6 Camping sites not far from Kathmandu

11, Oct 2020 | nepaltraveller.com

Connect with nature as camping beneath the stars is an experience of a lifetime


What could be better than a day filled with exploring the woods, an evening of good conversation surrounded by loved ones around a campfire, and a night in a tent beneath a pitch-black sky filled with bright stars? 
Luxurious hotel may give you a five-star experience, but camping beneath the stars is an experience of a lifetime.
The natural favorite for travel enthusiasts, Nepal has something for everyone. With the snow-clad Himalayas in the backdrop, it is a visual delight and an epitome of natural beauty. Unique natural features, amazing wildlife and warm hospitality is what trekkers and campers always remember. 
Let’s check out some of the best camping destinations to add to your amazing camping experience in Nepal
1. Nagarkot
In the lap of the Himalayan range with awesome views the sunrise and sunsets here top the bucket list of holidaymakers. Situated on a ridge at an elevation of about 2,195 meters, Nagarkot has many trails running through woods, making it ideal for a thrilling camping getaway. The quirky little hill station is also well known by its nickname “The window to Mount Everest”.

2. Balthali Village
Just 22 km away from central Kathmandu, Balthali is where you can experience life in a village and feel a close connection with nature.  A hilltop settlement seeped in traditional practices and endowed with breathtaking vistas gives anyone a chance to experience the beauty of nature and its simplicity. 

Suffuse with lush green forests and rice fields, this hamlet is now emerging as a popular destination for campers and trekkers. Head out to Balthali for a night stay and get a dose of refreshing nature.
3. Chitlang-Kulekhani
Surrounded by lush greenery where goats leisurely graze in silence, Chitlang is a place that must be visited by travel enthusiasts. 
Also known as the green paths of Nepal, Chitlang is the place to enjoy green pastures similar to Switzerland. Well known for extensive organic farming and gamey goat cheese, camping in these colorful hills will rejuvenate your soul. 

You can add to the camping experience with a visit to the magnificent Kulekhani Dam or go boating in the Indra Sarobar Lake.
4. Lele 
Just 24 kilometers away from the capital city of Kathmandu, in a small solitary valley away from the hustle-bustle, lies the serene village of Lele. 
With terrace farming on the hills and a river flowing through the valley, Lele forms the image of a perfect village retreat for holidays. Dating back to the reign of the Lichhavi dynasty, this place is now a popular tourist destination for camping and trekking with the Langtang range in the backdrop. It is also home to countless temples.

5. Kakani
The powerhouse of dramatic landscapes this wonderful place has its own untouched aura that attracts travelers from all around. 
Bushes of bright red strawberries greet you as you enter the gorgeous hamlet of Kakani. Situated at an elevation of 2,030 m in the Bagmati Zone of Central Nepal, the lush alpine forests attract many campers and hikers.

Just 20 kilometers away from Kathmandu Valley, in the midst of verdant tea gardens lies this popular hill village. The place offers you an insight into the vibrant Nepali Tamang culture and traditions. 
Located in Central Nepal, it is a gorgeous place where you can hike with amazing views of the snow-covered Langtang mountain range. Several points in this village are known to offer some of the most breathtaking views of sunsets and sunrise.

Hiking in this terrain can be an arduous task, but the mouth-watering delicacies made in traditional style at the end of the journey will be worth the adventure.

Best Time for Camping in Nepal
The months from March to May and September to November are ideal to go camping in Nepal. September marks the end of the humid monsoon climate and welcomes the season of cool breeze and clear skies. 

Tips for Camping in Nepal

  • Pack light, wear light
  • Carry emergency medical kit and torchlight
  • Avoid taking any too many expensive additional gadgets with you. It will give you a more fulfilling experience
  • Dispose of garbage properly and do not litter. Be a responsible tourist and don't spoil the beauty of the place.
  • Always carry an ample amount of water with you
  • Do not attract wild animals by any means
  • Always douse off campfires before leaving a site


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