Nepal is one of the most mesmerizing, beautiful, and inspiring places you can visit. It’s a land filled with snow-capped peaks and welcoming locals inviting travelers from around the world into their homes to show them the serenity of the nation’s landscape and friendliness.
Hiking through the Himalayas is an experience of a lifetime, whether it’s your first time or curiosity bringing you back for more! It’s a place where once you step onto the land, you feel the connection and spirit of something bigger.
Nepal is the cherry on top when it comes to trekking — it pairs gorgeous land, a friendly culture, and affordability. It’s no surprise both travelers and trekkers alike have been swarming to this place for decades.
With that said, authenticity is still present despite the number of growing visitors Nepal hosts. The Nepalese take their land and tourism industry very seriously; having a great time and genuinely understanding the land is why people love to visit their homeland.
When to Go
The best time to visit Nepal will depend on the area you plan to visit. Generally, late autumn, mid-summer, and early spring will be the busiest and best times to visit, but it isn’t that simple. Because of the mountainous landscape and climate, there are multiple seasons that make for an unforgettable and enjoyable Nepal experience.
High Season – The Annapurnas
Autumn (September, October, November) is the peak season for trekking near the Annapurna Basecamp. The trails in the Annapurnas area have the maximum number of trekkers this time of year. This is to be expected though, because of the clear weather and favorable temperatures.
Spring (March, April, and May) is the second-best season to trek in Nepal. The weather is quite similar to that of the autumn season. It’s seasonal flowers reward you with rhododendrons around every corner and monkeys swinging from the treetops.
High Season – Everest Region
There are two main seasons to trek to Everest Basecamp and Nar-Phu, in Autumn (October-November) and Spring (April-May). Anything outside of these months, you risk Avalanches and Monsoons, and honestly, the mountains are often not open outside of these designated times.
Depending on the hike you choose, shoulder season generally lies at the beginning or tail end of high-season times – usually early September and May. Here you will find cooler temperatures, more precipitation, but most importantly – fewer people!
If you are happy braving the more challenging climates, then the shoulder season might be perfect for you!
December- early February is winter and, subsequently, low season in Nepal. Heavy snow covers most of the region, and rivers will likely be frozen over. Winter offers a different kind of silence and attraction, but the weather can often be extreme. Temperatures range from 20 to 40°F during the day and usually drop to 15 – 0°F at night.
From late June – early September it’s Nepal’s “summer” but it’s also low season as it’s monsoon season. Heavy rains cause flash floods in the valleys with a mix of mudslides and slippery conditions. These harsh storms do keep the regions beautifully green and lush for other seasons to come, though.
Multi-day treks in the low season require careful planning and extensive backcountry experience. In summer months, travel is not advisable and trails may not be “passable.” Many regional guesthouses (including Everest and Annapurna) will even be closed.
Nepal is full of teahouses in the high mountains and it’s national parks, and visitors from all over the world come to visit these wonders in the sky. Many people even consider hiking to and spending the night in one of these simply-appointed backcountry’ mountain huts’ as a highlight of their trip. While arriving at the teahouses in the high mountains, don’t expect the Ritz-Carlton, but do expect a welcoming Nepalese housewarming. From most of the teahouse front decks, you have a view of stunning vistas of the park’s famous peaks. Each evening, you’ll have a warm meal in the communal dining room, compare hiking tips with your new comrades, and a bed waiting for you in the teahouses.
Ever thought to join the Peace Corps, do a work exchange, or volunteer for the Red Cross but couldn’t find the time? Well, here’s your chance! Wildland Trekking went above and beyond when designing this exclusive trek with Backpacker Magazine.
After the 2015 earthquake that devastated Nepal, it’s since been in rehabilitation. Join us as we help rebuild part of Nepal’s famous trails and villages in conjunction with a heart-pumping trek in the Annapurna Region.
Need to Know
Primary Starting City
All our Nepal adventures will start at Kathmandu airport when we pick you up after your flight. It’s as easy as that! We’ll have an orientation meeting that evening, and start our adventure the very next day. Please note that you should book a flight that will arrive in Kathmandu no later than 5 PM, this will allow plenty of time for you to be on time for the orientation meeting.
Planning to stay in town one day after the tour ends is a great idea as well. Doing so will help you avoid rushing to catch a bus or flight and give you some time to let your muscles take a breather!
Based on the research we’ve done with airlines and international travel, we recommend beginning your search 2-3 months in advance. There’s one main airport that all International flights fly into – Kathmandu. Unless you are coming overland from India, Kathmandu will be your portal into Nepal.
Regardless of where you’re coming from, it’s a long haul to Nepal, usually requiring one or two connections with a big-time difference. We recommend giving yourself a day or two to relax before starting your trek!
Transportation and Lodging
Your accommodations before and after the trip and your transportation to our starting city are not included in your tour cost.
Kathmandu offers a wide variety of lodging options to every type of traveler and their budgets. If you are looking to relax in luxury after your trek, you can. Or if you’re a budget backpacker looking for basic but comfortable hostels and homestays, there are plenty of options.
If you are traveling during peak season, it’s best to start making your reservations as soon as you book and have received confirmation for your Wildland Trekking Tour!
Passports and Visas
Nepal is one of our international trips, so a valid US Passport is required for the adventure. If you do not have one, or your current passport will expire within six months of your trip, apply for a new one up to three-six months in advance.
Citizens of the United States will need a visa to enter Nepal. For American nationals, the visa can be obtained in advance at an embassy or on arrival at specific entry ports into Nepal from neighboring countries.
The main requirement for obtaining a visa is to have a valid passport for at least six months after the expected date of travel. Passports with less than six months’ validity remaining will not be accepted for visa applications, even if you are applying on your arrival at the border or airport. Visas with short validity will mean refusal of entry, and you will have to exit the country or return across the border at your own expense.
You will need to have a completed application form and two passport-sized photos for both embassy applications and Visa-on-Arrival services. The visa fee for all paid visas to Nepal for American nationals is:
- 25 USD for a 15-day visa
- 40 USD for a 30-day visa
- 100 USD for a 90-day visa.
Payment for the visa can be in US Dollars. Credit cards are not accepted as payment at embassies, consular offices, and for the Visa on Arrival services.
Have more questions? Send us an email or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453). We’re here 7 days a week from 9:00 to 4:30 Mountain Time to make sure your trip planning goes as smoothly as possible.
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