Nepal Some of the friendliest people on earth welcome you to their staggeringly beautiful part of the planet, with soaring mountains, rushing rivers, historical monuments and more outdoor activities than you can shake a stick at, add those features to cheap travel costs and you have a destination of adventure and culture to rival anywhere else on the planet.
Right now! – from March to Mid-May is shoulder season, when flights to Kathmandu are at a reasonable price, the weather is warmer and the days are longer, it is also Buddha's birthday in April and the festivals attract pilgrims from all over, but don't leave it too late as the monsoon season kicks in around June and runs until September and although this time of year holds a whole different beauty of its own when flowers are in full bloom fruit and veg are abundant and the rivers are flowing a lot of the trekking trails are closed or too overgrown to use.
The trekking season in Nepal starts at the end of September and if you are planning to visit during the trekking season it is best to book in advance as this is the most popular time of year to visit and the trails are heaving with tourists and guides.
Kathmandu is truly the heart and soul of the Himalayas, positioned in a valley with breath-taking scenery all around, legend has it that it once was a reservoir and that a disciple of Buddha cut a hill open to drain the water out making the region lush and fertile.
The old city of Kathmandu is a must visit area of Nepal with its 17th century palaces and temples steeped in history and tradition here you will find Durbur Square home to the royal palace and Nepal's Kumari the chosen living Hindu goddess.
Last year Nepal was rocked by a devastating earthquake however, all travel warnings have been lifted and most of the infrastructure restored, even more reason to visit and support this amazing country and experience the hospitality of a nation that has bonded further during a period of hardship.