This legendary Himalayan country lies in the shadow of the mighty Mount Everest. It is a place of mystery and wonder. Trek through the mountains, visit Buddhist temples, arrive in remote villages and get caught up in the whirlwind of Kathmandu.
Peak season is in October and November when the mild dry weather means mountain trails are crowded with climbers. This short window means prices will rise accordingly.
The winter snows close many passes, but things pick up again in March as spring arrives. From June to September the monsoon rains wash away the tourists, and sometimes the roads.
If you want to travel in autumn or spring, you must plan ahead to secure a cheap flight to Nepal as demand is high and the country only has one international airport - Kathmandu.
But if you are able to be flexible with your plans then there are bargains to be had. By using our ‘Nearby airports’, ‘All London airports’ and ‘Show flexible dates’ options you can check prices from different departure airports and find out if there are better fares if you tweak your itinerary.
There are no direct flights from the UK, but there are various routes to Kathmandu via connecting airports.
Optimal flight times from UK airports to destinations in Nepal are:
Nepal only has one international airport, Tribhuvan International Airport, east of Kathmandu, and it has limited facilities. It is best to arrange hotel transfers in advance – if not you may have to haggle over a taxi or brave the overcrowded and chaotic bus service.
A new international airport is due to open in Pokhara in 2020.
Which Airlines Fly to Nepal?
Airlines that fly to Nepal from the UK include:
Yeti Airlines is the biggest domestic operator and flies to most parts of the country from Kathmandu. There are other carriers, but schedules can be erratic.
Buses serve most places, but journeys can be uncomfortable. Tourist buses operate between major destinations. Self-drive car hire is not an option, but it is possible to hire vehicles and drivers even for overnight trips. During the monsoon some roads become impassable.
In Kathmandu and other cities there are taxis and rickshaws.
The Himalayas are the star attraction, and no trip to Nepal is complete without a visit to Mount Everest. The high-altitude Everest Base Camp Trek passes villages and monasteries and takes in the wildlife of Sagarmatha National Park.
The lakeside village of Pokhara commands jaw-dropping views of the mountains. There are treks and other pursuits including kayaking and mountain biking in the Annapurna Conservation Area.
Nepal’s madcap capital Kathmandu is worth exploring. Head to the Garden of Dreams for some respite from the hustle and bustle.
If you are hiring a vehicle, it pays to get a 4x4 as the terrain can be challenging.
Visas are available on entry but you will need passport photos and may have to pay in US dollars.
✔️ Policies will vary from partner to partner, but many of them cover travel to highly impacted areas. The dates and destinations change frequently as more is learned about the situation, so it’s important for travelers to check in with the airline if they have an upcoming trip. Please visit our Customer Service Portal to learn more about what policies are available for your flight to Nepal.
✔️ Due to COVID-19, many of our trusted airline partners are waiving change fees for eligible new bookings to Nepal, so consider filtering for these airlines during your search for cheap flights to Nepal!
✔️ Most of our hotels in Nepal offer free cancellation, so consider booking refundable hotels vs. non-refundable. Just look for the “free cancellation” message during your search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.
✔️ When purchasing flights tickets to Nepal, remember to check the fine print as depending on what type of fare you choose, changes may either not be an option or could potentially incur a hefty fee. Be sure to read the terms and conditions of your ticket before making any purchases