantha says:

    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!

  4. Rick says:

    Quick question. Do your maps show the actual trekking route to Everest?

  5. Alan says:

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

  6. Niall says:

    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.

  7. Anna says:

    This is just what we need for next month and out ABC trek! Thank you.

  8. Michael says:

    Well done Dave, been waiting for this for a while!

  9. Ryan says:

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

  10. Anna's World says:

    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!

  11. Kimberly says:

    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?

  12. Jason says:

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

  13. Lauren says:

    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?

    • 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.

  14. Stuart says:

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

  15. Ed says:

    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.

    • 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!

  16. Malcom says:

    Well done mate, great to see a book like this finally exists!

  17. Gabby says:

    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!

  18. Agness says:

    This comprehensive guidebook sounds exciting! Nepal is truly a wonderful place for travelers, Dave.

  19. Ruth says:

    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?

  20. Nur says:

    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

    • Send me an email, happy to meet up sometime for coffee or Nasi Lemak is there’s a place with it!

    • Mike says:


      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!