HOW LONG SHOULD I SPEND IN NEPAL?
Nepal has a diverse array of experiences. Some might only wish to venture into the mountains, but we highly recommend taking at least one week to discover all this wonderful Himalayan destination has to offer.
This depends upon exactly what you wish to experience. The snows of winter are simply spectacular, though the mercury does plummet. This is also the best time for mountaineers to ascend Everest, so it can be a little busy, though they tend to check in at Base Camp soon after arrival. The summer months are warmer, far more amiable and, when not raining, can be very pleasant.
We generally suggest September to November to be the better months, particularly if you wish to experience the first snowfalls of winter, which is simply magical. However, January, February and March are beginning to warm without suffering too much of high summer’s monsoonal rains, though the snow is rapidly diminishing at this time.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM ACCOMMODATION IN NEPAL?
The capital of Kathmandu has some exceptional accommodation options, though as you venture further afield, options diminish along with the standard. Depending on where you go, you may find yourself in perfectly pleasant though slightly rustic lodges.
There are a handful of retreats in the lesser populated areas of Nepal, and it is to these that we invariably take our guests, enjoying a comfortable, even indulgent base camp from which to venture out into the Himalayan foothills.
Nepal may seem like an exotic and remote destination, but it is a highly amenable destination, with excellent staff, superb guides, and organised – if slightly rustic – infrastructure. English is widely spoken, so there’s no need to brush up on your Nepali, and the hospitality industry is surprisingly well established.
Food is a combination of local dishes with a hint of Indian influence and western cuisine to cater to visitors. Nepali food is hearty and delicious, quite heavily meat-based, though with options to suit most dietary requirements.
If you are planning any mountainous adventures, even into the lower foothills of the Himalaya, specialised equipment, particularly thermal and insulated apparel and sturdy boots, may be required. Your Travel Designer will be able to provide advice when planning your itinerary.