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June 2018
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5 Places to Visit Nepal in Summer

The warm and welcoming sun. The beautiful wind compliments it. And the hum of people that look fantastic as fashion roars loud. With these wonderful traits on display, why wouldn’t you love Summer?

Summer has always been the focal point for travellers. And so has Nepal!! Complimenting the two is bound to make a relationship whose memory would last a lifetime. 

The awesome weather of Nepal, its scenic mountains, its calm rural life, its cultural harmony, peace and safety that every other tourist experiences are among many things to admire about this great country. 

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How do I begin to describe the summers here? It is simply breathtaking. If you take a note and fix the places you want to visit in Nepal, your summer will be rich in culture, experience and excitement.

Here’s a list of five places you should visit this summer in Nepal.

Kathmandu

5 Places to visit Nepal in Summer
The dense city of Kathmandu

This city is home to the only international airport in Nepal, and you need to spend a few days getting acquainted with it. Many temples have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In addition, there are cosy trekking areas on its outskirts. 

This city is a cultural crossroads of two generations, full of old and traditional buildings to go along with the newest buzz in architecture. A melting point where people of the most varied backgrounds live, there are always things to do, places to go to, food to taste, and people to talk to. 

Things to Do

  • It would help if you tried hiking around Kathmandu. With places like Nagarkot and Chisapani, you will chill out, observe mountains, view the awesome sunrise and sunset from a vantage point and taste great food.
  • Try eating in a few Newari restaurants. ‘Newari’ people are the oldest residents of this city, and their cuisine, rich in animal protein and Nepali spices and herbs, is something to not miss out on.
  • Be a pedestrian in Thamel. Thamel is a posh area of Kathmandu that offers a variety of cuisine in restaurants that offer live music. A place to not miss out for a night person.

What You Will Need

  • As the trek around Kathmandu is an easy trek, and you won’t have to carry a lot of belongings, you can carry a day backpack to store all your belongings.
  • A good camera to take wonderful pictures along the way.

Pokhara

Pokhara, the lake city
The Phewa lake in Pokhara

Well, does this place need any introduction? Filled with great trekking routes, beautiful sceneries and majestic water resources, if there is any city in Nepal that is picture-perfect, it is Pokhara.

The social tradition here is quite similar to Kathmandu. It is full of people from different parts of the country. But it is not as crowded as Kathmandu. The traffic here is mellow, and the air has a freshness of a shower. 

Things to Do

  • Have a boating experience while you are here. You can also try swimming here at home in some of the most beautiful lakes such as Begnas, Phewa, and Rupa. But only with the right gear and permit. Devi’s fall is not to be missed.
  • A visit to caves here is unmissable. Mahendra cave, Chamero (Bat) cave, and Gupteshwor Mahadev cave will be an exciting experience for you. 
  • You can opt to trek to Poon Hill. It is a trekking site that is easily accessible and can be completed within a week. 
  • The Annapurna Base Camp trek is another trek you can undertake from Pokhara. 

What You Will Need

  • It is a certainty that you will bring your camera while you are trekking in the Pokhara region. And you need to make sure that your camera will be well protected. While trekking, it is a certainty that you will spend your time on terrains that have slopes. And there is every chance of your camera dangling while ascending or descending the slopes while trekking. So it would be best if you carried a good camera backpack for backpacking.
  • It would be best if you had an eye on the weather of the regions you will visit. There are four seasons in Nepal, and the weather varies accordingly. So do a rough background check of the region you will visit.
  • According to the weather, you must also change how you pack things. If you are trekking at a lower altitude, you need not pack heavily as the weather is fairly warm and consistent. But trekking at a higher altitude demands you to pay special attention to the items you pack. 

Mustang

Mustang of the place to visit in Nepal
The Mustang – Forbidden Land

A place on the outskirts of the Himalayas, Mustang is a unique place for trekkers and spiritual tourists. 

There are local tribes that have never been outside the district, and you get a sense of how purely agricultural lives look like there. Some people depend completely on animals such as Yak for almost everything from food to shelter.

Things to Do

  • Visiting the Kali Gandaki Valley, the place with the deepest gorge, is unmissable. 
  • Opportunities for rock climbing and biking are available. If you are a roadie, this will keep your adrenaline pumping. 
  • Taste the variety of Yak products and other animals available here. As the life here is almost untouched by the city life, the food here is pure and healthful. 

What You Will Need

  • Places along the Mustang valley trek are rural. As the places are not equipped with electricity, you might not have good chances of charging your devices. A backpack charger will be a good way to solve this problem.
  • A willingness to explore the culture of this place will be vital. As this place was a forbidden kingdom until 1991, you will have a chance to get a flavour of the Tibetan and the Gurung culture prevalent in this region.

Everest Region

Everest region, the place to visit in Nepal
The Everest Region

The Everest region needs no introduction. 

It is one of the most sought-out places in Nepal for trekking. There are a variety of trekking routes available in this region. You might wonder if you will be able to complete the EBC trek. But with appropriate training, you can certainly complete it. 

Sagarmatha National Park is a great assembly of flora and fauna of the alpine region. It is the first National Park in Nepal to have been included in the Natural World Heritage Sites list. 

The National Park is the resting place of the awesome Gokyo valley and the lakes accompanying it. It also includes Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Lhotse, to name a few. 

Things to Do

  • It would be best if you visited the Tengboche Monastery in the Everest region. Talking to people here will give you some idea about the culture of this region.
  • Trekking to Kala Pathar will give you the best view of Everest mountain. It is a common misconception among people that the Everest Base Camp is the best place to view Mt. Everest. 
  • Namche Bazaar, referred to as the capital of Sherpas, is a hub of domestic and international tourists. You should spend a day in this region to acclimatise. 

What You Will Need

  • Adjusting to the altitude of Everest Base Camp Trek is something that some trekkers struggle with. So you should train well before you start the trek. You should also monitor the water and food intake while trekking, as a low amount of food and water intake increase the chances of altitude sickness.
  • Longer treks in the Everest region last up to 25 days. So you should train appropriately. While training, you should emphasize running a lot as you will require a lot of lower body strength to trek in this region. For interested trekkers who are struggling with heel problems such as plantar fasciitis and other spasms, excellent running shoes are advised for preparation. 
  • Your clothing will also be something to keep your eye on. Down jackets, waterproof trousers, hiking shoes, woollen gloves, scarves, trekking poles and sunscreens should be on your priority list.

Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trek

Kanchenjunga, place to visit in Nepal
Kanchenjunga Region – Off the Beaten Track

It is a wonder to me why more tourists don’t flood the Eastern part of Nepal for some fun? The hills there are exotic, the people hospitable as anywhere you can find, and that too at the Mount Kanchenjunga Base Camp!

Besides Kanchenjunga Base Camp, the Eastern part of Nepal has wonderful religious sites, and people here exist in harmony. The people here are street smart, funny and charming. 

Things to Do

  • Take moments to grasp the beauty of the beautiful tea gardens. Kanyam and Fikkal are the best places to see acres of spaces of tea gardens. 
  • Pathibhara and Mai Beni are stopping points for people who want to get into the heart of Hindu spirituality.
  • You can tread to remote villages with relative ease on local buses. The scenes there are mesmerizing.

What You Will Need

  • If you want to get to the Kanchenjunga region, you need to pack just as well as you would have if travelling in the Everest region. Clothing must be multi-layered, and a good down jacket as the outermost layer is a must. Water-resistant hiking boots, trousers, sunscreens, woollen gloves, trekking poles, spacious backpack and chargers will be necessary.
  • A camera to capture all the stunning views of the Kanchenjunga region is a must. 
  • Kanchenjunga is the longest trek in Nepal. So it would be best to prepare well before you embark on your trek. 

Conclusion

Nepal, in all its glory, offers a range of summer tourist facilities. They might be in gorgeous valleys like Pokhara and Kathmandu or the laps of mountains such as Kanchenjunga. So whether you want to trek, bike or enjoy a ride in luxury vehicles and hotels, you have it all. If you are not ready for any of these, you can also try flying over the mountains in a Heli or a mountain flight. So make the most of your summer and make the most of Nepal!!

If you feel that you want to visit any of these 5 places or any other places in Nepal, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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