Nepal spikes the heart of South Asia with its snow-gleaming summits. This is the country of the mighty Himalaya, where eight of the planet's ten tallest mountains shatter through the clouds. Of course, it's a trekker's mecca, with famous routes weaving amid the glacial valleys to Everest combining with trails that go into the long-lost region of Mustang. Wildlife is rife, with rhinos and Bengal tigers stalking the woods. Meanwhile, culture oozes from the incense-scented shrines and stupas of Kathmandu; it beckons in the rustic Sherpa teahouses of Khumbu. If all that's got you reaching for the passport, be sure to seek out cheap flights to Nepal from New Zealand. The most popular – and affordable – connections are typically indirect between Auckland and Kathmandu.
Crashing through the clouds at more than 8,800 meters above sea level, Mount Everest is the tallest peak on earth. Consider completing the famous Base Camp Trek to see its snow-blasted summit.
Kathmandu is the enthralling capital of Nepal. Don't miss a visit to see the ancient Hindu temples of Durbar Square and feel the buzz of Thamel district.
Conquer the Annapurna Circuit for more than 200 kilometers of trails that weave into the snow-capped Himalaya, through teahouses, and Sherpa villages.
No airlines have non-stop flights from New Zealand to Nepal.
Qatar Airways is the best airline to fly between New Zealand and Nepal.