Best Time to Trekking in Nepal
With eight of the top ten highest summits in the world and some of the most beautiful landscapes which are only reachable on foot, trekking in Nepal is one of the unique experiences of Asia.
Trekking is the most popular activity in Nepal, and travellers will be bombarded on the streets of Kathmandu and the trekking hub, Pokhara, with guides, organised tours and gear for sale or rent. The huge variety of options allows for people of many ages and capabilities to attempt a trek in the country. While you could spend a year planning an expedition to wild and lofty places that few would dare attempt, you could also arrive in Kathmandu with no plans and be on the trail in a matter of days.
With diversified geography and climate, Nepal has always been on bucket list of every bold nature lover. There is a number of heritage and modern trails in different parts where you can combine a trek with a peek of cultures of the local communities. But, when a traveler thinks to visit Nepal for any trekking adventure, the first thing is to know the best time for your purpose.
Trekking in Nepal can be undertaken throughout the year. There are four seasons in Nepal. Each season has its distinct attraction to offer. The Nepal trekking season is classified as follows:
AUTUMN (Sept – Nov):
This Autumn season is considered the best time for trekking in Nepal, which offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views. Moderate temperatures, clear sky with outstanding views, making it a great time to do any of our trek. Occasional short storms may dump snow at high altitudes.
WINTER (Dec – Feb):
This season is noted for occasional snowfall at higher elevations in Himalayas. Though it gets colder in night, often it offers the clear day / blue sky and relatively less trekkers on the trail. However, we need to be selective in choosing the winter trekking as climbing and crossing high passes trip won’t be an ideal option. Trek like Poon Hill Trek 4 Days, Everest View Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Mardi Himal Treks etc can be done even in winter.
Spring (March – May):
Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside a haunting paradise during this spring season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and at higher elevation the mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate.
summer time from June till mid September makes travel wet and warm. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation. Trekking in the rain-shadow (places are out of reach of the rain clouds because of the high mountains) areas north of the Himalaya like Upper Mustang and Dolpo could be an ideal trek selection.
The best season for trekking in Nepal is a very subjective matter. It depends on a person’s preference about the weather, being with more people, location as well as personal tolerance for cold, heat, humidity and other factors of the trek.
It is best if you research carefully, find the season that best suit your destination and trekking needs and then make the bookings.
Unpredictable incident could occur at any time at every step wherever you travel. It is unpredictable even with the modern technologies. So, we advise that you get Travel insurance while trekking in Nepal that includes rescue operations in case of emergencies.
If you are looking for an adventurous trekking experience in the lap of the Himalayas, you should choose the season that best fits you. And begin your journey of a lifetime to Nepal.
Whichever month you choose, the diverse beauty of Nepal won’t fail to keep you happy and engaged..