Chulu West Peak is a popular trekking peak in Nepal, standing at an elevation of 6,419 meters (21,059 ft) above sea level. It is considered a technically moderate peak, but still presents some challenges to climbers due to its long climbing route, crevasses, and potential whiteout conditions.
Chulu West peak is located in the northeast of the Annapurna Himalayan range, specifically in the Damodar Himalayan range, in the Manang district and Manang village. The group of peaks is called Manang Himal, which includes Chulu East Peak, Chulu Far East Peak, and Chulu Central Peak, in addition to Chulu West Peak.
The first ascent of Chulu West Peak in Nepal was made by a Japanese expedition led by K. Sakaizawa in 1952. They climbed the peak via the Northeast Ridge, which is now considered the standard route for the ascent. Since then, Chulu West Peak has become a popular climbing destination for mountaineers and trekking enthusiasts alike, attracting numerous expeditions each year.
To reach Chulu West peak base camp, climbers should take a long but scenic bus ride from Kathmandu to Chame, through the busy Prithvi highway. The trail passes through numerous captivating villages, terraced farmlands, perennial rivers, waterfalls, sub-tropical forests, and finally, the track diverges to the Marsyangdi river valley. Our climbing trip kicks off at Chame village and heads towards the base camp, passing through yaks and horses summer grazing lands, ancient Tibetan villages, tea houses, spiritual Hindu temples, gompas, and mani walls with mesmerizing views. Especially, the snow-capped towering peaks of Annapurna Himalayan range One to Four, Gangapurana, Tilicho, and Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu are stunning.
Comparatively, Chulu West is a high-risk climb, but with the right preparation and a favorable weather forecast, we can make a safe and successful ascent. Participants must have a good level of physical fitness, mountaineering skills and experience, be well-acclimatized, and have proper equipment to reach the summit of Chulu West Peak. The climb typically takes around 20 to 25 days, including acclimatization and trekking days.
At Himalayan Diamond Adventure, we take the route to Tilicho Base Camp, one of the most beautiful places in the Annapurna area, for proper acclimatization and a breathtaking viewing experience before reaching the peak base camp. During the peak attempt, our team sets up base camp, high camp, and camp one for a safe, successful, and enjoyable climbing experience.
After successfully summiting Chulu West Peak, we will continue our trek to the beautiful Mustang and Kaligandaki River Valley. Once we have completed this unforgettable journey, we will take an aerial viewing flight back to the city of Pokhara, crossing over the high pass of Thorong La (5416 meters), which is the most popular pass in the region, and visit Muktimath, a sacred and revered shrine for both Hindus and Buddhists. Overall, the Chulu West Peak climbing journey not only presents sensational panoramic mountain views but also provides an opportunity to explore local culture, meet the people and experience their lifestyle, enjoy their warm hospitality, and to truly immerse oneself in nature.
Spectacular mountain views: Climbing Chulu West Peak offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna, and other neighboring peaks.
Mustang and Kaligandi Valley trek: After a successful climb, trekkers can continue their journey to the beautiful Mustang and Kaligandi Valley, providing further exploration and adventure opportunities.
Aerial viewing flight: The journey concludes with an enchanting aerial viewing flight over the beautiful villages of Marpha and Kalapani, as well as the high pass of Ghorepani Poon Hill (3,110 meters), providing breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Dhaulagiri and Annapurna - towering mountains.
Adventurous Climbing: Chulu West Peak is a challenging climb and requires mountaineering skills and experience. The climb includes steep ice and snow slopes, crevasses, and other technical sections, making it a thrilling adventure for climbers.
Cultural Experience: The trek to Chulu West Peak offers a unique cultural experience, where climbers can witness the lifestyle, culture, and traditions of the local people. The trek passes through beautiful villages, monasteries, and ancient temples, providing insights into the local way of life.
Tilicho Lake: The trek to Chulu West Peak takes you to the stunning Tilicho Lake, which is the highest lake in the world. The lake is a sacred site for Hindus and Buddhists and offers mesmerizing views of the surrounding mountains.
Mustang Valley: The trek also takes you to the beautiful Mustang Valley, which is a hidden gem in the Annapurna region. The valley offers breathtaking landscapes, ancient monasteries, and traditional villages.
Thorong La Pass: The trek to Chulu West Peak also includes crossing the Thorong La Pass, which is the highest mountain pass in the world. The pass offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1,350 meters (4,429 ft), transfer to hotel.
Day 02: Today is the day to prepare our climbing gear for the ascent.
Day 03: Bus journey Chame 2,670m (8,760 ft) about 250km, 10/11hrs.
Day 04: Trek from Chame to Pisang village 3,200 m (10,498 ft), 4hrs.
Day 05: Trek from Pisang to Manang 3,540 m (11,614 ft), 9 hours.
Day 06: Manang acclimatization day with wonderful side trips.
Day 07: Trek from Manang to Tilicho Base Camp 4,200 m (13,779 ft), 7/8hrs.
Day 08: Hike to Tilicho Lake 4,990 m (16,371 ft), and back to base camp.
Day 09: Trek from Tilicho BC to Chuliledar 4,200 m (13,779 ft), 5 to 6hrs.
Day 10: Head to Chulu West base camp 4,600 m (15,091 ft), 3hrs.
Day 11: Climb to high Climb 5,200 m (17,060 ft0, 5hrs.
Day 12: Climb to C1, 6,000 m (19,685 ft), permanent snowfields.
Day 13: Attempt summit early in the morning and back to high camp.
Day 14 -15: Contingency Day.
Day 16: After unremarkable summit experience descend back to Chuli Ledar.
Day 17: Trek from Chuli Ledar to Thorong High Camp 4,925 m (16,158 ft) 4hrs.
Day 18: Trek over Thorong La pass 5,416 m (17,769 ft) descend to Muktinath
Day 19: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom 2,720 m (8,923 ft) 7hrs.
Day 20: Fly to Pokhara 820 m (2,690 ft) transfer to hotel.
Day 21: Sightseeing around Pokhara valley.
Day 22: Drive to Kathmandu 1,350 m (4,429 ft), transfer hotel.
Day 23: Departure to Home.
Representatives from Himalayan Diamond Adventures will greet you upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You will be welcomed with a fresh flower garland, a traditional Nepali greeting, and then escorted to the hotel for bed and breakfast service. The drive from the airport to the hotel takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes, if there is no traffic jam on our way. After checking into the hotel, we will have a short refreshment meeting at the hotel. In the evening, the company will host a welcome dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant, complete with a cultural dance performance, to celebrate the start of your trip. During the dinner, your guide will provide a brief overview of the schedule for the following day.
Today is the final hour of our trip preparation day. If you are not well-equipped, it is a good idea to gather climbing gear before departing for a mountain trip.
There are many shops in Thamel Bazaar that sell trekking gear and equipment, where you can purchase everything, you need, or rent it. If you decide to rent, you will need to leave a deposit at the trekking shop.
A scenic bus ride from Kathmandu through Besishahar will take us to Chame, the headquarters of Manang district. The journey begins on the highly busy Prithibi highway and then links to the Beshisahar- Annapurna circuit trail Manang. Along the way, we can enjoy splendid views of the mountain terrain, including the Ganesh Himal range, Baudha Himal, Rani peak, Himalchuli ranges, Ngadichuli, and Manasalu. Besides the majestic Himalayas, we can also see many beautiful perennial rivers, tributaries, captivating waterfalls, rolling green hills, subtropical forests, cultivated terraced lands, and colorful villages. After a 10 to 11-hour journey, we can stay overnight at a lodge in Chame.
Today, we have two options to reach Pisang, an ancient Tibetan Buddhist inhabited village. One is to walk along the newly opened road, and the other is to take a jeep. If we take a jeep, we can reach there within 30 to 45 minutes, while walking will take us about 4 hours. However, our trail follows the narrow Marsyangdi river valley, providing stunning views of the enormous cliffs, including a superb view of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II. As we leave the treeline, we will pass through large apple gardens, and the trail gradually ascends towards a place with a more prominent snowline.
Before reaching Pisang Village, we will be greeted with an iconic view of Pisang Peak, and Chulu East can be seen in the distance. After reaching Pisang, we can hike to Upper Pisang to gain altitude and enjoy breathtaking views, including mesmerizing views of Annapurna II (7,937 meters), Annapurna IV (7,525 meters), and Annapurna III (7,555 meters).
Our destination today is Manang, a Tibetan Gurung village. The people of this Manang valley originally migrated from Tibet in the past. To reach Manang, we will take the upper panoramic viewing trail, which comprises isolated and peaceful villages like Ghyaru, Ngawal, and Chulu. At Pisang village, we will cross the Marsyangdi River over suspension bridges and then ascend to Ghyaru, a Tibetan primitive village. The uphill trail offers superb views of the Pisang valley behind us, including the majestic views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Annapurna III, Gangapurna, and Tilicho. On a clear day, we will have truly breathtaking views. Although the upper trail is quite challenging, it is a rewarding trail as we trek through these ancient lands and sight Buddhist stupas, Buddhist Mani walls, and monasteries.
Today is our acclimatization day, which is crucial after rapidly ascending in the mountains. We will rest at the same elevation to help our bodies adjust. On this day, we have the option to explore some interesting places around Manang Valley, such as the Marshyangdi River and Gangapurna Lake. Alternatively, we can hike up to Deurali (4,200 meters) for splendid views of Chulu West Peak and Chulu East (also known as Manang Himal), or take a side trip to Milarepa Cave or Ice Lake. Hiking up to Ice Lake offers delightful views of the wide Manang valley, Tilicho Valley, and the massive Annapurna Himalaya range while also aiding in altitude acclimatization. There are plenty of choices for tourists, and it would be great to have more days to explore the Manang Valley.
Our destination for today is Tilicho Base Camp. The journey begins by following the Thorong La pass trail and passing through Manang village. In no time, the trail separates towards Tilicho Base Camp, offering breathtaking landscapes with glorious mountain views. Along the way, we will pass by mani walls, cultivated farmlands, suspension bridges, a monastery, some villages and lodges. Additionally, we may even catch sight of wild animals. The trail will cross a steep scree rockfall slope to reach Tilicho Base Camp. Although the trail is quite challenging, it rewards us with spectacular backdrop views.
Today, we will start hiking before sunrise at around 6 am to avoid the strong afternoon winds. Leaving Tilicho Base Camp, the trail gradually rises up to Tilicho Lake, offering magnificent backdrop views of Mt. Manaslu, Ngadi Chuli, Peak 29, Mt. Kanggaru, Pisang Peak, Annapurna Himalaya Range, and several other mountains. In fact, Tilicho Lake is regarded as the world's highest lake with its unique color. Once we've taken in the mesmerizing views of Tilicho Lake and its surroundings, we will retrace our steps along the same trail back to Tilicho Base Camp.
Leaving Tilicho Base Camp, we will retrace our previous trail back to Shirikharka Lodge. From there, we will take a high route with stunning views to join the Annapurna Circuit trail. Although it is a narrow trail, it offers the best views. Hikers trekking along the upper viewing way can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. After enjoying the aerial view, we will descend to the Thorong La river and cross it using a wooden bridge located between Gumsang and Yak Kharka, before finally reaching Chuliledar
We wake up early in the morning to enjoy a warm breakfast with a cup of tea, followed by our usual morning activities. Then, we will begin our ascent towards the base camp, following the small gully beyond Chuli Ledar. After approximately three hours of steep climbing up the mountainside from Chuli Ledar, we will reach a hidden small valley that serves as a summer grazing pasture for yaks and horses. It is the perfect place to pitch our camp. Today will be a challenging day, but we will be rewarded with unbelievable beautiful backdrops, including the Annapurna Himalayan range, including Annapurna One. Our climbing guide and high-altitude supporter guide will climb to the high camp to mark our track and put fixed-line ropes on the rock band, which will make it easier for us to climb the following day. We will be staying in a tented camp with full-board service, including meals and hot drinks like tea and coffee
Today, we will wake up around 5 AM to have tea, breakfast, and prepare for our climb. After breakfast, we will start by ascending a scree slope until we reach the first col. From there, we will continue up snow slopes and rock bands, using fixed-line ropes for support. Finally, we will climb a rock band and a small snow slope to reach high camp at 5,200 meters (17,060 ft), where we will pitch our tent. It will be a challenging day, but we will be rewarded with stunning mountain views. Today, we will be staying in a tented camp with full-board service, including meals and hot drinks.
Today, we will climb to Camp 1, which is located at an elevation of approximately 6,000 meters (19,685 ft) and on a flat ground. We will spend the entire day traversing permanent snow fields. Our climbing journey will be challenging, but the day will reward us with breathtaking mountain views. Tonight, we will stay in a tent, just like yesterday, with full board service
We will wake up at 4:00 AM for breakfast and to prepare for the climb. We will start climbing around 5:00 AM along the East Ridge of the West Peak with the support of guide ropes. The climb will involve slopes ranging from 30 to 75 degrees and there will be considerable crevasses. The summit day will be challenging for climbers due to hidden crevasses and whiteouts, but we will be rewarded with captivating 360-degree views of the circular massif mountains, including Annapurna I at 8,091 meters (26,545 ft), Dhaulagiri at 8,167 meters (26,794 ft), the world-famous Thorong Pass at 5,416 meters (17,769 ft), the arid border views of Mustang, Thorong Peak at 6,201 meters (20,344 ft), Khatungkhang at 6,484 meters (21,272 ft), Yakang Khang at 6,482 meters (21,266 ft), Pursuing Himal at 6,500 meters (21,325 ft), and many other peaks. After reaching the beautiful summit, we will descend back to the high camp.
The 13 day of our itinerary is reserved as a contingency day in case our Chulu West Peak climbing doesn't go as planned due to unfavorable weather or any other reasons. If we are lagging behind on the itinerary, we can compensate for it today. However, if we are right on schedule, we will simply move ahead as planned.
Today is a relaxing day for us before we tackle the high pass of Thorong La at 5,416 meters. Our journey will begin by following a narrow and slightly inclined trail that crosses the suspension bridge over Kone Khola at the corners of Phedi. Along the way, we may come across rock fall zones and frozen streams during winter. Before we start climbing up, we will reach New Phedi, which overlooks the grazing lands of yaks and blue sheep. At the base of the High Camp, there are some tea houses where we can stop to eat and recharge our energy before the steep climb. From there, we will ascend uphill to the High Camp primitive lodge. The ascent can be challenging, but the stunning landscape makes it all worthwhile. At the High Camp, there is a small viewpoint that offers a substantial view of Chulu West trekking peak, which stands at 6,419 meters. Chulu West is a popular trekking peak in the Annapurna classic circuit trekking route.
Today, we will wake up early in the morning, around 5:00 A.M., and have a light, warm breakfast with a cup of tea. After breakfast, we will begin our ascent of the popular Thorong La pass at an altitude of 5,416 meters. The trail from High Camp gradually climbs the mountainside and after 3 to 4 hours, we will reach the pass, which is indicated by prayer flags and stone cairns. Note that the pass is usually snowbound during the winter season (mid-December to late February).
After enjoying the outstanding views from the highest pass of the Annapurna region, we will begin our descent to Muktinath. The trail steadily drops to Phedi, which is located at the bottom of the hill. Along the way, we will have wide, superb views of the Mustang valley and the eye-catching Khatungkang peak, which stands at 6,484 meters (21,273ft).
We will continue descending for 2 to 3 hours before stopping at Phedi for a hot lunch and some relaxation time. Afterward, we will resume our descent towards Muktinath, a holy shrine revered for salvation and spiritual fulfillment. Muktinath is a beautiful holy town.
Finally, we will trek down to the base of the Kali Gandaki River, passing through Jharkot and Kagbeni, which serve as the main entry gateways to the Upper Mustang Valley. As we trek down, we will be treated to breathtaking views of cultivated lands, hills, Tilicho, and Nilgiri, providing an unforgettable trekking experience. After sightseeing in Kagbeni village, we will continue our trek to Jomsom, the headquarters of the Mustang district, following the Kaligandaki River. After 7 to 8 hours of trekking from Muktinath, we will finally reach the windy valley of Jomsom, one of the best tourist destinations in Nepal.
Early in the morning, we will take a 30-minute scenic flight from Jomsom to Pokhara, which offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna (8,091 meters), Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters), Nilgiri (7,060 meters), Annapurna South (7,219 meters), Machhapuchhre (6,997 meters), and other stunning mountains. Alternatively, we can take a Jeep from Jomsom to Beni and then travel by micro bus from Beni to Pokhara to reach our destination in a single day. We will spend the night at a lodge in Pokhara.
We will spend the full day exploring the beautiful Pokhara valley, visiting popular attractions such as the Peace Stupa, David Falls, and the International Mountain Museum. These sights offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains and cultural insights into the local communities. We will have plenty of time to take photos, learn about the history and significance of each site, and enjoy the natural beauty of Pokhara. Overnight stay in Pokhara.
After the unforgettable Annapurna Circuit Classic Trek, we will take a scenic 6-hour bus journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu. In the evening, we will organize a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant. Alternatively, you may choose to take a short flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu for a more convenient travel option.
As per your international flight checking time, we will drop you off to the international airport and see you off.
Note:- The conditions stated in the itinerary mainly apply to trekkers who prefer a full package service. However, we also offer services based on your preferences. The choice of itinerary and staff depends on your needs and financial capacity. We have options for partial visits based on your requirements and
When going on a tour, it's important to bring essential documents to ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip. Here are some documents that we highly recommend you bring with you.
Passport: When traveling to a foreign country, it is important to ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining before its expiration date and at least 2 blank visa pages. This is because many countries require that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your expected departure date and has sufficient blank pages for visa stamps and entry/exit stamps.
Visa: Depending on your destination, you may need a visa to enter the country. Check with the embassy or consulate of the country you're visiting to see if you need a visa. Visit the official website of the Department of Immigration of Nepal at https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
Travel itinerary: It's always a good idea to have a printed copy of your travel itinerary, including flight and hotel reservations, tour bookings, and any other important travel plans.
Travel insurance: As a traveler, it is advisable to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance package that covers potential medical issues, personal accidents, emergency helicopter evacuation, loss or damage of personal belongings, and trip cancellations, especially if you are planning to trek to high altitudes up to 5,500 meters, such as Everest Base Camp. It is also important to ensure that the insurance covers the cost of cancellation for both your international flight and the trek. The minimum recommended coverage amount is USD 100,000. Many insurance companies offer travel insurance services online, so you can easily find a plan that meets your needs.
COVID-19 vaccination certification: To obtain a Nepal tourist visa during the ongoing pandemic, travelers need to show either a completed COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code or a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of boarding.
Health documents: If you're traveling to a country with specific health requirements, such as a yellow fever vaccination, make sure to bring the necessary health documents.
Driver's license: If you plan on driving while on tour, make sure to bring your driver's license.
Credit cards and cash: Bring enough cash and credit cards to cover your expenses while on tour.
Emergency contact information: Write down the contact information for someone you trust in case of an emergency. This could include a family member, friend, or employer.
It's always a good idea to make copies of all your important documents and keep them in a safe place in case the originals get lost or stolen. Additionally, you may want to consider using a travel document organizer to keep all your important documents organized and easily accessible.
If you are traveling to Nepal, then here are some essential documents you will need to have with you in order to ensure a smooth and hassle-free trip.
❖ Valid passport with at least 6 months validity and at least 2 blank visa pages
❖ Travel insurance policy document
❖ Photocopies of your passport's personal information page
❖ One or more recent passport-sized photos with a white background (1.5 inch x 1.5 inch)
❖ Completed and signed Nepal visa application form
❖ Proof of accommodation in Nepal (such as a hotel reservation or address)
❖ Valid return flight or travel ticket
❖ Proof of sufficient financial means, such as recent bank statements
❖ Mastercard, Visa, and some cash in USD
❖ Proof of payment of the Nepal visa fee
❖ To obtain a visa for Nepal, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the travel date and you must present either a completed COVID-19 vaccination certificate with QR code or a valid PCR test negative result taken within 72 hours prior to boarding.
Visit the official website of the Department of Immigration of Nepal at https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa
1. Fill out the online application form with your personal information, including your name, date of birth, nationality, passport number, and intended travel dates.
2. Upload a recent passport-size photograph in JPEG or PNG format.
3. Pay the visa fee online using a credit card or debit card. The cost of the visa depends on the length of your stay in Nepal, but it typically ranges from $30 to $125.
4. Once you have submitted your application and payment, you will receive a confirmation email with a receipt and an application ID.
5. After your application has been processed, you will receive another email with a link to download your visa. You should print out the visa and carry it with you when you travel to Nepal. It's important to note that the online tourist visa is valid for multiple entries and is valid for 15, 30, or 90 days, depending on your length of stay. Also, be sure to apply for your visa well in advance of your travel date to allow time for processing.
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As Nepal's topography is divided into three geographical regions - Terai, Hills, and Mountains - each region experiences different temperatures during different seasons. Below is a tabular illustration of temperature changes throughout the different seasons in Nepal, which will allow you to better understand the changing weather conditions.
Seasons Minimum temperature (approx) Maximum temperature (approx) Weather Condition
Spring 4°C/ 39°F (Mountain) 20°C/ 68°F (Mountain) Moderate with occasional rain
Summer 12°C/ 53°F (Mountain) 25°C/ 77°F (Mountain) Extreme high with heavy rain
Autumn 3°C/ 37°F (Mountain) 18°C/ 64°F (Mountain) Moderate
Winter 10°C/ 50°F (Terai) -4°C/ 24°F (Mt.) 20°C/ 68°F (Terai) to 12°C/ 53°F (Mountain) Extreme low
After a thorough analysis of all the seasons, it has been suggested that autumn is the best time of the year to trek in Nepal. The mild temperatures from September to November make the trekking experience more enjoyable. During this time of the year, trekking routes throughout the country are jam-packed with travelers from all around the world.
However, as mid-December is generally the holiday season in most countries, including the United States, there is a spike in the number of international tourists during early winter as well. Interestingly, to make the holiday season even more special, travel companies offer some of the best holiday destination packages during this time. So, be sure to take advantage of the best travel opportunities with the assistance of Himalayan Diamond Adventure.
Nonetheless, if you cannot make it in autumn, spring also allows for favorable conditions for trekking in Nepal. The warmer days and nights, lush plants and vegetation, and clear trekking trails during spring make the trek worthwhile. However, the downside is occasional rain and slightly higher temperatures in the lower elevations. All in all, after autumn, spring is the second-best time to trek in Nepal.
Thousands of tourists visit Nepal every year to enjoy the picturesque nature and trek through the adventurous and diverse terrain. However, the best times to trek in Nepal are autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). During these seasons, travelers are blessed with moderate temperatures and enjoyable weather conditions throughout the country.
As calm as it may seem, the challenging terrains of the Himalayas in Nepal can present trekkers with gruesome scenarios during harsh weather conditions. To avoid any unforeseen situations and to enjoy nature at its best, most trekkers prefer autumn for backpacking. However, it may not be the best time of the year to trek in Nepal for everyone. Some may prefer off-season trekking to avoid the crowds. Therefore, exploring the various seasons can help you choose a favorable time for trekking in Nepal based on your preferences.
Throughout the year, the landscape of Nepal experiences four seasons, each with its own uniqueness that brings significant changes to the natural environment. Below are some detailed insights into the four seasons in Nepal.
Spring in Nepal lasts from March to May and is one of the preferred seasons for trekking throughout the country. During this time, the climate is moderate, with slightly higher temperatures reaching up to about 32°C (89°F) in the lower elevation regions and around 20°C (68°F) at higher altitudes. The sky is usually clear with mild days and occasional rain.
Spring brings a rejuvenation of nature. Flowers begin to blossom, trees become lusher with newly sprung leaves, and spring vegetation sprouts again. Likewise, the flora and fauna of the Himalayan terrain also resuscitate from the harsh winter. Overall, spring is considered a great time for trekking in Nepal due to the alluring freshness of nature.
With the end of May, summer starts in Nepal and lasts from June to August, which is also the monsoon season in the country. During these months, the weather can be harsh, with scorching heat and heavy rain throughout the nation. The rising humidity and extreme hot weather conditions may restrict travelers from fully enjoying their trip.
Although the lower elevation regions experience harsh summers, the Himalayan terrains are not as brutal. In the mountain regions, temperatures can range from approximately 25°C to 12°C (77°F to 53°F). However, heavy rains can make trekking through rocky mountain terrain challenging, and the cloudy sky may obscure mountain views.
With the arrival of autumn from September to November, Nepal becomes a popular destination for trekking. During this season, the weather is usually pleasant with clear skies, moderate temperatures, and gentle sunshine throughout the day. However, early autumn may bring occasional light rainfall. As the season progresses into October and November, the monsoon season completely ends, and cooler weather conditions prevail.
Many people choose to trek to popular destinations such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and Poon Hill during this season. Additionally, autumn is festival season in Nepal, and visitors can witness major celebrations such as Dashain and Tihar, which provide an opportunity to experience Nepali culture and traditions. Many travel packages are available for the best treks in Nepal during this season, and our travel experts can help you plan your trip to align with the festival season.
Winter, which lasts from December to February, is the harshest season for trekking in Nepal. As the temperature drops in December, nights become chilly, and temperatures can reach around 9°C (48°F) during the day and below 0°C (32°F) during the night in higher altitudes. During peak winter, many high passes and trekking routes in the mountains are covered with dense fog and snow, increasing the risk of unexpected accidents.
Because of the risks of unpleasant trekking conditions, most travelers avoid trekking in the Himalayan terrains during the winter season. Additionally, most expeditions and mountain climbing, including trekking in the Everest region, also come to a halt during the harsh winter. Overall, it may not be the best time to trek due to the challenges presented by the weather conditions.