No doubt Nepal comes to your mind if you think about the Himalayas. Landlocked between India and Tibet this small country has 8 of the 10 highest peaks between his boundaries including Mount Everest, the roof of the world. Icy towering summits, steep valleys and raging rivers are the natural background of your trip to Nepal
The biggest part of Nepal however consists of flatlands and so-called middle hills where you can find beautiful National Parks with a dense vegetation and rare animals like the onehorned Rhinoceros.
Although the earthquake in April 2015 damaged a lot of buildings, Nepal still has a rich cultural heritage. Some temples are destroyed, but a lot of cultural highlights remained intact. Places like Pashupatinath and Bodnath will leave you astonished, and also the medieval city of Bhaktapur stays an untouched gem. Even if you come mainly for trekking to Nepal, it is strongly advised to spent a least one or two days sightseeing to these interesting places.
The main attraction of Nepal however are the Himalayas. No other country in the world has such a wide range of trekking possibilities. From simple dayhikes and family treks to tough hiking trips and challenging peak climbing, … Nepal has it all. It was in Nepal that the concept of trekking was first developped in the 1960s by the British Gurkha officer Jimmy Roberts who took tents, local sherpaguides and porters into the mountains for hikes to the highest peaks. Over the decades the Nepali developped a system of local teahouses or lodges where trekkers could get a basic accommodation and a warm welcome. In recent times some more luxury lodges came up, making trekking accessible for those looking for a bit more comfort.
In our opinion the main reason to go Nepal however are the Nepali people themselves. These peaceful and friendly people welcome every traveller with an open mind. Nepal has about 40 different ethnic groups that have at least one thing in common: their friendly smile and their warm hospitality. Even in difficult times the Nepali keep up a good spirit. Innumerable travellers came to Nepal and still have warm memories of their local guides, porters and drivers during their trip.
Useful information about Nepal
The classic time to travel in Nepal is from October till December. The climate is stable with (normally) little chance of rain, although thunderstorms can occur. Even in the higher regions temperatures can go up to 20°C in the daytime, but nights can be surprisingly cold (-10°C) if you go higher than 3500m. Generally the skies are clear in this period, giving you good views on the mountains.
A second period that travellers prefer is from half February till April. Although late snow can block some high passes, normally winter comes to an end in late February and gradually the temperatures rise. March and April are very good months for a trek in Nepal.
From May onwards the heat of the monsoon starts to build up and rain may occur. Trekking in the summermonths is not recommended, unless you go to areas like Mustang or the Upper Annapurna’s.
Kathmandu Valley and the major cultural sights can be visited throughout the year and summer sometimes is a very pleasant time to do this as everything is green and lush.
Please bear in mind that the climate is changing all over the world and that these are only guidelines. Snow may occur even in April or October. You travel in the Himalayas, remember?
Most people arrive in Nepal by air.
There is only one international airport in Nepal for the moment, the infamous Thribuvan Airport in Kathmandu.
Nepal is connected to major destinations all over the world by airlines such as Etihad, Thai Airways, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines and Jet Airways.
All depends on the kind of trekking and activities you want to do.
If you want to visit the Kathmandu-valley and its cultural highlights 3 or 4 days will be enough, which makes it a nice stopover on a trip to Bhutan or India.
If you want to add a small trek around the Kathmandu-valley then you need about 10 days.
Most travellers however come for about 2 weeks visiting the major sights of Kathmandu, travelling to Pokhara for a short 4-5 day trek in the Annapurna’s and enjoying a couple of days in Chitwan National Park.
If you have more time you can consider doing one of the classic treks like Annapurna Base Camp or Everest Base Camp. Combined with some sightseeing and travelling you need about 18 days to 3 weeks for these treks
Of course you can easily spent weeks and even months in Nepal trekking through the mountains.
Also take care to calculate some spare days in your travelplans, as (domestic) flights in Nepal might be disrupted due to weather conditions.
Nepal offers a wide range of accommodation, from basic guesthouses to luxury, international fivestar hotels.
In the main cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, and in the Chitwan National Park we cover the whole range. Basically we use mostly clean and neat ***hotels and resorts, but we also offer outstanding places like Dwarika’s in Kathmandu and Tiger Mountain Lodge in Pokhara. We have good contacts with the whole Nepali travel industry so we can book the kind of accommodation you prefer.
While on trekking accommodation options are limited and most trekkers stays in basic lodges that offer you a bed (mostly in twin rooms) with shared toilets and solarheated showers. In the Annapurna and Everest-regions there is a possibility to stay in more luxury mountain lodges with private facilities and upgraded rooms.
Of course the classic camping trekking still exists. If you prefer camping in the mountains, we provide you with all the camping equipment (tents, dining tent, tables, chairs, cooking equipment) and a local crew who takes care of you during your adventure.
As long as your healthy, everyone can travel to Nepal.
We advise people with cardiovascular problems however to first consult their physician before getting on the higher trails.
The Kathmanduvalley, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park are on lower altitudes and there is no problem for healthy people to travel around.
With a basic fitness level you can easily travel around, make some light daywalks or even do a small trekking like e.g. the famous Poon Hill Trek or a trek around the Kathmanduvalley..
If you want to go for a longer and higher trekking, you need a good fitness level and it might be good to prepare yourself for the trip by taking some regular exercise a couple of times a week (running, hiking, cycling,…). The better you are in shape, the more you will enjoy Nepal.