Nepal

Nepal is an ancient and diverse country. It’s the crossroad of ancient religions. It’s the home of the highest mountains in the world. It’s people are friendly and welcoming. For us, it’s one of the most fascinating countries in the world and the place where the founder of Red Lantern Journeys supports education for needy children as a director of the Mitrata-Nepal-Foundation for Children. We can design a truly amazing trip here, whether it’s a trek to the fabled Mustang Kingdom of Lo or a stay at Dwarika’s Resort, the best spa in all of South Asia.

Take a look at the sample itineraries below that you can use as a starting point to design your perfect trip in Nepal. We offer 2 types of tours: Group Tours and Treks and Private Tours and Treks.

Group Tours and Treks

Group tours and treks (labeled in red) take place on specific dates beginning in the arrival city and have limited capacity of typically only 8 to 12 people. Some may be led by an experienced western guide, others will use local guides. Some group tours can be done as a private tour. Just ask.

Private Tours and Treks

Private tours and treks (labeled in grey) are sample itineraries to spark ideas for your trip. They include a carefully curated schedule of tours and activities. We customize them for when you’re able to travel and for how many people are in your group. Most tours and activities are privately-guided and all internal transportation is included. Prices will change depending on the season, hotel selections, group size, and other factors. We can always adjust these itineraries to add or remove days, destinations, activities, and combine them with other itineraries.

Nepal Weather and When to Go

Nepal’s latitude is about the same as Central Florida, but the wide variance in altitudes from about 1,300 feet (400 meters) in the Terai lowlands along the Indian border to above 17,000 feet (5000 meters) on the treks in the Himalaya means that you really need to prepare for the specific locations you’ll visit. Weather patterns are marked by distinct dry and rainy seasons. The monsoon brings rain and warm weather to all but the highest altitudes, but that means it’s not a good time for trekking or mountain views. The exception to this is the Mustang region, which is on the north side of the Himalayas on the Tibetan Plateau and is protected from the monsoon and much drier.

The best time to visit Nepal depends on whether you plan to go trekking in the mountains or do more culturally-oriented activities in the lower elevations. Fall (October through November) and spring (March through May) are the most popular times to visit for trekking. At this time, clear skies and pleasant temperatures create the ideal conditions for adventures in the mountains. Fall skies are generally a bit clearer than in the spring, which can have considerable haze in the low to mid-altitudes. However, Nepal’s rhododendron forests in the mid-altitudes are a highlight when they’re in full bloom in the spring starting in March.

For cultural experiences centered between the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara, almost any time of year is ok. While winter can be a bit cold at night, daytime temperatures can be pleasant and mountain views and great light make this season great for travel photography and low-altitude hikes.

Our Recommended Nepal Hotels and Resorts

We’ve inspected and stayed in hundreds of hotels, lodges, and guesthouses throughout the country. We will not only recommend which hotel may be best for you, but which room category. Here’s a few exceptional properties that we highly recommend based on the quality of the rooms and facilities, cleanliness, standard of service, and locations. These aren’t always the cheapest hotels, but they are among the best hotels in their category. We tend to have a preference for high-quality boutique hotels that have a great location, excellent food, and a local ambience, or perhaps a colonial style atmosphere that conjure images of former eras.

Tiger Mountain Lodge, Pokhara

Located on a ridge outside Pokhara, the lodge is an ideal base for guests to relax in a rural setting, with some of the most spectacular mountain views of the Annapurna Range that you just don’t get in Pokhara. Marcus Cotton, the general manager, is truly an icon of Nepal and the responsible tourism movement. The chef is world-class and offers table d’hôte menus feature a range of Nepali dishes and continental specialties made from local fresh ingredients and home-grown herbs and garden salads. A stay here is truly a vacation within a vacation.

Visas are required to enter Nepal. We recommend you obtain a visa on arrival at the Kathmandu Airport or land border crossings. You will need 1 passport photo and this amount of cash:

  • 15 days multiple-entry tourist visa ($30 USD)
  • 30 days multiple-entry tourist visa ($50 USD)
  • 90 days multiple-entry tourist visa ($125 USD)

Visa fees are payable in U.S. dollars. It’s best to bring cash. While money-changing and ATM services are available at the airport, credit card payment is not a reliable option, and ATM machines occasionally malfunction.

Requirements for Entry:

  • Passport must have six months or more validity remaining at the time of entry
  • One blank visa page available in passport for visa (not an endorsements page)
  • Nepali authorities generally allow entrance on an emergency passport printed overseas
  • Visa appropriate for purpose of travel
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