Best season to trek Nepal

Favourable Season for Exploring Nepal

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  • Sep,23,2022
  • Naveen Poudyal
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Many people long to visit Nepal during their holidays and spend their time in the highlands. It is the dream of many youths and grown-up people to explore the Himalayas or the jungles and parks on the foothills of Nepal. Beyond mountains and the Himalayas, there are plenty of things to explore which are still unknown to mankind. Everest and Lumbini are the hidden treasures brought to light by foreign explorers. Besides, the world's tallest mountains above 8000+ m height, Nepal is rich with flora and fauna, lakes and waterfalls, rivers, gorges and basins, religious monuments and sites (monasteries, gumbas, Chorten, stupas, temples), language, culture festivals, historical sites and so on.  

If your plan is to trek in Nepal, for any of the reasons, your mind might have been occupied with plenty of queries. The first common question for you might be the time/season to traverse Nepal. Indeed what time is the best?  Moreover, if you are occupied with your idea for November and December in Nepal, we can say, yes it is the appropriate time. But it is not only the best time to visit Nepal. The best time depends upon your interest and purposes. 


Best season for mountain climbing and hiking

March, April and May (Spring Season) are considered the ideal time to hike in the highlands of Nepal. During early March and April rhododendrons bloom, covering the entire hillsides of the  Himalayas. This extends from the far east of Kanchanjunga to the far west of Saipal and Api in Nepal. The mountain views and the alpine forests can be clearly viewed during this season. Moreover, this season obtains minimum rainfall and the new-sprung leaves and flowers around the mountains warmly welcome you. This season is also best preferred for mountaineering and base camp treks. The flow to scale Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Manaslu Base Camp, and Around Dhawalagiri Region is high during this period. Besides, the spring and autumn seasons (October, November, and December) are also best preferred by hikers. In both of these seasons, you can go on a hike to Upper Mustang, Manang Upper Dolpo, Rara Lake Trek, Ghorepani Poohill trek, Langtang Valley Trek, and others. 

Best season for Jungle safari 

Jungle safari is to explore the dense forest of Terai Nepal either on foot, by elephant, or by vehicle under the terms and conditions of the National Parks and Wildlife Reserve. Jungle safari includes the packages like a homestay, cultural dance observation, boating, elephant riding, and Observing rare plants and animals (royal Bengal tiger, one-horned rhinos, gharial crocodile, wild buffalos, wild cows, deer, python, bird species, butterflies) and so on. The Jungle safari also requires the optimum season and the best packages. Spring and autumn are considered the best time for Jungle Safari in Nepal. The rainy season and winter season make the expedition quite tough but not impossible. Research can be carried out when the parks are less crowded. Chitwan National Park (UNESCO world heritage site), Bardia National Park, Parsa Wildlife Reserve, and Suklaphanta Wildlife Reserve are considered to be the best places in Nepal for Jungle safari.


Best season for Cultural treks in Nepal

Nepal is not only the home to magnificent mountains but also a home to different religions, ethnicity, culture, tradition and festivals.  Nepali calendar is crowded with festivals, jatras, feasts and ceremonies as it is home to 129 indigenous communities and 123 languages. All of the communities have their own rituals and cultures and follow their own indigenous calendar that belongs to their caste and community. This variation can be observed as you traverse from the north of the Himalayas to the foothills of terai, From the far east to the far west. Lhosar, Maghe Sankranti, Chhath, Dashain, Tihar, Janaipurnima, Bisket Jatra, Indra Jatra, Udhauli-Ubhauli, Deauda, and Holi are some of the most common and popular festivals celebrated In Nepal. But there are other important festivals to be observed as well and these include (the Yarthung festival of upper Manang, the Tiji festival of Upper Mustang, Mani Rumdi of Everest) and so on.  There is no specific season for cultural treks in Nepal. It fully depends upon your interest and choice. You can check the Nepali calendar or consult with your travel agent. Nepali community will heartily welcome you to any of the festivals they observe. 


Best season for a short hike in Nepal 

Compared to high pass and highland treks in Nepal, short treks are a bit flexible. A short trek includes a 3- 4 or a maximum 5 days trek in Nepal. It is normally a 3-4 hours trek per day, in the mid-hill areas. This trek is generally a moderate type hike and non-technical. Short hikes are mostly popular among the youths living in cities, college students and family members arriving from vacation from abroad. The benefit of this trek is one can explore without any high skills and expertise in climbing and trekking. This is a relaxing or refreshing trip that you can accomplish with your family (wife and children/ couples). The stay during the trek is either the lodges or a tent camp. You can explore wildlife, take pictures, mix with local people, and view waterfalls and mountains. Though spring and autumn are regarded as the best season to hike, there is no barrier to season. You can trek throughout the year.     


Best season for Educational Treks in Nepal

Nepal is a multi-lingual, multi-religious, multicultural, multi-ethnic society and is rich in diverse ways. Moreover, the uneven topography, flora and fauna, pilgrimage sites, lakes, historical monuments, art and artifacts, and durbar square are the places for educational tours in Nepal. Pashupatinath temple premises is one of the most visited sites for educational purposes apart from religious activities. Pashupatinath Temple is often called an “Open Museum” and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Moreover, Lumbini, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar Square, Tansen, Gorkha, and Nuwakot palaces and historical forts are the sites to be visited in Nepal. Though autumn and winter seasons are mostly preferred for an educational tour the project can be carried out at any time of the year. 


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