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.
Need to Know
– 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.
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.