The year 2016 became a positive year for the overall Tourist arrival in Nepal as the total tourist number jumped almost 40 % compared to the last year. Due to the earthquake on 25 April 2015 and 4 months-long fuel crisis resulted in Indian blockade the total number of tourist visiting Nepal shattered down to 554 thousand only. The number boosted to 753 thousand this year in 2016. The visitor from India, China, the USA, and the UK posted a remarkable growth. However, the total arrival of 2016 is still 5% down compare to 2014.
March, April, May just before the monsoon, Oct, November and December are the best time for tourism activities in Nepal. We have been witnessing the number of adventure tourists are growing in December for trekking in the Himalayas. Though it gets cold in December the blue sky and isolated topography alluring trekking into the Himalayas to celebrate the Festival like Christmas and New year on the mountain, a different way of celebrating the festival on the backdrop of high Himalayas.
UK based Rough Guides has enlisted Nepal as 2nd Top 10 countries to visit in 2017. The world’s leading travel guide of Lonely Planet has recommended Nepal as the world’s best value destination for 2017. Similarly, The New York Times has featured the Langtang region in Nepal has been featured as one of 52 places to go in 2017. This is the same Langtang valley, which was badly affected by the 2015 earthquake, which got recovered, and all trekking routes are safe now.
With all these recommendations, incomparable vibrant ethnic culture, alluring mountains, and hospitality of Nepalese people – Nepal undoubtedly deserve more tourists. It is widely expected the double-digit growth of tourist arrival in Nepal in 2017 to meet the short-term target of 1 million tourists visiting Nepal in a year.