Luxury Nepal Holidays
Think Nepal and picture some of the world’s best trekking set against dramatically picturesque snow-capped Himalayan mountains. But, above all, we love to reveal Nepal’s other hidden and remarkable secrets, from its timeless culture and off-the-beaten-track charms. Historically, Nepal was on the old exotic trading route between Tibet and India. As a result, Nepal became a melting pot of cultures and people, resulting in a beautiful fusion of Hinduism and Buddhism. A luxury Nepal holiday with Millis Potter brings it all to life.
Kathmandu’s temples and pagoda-style medieval buildings are, above all, mesmerising. Merely walking through its ancient alleyways and markets provides you with a timeless link to Nepal’s colourful past. The beautiful Nepali people have eked out their lives on its steep hillsides. They created dramatic rice paddies that sweep along the mountain scenery. Just meeting the locals is a pleasure who you will find will be the most genuine and hospitable people.
Trekking in Nepal
A trek through rural villages and foothills can be as easy and short as you would want. Opt for hikes in the Annapurna or Everest Base Camp or further afield. As all our luxury Nepal holidays are tailor-made, you can experience Nepal without even trekking. Instead, you can take a helicopter ride into remote areas before returning to a luxury lodge at night. Then, moving south, you raft down mighty rivers that lead into the Ganges Plain.
Beyond the Mountains
You reach the flat plains of the Terai, where you find the jungles of Chitwan and Bardia. These are teeming with exotic birdlife, one-horned rhino, fantastic birdlife, and even tiger. At Millis Potter, we will allow you to immerse yourself in the many experiences which bring the destination to life. Furthermore, we will tailor an itinerary to Nepal totally around your interests. For example, this might be a honeymoon, a family adventure to Nepal, a walking holiday, or a cultural tour. Our private Nepal tailor-made tours are about using the most excellent guides, boutique hotels, and experiences.
This is just a selection of suggested itineraries that are there to help you with your ideas and to start the conversation with us about planning your tailor-made holiday. All our holidays are private for you and your party, and can depart on any day you like. We can adapt and change any element of these journeys, or design an itinerary from scratch around your travelling plans.
This is just an overview of the hotels and lodges we feature, from characterful boutique lodges to luxury hotels. We do have a range of other hotels that we use, so if you don't see from our portfolio what you are looking for, we almost certainly know about it and can help plan an itinerary using it.
This is a selection of experiences that allow you to see the destination in new and interesting ways. Almost all our experiences include a private guide, and can be then tailored to your particular interests. Indeed, many of the experiences we offer are created individually for our guests, so this list is by no means conclusive. In fact, we leave a couple of our best ideas up our sleeves for when you enquire with us.
Chitwan & the Terai
The southern lowlands of Nepal are called the Terai, and are well known for the superb wildlife on offer. Chitwan and Bardia National Parks are both well known for the one-horned rhino, deer, Bengal tiger, leopard, muggar crocodile, sloth bear and over 500 species of birdlife.
The areas between Kathmandu and Pokhara make up the central regions of Nepal, linked by the main Tribhuven Highway that links the two cities. As you head off the main road, you find some interesting towns and villages.
Kathmandu is one of the most fascinating cities in the subcontinent. It was cut off from the outside world until the 1950s, and so it retains its own distinct character, architecture and history. Kathmandu is awash with pagoda style buildings, temples and shrines, and its narrow streets and bustling markets are ideal just to wander around seeing the traditional Nepalese way of life.
Pokhara & Annapurna Region
Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna Region, idyllically located next to the dramatic Phewa Lake with the snow-capped Annapurna Range as a backdrop. It is the main base for a trek into the mountains of Nepal.
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Our Luxury Nepal Holidays:
- Classic Nepal
- Nepal Trekking Holiday
- Annapurna Base Camp in Style
- Nepal’s Golden Triangle
- Luxury Tour of Nepal and Bhutan
- Honeymoon to Oman and Nepal
- Family Adventure to Nepal
- Nepal Overland Holiday
- UK Foreign Office Advice to Nepal
- Wikipedia Nepal
- Britannica Nepal
- Nepal Tourism Board
- Guardian Nepal Profile
- BBC Nepal Profile
- US State Department Nepal
- NHS Fit For Travel Nepal – Medical Advice on Travel to Nepal
- Lonely Planet Nepal
Visiting Nepal in January
January is an excellent month for views in Nepal. However, it gets a little chilly at higher altitudes. Therefore, Everest Treks are impossible, especially to Base Camp. However, Annapurna Treks are possible in the foothills, with temperatures lovely by day for walking and dropping down to about 5 degrees at night. Most lodges have beautiful fires to keep you warm.
Visiting Nepal in February
February is a perfect month for a luxury Nepal holiday. It starts to warm up, and the views are still magical throughout Nepal. It's the peak month to trek in the Annapurna Range. It's best to ensure you book well to get the lodges you want.
Visiting Nepal in March
It starts to get a little warmer during the day, and March is a beautiful time to visit Nepal. The rhododendrons come into bloom, making the trekking exceptionally picturesque. The days are longer, meaning you can walk a little further. It's a great time to visit the wildlife parks of Chitwan and Bardia.
Visiting Nepal in April
April is considered the last month to trek, with daytime temperatures rising quite a bit, meaning you need to stop for water quite often. Although generally better in the mornings, the views are still pleasing before the clouds cover the snow-capped mountains. In the late afternoon, you might expect a short shower that helps clear the opinions for the following morning. Kathmandu welcomes the many mountaineers hoping to climb Everest the next month. It is another great month for wildlife viewings in the Terai.
Visiting Nepal in May
May is traditionally the Everest summit month, and you can undoubtedly do the Everest Base Camp Trek to see it in full swing. Given the higher altitudes, the temperatures aren't too cold for you, although the views at lower elevations on the trek can be shrouded in clouds.
Visiting Nepal in June
It gets sweltering in the early part of June, making trekking almost too hot in the Annapurna Region, although you could visit the Kathmandu Valley for a cultural tour. The monsoon breaks at the end of June when the temperatures drop, but the humidity rises.
Visiting Nepal in July
July and August are some of the wettest months to travel to Nepal. You can visit Kathmandu, but expect rain and views shrouded in clouds!
Visiting Nepal in August
The monsoon is in full swing, so we don't advise travelling in August for a Nepal holiday.
Visiting Nepal in September
The monsoon starts to ease in September but can last until the end of the month, meaning that the snow-capped mountains might have cloud cover. Therefore, if you want to travel in September and trek, we advise you to leave it towards the end of the month.
Visiting Nepal in October
October is one of the best months for a Nepal holiday. The monsoon has left the country green and lush, the clouds have dissipated, revealing the snow-capped mountains to show themselves, and the temperatures are lovely for trekking and touring. An excellent month to trek in the Everest Region before the winter temperatures arrive. The wildlife parks are OK to visit, but the undergrowth has returned, making sightings more difficult.
Visiting Nepal in November
November is pretty much the best month to travel to Nepal. The views and temperatures are at their very best but do note that there can be many visitors during November, so book well to get the hotels and trekking lodges you want.
Visiting Nepal in December
In December, the temperatures start to drop, meaning you get chilly nights, but daytime temperatures for trekking at lower altitudes (under 3000 metres) are lovely. The views are perfect and, in many ways, is a 'secret season' for a Nepal holiday, especially if you want to do an Annapurna Trek.