BEST TIME TO TREK
Technically you can hike in Nepal year round, but most trekkers choose between the two peak hiking seasons of fall and spring. If it’s your first time trekking in Nepal, we recommend visiting during one of these peak seasons. The trails will be more crowded, but the benefits tend to be worth it in our opinion.
Fall (October – November): This is the most popular trekking season in Nepal. During this time you’ll have the best chance for clear mountain views, sunny skies, mild temperatures, and little precipitation. The downside is that you’ll be sharing the trail with throngs of other tourists and teahouses will be bumping, especially along the most popular routes.
Spring (March – April): Spring is the second most popular time of year to trek in Nepal. As the snowpack melts on high mountain passes, giant rhododendron trees bloom across the hillsides of Nepal. Temperatures are generally mild this time of year and it’s a good time for viewing wildlife too. The two main downsides to spring hiking are busy trails and the possibility of hazy skies, which can obscure mountain views. That said, hazy skies tend to be less of an issue as you climb in elevation.
Off Peak Season: Trekking outside the peak seasons in Nepal can be rewarding as well. Solitude is easier to find, prices are cheaper, and befriending locals is easier too. That said, there are significant downsides to trekking outside the peak seasons in Nepal, so don’t be too cavalier when choosing your travel dates.
Experienced winter travelers (December – February) can find sunny days and brilliant mountain views this time of year. That said, temperatures can be bitter cold, daylight hours are shorter, and harsh winter storms can disrupt travel plans with little warning. Also, many popular trails will not be accessible this time of year due to heavy snowfall at high elevations.
Trekking during monsoon months (May – September) is not usually advised. Monsoon rains bring landslides and leaches to Nepal. The former makes mountain travel very difficult (if not dangerous) and the latter is just gross and obnoxious. The weather can also be hot and humid this time of year and the mountains are often obscured by clouds.