Nepal is the land of extremes. The country’s terrain ranges from the fertile Terai region at 700 meters to the highest point on earth, the Everest at 8848 meters. This diversity also applies to the weather pattern or the seasons of the country. It is this diversity which marks the best season to trek in Nepal.
The Terai region of the country is humid for most of the year where the temperature can rise up to 45 degrees Celsius during summer. The middle hilly region has a moderate climate with pleasant weather all year around. The northern Himalayan region has an alpine climate with very cold winters and huge drops in temperature over 3300 meters.
Depending on the weather pattern in the varying topography, Spring and Autumn mark the best time for trekking in Nepal. During this time the weather remains quite stable with amazing scenic views and a moderate temperature. You will have many easy treks during this time.
The trekking spots in Nepal range from altitudes as low as Kathmandu and extends to the altitudes as high as Kala Patthar. Some treks are on the Alpine terrains while some are decorated with the hardwood vegetation. Some regions lie in the rain-shadow area in Nepal.
Due to such variation, it is difficult to decide the best season. Because, with the change in topography, the weather, temperature, and season vary.
While the country is a perfect vacation spot throughout the year, the seasonal variations to trek along the best destinations are as follows:
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Spring (mid-February – mid-June)
Spring is the most beautiful season in Nepal with rare flowers blossoming at every step of the trail. The lowlands are mildly warm while the higher regions also have moderate temperatures.
It is the best time to travel the scenic mountains and hills covered with colorful flowers and vegetation. Spring season in Nepal is excellent to experience the spectacular mountain views with the national flower rhododendron adorning the forests.
The trekking is more comfortable and interesting in this season, but with the chances of haze sometimes.
Monsoon (late June – mid-September)
The monsoon is followed by hot and humid climate, raining almost every day with occasional thunderstorms.
The rain usually occurs in the evening or late nights, leaving the mornings, clear for an easy walk. The monsoon weather offers mesmerizing views of the majestic mountains and green terraces in the hills.
This is the perfect time to trek in the rain shadow areas like Manang, Mustang, Dolpo etc. The best part of this season is the less crowded trails with lush vegetation and mild temperature.
The season is perfect for nature lovers, botanists, and researchers to conduct their work.
Autumn (mid-September- mid-December)
This is considered to be the best trekking season in Nepal for the perfect weather as well as the sceneries.
The sky is mostly clear with spellbinding views of the mountains. The days will be pleasantly cool for trekking while the evenings could be a little chilly.
However, the best season also means a lot of trekkers. So, one can expect the trails to be a bit crowded and long lines at the permit offices and higher charges for all things from transportation to porters.
But, this is not the ideal season for those seeking a peaceful solitude. Plus, the tea houses and lodges along the route could be over-crowded. So, it is wise to pre-book for food and accommodation along the route. Don’t worry about the accommodation and food if you have booked your trek with Mosaic Adventure, we will be taking care of such booking.
Winter (mid-December – mid-February)
Winter treks are only appropriate for those who do not mind the cold temperatures and sudden snow that can prevent further progression. However, there are beautiful and clearer views of the Himalayas.
This season is best for trekking in the lower elevation areas where the weather is springlike with beautiful natural views. It is also a perfect getaway for those who enjoy peace and solitude strolling in the warm winter afternoons.
During this time, you will find the tea houses and lodges less crowded than in peak seasons. So, you do not have to compete for the room and food.
The best season for trekking in Nepal is a very subjective matter. It depends on a person’s preference about the weather, being with more people, location as well as personal tolerance for cold, heat, humidity and other factors of the trek.
It is best if you research carefully, find the season that best suit your destination and trekking needs and then make the bookings.
Unpredictable incident could occur at any time at every step wherever you travel. It is unpredictable even with the modern technologies. So, we advise that you get Travel insurance while trekking in Nepal that includes rescue operations in case of emergencies.
If you are looking for an adventurous trekking experience in the lap of the Himalayas, you should choose the season that best fits you. And begin your journey of a lifetime to Nepal.
Whichever month you choose, the diverse beauty of Nepal won’t fail to keep you happy and engaged.