Nepal is a land full of diverse natural attractions and opportunities for a thrilling adventure like any other place on earth. It is famous around the world for the unique landscape, geography and climatic conditions.
Therefore, Nepal is a favorable destination among trekkers and travelers alike. Spring (February to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best time for a splendid trekking experience in Nepal. Likewise, Summer or Monsoon trekking in the rain shadow area is also popular among travel enthusiasts.
The high temperatures and unpredictable weather conditions during summer might cause frequent transportation delays. However, the routes along the Massive Himalaya Trails blocks the rainy weather systems. The rain shadow areas like Dolpa and Manang do not experience frequent rainfalls throughout the summer season. Hence, you will trek the splendid trails in the lap of the High Himalayas with the arid climatic condition. Upper Mustang, Lower Mustang, Upper Dolpo and Lower Dolpo Trekking are some of the famous summer treks in Nepal.
Furthermore, the weather conditions are warm and crisp during the summer season and you will enjoy a quiet trek with less number of trekkers on the trails. The village is vivid and the valley blooms with beautiful colors and green vegetation. In addition, due to the lack of travelers, you can enjoy extra attention and facilities at the local teahouses.
So, you can enjoy the solitude and beauty of the mountains without any crowds. The weather might not offer the clearest of skies during your Summer season trek in Nepal. However, with proper preparation, you can enjoy your summer trek regardless of the causal rainfalls. To have the best trekking experience in summer, take these treks that we think are favorable to complete in summer.
Trekking in Nepal in June
The month of June offers bright sunny days give you a perfect view of the mountains throughout the trek. Furthermore, you might experience sudden heavy rainfall and thunderstorms on your trek expedition in June.
Therefore, you must pack rain gear and light clothing to prepare yourself for the hot humid and heavy monsoon downpours. So, we offer you the following details to help you get an insight about trekking in Nepal in the month of June.
Weather Conditions of June in Nepal
You will experience an Alpine climate in the Himalayan region during your trek in June. The temperature is around 28°C in Kathmandu and it falls below average low of 19°C at night.
June is the season of monsoon so the weather is usually hot and wet on most of the region in Nepal. During the month of June, the chances of rainfall are frequent with occasional thunderstorms.
Places like Pokhara experience 400 cm rainfall in June likewise southern slopes like Mahabharat Hills receive 200 cm rainfall. Whereas the rain shadow area receives less than 50 cm of rainfall.
Trekking in Nepal in July
The month of July is a time of transition between summer and the monsoon season in Nepal. So, the weather conditions can get very hot as well as very humid and wet. Further, you will experience heavy rainfalls along with thunderstorms.
In addition, July is a popular month to go during the summer season in Nepal. However, you need to prepare yourself appropriate rain gear along with you for the trek. Moreover, make sure to pack light clothing for the hot humid days.
Weather Conditions of July in Nepal
July resembles the beginning of a hotter summer season in Nepal. So, it is the warmest month of the year in Nepal. You will experience the usual rainfalls at night and warm sunny days around this time of the year.
In addition, the temperature rises as high to 40°C in the Terai region of Nepal. Whereas, the temperature is mild and pleasant around 25°C to 27°C in the Hilly region. During June, the northern Himalayan normally as alpine weather conditions.
In the month of June, the rainfalls vary around 300 mm in the north and west parts of Nepal. Whereas the eastern region receives rainfall over 2500 mm.
Trekking in Nepal in August
The month of August is a transition month between summer and the monsoon season in Nepal. Therefore, it can get very hot, very humid and very wet during your trek in August.
August falls in the middle of the monsoon season in Nepal. So, the weather can be very humid, and the trekking routes are usually.
During your trek in August, you will experience the monsoon rain along with thunderstorms and wind. Hence, it is one of the least popular months to go trekking in Nepal.
However, you will find the trails and villages quiet with only a few numbers of trekkers. Thus, you can enjoy the isolation with the mesmerizing views of the mountains.
Weather Conditions of August in Nepal
In Nepal, monsoon trekking is also popular which is preferable during the months of June, July, and August. August is the second wettest month of the year. Therefore, the weather throughout this month remains cloudy.
The temperature and humidity are very high during both nights and days. So, you will experience the majority of the rain falls during the afternoon and at night. During August, it generally rains around 345mm so it might rain on a daily basis on your trek.
The average daytime temperature of Kathmandu is around 28°C so the climate is hot and wet. Likewise, the maximum temperature of the Upper Mustang is 33°C and the minimum temperature is 20°C during August.
Tips for trekking in Nepal in Summer
- You must consider hiring a guide as you might wander off to an unknown trail.
- Don’t forget to pack insect repellent and table salt to protect yourself from leeches as most of the environment along the trails are wet.
- There are high chances of rainfall during the afternoon so it’s always wise to start your trek early.
- Pack waterproof and windproof jackets with quick-drying, comfortable and breathable t-shirts, shirts and trousers.
- Make sure to carry a waterproof backpack along with you to keep your gear dry and a raincoat just in case.
- You need to carry waterproof trekking boots to keep your feet dry during rainfall.
Some of the popular Summer treks in Nepal
There are routes along the Great Himalayas favorable for summer wanderers and travel enthusiasts. These trails lie in the rain shadow of Nepal so the surrounding atmosphere is usually dry.
Hence, the region receives comparatively less rainfall than the other regions of Nepal. Therefore, you can enjoy the adventure on the wilder side of the Himalayas even during the Monsoon/ summer season. These regions are one of the best destinations to travel in the Summer/Monsoon season.
Upper Mustang Trek
The arid land of Mustang lies on the northern side of the Annapurna massif. Therefore, the high mountains create a barrier against the Monsoon weather system.
The Upper Mustang Trek is a beautiful trek as it leads through the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. Further, the trail heads towards the elevation of 4,000 meters at high mountain passes.
You will pass gorgeous Buddhist villages, hidden caves, canyon walls, and ancient monasteries, on your Upper Mustang Trek.
In addition, you will also get to explore the forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang. It is one of the last living examples of Tibetan culture in Nepal.
On your Upper Mustang Trek, you might have to face flight delays due to strong winds and rain. However, most of the days you will enjoy a pleasant flight over the impressive landscapes to Mustang.
Rara Lake Trek
Rara National Park and the serene Rara lakes are the major highlights of the Rara Lake Trek. Rara is a remote region in western Nepal. In addition, Rara is not as dry as the other rain shadow areas like Mustang and Upper Dolpo.
You can access the magnificent region via flight over the beautiful hills and lowlands of Nepal. Further on the Rara Lake Circuit Trek, the crystal clear waters of the magnificent Rara lake will leave you breathless. Moreover, you will enjoy the surrounding alpine meadows and exotic Himalayan flora.
You can also enjoy an exceptional number of birds on the Rara Circuit Trek. Therefore it is a hot spot for nature enthusiasts as Rara is famous for inhabiting rare birds and animals.
The attractive region of Dolpa is open for travelers and trekkers alike since 1989. However, Dolpa receives only a fraction of tourists and travelers to this day. So, you can have an incredible journey on the quiet trails and landscapes on the Dopla Circuit trek.
In addition, on your Dolpo Circuit trek, you will also have the opportunity to witness Nepal’s deepest lake, Phoksundo. It is one of the most beautiful highlights of the Dolpo region.
You will also have plenty of days to spare to admire the surrounding valley and enjoy your time exploring the lake. Likewise, the extra days will allow you to visit the Tshowa monastery on the east bank of Phoksundo Lake.
Humla Limi Valley Trek
Humla is a remote district in Nepal. Therefore, adventurous seek to venture the off beaten track to enjoy the panoramic mountain views in the isolated region. In addition, you might also have the opportunity to witness the elusive snow leopard on the Humla Limi Valley Trek.
You will follow the ancient salt trading route to the border of Nepal and Tibet on the Limi Valley trek. Hence, you will pass through incredible rocky landscapes and medieval stone villages along the trail.
The accommodation facilities are basic and authentic due to the isolation of the valley from modern civilization. Moreover, you will also have the option to enjoy camping besides small Buddhist villages amidst the snow-encrusted mountains.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit trek is without a doubt one of the most popular trekking expeditions in Nepal. Travelers can easily access the Annapurna circuit trek via road transport or by flight from the beautiful lake city, Pokhara.
It is also known as tea house trek as you will enjoy accommodation and delicious meals at tea houses throughout the trek. You will enjoy the hospitality and catering from the tea houses with magnificent views of the Annapurna mountain range.
You might experience sudden rainfall as Annapurna Circuit lies in the monsoon curtain so the trail might get wet and slippery. Furthermore, the trek gets strenuous as the trail ascends towards challenging Thorong La pass. After a relatively exhausting hike, you will pass Muktinath and towards the drier region of the lower Mustang.