Festivals

Nepal is a tiny country with an enormous cultural diversity. This diversity springs from the many ethnic origins of its people, their many languages and customs and the mix of religions that have evolved and spread through villages and isolated mountain valleys. As a result there is a saying that “there is a festival somewhere in Nepal every day.” In fact this is a major underestimate.

Festivals come in many forms – often noisy, vibrant spectacles that reflect reverence for mythical events and beliefs or the power of religious deities that control and influence life both present and future.

There are just too many festivals to list and describe. Visitors could perhaps start the annual cycle of festivals with a celebration of the Nepali New Year, based on the 2000 year old solar calendar, and attend the Nava Barsa and Bisket Festival in Bhaktapur. This festival draws huge and energetic crowds to two days of music, dance and ritual that celebrates the mythical story of the killing of an evil serpent that was said to kill every suitor prince that tried to win a beautiful princess.

Another famous festival held in Kathmandu itself is the eight-day Indra Jatra and Kumani Jatra. This boisterous event pulses through ancient parts of the city and culminates in the precession of the Kumari, Living Goddess, where devotees can catch a glimpse of this secretive young Goddess.

There are also a multitude of regional festivals occurring throughout the year. From the jungle lowlands to the most remote mountain valley, there is always something to celebrate.
Langtang Ri has a number of treks and tours that are conducted each year to coincide with some of Nepal’s most important and spectacular festivals. Please search our list of festivals products or send us an inquiry about any specific festival you would like to experience personally.

Nepal observes numerous holidays most of which have cultural or religious significance. Visitors wishing to partake in the holidays or observe local festivals should contact our Kathmandu office and inquire about up-coming festivals that may fit within your intended travel itinerary. The longest holiday in Nepal is during the Dashain festival in late September or October. Government offices and banks observe most of the national holidays. Private business offices observe major holidays only. The following is a list of public holidays in Nepal during 2015.

  • Maghi Parwa / Maghe Sankranti is on Saturday, January 14, 2017
  • Martyr's Memorial Day is on Sunday, January 29, 2017
  • Sonam Loshar (Tamang New Year) is on Sunday, January 28, 2017
  • Rashtriya Prajatantra Divas (National Democracy Day) is on Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • Maha Shivaratri  February 24, 2017
  • International Women’s Day in Nepal is on Wednesday, March 8, 2017
  • Holi festval of colors,Sunday March 12 2017
  • Ram Navami (Birthday of Lord Rama) is on Wednesday, April 5, 2017
  • Nepali New Year’s Day – Bisket Jatra is on Friday, April 14, 2017
  • Buddha Jayanti (Buddha’s Birthday) is on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
  • Janai Purnima & Gosainkunda festival is on Monday, August 7, 2017
  • Shree Krishna Janmasthami / Gaura Parba is on Monday, August 14 2017
  • Haritalika Teej – Festival of Woman is on Tuesday, August 24, 2017
  • Constitution Day Nepal is on Wedneday, September 20, 2017
  • Ghatasthapana is on Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • Fulpati Saptami is on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  • Maha Ashtami is on Thursday, September 28, 2017
  • Maha Nawami is on Friday, September 29, 2017
  • Bijaya Dashami is on Saturday, September 30, 2017
  • Gai Puja Dipawali & Laxmi Puja – Festival of Lights  is on Thursday, October 19, 2017
  •  Goru Tihar / Gobardhan Pujaon Friday, October 20, 2017
  • Bhaitika – Festival of Brother is on Saturday, October 21, 2017
  • Chhat Parva is on Wednesday, October 26, 2017
  • Christmas Day is on Monday, December 25, 2017
  • Tamu Lhosar is on Saturday, December 30, 2017
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Activity levels

  • Easy
    This trip generally involves an average of 4 – 5 hours slow but steady walk in a day. This rating is for less than 7 days walk below 3500 meters.
  • Moderate
    Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.
  • Demanding
    This trip grade involves trekking up to 7 hours a day below 5000 meters for the duration of 10 -15 days trip. Any reasonably active person should be able to manage these trips.
  • Strenuous
    Among the hardest treks in Nepal, but still these treks are in reach of most people however good physical fitness and endurance are required. These trips go above 5000 meters and for the duration of 15 – 20 days walking up to 8 / 9 hours in a day. They may also explore very remote regions where camping over multiple nights is required.
  • Challenging
    This grade includes climbing peaks and the demanding treks in remote areas. Participants having basic knowledge of use of crampons and ice axes are required. First-time climbers can undertake one of our one-day pre-trek ropes and climbing training days to obtain some initial skills and experience.
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