When to go:
October–April are the driest and sunniest months. May–September can be very humid, especially in the lower-lying areas.
From about £2500 per person for a two-week trip including flights.
A Glimpse of Eternal Snows: A Family's Journey of Love and Loss in Nepal by Jane Wilson-Howarth
Very comfortable shoes.
Did you know?
The Nepalis only ever eat with their right hands.
Home to the highest peak in the world, Nepal has so many stunning, jagged attractions that you might be forgiven for thinking that the country is only about trekking. There are of course some phenomenal Himalayan ranges and it is possible to get away from the crowds and explore some hitherto quite remote regions. However, there are also some stunning national parks and Kathmandu is a fascinating city, with gorgeous old quarters where you can simply wander around and get lost.
Accommodation is generally modest and charming, rather than sophisticated and manicured, but nothing can distract you from the extraordinary sights and sounds. Sitting in the garden of a lodge up in the Annapurna range overlooking a breathtaking mountain vista, the sunset changing the hue of the rock and snow by the minute, will remain with me as an extraordinary and almost religious experience.
Nepalis really do wear their hearts on their sleeves and a sincere welcome is guaranteed. In a country where stability is still a novelty this is the best time to go, before the word gets out.
These are just a few of the activities we’ve arranged for our clients in the past. One of them could be the defining reason for your whole holiday, or simply an afternoon diversion.
Trekking and hiking
– Nepal is a hiker’s dream. There is some gorgeous trekking around the Annupurna range, staying in charming tea houses en route, but for the more adventurous other areas of the country are now opening up. These offer much more remote trekking, accessible either by helicopter or charter flight.
– Kathmandu is the focus for most of the traditional sightseeing. The capital has exquisite architecture in the old town; look closely for carved wooden doorways, impressive temples and vibrant religious centres.
– There are some stunning national parks, many of which you can access on the back of an elephant. The guides are committed to the cause and very knowledgeable. Nepal’s wildlife experiences are not on a par with the wilderness of Africa but, if managed properly, this can be a magical excursion and works particularly brilliantly for families.
- Getting there
– Getting to Nepal takes about 10 hours actual flying time, but there are currently no direct flights. Generally clients fly from London with a stopover with Jet Airways, Qatar Airways or other Middle Eastern airlines.
– Road travel can be exhausting but there is a network of airlines servicing local airports which is generally the most reliable way of getting around. There are also private charter options with helicopters and airplanes.
– The best time to visit most of Nepal is from October to April/May, when there is a dry heat with very little humidity. During December to February, it can be very cold in the mornings and evenings, though the daytime is warm and sunny. May and June are humid, with temperatures rising to an intense and uncomfortable heat. The monsoon breaks in July and lasts until September.
Visa/ entry requirements
– Tourist visas are granted on arrival to UK citizens.
Events (festivals, wildlife migrations)
– There are loads of religious and national festivals which are a great opportunity to see the country at its most colourful. If you are interested, let us know and we’ll make plans around specific dates.
- Cultural Nuts
-Temple-hop in the capital and sip coffee in Durbar Square. There are some gorgeous sights to soak up before heading out to stretch your legs in the mountains.
– Spend the evenings watching the Himalayas change colour from early sunrises to the evening sunset. Seek out the wildlife on the back of an elephant and wander around the markets of the capital soaking up the atmosphere.
- Young and Old Families
-Nepalis dote on children. You can visit and rest assured that not only are there loads of things to keep everyone entertained, but also that the country is incredibly safe.
- Wildlife Enthusiasts
– There are some stunning national parks with an abundance of wildlife, including the one-horned rhino. Parks are well maintained these days, but you should be aware, however, that safari in Nepal is much less of a true ‘wilderness’ experience than you’ll find in Africa, and so expectations need to be managed.