Best Time to Visit Nepal
If you’re dreaming of adventuring with us in Nepal, then you’ll need to know about the best time of year to meet us there. Visitors to Nepal tend to travel during either autumn/fall or spring. The two seasons have noticeably different climates, and so do the areas of Nepal you can visit with us, let’s get into the details.
What are the seasons in Nepal?
Like North America, Nepal experiences spring, summer, autumn, and winter. But Nepal has a fifth season, monsoon, which tends to occur after summer, and before autumn. The monsoon season brings blooming landscapes, and lush vegetation; it leaves behind those famously crystal clear views of the massive mountains.
The Himalaya consists of more than 50 peaks over 7200m (23,620 feet), and 10 of the world’s 14 8000m (26,246 feet) peaks. As you’d expect, these massive mountains have a big impact on the climates on either side.
Here's a handy infographic that we've created, that displays a few of the highlights through the calendar year!
The first thing that most people think of when they hear ‘Nepal’ is Everest. The world’s tallest mountain just peering out above its range on a scale impossible to grasp without seeing it for real. Everest Base Camp is on many people’s bucket list, not simply for the destination, but for the journey through the cultural heartlands of Nepal. Tea houses, Buddhist monasteries, and Sherpa villages abound.
If seeing Everest is something you dream of, but climbing to higher elevations, like Base Camp (5364m/15,598ft) isn’t something you’re keen on, then check out our Khumbu trip. We trek from lodge to lodge through fertile valleys, surrounded by the world’s highest peaks, and massive glaciers.
The trekking seasons in the Everest region generally tend to be the autumn/fall months of September, October, and November when days are generally clear and temperatures are comfortable. And the spring months of March, April, and May – it’s not unheard of to be hiking towards Base Camp in a t-shirt during Nepal spring. In our experience both autumn/fall and spring are great times of year to realise your Everest dream!
The Annapurna Circuit trail is the highlight of this region. The trek winds its way along the valley beneath the Annapurna Mountains. Machapuchare (Fish Tail) is a breathtakingly distinctive peak amongst the Annapurnas, we’ll go check out base camp. During our 14 day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek we’ll also soak in natural hot springs in Jhinudanda, explore Kathmandu City, and visit Gurung settlements and local villages, as well as hiking to Annapurna Base Camp.
Like the Everest region, the Annapurna region really has two busier seasons for hikers on the trail. And for good reason! The first being the autumn/fall months of September, October, and November. The night skies are stunningly clear following the recent monsoons, and whilst night time temperatures can drop below freezing, the daytime sun keeps the region generally warm. December tends to be approaching avalanche season, and so we always avoid the snow past the early part of this month.
The second most popular time of year for adventures in the Annapurna region is spring. The months of March, April, and May sees the snow melting, and temperatures rising. The warmer weather before the monsoon season is a popular time of year to get out on the trail. We think autumn/fall (September, October, November), or the spring months of March, April, and May are your best bet for an Annapurna adventure.
The Upper Mustang region is to the north of the Annapurna Massif, and in the rain shadow of the Annapurnas. It is a fairly cool and semi-arid climate, where the lush green plains of the Thak region give way to the mighty Tibetan Plateau. On our Mustang adventure we’ll explore some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist monasteries, trek to the Kali Gandaki caves, and experience some of the most interesting cultures and picturesque regions of Nepal.
We think the best time to travel to the Upper Mustang region is the tail end of summer, around August. Because it is in the rain shadow of the Annapurnas to the south, you don't need to worry about avoiding the rains, which can still be falling in August to the south of the mountains. The Upper Mustang region only gets around 250mm-400mm (10ins-16ins) per year.
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