Probably one of my favorite trips in the World
Nepal is probably one of my favorite country I have visited. People are the most genuine I have met. Travelling was physically very demanding, but I did travel completely unorganized and with locals hiking nearly everywhere. In some places I jumped on tractors , in others I managed to squeeze into one of the rare jeeps and across the country I used buses (generally on their roof:))) Nepal's mountains are still very pure and undiscovered, you can hike for days only meeting one person, usually transporting a chest on their shoulder or head to bring essentials from one town to the other.
I entered the country from India, crossing into the Banbasa border, from there I took a local bus to the Bardia National park, where, thanks to a local gettized christian comunity, I was given a tent and camped under the million stars.
From there my mission was to reach Rara, the biggest and deepest fresh water lake in the Nepal Himalayas. I started the journey from Kirkijula, towards Kalikot and then Nagma, finally after nearly 8 days to reach Jumla. From Jumla I started a hike of 3 days to reach Rara. One life experience to be at one with nature . Staying in people's homes along the way, sleeping on tables or in stalls, having people sharing their meal and home with you and see the joy and privileged they felt in doing so.
From Rara I took a local military plane to get back to the mainland, sharing my seat with goats and chickens:)) The plane comes once a week to bring and take food supplies, mostly for the military base that is in Rara. Ask me about the Army story next time we meet , one of my favorites ;))
Lumbini is one other highlight of Nepal, a vast area full of Temples, from all countries, built here as it is the holy birth place of Buddha. Very magical. I staid at the Korean monastery, all women monks, you can make a donation and stay for a limited amount of nights. Very comfortable and lovely food. You can take part to the morning meditations and prayers if you can wake up very very early, but totally worth the experience.