As per the trekking calendar, spring and autumn are two best seasons for trekking in Nepal. During these seasons the weather is dry, sky is clear and the visibility is excellent. One can have the best experience of trekking in these seasons. In spring, the whole trail is decorated with varieties of flower blossom. The colorful rhododendron flower in the dense rhododendron forest makes the entire surrounding a vivid and delightful location to be at.
Nevertheless, even winter and monsoon can be a suitable time for your visit. Your purpose of visit and the trek you are opting to can make a difference. Here, we have listed four main seasons for trekking, their pros and cons.
- Autumn season (September to November)
Autumn is one the best seasons for trekking in Nepal. The excellent weather condition and the clear sky offer an opportunity for great views of mountains, valleys, hills and other natural glories. The weather is moderate and stable, visibility is clear that makes this time favorable for trekking purpose. It’s an ideal time for any kind of trek. Only one cons of this trek is that the trail is crowded with travelers in this peak season. Otherwise, it is the greatest time to trek in Nepal.
- Winter season (December to February)
Winter is very cold. The temperature drop down to minus degree Celsius and the higher elevation regions are covered with thick snow. The thick snow makes walking difficult and sometimes almost impossible. If cold is not a problem then trekking to some lower elevation regions won’t be a problem. If you are thinking of going to high elevation regions and crossing some passes, then that might not be possible. Generally, the high passes areas and closed for trekking in winter season. In winter, the morning is foggy and the days are shorter. If you can resist cold, then you may have some specific options for trekking in Nepal.
- Spring season (March to May)
Spring is one of the ideal seasons for trekking in Nepal. The temperature is mild and the weather is dry and clear. Comparatively, spring gets lower number of visitors than autumn – the other ideal season for trekking. So, walking along a less crowded path can be even more enriching. You can walk through a fascinating path decorated with flower blossom. Whole environment turns vivid and adds vibrancy to your trekking journey. If you are trekking to the higher elevation region i.e. through passes, the snow generally melts which makes walking over the trail and passes easier.
- Summer season (June to August)
Summer marks the starting of monsoon. This season is not that recommended for trekking purpose as the place receives heavy rainfall making the trail sloppy and wet. Walking becomes difficult and there are high chances of landslide and flood. Even the leeches on the way make walking clumsy and unentertaining. The patches of clouds on the sky act as an obstacle to the clear views of mountains. There are high chances of flight delays and cancellation. Therefore, with these many issues, this season is not so recommended for trekking purpose. However, if you are a researcher or scientist working towards flora and fauna, this season might be the best one for you to help you in research and other activities.