OFFSEASON TREKKING IN NEPAL
written by: Kanti Khadka
Jun 07, 2019
Nepal is a dream destination for everyone looking for adventure, spirituality, and a unique experience. It is the dream for all the adventure seeker to trek to Everest Base Camp while visiting Lumbini or monasteries in Nepal is often dreamt by spiritual people. Nepal is home to one of the greatest experience and the joy adventurous soul can seek. Every passionate traveller knows that the best season to visit Nepal is pre-monsoon and post-monsoon. These are the best season to either go for a trek in Nepal or visit the places there.
While it is a nice time to visit Nepal during peak seasons, Travelling to Nepal in the offseason can turn out to be more beneficial.
Peak seasons for trekking in Nepal
The peak tourism seasons in Nepal are autumn during September-November and spring during March-May when the weather is warm, skies are generally clear, and conditions are at their best for outdoor activities.
Offseasons in Nepal
The off-seasons are the monsoon months (June-August) and the winter (December-February).
During off seasons, there will obviously be fewer tourists. With that in mind know that there are even fewer crowds and hotels often provide discounts. In fact, you might be surprised by all the benefits of travel to Nepal during the touristic offseason of year.
Reasons to visit Nepal during the offseason:
Travelling anywhere during offseason means fewer tourists and the same applies to Nepal. Popular trekking trails will be emptier and you won’t have to jostle for unobstructed views. This applies to many popular treks especially on Ghorepani-Poon Hill trek, where during peak season, getting up early to see the sun rise over the Annapurna Himalayas is somewhat not applicable as all the other tourists do the same.
Likewise, in the bustling cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara crowd will be thinner. Cultural trips and adventure activities in Pokhara are not season dependent. So you can enjoy most of the activities to the fullest without having to shove through the crowd.
Unlike some touristic places which completely close in the off-season, most places in Nepal will still be operational which means you won’t have any trouble booking a room or finding restaurants that are open.
Similarly, during season trek routes are very crowded. Trails are crammed up with tourists of various ages, guides and potters. If you want to trek in the peaceful and less crowded environment, the off-season is perfect for you to trek.
- Jungle safaris
The national parks of Chitwan and Bardia are scorching hot in the summer. Extremely scorching sun, drenched in sweat shovelling through a crowd doesn’t sound appealing at all. So it might not be a bad idea to try and travel during the offseason.
Experience jungle safaris pleasantly in the winter. Chitwan is famous for an endangered species one-horned rhino which you can practically spot at the bank of the river in Monsoon time.
Other attractions include bird watching, other creatures the rare gharial crocodile. In Bardia national park situated at far western Nepal, you are more likely to spot a Royal Bengal Tiger in pleasant weather.
- Monsoon trekking
Monsoon is not the best time of year for panoramic mountain views, but you will get to observe some of the exciting festivals such as Ropain festival( paddy plantation) during the Monsoon time.
And the rain doesn’t usually last all day. It may only rain for a couple of hours in the afternoon or evening, so if you make an early start you can avoid getting drenched. There are several parts in Nepal that don’t experience monsoon at all.
Summer is the perfect time to trek in high-altitude regions like Mustang and Dolpo which can particularly be cold in the other seasons. Upper Mustang and Upper Dolpo require an expensive permit to visit but, Lower Mustang and Lower Dolpo are comparatively more easily and cheaply accessible.
- Vacant and Empty guesthouses
As the percentage of trekkers and climbers visiting Nepal is very less in the off-season, you can easily get a room and the bed in the off-season. Along with it, you can get the room for the cheapest price.
You would love the peaceful environment of the villages and the trails. You don't have to wait long for your masala tea, and yes, your order won't be forgotten or eaten by someone else.
- Animal Encounters
If you are a wildlife lover, you will definitely love to visit Sagarmatha National park in the way to EBC. As the trekking trail is not crowded in these seasons, the chances of an encounter with wild-animals are very high at Sagarmatha National Park.
You can get to see much wildlife like mules, yaks, various species of birds and butterflies. Similarly, you are more likely to spot a Royal Bengal Tiger in Bardia National park in the Far-west region of Nepal if you happen to visit there.
- Awesome weather
Do you know it's not just freezing cold in Nepal? some months before winter and after spring, the temperature is warmer. And if you can't stand the coldness then June is a month to choose as at night you won't need to sleep in your down jacket with a double layer of blankets on top. Morning won't be that chilly.
- Lower prices
While Nepal is always a budget-friendly destination, it becomes even more budget-friendlier in the off-season. Flights to the country are cheaper, and good hotels and hostels are unlikely to be full, meaning you will get better quality for your money.
There is quite an advantage for travelling in off-seasons. But along with the advantages, there certainly are some of the disadvantages. The way may be slippery so, take care of it. Himalayan region is not that much affected by rainfall but, expect the unexpected.