Top tip: Walk nowhere in the monsoon
The greater part of the country lies on the southern slope of the Himalayas, extending down from the highest peaks to the upper edge of the Ganges Plain. The hilly central area is crossed by the Lower Himalayas where there are eight of the highest peaks in the world, including the legendary Mount Everest.
Nepal’s weather is generally predictable and pleasant. Summer and the monsoon are from June to October. The remainder of the year is dry although Spring and Autumn are the most pleasant seasons to visit. In the winter, temperatures drop to freezing and there is a high level of snowfall in the mountains.
Facts and Figures
|Area||147,181sq km (56,827 sq miles).|
|Capital||Kathmandu – population 989,273 (2010).|
|Language||The official language is Nepali (spoken by 49 per cent). There are many other languages including Maithili and Bhojpuri. English is spoken in business circles and by people involved in the travel trade.|
|Religion||Mainly Hindu (81 per cent) and Buddhist (11 per cent), with small Muslim minority (4 per cent).|
|Time||GMT + 5.45|
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