When is the best time to visit Nepal?
This is the most common question that every traveler is seeking answer for. In fact, the slogan ‘Nepal for all Seasons’ has answered the above question very well. This actually depends on your purpose of visit. If you are looking for an expedition, spring is considered as the best time of course. This must be because the first successful Everest summit was made on 29th of May, 1953 by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary. There are some other technical reasons too. However, autumn is equally popular for small peak expeditions.
Trekkers’ first priority is for the autumn season then comes spring. Autumn has the clear sky and it is the great festival season too. The most prominent reason is the weather as it doesn’t snow in autumn generally except in the extreme weather conditions. The spring is a colorful time in the mountains. Sky is bright and the days are warmer. Jungle safari and rafting trips can also be added in those seasons.
Are spring and autumn the only best time to visit Nepal then? Of course not, Nepal can be visited throughout the year. Nepal is considered as the best destination for all seasons. Apart from the spring and autumn, summer and winter seasons have also specific places and activities to do. June, July and August are regarded as summer time in Nepal.
Kathmandu centered visits are possible throughout the year. If you are visiting the capital city Kathmandu only, it is the perfect place for short time holiday. Whether your visit is for business or pleasure, you can maximize your entertainment here. Casinos can be one of them. Kathmandu includes the 7 world heritage sites alone. Kathmandu has also the colurful festivals and amazing cultures.
Is it possible to trek in summer?
Short hiking to Nagarkot can be done during summer. The trail passes through the beautiful village settlement and forest. If you are lucky with the weather, you may witness the stunning Himalayan panorama as well. Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini can also be added within a short period of time. Pokhara is a chilled out place with the beautiful Fewa Lake. There are day hikes available in Pokhara too.
If you are looking for a longer trek, Upper Mustang and Dolpa are the best options. These areas are regarded as rain shadow area and it is always nice to travel there in August-September. There are many interesting spots to visit in Nepal during summer.
Road transportation within the country can be affected by the landslides and flights can be cancelled because of poor visibility during summer. Private Cars and Tourist buses are the reliable means of transports. If you are a Hindu pilgrim, Shrawan (July 16 to August 15) is the best time to visit the holy Pashupatinath temple. Shrawan is considered as the Lord Shiva’s month and specially the Monday’s.
The tour operators in Nepal are flexible to design your custom holidays suitable to your duration of vacation. Some people like trekking in summer. Poonhill Ghorepani is one of the best short time treks that are truly enjoyable in summer. Rafting on the Trishuli River can be of grade 5+ experience in July-August.
So, visiting Nepal in summer can also be tremendous and full of joy.