Getting Around Nepal

Nepal is a small landlocked country between India and China, roughly 500 miles (800 km) east to west and 100 miles (164 km) north to south. In terms of getting around, you're limited to just a few options given the mountainous terrain and limited public infrastructure. 

For most trips, you'll likely have one to two domestic flights (starting from Kathmandu), either to access Nepal's famous trekking regions or to get between Kathmandu and Pokhara, Nepal's second-largest city. Private jeep transfers and local buses are a more affordable way to get between the main points of interest in Nepal, and often take 5-8 hours on winding highways (or bumpy dirt roads, when accessing more remote regions). 

During the summer monsoon months (June through September), keep in mind that flight delays or road construction are often common due to the cloudy weather and periods of rain.
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