5 best Stargazing Sights in Nepal

  •   2017-07-02  |  nepaltraveller.com

Escape the city lights and travel to revel the breathtaking canopy of stars

Nepal is the perfect place to enthral ourselves with the view of the heavenly stars. With a startling altitude, added with the perfect backdrop of the majestic mountains in the sparsely populated areas of the Himalayas, it is the perfect stage to view the tiny fragment of the Heavens.

National Geographic recently named Nepal as one the top five best stargazing sites of the world. The view of the stars is usually concealed by the light pollution of the cities. The complete sight of the dazzling stars studded across the night sky is almost a rare sight nowadays. But here are the sites in Nepal from where one can get an astonishingly beautiful view of the stars and the Milky Way:

1. Everest Region

Home to the highest peak of the world, Mount Everest with an altitude of 3,300 m to 8848 m, it is the highest spot and perhaps the best spot to get a view of the stars. Added with pristine alpine beauty with thriving Sherpa culture it is a perfect destination for an ultimate trip. Areas near Gokyo(base region) are also a suitable place to get a sight of the stars.

2. Annapurna Region

With the majestic view of Annapurna, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang Himals by day and the breath taking canopy of stars by night, this is another destination for a memorable stargazing experience. An altitude of up to 5500 m certainly adds to the experience.

3. Langtang Region

Langtang region is perfect for the ultimate wilderness experience packed with adventure as this region is usually visited by only a few numbers of tourists. Offering a 360 degrees view of snow-capped mountains with a crystal clear view of the stars alongside, Langtang region has much to offer to a traveller looking for an unforgettable experience.

4. Rara National Park

Filled with lush greenery and forests of pine, juniper and spruce with the Rara Lake as a shining jewel in its crown Rara National Park should be in every travel junkie’s to do list. With an altitude of 2,990 m to 4,039 m, Rara National Park provides an excellent opportunity to get a peek into the dome of heaven filled with brilliant stars and also the view of our farthest planet, Uranus without the aid of any special equipment.

5. Australian Camp ( Dhampus region)

This tourist favourite camping site is also an appropriate place to get a glimpse of the Milky Way without having to travel to higher altitudes. Winter time is especially preferable to view the stars from this location.


*The advisable time to get the best view of the Milky Way is Mid-March to Mid-October because during September to April one will be limited to the dimmer part of the night sky. This is the time when the Sun obscures the bright galactic centre which appears brightest to the human eye as well as to the camera.

*Apps to navigate the Milky Way:

  • SkyGuide for iOS
  • PhotoPills for Ios
  • Stellarium Mobile for android

     

    Anton Jankovoy is professional travel-photographer. He works with such a big agencies, companies and publishing houses as National Geographic, Getty Images, Discovery, BBC, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Digital SLR Photography Magazine, Photographer, PhotoTravel, and etc.

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Shuvekshya Limbu is a writer at nepaltraveller.com. An avid reader and traveller who has travelled to Hogwarts and Middle Earth and lived to tell the tale. She spends her time discussing literature and metaphors of life.