When's the best time to visit Nepal?
Nepal has considerably pleasant weather throughout the four seasons of Spring, Winter, Summer and Monsoon.
Monsoon is the rainy season and it’s also an off-season for trekking. But some of the trekking routes can be done during monsoon too. The only challenge is that you might not be able to see the mountain peaks, but the natural beauty of the hills more than make up for it.
Spring ( March to May) is the peak trekking season as it has clear skies which offers stunning views of the mountains. Peak trekking season for Spring in Nepal is during March and May. The fall trekking season starts from September to November, and June to August is the monsoon and summer months. Unpredictable weather is one of the main challenges during these months.
June to August is an off-season for trekking, with fewer trekkers on most of the trekking routes.
September to November are the best months to go trekking. Besides the mild temperature, and the clear air provides stunning views of the mountains. You will also get to see the beautiful wildlife along the trekking routes in the mid-hills and mountains.
From December to February onwards, the trek routes at higher elevation start to get snowfall and the routes can be challenging. In some trekking routes, you can expect to have snowfall well into March. However, at the lower elevations, the dry trails and cool temperatures during the day offer the best conditions for trekking.
Trekking during the Monsoon season.
Nepal receives heavy rainfall during the months of June to August. The trains turn muddy, making it difficult to walk. If you don’t mind walking at a slow pace, traversing through muddied routes, monsoon trekking has a lot to offer, the most important being less crowd. As this is an off-season for treks, the routes are relatively less crowded, offering you an amazing view of nature along the way. In higher mountain regions, such as Mustang and Everest, you can still see mountain vistas as those areas receive less monsoon rainfall compared to other parts of the country.
How do I plan for the trek?
We have two options for adventurers. You can either opt to sign up for group trips, which have a fixed itinerary and date, or sign up for bespoke itineraries, which we will design with you, based on your interest and travel dates.
At Adventure Kora, we promote small group treks. On an average we have 6 people for our group trek.
Visa ( Where, how, when?)
Nepal has an on-arrival visa system for most nationalities. However, you can also apply for a tourist visa from the consulate or embassy located in your country. It usually takes 5 business days to get the visa. If you have time, we would recommend this, as it will save you the waiting time at the airport.
How many days should I plan for my holiday in Nepal?
If you are constrained by time and can only spend less than a week in Nepal, you can enjoy the cultural and natural offerings Nepal has in the lower altitudes. Besides this, you can also enjoy adventure sports located in stunning locations around the country. If you want to visit Nepal with the intention of trekking to the mountains, you will need to plan for 10 days in the country in order to acclimatise. The longer trekking routes require at least 15 - 20 days.
What is the luggage limit for domestic flights?
Domestic flight to the mountain region only allows 10 kg luggage and 5 kg carry-on. Meanwhile, flight to terrains, or non-mountainous, domestic carriers allow up to 20- 25 kg luggage.
If you are going trekking, we recommend you only carry your trekking bag with necessary equipment and gear for the trek. You can store your extra luggage at the hotel in Kathmandu.
What facilities are included in the trip price?
Adventure Kora’s travel specialists design trips to take care of all the needs of our clients from their arrival at the airport. Based on the travel style ( group or bespoke/ tailored packages), travel permits, accommodation, domestic travel, sight-seeing, and food ( only during treks) is overseen by the specialists. Based on the company’s value to promote local enterprise, and sustainable tourism, Adventure Kora works with local service providers, mostly women-run-enterprises.
What expenses are not included in the trip price?
Your personal expenses. Besides trip logistics, you are responsible for your personal spending. This includes liquor and other drinks, laundry, telephone calls, extra snacks, wifi, meals outside.
How do I decide on the trekking route?
There are two factors that you need to keep in mind while choosing the trekking route - 1. Your Fitness Level 2. Time.
Nepal has trekking routes that offer an adventurous journey from amateurs to seasoned adventurers alike. The difficulty of the trek depends on your fitness and previous mountain experience.
The trekking routes at higher altitudes are difficult than the ones at the lower altitude, which also offers a unique opportunity to get closer to nature and stunning vistas of some of the 8000m in Nepal.
Lower altitude trekking routes include Poonhill, Annapurna Base camp, Mardi Himal.
Higher altitude trekking routes that are challenging include Everest Base Camp, Gokyo, Annapurna Circuit and Nar Phu Valley Trek.
What kind of accommodations will I stay in during the trek?
Most of the trekking routes in Nepal are tea-house trekking routes. Tea-houses are small locally run lodges in the mountain areas. These lodges have basic amenities and can accommodate 5-10 people. One of the most enjoyable parts of the trek in Nepal are the conversations around the dining table, where you get to meet fellow trekkers from all over the world.
What should I include in my luggage for trekking?
Your trekking gear, sunglasses, required medication and sunscreen. Besides this, you can also pack a slight-weight sleeping bag- which you can also rent in Kathmandu.
Always buy your trekking boots with ankle support and chunky sole ( preferably vibram) and sunglasses from home. You can buy other trekking gears at Kathmandu.
Our company endorses the value of promoting local entrepreneurship with eco-friendly trips that promote sustainable tourism. Our company believes in dignified work and economic benefits. We try to ensure that our porters' pay is as per their hard work. We do not add porter rates to our packages. We only hire porters upon request. We also request our clients to pay the porters themselves and also tips if they are satisfied with the service.
Our porter rates is USD 20 per day. Two people can hire one porter.
Can I go trekking starting from the date of arrival?
Before you can head out to the trek, you need atleast 1-2 days in Kathmandu to get your travel permits. The trekking guides will also need to give you an orientation for the trek.