Trekking in Nepal is for all seasons and also for the very best reasons. However one wonders; what might be the best time for trekking in Nepal? In the Himalayas, the mountains dictate the weather patterns. Forecasting pre-hand about the weather is futile. Regardless of the weather, trekking can be done throughout the year. This blog on weather reveals the trekking seasons and the best time of the year to trek in Nepal.
Unlike other countries in the world Nepal also experiences four different seasons. Winter, spring, summer, and autumn all have their own characteristics and charm. Hence pinpointing on one particular season about the best trekking season stands no ground at all. It is good to know about the seasons though to help you determine your preferred month of visit to Nepal and make the most out of it.
Spring - Trekking in Nepal in March, April and MaySummer - Trekking in Nepal June, July and AugustAutumn - Trekking in September, October and NovemberWinter - Trekking in Nepal in December, January and February
The most preferred season for trekking in Nepal is the month of spring. The simplest of reason is the bearable temperatures. During this time of the year temperatures are quite bearable and stable allowing the flowers to bloom. Besides that the climbing season for Mount Everest also starts making the Everest Base Camp trail full of climbers with whom you can exchange words. Generally the temperatures at this time of the year range between 16 and 23 degrees Celsius during the day.
Another great advantage is that the nights are comparatively warmer unlike in the autumn months when there is less trekker on the trails. If you are considering the Annapurna Sanctuary or a circuit Trek, then this is the season to be in for this particular trek your season. At this time of the year you get the best chance to see rhododendron in full bloom and figure out plenty of chirping birds. Similarly having a got at the Langtang valley trek during this time of the year is not bad either.
The summer months in Nepal is mean for off season trekking. It generally stretches from June to August and the rain starts to set in making the weather warm. Due to which chances of getting hold of snow-capped mountain views becomes almost rare. Summer in Nepal means monsoon season and it’s sultry and extremely humid. All these factors fail to attract large number of adventure seekers to the Himalayan abode. The downpour more often than not is infamously known to wash away bridges. Similarly the trails become very slippery and public transport becomes dicey. Not a very good time, but there are definitely great options for trekking during monsoon season. In the summer seasons, the Upper Mustang Trek is a wise trek attraction to be in as the area remains relatively dry. Similarly The Dolpa region with the Upper and Lower Dolpo is certainly doable during this time of the year.
The autumn seasons are by far the best time to trek in the Nepal Himalayas. Not only because of the weather but for the splendid views of the mountain peaks is an added advantage. There might be occasional drop in the temperatures, snow storm scare here and there and a fresh snowfall on the high peaks. Despite this it is considered to be the best season for a trekking. You will always find huge number of zigzag caravan of fellow trekkers all along the trail. The temperatures stays stable anywhere between the range of 22 to 27 degrees Celsius during the daytime and the nights are cool. Expect showers in the afternoon as it might be the case sometimes. Similarly the high passes pose difficulties to make a cross over but it’s not alarming at all. If you are in Nepal for trekking in the month of October then the trails are clear and the month is dedicated to various colourful festivals too. These special celebrations will justify your visit to Nepal and make it look complete and rewarding as well.
The onset of the winter season in Nepal guarantees one thing that’s snow all around at higher altitudes. At times trekking at the higher altitude, poses various challenges, yet it is one of the best seasons for trekking. Higher up the autumn gels an exceptional chemistry embellishing the nature with a blanket of snow. The people trekking to the Himalayas get to enjoy the lofty trails and also experience the mountains in a fairy-tale wintery way. The whole mountain arena comes alive with a mesmerizing feel and the experience to be thunderously delightful. Less frequency of people makes the topography beautiful. If you happen to thrive on unusual adventure treks than these are the months to be in. Above all the Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, also known as the Annapurna Sunrise Trek, is the one to go for during winter.
Arriving at a decision for the best trekking season is always an uphill task and plays on the mind. Leave aside this for a while as every season has its own charm and if it would be up to us, we would be out in the mountains all year round. Have a look at our offers for Nepal and get out there. There are a number of great trekking trails that are not affected by the weather and can be planned anytime of the year. Let us guide you to some of the all-time-possible and all-time-beautiful treks in Nepal of both the Annapurna and the Everest region. Listen to the Himalayas call.
First up is the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek which is one of the best trekking destinations in Nepal. The destinations Ghorepani and Poon Hill are situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The trek is all about terraced field and beautiful forest, best views of the sunrise/sunset over the Himalayas and the magnificent Annapurna range. Though it is at a height there is very little or no chance of getting the altitude sickness. Familiarizing with Gurung settlement and their hospitality adds value to your off season trekking journey. This trekking is perfect for both nature and culture explorers at odd times.
Annapurna Panorama Trek is self-explanatory it is one the best off-season trek in Nepal. The highlights of this trek are the panoramic views of the Annapurna range. Another exceptional place called Jhinu Danda glorifies the views of the Annapurna range. You can also retire and relax your tiring muscles by having a dip in the natural hot spring. It is a trekking venue not to be missed out if you make it here.
It is more of a pilgrim tour set amidst dry desert like landscapes, deep valleys, deepest gorges sub-tropical jungles and more. You will discover Tibetan influenced villages and the culture of Thakali inhabitant’s here. Also known as the Jomsom Muktinath Trek is one of the major pilgrim sites “Muktinath” of Hindus and Buddhists in around the world. Therefore, this site is flooded with pilgrims from Nepal and India, throughout the year. If spirituality is what you seek for you and your family then visit the temple 3800m to feel blessed.
The Everest View Trek in Nepal is a popular short trek in the Everest region of Nepal. This Khumbu region trek is comparatively easier with beautiful views of Mt. Everest on the offer without attaining much altitude. It is known to provide one of the best and the closest view of the Mt. Everest. The major highlights to experience are the settlements at Namche, hospitality, lifestyle, culture and tradition of the legendary Sherpa’s.
Although, the weather sometimes affect the flight schedule causing few hours or days delay, the trekking trail up till the view point are not affected by the weather. Besides that this short trekking is also considered perfect for family vacations with children and elderly. This trekking in Nepal is best; both during the peak season and equally well during the off seasons also.
There is a peculiar kind of similarity between the Everest Panorama Trek and the Everest View Treks. The Everest Panorama Trek stretches beyond Namche leading you to Tengboche, a famous Buddhist monastery. Mesmerizing high mountain panoramic views of Twache, Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku is awe-inspiring.
The advantage is you will be able to visit some parts of the UNESCO listed Sagarmatha National Park; get a peep into the Sherpa settlement, and their hospitality. Since it is surrounded by high Himalayan range it partially becomes a rain shadow area, which means it is immune to bad climatic condition with less monsoon precipitation and cold winds. The snow fall that occurs is also to a low pedigree. Therefore, trekking in this area is possible all-round the year even in the off seasons.
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