Nepal is simply beautiful: squeezed between India and Tibet – Nepal stretches from lush subtropical rainforest upwards to soaring Himalayan peaks -with thick jungles the home of tigers and stark mountainous ridges the home of Tibetan Snow leopards. Tibet is incredibly diverse.
If you’re a mountain lover – then Nepal is where you’ll find your heaven. You’ll hike over rugged trails that lead you to such jagged icons as Everest and the Annapurnas – you could trek for days and weeks if you’d like, taking in some of the world’s most incredible mountain scenery before settling down in a cosy lodge to a hot meal with cinematic mountain views.
If you’re a fan of moving at a slow pace, admiring the peaks from a unique Himalayan viewpoint, strolling through the temples of the medieval city of Kathmandu or Patan, and learning the history of the centuries-old stupas that dot the Kathmandu valley – then you’ll find this here too. Nature fans will fall in love inside Nepal’s national parks where you can scour the treetops for rare birds and step through the jungle spotting rhinos, tigers and elephants.
Time difference: GMT +5.45 Hours
Flight time: Approx 13 hours
Visa Required: Yes
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Tel Code: +977
Population: 28.51 million (approx)
Official Language: Nepali
Recommended Airlines:British Airways, Etihad, Jet Airways, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines
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Nepal has a temperate climate with four main seasons. Those priortising visibility whilst visiting the mountains should visit in the autumn between September and November when the weather is mostly clear and dry and not yet too cold at higher elevations. The only downside to visiting at this time is that this is when most others will be visiting too.
Winter falls between December and January and is mostly clear. You’ll find that it never snows in Kathmandu but mornings can be extremely chilly and damp. Spring falls from February to April and brings with it a littler warmer weather and longer days. It’s a good time to visit for wildlife lovers – as you’ll see Rhododendrons in-bloom towards the end of the season. The haze from the oncoming heat can make it difficult to see the mountains though. The pre-monsoon season is between April and June – it brings with it stifling heat and afternoon rain showers – during this time, if you do want to trek, then do so at higher elevations where the temperatures are much more tolerable. The monsoon season comes into bloom around mid-June and lasts into September. The air at this of year is clean, all over the hills flowers are in bloom, butterflies are abundant and fresh fruit and vegetables are available everywhere. This however is the worse time of year for those wanting to trek in the mountains.
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