Best time to trek in Nepal
by Jayaram Thapaliya · Updated August 22, 2023
Though you can trek in Nepal throughout the year, there is 2 main season which is best to go trekking in the Nepal Himalayas. They are autumn and spring. As Nepal has vast differences in altitude, we have tremendous variations in climates.
There are 4 seasons from where you can choose the best of the best using your preferences to go trekking in Nepal. They are:
1. Autumn Season (Mid September to Mid November)
Mid-September to Mid-November (Autumn/fall) is considered as the best time/season to go trekking in Nepal. At that time, the visibility of fascinating mountains will be perfect, with green hills and excellent weather. Clear with mild to warm days and cold nights are features of the Autumn seasons.
- Low chance of natural disasters such as Avalanches
- Experience the Nepalases 2 big festivals Dashain and Tihar at the Trekking trail.
- Best Weather
- Busy Trail/ crowded
Winter Season ( December- February )
Mid-December to February end implies the winter season in Nepal. Trekking in the Himalayas will be challenging because at that time the trail will be covered by snow and also chances of altitude sickness due to cold.
In the wintertime, it is wise to trek lower than 3500m altitude. The temperature of the Himalayas area will cross to -20 degrees Celsius, and hilly regions 0 – 5 degrees Celsius. Even in city areas, the temperature will fall up to 2 degrees Celsius.
Spring Season ( March-May )
After autumn, spring is the 2nd popular season.
The blooming flowers, colourful forests, and shining mountains make a delightful environment to trekking.
During this season, singing birds sounds in the forests make it more exciting to walk.
Spring season is ideal for the trek because during this season there will be temperate days and blossoming flora. Though it will be sweety to trek in the lower elevations, the upper elevation will be comforted to trek.
In addition, to say, summer is considered one of the best seasons to trek and climb in the Himalayas due to warmer temperatures. And at that time we can see famous giant rhododendrons blooming in the Himalayas forest which makes the landscape a radiant and vibrant texture.
Pros for spring trekking
- temperatures range reach between 16-23º
- Less crowded than Fall
- Not too cold even in High altitudes
- Less flight cancellations in the case of Lukla as the weather tends to clear.
- You’ll get sweaty at a lower altitude( below 2400m)
- Afternoon get clouds which can block the view
Which trekking is the best in spring?
Langtang Trek, Everest Base Camp, and Khopra Ridge Trek.
Summer is the hottest time throughout the whole of the year in Nepal. The lower parts of Nepal will be hotter and even in the high altitudes trek, the temperatures rarely drop below zero.
Summer lies June to August and it’s known as the monsoon in Nepal. High-altitude trekking routes get cloudy whereas lower trekking routes are generally muddy and slippery. Besides this, you can still experience the glory of the Himalayan during monsoon.
The heavy rainfall offers spectacular views of the small and big waterfalls.
June, July, and August, these 3 months is the main rainy time in Nepal. During this season, it is normal to get heavy rainfall each day which is dangerous to trekking at lower altitudes.
During the summer season, though most of the popular trekking trails are not suitable for trekking, some Trekking regions of Nepal which are connected to Tibet(desert parts of Nepal) are ideal to trek. They are Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, and Nar Phu Valley. It is considered a desert as it is behind the Himalayas rain shadow areas.
Summer is perfect for the keen botanist or photographer. Because at higher altitudes, you’ll get blossoms of flowers and lush vegetation to capture the all-natural beauty of Nepal.
- Low chance of altitude sickness
- Less risk of avalanches
Though some season is best in terms of clear weather and mild temperature, you can do trekking in the Himalayas on your requirements.