Travel·Posted on Apr 10, 201412 Reasons Nepal Should Go On Your Vacation Bucket ListJust Kathmandu it.by Lara ParkerBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. The Annapurna Region ShutterStock Nepal is home to the Annapurna Region which is known for having some of the world's best trekking routes. There's also the lake city of Pokhara and shorter treks. The Annapurna Region compiles the wettest, driest, and windiest places in Nepal. 2. The High Peaks ShutterStock Seven of the world's highest peaks are situated within Nepal. All of the peaks reach over 20,000 ft. You may not actually be on top of the world, but it will sure feel like you are. 3. The Bird Watching ThinkStock With over 856 known species, Nepal is a bird watcher's paradise. That's almost 10% of the world's total bird population. Chances are you'll see several birds during your stay. 4. The Multitude Of Adventures ShutterStock Nepal is the perfect destination for adventure seekers. They have mountaineering, trekking, rafting, wildlife safaris, hot air balloons, paragliding, bungee jumping, ultralights, and more. Good luck choosing. 5. World Heritage Sites Shutterstock Nepal is home to several UNESCO World Heritage Sites which further adds to the cultural charm. Make sure to check out the various temples, monasteries, inns, and more to experience Old World culture. 6. Value For Money Shutterstock Nepal is surprisingly affordable. This is particularly true if you compare Nepal's hiking trails to others such as Kilimanjaro or the Inca Trail. With the food pricing, you could live off of about $10 a day. And you can find a decent, clean hotel room for about $18.50. 7. The Lakes ShutterStock The various lakes of Nepal are known not only for their outstanding beauty but also for their spiritual importance. There are over 200 lakes in Nepal with glacier origin. Who needs the sea when you have all these lakes? 8. The Elevation Change ShutterStock Nepal is the only country in the world where the elevation will change from 60 meters to over 8,000 meters above sea level. It's quite the experience. 9. Diverse Cultures Shutterstock Over 35 different ethnic groups call Nepal home. This means there are multiple religions, languages, musical influence, and foods. Nepal is a wonderful place to immerse yourself into different cultures and leave your comfort zone. And Nepal is the only place in the world where people worship the living goddess, Kumari. 10. Nepalese Food Shutterstock Although Nepalase dishes do result from heavy South Asian influences like China and India, the food is usually healthier with more lean meats and veggies. Other common ingredients include lentils, tomatoes, cumin, potatoes, yogurt, and garlic. And you can eat overlooking views like this! 11. Nepal's Kathmandu Valley Shutterstock The Kathmandu Valley is located in the foothills of the Himalayas and is composed of seven different "Monument Zones." These zones include urban centers with palaces, temples, and the oldest known Buddhist monument thought to be built in the third century B.C. 12. The Serenity Shutterstock Nepal has been regarded as a sacred place for hundreds of years. The tranquillity of the area will have a positive effect on anyone that is able to experience it. The people, the buildings, and the land are all symbols of serenity. In Nepal, you can truly escape.