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Nepal holiday package: Kathmandu - Patan - Bhaktapur - Chitwan - Pokhara - Tirkhedhungga - Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Ghandruk - Pokhara - Kathmandu

This Nepal holiday lets you experience the best of Nepal in two weeks. You'll travel from the religious temples, ancient squares and bustling markets of Kathmandu to the sub-tropical jungle of the Chitwan National Park where you will go on an elephant safari to spot the one-horned rhino. Next you'll travel on to Pokhara to breathe in the fresh mountain air on a five-day trek. You'll meet the ever-friendly Nepalis in their teahouses, climb to 3200m and be treated to daily breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountains of the Annapurna range. During this Nepal holiday, you'll stay at cosy guest houses, jungle lodges and mountain trek lodges.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

On arrival at Kathmandu Airport you'll be greeted by your driver and whisked away to your authentic Nepalese accommodation. Just outside the centre of Kathmandu, you can savor the peace and quiet of this quaint Kathmandu hotel with its large courtyard gardens and spacious rooms decorated in Nepalese traditional style. The owner has an artistic streak, as you'll be able to tell from the regular theatre performances, the portraits on the walls of the old wing, the Ayurvedic massage centre and the decorative detail all around. From the roof terrace, there's a fantastic view across the rooftops of Kathmandu. You'll sleep in a spacious and comfortable room in the new wing.

When you've freshened up and recovered from your flight, your Nepal holiday will really begin and you can take a stroll around the area to soak up the atmosphere, perhaps find a good spot to eat. Definitely check out one of the many rooftop restaurants Thamel has to offer.

Day 2: Kathmandu tours around the city

It's the second day of your Nepal holiday and today you'll have plenty of time today to explore Kathmandu with your guide. Your sightseeing tour will take you to Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Swayambunath. Durbar Square is the ideal starting point from which to explore this ancient city. You'll find quite a few fascinating temples here. Take a seat on the steps of one of the many temples and just watch the locals going about their daily activities. You will also visit the temple complexes Swayambunath and Pashupatinath (comparable to Varanasi in India; it's the most holy Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal and the place for Nepali Hindus to be cremated). The Bouddhanath temple, a Tibetan buddhist monument, is one of the highlights of today's tour. It's one of the largest stupas in the world. The architecture is beautiful, but you may feel all templed-out at the end of the day. You'll definitely have a better idea of the significant role religion and old tradition have in Nepalese daily life.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Patan - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu

On day three of your Nepal holiday, you'll visit the Kathmandu Valley with a driver and a guide. The drive to Bhaktapur will take about 1 hour. The city is one large open-air museum, especially since large portions of town are pedestrian areas. Throughout the town you'll find plenty of medieval buildings with beautiful wood carvings. This town is perfect for a stroll past shops and stands. The town square has lost some of its splendour as time has gone by, especially since most of it was destroyed during an earthquake in 1934. Even so, the square is still nothing less than impressive and when you see it you'll probably understand why significant portions of Bertolucci's 'Little Buddha' were filmed here.

At the end of the morning you'll visit Patan. Here, you'll have the opportunity to have a bite to eat and you'll see many ancient squares where rice is laid out to dry, pots are being made by hand and children run around playing with paper kites. Old crafts and traditions are still going strong in Kathmandu valley.

Day 4: Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park

Travel time: approximately 5 hour drive

On the fourth day of your Nepal holiday, a private driver will take you on a 5-hour drive to Chitwan National Park. After a short briefing there's time to freshen up in your bungalow and grab some lunch in the riverside restaurant. In the afternoon you'll have your first elephant safari, an exciting part of the Nepal highlights tour. You'll share the basket on the elephant's back with a maximum of 3 other travellers. Perched high on the back of these giant beasts you'll be safely out of reach of all that lurks in the tall grass. If you're lucky you'll spot your first rhino as well as deer, kingfishers and other creatures, although there's a another chance of seeing them on foot on your walking safari tomorrow morning. If a rhino does come into view your elephant may sound the alarm with an almighty growl, just to show the rhino who's boss...

Day 5: Chitwan National Park

Chitwan is at its most beautiful at dawn. The early morning golden light sweeps across the plains, giving it an other-worldly atmosphere. The river is even more magical. Working elephants stride through the water, small boats glide downstream and rhinos graze in the grass.

On day five of your Nepal holiday, you'll hop into a wooden canoe with your guide for a tour of the Rapti River, where crocodiles sunbathe on the shores. After about 30 minutes you'll go on a guided walk through the jungle. You'll hike along narrow paths through the forests and plains where the high grass seems almost impenetrable. It's a little scary knowing that this grass could be hiding rhinos, leopards and tigers, but don't worry, your experienced guide knows exactly what he's doing. Although the rhinos seem harmless enough, they shouldn't be underestimated. Their poor eyesight often causes them to storm defensively into any unfamiliar noise or smell, so always follow your guide's instructions very closely indeed.

Day 6: Chitwan - Pokhara

Travel Time: Approx. 4-5 hours by car

It's the sixth day of your Nepal holiday and this morning there will be either a jungle walk or a crocodile canoe safari (this will depend both on the weather and what you did yesterday). In the afternoon, you'll begin the drive to Pokhara. Along the way you’ll see just how quickly the landscape changes as you leave the sub-tropical lowlands and travel to the Annapurna region of Nepal. After a while you’ll see the Annapurna Mountains on the horizon. This mountain range consists of peaks ranging from around 5000m plus to above 8000 meters, including the most striking landmark, Machapucchre; better known as Fishtail Mountain. You can see for yourself why! In Pokhara you’ll stay in a comfortable hotel near the centre, within walking distance of Phewa Lake. Here you’ll find everything from small bistros to large restaurants, from local cuisine to some of the best Western food. In the evening, why not take a stroll by the lake to walk off your evening meal?

Day 7: Pokhara

Day seven of your Nepal holiday is free for you to do as you please. If you’re planning to head out on a trek after this module, you’ll probably want a nice lie-in and a day dedicated to taking it easy. You could also walk down the main street you’ll see a multitude of shops and stalls when you can stock-up on some creature comforts and perhaps some portable snacks for trekking.

If you’re not much of a trekker, Pokhara has plenty to keep you busy; waterfalls, caves and Tibetan villages are all situated in the hills nearby and the city is also home to a choice of interesting museums.

Fancy more of a thrill on your Nepal travels? Try a paragliding session from Sarangkot viewpoint. From here you’ll have a glorious view of the Himalayan peaks.

Day 8: Pokhara - Tirkhedhunga

Travel time: Approx 1- 2 hours by car and 4 hours trekking

After breakfast your driver will pick you up for the two-hour drive to Birethanti, the next destination on your Nepal holiday. On the way, you will be able to see the high peaks of the Himalayas looming in the distance as the road winds its way up to the starting point of this short Nepal trek. Packed with your camera, warm sweater and some water you'll head off, accompanied by your guide and local porters. The villagers wave goodbye as you slowly begin your ascent.

The path leads through a thick bamboo forest to lush green fields where animals quietly graze. There's plenty of opportunity to stop off for some pictures or a drink on the way. After about 4 hours you arrive in Tirkhedhunga, a small village with a couple of shops, a wobbly hanging bridge across the river and waving children that follow you full of curiosity. You'll be sleeping in a basic lodge. There's running cold water, but don't expect en suite facilities or a hot shower...

Day 9: Tirkhedhunga - Ghorepani

Travel time: approximately 6 hours trekking

After a hearty breakfast it's time to pack your things and head off on the trek. The first stretch is fairly easy as you walk downhill into the valley. As you cross the river Burungdi Khola make sure to stop and admire this spectacular mountain river. The freezing cold meltwater flows down from high up on the mountain. Then it's the most strenuous part of your short Nepal trek. Heading up some stony steps you slowly make your way to 2000m.

At the end of this strenuous climb you'll be rewarded with an amazing view of the snow-capped mountains rising up above the surrounding hills; a real highlight of your Nepal holiday. The last part of the trek is pretty level and leads through a colourful and aromatic rhododendron forest. On arrival in Ghorepani put your feet up, have a drink and relax. As you look around you'll see the colourful sight of the prayer flags fluttering in the wind against the many temples and snowy mountain peaks in the background.

Days 10-11: Ghorepani - Tadapani - Ghandruk

Travel time: Approx. 4 hours trekking on Day 10 and Day 11

It's an early start today, so as not to miss the highlight of this trip; the sunrise at Poon Hill. After breakfast, you'll continue your Nepal holiday as you start the one-hour climb to the top at 3190m. Once you reach the top, sit yourself down in a comfortable spot and watch as the sun slowly colours the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri a deep orange. It's enough to give you goose bumps...

When the sun's up, the trek continues to Tadapani, where you'll stay overnight. You'll meet a lot of local villagers on the way carrying all kinds of interesting paraphernalia. Everything is lugged up the mountain from sacks of rice to live chickens in big baskets, even entire beds. The local men all wear simple flip-flops but they're still a lot faster than us tourists in our hiking boots. On the way, you'll pass through green fields where you can see farmers working the land. At the end of the afternoon you reach a small Gurung village where you will spend the night in a basic lodge.

Day 12: Ghandruk - Pokhara

Travel time: approx 2 hours trekking and 2 hours by car

In the morning, you will leave for the last part of the sunrise trek to Nayapul, about two hours - downhill all the way. When you arrive, you'll find your transportation waiting for you for the two-hour drive to Pokhara. This friendly town is the trekking hub for the Annapurna region. Most of the hotels are situated around the lake and this is also where you'll find plenty of bustling bars and restaurants. You'll stay in a comfortable lakeside hotel a perfect place to relax after your trek. A little extra comfort won't go amiss and you'll deserve it after the action of the past few days of your Nepal holiday. On a clear day, you can see the snow-capped mountain peaks in the distance, you can rent a boat and go out on the lake or visit the golden Varahi temple.

Day 13: Pokhara - Kathmandu

Travel time: approximately 30-minute flight

It's day thirteen of your Nepal holiday and this morning you can enjoy a leisurely breakfast by the lake before you make your own way from your hotel to the local airport. You'll fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu in a small plane, so you'll be guaranteed a window seat. You'll have an amazing view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountains on one side of the plane, and if you're lucky you'll catch a glimpse of Mount Everest on the other.

On arrival in Kathmandu you will be greeted by our local agent and transferred to your hotel. You'll be pretty familiar with the city by now so it won't be hard to find your way to that great little restaurant you discovered during the first days of your Nepal holiday. In the afternoon you can visit another temple or pick up some souvenirs for home at the local markets.

Day 14: Kathmandu - End of Nepal holiday

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and today your Nepal holiday must draw to a close. We'll arrange your transfer to the airport where you'll catch your flight back to the UK.

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Itinerary 2

India and Nepal tour: Kathmandu - Patan - Bhaktapur - Chitwan - Kathmandu - Delhi - Jaipur - Mandawa - Samode - Galta -Bharatpur - Fatehpur Sikri - Agra - Delhi

Begin your Nepal to India adventure in Kathmandu where you will visit the ancient royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley, surrounded by the majestic snowy peaks of the Himalayas. Next, you'll enjoy a jungle trek through the Chitwan National Park where you'll spot rhinos, crocodiles and other wildlife on elephant back, on foot and by canoe. After heading back to Kathmandu you'll fly down to Delhi and journey through Rajasthan with a trip to magical desert cities filled with fairytale Maharaja palaces, havelis and forts. After a stay in one of these enchanting palaces you'll travel on to Fatehpur Sikri to Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal, undoubtedly one of the most beautiful structures in the world. This jam-packed trip from Nepal to India ends with a flight home from Delhi.

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

On arrival at Kathmandu Airport you'll be greeted by your driver and whisked away to your Nepalese accommodation. You'll start your trip in a beautifully restored heritage hotel, located outside the city centre. The hotel has several courtyards, fountains and lots of traditional ornaments and a swimming pool. The many small courtyards and gardens give this Kathmandu hotel a very elegant and luxurious atmosphere. The rooms are all tastefully decorated and have a stunning bathroom. It's no surprise that this Kathmandu hotel has been awarded a prestigious Heritage Award.

When you've freshened up and recovered from your flight your Nepal travel experience can really begin. Take a stroll around the area to soak up the typical Nepalese atmosphere and find a good spot to eat. Definitely check out one of the many roof top restaurants nearby Thamel has to offer.

Day 2: Kathmandu tours around the city

On the second day of your holiday from Nepal to India you'll have plenty of time today to explore Kathmandu with your guide. Your sightseeing tour will take you to Durbar Square, Pashupatinath, Bouddhanath and Swayambunath. Durbar Square is the ideal starting point from which to explore this ancient city. You'll find quite a few fascinating temples here. Take a seat on the steps of one of the many temples and just watch the locals going about their daily activities. You will also visit the temple complexes Swayambunath and Pashupatinath (comparable to Varanasi in India; it's the most holy Hindu pilgrimage site in Nepal).

The Bouddhanath temple, a Tibetan buddhist monument, is one of the highlights of today's tour. It's one of the largest stupas in the world. You may feel all templed-out at the end of the day but you'll definitely have a better idea of the significant role religion and tradition has in Nepalese daily life.

Day 3: Kathmandu - Patan - Bhaktapur - Kathmandu

On day three of your trip from Nepal to India, you'll visit the Kathmandu Valley with a driver and a guide. The drive to Bhaktapur will take about 1 hour. The city is one large open-air museum, especially since large portions of town are pedestrian areas. Throughout the town you'll find plenty of medieval buildings with beautiful wood carvings. This town is perfect to explore on foot. The town square has lost some of its splendour as time has gone by, especially since most of it was destroyed during an earthquake in 1934. Even so, the square is still nothing less than impressive and very atmospheric. When you see it you'll probably understand why significant portions of Bertolucci's 'Little Buddha' were filmed here.

At the end of the morning you'll visit Patan. You'll have an opportunity to have a bite to eat here. You'll see many ancient squares where rice is laid out to dry, pots are being made by hand and children run around playing with paper kites. You can also spot lots of old-fashioned water pumps throughout the city. Many ancient crafts and traditions are still going strong in Nepal.

Day 4: Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park

Travel time: approximately 5 hour drive

Today a private driver will take you on a 5-hour drive to Chitwan National Park; the next destination on your journey from Nepal to India. After a short briefing there's time to freshen up in your bungalow and grab some lunch in the restaurant. In the afternoon you'll have your first elephant safari, an exciting part of your Nepal travels. You'll share the basket on the elephant's back with a maximum of 3 other travellers. Perched high on the back of these giant beasts you'll be safely out of reach of all that lurks in the tall grass. If you're lucky you'll spot your first rhino, although there's another chance of seeing them on foot on your walking safari tomorrow morning. If a rhino does come into view your elephant may sound the alarm with an almighty growl, just to show the rhino who's boss...

Day 5: Chitwan National Park

Chitwan is at its most beautiful at dawn. The early morning golden light sweeps across the plains, giving it an other-worldly atmosphere. The river is even more magical. Working elephants stride through the water, small boats glide downstream and deer and rhinos graze in the grass.

On day five of your journey from Nepal to India, you'll hop into a wooden canoe with your guide for a tour of the Rapti River, where crocodiles sunbathe on the shores. After about 30 minutes you'll go on a guided walk through the jungle. You'll hike along narrow paths through the forests and plains where the high grass seems almost impenetrable. It's a little scary knowing that this grass could be hiding rhinos, leopards and tigers, but don't worry, your experienced guide knows exactly what he's doing. Although the rhinos seem harmless enough, they shouldn't be underestimated. Their poor eyesight often causes them to storm defensively into any unfamiliar noise or smell, so always follow your guide's instructions very closely indeed.

Day 6: Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu

This morning there will be either a jungle walk or a crocodile canoe safari (it will depend both on the weather and what you did yesterday). In the afternoon, you'll begin the long drive back to Kathmandu where you'll spend another night in the same hotel.

Day 7: Kathmandu - Delhi

Today you'll leave Nepal behind and head into the frenetic city of Delhi; the next destination on your travels from Nepal to India. You'll make your own way to the airport for your flight from Kathmandu. When you arrive in Delhi, you'll be collected from the airport and taken to your hotel. You'll stay in a comfortable hotel in Central Delhi; an ideal base to explore both the spice markets of Chandi Chowk and the modern cafes and emporiums of Connaught Place.

Day 8: Delhi - Jaipur

On day 8 of your Nepal to India holiday you'll be transferred to Jaipur. You can watch exotic India speed past your window on the journey. The centre of Jaipur is a lively jumble of colours, camel carts, elephants, beggars, rickshaws, temples, forts and palaces and is incredibly photogenic.

In Jaipur, you’ll stay in a cosy family-run hotel. The rooms here are tastefully furnished in traditional Indian-style and several have four-poster beds. Breakfast is served in the small restaurant or open air in a peaceful courtyard area. The family always make their guests welcome, and you'll spend two nights in this tranquil location away from the busy streets of Rajasthan State's capital.

Day 9: Jaipur City Tour

Today you’ll take a guided tour of this remarkable city, visiting the City Palace, the Observatory and the fairy-tale Palace of the Winds (Hawa Mahal). In the afternoon, you’ll visit the imposing Amber Fort that lies just outside the city limits. From the battlements of the Amber Fort, you’ll have a wonderful view of the rocky hills and the smaller walls and forts constructed by the Rajputs and the Mughals in the area. The City Palace and the Palace of the Winds both stand in the ancient quarter of the city. The City Palace has several beautiful museums with fascinating collections. If you see the flag flying, it means that the Maharaja is in residence. The Palace of the Winds is a world-famous, pyramid-shaped building with dozens of windows. This is where the women of the royal harem could watch the processions in the street below, unseen by the masses.

Day 10: Jaipur - Mandawa

Today, you'll drive from Jaipur to the Shekawati region - a journey that takes around 3 hours or so. The roads will become ever smaller and dustier as you approach the next destination on your trip from Nepal to India; Mandawa. 

Finally, you’ll arrive to find a charming desert resort formed of a group of clay huts in gardens with a swimming pool. Your haveli is comfortable and well furnished and built in the style and architecture of this desert region. All rooms are carefully decorated and have their own character. The swimming pool is a real bonus in the hotter weather. Here in this idyllic spot, you can enjoy the tranquility of rural, traditional India as you get away from the turbulent cities, crowds and busy streets.

Day 11: Experience Mandawa

On the eleventh day of your tour from Nepal to India, you could take a walk through the old town of Mandawa to experience traditional Indian life and soak up the authentic atmosphere. You can explore the old havelis to see how the owners lived and decorated their homes with beautiful paintings and frescoes. Colourful, intricate artwork can be found all over the walls, ceilings, pillars, galleries and even floors. Each haveli is completely unique.

If you're not so interested in the history of this town, you can of course just relax by the pool and enjoy your peaceful surroundings. In the late afternoon/or early morning (depending on the heat) you'll continue this India trip as you embark on a camel ride through the nearby countryside. Here you'll get a taste of traditional India when you stop in a small village where you will be greeted by the local villagers.

Day 12: Mandawa - Samode

After breakfast, you’ll have some free time to enjoy more of your surroundings. At the end of the morning you'll check out of your hotel, and be driven to the village of Samode to stay in the beautiful Samode Palace - a real highlight your your holiday from Nepal to India. When you approach the village you’ll see the imposing walls of this Rajasthani palace appear. All of a sudden, you’ll feel as though you’re in a fairytale. After passing through two massive gateways, you’ll find yourself in Samode Palace garden. Bowing servants will welcome you into the palace, and you’ll be stunned by its elegance and ambience. Every room in Samode Palace has a different personality, with authentic ornaments and furniture. Your Samode Palace accommodation is a glorious example of traditional Rajput-Mughal architecture, and was built by an ancestor of the Singh family.

Day 13: Samode

After breakfast in one of the shady inner courtyards or the elegant Samode Palace restaurant, and once you have explored Samode Palace itself, take a stroll out of the grand gateway and down into the village. It doesn't take long to explore the village and take in the marked contrast between palace and village environs. The village grew up around the palace to serve the resident Maharaja back in the day.

You could also ask your driver to take you down the road to the more remote Samode Bagh. Here there are luxury, fully furnished tents set in lovely peaceful gardens with stables and a pool. This accommodation belongs to the same family as you can tell by the style and detail of the swimming pool and furnishings.

During your Samode Palace stay you can enjoy two beautiful swimming pools, a sauna and Ayurvedic centre, a sublime restaurant and an intimate courtyard bar, you'll really experience life as a Maharaja. It really is no wonder that Samode Palace has been ranked among the Top 5 Hotels in the World by Time Magazine.

Day 14: Samode - Galta, Bharatpur & Fatehpur Sikri - Agra

Travel time: approx 4 hours plus optional stops.

On day twelve of this trip from Nepal to India, you'll leave Samode and head eastwards. Not far from Samode you will find a hidden mystical place; Galta is a pilgrimage site that draws countless pilgrims dressed in vibrantly coloured robes. The water that streams from the rocks is believed to be holy Ganges water, though geographically that would be a bit of a long stretch. People bathe and sing on the steps leading down to the pools. Their sounds resonate against the rocks that surround the temple complex, often overrun by monkeys.


From Galta it's another three-hour drive to Bharatpur, once the hunting grounds for several Maharajas of the Singh family. It's a fascinating water world criss-crossed with many pathways, great for a bike ride on a trusty rusty Indian bike. You can hire bikes or hire a cycle-rickshaw driver to take you around the park. Here you can spot birdlife, deer, soft-shell turtles and lots of other wildlife.

Bharatpur is home to several species of rare birds such as the Siberian crane and, these days, even a few tigers from Ranthambore who seem to find this slow water bird an easy meal.

Impressive in a different way is the ghost town Fatehpur Sikri. Built by the great ruler Akhbar as the capital city of the Moghul Empire it was one of the greatest cities of its time. However, as they discovered there was a permanent lack of water supply in this barren area, the city was abandoned just 10 years later. What was left is a phenomenal collection of temples and palaces, surrounded by the ruins of the old houses, now inhabited by green parrots and monkeys. Akhbar was a man who believed in bringing together all religions and actually had a wife from each religion whom he gave separate living quarters. After Fatehpur Sikri you will continue on to Agra where you'll stay in a comfortable hotel, with a swimming pool near the centre of town for the next two nights of this Nepal to India itinerary.

Day 15: The Taj Mahal

After breakfast you will visit two more impressive sights. Early in the morning you will visit the Taj Mahal; certainly a highlight of this Nepal to India itinerary. We had such high expectations of the Taj Mahal beforehand that we thought it could only disappoint, but we couldn't have been more wrong... Seeing the building in the first light of day it looks so serene and more impressive than we could ever imagine. It's one of the few buildings that actually moves you. Built by Shah Jahan out of love for his deceased wife, it's one of the worlds most romantic mausoleums. After this, you’ll head for Agra Fort. This huge but restrained structure seems to be immersed in a dreamy atmosphere when it’s bathed in the golden afternoon light which slants through the pillars and galleries. From its majestic walls and through its arches, you can see the Taj Mahal, just as Shah Jahan would have done centuries ago, when he was imprisoned here by his son. You'll return to the hotel by lunchtime. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax by the pool perhaps.

Day 16: Agra - Delhi

After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to Agra and the Taj Mahal. You'll travel back to Delhi by private car with driver. It's a long journey so we would recommend taking some snacks with you. When you arrive back in Delhi you'll spend another 2 nights in the same hotel you stayed at before. 

Day 17: Delhi

Day seventeen of this Nepal to India itinerary is free for you to do as you please. You'll have the car and driver at your disposal so you might want to visit the impressive Qutab Minar complex and Humayun's Tomb, both World Heritage Sites. The Qutab Minar has a 5-storey, 72-metre victory tower of red sandstone. Humayun's Tomb is a grand sandstone mausoleum in proper Mughal style. The Taj Mahal, built much later, follows a similar style of architecture.

Day 18: Delhi -  International Departure

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and, after travelling for almost three weeks from Nepal to India, today your holiday must draw to a close. We'll arrange your transfer to the airport where you'll catch your flight back to home..

When to travel to Nepal - Nepal Seasons

Changing global weather patterns have had their effect on the Himalayan climate and mountain weather is notoriously changeable. Always be prepared for a change in conditions and note that if severe or dangerous weather conditions occur your guide’s decision on any course of action is final.

Winter (December-February): It is cold and you will need to be prepared, but the air is very clear providing the best mountain views.

Spring (March-May): Days are increasingly warm and the rhododendrons are in bloom. Mist and clouds are not uncommon.

Summer (June-August): The monsoon season. It will rain every day, although generally in the evening and night. The hills turn lush and green and at higher elevations the alpine plants will bloom. Visibility can be mixed.

Autumn (September-November): The most pleasant trekking season where days are warm, but not hot; there is little chance of snow and skies are clear.