List of Thermal Springs in NPL
Map of Thermal Springs in NPL
Guide to Nepal’s Natural Thermal Springs
Nepal, a small country north of India, is the famed home of Mount Everest. Lesser well-known but no less majestic are the several hot springs in the country that take advantage of the nation’s natural charm.
The majority of these geothermal springs are located in the middle of the country, west of Kathmandu which serves as Nepal’s capital. Like much of Nepal’s economy, visiting the below-listed hot springs can often be considered ecotourism.
One such paradise is the Tatopani Hot Spring, where bathers can soak while admiring the view of the mountain peaks in the distance. This site is popular with the locals, and it’s common for visitors to sit among them and enjoy beers and samosas. The water here is rich in calcium and sodium bicarbonate, and if you’d like to enjoy it more than once, you can stay at the attached hotel.
East of Tatopani is Machhikhola Natural Hot Water Spring, a hot spring that is often a feature of hiking and camping treks. The heated water meets the mountain air, creating rivers of steam that flow over the spring like hovering water. However, to visit this oasis you’ll need an experienced local guide. You can find ones on the Manaslu trek and the Kunda camping trek.
South of Machhikhola is Paudwar Hot Spring, a family-run business based around a natural hot spring. This spring is the definition of hot, so the facility mixes cooler water with what originates from the thermal spring to make it tolerable. There are two pools available for guests, many of whom have reported that the site is clean and staff friendly.
In the town of Ghandruk, you can find Jhinu Danda Hot Spring, which includes rock-lined pools situated beside a flowing river. Access to the hot spring ends at 7:00 pm local time, so make sure you get there early to have time to relax and unwind. While bathing it’s possible to see both green, verdant mountains and those that stay snowcapped year-round. There is a restaurant on-site, which sells filling food for the hikers that frequent the area.
Other Nepali Hot Springs:
- Natural Hot Spring Treatment Center
- Kharpani hot spring
- Tatopani Kunda
- Singa Tatopani
- Kodari Thermal Springs
If you’re planning on visiting any of these hot springs, know that you’ll need to have your cash exchanged from your national currency. Nepal has its own notes, and many places that aren’t based in the city don’t take cards. While you’re traveling to all the geothermal sites, make sure you take some time to go adventuring. The most common activities for visitors to the country are hiking, biking, rock climbing, and bungee jumping.
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