nepal for december
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Nov 7, 2012 9:05 AM Last Post By: stilltrekkin
Nov 5, 2012 4:22 PM
nepal for decemberhello fellow travelers :)
i will be traveling from delhi to kathmandu and spending a month in nepal. any suggestions of beautiful places to see and 3 day treks would be really helpful. i would like to stay longer, but have limited time, so am hoping to get as much of a feel and experience of the nepalese culture and its natural beauty as possible :)
many thanks and good luck in all your adventures :)
Nov 5, 2012 5:00 PM
Such open questions are difficult to answer (for me at least), maybe read the Nepal info on here to help with the basics. You will be able to cover a lot of ground in a month
Poon Hill is a very popular 3/4 day trek, maybe google for itineraries and blogs.
Nov 5, 2012 7:03 PM
2The Kathmandu valley is one of the cultural treasure houses of humankind so it should be very easy for you to spend a week there to get, as you write, " a feel and experience of the nepalese culture". Check a guidebook on Katmandu and Nepal and you will come up with a check list in short order. You will also meet fellow travellers who will share their "wow" experiences of Nepal with you; these should give you ideas on other places in Nepal to get to and savour during the rest of your time.
For a nice introductory three-day I walk I can recommend a busride or taxi up to Nagarkot for the views and then a return walk a day or two later to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur (with an overnight there) and Patan. It's not the Khumbu valley but it would make a good introduction to Nepal.
Enjoy your research and planning- and happy trails!
Nov 6, 2012 2:09 AM
3Agree with scoodly – Difficult to answer such an open question
The Poon Hill Trek might well fit your bill as it is widely regarded as the best short trek in Nepal and would certainly give you a taste of trekking as well as great views and a sample of hill life / culture
For other places to visit, Pokhara for Chilling, Chitwan for wildlife, Bandipur for getting away from it all.
Also - Lots to see and do in and around Kathmandu
1) Buddha Air Mountain Flight
3) Visit Kopan Monastery
6) Full day in Bhaktapur (Overnight Highly recommended)
7) Durbar Square Kathmandu and Patan
On the way to Pokhara
Take the cable-car to Manakamana Temple
2) Micro-Light flight
3) Devi Falls and Gupteshwor Mahadev cave
4) Walk to the Peace Pagoda and then return to lakeside by boat over Fewa Tal
5) Visit The Tibetan Refugee camp
6) Sunrise at Sarangkot
Details and photos of all the above on the Things to do “Tips” section on the link below in my tag-line
Good Luck and Happy Travels
Nov 7, 2012 6:10 AM
Nov 7, 2012 9:05 AM
5If you are limiting yourself to 3-day treks despite having a whole month in Nepal, I assume you may not be into longer, multi-day trips. If that is the case, there are places that you can go without too much effort, and then use that location as a base for exploration on a daily basis. For example, you might travel by bus or car to Pokhara and try some of the suggestions that Rob has made from that "base". You could actually stop at a couple of interesting places en route to Pokhara for a day or two, such as Gorkha and Bandipur, also. From Pokhara you might fly up to Jomsom and walk to Marpha or Kagbeni as your next base of operations. Or, you could take a bus from Pokhara and do the classic walk up to Ghorepani/Poon Hill (3 or 4 days) or take a bus to Beni and catch a local bus and jeep that can take you to the hot springs at Tatopani and over a period of several days, eventually all the way to the pilgrimage site at Muktinath - stopping wherever the spirit moves you to explore the surrounding terrain for a day or two. There is certainly a variety of eco-systems in this area from sub-tropical areas around Pokhara to a dry-rain shadow sector as you ascend the Kali Gandaki river valley and into sub-alpine areas below the Thorong La Pass above Muktinath. Elevation changes from approximately 750 m at Pokhara to over 3800m at Muktinath. Good lodges and food all along the route.
You could spend as much time as you want doing this and still have time to explore the interesting heritage sites and culture of the Kathmandu Valley.
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