Nepal is known for its mountainous terrain and despite common perception; the country is more accessible than most Europeans believe.
In contrast with its neighbors, Nepal has remained the only independent country in southern Asia. The Himalayas are what most people associate with Nepal, and rightly so… However, Nepal offers a wide range of diverse tourist activities, such as jungle safaris, cultural trips and other exciting alternatives.
Starting from the subtropical jungle, to the breath taking snowcapped mountains of the Himalayas, eight of which are over 8,000 meters high. Experience this versatile culture, and get to know the life of the Nepalese people. Enjoy nature! Terraced rice fields, rhododendron forests and the ever-present panorama of the high mountain peaks. For cultural tourists, Nepal is a birth place of the light of Asia Gautam Buddha (Lumbini) and many of Hindu Temples.
To promote Nepal’s diversity, we need to look at the geographic and climatic characteristics of Nepal, to answer four frequently asked questions.
Where is Nepal?
Nepal is situated from 60 m above sea-level to the highest Mountain in the world (Mt.Evere st 8848 m. asl). In a relatively small area, there is a huge difference in altitude, flora and fauna, and of course distinct climatic zones. Nepal has tropical rain forests, which creates the unique habitats of tropical animals such as the one horned Rhino, Elephants and Tigers, to name a few. Alpine animals like Yak, musk deer and mountain goats. The tropical climate enables the cultivation of rice, banana, pineapple, while the higher alpine climate provides apples, buckwheat etc. The question ‘’what does Nepal have to offer?’’ is not suitable. The correct question is ‘’what doesn’t Nepal have to offer?’’ and the answer to this question is…‘’ Nepal has almost everything’’.
Nepal’s latitude is 28,3949° N. The Latitude of Switzerland is 46.9167° N. So Nepal is 18° further south compared to Switzerland. That’s why the snow level in Nepal during Winter is 2500 m.asl and tree level in Nepal is 4500 m. asl. Some villages are situated higher than 4000 m asl.
Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal situated at 1350 m.asl, which is not as cold as many Europeans think it is. The temperature of Kathmandu is as below in whole year.
When to go to Nepal?
Nepal has 4 seasons: February to May which is spring, Jun to August which is summer, September to November which is autumn, and December to January which is winter. For Trekking on the south side of the Himalayas, is possible during 3 of the 4 seasons with the exception of summer, which is monsoon season. During this season trekking in the northern part of the Himalayas such as Mustang and Dolpo is popular. Other activities can be enjoyed year round.
Thanks to the variation in climate and topography, it is not unusual to travel through three different climate zones within a one trip.
You can plan your trip to Nepal from 1 week, or as long as you want. A Tourist can get a visa for a maximum of 5 months, per calendar year, given Nepal’s close proximity and shared borders to China and India, for those looking to combine their trip.
Who can go to Nepal?
Europeans hardly plan trips to Nepal, as families with small kids, or if someone is unable to trek etc. Primarily because they are not aware of the varieties that Nepal has to offer. Our main goal is open up the market here in Europe.
Nepal welcomes everyone. We offer family trips, cultural trips, city trips, mountain flights and safaris for non-adventure tourists, such as kids, elderly people and those who are not able to take part in trekking and expeditions. For those who want to have an adventurous experience, we offer you Trekking, expedition, mountain biking, Rafting and more. For those who prefer luxurious trips, Nepal offers you 4-5 star hotels, casinos, and something for those who like backpacking, we also have those kind of offers available. Nepal also offers you cultural and spiritual trips with meditations and/or yoga. We offer you a wide range of tours and activities of your choice.
Why go to Nepal?
Athiti devo bhaba (Guests are as God) is an inherent cultural perspective of the Nepalese. So guests are always warmly welcome. As mentioned above, Nepal has multi climate, multi flora & fauna, multi culture and multi travel possibilities such: Expeditions, Trekking, Culture Tour, Jungle safari, Bird watching, Rafting, Buggy jumping Paragliding and mountain flights as well as newly started Yoga trip.
Mainly Nepal has two religions, Hinduism and Buddhism; which are closely related to each other, resulting in no religious conflict. The Political situation is not so stable, however, since the last 10 years there has not been any war. Demonstrations do happen, but they are both peaceful and are not in any way targeted towards tourists or touristic areas.
Especially now, travel to Nepal provides huge sustainable support towards the rebuilding of the country, after disaster of 25.April 2015.
Spending money helps, but travel to Nepal contributes to the entire economic situation, whether that is in the form of transportation, accommodation, restaurants, guides… Tourism creates incentives, which encourage young Nepalese to remain in Nepal and contribute towards their own economy, rather than seek opportunity abroad.
– Kamal Bhatta
HPRR-Switzerland, Nepal Tourism Board