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Best time to visit Nepal

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT NEPAL?

 

First let’s take a look at:

NEPAL MAIN SEASON

 

Autumn is the best time to visit Nepal as the skies are crystal clear and the views of snow-capped peaks are outstanding, this is busiest season when thousands of trekkers hit the trail in Annapurna or Everest region

The weather remains dry throughout the Winter but it can be extremely cold at night in high-altitude, however the views are clear and the trails are quieter.

Spring brings back the crowds, when most of the snow has dissipated, leaving crystal clear skies and rhododendrons start flowering making hill sides alive with flaming color, this is the second busiest season in Nepal.

In Monsoon, the rains come wash away dust, the air is oxygen-rich and many of the flora species are in bloom, but the clouds obscure the views. Recently number of traveler come to Nepal even in Monsoon and Winter are increasing.

therefore planning your trip to Nepal can be done year-round with preparation and a travel plan.

 

BEST OF NEPAL

 

VISITING NEPAL IN AUTUMN (SEP-NOV)

The monsoon rains wash away dust and pollution leave the sky crystal clear, this dry season offer the excellent conditions for trekking in Nepal.

The weather is comfortable warm during the day only the night fall below freezing in high-altitude mountains, you may taste a feel of traffic jam in the mountain because of such comfort brings the crowds. 

Check out off-the-beaten-path trail if you are seeking solitude.

Autumn forest at the foot of the eight highest mountain Manaslu in Nepal

Autumn forest at the foot of the eight highest mountain Manaslu in Nepal

This time is suitable for other kind of activities such as paragliding, rafting the river, jungle safari, mountain flight.

Travel planning tips in Autumn

  • The weather in past few years changes with rain continues throughout September, consider Oct-Nov for the top Nepal’s Himalaya trek, in case September is already planned trekking to Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo may not leave you disappointed.

  • The fall is the time of many interesting festivals, try to schedule the trip in Dasain (October), Tihar (November), and the Mani Rimdu festival in Tengboche in the Everest region (November) for fascinating cultural experiences.

VISITING NEPAL IN WINTER (DEC-FEB)

Snow and Annapurna Himalaya mountain Range under crystal clear sky in winter

Snow and Annapurna Himalaya mountain Range under crystal clear sky in winter

Winter is the coldest time to visit Nepal but the view is excellent and the trail is quite, these conditions make it a good months for low altitude trekking such as Ghorepani Poon Hill or Khopra ridge.

Getting up to high-altitude treks can be dangerous and extremely cold, high passes crossing may not be possible because passes is often closed from Mid-Dec to late Feb such as the Thorung La in Annapurna Circuit, Laurebina La (Langtang Gosainkunda Lake Trek).

Teahouse owners in remote region (Mustang, Dolpo, Makalu) heading to low land for the winter leave the lodges closed during the cold winter. Travel around Pokhara, Chitwan or Bardia National Park offer comfortable conditions.

Travel planning tips in December:

  • February is good time for Annapurna Base Camp Trek (4,130m) with amazing mountain views and lot of snow.

  • Down jacket, fleece jacket, sleeping bag and trekking journey gloves with below zero features are recommended if you go trekking.

 

VISITING NEPAL IN SPRING (MAR-MAY)

Magnificent Rhododendron blooms in higher altitude above 2,800m seen from Poon Hill

Magnificent Rhododendron blooms in higher altitude above 2,800m seen from Poon Hill

Spring is the second busiest seasons in nepal, with snow dissipated brings warm weather and many flowers are in blooms especially magnificent rhododendron at higher altitude (above 2,400m).

Mustard fields paint the yellow color of farm lands.

The downside is haze comes obscure the Himalayan views in lower altitude, rains may come and clear the haze for a few days.

Unexpectedly heavy snowfalls limit travel on high passes such as Larkya La in Manaslu Circuit Trek, Thorong La in Annapurna Circuit or three high passes in Everest Region.

Travel planning tips in Spring:

  • Spring is the best time to set out on trekking trail to watch the Nepal national’s flowers blooming with pink, red, white colors.

  • The temperatures get hot in lower altitude but get colder as ascent so dress in layer.

  • Schedule the plan to visit Nepal in the time of some public festival such as Holi (the festival of color in March) and Nepalese New Year (April).

 

VISITING NEPAL IN MONSOON (JUN-AUG)

Bucket wheat field in Mustang in Monsoon season

Bucket wheat field in Mustang in Monsoon season

Monsoon season start from beginning of Jun and may last until September, the rains make it difficult for trekking because of unexpected land-slides, trails are muddy and leeches are common.

The clouds often obscure Himalayan views but the plants are at their growing speed, shepherd pasture their animals in high-altitude country, flowers are in bloom and butterflies are everywhere.

This is a good time to visit Trans-Himalayan regions like Mustang, Dolpo or western Nepal.

Travel planning tips in Monsoon:

  • Schedule few backup days in case of flight delay or landslide road block the transportation

  • Waterproof cover for your pack, breathable waterproofacket, trekking gaiter are recommended

  • In August fullmoon, thoudsand of pilgrims visit the Gosaikunda Lake or Muktinath.

 

Conclusion: Finding the balance between the season and the crowds

With information as described above, you can plan your visit Nepal any time of the year depend on time schedule and your interest.

But keep in mind the weather in the mountain is highly unpredictable, heavy storm can come in Autumn and Spring and occasionally the weather is clear during raining season.

 

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