After the winter’s long and harsh climatic conditions, nature starts to awaken and restore its form in Spring. Spring begins in March, lasts till May, and sometimes even extends till Mid-June.
The natural fortunes are beautiful this season, and the whole forest comes alive. This timeframe also provides longer days with crystal clear blue skies and lush meadows below with flowers in full bloom.
Indeed, everything during this season is a fresh breath of air and the perfect period to get the panoramic beauty of the Himalayas in the backdrop. Here, you can travel to many destinations nationwide, ranging from as low as 59 meters (194 feet) in the tropical Terai to 90 peaks over 7,000 meters (22,966 feet).
With crisp greenery and red and pink blossoms almost everywhere, Spring is the perfect season for travel. Additionally, moderate day temperatures and longer hours give trekkers and travelers plenty of time to cherish and feel at peace with the landscapes.
Top Places To Travel To During Spring
One of those many reasons the Spring season is the most popular is its moderate temperature. During your travel in this season, you will experience an average high of 67.5°F (19.7°C) to a low of 58.3°F (14.6°C) in the Hilly regions.
Likewise, if you go higher up to the mountain regions, you will experience an average high of 40°F (4°C) and lows of 19°F (-7°C). Lastly, you can expect an average high of 89°F (32°C) to a low of 62°F (17°C) in the Terai belt.
Apart from these, Spring is a popular season as it also shows the beginning of the Nepalese New Year. In the meantime, you will also experience cultural wonders like Holi (the festival of colors).
All while in this season, there are numerous destinations you can embark on your journey from the Tera lowlands (Chitwan and Bardia National Park) to the Middle Mountain range. Some of the must-visit places during Spring are discussed below.
Khopra Ridge Trek
- Starting And Ending Point: Pokhara
- Trekking Region: Annapurna
- Trekking Duration: 6 Days
- Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Maximum Altitude: 3660 meters at Khopra Danda
- Best Seasons: Autumn (September, October, November, and December) and Spring (March, April, and May)
It is one of the underrated trekking trails and is perfect during winter weather. With this trail, you will experience traditional villages, terraced farms, and notable mountain peaks.
Likewise, you will also walk through the Rhododendron forest with Himalayan wildlife like pheasants and yaks. During the journey, you will also pass through Poon Hill (3,210 meters / 10,531 feet), offering mesmerizing sunset and sunrise views.
Highlights Of The Trek
- Witness the fantastic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna (I, II, III, and south), Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Lamjung Himal, and Nilgiri.
- Visit the holy Khayar Lake.
- Stay a night at Ghandruk.
- Visit the cheese factory at Swanta village.
- Get sunrise and sunset views from Poon Hill.
Kathmandu City Tour
The capital city of Nepal, the Kathmandu Valley, offers numerous natural and cultural places to explore. Lying adjacent to Lalitpur and Bhaktapur, this valley is illustrated by seven groups of monuments and buildings.
If you are looking for a cultural retreat, the valley provides some popular destinations that are a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. This list includes the Durbar Squares of Hanuman Dhoka (Kathmandu), Patan, and Bhaktapur, the Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath, and the Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan.
Likewise, this valley also portrays multiple natural locations to venture upon. Here, you will get mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views from Nagarkot. Indeed, this hilltop also gives a panoramic view of Mt Everest and the Langtang range.
Moving on, you can explore the Shivapuri National Park, where you will get diverse flora and fauna. Similarly, you can also visit the botanical garden in Godavari.
Below are some hikes inside the Kathmandu Valley that you can jump for to explore.
- Kakani Hike
- Phulchowki Hike
- Amitabha Monastery Hike
Tamang Heritage Trail Or Rasuwa Trekking
During this trek, travelers will trek to some of the Tamang-populated villages and take a first-hand experience of the ethnic groups and their everyday lifestyle. In addition, you will enjoy craftsmanship, dress, traditionally built stone households, and carved wooden porches, all part of the Tamang culture.
Located on the northern side of Kathmandu, you will start your journey from Syabrubesi and pass through numerous traditional Tamang and Tibetan villages. After the trip, you can also move to Tatopani to enjoy the natural hot springs. Likewise, you will also get to see the Rhododendrons in full bloom. This trail is a combination camping, homestay, and lodge trekking package.
Overview Of The Trip
- Region: Langtang
- Starting And Ending Point: Syabrubesi
- Trek Duration: 11 Days
- Walking Hours: 5 to 6 hours every day
- Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Highest Altitude: Nagthali Gyang at an altitude of 3165 meters
- Best Seasons: March, April, May, September, October, and November
Highlights Of The Trip
- Explore the Langtang Village, Kyanjin Gompa, and Buddhist temples.
- Witness rich Tamang culture, their ancient practices, and their experience of living
- Enjoy the mesmerizing views of Mt. Langtang Lirung (7234 meters), Ganesh Himal (7422 meters), Gaurishankar (7134 meters), Langshisa Ri (6427 meters), Ghengu Liru (6571 meters), Dorje Lakpa (6966 meters), Gangchempo (6387 meters), and so on.
- Stay in a local homestay in Gatlang, Tatopani, Thuman, and Briddim.
- Soak up in the natural hot spring waters at Tatopani.
- Trek through the dense Rhododendron forests, village trails, and ancient monasteries
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park has established in 1973 AD and is one of Nepal’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. Well, this park covers an area of 932 square kilometers of subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal. It is home to many ecosystems, including the Churia hills and the stretched flood plains of the Rapti, Reu, and Narayani Rivers.
This park protects over 50 mammal species, 525 birds, and 55 amphibians and reptiles. Chitwan National Park is a perfect habitat for many endangered animals, such as the greater one-horned rhinoceros, spotted leopard, wild elephant, Royal Bengal tiger, gharial crocodile, freshwater Gangetic dolphin, blue bull, and others.
As a fun fact, you can also visit and roam around the Elephant and Crocodile Production Center. Well, it is a lifetime experience for travelers as you can play with baby elephants. Chitwan National Park is a paradise for birdwatchers as it gives you around 634 birds, a series of migratory and residential birds.
Bardia National Park
Established in 1969, Bardia National Park is the largest national park in southwestern Nepal. This park covers an area of 968 square kilometers from an elevation of 152 meters (Manaughat) to 1564 meters (Banspani Peak).
Not to mention, this area conserves the tiger’s habitat and its prey species. Furthermore, this reserved area includes rivers such as Karnali, Geruwa, Babai, and Orahi. Additionally, this park is home to the tallest recorded Asian wild elephant, often known as “Rajagaj.”
You will come close to some endangered species such as Royal Bengal Tiger, Asian Wild Elephant, Greater One-horned Rhinoceros, Swamp Deer, Black Buck, Crocodiles, and Gangetic Dolphin. Furthermore, this park area is also a heaven for various bird species like Bengal Florican, Lesser Florican, and White-rumped Vulture. Altogether, you can enjoy this experience through a jeep safari.
Ruby Valley Trek
- Starting And Ending Point: Kathmandu
- Trekking Region: Ganesh Himal
- Trekking Days: 10 to 12 Days
- Difficulty Level: Moderate
- Maximum Altitude: 3,845 meters at Pang sang Pass
- Best Seasons: March and April
It is one of the hidden trails in Nepal that gives you an insight into the Tamang and Gurung ethnic groups. This particular trail lies between the Manaslu Conservation area and Langtang National Park.
During this journey, you will pass through flatlands, terraced farms, and gradual, steep climbs with white snowclad mountains. Furthermore, you will explore villages inhabited by the Tamang and the Gurungs following Buddhism.
Highlights Of The Trek
- Stunning views of the Ganesh Himal (7,422 meters), Langtang Lirung (7,227 meters), Boudha Himal (6,692 meters), and many more.
- Pass through the magnificent Pangsang Pass (3,842 meters / 12,604 feet).
- Take a bath in the natural hot Spring.
- Trek through beautiful waterfalls, gorges, stone mills, and suspension bridges.
- Get to understand the rich cultures of the Tamang and Gurung people.
Overview Of Spring Travel In All Regions
Nepal’s geography is divided into three main sections; Himalayan, Hill, and Terai. Spring, also known as “Basanta Ritu” in Nepali, is also the busiest season due to the truckload of capabilities it has mustered.
The Lowlands Of The Terai Region
During Spring, the temperature in the Terai region stays moderate, with only a few hot days occasionally. You will be surrounded by green fields, blossoming flowers, and diverse vegetation here.
Almost every land is covered with green trees starting to bear fruits and fields of agriculture. Some famous places to explore in Terai during this season are below.
- Chitwan National Park
- Bardia National Park
The Central Hills
During Spring, the Hilly region has a comfortable day with cool evenings. It is neither too cold nor too hot when you head outside. Additionally, the landscapes are at their finest during this period, with birds chirping and sightings of wild animals in their natural habitat.
Moving on, you will see streets filled with travelers and tourists in Spring. Some of the most popular destinations for Spring in Hilly regions are below.
- Nagarkot Day Hike
- Phulchowki Hike
- Pokhara and Kathmandu City Tours
- Hike to Ghandruk
The Himalayan Midranges
Exploring the laps of the Himalayas in Spring is like walking into a white paradise. The snow is melting, and the wildflowers are in full bloom, which gives the perfect backdrop to the majestic mountains.
During this season, mountain trekking is a classic destination. Most of the trekkers travel to Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and Manslu regions. Some of the best places to go are listed below.
- Everest Base Camp Trek
- Annapurna Base Camp Trek
- Langtang Valley Trek
- Langtang and Gosaikunda Pass Trek
- Manaslu Circuit Trek
- Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek
In A Nutshell
All in all, Spring is the season of rejuvenation where everything comes back to life in a new form. Hence, it is the perfect season for travel and adventure toward the untouched beauty of Nepal.
Alongside the exploration of the laps of the Himalayas, you will also be able to witness the full bloom of Nepal’s national flower, the Rhododendron.