Trekking Season in Nepal

Nepal has a variety of climates and Trekking is possible throughout the year in Nepal, the best time depending on the area you would like to go. In general, the best season for trekking is either before or after the monsoon – Mid-March to mid-June and Mid-September to Mid-December – when skies are the clearest. For trekking in areas that are largely in the rain shadow like Upper Dolpa, Upper Mustang, Mt. Kailash etc., the peak season is during monsoon time. During winter time lower altitude treks like Ghorepani, Langtang Valley, Namche, Helambu are recommended.

During the main monsoon season from about June to September the rains are generally lighter high in the Himalayas than in lower altitude areas, though the mountain peaks are often not visible due to clouds. In Kathmandu Valley and around Pokhara the monsoon rains typically last an hour or two of rain every two or three days, although this can vary a lot. On the positive side, the rain cleans the air and the streets and cools the air. In case you visit Nepal during monsoon season expect lower lodging prices and fewer tourists and bring an umbrella!

From October to December the weather is clear and cool weather. After the monsoon there is usually little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.

From January to March it is cold, with temperatures in Kathmandu often dropping as low as 0°C at night and extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter, but it is extremely cold and snow fall may prevent going above 4,000 - 4,500 m.

From April to June the weather is mostly dry and warm. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons in particular adding a splash of colour to the landscape. In the Southern plains (Terai) temperatures may reach or exceed 40°C while Kathmandu temperatures are around 30°C. This is peak time for mountain expeditions.

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