Trekking during Nepal monsoon season is not so highly recommended except some rain-shadow ares and less affected areas by rain. June, July and August are the months of monsoon season and trekking during this time will be quite difficult as there can be heavy downpours, risk of leeches, landslides, flood and avalanches. However, you can do trekking to the places that receive very less rainfall which are protected by the high mountains. Upper Mustang, Manang, Humla Simikot, Nar Phu Valley, Dolpa are the trekking places in Nepal possible for hiking. The availability of mountain lodges is high during this time as there will be less trekkers in the popular trekking trails and you may get off-season discounts.
Monsoon Trekking Months
Trekking in Nepal in June
June is the month of monsoon and a special month of Nepal. Nepalese people become busy on their fields to sow the paddy as National Paddy Day falls on this month and it is on 29th of May (Asar 15 – National Rice Plantation Day). The agricultural activity depends upon the rain water and the Nepalese people work hard on their fields whole day.
Due to the heavy rainfall, there will be chances of flood, landslide and soil erosion on the trekking routes. So, trekking to high altitude Himalayan region is not recommended. If you are interested on trekking, you can do on rain shadow areas Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo.
Apart from trekking, you can join agricultural volunteer programs, rice plantation, playing with mud and enjoy the local festival.
You can also join Yoga and meditation programs as the environment will be greenery and clear after the rain stops.
Trekking in Nepal in July
July is the peak monsoon season in Nepal with the heavy rain fall (Some day) all the day or it may extend to 2-3 days long also. Generally, during the monsoon time, the trekking agencies of Nepal do not recommend for trekking. There may be the risk of landslide on the trekking trail and leeches. But during the rainy season, there are rain shadow areas in Nepal which have less effect of monsoon. Annapurna Circuit Trek, Humla Simikot, Upper Mustang Trek and Upper Dolpo trek are the best season for trekking in Nepal because these trails are located at rain shadow areas. Monsoon is the off-season time in Nepal with the less demand of trekking to Himalayas.
Trekking in Nepal in August
Planning for Nepal Trip? or Going Trekking to Nepal Himalayas? Visit Nepal in August. August is the monsoon month in Nepal and still there is rainfall during the day. Although trekking is not possible during the monsoon season, you may go for jungle safari, cultural sightseeing, yoga and meditation and trekking to rain shadow areas. There are some colorful festivals during the August which you should not miss while you are in Nepal. This year Janai Purnima, Nag panchami, Gai Jatra and Krishna Janmasthami falls in August 2018.
Top 5 treks in Nepal during Monsoon Season
1. Upper Mustang Trek
2. Dolpa Circuit
3. Rara Lake Trek
4. Humla Limi Valley Trek
5. Nar Phu Valley Trek
Monsoon Trekking in Pictures
Picture Credit: Claudio Sieber