Have you always dreamed of going to a distant destination? Why not organize a stay in Nepal! Rich in cultures and landscapes, this region promises a moving and unforgettable experience.
Anchored between India and China, Nepal surprises with its cultural and religious diversity. In addition to the friendly welcome and the kindness of the Nepalese, this region also seduces by the plurality of activities it offers.
Between bungee jumping, rafting, climbing and trekking, you won’t have time to get bored. However, before setting off on an adventure and experiencing an escape and change of scenery, you must prepare your stay as well as possible. Before leaving, you should be aware of certain information concerning the country. Period to go to Nepal, administrative procedures or security, discover our advice for a successful stay.
Entry formalities in Nepal
To be able to enter Nepalese land, you must have a valid passport, valid at least 6 months after the date of visa application. Regarding the latter, you can request it from the embassy before your departure or upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport. Note that a tourist visa gives the right to a stay of 150 days maximum in a calendar year.
The weather in Nepal
The weather in this region varies every month. During January and February, although the sky is clear, temperatures can be particularly low. From March, it starts to be sunny with a clear sky. During April, temperatures start to rise and are suitable for a trek. In May, Nepal attracts many tourists thanks to a mild and warm climate.
In June and July, the weather can be hot and heavy. In the middle of the monsoon, August and September are not very touristy due to the rain and cloudy and overcast weather. During October and November, the rain gives way to a gentle warmth. In December, the sky is often clear, but the temperatures are low.
When to go to Nepal?
To take full advantage of your visit to Nepal, organize your stay during March until the end of June or from September to mid-November. Note however that these periods are marked by the influx of tourists. If you come to Nepal to mainly trek, avoid the months of July and August, monsoon period. If your stay is in winter, don’t forget to bring warm clothes in your luggage.
Apart from the climate, you can also set the date of your stay according to the events you wish to attend. For a colourful stay, attend the Holi Purina in March, the feast marking the end of the Nepalese year during which the population throws coloured powder in the streets. In October, you can attend Laxmi Puja, the festival of lights marking a new year for Newar, the majority ethnic group in Kathmandu. During this period, the houses were covered with candles and light garlands.
Where to stay in Nepal?
Different accommodations are available in Nepal. If you plan to stay in a hotel, you will find many establishments in major cities such as Pokhara, Kathmandu or Bhaktapur. Cheap hotels, a little more upscale with more comfort and services or even a luxury establishment, you will easily find a hotel that meets your desires.
If you are organizing a trip for trekking, opt for a mountain lodge, camping or homestay. To make even more savings, guest houses open their doors in the tourist centre of Kathmandu, in Thamel and other tourist cities.
Health precautions to take
To avoid contracting a disease once there, in addition to the universal vaccine update, some vaccines are recommended before going to Nepal. In case of prolonged stay, it is recommended to protect yourself against hepatitis A and B, rabies, typhoid as well as Japanese encephalitis.
Not compulsory, these vaccines are however recommended if you stay in rural areas or if you travel in precarious conditions. If you are going to the Terai region, in the south of the country, also carry out the anti-malaria treatment. When it comes to water, you also need to be very careful. Avoid drinking tap water.
During the treks, take purifying tablets. Be sure to pay attention to the hygienic conditions in the places where you eat, wash your hands regularly and use an antibacterial gel.
Security in Nepal
Theft and assault are rare in Nepal. However, certain safety rules must be observed. Thus, avoid leaving valuables in evidence and walking around after dark, especially outside the tourist district of Kathmandu where there are not many people in the evening. On the other hand, remain vigilant concerning the scam, relatively frequent in the country.
Visit Nepal: what to put in your luggage?
The content of your luggage essentially depends on the time of year during which you are leaving. During the summer period, from May to September, bring only light enough clothes, but enough cover that will protect you from mosquitoes, walking shoes for your hikes and canvas sneakers for your walks in the city.
For evenings, don’t forget to bring a sweater. To protect yourself from the sun, sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are essential. For July and September, take something to protect yourself from the rain because of the high risk of precipitation.
In winter, from November to March, bring warm clothes and good shoes since the temperature can drop to 0 degrees. Regardless of the season, a first aid kit with dressings and basic medicines should always be available in your luggage.