September 1, 2021

The tiny Himalayan country of Nepal has contrasting geographical variations ranging from the hot and humid plains of flatlands in the south to the temperate forests, cold Himalayan deserts, and the World’s Highest mountains clad in snow up in the north. All the four major seasons that Nepal sees- fall, winter, spring, and summer/monsoon- have their own unique charm. Thus, trekking in the same area at different times of the year offers a whole new experience altogether. To help you decide the best time to trek in Nepal, we’ve compiled this blog with all the relevant information on different seasons and its implication on trekking.

Fall (October-November)

Fall in Nepal blesses you with the clearest blue skies with mountains gracing their glorious presence on the horizon. No wonder the season sees the highest number of trekkers making it the most popular time to trek in Nepal. Trekking in these months is perfect as the days are warm and sunny, and nights are cold. All the trekking regions are accessible with bustling trekkers in full swing.

Status of hotels in the trails: Large flow of domestic and international tourists. Hotels/teahouses are very busy, so advance booking is highly recommended or you might end up in the dining halls or the cold tents outside the hotels.

Planning Tips: Temperature can drop very low especially in altitudes above 4,000m so make sure to pack a sleeping bag and windproof jackets.

Winter (December-February)

Winter in the Himalayas peaks during the months of December to February with temperatures dropping below the freezing point. The weather can be freezing cold with snow on the trails making it unsafe to trek in high altitudes. High passes are inaccessible during these winter months. However, the low-altitude treks in the mid-hills can be a very pleasant experience since the mountains look alluring covered in fresh snow. Winters are also a good time for wildlife sightings as the wild animals descend to the lowlands to avoid the freezing cold. Besides, several mountain festivals also fall in winter, making winters a good time to explore culture and festivity in the Himalayas.

Status of hotels in the trails: The locals start descending to cities and southern parts so most hotels remain closed during the peak of winter. 

Planning Tips: Winters can be cold, so do not compromise on the quality of down jackets and sleeping bags. Additionally, throwing in some extra layers including gloves and caps in the pack will pay off. Do carry crampons or safe boots with good traction on slippery trails.

Possible Trekking Regions: Lower Altitude Treks like Annapurna Foothills, Lower Mustang areas, Everest Skyline Trek, etc.

Spring (March-Mid May)

Spring is the second most popular time to trek in Nepal with gorgeous mountain vistas. The blissful spring weather adorned with the vibrant rhododendron trails makes for an experience you certainly don’t want to miss. The skies are sunny, clear and the days are warm. Snow in the high passes starts melting off by April and the high passes treks are accessible for trekking. It is also an ideal time for mountaineering. 

Status of hotels in the trails: Hotels are comparatively less crowded than Fall, making it easier to experience the trails better. 

Planning Tips: Although nights are warmer and tolerable than other times of the year, packing a sleeping bag is advisable if you’re trekking in higher altitudes. There are chances of occasional downpour towards May so make sure to carry rain gear.

Monsoon/Summer (May-September)

A compilation of all the relevant information on the different seasons in Nepal to help you decide the best time to trek in Nepal.

Monsoon glistens the hills with deep colors of greens and blooming wildflowers in the meadowy patches. However, it also brings landslides, obstructed roads, slippery trails, and leeches in dozens if not more. On average, the annual rainfall in Nepal is 1600mm but varies according to the area you wish to trek in. Accompanied by clouds, haze, and compromised mountain views, the monsoon might not be your best pick to trek in the Himalayan country of Nepal.

Status of Hotels: Not many people trek during monsoon, so hotels aren’t fully operational. 

Planning Tips: Carry rain gear, extra layers of clothes, and pay special attention to waterproof gears while trekking. There are high chances of rockfalls and landslides on the roads leading up to the trailheads, and flight delays/ cancellations are common. So be prepared for uncertainties and squeeze in some extra days to your trip. 

Possible Trekking Areas: If you’re lucky to reach the trailhead, the rainshadow areas of Dolpo and Upper Mustang are excellent options to trek with colorful pink and yellow patches of crops shimmering in the tiny settlements.