Soaring Himalaya mountain peaks, charming foothill villages, lowland plains and sub-tropical forests, and rivers coursing through it all, Nepal spans a remarkable range of altitude, scenery and activities in such a small country. Full of ancient cities and architecture. There is world class wildlife viewing including tiger, rhino and elephant. Legendary hospitality, festivals and rich traditions of the Nepali people abound.
Where to Go
The Kathmandu Valley – The ancient cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan are home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Exquisite craftsmanship is displayed in Buddhist and Hindu architecture. Temples, religious festivals, glowing mustard-oil lamps permeate the valley. Charming hill towns and fabulous views of the Himalayas.
Annapurna – The laid-back town of Pokhara is the gateway to the scenic foothills of the Annapurna Mountain range. Visit Phewa Lake and rural mountain villages.
Chitwan and Bardia – These two national parks in southern Nepal offer some of the best-wildlife viewing in all of Asia. They are havens for rhino, sloth-bear, elephants, tiger, leopard, crocodiles and hundreds of species of birds.
Rivers – Numerous rivers descending from the Himalayas offer some of the most scenic rafting on earth from very easy to very challenging.
When to Go
October and November are peak season with clear skies and warm days. The second-best time to visit is March and April, springtime. Wintertime is also a good time but it can get cold in the mountains, especially in the evenings. The monsoon season is June to September with heavy rains interspersed with sun. Clouds often obscure mountain views and traveling can be problematic.