Must-Have Tips for Visiting Nepal This Fall
Posted on: 21 September 2015 by Anna Murray
These tips will have you enjoy your trip to Nepal during the busy season.
Fall is the most popular time of year to visit Nepal. The weather is pleasing and the often clear views of the Himalayas mean you should always have a camera hanging around your neck. The temperatures hover between 24-degrees Celsius in the day and 15 degrees at night, which means it’s prime time for trekking and sightseeing.
However, visiting Nepal during the country’s busiest tourist season means you may want to take a few things into account. The following tips will help you make the most of your fall visit to the country known as the “Roof of the World.”
Things typically take longer than expected in Nepal. Instead of overreacting, appreciate that you’re able to travel and are visiting the country that is home to the tallest mountain in the world -- Mount Everest.
Power cuts are planned and common in the capital city of Kathmandu, which means you may not always have air conditioning, internet access or the ability to charge your devices. Roll with the punches and appreciate the spontaneity of your Nepal adventure. After all, the power cuts will probably force you outside to see something new.
Find Other Ways of Giving
Photo credit: Eric Montfort
There’s no doubt you’ll see an abundance of kids begging for money on your visit to Kathmandu and other parts of Nepal. Stifle your sympathy and refrain from giving them any money. The children are typically collecting for an adult, and giving to them only makes the problem worse.
If you feel inclined to give, offer candy or other foods instead. Also, visitors can donate to a number of organizations that aid the wellbeing of kids in Nepal, such as Just One -- a non-governmental organization that facilitates educational opportunities for underprivileged children throughout the country.
Be Prepared to Bargain
Remember that a “set price” is never actually set, and you should only pay about 50-percent of any asking price. Shop at a stall that offers a number of items you’re interested in buying, and you’ll get an even better deal by purchasing more than one item. Find a price that makes you and the seller happy, and you can leave feeling good about your purchase.
Make Reservations in Advance
Photo credit: DFAT Photo Library
Tourists aren’t the only ones travelling around Nepal in the fall months. The 15-day-long Dashain festival typically takes places in September or October. The locals are often returning to their home villages and kids are free from school for three to four weeks. The buses are overloaded, and it’s important to buy your ticket about a week before you plan to travel (if you’re on any sort of travel schedule).
Accommodations are also more expensive and crowded in the busy tourist and festival season. Make preparations as soon as you have confirmed your travel dates to ensure you don’t overpay for undesirable accommodations.