Trekking FAQ: When to trek?
Nepal can best be seen on foot. Walking in some of the best trekking trails in the world is like an atmospheric odyssey, with serene mountains, rusty villages and majestic Himalayan views. Trekking in Nepal is not wilderness walking; you get the best food and accommodation facilities and meet the locals in almost every corner. You pass quiet trails, alpine valleys, monasteries, temples, sacred lakes and amphitheatre of frozen Himalayan peaks, experiencing the friendliness and warm hospitality of Nepali people. Though the weather, as you walk further, could be bone chilling, the people’s attitude is heartwarming. In general, the best seasons to trek in Nepal are autumn, mid September until end November and spring, from the beginning of March until the mid May, where as monsoon is least popular among the trekkers. Note: This generalization does not work for everyone.
Autumn (Mid-September to end-November):
Autumn is the best season for trekking especially the first two months of autumn (September and October) offers the best time for trekkers as sky is crystal clear, mountain views are superb and the weather is comfortably warm. The trekking trails are crowded with the trekkers; however, in higher altitudes the nights may be freezing so carry some snow jackets and sweaters.
Winter (December to February) is an ideal trekking season, however, can be a bit challenging particularly, in higher altitudes with freezing cold night and occasional snowfall. The high passes, Thorung La (Annapurna Circuit) and Laurabina Pass (Gosaikunda Trek), are often blocked by snow. But the day time temperature is cool and Himalayas look stunning in the blanket of snow. So if you love snowfall and challenging trek, winter is the best trekking time for you especially, for trekking at lower elevations.
Spring and early summer (March to May):
This is the second most popular and pleasant trekking season because high passes are snow free and the mountain views are clear. Quiet trails, warm weather and spectacular rhododendron blooms are the blessings of trekking in spring season.
Monsoon (June to September):
In monsoon, the slippery and leech-infested trails make trekking a bit difficult but still praiseworthy. It does not rain every day and after the rain the sky becomes clear and offers tantalizing mountain views. Monsoon is the best season for trekking in rain safe areas like Mustang, Dolpo and Jomsom.