Nepal is a small country in one of the world’s biggest landscapes. Situated between the two most populous countries on the planet, India and China, it’s often considered the heart of the Himalayan Mountains and home of the world’s tallest peak, Mt. Everest. 

Adventurers and trekkers have long known of Nepal’s wonders, and its capital, Kathmandu, evokes the very idea of exotic travel. Of course, Nepal is much more than mountains and incredible scenery. Along with its southern neighbor India and Bali in Indonesia, Nepal is one of only three places in the world where Hinduism is the dominant religion. 

While the dramatic scenery has driven a robust tourism industry in Nepal, it also makes for a tough place to eke out a living. Earthquakes are a fact of life here and the rugged terrain is difficult to farm and build on. (more…)