On weekends, Nagarkot‘s cool breeze and coniferous forests are a summer getaway for Kathmandu residents, but this Saturday it became a winter wonderland.
Heavy snowfall of up to 30cm on Friday turned the ridgetop resort at 2,300m elevation and 25km east of Kathmandu into a selfie spot. As word spread through social media, hundreds of vehicles jammed the highway up to the town on Saturday.
Young and old alike could be seen making snowballs and revelling in the powder snow. Others took quiet walks up the ridge along forest paths in deep snow.
The westerly weather system arrived in western Nepal on Thursday, and a major storm on Friday dumped rain and snow on the Kathmandu Valley rim.