How Nepal’s New Luxury Lodgings Took It From Bargain Bolt hole to Jet-Set Hideaway

It wasn’t too long ago that Lonely Planet crowned Nepal as the world’s best-value destination for money-conscious travelers. The budget travel bible extolled the country’s easy access to world-famous trekking routes and underrated wildlife while keeping daily expenditures well below $50. And though a constellation of affordable guesthouses and home-stays still make it possible to trek around on a shoestring, a new generation of local tour operators and luxury lodges are increasingly catering to the deep-pocketed adventurers flocking to this corner of the Himalayas.