The warm and welcoming sun. The beautiful wind that compliments it. And a hum of people that look fantastic as fashion roars loud. With these wonderful traits in display, why wouldn’t you just love Summer?
Summer has always been the focal point for travelers. 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 experience are amongst many things to admire about this great country.
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 of culture, experience and excitement.
Here’s a list of five places that you ought to visit this summer in Nepal.
This city is a home to the only international airport in Nepal and you need to spend a few days to get acquainted with. There are many temples that have been listed in the list of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. In addition, there are cozy trekking areas on its outskirts.
Full of buildings that are old and traditional, to go along with the newest buzz in architecture, this city is a cultural crossroad of two generations. 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
- You should try hiking around Kathmandu. With places like Nagarkot and Chisapani, you will chill out, observe mountains, get to the 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
- 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’ll 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.
Well, does this place need any introduction? Filled with wonderful 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 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. Home to some of the most beautiful lakes such as Begnas, Phewa, and Rupa, you can also try swimming here. 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 that can be be undertaken from Pokhara.
What You’ll 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 you camera will be well protected. While trekking, it is a certainty that you will spend your time in terrains that have slopes. And there is every chance of your camera dangling while ascending or descending the slopes while trekking. So you need to carry a good camera backpack for backpacking.
- You need to have an eye on the weather of the regions that you will go to. There are four seasons in Nepal and the weather varies accordingly. So do a rough background check of the region that you will be going to.
- According to the weather, you also need to change the way you pack things. If you are trekking in the lower altitude, you need not pack heavily as the weather is fairly warm and consistent. But trekking in higher altitude demands you to pay special attention to the items you pack.
A place that lies on the outskirts of the Himalayas, Mustang is a unique place for trekkers as well as spiritual tourists.
There are local tribes that have never been outside the district and you get a sense of how a purely agricultural lives look like. There are people who are completely dependent on the 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 absolutely 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’ll Need
- Places along the Mustang valley trek are rural. As the places are not equipped with electricity, you might not have adequate 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 flavor of the Tibetan as well as the Gurung culture prevalent in this region.
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.
The National Park is the resting place of the awesome Gokyo valley and the lakes that accompany it. It also includes Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho Oyu and Mt. Lhotse to name a few.
Things To Do
- You should visit 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 the Everest mountain. It is a common misconception among people that the Everest base Camp is the best place to view the Mt. Everest.
- Namche Bazaar, often referred to as the capital of Sherpas is a hub of domestic as well as international tourists. You should spend a day in this region for acclimatizing.
What You’ll Need
- Adjusting with 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 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 on 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 is 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 top of your priority list.
Kanchenjunga Base Camp
It is a wonder to me why more tourists don’t flood to 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 definitely stopping points for people who want to get into the heart of Hindu spirituality.
- You can tread to remote villages with relative ease in local buses. The scenes there are mesmerizing
What You’ll Need
- If you are looking to get to the Kanchenjunga region, you need to pack just as well as you would have packed if you were traveling in the Everest region. Clothing needs to be multi-layered and a good down jacket as the outermost layer is a must. Water resistant hiking boots, trousers,sunscreens, woolen gloves, trekking poles, spacious backpack and chargers will be necessary.
- A camera to capture all the stunning views that the Kanchenjunga region has to offer is a must.
- Kanchenjunga is the longest trek in Nepal. So you need to prepare well before you embark on your trek.
Nepal, in all its glory, offers a range of summer tourist facilities. They might be in gorgeous valleys like Pokhara and Kathmandu or in the laps of mountains such as Kanchenjunga. Whether you want to trek, bike or enjoy a ride in luxury vehicles and hotels, you have it all.
And if you are not up for any of these, you can also try flying over the mountains in a Heli or a mountain flight. Make the most of your summer and make the most of Nepal!!
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