Getting there: Fly into Nepal through Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) Those in Australasia have good connections through Bangkok, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou and Hong Kong. For UK travellers, British Airlines offers the most direct route. North Americans will have to decide whether to fly east or west around the globe.
Capital city: Kathmandu.
Population: 28.782 million.
Religion: Predominantly Hindu, but the country is known for its exceptional religious tolerance.
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR).
Climate: Nepal has a maritime continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summer is from June to August, and corresponds with the monsoon season. Winter is from December to February, and while cold at night with frequent subzero temperatures, it can still be pleasant during the day.
Transport: There are an assortment of bus and micro-van services both within and between towns. Taxis are available but generally do not use meters and with the road and driving conditions it is probably safest to hire a car and driver to get around. There are a number of domestic flight options as well.
Best time to travel: Autumn (September to November), with summer and the rains gone, is very pleasant with clear skies. This is the best time for trekking and mountain views are assured.
What to wear: Clothing depends on place and time. It is recommended to have both light and warm clothing as in the evenings temperatures can drop dramatically. In the mountains, warm clothes are generally a must.