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Nepal : When and where to go?
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Nepal: Climate & Weather
Nepal benefits from a dry season from October to May when temperatures can exceed 30°C in Kathmandu, followed by a wet season from June to September. You can visit Nepal at any time of the year depending on the area you choose to visit.
1°C - 34°F
Kathmandu, updated 02:50 GMT
What to do in Nepal
Far from the clichés of the backpackers in the 70’s, Nepal is a unique country; small and peaceful, cradled by the highest mountains in the world, steeped in Buddhism and Hinduism.
Kathmandu will not fail to amaze you by its contradictions; the permanent dust and noise is as much a part of its character as the intricately worked balconies overhanging the streets and the serenity of its temples. Continue to follow the valley until Patan with its many Buddhist monasteries, then on to Bhaktapur with its magical architecture resonating with prayers and mantras.
The Royal Park of Chitwan is home to tigers, rhinoceros and countless birds and can be discovered from the back of an elephant or by canoe, on foot or in a 4 wheel drive but always with a guide. The site of Pokhara, discovered by hippies, has kept its serenity and its magic through the years; its lake, dominated by the Annapurnas, adds to its charm and makes it an idyllic place to relax before or after a trek.
Thrill seeking climbers will want to head straight for Solu Khumbu, the most popular side of Everest where base camp is situated at 5,340 metres enabling a view of the mythical summit at over 8,000 metres. Hiking is possible at various sites in Nepal, offering visitors the chance to discover villages off the beaten track together with their inhabitants following their daily routines unchanged for centuries and always smiling and welcoming.
Nepal : The basics
You can fly to Nepal via New Delhi or Hong Kong.
You will need a visa beforehand and hikers will need a permit that can be obtained on arrival.
The currency in circulation is the Nepalese rupee.
You can find a double room for less than €20 and a meal will cost around €5, less if you order dal-bhat, a local and copious dish.
Hikers will need to plan for paying €10-€100 for a week’s permit.
There are some health precautions you should take heed of; watch out for mosquitoes during the monsoon season at low altitude, boil your water and wash all fruit and vegetables, protect yourself from the sun, watch for leeches in the Téraï during the monsoons. Take a well packed first aid kit with you and if you go hiking do not forget these items; good walking shoes, good quality sleeping bag for low temperatures, gloves, hat, light but warm clothing and a good raincoat. You should consider hiking in Nepal only if you are physically fit, stay alert for altitude sickness.
Possible souvenirs to purchase before your departure include prayer wheels, Tibetan bowls, rugs, jewellery, semi-precious stones, tailored garments, pashmina shawls and tankas.
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