While others went out for holidays during the peak trekking season in Nepal and you are the one left with holidays during June/July yet want to holiday in Nepal? If the answer is yes and you aren’t sure of how to enjoy the most during the trek in the monsoon or rainy season in Nepal, we have come up with some suggestions for you.
1.Go for trek into the Rain-shadow areas
While rest of the areas suffers heavy precipitation and flood, the rain shadow areas of Upper Mustang, Upper Manang, Nar and Phu valleys, Dolpo are there to welcome you during monsoon season. You will be glad to know that these places lie in the trans-Himalayan region and in the shadows of Annapurna massifs, thereby receiving scanty rainfall, if any. This makes these places the topmost choice during monsoon. In addition to that, you can explore the unique and contrasting landscapes, culture and traditions, marvelous scenery, prehistoric era caves and ancient palaces. Unique festivals in Nar-Phu valleys are distinct from any festival in other trekking regions. Get the best of rain-shadow areas here!
2.Explore cultural richness of Kathmandu valley
If you don’t want to go far away trekking regions of Nepal or to strenuous areas, you can traverse around the medieval Kathmandu valley. If you are interested in architecture, culture and traditions the cities of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan serves you the best. Start with the 7 heritages listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site List; the sacred Hindu Temples of Pashupatinath and Changu Narayan, Buddhist stupas of Swayambhunath and Boudhanath as well as the Durbar Squares (which includes temples, royal palaces and shrines) in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur shall amuse you like anything. This way you will save your time and get the most of the holiday spent in Nepal.
3.Take on the short trekking packages
Your fear for getting the holiday affected by rains can be minimized if you take on short trekking packages. You can find several short treks around the famous Pokhara valley such as Poonhill Trekking, day hikes to Peace Pagoda and Sarangkot, treks to the rim of Kathmandu valley such as Chisapani Nagarkot Trekking and others. Discuss the packages with the travel company of yours to customize the itinerary better for you. These treks shall thoroughly entertain you during your holiday in Nepal.
4.Look out for additional activities
Besides trekking you can go for other interesting and adventurous activities during your holidays in the monsoon season. Head on for Pokhara, the adventure hub of Nepal, and enjoy the exciting Paragliding and Zip Flying. You may also go for Lower Seti area and take on safaris, canoeing, elephant rides and bathing, cultural shows on the vicinity of Chitwan National Park. These are no less than the trekking in the busy trekking trails of Nepal.
5.Monsoon isn’t so bad either!
While the rainy season is generally full of precipitation, this may not be the scene always. Rains are generally seen in the afternoon while the morning and day time receive less rain. In addition to that you may also be lucky enough to encounter light monsoon even if you aren’t in the rain shadow areas. The positive side of monsoon is that the trail is less crowded during the season and so are the teahouses in the trail. In addition to that, with bit of trekking tactics and preparation, you can enjoy the green and lush vegetations, blooming flowers and unique agricultural cultivation style that may not be possible during other trekking seasons.
Thus, if you really want to explore Nepal during the rainy season do a bit of research, find out the things you can pursue and make the best out of it. You won’t return disappointed!