Wondering about the best time for your Nepal trek?
Trekking is possible all year around but it might not be possible to do a particular trek throughout the year.
Nepal entertains four main seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall). But from trekking point of view,we should also discuss the pre-monsoon, post-monsoon periods too. Nepal marks peak and off trekking season. There are pros and cons of trekking in all of them.
Winter (January-February): Winter is cool and clear. The sky is clear and you can enjoy the Himalayan views more than ever because the mountains those are not real Himalayas are also snow covered during winter. Kathmandu sometimes sees frost but no snow. Temperatures drop below freezing every night. Mornings and evenings are chilling too. Sunny days are observed in mountainous area but foggy climate in low lands. It would be great to trek to moderate altitude during winter. High altitude treks also could be done in winter good preparation to tackle the cold but treks that involve high passes are not suggested because high passes may get blocked and you many have to return without completing the trek.
The following treks in Nepal are possible during winter:
|Excellent to trek in winter||Doable with good preparation for cold conditions|
|Everest View Trek
|Everest Base Camp Trek|
Spring (March to May): With warm (hot in lower altitudes) weather and longer days, spring is one of the best trekking season to trek in Nepal Himalayas. Nepal has a lot of Rhododendron forests and they bloom majestically and it looks like red and pink hues on the green canvas (mountains). High altitude treks and those involving the high passes can be done during spring. Spring is also the best time for mountaineering in Nepal for most of the Himalayan peaks.
All Treks are doable in Spring in Nepal.
Pre Monsoon (June to mid July): Marked by afternoon clouds that cover the beautiful Himalayas and hot afternoons, you can trek in this pre-monsoon period too but you less chances of sightings of beautiful Himalayan range. Some rain showers may happen at lower altitude but not in higher altitude. All high altitude treks are doable but suggested to trek in pre monsoon season only if you don’t care about the views and that only you want is a walking exercise.
All treks are doable in pre monsoon season although best views are not assured.
Monsoon (Mid July to mid September): 70% to 80% of annual rainfall occurs during this time in Nepal. Trekking that involves flights might be hurdled by delayed and canceled flights for several days due to weather and less visibility. But if you are really lucky you might not also encounter such flight hurdle too. Yes, you have to tackle well with muddy and slippery trails, occasional showers, and leeches!! For sure you will not enjoy the Himalayan views but you will enjoy the lush greenery. The forests are lush, vibrant and alpine meadows are turned green and colorful by the alpine flowers. If you are an ardent botanist, this is the best time to trek for you!!
Never ever try to trek in off-beaten-trails during monsoon. If the temporary bridges are swept away by the floods, only thing you can do is to turn back!! Only trekking in well established trails and recommended during monsoon season.
Trekking in the rain shadow areas of Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo is highly recommended if your holiday schedule is in monsoon.
|Doable during monsoon with expected monsoon troubles||Highly Recommended to do in Monsoon|
|Everest Base Camp Trek
|Upper Mustang Trek|
Then comes the beautiful fall 🙂
Autumn (October to December): The most pleasant season in Nepal! Neither too cold nor hot. The sun is pleasant with warm touch. Generally, no rain showers (exception is always there) and time to celebrate great festivals!!! The farmlands are green to golden with about-to-harvest paddies (October and November) Fall, the best trekking season is marked by clear sky, good visibility, warm days, cool nights. Thousands of trekkers hoard the popular trekking trails. The downside of autumn season is that the popular trails are overcrowded, hotels and flights overbooked in advance; it might not be a pleasant experience for you if you are looking to get close to nature along the trails. If you want to avoid the crowds, look for an off-beatean trekking during peak season.
All Treks are doable in autumn!
While doing popular classic treks of Nepal, if you want to enjoy a peaceful trek being close with nature, the pre and post peak trekking season is best for you. Choosing late February to March or late May to June start in spring and mid September to early October and the month of December in autumn would be good to avoid the crowds in the popular trekking trails of Nepal. Its always good to trek in the off beaten trekking trails during peak season but not in extremely adverse weather conditions (monsoon and winter).