Understanding the seasons and trekking trends in Nepal comes handy if you are planning a trip for yourself, your friends, or family. There are usually four seasons in Nepal: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. With clear skies and cozy temperature, October is definitelty the most popular trekking season in Nepal.
However, there is a lot more to trekking in the hills and mountains. In this blog, we will look at trekking across various seasons and how they provide a unique experience in the mountains.
Stay away from trekking in the high mountains in monsoon, as the rain and heat create a lot of hassles in the trails. More preparation for repelling insects, first aid, safety is required in this season. That’s why it’s wise to avoid the highlands from June to August. However, it opens up an opportunity to explore the mid high hills, plains and short treks.
It’s best to hike in the low hills and experience community work & farming during this season than to trek. As majority of people are farmers, there are a lot of opportunities to visit the farms to observe traditional crop plantation and harvest.
It is also possible to take part and celebrate in these traditional events of plantation. No climbing in this season as weather is not that favorable in the high altitudes. This is a good time to visit the hilly and plain regions of Nepal.
Try: Nagarkot and Chisapani Homestay Tour, Dhulikhel Tour, Kathmandu Valley Tour, Namobuddha Monastery Hike, Shivapuri National Park Hike and Chitwan National Park Tour
The Best Trekking Season (Autumn, October – November)
These two months receives a huge number of trekkers in Nepal every year. The weather is warmer in the lower regions, making it perfect time for hiking adventures. The skies are clear, there is no rain, mosquitoes and bugs are absent, and so on.
It feels like a holiday. Of course, this means a high number of trekkers in the mountains and in the nearby towns. You’d love this season trekking and meeting new people.
Try: Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, Manaslu Circuit, Langtang Valley Trek
Flowers and Greenery (Spring, February – April)
The snow in the low hills start melting after February. With monsoon quite a few months away, this is a great time to trek alongside the greenery and blossoming flowers on the hilly Nepali terrain. February is still a cold month.
However, winter is nearly done and days gradually become warmer. During the early phase of this season, fogs and clouds reduce mountain visibility. This can be overcome by climbing higher and enjoying the sunrise/sunset and midday views when the sky is clear.
Try: Gokyo Valley Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Rara / Upper Dolpo Trek, Gosainkunda Trek, Muktinath Trek
A Different Experience (September and December)
It’s still monsoon till the end of August, so it is likely that there will be rain in September. This can affect your trekking experience. That being said, these two months are less crowded and with some planning, great experience can be achieved.
Both the rain and cold can be avoided but be careful that your stay in Nepal is not tightly scheduled, and you have enough time to plan for the weather.
As both October and November are trekker-friendly, it is likely that a good experience can be made from trek in September and December. The challenges are rain, foggy views, wet and slippery trails.
The takeaways are less crowd, and great weather experience with no crowd.
Travel Tips: Talk to your travel agent and find a good trek among the ones listed above according to the weather and climate. Also, don’t forget to prepare mentally and physically for your travel, and learn about risks such as the infamous High Altitude Sickness.
With enough preparation, you are definitely going to have a great time in the mountains. Browse through our Trekking in Nepal section to find the right trip for you. Happy traveling.