Why the present season from September to December is the Ideal time to Visit Nepal?
There’s no doubt that traveling is a fun thing to do. But when you make a plan to visit a country like Nepal, then the overall feel of traveling is enhanced more. Since ages, Nepal has been a prime destination for travelers all around the world. With exotic travel destinations and never before seen landscapes, Nepal is a paradise for foreign travelers and explores.
For this reason alone, Nepal has been ranked as one of the best countries to travel in the world for 2017 by Lonely Planet’s annual Best in Travel list. Moreover, Lonely Planet even mentioned that while Nepal ranked fifth out of top 10 countries, it still was the best budget destinations for travelers who wish to visit Nepal in 2017. And this comes as good news for Nepal as major portions of Nepal’s economy is highly dependent upon tourism.
The recent trend of tourist arrival in Nepal seems satisfactory to some limits but statistically, tourism in Nepal only developed since 1950’s despite having a long history. In fact, Nepal only joined the membership of International Union of Official Travel Organization (IUOTO), which is presently known as World Tourism Organization (WTO) in 1959. Likewise, Nepal also became a member of Pacific Area Travel Association (PATA) in 1963. Due to this, Nepal has seen a substantial increase in the influx of foreign tourists since becoming the members of these international organizations.
In 1962, for the first time the Tourism Department started keeping the statistics of the foreign tourists coming into Nepal. The tourist arrival in 1962 was 6179 and after a decade in 1972 it reached 52,930 which was an increase by 8.6 times. Furthermore, the numbers of tourists increased more in 1975 by reaching up to 92,440. With that kind of growth, Nepal became a favorite travel destination for many which brought about 7,53,002 tourists into Nepal in 2016. However, 2012 was the most promising year for tourism in Nepal as the arrival of tourists increased up to 8,03,092 just in that year alone.
In contrast to tourism in Nepal, trekking and touring are the major touristic activities done in Nepal. And that’s not much surprising as the majestic Himalayas are located here. With eight of the world’s 10 highest mountain in Nepal including Mt. Everest (8,848m), it’s no wonder that foreigners want to come and go for trekking to visit and see the magnificent Himalayan massifs. And as Mt. Everest is located inside Khumbu region, it has seen a massive influx of tourists in the recent years including this year as 10, 439 foreign tourists arrived in Khumbu region from August to October of 2017.
And when you plan your travel in Nepal, you are likely to ask one simple question that is what’s the best time of the year to visit Nepal. Not just you, but many tourists want to know when is the right time to visit Nepal so that they can go trekking or touring without worrying about the weather in general. Because, who would want to come to Nepal, go for a trek and not see the mountains that are so legendary in their status. After all, there are several beautiful valleys, serene lakes, shimmering lakes and rural communities to explore in Nepal. Not just that but, you can even do rafting, bungee jumping, para gliding, rock climbing, mountain flight etc. So, if you really want to get the most out of your holidays in Nepal then you must learn about the best time to visit Nepal.
So, to answer your question, travelers can visit Nepal all through the entire year. However, the present season from September to December is considered a very ideal time to visit Nepal. And there’s many reason why I say that. Firstly, the weather and climatic conditions in Nepal varies widely but during September and December the weather remains particularly stable which means tourists don’t need to worry about getting drenched in rain or miss the view due to clouds hanging over the mountain tops.
The average daily temperatures are around 23°C (73°F), reaching highs of 26°C (79°F) and dropping to an average minimum temperature of 19°C (66°F). The average temperature in Nepal in October is somewhat warm at 19.5 °C (67.1 °F). Afternoons can be hot with average high temperatures reaching 27 °C (80.6 °F). Overnight temperatures are generally quite mild with an average low of 12 °C (53.6 °F). The average daily temperature in November is 15 °C (59 °F). However, afternoons can be fairly hot with average high temperatures reaching 23 °C (73.4 °F).The average daily temperature in December is quite mild at 11 °C (51.8 °F) and afternoons can be a bit warm with average high temperatures reaching 20 °C (68 °F).
Secondly there’s less pollution due to the morning dew which prevents dust from circulating in the air. This will further help in improving the air quality and make easier for travelers to go trekking at high altitudes. In addition to that, the risks of getting infected by the water borne diseases are very low due to less rainfall. Hence, those who are concerned about water borne diseases can breathe a sigh of relief during these particular months. Also, people who love taking photographs can make the use of clear skies to take some great shots of the landscapes along with the surrounding hills and mountains.
One of the other things that make traveling to Nepal during these months are Dashain&Tihar – the two biggest nationwide festival of Nepal. Anyone who wants to take part in the festivity of Nepal are affectionately welcomed to celebrate these flamboyant festivals. Tourists will get to witness a mass celebration that will light up the entire nation. You will hear theatrical music and see dancers on the street. Hence, this will be a perfect time to learn and observe the local cultures & traditions of Nepalese society. Additionally, northern migratory birds arrive in Nepal from various places like Siberia of Russia, China, Mongolia, Korea and central Asia to spend the entire winter season.
Besides that, local people will be free from their farming activities as they will have finished planting all their crops by these months. Therefore, you can expect a lot of homestays and lodges to stay in as people will be more likely to open up for the influx of tourists who are bound to search for places to spend the night and enjoy the luxury of their lodges.
Lastly, the best time to travel in Nepal correlates with the best time to visit India. This happens because most of the Indian continent as a whole experiences same kind of weather like Nepal. Hence, tourists who planned their travel holidays to include India and Nepal can make the most of the opportunity of that these months give them. Travelers can go trekking in the Himalayas and head south all the way down to the India for another wild adventure. And you have to consider the fact that, Nepal and India lie close to each other so getting from one country to another will be not much hard for tourists.