- 17th April 2018
The northern part of Nepal consists of many Himalayan Ranges. There was a time when we called the Himalayas our home, and navigating the mountain passes was our daily commute. I had been to a mountain as a kid. The name of the mountain is Annapurna. The more I traveled, the more I wanted. Most travelers will only visit a place in the peak season as they are concerned with good weather. Many visitors visit in winter and summer as well as in monsoon. But there are plenty of reasons to visit in these seasons. It is all about where and being prepared weather-wise. The limitations of monsoon trekking are an unclear view, getting wet and muddy and of course, sucked by wild leeches. But there are ways to travel. Trekking shouldn’t be canceled even during this time because the rain doesn’t fall all day.
The landscapes are beautiful during the rainy season. Bright green fields, clean air, blooming flowers and an abundance of vegetables and fresh fruits are what we see. Mustang is located on another side of the Himalaya, precisely speaking in a rain shadow area, meaning it receives the least rainfall. Summer is the best time to visit Mustang.
The Terai has Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park, home of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Trisuli River is great for white water rafting and also for kayaking. The Trisuli runs parallel to the main Kathmandu Pokhara highway, and one to three days rafting is popular.
Winter is a perfect time to trek in Nepal. It hardly rains during the winter, and the weather is humid. Spectacular views are guaranteed. The mountains are cold. So, you need to prepare with the right clothes. Nepal is not just about mountains and trekking, but also about world heritage sites, beautiful scenery historic towns, and very ancient villages, fascinating culture, and the voyage that will give you the best introduction to the diversities of Nepal.
Kathmandu has some of the world heritage sites, and explore them. Bhaktapur and Panauti are beautiful medieval towns. You also can stay at a monastery where you will know monks. In Chitwan, there are plenty of Tharu villages, you go to jungle safari, and if you are lucky, you might see a tiger and other wild animals like deer, bear, and rhino. You break your journey in Bandipur where you will have time to sit back and admire lovely Himalayan Ranges.
Finally, you will head to Pokhara, another lovely town with a beautiful lake. With this, the trip is completed in a circle. Know the historical Newari town of Panauti through the homestay. Also, know Patan. Hiking in the Chepang Basti means meeting tribal hunters. The pathways between the two villages are off the beaten.