trekking-seasons-in-nepal

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

Different seasons in Nepal offer different trekking experiences. 

Trekking Seasons in Nepal

Brief on Climate, geography, and weather patterns in Nepal

The different seasons in Nepal indeed offer different trekking experiences. Nepal has four different seasons and each season last for three months. Nepal is a small country 800 km/500 miles from east to west and 150 km/100 miles from north to south. Nepal has the highest peaks in the north 8848m to subtropical forests in the south (Terai region). General weather reports of Nepal during a given season are often inaccurate as regional variations in temperature and weather vary greatly from region to region. For example, on a given day the temperature in southern Nepal can exceed 30C/90F and on the same day, the temperature at Everest Base Camp and the surrounding passes will be below freezing.

Four Seasons in Nepal

  1. Winter Season brings colder temperatures and clear skies at higher elevations, making it a great time for treks in the Himalayas. Southern Nepal is ideal for winter treks, as are the lower Himalayan foothills. Destinations like Mardi Himal Trek, Poon Hill Trek, Solu Pikey Peak Trek, Phoksundo Lake Trek, and Jungle safari tours of Chitwan, Koshi Tappu, and Bardiya National Park are at their best during the winter seasons.
  2. Spring Seasons is the second most popular season for trekking since the weather is generally more predictable and temperatures are rising slowly. The skies can occasionally be a little cloudy, and the trails are more congested. Great events take place in the spring, such as Holi in March and the Nepalese New Year in April. Trekking all around Nepal is recommended including 6000m Climbing, 7000m Climbing, and 8000m climbing. Highly recommended and worthy treks during the spring season are Everest Three High Pass Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Manaslu Base Camp Trek, Tsum Valley Cultural Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, and Dhaulagiri Circuit Camping Adventure Trek.
  3. Summer Season is the monsoon season and offers hot, muggy weather with gloomy skies and rain in most trekking areas. At this time, pick a hike in the Himalayas' "rain shadow." Trekking routes like Manang, Mustang, Nar Phu Valley, Limi Valley (Remote Tibetans Cultural Camping Trek), and Dolpo offer great wildflowers, lush jungles, and the possibility to encounter snow leopards. Please note that transportation may be unreliable except for the recommended treks due to flight cancellations and road maintenance due to weather and landslides we recommend an extra day in case of bad weather and road maintenance.
  4. Fall (Autumn Season) The most popular trekking season is fall because of the generally consistent weather, moderate temperatures, and frequently clear skies. The crowds are at their greatest right now because the weather is perfect! The major holidays in the autumn include the Main Hindu festival Dashain (October) and Tihar (November) and Mani Rimdu in the Everest region. Each season also has its festivals and cultural events that can be enjoyed during a visit to Nepal.

Best Trekking Season in Nepal (Best Time in Nepal)

The best season for trekking in Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is clear and mild, and the views of the Himalayas are at their best. During these seasons, the trails are also less crowded, and the rhododendron flowers are in bloom. However, trekking in Nepal is possible throughout the year, but the monsoon season (June to August) brings heavy rainfall, making the trails muddy and the visibility poor. Similarly, Winter (December to February) is extremely cold in higher altitudes, and trekking is limited to lower elevation areas.

Monthly weather patterns in Nepal

January

Trekking in January in Nepal can be challenging due to the cold temperatures and potential snowfall at high elevations. However, there is no rain, and the sky is clear therefore it is considered a good time to visit Nepal, many popular trekking routes, such as the high altitude pass trekking destinations through areas above 5,000 meters where temperatures can drop below freezing and snowfall is common. This time is perfect for trekkers who like to trek in fewer crowds on the trails. It is important to be properly prepared for cold weather trekking with warm clothing, a good sleeping bag, and adequate equipment. It's also important to have good physical condition and acclimatization as well. However, trekking in lower elevations can still be a good option during January. Some of the popular trekking routes like Langtang Gosaikunda trek, Everest View Trek, Kwangde Trek, Pikey Trek, and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek the itinerary suggests elevation below 5000 meters because they are doable during January.

February

February is generally considered to be a good time for trekking in Nepal at a lower elevation, as the weather is usually clear and dry, with clear views of the mountains. However, temperatures at higher elevations can be quite cold and trails might be covered with snow, so it is important to bring warm clothing and gear. Additionally, February is the end of the dry season, so the trails can be dusty, and it is important to be prepared for this. Some popular trekking routes in Nepal that can be done in February include the Annapurna Circuit, the Everest Base Camp trek, the Manaslu Circuit trek, and the Langtang Valley trek. It is always better to be prepared with proper gear and be physically fit before starting the trek and always better to hire a guide to make the trek more comfortable and safer.

March

Trekking in March in Nepal can be a great time to trek as the weather starts to improve and the trails begin to dry out from the winter months. The days are getting longer, and temperatures start to rise, making it more comfortable for trekking. Many popular trekking routes, such as the Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang, Three High Pass, and Gosaikunda trek, are passable during this time of year. This month is also a peak season for attempting to climb mountains of 6000 meters peaks, 7000 meters, and 8000m peaks. The higher elevations may still have some snow and ice, but the trails are generally clear, and the weather is stable. March is also the start of the spring season, which is the best time for trekking in Nepal, the rhododendron flowers are in full bloom, adding to the beauty of the trek. Additionally, it's important to be properly prepared for the trek, with warm clothing, a good sleeping bag, and adequate equipment. Main festivals like Holi (festivals of color) and Shivaratri (where Sadhu gathers around to worship lord Shiva in Pashupati Nath) are celebrated with full vibration.

April

April is considered to be one of the best months for trekking in Nepal, as the weather is usually clear, warm, and dry, with clear views of the mountains. The temperature becomes warmer as the month progress, so it is important to be prepared for the warmer weather, but also be prepared for sudden weather changes and have enough warm clothing and gear. April is also the start of the peak trekking season in Nepal, so the trails will be more crowded. Some popular trekking routes in Nepal that can be done in April include the Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Everest Base Camp trek, Everest Three High Pass Trek, Langtang Valley trek, Dolpo Region Trek, and other high-altitude trekking destinations in Nepal. It is always better to be prepared with the proper gear, be physically fit before starting the trek, and always better to hire a guide to make the trek more comfortable and safer. Additionally, trekking in April can also be a good time to see the rhododendron flowers in full bloom, which can make for a particularly beautiful trekking experience. Climbing activities like Island Peak, Amadablam, Everest, Lhotse, Himlung Himal, Manaslu, and Climbing in the Annapurna region are highly recommended during the months of April.

May 

May is still considered to be one of the best months for trekking in Nepal and the end of the spring season, as the weather is typically clear, warm, and dry, with clear views of the mountains. However, as the monsoon season begins in June, it's important to be prepared for sudden weather changes and have enough warm clothing and gear. May is also considered to be peak trekking season, so the trails will be more crowded. Some popular trekking routes in Nepal that can be done in May include the Annapurna Circuit, the Everest Base Camp trek, the Langtang Valley trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, and the Kanchenjunga Trek. It is always better to be prepared with proper gear and be physically fit before starting the trek and always better to hire a guide to make the trek more comfortable and safer. Additionally, trekking in May can also be a good time to see the rhododendron flowers in full bloom, which can make for a particularly beautiful trekking experience.

Festival of Rato Machindranath is celebrated during the month of May in Patan Durbar Square (a 15-minute drive south of Kathmandu valley, one of the famous UNESCO world heritage sites by pulling chariots for a couple of days by the Newar community.

June

June marks the start of the monsoon season in Nepal and is generally considered a less favorable time for trekking. The heavy rainfall can make the trails muddy and slippery, and the visibility can be poor. This can make trekking more challenging, and some popular trekking routes may be closed or difficult to pass through. The monsoon season can also increase the risk of landslides and flash floods, making trekking more dangerous. That being said, some trekking routes like Mustang, Upper Dolpo, and upper Manang, which are located in rain shadow areas and receive less rain, can still be trekked during this time.

July

July is considered the peak of the monsoon season in Nepal and is generally not considered a favorable time for trekking. The heavy rainfall can make the trails muddy and slippery, and the visibility can be poor. This can make trekking more challenging, and many popular trekking routes may be closed or difficult to pass through. The monsoon season can also increase the risk of landslides, flash floods, and leeches, making trekking more difficult and dangerous. It's also worth mentioning that during monsoon season, the weather can be unpredictable, and trekkers should be prepared for rain, strong winds, and possible landslides, which can make trekking challenging and dangerous. Some trekking routes like Mustang, Upper Dolpo, and upper Manang, which are located in rain shadow areas and receive less rain, can still be trekked during this time with less crowd, and great natural vegetation and provides an excellent time to indulge with locals.

August

August is a monsoon season in Nepal, which can make trekking more challenging due to heavy rainfall and muddy trails. However, some trekking routes in the rain shadow areas such as Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, and Nar Phu valley may be accessible during August. It's always a good idea to check the current weather conditions and speak with HNT before planning a trek in Nepal. it is important to be prepared for wet weather and to have proper gear such as waterproof clothing and hiking boots.

September

September is one of the best months for trekking in Nepal as the monsoon season comes to an end, the trails start to dry out, the sky clears, and the views of the mountains become more visible. Many popular trekking routes, such as the Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang Gosaikunda trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, and Tsum Valley Trek are passable during this time of year. The higher elevations trails are generally clear, and the weather is stable. September is also considered the start of the autumn season, which is the best time for trekking in Nepal. The weather is generally clear, mild, and stable, and the views of the Himalayas are at their best. The trails are less crowded, and the trails are full of flowers and plants adding to the beauty of the trek.

October

October is the best month for trekking in Nepal as the monsoon season has typically ended and the weather is generally clear and dry. October is peak season and invites crowds of travelers to Nepal. The skies are usually clear, providing excellent views of the Himalayas, and the temperatures are comfortable for trekking. Popular trekking routes such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Kanchenjunga Circuit Trek, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, and Langtang trek are accessible and in good condition. 

November

November is considered one of the best months for trekking in Nepal. All the popular trekking routes in Nepal, such as the Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit, Langtang, Manaslu Circuit Trek, and Langtang Gosaikunda trek, are passable during this time of year. The higher elevations may still have some snow and ice, but the trails are generally clear, and the weather is stable. November is also considered the end of the autumn season, which is the best time for trekking in Nepal. The weather is generally clear, mild, and stable, and the views of the Himalayas are at their best. The trails are less crowded, and the flowers are in full bloom, adding to the beauty of the trek.

December

Trekking in December in Nepal can be challenging due to the cold temperatures and potential snowfall at high elevations. Many popular trekking routes, such as the Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit, and the Langtang trek, pass through areas above 4,000 meters where temperatures can drop below freezing and snowfall is common. This can make the trails slippery and dangerous and may also limit access to certain areas. It is important to be properly prepared for cold weather trekking with warm clothing, a good sleeping bag, and adequate equipment. It's also important to have good physical condition and acclimatization as well. However, trekking in lower elevations can still be a good option during December. Some of the popular trekking routes like Langtang Helambu Trek, and Gosaikunda Trek, Mardi Himal Trek which are below 4000 meters can be still doable during December.