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Nepal Trekking Season

There are two main seasons for trekking in Nepal. October and November (Autumn) is the high tourist season. During this season flights between Kathmandu and Lukla and hotels in the Everest region are fully booked. The trails in the hills are also busy.

During autumn the nights are cold in the mountains, but the bright sun makes for pleasant day temperatures - in the high 20s° C, falling to 5° C at night, between 1000 metres and 3500 metres. At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 20° C down to -10° C. Mornings are usually clear with clouds building up during the afternoon, disappearing at night to reveal spectacular starry skies. During winter it is about 10 degrees colder.

Early December usually has a lull, but this is also a good trekking season. The Christmas period is cold, but this is the holiday season in Japan and Australia and these nationalities dominate flights and hotels. High passes, especially Thorung La on the Around Annapurna trek and Laurabina Pass on the Gosainkund trek are usually closed from late November to March. February is still cold.

Next trekking season is in the spring season (March and May). The Middle Hills, especially around Pokhara, are full of dust and haze in April and May, but the high country is usually clear.

Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside a haunting paradise during this spring season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and at higher elevation the mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate.

Monsoon (July-August) is also possible to visit Nepal, but there are only few trekkers opt for monsoon trek. A monsoon trek is possible if you are willing to put up with the rain, leeches, slippery trails and lousy mountain views. Flights operate regularly throughout the monsoon to Jumla, Jomsom and Dolpo, so it is possible to fly in and trek. Mustang, Simikot and Dolpo regions are partially in the Himalayan rain shadow, so trekking is possible in these regions throughout the monsoon.

Many of the new trekking routes are recently opened in the restricted areas for summer (June- July) treks. Mustang and Simikot are partially in the Himalayan rain shadow, so trekking conditions are good throughout the monsoon season. Most of the restricted area treks are impossible during the winter season.