Trekking in Nepal is possible in every season, however, the ease of access depends solely on weathers. Despite, being considered an Off-Season for adventure travels in Nepal, summer/monsoon can still provide you with limited trek options in the northern Nepal.
Summer/Monsoon in Nepal
Summer/Monsoon spans from May+June to August; the time of the year when temperature sores up high and incessant rainfall becomes common. Roads and walking paths become wet and muddy, creating difficulty in accessibility. The risk of landslides, flood or avalanches in the mountains become common too.
Most trekkers avoid the season because of the lack of favorable weather. Rainfall and heat on the northern regions of Nepal may create undesired situations for the trek.
The only regions preferred for trekking in Nepal during summer/monsoon are the rain-shadow areas. Due to their geographical attributes, they receive no rainfall throughout the year, making it easier to trek during summer/monsoon.
During summer/monsoon in Nepal (May+June to August), the temperature may go up to 73°F – 77°F during the day. The average rainfall stays between 200-375 mm.
Summer/Monsoon Trek Destinations
#1 Upper Mustang
Upper Mustang is one of the rain-shadow regions of Nepal. Located on the northern frontiers of Nepal, Upper Mustang was once an independent kingdom which was later annexed into mainland Nepal in 18th Century. Predominantly Buddhist, the inhabitants of the region were once the followers of Bon religion (one of the ancient religions of South Asia).
Being a rain-shadow area, Upper Mustang stays safe from rainfall. The decreasing level of Kali Gandaki river enables one to take a vehicle to farther distances in the region, hence, creating ease on commute.
Read more >>Trekking Upper Mustang
#2 Upper Dolpo
Upper Dolpo is a culturally Tibetan region located in the upper part of Dolpa District in northwestern Nepal. Part of the region falls under Shey Phoksundo National Park, the largest and the only trans-Himalaya national park in Nepal. The inhabitants are the adherents of Bon religion, followed by Buddhism and Hinduism.
Eric Valli captured the Upper Dolpo region and the lifestyle of its native inhabitants in his Oscar-nominated movie, “Caravan.”
The trek starts from Juphal and ends at Jumla. The entire trail remains safe from incessant rainfall.
Read more >>Upper Dolpo Trek (Juphal-Jumla)
#3 Muktinath, Jomsom
Muktinath, Jomsom is one of the holy trek trails of Nepal. Traveling Muktinath culminates in a spiritual journey along with adventure travel. It makes a section of the greater trekking trail of Annapurna Circuit.
It remains dry almost around the year with snow during only winter. Muktinath temple and Kagbeni are two of the most traveled destinations of greater Jomsom region.
Read more >>Muktinath Holy Trek