Nepal is a pretty incredible country! From the world famous mountains and breathtaking scenery to the amazing wildlife and friendly people. Nepal has it all and has been attracting adventurers from all over the world to explore and conquer it’s beauty. There are numerous guidebooks out there which will tell you facts about Nepal, the history and must see’s. But we’ve gone one step further and decided that before you head to Nepal, you should have some conversations starters memorised!
So here are 15 fun facts about Nepal you need to know, before you go!
1. The abominable snowman, also known as the yeti, is a legendary believed to roam the high mountains and valleys of Nepal. But yet, it’s never been found!
2. It is the year 2074 in Nepal. They celebrate the new year on April 14th and so are roughly 57 years, 8.5 months ahead of everyone else!
3. Due to the ancient traditions of Nepal’s more than 60 ethnic groups, there are actually nine different New Years’ Days in Nepal. So 9 different parties!
4. Nepal has the only living goddess in the world, the Kumari. Meaning virgin in Nepali it’s the tradition of worshiping young pre-pubescent girls as manifestations of the divine female energy in Hindu religious traditions.
5. Cows are sacred in the Hindu religion and cannot be slaughtered. When a cow is no longer useful for Milk it is released to roam the towns/villages and the whole community is responsible to feed and care for it. Since cows are sacred, so is their poop! In some places cleaning the home with water and cow manure blesses and cleans at the same time.
6. The head is considered the most sacred part of the body. If you touch someone else’s head, it can be pretty offensive, so hands off!
7. 50% of all income from tourism the Nepalese government gives to communities near wildlife reserves to deter poaching and help conserve these areas.
8. Nepal’s flag is the only flag that isn’t a Square or Rectangle.
9. Apa Sherpa has scaled Mount Everest 21 times in his lifetime (so far) making him a world record holder!
10. 75% of Women and 55% of Men have NEVER drank alcohol!
11. The left hand should not be used to eat dinner – only to wipe your butt!
Only 44% of people in Nepal actually speak Nepali.
12. There are around 123 languages spoken in Nepal!
13. Home to Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world standing at around 8,850 metres! Also known as “Sagarmatha” meaning, Forehead of the Sky in Nepali. Or “Chomolungma” meaning, Goddess Mother of the World is what local Sherpas call it.
14. The total distance of Nepals railway s 59km!
15. The longest handshake in Nepal lasted 42hrs and 35minutes! So maybe go with a classic Namaste instead!
(Photo by our partner Charlotte Gale Photography)
So there you have it! Our 15 fun facts about Nepal that you probably wont find in a guidebook and make for great conversation starters!
If you have found anymore fun, interesting or just downright weird facts about Nepal we want to hear them! So comment below if you think you’ve found a fact that should go on the list!