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One Week Nepal: how can I make the most of one week Nepal tour?

December,13 2018 BY Sonam Tenphel 0 COMMENTS

Nepal is a relatively small country, but has a wealth of diverse activities you can do there. It is also a very diverse country in terms of culture and landscape, and with only seven days to travel in Nepal, any trip will only scratch the surface of this ancient Himalayan Kingdom. From the ancient culture of Kathmandu and the Kathmandu Valley, the amazing trekking trails that wind their way through the vast Himalayas, and white-water rafting on the Trishuli River to the stunning wildlife of the Chitwan National Park and the beautiful views of lakes and mountains in Pokhara. You may not be able to cover everything in this amazing country in just one week, but it is worth giving it a go.

Planning is the key to any good vacation, and if you plan your trip to Nepal right, then you can really see the best of the country in just one week. With a vast range of itineraries to choose from when traveling to Nepal, you can decide when to go, where to go, and what to do. Either choose one of the many activities that are on offer in Nepal, or take a look at several for a shorter time, the choice is really up to you. But you can be assured, a seven-day trip to Nepal is definitely worth it.

One-Week Trip by The Type of Trip You Want:

Once you have thought about when you want to travel, then it is time to consider what you want to do while you are there. Nepal is an amazing country full of awesome activities, from trekking and white-water rafting to paragliding and kayaking, and even a trip to see tigers, elephants, and rhinos. The diverse landscape, which runs from extreme-altitude mountains to lowland Terai below 500 meters, plays host to more adventurous activities than you could imagine was possible in such a small country.

One-Week Trekking in Nepal & The Classic Tour Itineraries

Nepal is the trekking capital of the world, and with the world’s highest mountain lying right on its border with China (the border runs directly across the summit of Mount Everest), trekking is one of the most popular activities that people travel to Nepal for. However, with just seven days to play with, you are not going to be able to take the trek to Everest Base Camp, the most popular trek in the world.

Amazing Views of Mountains in NagarkotThe amazing views of the mountains in Nagarkot among Nepal classic treking tour.

A 17-day EBC round trip, you really need more than two weeks to complete this and prepare for the trek, but with just one week, you can take a trek from Lukla that takes you to some of the best places to view the mountain, as well as letting you explore some of the unique cultures of Nepal that exist in the mountains, including the amazing Sherpa people. Taking just 4-5 days, the Everest Panorama Trek is the best way to get some great views of Mount Everest, as well as some great photos.

If high-altitude trekking is not your bag, then there is a wealth of treks that can be done in lower altitudes in just 3-5 days, or you can take on some of the amazing one-day treks around the Kathmandu Valley and around Pokhara. Choose from shorter treks such as Nagarkot to Dhulikhel, the Sarangkot Trek, the Royal trek around Pokhara which was named after the visit from Prince Charles in the 1980s, or take the short trek to the amazing Poon Hill, the most popular short trek in the country. However, you really want to avoid the monsoon season if you are trekking.

One-Week Culture and History Explore in Nepal & The Classic Tour Itineraries

If you are looking for culture and history in a trip, then look no further than Nepal, because you can get an amazing amount of experiences done in one week in this small country. While there are a huge number of cultural and historic sites around the country, the Kathmandu Valley is the heart of Nepali culture and history, and is known locally as the “real Nepal”. The areas around the Nepali capital contain a wealth of temples and monasteries, dedicated to both the Hindu and Buddhist religions.

Culture and History Explore in NepalYou can explore Nepali culture and history in Kathmandu Valley.

Nepal is a largely Hindu country, with more than eighty percent of the people being Hindu. However, there is also a small percentage of Buddhist people in Nepal, mostly around the Kathmandu valley and in the high mountains bordering on Tibet. This has created a very diverse culture, since both Hinduism and Buddhism are faiths that are as much a part of their daily routine as waking up in the morning. And in most areas, it can sometimes be a little hard to distinguish the Buddhists from the Hindus, especially during festivals, as they all come together to celebrate each other’s ceremonies.

If you want to delve deeper into the cultures of Nepal then a trip outside the valley to some of the small village of the Magar and Gurung is a great day out, and if you really feel like digging deep into the Buddhist culture and religion, Lumbini, to the west of Kathmandu, is the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautama, other wide known as buddha. What’s more, this kind of trip can be easily done at any time throughout the year.

One-week Jungle Visits in Nepal & The Classic Tour Itineraries

Ever wanted to trek through the jungles in search of tigers, elephants, and rhinos, crossing rivers filled with crocodiles? Well, you do not have to head to Africa to get the best jungle experience, Nepal has a huge area of dense jungle on its southern border with India, and for those animal lovers, the Nepal is the ideal place to go. Nepal has a lot of national parks that are filled with dense jungles, Terai lowland plains, and hills and mountains, and it is up to you which you choose.

Jungle Visits in NepalChitwan National Park is the ideal place to trek through the jungles in Nepal.

The most popular park in the country, and the one most famous for having lots of wild animals you can see, is the Chitwan National Park, in southern Nepal. The first and largest national park in Nepal, it is the ideal place to visit to see Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinos, and crocodiles in their natural habitats. And if you want to see elephants, then the area has a lot of elephant parks, where you can handle and interact with these immense beasts, as well as several herds that regularly cross the border from India on their natural migration routes.

One-week Adventure Tour in Nepal & The Classic Tour Itineraries

While it is a more recent activity in Nepal, adventure sports have really taken off, thanks mainly to the diverse landscapes, deep gorges, and rushing rivers. Adventure sports in Nepal range from Bungee Jumping and paragliding to climbing, white-water rafting, kayaking, and base jumping. Nepal has one of the highest bungee jumps in the world, and while it can be a little costly, it is worth it for the thrill of dropping hundreds of meters on a cord made of rubber.

 Paragliding Paragliding in Nepal

If you are not into jumping off a bridge for fun, then try the white-water rafting, with expert guides who will take you for a few hours or all day on the rushing rivers of Nepal. Or you can try paragliding, hanging from a parachute hundreds of feet in the air, ted to a jeep or car, getting one of the best views of the Himalayas that it is possible to see. Just avoid traveling to Nepal for adventure sports in the monsoon months, as this can make your activity touch and go, depending on the weather.

When is the Best Time to Visit Nepal?

When to go to Nepal is just as important as how long you will stay there, and to make the most of your time in Nepal, you really need to think about how the weather and climate can affect your trip and what you want to do there. Nepal has a four-season monsoon climate, and there are certain times of year when it is best for certain activities.

The peak season in Nepal is from September to late November, just after the end of the monsoon season when the air is dry and clear. This peak period is one of the best times of year to travel if you are planning on trekking in Nepal, or trying some of the other adventure activities that this small country has to offer.

Winter in Nepal is from December to February, and these months are cold, even in the lower altitude regions. While it is unlikely to snow in the non-trekking areas and the major cities, it can get pretty cold, dropping to as low as freezing at night. If cold is not your idea of a vacation, then the winter months should really be avoided.

February to April is the second busiest period for tourism in Nepal, and the early spring temperatures make the country a little warmer, and ideal for those crisp clear trekking days, without a cloud in sight and some great views of the high Himalayan mountains. However, thanks to the recent global climate change, it is now possible to see downpours across the country towards the end of the spring season.

May to June is the start of the rainy season, and the hottest time of the year in Nepal. As the monsoon gets under way, showers become more frequent, and the humidity starts to rise drastically, ready for the main monsoon season, from June to August. Once the monsoon is in full swing, you really need to think about bringing waterproofs, as it can get very wet in Nepal in the monsoon. Flight delays are actually most common at this time of year, and you should be careful of leeches in the flooded valley areas around the country.

Conclusion

Even with just one week to spend in the country, it is possible to make the most of the shorter trip, including taking a trek to Mount Everest area for the best views of the mountains possible in the time given. There are also plenty of things to do around Kathmandu to keep you busy for more than a week, so if you are short on time, a trip to the exotic capital and the valley that is the heart of the Nepali culture, then this is the place to go.

Sonam Tenphel

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