No, there is no direct flight currently being offered from the UK to Nepal. However, you can always get your hands on the one-stop trip with brief stopover duration. Regular passengers prefer to choose a Middle Eastern airline for their travels. Depending on which is the cheapest at the time, opt for booking a Qatar Airways or an Etihad Airways flight to Nepal for an easy and safe journey. These indirect flights are only 15 to 18 hours long.
It takes an expert pilot to land the aircraft on Kathmandu Airport. Since Qatar Airlines has one of the highest numbers of flights to Nepal and the cheapest tickets, it becomes the obvious choice of travel. Leaving the UK for Doha first, you can hop on to one of the 56 flights per week, which take off for Qatar from London alone. Twenty-eight flights from Manchester and seven from Birmingham take to the skies to transfer passengers to Doha each week. The variety gives the Qatar Airways passengers the added advantage of skimming through the flight schedule to select the best flight out of Doha, keeping their stopovers short. The journey from the UK to Doha requires only 6 hours.
On the Doha to Nepal bound flights, the passenger would probably be boarding one of these three flight services: QR 646, QR 650 or QR 652. All of these flights are operated every day which sums to 21 Qatar Airways flights to Kathmandu each week. For instance, the QR 646 flight leaves Doha at 7:50 in the morning and lands in Kathmandu at 3:15 PM, with a total flight duration of 5 hours.
The latest trend reveals that experienced globe-trotters and budget-wise travellers prefer off-peak season to venture into Nepal. Owing to this stance, winter (December –February) is the best time to spot on the cheap flights to Nepal. TravelhouseUK suggests booking your flights in advance to avoid any steep prices. Although the temperature is quite low and very few visitors would be exploring the country over the winter season, the lodging prices drop drastically along with the airfare. Coming to Nepal in December –February months will allow you to get fascinated with the most panoramic views and peaceful trekking routes, which are also less crowded. A never-expiring tip for a cheap flight to Nepal is not to forget to plan your trip. Book your seats as soon as your plan is finalized.
There is only one international airport close to Kathmandu in Nepal, which is currently catering to international flights from the UK, that is, Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). The airport entertains about 7.19 million passengers each year and is only 5 kilometres from the centre of the capital. Many international airlines are visiting this airport, even though Tribhuvan International Airport is known to have a difficult runway to land an aircraft. Gautam Buddha Airport, though still in construction, will become the country’s second International airport and is expected to welcome commercial airlines in 2020.
To visit Nepal, a British tourist would need a visa to enter the country. You can apply for the Nepali visa from either the border crossing between Nepal and India or at the airport. For children less than the age of ten, the visa permit is for free. Adults, however, can get the visa for US$25, 40 or 100 for the tenure of 15, 30 or 90 days respectively. A multiple entry visa will require an additional US$ 20. Please make sure to leave the country by the end of the visa duration because the Nepali Immigration Services incur heavy penalties on travellers and detain them for proper deportation. For further information, please contact the Nepali Department of Immigration at Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Generally, Nepal encounters five seasons in a year; summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. The best time to go to Nepal depends solely on your interests. Autumn is considered to be the ideal time for hikers and trekkers in the dry and bright months of October and November. Autumn arrives after the monsoons that have rejuvenated the lush vegetation, which is also a sight for the sore eyes as the weather clears. The natural terrain and emerald landscapes are idyllic for the photographers as well. Being in the high ranges of the Himalayas, Nepal has a generally cold climate. The country offers an exhilarating cultural shock as soon as you step in the most diverse land of colours and life. Acquiring cheap flight to Nepal can be somewhat tricky because a large number of tourists are making their way to the country during this time of the year. So reserve your ticket a few months in advance.