Typically, the majority of material on websites and in trekking and travel agencies in Nepal recommends that the best seasons for trekking in Nepal are fall and spring. However, Nepal also offers some of the best monsoon treks, which offer very tranquil treks away from crowds. While hiking in the summer (from the beginning of June, July, and August) has its benefits, the fall may offer the finest skies. While some treks should be avoided, there are several places in Nepal that are best visited in the summer since the trails are less congested, the villages are bustling with activity, and the valleys are in full bloom and green, as opposed to the dry and dreary winter and spring.
Some small treks, including the Chisapani Trek, Nagarkot Trek, Saranngkot Hike, Ghandruk Trek, and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek are feasible during Nepal’s monsoon season. Cultural city tours in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini, and on a safari in Chitwan National Park are also very accessible and doable year-round. Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, Nar Phu Valley, Lower Mustang, the half of the Annapurna Circuit, and the Manaslu Circuit, which are supposed to be in the rain shadow, are the ideal spots to hike in July and August. For those who are botanical Keens, July and August can be ideal months to hike.
Best Monsoon Treks in Nepal
Below is the list of best monsoon treks that are accessible in Nepal
Upper Mustang Trek:
Due to its location in a rain-shadow, Upper Mustang is not impacted by rainfall. The upper mustang trail, also known as the desert in the Himalayas, is well-known for its natural features, Himalayan views, and Tibetan-influenced people and culture. A special permit is required to enter the restricted area of Mustang as a tourist. The tourism options in this remote trekking area are numerous. You can see the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Himalayan mountains along with Nepal’s mystical culture and unspoiled civilization.
Nar-Phu Valley Trek:
An off-the-beaten-path trek that is a suitable choice for monsoon trekking in Nepal is the Nar-Phu Valley Trek. The Nar-Phu valley has a wide range of elevations and is surrounded by the Himalayas on three sides and Mustang on the west, making trekking in the area particularly exciting. Trekkers get the opportunity to experience the picturesque and distinctive culture of distant Nepal on the Nar-Phu Valley trip. The valley has its own dialect that is distinct from that of the Gurung and Tibetan Buddhists. Trekking across the Nar-Phu Valley needs a special authorization from the government of Nepal. Jagat, a traditional village, serves as the starting point for the trek, which continues to isolated communities like Meta, Phu, Nar, and Ngawal, among others.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek:
You can comfortably do the short and delightful Ghorepani Poon Hill trek during the summer. This trip offers magnificent 360-degree views of the impressive Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges in the Annapurna conservation region. You will also have the opportunity to appreciate the Gurung and Magar civilizations. Starting in Pokhara, the trek goes through Tikhedhunga, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Ghandruk before returning to Pokhara. The paths are pretty decent and can support hikes throughout the monsoon season.
Dolpa Circuit Trek:
Another restricted area trip is the Dolpa Circuit, often known as the Upper Dolpo Trek. This less visited trekking area in western Nepal offers the best mountain vistas, breathtaking scenery, unspoiled rural communities, and stunning lakes. Because it gets less rain than other hiking places, this area is best visited during Nepal’s monsoon season. You should visit this region because of the Himalayan massifs, snow-capped mountains, untamed national parks, Buddhist gompas, canyons, and cliffs, as well as the pristine nature, ancient customs, and clear lakes.
The Nagarkot trek is a quick journey away from the bustle of the city and into a serene setting where you may take in breathtaking views of the majestic Everest, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishanker, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang, and Rolwaling. Before arriving at Nagarkot, the journey passes from Kathmandu to Sundari Jal, Chisapani, and Haibung. You’ll also stop in at Bhaktapur’s Changunarayan Temple, one of Kathmandu’s oldest temples, on the way back. This walk is intended for people who don’t want to venture too far from the Kathmandu Valley but still want to see the picturesque jungles, typical Nepali villages, and the views from Chisapani and Nagarkot high stations. For Nagarkot treks, the monsoon season is ideal.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek for Families:
A lovely monsoon trekking excursion is the Jomsom Muktinath Trek with Kids. The Jomsom Muktinath is the ideal fusion of cultural and Himalayan characteristics, and is located in the rain shadow of the Annapurna Himal. The hike includes a stop at the Dhumba Lake, which is located in the slopes of the magnificent Nilgiri Peak (7061m). The remarkable trip begins at the lake. The popular Marpha apple orchards, where apples can be relished prepared in a variety of ways, are traversed by the hiking trail. The path is littered with caravans of yak, horses, mules, and donkeys, and the atmosphere is heavily influenced by Buddhism due to the abundance of monasteries, Chortens, and Mani walls.
Humla Limi Valley Trek:
The remotest part in Nepal is Humla. The limi valley, which is in Nepal’s far western region and offers organic culture and nature, is there. It experiences little to no rainfall during the monsoon season, similar to other trekking regions in rain-shadow. Therefore, it is ideal for Nepalese Monsoon trekking. It is one of the travel routes to the Kailash Mansarovar yatra and the route for salt commerce between Nepal and Tibet. In 2002, the region first became accessible to tourists during the season.
Annapurna Circuit Trek:
The greatest trip to take during the monsoon is the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which is located in a rain-shadow region. Consider this trek if you want to avoid crowds because it is the most well-known in Nepal. The hiking area is completely covered with green thanks to the monsoon. Additionally, it reduces pollution and dust. Rainfall causes the rivers to swell, and the waterfalls appear magnificent. You will need to exercise some caution, though, as the path may be slick and rainy. However, you will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchre, Gangapurna, Khangsar, and Hiunchuli, among other magnificent snow-capped summits.