When to Go Nepal for Trekking? Best Season and Weather
Also dubbed the “trekker’s paradise” Nepal is truly a beautiful trekking destination in the world. With 8 of the 14 highest peaks in the world, Nepal hosts some of the world’s best treks. There are treks and adventures for anyone, from a child to a 60-year-old traveler. No doubt, Nepal is a Disneyland for travelers and adventurers alike. Did you know Everest Base Camp alone draws more than 40,000 trekkers a year? That said, every year, the Himalayas of Nepal welcomes novice as well as seasoned trekkers.
From Everest Base Camp Trek to Upper Mustang Trek and Manaslu Trek, there is every kind of trek in terms of difficulty. For instance, Poon Hill Trek is an easy trek, while Kanchenjunga Trek is recognized as a challenging trek. In the Annapurna region of Nepal, you can find easy to moderate trek, while the Everest region mostly hosts moderate to challenging treks. Similarly, there are a few other trekking regions that host amazing treks. If you want to trek with family or do the solo trek, you can find great options.
When it comes to trekking in Nepal, one important thing to consider is the time of the year. Yes, you need to consider the best time for trekking in Nepal. Otherwise, you may end up with regrets and probably a lesson to trek only during best time. In general, spring and autumn are considered the best seasons to trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. During this time, thousands of trekkers flock to the mountain of Nepal. It is also called peak season in trekking terms. Clear weather and warm temperature throughout the day contribute to a pleasant trekking experience. And undoubtedly, spring and autumn are the best time for it.
In Nepal, there are 4 seasons for trekking: autumn, spring, winter, and monsoon. Like I said earlier, autumn and spring season are the best seasons to explore the trekking trail of Nepal. Very few trekkers trek in winter, with a high chance of failure or the worst trekking experience. And monsoon is off-season for any trek or trip in Nepal.
Let’s look at all these seasons for trekking in Nepal.
Autumn Season: September to November
Whether you want to enjoy a mountain flight or trek for days to Everest or Annapurna Base Camp, the autumn season is the ideal time for it. The autumn season is perfect for any adventure to the Himalayas, but on the flip side, it can be really crowded during this time of the year. The weather is balmy, the rhododendron blooms and the sky are crystal clear, dominated by the towering peaks. If you cannot schedule your trek in the autumn season, make sure to plan for spring.
Spring: March to May
March, April, and May months welcome thousands of avid travelers to Nepal for adventure, especially treks. During this season, snow in the higher altitude melt, and the temperature warms up. The trails are adorned with greenery and the clear sky rewards awe-inspiring views of the mountains. By March, popular trekking trails like Everest Base Camp trail and Annapurna Base Camp trail see thousands of trekkers.
Winter Season: December to February
The winter season is considered the off-season for most of the treks in Nepal. However, there are some winter treks that can be done during the months of December through February. It is generally considered a bad time for trekking in winter. The trekking trails are clad with snow due to heavy snowfall; this means high passes remain closed during winter. Extreme coldness and snow-covered trails are a no-sign for trekking.
Monsoon: June to August
Just like winter, the monsoon season in Nepal is also considered off-time for trekking in Nepal. Trails are muddy and slippery, often with leeches. The mountains remain obscured by clouds most of the time. It is a bad time for mountain views. If you want to embark on an adventure during the monsoon, avoid popular treks like Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, Poon Hill Trek, and Mardi Himal Trek. We recommended exploring Manang, Lower and Upper Mustang, and Dolpo, which are in rain-shadow areas. And Best for monsoon season.