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Monsoon trek in Nepal - Top 6 destinations

Updated at Sep 14, 2022by Mission Himalaya

The monsoon season typically begins in early June and lasts until early September in Nepal. During this season, severe rainfall occurs in most regions of Nepal, causing roads and hiking pathways to become slippery. So, many people prefer to trek during the spring and autumn seasons in the Himalayas. However, in monsoon season travelers can trek in a peaceful and less crowded environment in the Himalayas.

Monsoon Trek in Nepal is not challenging for the most part. It is achievable by individuals of various ages and experiences. Although we prefer the beginners to trek in the other preferred seasons. However, this time isn't ideal for high-altitude treks because of blurred mountain scenery, muddy trek routes, and travel delays. As a result, we recommend that you select a lower elevation site for trekking during this season.

During this season, heavy rain falls from the beginning of June through the end of August. Sometimes until the beginning of September. As a result, there is a significant danger of landslide, flood, and trail and road blockages on the trekking trail. Therefore, we've picked only a few treks for the season when these factors are less likely.

Table of contents:

  1. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
  2. Upper Mustang Trek
  3. Nar Phu Valley Trek
  4. Langtang Valley Trek
  5. Annapurna Circuit Trek
  6. Everest Base Camp Trek

 

1. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek 

Ghorepani Poon Hill is a quick and pleasant trek that is suitable for beginners and could be conveniently accomplished during the monsoon season in Nepal. You'll be able to see the spectacular Poon Hill viewpoint as well as the historic town of Ghandruk. From here, you can see incredible views of the Annapurna, Fishtail, and Dhaulagiri mountains in the Annapurna conservation region.

View from Poonhill in monsoon Nepal.

The Ghorepani hike might be wet and muddy during the monsoon season (July and August), but the routes are broad, well-marked with stairs, and relatively free of leeches. The paths are pretty good and can easily accommodate monsoon excursions. Both early and late monsoons are ideal for this trek since you'll escape crowds while still seeing the clouds clear for spectacular sights along the route.

 

2. Upper Mustang Trek

Upper Mustang Trek is an excellent choice among Nepal's finest monsoon treks. It is located in the rain-shadowed region of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Massifs, which receives little rainfall during the monsoon. Mustang is sometimes referred to as the "desert in the mountains" for this reason. As a result, this is an ideal trek to accomplish during the monsoon period in Nepal.

Stone heritage in during Upper mustang trek in Nepal.

Upper Mustang is distinct from the rest of Nepal, with dry, desolate plains, red cliffs, old caves, and fossil rocks. Since of its closeness to Tibet, and because this region is located inside the Tibetan plateau, the villages appear more Tibetan than Nepali. The journey begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, followed by a flight to Jomsom.

You will see several towering peaks on your trip to Upper Mustang, including Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu East and West, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, and Lamjung Himal. And also you will get a chance to explore this region's unique culture and pristine civilization. The Mustang territory is a prohibited area that requires a special permit to access as a tourist. Hence, this remote trekking location has a lot to provide for those who want to go explore.

 

3. Nar Phu Valley Trek

The Nar and Phu valleys are beautiful trekking areas in the Annapurna region. The villages of Nar and Phu provide opportunities to experience a pristine environment and culture. The trek through the Nar and Phu valleys includes lonely villages, narrow gorges, rich woods, high passes, glaciers, ancient Buddhist heritage, and breathtaking mountain sights. Just several trekkers travel to this lonely area of Nepal, which falls in the rain shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan mountains.

View of mountain from Nar Phu valley During Trek.

This journey initially became available to international visitors in 2002. However, it gained prominence as locals began hosting visitors in their homes beginning in 2010. If you want to escape the crowds of famous trek regions in monsoon Nepal, the Nar Phu Valley Trek will be the perfect alternative. Furthermore, the region's pristine cultural and natural charm made travelers fall in love in a quick amount of time once it was allowed for travelers. The Nar Phu Valley Trek is an excellent monsoon trek since it is located in a rain-shadow region that distorts infrequent rainfall.

 

4. Langtang Valley Trek

The Langtang Valley is situated to the north of Kathmandu and just to the south of the Tibetan boundary. Since monsoon treks in Langtang Valley isn't highly popular, if you seek quiet paths through lush blossoming trees and stunning streams, you could surely consider this trip during this season as it is also convenient for beginners. This journey takes you through dense woods, alpine meadows, and yak farms before climbing up for vistas of the surrounding mountains.

greenery scene of Langtang.

The Langtang trip begins with a drive north of Kathmandu through lovely little towns, river valleys, and mountains to the Sherpa settlement of Syabrubesi. The monsoon rain refreshes the Langtang National Park, increasing your chances of seeing wildlife like as red pandas, Himalayan black bears,  snow leopards, musk deer, and many other bird species.

 

5. Annapurna circuit trek

The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a well-known off-the-beaten-path trekking route in Nepal. Many people select this route for an exciting and adventurous experience because it is one of the nearest off-the-beaten-path excursions from the capital city. This is Nepal's most popular trek, so you can consider this trek if you want to avoid crowds. The Annapurna Circuit Trek is located in a rain-shadow area and is the finest trek to do during the monsoon season.

Two people standing at Thorang La point.

The trail allows access to both the Trans-Himalayan tranquility and outlawed settlements and civilizations. The trek leads you to Manang Valley, where you may visit the people and know more about their culture. It is an excellent option for budget trekkers since you can reduce the cost of meals and lodging. While you can also find the finest guide for the trip at a cheap price during the monsoon season. As a result, it is an ideal trek for anyone looking for a pure and adventurous journey during the monsoon season.

 

6. Everest base camp Trek

The Everest Base Camp (EBC) trek is one of Nepal's most popular trekking excursions. This trip is indeed standard in Nepal's Himalayas, offering travelers to get to know many of the country's best spectacular summits as well as the native Sherpa community who hold the most records of reaching tough mountains in the world.

Lady at Everest base camp carrying a flag.

Trekking towards this renowned route is also achievable during the monsoon season. You may expect rain during the first few days of the Everest Base Camp trek. But the weather will improve as you reach higher elevations. The main benefit of this trek during this season is you'll have a greater connection with the locals and tourists than during peak season. You'd get more time to spend together and could share your culture, way of life, and expertise with them. Hence, the monsoon season is ideal for avoiding crowds and taking advantage of off-season discounts on lodges, meals, transportation, and tickets.

 

Conclusion: Monsoon trek in Nepal

Although this season is not ideal for high-altitude excursions as hindered mountain vistas, tangled trip paths, and travel delays occur from time to time. However, after the rain, you will witness a bright sky with spectacular mountain vistas and lush vegetation everywhere. Meanwhile, the majority of hikers seek out the finest hiking months. Monsoon hiking, on the other hand, is popular among thrill seekers. So, Nepal has several trekking spots that are suitable for monsoon excursions as well. You will undoubtedly benefit from the budget or reduced excursions during this season. If you intend to trek in Nepal, we cordially invite you to contact us for any tours and packages.

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

What is the average temperature during the Monsoon season?

- Summertime temperatures average approximately 23 degrees Celsius. As you get higher, the temperature drops.

What is the average rainfall size during the monsoon time?

- During the middle of the Monsoon season - July - the average rainfall ranges from 135 to 325 mm.

Does thundering and lightning storm during this season?

- Thunder, lightning, and storms are not common, although they do occur on occasion.

What is the suggested monsoon trekking gears?

- It is recommended to have trekking poles, umbrellas, raincoats, and rain boots with you.

Is it safe to trek alone during the monsoon season?

- Although trekking alone is doable, we strongly advise hiking with a guide for your safety. The guide will be at your service to assist you in navigating and overcoming obstacles.

 

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