Seasonal Overview - Trekking in Nepal

Seasonal Overview - Trekking in Nepal

Information about the different trekking season.

FEBRUARY TO MAY

Coming out of deep winter, the weather and temperature is now improving over most of Nepal. Rain is only occasional, and tends to be brief when it is present. This is the ‘lesser’ peak season, and tends to be less busy than the Autumn. Most Everest climbers arrive at base camp in April or May to begin their attempts on the summit so if you want to see all the activity around the summit attempt this is a good time to travel.

JUNE TO AUGUST

June, July and August are the Monsoon season in the Himalaya, and the Everest trail is very difficult at this time. As a result, We do not operate any scheduled Everest treks during this season. If you specifically want to trek in the Everest region during this period we can arrange a private trek for 2 or more people.

To the West of Nepal the Annapurna massif lies partially in a rain shadow and is protected from the worst of the monsoon, so trekking here continues to be good throughout the summer months, particularly as it will be very quiet.

SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER

September, October and November are the ‘greater’ peak season both for the Everest and Annapurna regions. Generally a very dry season,when clear skies generally provide easy travel and temperatures are pleasant all day.

DECEMBER TO JANUARY

Nepal lies in the Northern Hemisphere and although relatively far south, in the mountains the winter period is very cold. Most of the trails remain open although some may be subject to short term closures due to snowfall. The exceptions to this are the high passes at Thorung La on the Annapurna Circuit, the Cho La pass on the Gokyo Everest trek and the Zatwa La pass on the Mera peak climb. These are often shut for months at a time so treks on these do not operate during this period.

Generally, if you choose a trek during this season, make sure to pack warm gear!

Associated With:

  • Government of Nepal
  • Nepal Tourism Board (NTB)
  • Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN)
  • Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA)
  • Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP)

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