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The perfect season for trekking in Nepal varies according to the variables/factors you take into consideration. Some people like crowds, want to indulge with them and make new friends while some want a solace journey. This is just one factor. There are many variables that come to play when you go for trekking. These factors are relevant not only for trekking in Nepal but also for trekking anywhere in general.
Though there are some factors to consider, usually the best time to trek in Nepal is mid-September to Mid November.
Nepal though small in geographical area, has a very diverse landscape. There are regions which are as dry as the desert and some that are very humid.
Some of the important factors to weigh in before you head out for trekking in Nepal are:
Let’s look into them in detail.
This is the paramount factor to mull about when it comes to choosing a favorable season for trekking in Nepal. If you do not investigate properly, your trek can turn into a very unpleasant experience. So consider choosing the season properly.
There are different sub-factors in Climatic conditions which you must regard.
A rain can spell disaster in a trekking journey. Landslides might take away a considerable part of the trail leaving no route to move forward. In worst case scenarios, floods as a result of torrential rain can even sweep away an entire bridge. So, it is suggested not to trek in the season (and area) when the monsoon hits the hardest (June-July).
One of the favorable regions for trekking during the monsoon is the Mustang area. The area receives very low rainfall and hence, the region is as dry as a desert. Some people call it the only desert of Nepal, though officially, it is not one. If you must go for trekking in the rainy season, head for the Upper Mustang or Upper/Lower Dolpo Trekking.
Snow is never a bad thing. But too much snow can leave you sweating for every step. Only the high hilly regions and the Himalayan belt receive snow. Snow might not seem as dangerous as the rain but an accumulation of too much snow is not good- it is a perfect platform for an avalanche. So, be careful.
The Upper Himalayan belt receives too much snow in the winter (December-January). Even the locals who live in the area in summer, monsoon and autumn migrate to lower lands during the winter to skip the freezing cold in the area. Trekking in this season is strongly resisted.
Though trekking and mountaineering are not suitable, you can go for hiking around Kathmandu Valley all year long.
The temperature in the Himalayan Region which is the major attraction- varies according to the season. A snapshot of the graph for an average temperature for 12 months in the Lower Himalaya region is shown below.
The Y-axis-temperature is in degree Celsius
The number of tourists in a trekking trail is increasing each year. So, as you can imagine the trails are a bit crowded. The trails are the most crowded during mid-September to mid-November- which also happens to be the best time to trek in Nepal.
The following chart shows the tourist arrivals by months in 2014. The data is based on the report published by Nepal Government.
Some people are very fond of the cultural celebrations. They want to experience the local culture and traditions. And fortunately, for those cultural fanatics, Nepal is also very rich in culture and traditions. The locals even perform specially for the tourists who have come to visit them. So, there will be no shortage of celebrations.
If you do want to get involved into something very special, you can check out the Tiji Festival Trekking. Tiji festival is a grand occasion in the Upper mustang region.
Trekking in Nepal is favorable almost all year round. Nepal is a heaven for those who want to have an amazing trekking experience. Time your trek well and you are bound to have a trekking experience which you will fondly remember the rest of your life.