Trekking Seasons in Nepal

Nepal is the best destination for the tourism activities throughout the year, however; there are four distinct trekking seasons in Nepal. Each season has its distinctive attractions to offer. It has varies with its topography and altitude, ranging from the tropical to the arctic. The low-land Terai region in the tropical southern part of the country, has a hot and humid climate that can rise above 45 Degree Celsius (113 Degree Fahrenheit) during summer. The mid-land regions are pleasant almost all the year round, although winter nights are cool. The northern mountain region has an alpine climate with considerably lower temperature in winter, especially , at altitudes above 3300m. There are normally four seasons are considered in Nepal, each of which has its own particular attraction to offer.

The Seasons

 

Trekking in Nepal can be undertaken throughout the year. with four distinct seasons each with different attractions to offer:

 

Autumn (Sept-Nov):
This is the time when you can expect better visibility, the air is fresh, and the weather is perfect and that the Nepalese most important festivals (Dashain and Tihar) are marked during this season The best season offering excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.

Winter (Dec-Feb):
This season is noted for occasional snowfall and the air can be quite cold at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for trekking at lower elevations, generally below 3000 meters and offers tantalizing mountain views.

Spring (March-May):
Trekking in spring is particularly lovely as the mountain slopes are covered with beautiful and colorful flowers and still have plenty of high snow to enhance your photos. The temperature is quite moderate and the mountain views are excellent.

Summer (June-Aug):
This is the favorite season to trek in the rain shadow areas like Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Kailash. This season is also recommended for forest researchers and botanist.

 

Temperature and Rainfall:

Nepal is the country of extremes. The low-land plains of the Terai can have tropical temperatures and also mosquitoes, particularly in the summer months. The Himalayas can get to sub-zero temperatures, but the sun can bring some warmth during the day, even in the mountains. The temperature of Kathmandu goes below 1 Degree Celsius (34 Degree Fahrenheit) in winter and rises to an average of 25 Degree Celsius (77 Degree Fahrenheit) in summer.

 

The average temperature in Kathmandu during the four seasons:

- Spring season: 16-23 C(61-73 F)
- Summer season: 23-25 C (73-77 F)
- Autumn season: 15-24 C (59-75 F)
- Winter season: 9-12 C (48-54 F)

 

During the rainy monsoon season between June to August, it rains to an average between 200-375 millimeters in Kathmandu. There is occasional rainfall during the other seasons too. In an average, 1300 millimeters of rain falls in Kathmandu every year.

 

Travel Tips

Monsoon in Nepal is not the typical monsoon of Asia. Rains usually occur during the night-time leaving the sky clean and clear by the morning making the Himalayan view even more dramatic. Some parts of the Himalayas in Manang, Mustang and Dolpo are in rain-shadow areas; the mountains are high enough to block the clouds. Tibet's high travel season also corresponds to Nepal's monsoon.

 

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