Nepal is a land of adventure without a doubt. If you are planning on a trip to this majestic land, then you might have asked yourself this question, “When would be the best time to Trek in Nepal?”
The answer will always remain the same; it all depends on what kind of adventures you are seeking. From arduous mountain terrains to short hilly trails, the choices for thrilling adventures are countless. It all boils down to your preferences as to what you want to discover in the mysterious lands of Nepal.
To make the choices smoother, it might be beneficial for you to get prior information. Nepal welcomes four seasons every year, i.e., spring, autumn, summer, and winter. Each season is filled with more excitement than the other, and all of these seasons have their specialties. In short, Nepal is one of the most suitable trekking destinations in the world as the excitement is carried on throughout the year.
The time between March and May is filled with countless wonders which you might want to explore while in Nepal. Considered the king of all seasons, spring (Basanta) brings out fragrant flowers and fresh winds from the Himalayas. The ambiance is simply too fantastic to give up on, especially in the enthralling mountain regions of Nepal.
The skies are more evident, and the days are longer. The temperature is also around 22 degrees Celsius on average, making it a perfect time for thrilling trekking activities. Trekking around higher altitudes is especially exciting at this time as one can view the panorama of mountains clearly.
The warmer temperature in the higher altitudes makes the experience even more pleasant. Travelers forget their worries with the lively sound of birds chirping in the lush green forests and the scent of Rhododendron flowers.
Spring is the perfect time for different kinds of flowers and vegetation to bloom. Rhododendrons of different colors bloom in almost every part of the country, along with other colorful fauna.
The panorama of mountains is visible throughout the season. Since the snow is yet to melt, the sight is even more of a treat to the eyes. Mountain trails are mostly packed with tourists, as it is the second-best season for trekking activities.
There is little rainfall, so the trekking routes are dry and safe. It is easier to summit higher altitudes, and there are lesser chances of avalanches with bad weather.
You can enjoy the festival of colors, Holi, with the welcoming people of Nepal. Share their joy as you exchange colors of happiness. Following Holi is the celebration of the Nepali New Year, which is almost 57 years ahead of the Georgian Calendar.
Things to Do
Trekking around any of the countless mountain trails is one of the best activities to indulge yourself in during spring. The Everest Region, Annapurna Region, and Langtang Region are some of the most popular trekking destinations for tourists.
Off-beaten treks around these regions are also popular among trekkers. If you have some time in your hands, then spring is a good time for long treks that last up to 30 days. This gives you ample opportunity to enjoy the beautiful nature of Nepal and the cultural experience in the rural mountain ranges.
If you want, you can also join your trekking activities with different types of adventure sports like bungee jumping, rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, zip-lining, and many more. Rejuvenate and relax your mind and body through yoga treks like the Mardi Yoga Trek in the beautiful spring season.
Places to Travel in spring
You can visit different mountain regions of the country like Everest, Langtang, or Annapurna per your choice of short or long treks in the country. Places like Chitwan, Pokhara, and Kathmandu valley are ideal places for sightseeing in spring. Similarly, a jungle safari in Chitwan National Park is equally popular during this season. You can also opt for tours like the UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour during spring.
Things to look out for
You might have to face occasional rain, but mostly the skies are clear. If you are trekking at high altitudes, make sure to pack a pair of warm jackets and pants as the weather is unpredictable in higher regions regardless of the season.
The time between September to November calls upon autumn in Nepal. It is the best time for trekking activities. The mild temperature ranging from 10 to 25 degrees Celsius makes the trek at both lower and higher altitudes equally mesmerizing. The marvelous spectacle of the highest mountains in the world is simply hard to miss during this time.
In the hills of Nepal, you will be able to see terraced paddy fields of the new harvest. The skies are mostly clear, and the weather is perfect for hiking, trekking, sightseeing, and other adventurous activities.
The popular trekking spots are jam-packed with travelers every year during autumn because of the perfect weather for Travel.
The fresh scent of the monsoon still lingers in the deep forests of Nepal. You can feel the excitement of flora and fauna as you travel along the rough trekking routes no matter where you plan to go in Nepal. Paddy fields look vibrant with green new harvest, making the scenery even more pleasing to the eyes.
Trekking in the rocky trails of the mountains during autumn is the best decision. The view of the panorama of snow-covered mountains is breathtaking and unforgettable. It is not every day that you get to view the highest mountains in the world with your own eyes.
There is less to no chance of rainfall, and the temperature is also in the perfect range of neither too hot nor too cold.
The celebration of one of the most celebrated festivals of Nepal also falls during autumn. Dashain celebrates the win of good over evil. Families get together, and the red tika of blessing on people’s forehead is a common occurrence.
Following Dashain is the festival of lights, Tihar. At night, the whole country lights up with colorful lights as Tihar is celebrated with a blast. People sing and dance to celebrate the thrilling festival with excitement. Chhath also falls around the corner as people worship the sun.
Things to Do
The temperature is warmer than other seasons, so it is the best time for high-altitude treks. From long high altitude treks in the mountain regions to short treks in the hills, you can enjoy all kinds of trekking activities during this season. Off-beaten treks are easier to summit during autumn as there are lesser chances of rainfall.
You can also enjoy one-day hikes around Kathmandu Valley. Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp Trek are the most famous mountain treks in autumn.
Places to Travel in autumn
All trekking routes are open for Travel during autumn, as it is considered the ideal time for trekking adventures. Similar to spring, the most popular regions to trek to are Everest Region and Annapurna Region. Treks such as the Everest Base Camp Trek and Annapurna Base Camp lets you experience the sight of the highest mountains in the world, i.e., Mt. Everest and Mt. Annapurna.
Short one-day hikes around Kathmandu are also really popular during autumn. These one-day hikes include Kakani hike, Phulchowki hike, Nagarkot hike, Sundarijal hike, Shivapuri hike, Namobuddha hike, among others.
Things to look out for
Since it is the best season for Travel, most of the famous trekking spots are packed with travelers. You might have to share a room with fellow trekkers, so make sure that you keep an eye on your belongings. Make sure to book the accommodations ahead of time to ensure a spot of your own.
To get away from the crowd of tourists, you can enjoy off-beaten trails as well as less popular trails which are peaceful and equally enjoyable.
Summer follows from late May to mid-September in Nepal. It generally lasts from June to August. The season of monsoon also comes at this time, welcoming constant rainfalls. The fresh scent of rain lingers in the air throughout the season, and the higher altitudes are usually covered in dense clouds.
The temperature can rise to 30 degrees Celsius on average, and in the Terai regions, the temperature can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius. The hot temperature and humid air make up for a bit of discomfort in higher ranges. However, still, there are countless trekking opportunities one can enjoy during the summer/monsoon season.
The dust and dirt settle down because of constant rainfall, so you will be able to get a waft of fresh air wherever you go. This is the perfect time to clean your senses of impurities and breathe in the air that flows down directly from the mountains.
Monsoon is also the season of harvest. Since Nepal is an agro-based country, you can see people welcoming the new batch of harvest with excitement. The sight is heartwarming to see as people dance and sing in the knee-deep mud while planting new crops.
The famous trekking destinations of the country see fewer tourists during the summer so that you can enjoy your travel activities in peace. Also, popular trekking destinations usually are silent during this time.
One of the most exciting festivals you get to experience at this time is Teej. Women fast the whole day without drinking even a drop of water for the long and prosperous life of their husbands. Women come out in red dresses and sing and dance. Other festivals like Janai Purnima and Krishna Janmashtami also fall during this season.
Things to Do
You can enjoy trekking around areas that fall under the rain shadows. Filled with countless thrilling off-beaten trails, the Manang and Mustang districts are open for unforgettable adventures during summer.
Falling in the rain-shadows of Dhaulagiri, these regions experience little to no rainfall followed by the cold temperature which accompanies you during the trek.
Places to Travel in summer
Upper and Lower Mustang are the best places for Travel in Nepal during the summer. The unique culture that people follow in this region is the highlight of the summer trek. Along with Mustang, you can enjoy summer treks in the spectacular Upper and Lower areas of Dolpo. You can also enjoy short one-day treks around Kathmandu if the weather is dry.
Things to look out for
The higher temperature and constant rainfall can give rise to unfavorable conditions for Travel. It is best to avoid high-altitude treks as the melted snow can be a hazard. The lower altitudes are filled with leeches and slippery roads as well.
Remember to take mosquito repellents along with you wherever you go. Also, the constant rainfall is the cause of flight cancelations, so make sure you know the weather conditions beforehand while traveling to Nepal.
The chilling season of winter starts in December and lasts till February. The mountain ranges covered in snow can be seen occasionally, along with the spectacular sight of mountains enveloped in the white blanket of snow. Generally, the higher altitudes experience constant snowfall, and the lower elevations are accompanied by little rain and snowfall in some selected places.
In the higher altitudes, the temperature is below 0 to 0 degrees Celsius throughout winter. In the lower regions, the temperature drops down from 10 degrees Celsius to almost 0 in some regions of Nepal.
High-altitude treks might not be the best option to indulge in during winter, but there are still plenty of exciting routes in the lower altitudes to enjoy. Mountain regions are the perfect place for Travel as you can see the highest mountains in the world covered in a thick layer of snow as you sip the warm local tea.
One can see the spectacular sight of snow-covered mountains from almost all parts of Nepal. Not only mountains, but you will also be able to see tall hills covered in the snow blanket. The fresh air and the white scenery make it one of the most spectacular sights to enjoy while in Nepal.
The crowd of people is not there to dampen your mood for treks. Since Nepal does not experience too much traffic during winter, you can enjoy your mountain treks in peace without having to worry about sharing your accommodation with strangers.
Snowy adventures in the lower altitudes are also equally enjoyable. You can experience the culture of the people who live in these rural mountain areas, and learn how they live in these rough conditions. Family trips and snow-fights call out several domestic tourists around this time.
Maha Shivaratri is one of the festivals celebrated in winter. People worship Lord Shiva and enjoy late-night bonfires. The Pashupatinath Temple gets flooded with countless pilgrims who come to Nepal for this auspicious occasion. Maghe Sankranti brings out the sweet Laddu, Chaku, and Ghee. These delicacies can only be enjoyed in Nepal, so do not miss out!
The major festival of the Gurung Community, Tamu Lhosar, also falls during the winter season.
Things to Do
You can enjoy mountain region treks but only at lower altitudes. Destinations below the height of 4000m are generally open for trekking activities. The most popular trekking options for winter are Kalinchowk Trek, Tamang Heritage Trek, Helambu Village Trek, Poon hill Ghorepani Trek, and many more.
Experience the spectacular sight of mountains along with the snowy wonders in Nepal during winter. Along with the splendid natural scenery, you can also explore the lifestyle of people who live in these cold regions.
Places to Travel in winter
The lower regions of the Everest region welcome people in winter as well. You can also enjoy snowy treks like Kalinchowk Trek, Poon Hill Trek, Nagarkot Trek, and many more. The scenery you get when trekking in winter is simply breathtaking. Short treks around Kathmandu and Pokhara are also some popular options during the winter season.
Things to look out for
Higher altitude regions are not an ideal trekking destination during winter, so it is better to avoid traveling to higher altitudes. The residents also travel to the warmer regions in adverse conditions, so it may be hard to find proper accommodations.
Snowstorms and avalanches are a common occurrence in the high altitudes, so it is perilous during winter. The temperature is also generally below 0 degrees Celsius. Flight cancelations and delays are a common occurrence due to adverse weather conditions. Make sure to gauze the weather beforehand while traveling. Also, remember to cover yourself with warm jackets while traveling to protect yourself from the cold.
Countless adventures are waiting for you at every nook and cranny of Nepal. No matter when you decide to visit, the opportunities for adventures are numerous in the land of the Himalayas. Any time you choose to step foot in the mystical lands of Nepal, it merely becomes the best time for a visit. The natural beauty and cultural diversity will stun you, and the memories of your visit will be simply unforgettable.