Fashion Designer Prabal Gurung Wants You to Visit Nepal

“Nepal is magical, but it’s also household,” claims trend designer Prabal Gurung, who grew up in Kathmandu and returns every yr to stop by his mother, brother, and sister. And however Gurung has lived and worked in New York for the final 15 yrs (he turned style and design director of Invoice Blass in 2004, then, five a long time later, introduced his personal line), his homeland is hardly ever significantly from his brain. The Mongolian lamb–trim coats in his tumble 2014 selection were inspired by the distant mountains of Mustang that straddle the Himalayas, and his most current runway display started with 30-some Buddhist monks chanting (his way of indicating “thank you” for the generosity shown right after April’s earthquake Gurung’s reduction fund has elevated nearly $1 million). “The spirit of the folks in Nepal is remarkable,” he says. “I want to really encourage everyone to vacation there—it’s thoroughly harmless.” When asked for his must-sees, Gurung has his proposed itinerary memorized at this position. “You can’t say you’ve been to Nepal with out traveling to the monasteries in Lumbini, the jungles near the Indian border in Chitwan National Park, and the mountains—the Annapurna, Langtang National Park, and the Everest area.” What follows is the top cheat sheet to a single of the world’s most mysterious and considerably-flung places.


“I’ll have chai all around 6 a.m., even though seeking out at the Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang mountains from my mother’s home. Then I’ll have breakfast—usually just fruit and eggs—and catch up with my brother and sister. I’ll walk all-around these minor winding roads in Patan or Bhaktapur. I like to enjoy the folks who dwell there—they have very minor, but they are crammed with peace. The the latest earthquake harmed or ruined a lot of of the old temples in Durbar Sq. and at the Swayambhunath Stupa, but Nepalis cherish them, and I’m guaranteed they’ll be restored. Most nights, I’ll meet up with pals in Thamel to pay attention to reside songs. My favored nearby bands are the Midnight Riders and Bipul Chettri.”

Prabal Gurung, shopping at the markets in Lukla.

Prabal Gurung, searching at the marketplaces in Lukla.

Photo by Kashish Das Shrestha

HERE’S Where by TO Shop…

“I often provide a suitcase back to New York filled with scarves, blankets, materials, and cashmere. You can come across inexpensive cashmere in Thamel. I normally get inspiration going for walks via the marketplaces. I enjoy Asan Tole for fabrics. There are countless stores advertising the most vibrant saris and jewellery. The very best spices are found in the open-air marketplaces in Asan Tole—lots of blends and pickles you can not come across in the U.S. Examine out New Road for significant-conclusion silver merchandise these types of as jewellery and vases. Patan and Bhaktapur are the finest for community handicrafts, like woodcarvings and metalwork. I also consider to decide on up Thangkas, the regular Buddhist paintings that consider eternally to make. They are so intricate. And one of these times, I’ll acquire some of all those really high priced textiles that day back hundreds of years. But for now, I admire them from afar.”

Nepal Tourism Is Back again On

Despite worries about protection and infrastructure next the earthquakes previously this yr, Nepal has gotten the all-distinct for tourism, including on Mt. Everest.


“Roadhouse Cafe, Previous Property, Vesper Cafe, and Lhakpa’s Chulo are on the greater stop and quite superior. The ideal foods, although, is designed in the gap-in-the-wall spots that serve conventional Nepali dishes like momo [dumpling] and Newari food—lots of beans, drinking water buffalo, and beaten rice. The property- designed alcohol—it’s kind of like sake—in such spots is worthy of a try, much too. There’s an incredible Newari restaurant known as Newa Lahana in Kirtipur that overlooks some of the last green fields in the Kathmandu Valley, and a minor Tibetan put in Boudha, operate by an more mature refugee few, identified as Double Dorje. They provide the greatest thukpa and thenthuk [homemade noodle soups] and Tibetan bread in the metropolis. And Tukuche Thakali Kitchen area is one particular of my favorites for dal bhat [rice and lentils with sides of vegetables and meat, like chicken or goat].”


Yeti Mountain Household is a collection of 6 lodges in the Everest trekking route of Nepal. They’ve obtained panoramic views of some of the optimum mountains in the globe. And within the Annapurna Conservation Area, Ker & Downey has the most lavish lodgings for people trekking the Himalayas.”

Ker & Downey

Ker & Downey

Courtesy Ker and Downey


“I’ve done almost everything from a 3-7 days trek to working day hikes out of Kathmandu. Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, correct on the edge of Kathmandu, is a speedy and quick way to get out of the chaos of the metropolis and odor the forest, and it’s possible see some mountains and monkeys. There are ponds, streams, and wild orchids increasing out of trees. A much more intense hike is up to the Champa Devi, on the southern side of the valley. Check out the ancient metropolis of Kirtipur on the way. If you want to flip this day-vacation into an right away, get in touch with in advance to the Hattiban Vacation resort. It has the biggest see of the full Kathmandu Valley, with snowy mountains to the north. A lot more experienced hikers really should do the Annapurna Circuit Trek [20 days], Langtang National Park [7 days], or the total, unique Everest Foundation Camp Trek [21 days]. All 3 are worth encountering at the very least as soon as in your existence.”

In which HE’S Heading THIS Thirty day period

“Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, to encounter the religious electricity and see the web-site of the planned Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace. I always really like going to the White Monastery in Boudha. It is the most serene place on the planet. And the Patan Museum. It’s a restored palace, and the room is wonderful, the background interesting, and the artwork inspiring.”

Gurung always visits markets like this one, in Bhaktapur.

Gurung normally visits markets like this one particular, in Bhaktapur.

Photo by Tom Hanslien/Imagebrief

Aspect-Journey Checklist

Gurung endorses producing the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu,

Dwarika’s Resort

, or the

Gokarna Forest Resort

your residence base in Kathmandu. Then, get out and examine.

1. Book a a single-hour sightseeing flight from Kathmandu into the Everest area. “If you go at dawn or sunset, you are going to realize how small we are in this universe. It’s exhilarating, thrilling, unnerving and calming all at when.”

2. Acquire a boat ride on Phewa Lake in Pokhara. “Spend the day wandering all around the Lakeside district. It is so tranquil, and you can climb up the Environment Peace Pagoda and pop into all the kitschy tourist stores. From there, you can do a 4-day trek up Poon Hill. It’s not that strenuous—children can do it. Even although it’s just a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu, you may perhaps want to devote a evening or two. Stay at the Shangri-la Lodge & Resort for incredible views of the Annapurna.”

3. Pay a visit to Chitwan National Park. “It’s a quick hop on Buddha Air—just 20 minutes or so. Give oneself a couple times in the jungle to canoe down the Rapti River. You’ll surely location some crocs. And do an elephant safari—you’ll see rhinos and, if you are lucky, probably a tiger. I like the Kasara Resort—it’s a excellent hotel on the Chitwan border.”

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