In Nepal, monsoon season starts from around mid-June, July, August, and early September. During this time, roads are muddy due to rain. Expect rain for a short period; two to three hours and later the view is crystal clear.
Most of the best treks in Nepal are in the rain shadow area which has low rain and humidity. Even during monsoon, you can trek to Everest Base Camp due to a higher altitude (above 2500m) which helps to overcome the problem of the rainy season.
We have listed out the 5 best monsoon treks in Nepal. Let’s get started.
Table of Contents
- 5 Best Monsoon Treks in Nepal
- Why do trekking in Monsoon Season?
- How is the weather in Monsoon Season?
- Transportation During Monsoon Season
- Takeaway Trekking Tips During Monsoon Season
5 Best Monsoon Treks in Nepal
Upper Mustang Trek, is a restricted trekking region, located in the northern part of Nepal. Most of the trekking routes to Upper Mustang are within the boundary of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). It is costly due to its special permit and strict government rules. This part is in the full rain shadow and perfect for monsoon season.
You have two option to get Upper Mustang. One option is to take a flight from Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara (25 minutes) which helps to get rid of rain, landslides and other natural calamities. Another option is to take a bus from Pokhara to Jomsom (8-9 hours long off-road drive). The road may get obstructed due to heavy rain, landslides, and hilly region.
Upper Mustang Trek 17 Days Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in TIA, Kathmandu (1,320m)
Day 2: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation in Kathmandu
Day 3: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m): 6-7 hours
Day 4: Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom (2,700m) and trek to Kagbeni (2,800m): 3-4 hours trek
Day 5: Trek from Kagbeni to Chele (3,050m): 5-6 hours
Day 6: Trek from Chele to Syangbochen (3,475m): 6-7 hours
Day 7: Trek from Syanbochen to Ghami (3,520m): 5-6 hours
Day 8: Trek from Ghami to Tsarang (3,600m): 5-6 hours
Day 9: Trek from Tsarang to Lo-Manthang (3,800m): 3-4 hours
Day 10: Explore around Lo Manthang
Day 11: Trek from Lo-Mangthang to Drakmar (3,800m): 6-7 hours
Day 12: Trek from Drakmar to Ghiling (3,806m): 5-6 hours
Day 13: Trek from Ghiling to Chhuksang (3,050m): 5-6 hours
Day 14: Trek from Chhuksang to Jomsom (2,700m): 6-7 hours
Day 15: Fly back from Jomsom to Pokhara – 25 min.
Day 16: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure
Upper Dolpo trek, is situated in remote areas of Nepal. It has a similar culture of Tibetan people which showcase the ethnic rich traditions and arts. To make short, Upper Dolpo has various hidden secrets – Amazing landscape, mysterious canyons, traditional monasteries, and soothing rivers.
You can have fun while fixing the camp with your colleagues. Because this trek has only camping. Trek to Upper Dolpo is bit difficult and offers an exclusive opportunity to real adventure seekers. To reach the starting point of Upper Dolpo, you can fly in and out from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj to Jhuphal (One and half hours flight duration).
Upper Dolpo Trek 25 Days Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Tribhuvan Int’l Airport, Kathmandu (1320m)
Day 2: Sightseeing & Trek from preparation in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj & transfer to Hotel
Day 4: Fly from Nepalgunj to Juphal and Trek to Suli Ghat (2070m)
Day 5: Trek to Renje (3010m)
Day 6: Trek to Ringmo Village (3620m)
Day 7: Explore around Phoksundo Lake
Day 8: Trek to Phoksundo Khola (3630m)
Day 9: Trek to Phoksundo Bhanjyang (4120m)
Day 10: Trek to Shey Gompa (4325m) via Kang La Pass (5160m)
Day 11: Explore around in Shey Gumpa
Day 12: Trek to Nam Gung (4430m) via Sal Dang La (5010m)
Day 13: Trek to Sal Dang (3620m)
Day 14: Trek to Yangze Gompa (4960m)
Day 15: Trek to Sibu (4560m)
Day 16: Trek to Jeng La Phedi (4900m)
Day 17: Trek to Dho Tarap (4200m) via Jeng La pass (5090m)
Day 18: Explore around Dho Tarap
Day 19: Trek to Tarap Khola (3800m)
Day 20: Trek to Khani Gaon (3150m)
Day 21: Trek to Dunai (2020m) via Tarakot (2535m)
Day 22: Trek to Juphal (2320m)
Day 23: Flight from Juphal to Nepalgunj
Day 24: Flight to Kathmandu
Day 25: Departure
Manaslu Circuit Trek, one of the most restricted trekking regions in Nepal. Trek begins with the mesmerizing views of Mt. Manaslu (8163m), the eighth tallest mountain in the world, associated with a chance to witness the rich local heritage and biological diversity of the region. The highest point of this trek is the ‘Larkya La Pass’ (5160m) which is widely believed to be one of the most dramatic passes crossing the Mountains.
To reach the starting point of Manaslu Circuit Trek, you need to take a bus or private jeep from Kathmandu to Soti Khola. Generally, it will take an 8-9 hours off-road drive.
Manaslu Circuit Trek 14 Days Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Sotikhola (710m) 8 – 9 hours
Day 3: Trek from Soti Khola to Maccha Khola (900m): 6 – 7 hours
Day 4: Trek from Maccha Khola to Jagat (1410m): 6 – 7 hours
Day 5: Trek from Jagat to Deng (1,804m): 6 – 7 hours
Day 6: Trek from Deng to Namrung (2630m): 6 – 7 hours
Day 7: Trek from Namrung to Samagaon (3530m): 6-7 hours
Day 8: Trek from Samagaon to Pungyen gompa. Back to Samagaon: 6 – 7 hours exploration
Day 9: Trek from Samagaon to Samdo (3860m): 4 – 5 hours
Day 10: Trek from Samdo to Dharamsala (4460m): 4 – 5 hours
Day 11: Trek from Dharamsala via Larkya La (5160m) to Bhimthang (3720m): 8 – 9 hours
Day 12: Trek from Bimthang to Dharapani (3560m): 5 – 6 hours
Day 13: Drive from Dharapani (1900m) to Kathmandu (1320m)
Day 14: Departure
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the popular trekking regions among travelers around the world. Due to its convenient transportation facilities, it’s quite easy to reach the starting point of the trek; Bhulbhule. The upper part after chame, the trek routes pass through the Himalayan landscape and the rain-shadow area.
Adding some extra days for Tilicho Lake will be a great choice that you can make. Tilicho Lake is the highest lake in the world which stands at 4919 meters.
Annapurna Circuit Trek 15 Days Itinerary
Day 1: Drive to Bhulbhule (900m): 6-7 hours and Trek to Nagdi (920m): 1 hour
Day 2: Trek from Nagdi to Jagat (1,300m): 6 – 7 hours
Day 3: Trek from Jagat to Dharapani (1,960m): 7-8 hours
Day 4: Trek from Dharapani to Chame (2,710m): 5 – 6 hours
Day 5: Trek from Chame to Pisang (3,300m): 5 – 6 hours
Day 6: Trek from Pisang to Manang via Nawal: 6 – 7 hours
Day 7: Acclimatization in Manang
Day 8: Trek from Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m): 3 – 4 hours
Day 9: Trek from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m): 3 – 4 hours
Day 10: Trek from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m) via Thorong La pass (5416m): 7 – 8 hours
Day 11: Trek from Muktinath to Jomsom (2700m): 4 – 5 hours
Day 12: Drive from Jomsom to Tatopani (1100m): 5 – 6 hours
Day 13: Trek from Tatopani to Ghorepani (2,850m): 7 – 8 hours
Day 14: Trek from Ghorepani to Nayapul (1070m) via Poonhill (3210m). Drive to Pokhara (820m)
Day 15: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Everest Base Camp Trek is very popular among lots of travelers. Most of the travelers plan their trek to Everest Base Camp in Spring and Autumn season which will be busy. You can trek to Everest Base Camp in any four seasons.
You can also complete Everest Base Camp Trek in monsoon season. But, expect some rain during the first starting days of the trek. After you ascend to the higher altitude (above 2500m), the weather will start to improve and offers clear blue sky with magnificent mountains. Besides this, you can also explore the open natural beauty which includes flora and fauna to wild animals.
Getting a flight ticket in peak season is quite difficult. While in Monsoon season, you can easily find the first flight ticket to Lukla. Also, food and accommodations are quite convenient to find during monsoon season.
Everest Base Camp Trek 14 Days Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,320m), TIA Airport and Drop to Hotel that you have booked
Day 2: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2,650m): 25 minutes flight, 3 – 4 hours trek
Day 3: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 5- 6 hours
Day 4: Day Hike around Namche Bazaar: (3,440m) and stay at Tea Houses, Namche
Day 5: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,876m): 5 hours
Day 6: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410m): 5 – 6 hours
Day 7: Day Hike around Dingboche and stay at Tea Houses, Dingboche
Day 8: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4936m): 2 – 4 hours and stay at Tea Houses, Lobuche
Day 9: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5180m), visit Everest Base Camp (5345m): 6-7 hours
Day 10: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m) to Pheriche (4,230m) 7-8 hours
Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m): 6 – 7 hours and stay at Namche Bazar
Day 12: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m): 6 – 7 hours
Day 13: Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu; 25 minutes and Drop to Hotel (Farewell dinner with office staff)
Day 14: Departure
Why do trekking in Monsoon Season?
An advantage of doing treks in monsoon season will let you view the clear sky, blooming flowers, magnificent mountains, and green forest. The trekking path is quite calm during the monsoon season. There won’t be any problem getting accommodation in any above trek. You will get food on time.
For the documentary maker, the monsoon is the perfect season to shoot. Because people are free from their busy schedule. Local people can provide information regarding their daily life, culture, and other activities in detail. In this season you can also experience the real life of farmers. Farmers working every day to grow wheat, barley, potatoes, buckwheat and lots of organic vegetables. Also, you can shoot natural green beauty in your camera.
Whereas, the disadvantage of doing treks in monsoon season is; the problem of leeches (low land below 2500m), short rain, and muddy road. These problems are faced in starting phase of trekking. After, we ascend to a higher altitude (above 2500m). There won’t be any problem. But, these are the minor cases that you can overcome easily.
How is the weather in Monsoon Season?
During monsoon season, the weather is hot and humid. Expect some rain during the starting days of the trek, which then improve after we reach a higher altitude (above 2500m). In the above 2500m, humidity is low and temperate are pleasant. Normally, it rains only for 2-3 hours (Late Afternoon).
Transportation During Monsoon Season
Trekking in Nepal can be completed via two modes of transportation- Overland and Flight. In a specific situation such as; during heavy rain, there is a chance of landslides. To overcome, you should be kept in touch with the road condition before starting the trip. You can also contact us.
Due to poor visibility and heavy rain, your flight may get a delay for a certain time. Hence, you should make up for the mind for waiting. In this condition, your specific itinerary should have some extra days to cover the delay from transportations.
Takeaway Trekking Tips During Monsoon Season
- Start the trek early morning to get rid of the rain. Generally, rain starts after late noon.
- Add some extra days to your plan to get free from delays due to transportation and weather
- After raining, you will more likely see a clear view of mountains with a blue sky
- Don’t forget to bring water and snacks. It can relief you if get stuck on the highway which may take a long time to reach your destination
- Pack your goods which must include the waterproof boot, raincoat, and umbrella (optional)
- Restricted Trek Region: Upper Mustang Trek, Upper Dolpo Trek, and Manaslu Circuit Trek. You need a special permit for this trek where you need a minimum of two travelers. You can get a permit only from an authorized trekking agency.
- Fully Rain Shadow area: Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, and the Higher part of Annapurna Circuit (after 3-4 days of your trek to Chame)
- Enjoy the bloom of flowers and green forest
- While trekking, you can view the waterfall. Capture this wonderful nature in your frame
- Under the bad weather, rainy and other natural calamities, get ready to modify your trip plan
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