With a millenary history and a relaxed way of life, Nepal’s capital is a must see city. The surrounding valley has three royal cities and no less than seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ornately decorated temples in this area are breathtaking.
Eight of the world’s highest mountains, including Mount Everest and Annapurna, can be found in Nepal. Enjoy hiking amid dramatic peaks and be sure to experience the changing colours of a Himalayan sunset and sunrise.
Trek amongst spectacular scenery with a chance to take in Mt. Everest and other mountain faces and glaciers. Walk alongside rivers, rhododendron forests and patchwork fields and stop at Buddhist monasteries and religious centres along the way. Simply unforgettable.
A magical setting – snow-clad mountains and snow-fed lakes and rivers help to make this one of the most picturesque natural attractions in Nepal. The valley is dominated by the peaks of the Annapurna range. Tranquil Phewa Lake, the second largest lake in Nepal, is encircled by hills.
Royal Chitwan National Park is the first and best protected area in Nepal. It offers protection to an array of mammals such as the one-horned rhinoceros, tiger, leopard, sloth bear and wild bison, as well as more than 400 species of birds.
When to go
Most popular: October-November
Best value: Mid June-September
Best weather: October-November and February-April
Direct flights: There are no airlines that fly direct to Nepal from the UK.
Indirect flights: Jet Airways, Etihad and Qatar.
Visa information: Yes
Health information: Hepatitis A, B, Polio, Typhoid and Malaria.
Time Difference: GMT +5 hours 45 minutes
Trips to Nepal are great value most of the year. For the best deals try to avoid the UK peak dates such as July and August, when air fares are slightly higher. Coincidentally these months fall in Nepal’s Monsoon season which runs from mid to end Jun to early September. Weather conditions are slightly more adverse at these times, although the range of festivals during these months more than makes up for the rain. Shoulder months like February to mid May tend to be when prices are at their best, temperatures are favourable and there are less crowds than the popular months of October and November.
Best Time to Go
Nepal can be visited throughout the year and each season will showcase the country in a different light and offer a different experience. October and November are some of the best months to visit Nepal – this is the start of the dry season when the countryside is green, lush and very beautiful. The views of the Himalayas and the clarity of the air are at their best during this time and there are a range of festivals and events during these months.
The most popular time to visit Nepal is October-November as this is when the scenery is at its most picturesque. The weather is dry after the monsoon season and the clarity in the air means that the views of the Himalayas and surroundings are a sight not to be missed. There are various festivals taking place during this time making for a very festive atmosphere.
May to August are the hottest times to visit Nepal when temperatures are at their peak. From mid June the monsoon season begins.
Nepal’s climate varies with its altitude and ranges from the arctic to the tropical. Nepal has four major seasons: Spring which runs from March to May brings some rain but mostly hot temperatures. Summer which is June to August is generally monsoon season, this is when the country sees most of its rainfall, which is a wanted relief after the spring. Autumn which starts September and ends November, boasts clear skies and a pleasant temperature and Winter which is December to February is when the country’s climate is at its most favourable. Temperature ranges in Nepal vary greatly depending on your location. Temperatures in Kathmandu go below 1°C in winter and rise to an average of 25°C in Summer.
There are no direct flights to Nepal from the UK.
Jet Airways flies indirect via Delhi from London Heathrow. Etihad flies indirect from both Manchester and London Heathrow via Abu Dhabi. Qatar Airways flies indirect from both London Heathrow and Manchester via Doha.
Fastest Flight Time
12 hours (London Heathrow – Delhi – Kathmandu)
Visas are required for travel to Nepal. Visas are usually granted for stays of up to 60 days but passports must be valid for at least six months after your return date.
For visa queries you should contact the Nepalese Embassy in the UK 020 7229 1594. Alternatively full details of requirements and restrictions can be found on their website.