Nepal is not only the Himalayas, but they are the pearl and the hallmark of the country. It is for the sake of trekking in the Himalayas, thousands of tourists from all over the world annually strive to Nepal. In total, there are 14 peaks in the world, the height of more than 8,000 meters, all located in the Himalayas and 8 of them in Nepal. There are so many people who want to admire them, that tourism is one of the main income items in the budget of Nepal. Here tourism infrastructure is very developed and trekking in Nepal has its own characteristics.
Trekking in the Himalayas is not the usual hiking in our understanding. The vast majority of trekking has good infrastructure – we will spend the nights in small shelters (lodges) and eat food prepared there. Therefore, backpacks will be relatively light. Warm clothes, a small stash of food for snacks, photographic equipment – that's all we will need to carry. The weight of the backpack will vary between 10-15 kg, depending on your ability to pick up extra things))). If you want to go completely light, you can hire a porter ($20 per day, you can take one for two).
Meals for trekking in Nepal are not included in the price, because everyone has their own appetite and their own favorite foods. Every day you will choose what to eat from the menu of the lodge where we stay. The food is quite varied and tasty. A little spicier than we are used to, but you get used to it. You can ask the instructor – he will always tell you what is better to pick.
One of the biggest challenges of trekking is the high altitude. Although it is much easier to bear than in the Caucasus (subjectively it is 1000 – 1500 meters easier in Nepal), the altitude is higher. So carefully read the description of the trek and tips on preparation.
For visiting national parks (through which the routes pass) you will need special permits: permits and TIMS, and we shall take care of that – you do not need to bother with it! =))
Nepal – seasonality of trekking
Trekking in Nepal has its own seasonality – you can not hike here all year round. To be exact, you can hike, but the constant rain or snow would be no pleasure. Summer in the Himalayas is the season of monsoons, and winter at altitude is cold and snowy, during this time you can go to Nepal only on easy routes. The most popular months are October and November, the end of March and April are slightly less popular. At this time the weather is most stable and conducive to trekking, but there are also many tourists on the trails. The end of February, March, the second half of September and December are also good months.
And now we will tell you in more detail about the peculiarities of trekking at different times of the year.
Trekking in Nepal in the spring – March, April and May Day holidays
Spring is considered one of the best seasons for tours in Nepal for a reason, because you can catch the enchanting and extremely beautiful phenomenon – the blooming of rhododendrons. These large trees are completely covered with white-pink or red flowers, decorating the slopes of the rugged Himalayas. The air gradually begins to warm up, but there is still a lot of snow in the mountains. It will be melting the whole summer. We conduct our programs from the middle of March to the May Day holidays. This is the best time for spring trekking. The temperature in Nepal will vary from +26 in the cities during the day and up to -10 at 3500-4000 m at night. During the day, there will be about 15 degrees Celsius.
Trekking in Nepal in the autumn – September, October, November
Autumn is the most popular season for trekking trips and tours to Nepal. There is a simple explanation – good and stable weather in the mountains. Beginning in mid-September, the amount of rainfall decreases noticeably. It still rains frequently in the evening, by which time we arrive at our new stopover point, and we are not afraid of it. The snow has melted completely, even at 4000-5000 m altitude, and the air is clear and clean. Amazing starry nights are waiting for us.
In October evenings it starts to get noticeably colder and even in the cities the temperature drops to 10-15 degrees below zero. At altitudes of 3000 m and higher it is already frosty and after sunset it is freezing – you need a hat, gloves and a light down jacket. In November, it is still cold, but the weather is stable.
Going to Nepal in the winter – December, January and February
In winter, it’s better to avoid difficult and high-altitude trekking, as it can get really snowy and cold at higher altitudes. Most often in December and January the weather is stable, so that for the New Year it is quite possible to go to Nepal. Down there the temperature during the day is from +7 to +15, at higher altitudes it may be around zero and below. You need a lot of warm clothes. In February, it is very snowy on the trails and high avalanche hazard. You should definitely adjust the time of trekking taking this factor into account.
Is it possible to trek in Nepal in the summer?
Summer is the season of monsoons and heavy rains, so it is strongly not recommended to go to the Himalayas at this time. And it won't be much fun down there either. We don't go to Nepal in summer and don't plan to. There are plenty of other interesting regions, like Iceland.