Get up close and personal with Nepal's wildlife and unspoilt vistas.1/24
Listen to the melodious chimes of the nearby monasteries' temple bells calling monks to prayer.2/24
Meet the locals as you wander the bustling streets: if you are lucky, you will witness one of Nepal's many religious celebrations.3/24
Say your own prayers as you walk around this prayer totem three times, customary in Buddhist practice.4/24
Try not to look down as you make your way across the suspension bridge on the Seti River.5/24
Capture the beauty of Nepal's panoramic views: any photopraphers dream!6/24
Hire a microlight for stunning ariel views of the Pokhara region.7/24
Gaze across the mirror like surface of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara.8/24
Spend the day relaxing in pool with a view at the Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara.9/24
Pick up some local arts and crafts in Patan, a city famous for its rich cultural heritage and quality handiwork.10/24
Learn about Nepal's many religious influences: from Hinduism to Daoism, to being the birthplace of Buddha.12/24
Come that bit closer to achieving enlightenment when you visit the Boudhanath stupa, one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.13/24
White water rafting down the Seti River with the Annapurnas as your backdrop - a great way for any thrill seeker to spend an afternoon.14/24
Discover some of Kathmandu's most ancient temples as your guide teaches you about their significance.15/24
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast whilst taking in the breathtaking views across the Himalayas from the Ghandruk Himalaya Lodge.16/24
See the Buddhist prayer flags blowing in the wind as you ascend the steps to the Tengboche monastery.17/24
Fly over the Gokyo Lakes in Sagarmantha National Park, the world’s highest freshwater lakes located almost 16,000ft above sea level.18/24
Keep yourselves snug in the Kongde Hotel and enjoy the unparalleled views over Mount Everest.19/24
Enjoy an elephant safari through the Chitwan National Park and discover some of Nepal's diverse wildlife for a truly memorable addition to your trip.20/24
Exert yourself on an overnight trek in Annapurna and discover some of Nepal's hidden trails.21/24
Tick something else off your bucket list and complete your own Himalayan Odyssey, trekking across some of Annapura’s most pristine regions.22/24
Take a helicopter tour of the Annapurna Base camp for unrivalled views across the Himalayas.23/24
We love the simple charm of lodges in Nepal, from where you can explore the Himalayas in complete comfort.24/24
Nepal: Best time to go
Nepal’s climate widely varies; from the Terai zone’s tropical savannah to the blistery snow-capped mountains. However, being easily identified means Nepal’s weather patterns can be usefully divided into the four seasons. A definite spring, summer, autumn and winter makes holiday planning a lot easier when there are only a few minor blurry transitions.
Beginning with spring (March - May); its comfortable temperatures (averaging 22°C), blooming shades of pink coating the country’s heartlands and freshly cut back national parks, make this time of year a joy to visit Nepal. At Chitwan and Bardia National Parks, sightings of the rare one-horned rhinoceros are more productive, and the pleasant temperatures are perfect for exploring the ancient villages, buzzing markets and cultural delights of Kathmandu valley. The longer lasting daylight hours also work a treat if you’re an avid trekker, taking on some of Nepal’s scenic mountain range routes. Visibility, however, can be a little hazy as the first signs of monsoon season start to drift through the mountain peaks, giving the beautiful panorama glacial views an ethereal, misty feel.
Summer (June - August) is Nepal’s monsoon season, when the rain clouds travelling from India sweep across the country’s foothills and valleys, colliding with the cooler air from the Himalayas. Sharp downpours can last a couple of hours, but this usually occurs at night, making the crisp morning air a delight for some early morning exploring. More popular Himalayan trekking routes aren’t as enjoyable during peak monsoon, with some areas drenched in 850mm of rain and temperatures dropping to -19°C, however pockets of the Upper Mustang region and Annapurna Circuit are blessed with less downpour and daytime temperatures between 13°C to 20°C. So trekking isn’t totally off the agenda as there are still some drier, untouched scenic routes waiting to be discovered.
Autumn (September - November) is widely acknowledged to be the best time to visit Nepal. For the autumnal clear, bright skies that break from the summer monsoon, make visibility exceptionally reliable and in favour for several reasons. It’s popular for trekking explorations across the country, wildlife viewings are also successful, and October and November are particularly favourable to experience some Nepalese culture - two important festivals are celebrated during this time (Dasain and Tihar). Expect vibrant street parades, decorated temples and houses with the warming sight of family and friends dancing and singing together.
Winter (late November - February) is still rain-free but the nights begin to get colder and a warm fleece for the evenings is required. Popular visits to Kathmandu valley can hover as low as 3°C, whereas high up in the mountains in December, a drop to -10°C is not uncommon - not ideal temperatures if climbing to Everest Base Camp. The skies are still clear and with winter being Nepal’s low season for tourists, this time of year is a great for wildlife spotting at some of Nepal’s other great reserves.
N.B. All information given here is to the best of our knowledge, however, changes do occur, sometimes at short notice. Ampersand cannot be held liable for such happenings. Of course, if you have any tips that you feel would benefit other travellers, please pass them onto us and we will add them.
The main Nepal airport is in Kathmandu (the main point of connection with Europe, usually via India or the Middle East). There is no railway system to speak of, so the only other way of getting around is by car, jeep or helicopter.
A valid passport is required for all nationals. A single entry visa can be obtained on arrival in Kathmandu after completing the relevant application form and presenting it with two passport photographs and a fee of US$25. Should you choose, it is possible to obtain a visa prior to travel from any of the Royal Nepalese Embassies or Consulates abroad but we recommend obtaining a visa on arrival as it is a quick and straightforward procedure. Multiple entry visas valid for 15 days cost £20 and 30 days costs £35. These can be obtained at the Royal Nepalese Embassy by sending an application form together with your passport and two photographs.
If you would like to use a visa service to process your visa on your behalf, we recommend CIBT Visas. They have expert knowledge in visa requirements, and are dedicated to ensuring that obtaining your visas is as efficient and hassle-free as possible.
CIBT provide various levels of visa service, including detailed information about which visas and documentation you and your party require, clear and user-friendly application forms, and a full concierge service to manage your application from start to finish. There is a team of experts on hand to offer advice, and liaise with embassies on your behalf.
Ampersand can personally endorse the services CIBT provides, and our partnership secures a 20% discount on all CIBT services fees for our clients. We would highly recommend speaking to a specialist at CIBT to determine which service would best suit your needs.
You can begin the process of finding out which visas you require and how to apply by following this link. This will log you in to the Ampersand CIBT account, securing your dedicated discount. For more information, please contact the CIBT visa team on 020 7593 6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or discuss with your Ampersand consultant.
It is essential to visit your GP as soon as possible to check if you need any vaccinations prior to travel. Risk for vaccine preventable diseases can change at any time. MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) can supply a quick and easy online Travel Health Brief. This includes easy to understand vaccination advice for single or multi-country trips. Their website is www.masta-travel-health.com.
London - Kathmandu: There are no direct flights from London to Kathmandu. The best route would be to fly with via Doha or Delhi. With a short connection, the flying time is usually 12 hours 20 minutes.
We highly recommend you reconfirm your onward and return international flights at least 72 hours prior to departure.
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