Most of the landscapes in Nepal are remote and somewhat inaccessible through road or air. Reaching such places is only made possible through days of trekking. Over the time, these unbeaten trails became popular trek destinations, attracting more than 300,000 tourists a year.
Trek Seasons in Nepal
One must understand about the varying weathers in Nepal, more importantly, weather in the region where you are planning to trek. Most of the times, the success of the trek depends completely upon weather conditions.
The regular flight to Lukla (Khumbu) from Kathmandu is often obstructed by bad weather causing delays while flying to and from the region, moreover ruining substantial time for trekking.
#1 Pre-monsoon (Spring)
Pre-monsoon in Nepal lasts from Mid February to the beginning of June, when the Spring is in full blossom. The beginning of pre-monsoon tends to be chilly as winter fades away and spring pushes in, however, the latter part provides favorable weather for trekking: Sunny, clear and warm.
At this time, different species of flowers and plants blossom on the high hills, giving radiant and vibrant texture to simpler landscape.
- Snow at higher elevation melts away during pre-monsoon, clearing paths for crossing high mountain passes and to trek farther distances.
- Due to moderate influx of tourists, the flight and accommodations costs are inexpensive.
- Less traffic in the region gives more time to explore the hidden landscapes of Himalaya.
- Chances of any flight obstruct due to bad weather are rare. Best weather is guaranteed!
- Temperature in upper hill and lower mountains reach about 16 – 23º C (61-73º F).
- Days and Nights are warmer, therefore, keeping extra warm clothes or such isn’t needed.
#2 Post-monsoon (Autumn)
Post-monsoon in Nepal lasts from September to November (Start of the season differs almost every year. Sometimes, rain continues throughout September or mid October causing delay of Autumn season). The monsoon clears away pollution and dust from atmosphere, therefore, offering a clearer view of the sky and the mountains. Generally, this season starts with Autumn and ends with Winter at the bay.
At this time of the year, tourists arrive in number of thousands -just to trek in northern regions of Nepal. Annapurna alone receives more than 50,000 trekkers during post-monsoon.
With large influx of tourists in a region sometimes it gets tougher to get proper accommodation, however, the ordeal is worth every penny you spend as the experience collected from the trek is unforgettable.
- Days tend to be warmer and nights are colder.
- Chances of any flight obstruct due to weather are higher, however, this condition generally applies to Lukla only.
- Flight costs and accommodations tends to be somewhat expensive.
- Temperature in upper hill and lower mountains reach about 15 – 24º C (59-75º F).
- Sleeping bag is compulsory while trekking on popular trails.
- Carrying warmer clothes is essential.
Weathers in Nepal
#1 Spring (Mid Feb – Mid June)
Spring in Nepal is a time of joy, with clearer sky and flushing meadows. Different species of plants blossom during Spring, making high hills look colorful and vibrant. Even many different species of birds make their miles-long journey to Nepal, making this season favorable for bird watching.
Rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal, blossoms during Spring -introducing colors and sharp texture on simplier hills of Northern Nepal.
The warmer days melt most of the snows from high passes, giving more open area to trek and explore.
#2 Monsoon/Summer (Late June – Mid September)
Indian subcontinent is popular for its Monsoon rain, attracting romantic reckonings from tourists, filmmakers and writers around the world. In Nepal, the high hills and mountains become inaccessible due to heavy rainfall. It sees only the smallest flock of adventure travelers making their way in Nepal.
Summer and Monsoon go hand on hand, accompanied by hot days/nights and incessant rainfall. Trek trails tend to be uncrowded at this time, however, bad weather and rain can cause many accidents.
Rain shadow areas in Nepal; Upper Dolpo, Mustang, Jomsom etc, are least affected by monsoon rains. It can be a favorable season to trek in these regions.
#3 Autumn (Mid Sep – Mid Dec)
Autumn in Nepal is a time of celebration! The extravagant feasting of Dashain and Tihar, celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists, takes place during Autumn. It also marks the beginning of favorable trek season “Post-monsoon season” which lasts till late November.
#4 Winter (Mid Dec – Mid Feb)
Winter in Nepal can be colder. Upper hills and mountains remain foggy and cold, attracting lesser influx of tourists in the region, however, many who can cope with chilled weather can still trek in the region.