Nepal is located in the Northern hemisphere, landlocked between giant India to the west, south and east and to the north by China, which forcibly invaded and annexed Tibet in 1959.
Its size is roughly that of North Carolina, and its latitude is on the same plane as Florida. The elevation varies from sea level in the Southern Terrai region to 4,800 feet in the mid-Kathmandu area, to the highest point on the planet in the north with Mt. Everest in the Himalayan range at roughly 28,000 feet above sea level. The distance from south to north is sometimes as little as 100 miles.
With many distinct ethnic groups and well over 35 languages, Nepali is the common language. Kathmandu, the capital and largest city, is the home for our HIO program.
Nepal has the densest number of world heritage sights in the world and unsurpassed natural splendor in its landscape.
It is the poorest country in South Asia, with a mean annual income of $350, a literacy rate of 35% and a jittery government and economy with unemployment hovering near 50%.