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 short period; two to three hours and later the view is crystal clear. Most of the best treks in Nepal are in rain shadow area which has a 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.
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5 Best Monsoon Treks in Nepal
Upper Mustang Trek, is a restricted trekking region, located in northern part of Nepal. Most of the trekking routes to Upper Mustang are within in 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 Dolpo trek, is situated in remote areas of Nepal. It has the 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).
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.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the popular trekking regions among the 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.
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 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. Beside 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.
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. Trekking path is quite calm during monsoon season. There won’t be any problem getting an 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 the 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 starting days of the trek, which then improve after we reach a higher altitude (above 2500m). In 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 certain time. Hence, you should make up for mind for waiting. In this condition, your specific itinerary should have some extra days to cover the delay from transportations.
Takeaway Trekking Tips:
- Start the trek early morning to get rid of 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 minimum 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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