It’s getting harder to predict the weather around the world as the climate changes. But for the purpose of trekking in Nepal, we still work in two main seasons – Spring and Autumn. The best time of year to trek Nepal depends on your own preference, as well as your availability. The only really bad time of year to trek is during the Monsoon from June through to early September. It’s still possible to trek at this time of year, but it’s not nearly as much fun when it rains every day! In Winter, some of the high passes are closed due to snow, so it’s only possible to trek at lower altitudes.
When is the Best Time of Year to Trek Nepal?
The very best time of year to trek Nepal is Autumn (late September to early December) after the monsoon has well and truly cleared the air! Visibility is at its best and the mountain views are spectacular! It’s also the busiest trekking season, but for good reason! This doesn’t mean you’ll bump into other trekkers every few minutes, but you’ll definitely meet them in the teahouses in the evening. It can still be very cold at high altitudes, so make sure you’re well prepared.
The second best time of year to trek Nepal is Spring (late February to early May). It can be hazy, but you’ll enjoy warmer sunshine. If you trek in late March or early April, you’re in for a real treat! See forests of bright rhododendrons native to Nepal in full bloom. It’s amazing! Spring tends to be a bit quieter than Autumn, although April is always a very busy month.
We’re new fans of trekking in Winter! In December 2017, our Founder Krishna, reported the most incredible sunrises at Annapurna Base Camp, and sunsets at Poon Hill and Kala Patthar on the Everest Base Camp Trek. It’s colder, but we think it’s worth it for the vivid colours and of course less people on the trails!
Team Nepalorama recently trekked in Langtang late in January and we experienced the perfect climate for trekking!
It’s possible to trek some trails including Ghorepani Poon Hill all year round. However, it can be very cloudy and often wet, which makes trekking more challenging but not impossible!
It goes without saying that the weather, especially these days, is unpredictable. So it’s always best to be prepared for extreme cold, regardless of when you’re trekking.