Nepal was hit by some devastating earthquakes in 2015, and while some landmark temples crumbled, many still remain, managing to escape severe damage. After all, the country is home to over 3,000 temples, 1,200 monasteries and, of course, 12 of the 14 tallest mountains on the planet, including the highest of all, Mount Everest, and those aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Plus, the Nepalese still have the same uniquely gregarious nature they’ve always had, something that led them to be named the “nicest people on Earth,” in several travel surveys. If you’re thinking about ways of volunteering to help repair structures that were damaged, consider that the nation has all the skills needed right there, but it could definitely use the cash.That means that simply by visiting, you’ll be helping to contribute to the rebuilding efforts.
While you’re there, if you’re the adventurous type, you can take a trek through the Himalayas, stopping at the tea houses and lodges along the way to rest, or explore Nepal’s sacred Hindu and Buddhist temples, like Pashupatinath, Budhanilkantha, and Manakamana.