Climbing Manaslu: Where the journey to Everest begins.
Manaslu is the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 meters (26,781 ft). It is located in the Mansiri Himalayan range in the Gorkha district of west-central Nepal. Its name, which means "mountain of the spirit," comes from the Sanskrit word "Manasa," meaning "intellect" or "soul."
Mount Manaslu was first summited on May 9, 1956, by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu, members of a Japanese expedition team. Since then, this eye-catching mountain has become popular all over the world for expeditions. Manaslu is considered one of the most technically challenging of the 14 peaks over 8,000 meters in the world. Despite its risks and challenges, many climbers are attracted to its beauty and test their skills on Manaslu before attempting to summit Mount Everest.
It’s a risky and challenging climb, but Manaslu offers an amazing backdrop with views of peaks such as Ganesh Himal 7,422 meters (24,350 ft), Ganesh Pabil 7,140 meters (23,425 ft), Shringi Himalaya 7,161 meters (23,494 ft), and Himlung Himal 7,126 meters (23,380 ft), along with stunning valley landscapes.
Before the summit, our Nepali guides will set up four camps above Base Camp at 4,800 meters (15,748 ft). The first camp will be set up at 5,500 meters (18,044 ft), the second at 6,300 meters (20,669 ft), the third at 6,800 meters (22,309 ft), and the fourth at 7,300 meters (23,950 ft).
There are two options for reaching the Manaslu Base Camp: via the Larkye Pass 5,106 meters (16,752 ft) or by driving to Arughat and trekking to Samagaon through Buddhist lands. The Himalayan Diamond Adventure team will take the route over the Larkye Pass. The journey begins with a four-wheel drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar-Dharapani, followed by a 6-7 day trek to Base Camp
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Our earlier International Manaslu Expedition has achieved a 100% success rate with 1 climber reaching the summit of Mount Manaslu.
We have set fixed dates for the Mount Manaslu Expedition in 2023. We will depart for the Manaslu base camp on Monday, September 4th, 2023. But before starting the expedition, we will trek to the Everest region to prepare ourselves. Our journey will take us across the famous 3 high passes such as Renjo La Pass 5360m, (17,560 ft), Cho La Pass 5,420 metres (17,782 ft) and Kongma La Pass 5,550 m (18,209 ft) the Everest trail and up Lobuche East Peak (6,119 meters). Then, we will venture into the Hinku Valley in Makalu and Barun National Park, cross the challenging and rewarding Amphu Lapcha pass (5,845 meters), and continue on to Mera Peak High Camp at 5,800 meters (19,029 ft) to attempt to climb Mera Peak (6,654 meters) which offers the best panoramic views of 5 over 8,000-meter peaks, such as Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Everest, Cho Oyu, and many other circular peaks.This trip is designed not only to provide an enjoyable trekking and climbing experience but also to ensure physical fitness, mental preparation, and good acclimatization for a safe and successful Mount Manaslu expedition. After these preparatory activities, we will trek down to Lukla via the scenic Chhatra La pass and return to Kathmandu with wonderful experiences and excitement for future 8,000-meter expeditions. Following a few days of relaxation in Kathmandu, we will head towards the Manaslu base camp, where we will meet up with the rest of our staff for the expedition. Our climb of Mount Manaslu will commence with a pooja ceremony to the goddess Manaslu.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport [1,340m 4,429ft], transfer to Hotel Moonlight by private vehicle Thamel BB plan.
Day 02: Special climbing preparation day permits and gears and welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besi sahar- Dharapani [1860m/6102], in private Jeep, 8 to 9hrs.
Day 04: Trek from Dharapani to Gho [2515/8251 ft], 5hrs.
Day 05: Trek from Gho to Vimthang [3,590m/11,778 ft], 7hrs.
Day 06: Cross the Larkye La pass 5106m and trek to Samdo [3875m/12713],8/9hrs.
Day 07: Trek from Sando to Manaslu Base Camp [4800m/15748,5/], 6hrs.Day
08: Rest Day
Day 09: Pooja ceremony, offer Pooja to Mount Manaslu goddess.
Day10 to 30 Peak climbing time C1/C2/C3/C4 summit and back to BC.
Day 31 to 35 back to Kathmandu.
Accommodation: Hotel Moonlight
Maximum elevation: 1,350 meters (4,429 ft).
Transportation: Private tourist bus or car.
Meals: Welcome dinner and breakfast.
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.
Maximum elevation: 1,350m (4,429 ft).
Accommodation: 3 Stars Hotel in Thamel.
Today early morning we stay meeting, our group leader will brief us about the expedition. After our meeting, our group leader and the company representative will visit the Nepal tourism board for expedition briefing and legalization to get expedition permits. Meanwhile, our guide and rest of climbers have to reconfirm your necessary climbing gear and equipment for trekking and expedition. If we found you don't have proper equipment and gears, he will help you to collect or take in hire in the trekking shops of Thamel. And in the evening our team leader will brief us about the day program of tomorrow.
Maximum elevation: 2515m (8,251 ft).
Driving hours: 10 to 11 hours, about 240km.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with hot drinks.
"The drive from Kathmandu to Goha takes approximately 10-11 hours by private vehicle. To avoid traffic, we should check out of our hotel before sunrise. The journey begins on the busy Prithiwi Highway, continuing on the Dumre-Tanahu-Beshisahar road, which connects to the Manang-Dharapani route and eventually leads to the Larke La Pass. Along the way, we will pass through villages, cultivated lands, rivers, cascades, subtropical forests, and have views of mountain peaks such as Manaslu, Ngadi Chuli, Himal Chuli, Rani Peak, Baudha Himal, and Ganesh."
Maximum elevation: 3,590 meters (11,778 ft).
Trekking duration: 7-8hrs, ascent, 1075m.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Today, we will walk almost the whole day along a wooded trail following the Dudha Khola river. Along the trek, we will come across some primitive T-houses, where we will stop for a hot lunch. Before reaching Vimthang, we will walk under giant ancient pine and rhododendron trees. The trail becomes steeper as we approach our destination for the day.
Day 06: High pass over the Larkye la 5106m
Maximum 5106 m (5,249 ft).
Trekking duration: 8/9hrs, ascent 260m.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with hot drinks.
Today is a challenging but rewarding experience for trekkers and mountaineers as they have to traverse over the Larkye La pass (5,106 meters) with exceptional views of surrounding mountains such as Manaslu North, Annapurna, Himung, and many others. Tomorrow, the trail continues to climb steeply with stoned paths, leading up to the Larkye pass. From the pass, the trail then slightly descends until reaching the Sando village.
Today is a long and difficult day due to the moraine, glacier, and snow-covered high pass trail, so we must carry enough drinking water and snacks/bars. Although there are some small tea shops along the way.
Maximum elevation: 4,800 meters (15,748 ft).
Trekking duration: 6-7 hours, ascent 1,280m.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with hot and cold drinks.
Today, we are very excited to reach our Manaslu Base Camp. After a usual breakfast, we head off to the base camp. The route to Manaslu base camp takes us towards the base camp along the Larkye High Pass, without crossing down any tributaries. Then, our trail separates from the highlighted trail and we continue uphill through the forest. After about 4 hours of continuous uphill walking, we reach the base camp. The way is tough, but we will have superb views as a backdrop.
We will have our own separate tents at the base camp, where we can relax as we like after meeting with the base camp staff. We will have our own crew, kitchen tent, dining tent with table and chairs, storage tents, toilet, and shower tents. From the beginning to the end of the expedition, we properly manage garbage.
We have the availability of hot and cold drinks in our dining hall all the time for the clients or climbers. After some relaxation at the base camp, our group leader will brief us about the expedition, such as base camp management rules, training, and climbing plans.
Day:10 - 30: Climbing period; 20 days Camp I Camp II Camp III, Camp IV summit back to base camp:
Meals: more than 3 times with hot and cold drinks.
We need to climb for 20 days in order to reach the summit of Mount Manaslu. We will set up four camps above the base camp before reaching the summit. We will also have rest days for proper acclimatization in between while ascending the peak, before taking the first expedition to the Manaslu glacier. The climb commences after we make our way onto the Manaslu glacier. The path here will be deeply crevassed. We will then reach Camp I, which is located on a secluded shoulder at the top of the Manaslu glacier. There are fixed ropes necessary on most of the path between Camp I and Camp II.
Camp II is located in a flat location, safe from any threats, though the site can have heavy snow accumulating. This is considered to be the most challenging section of the Manaslu peak climbing. The way now constantly moves uphill all the way through the upper glacier to reach Camp III. Camp III is located on a flat saddle just beneath the col, where we may experience strong storms. While ascending from Camp III to Camp IV, we will walk up the glacier, navigating through some vertical sections of snow and ice where fixed ropes are necessary. Once we arrive at Camp IV, we will move towards the summit of Mount Manaslu. The peak is reached with one of the most challenging traverses, for less than 100 meters in linear distance. Overnight at the camp (service includes dinner and breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee).
Maximum elevation: 3,875m (12,713 ft).
Trekking duration: 4 hours, ascent 200m, descent 700m.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with hot drinks.
Today, after successfully completing our Mount Manaslu expedition, we will begin our descent over the Larkye la pass, which stands at 5,106 meters. This high pass trail connects to the Annapurna classic trail. Upon completion of the expedition, we have the option of trekking down to Jagat-Machhikhola and Arughat, or taking a helicopter to return to Kathmandu. However, please note that there will be an additional cost for the helicopter fare.
Maximum elevation: 3,590m (11,778 ft).
Trekking duration: 7-8hrs, ascent 646m descent 1,516m.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with hot drinks.
Today is a challenging day for trekkers as the trail goes over the strenuous Larkye La pass at an altitude of 5,106m (16,752 ft). The trail passes through long moraines and glaciers, and it takes approximately 5 to 6 hours of continuous trekking to reach the pass. It is recommended to begin the trek before sunrise for safe trekking. If trekkers start late, they may face snowstorms or strong cold winds during the snowfall season on the pass. The trail gradually ascends towards the top of the pass. The pass is marked with signboards, rock cairns, and prayer flags. The Larkye La pass offers breathtaking mountain views, including Himlung, Cheo, Gyajung Khang, Kangaroo, and Annapurna II, which can be seen in front of us. After crossing the pass, the trail drops steeply to Vimthang, and the trek continues on a rugged trail.
Maximum elevation: 1,963 meters (6,440 ft).
Trekking duration: 8-9hrs, descent 1,627m.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with hot drinks.
The trail drops several times to ethnic group villages such as Gho, Tilche, and Dharapani through rhododendron and silver pine woods with remarkable views of Manaslu North and Ngadi Chuli, as well as views of the sparkling Dhudk Khola river. The rhododendron flowers bloom with a splash of pleasant color throughout the jungle in April and May at this altitude, making the trek more enjoyable for trekkers. After crossing the rhododendron jungle trail, we will walk on the newly opened motorable road with beautiful landscapes. During the day, the trail passes through well-made suspension bridges, beautiful villages, cultivated farmlands, and follows downstream along the Dudh Khola. Finally, we will cross a well-made suspension bridge over the Marsyangdi River to link up with the Dharapani Annapurna circuit route.
Accommodation: 3 stars Hotel.
Driving hours: 10-11hrs by private vehicle.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Farewell dinner.
Today we are returning to the city of Kathmandu with a wonderful trekking and a very successful climbing experience. The journey takes approximately 10 to 11 hours by private jeep or tourist bus. On the first stage, we will travel on an off-road route, then from Besi Shahar to Dumre on a winding road following the Marsyandi river. After driving halfway, we will connect with the Prithvi Highway. During the ride, we will pass through many beautiful terraced fields, cities, villages, cultivated lands, waterfalls, and rivers.
Meals: Breakfast with the buffet system.
Transportation: Private vehicle.
We will drop you off at the Tribhuvan International Airport in the terminal room at the time of your flight check-in, either by tourist bus or car, and say goodbye. Note: The itinerary outlined is for those who prefer a full package service. However, we can also customize the itinerary based on your preferences and time. The selection of itineraries and staff will depend on your needs and budget. We also have options for partial visits based on your requirements and financial situation
1. Transportation Services:
✓ Airport pickup and drop-off by tourist bus or car, depending on group size
✓ Private Jeep transportation from Kathmandu to Dharapani/Machhikhola and back
✓ Luggage transport as per the itinerary is included
✓ 4 nights' stay at Hotel Radisson in Kathmandu, inclusive bed and breakfast service
✓ T-house (lodge) accommodations during the trek, that are clean and comfortable
3. Food and Beverages:
✓ Three times meals in a day (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert) with hot drinks (tea and
coffee) during the trek
✓ The menu is as per the client's choice
4. Permits and Fees:
✓ Peak royalty, Special Manaslu permit, MCAP, and ACAP fees
✓ All necessary trekking and climbing permits
✓ Garbage management fees (human waste shipment transfer and garbage deposit)
✓ Necessary documentation and governmental official paperwork and taxes/VATs
✓ Government liaison officer with insurance, daily allowance, equipment allowance, and flight fares
5. Guides and Support Staff:
✓ English-speaking, well-trained, skilled, and experienced high-altitude porters and guide with daily salary, lodging, food, transportation, and accommodation.
✓ Base camp chef with equipment, daily salary, lodging, food, transportation, and accommodation
✓ Base camp staff and kitchen staff with equipment, daily salary, lodging, food, transportation, and accommodation
6. Supplementary Equipment:
✓ Oxygen 4 litres Summit brand 3cylinders per member, plus 1 cylinder for high altitude porters/guide)
✓ Mask and regulator (1 set per member, plus spares for the team)
✓ Rope fixing team charges
✓ Base camp services including box tents, mattresses, dining hall, kitchen tent, store tent, communication tent, toilet tent, and shower tent, chair and table.
✓ Generator for electricity and charge.
✓ Gas heater for dining hall
✓ Satellite phone and Radio set
8. Higher camp services:
✓ Including necessary Equipments, gears, and high-altitude foods, cooking gas, EP gas, cooking pots, high-altitude tents, and climbing gear (static ropes, guide ropes, snow bars, ice crews, carabineers, etc.)
✓ Necessary porters to transport member belongings to base camp and from base camp to Machhikhola.
✓ Strong and helpful porters with proper equipment or yaks, or helicopter transportation alternative transportation only the expedition stuffs.
10. Additional services:
✓ Medical supplies (first aid kit available)
✓ Nepalese staff insurance policy covering rescue evacuation, medical treatment, hospitalization, and accidental
✓ One emergency helicopter rescue insurance for Nepali staff
✓ Government taxes and official expenses
✓ Welcome and farewell dinner at a tourist standard restaurant
✓ Emergency contact and emergency plan
Services and Equipment Not Included in $12,000.00:
➢ Meals while staying in Kathmandu Hotel for lunch and dinner
➢ Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu due to early arrival, late departure, or early return
from the mountain for any reason
➢ Personal trekking and climbing equipment and gear
➢ International airfare
➢ Nepal entry visa fee
➢ Entry fees for temples or monasteries, donations, or charity
➢ Climber's travel insurance policy that covers emergency helicopter rescue evacuation,
hospitalization, medical treatment, and accidental
➢ $1000.00 submit bonus for guide team
➢ Alcohol and nonalcoholic beverages, beer, Coca-Cola, Sprite etc.
➢ Tips for the support of high-altitude workers, kitchen staff, and porters (tipping is expected)
Our adventure during the Manaslu trekking and peak climbing held on October 2017 was really a nice and exciting experience, all the team did a great job organizing every small detail making easy our trip and as comfortable and safe as it was possible.
Our Sirdar Chandra was also organizing the transport and the logistics of the trek and Base Camp equipment, the food and climbing gears to erect our camp close to the in the Larke La. It was ready for us on time at our arrival after 10 days of trekking and acclimation. The base camp was installed at [5,050 meters/ 16,568ft] of altitude in the Larke glacier, a very beautiful place with all the comfort facilities that you can expect at this altitude.
The climbing team led by Chandra and Vinayak were working hard to open the route installing the equipment to climb the Larke peak and fixing the ropes to help us the climbing two days later. The staff installed the high camp at [5,050 meters/ 16,568ft] of altitude while Chandra and Vinayak were working to fix the rest of the ropes until the end of the last corridor crossing the cornices.
Finally, we attempt the last part of the climbing to access the Larke Peak. We found a very bad snow condition that makes the progress very slow and tiring. Again the hard work done by Chandra and Vinayak opening the track on the deep snow were crucial to succeed after 8 hours of ascent.
Again we want to thank the very professional work of our guides, assistants, porters, cookers, drivers that were crucial for the success of our expedition.
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.
It is essential for foreign travelers to secure insurance coverage while trekking or climbing in Nepal. Although trekking in Nepal is generally safe, travel insurance is compulsory for mountaineering activities in Nepal. The trip can pose physical challenges and hazards, particularly at high altitudes where altitude sickness is prevalent among trekkers and climbers, especially those who have not acclimatized properly. Physical injuries can also occur on mountain trails or during climbing activities, and in emergency situations, foreign trekkers or climbers may need to be rescued by helicopter and transported to hospitals in Kathmandu, which can be costly if the traveler does not have insurance coverage.
We strongly recommend purchasing a travel insurance package that covers high altitudes up to 6,500 meters, potential medical issues, natural disasters, personal accidents, emergency helicopter evacuation, hospitalization, loss or damage of personal belongings, and trip cancellations. The minimum recommended coverage amount is USD 100,000. There are many insurance companies that offer travel insurance services online. You should compare plans to find the one that best meets your needs.
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What are the weather conditions and temperatures like in Nepal?
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.