When to Go
You can visit us any month of year, but it really depends on what your primary interest is.
Winter is a white majestic world on its own where tracking wildlife and the stories of the forest are most clear and easy to track. It's also the time where one would have the highest probability of a tiger sighting and almost guaranteed results of photos and videos using camera traps. When and where else in the world does a tiger live in the snow? The best time is end November to early December or end February to early March. Temperatures during winter are cold up to -30C (see below on What to Bring).
Spring is short but remains also a good wildlife opportunity with many animals eager for activity after the lengthy winter season. Temperatures are also comfortable as the snow melts away, yet this can make some transport muddy to/from the reserve specifically during late April to early May.
Summer is excellent for Himalayan black bear observation and wild ginseng. While June and August are cooler and more feasible, July is not recommended because temperatures soar to uncomfortable levels (there is no aircon at the base) and mosquitos are at their peak.
Autumn is spectacular featuring unbelievably varied foliage colours and foraging animals like bears fattening up for the intense winter. For those familiar with the "Indian summer" display in North America and European countries during autumn, this is equally a magnificent display. It is magnificent for any photography enthusiasts.
What to Bring
For all seasons, durable and waterproof hiking boots are a must, and in winter specifically insulated outdoors boots for winter are required that can withstand freezing temperatures and deep snow. Local team wear handmade boots often covered with bear fat that may be available for use depending on your size (42-44 European or 9 to 10 US). It is best to come prepared.
For bodywear, in all seasons but winter, a light windproof jacket is recommended, and a "layered" approach to outdoor wear is advisable, i.e. a pile sweater, undergarment shirt and pants and lock socks are best. Quick dry material is best for hotter months.
For winter, the same layered approach is advised but with heavier clothing and parka/hat/gloves as for any snowy climate. Thermal gear and underwear is ideal in winter, while sun glasses are key for snow reflection. The local team use their own locally produced gear and jackets, and winter clothing may be available depending on size. As with any outdoor clothing use colours that blend in the environment, i.e. green, brown or white (in winter) are ideal.
Last but definitely not least, bring your camera! We do have 220 volt electricity (powered by solar/wind energy) to charge batteries etc.