Embrace The Rain: Top Monsoon Treks in Nepal

monsoon treks in nepal

Nepal is a haven for trekkers seeking adventure and long-lasting memories. Adding more to that, trekking during different seasons can truly impact the adventure. One such is the monsoon treks in Nepal which is quite charming. 

Though spring and autumn are considered to be the peak seasons for trekking in Nepal, monsoon treks can still prove to be valuable. The unique perspective along the trail makes the journey more thrilling with full of exciting factors. 

Here, we’ll look into some of the top monsoon treks in Nepal that are sure to make your vacation list.  

Why Trek During the Monsoon?

Monsoon trekking in Nepal is considered to be off-season lacking clear skies with low visibility. But trekking in the monsoon has its own unique beauty and lovely experience. 

The quieter trail adorned by lush landscape scenery gives you a feeling of rejuvenation. The months from June to August experience frequent rainfall yet the discovery you experience is exclusive. 

Walking the trail blooming with wildflowers while the hills are covered with dense greenery, you’ll be thrilled to venture during monsoon. Not only that, the constant relaxing sound of waterfalls and rivers along the trekking trail is captivating. 

Besides the scenic beauty, visiting Nepal during monsoon lets you partake in various local festivals such as Teej and Janai Purnima. Moreover, the Ropain Jatra is quite fascinating which is crucial for agriculture in Nepal. 

Though the monsoon trekking can be challenging at times, every explorer can witness different sides of trekking in Nepal.

Top Monsoon Treks in Nepal

Upper Mustang Trek

When it comes to trekking during monsoon in Nepal, Upper Mustang Trek is the top choice. The Upper Mustang region falls under the rains-shadow of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. 

Due to this, the region encounters less rainfall or most likely no rain even during the monsoon season (June to Sep). 

Popularly known as the desert of Nepal, the Upper Mustang region is dry, barren, and arid consisting of magnificent canyons. Having said that, the trek to Upper Mustang takes place in the Trans Himalayan region in western Nepal. 

Geographically, the region is somewhat different from other regions of Nepal making it uniquely gorgeous. Looking back through history, the trek to this region was restricted until 1992. Since then, it’s allowed to trek but the number of people visiting the region is set to 1000 on average every year. 

The best thing about Upper Mustang Trek is that it is an off-the-beaten path offering the best mountain views while passing through grand canyons and diverse landscapes. 

As the region is untouched by modern civilization, it’s a great opportunity to witness the traditional way of life with incredible hospitality. Furthermore, Tibetan Buddhist culture dominates the region that has been here for centuries. 

In regard to ethnicity, Gurung, Thakalis, and Tibetans inhabit most of the Mustang region. Since the primary religion is Tibetan Buddhism, you can find numerous Gompas, mani walls, chortens, and many more along the trek. 

As for starting the journey to this region, you need to take a picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara followed by a panoramic flight to Jomson. 

After reaching Jomson, the trek begins which leads you through various settlements such as Kagbeni, Chele, Syangboche, and Ghami. The ultimate destination of the trek is reaching the Lo Manthang situated at an elevation of 3,840 meters. 

This destination is the capital city of the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. The term ‘Lo Manthang’ refers to the walled city in the Tibetan language. As the name suggests, the city is covered with walls consisting of ancient monasteries and traditional houses. 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is another best option for monsoon trekking in Nepal. Yet, the views are most probably obstructed by clouds during monsoon. 

Rainfall is most likely to occur in the afternoon and evenings. This makes it possible for clear skies in the mornings if luck is on your side. 

However, the vibe is indeed amazing that you can experience it only in monsoon. With fewer crowds on the trail, it’s a great chance to take in the essence of the trek. 

Situated in the Annapurna region of Nepal, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek takes about 5 days to accomplish approximately. This makes the trek easier and is best suited for beginners. 

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The trek starts from Nayapool which is a few hour’s drive from the city of lakes, Pokhara. The route follows through the charming villages of Gurung and Magar along lush rhododendron forests and several farmlands. 

As you walk along the course, the stunning vistas of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Himchuli, and other Himalayan giants let you picture what a paradise seems like in reality. 

On this trek, Poon Hill is the major attraction which is just a 45 minutes walk away from Ghorepani. This vantage point stands at an elevation of 3,210 meters making it the highest point of the trek. 

It’s best to visit Poon Hill early in the morning for the mesmerizing sunrise view over the mountain ranges. This is why, the destination is considered to be one of the best vantage points in the Annapurna region. 

Nar Phu Valley Trek

Like the Upper Mustang region, the trekking route of the Nar Phu Valley Trek falls under the rain shadow area. Consequently, it makes the trek possible even during the monsoon months. 

The Nar Phu Valley Trek is set in the Annapurna region which is not far from the route of Annapurna Circuit Trek. Like the Annapurna Circuit, the journey to Nar Phu Valley begins with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. However, the route diverges from here onwards. 

Nar-Phu Valley Trek

Taking 10 to 14 days to complete, an average of 5-6 hours of daily walk is required on this trek. As a result, a good level of physical fitness is crucial accompanied by the right mindset. If you have prior trekking experience, it’s a plus. 

Remember that the trek to Nar Phu Valley lies in a restricted area requiring a special permit to enter. This trek was opened to outsiders only in 2003. 

Regarding the trekking route, you’ll discover remote settlements inhabited by Tibetan-like people, Buddhist Gompa, canyons, and mighty mountains. As for the mountains, you’ll get to witness Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna. 

Upper Dolpo Trek

Upper Dolpo Trek also falls under the rain shadow of the Dhaulagiri range and thus experiences low rainfall. As a result, this trek is possible even during the monsoon season. 

The Upper Dolpo region lies in the mid-western region of Nepal situated between the Dhaulagiri region and the Tibetan plateau. The region is isolated and has yet to be explored. 

Until 1989 the entire Dolpo district was restricted to access for all the trekkers. Due to this, the region is still untouched by modernization making it well preserved and the most antique. 

Upper Dolpo Trek

Requiring 18 to 25 days to complete, the Upper Dolpo Trek commences with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and then to Jhupal. Hereafter the trek begins from Jhupal traversing remote settlements, mountain passes, and a lot more. 

As the journey continues, the path leads you through Renje and Phoksundo Bhanjyang witnessing the majestic beauty of Shey Phoksundo Lake. Eventually, you’ll reach the Kang La Pass at 5,151 meters which is the highest point of the trek. 

Apart from these, the stunning vistas of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Kanjiroba make the adventure extraordinary. 

In addition, the locals practice the ancient Pre-Buddhist religion, Bon Po in the Dolpo region. With remoteness and exclusiveness, the region still exists with the ancient practices and cultures. 

Everest Short Trek

To your amazement, you can consider the Everest Short Trek among the monsoon treks in Nepal. The trek can be demanding yet you’ll discover a different perspective of the Everest region

Everest Short Trek, also known as Everest View Trek is best suited for beginners who would love to visit the lower Everest region and are short on time. This trek takes you to an elevation of 3,800 meters requiring 5-7 days to complete. This is why the trek is the perfect introduction for beginners. 

The journey begins with an enchanting flight from Kathmandu to Lukla like the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Lush forests, pristine rivers, suspension bridges, friendly Sherpas, stunning Himalayan giants, and many more make the trek truly worthwhile. 

On this trek, you’ll be visiting Everest Short Hotel, the world’s highest-placed hotel. The panoramic vistas of the Himalayas while having a delicious meal in the hotel is outstanding. 

On top of that, witnessing the culture and spirituality of Tengboche Monastery lets you discover the region’s religious beliefs and way of life. 

So, you can plan on undertaking Everest Short Trek even during the months of monsoon. You won’t be disappointed by the adventure that this trek has to offer. 

Essential Gear for Monsoon Trekking

ClothingWaterproof Jacket
Waterproof Pants
Quick-Dry Shirts
Quick-Dry Pants
Base Layers
Fleece or Insulated Jacket
Waterproof Boots
Waterproof Socks
Hat and Gloves
ShelterWaterproof Tent
Tent Footprint
Lightweight Tarp
BackpackWaterproof Backpack Cover
Dry Bags
NavigationMap and Compass
GPS Device
Weather-Resistant Map Case
Safety and First AidFirst Aid Kit
Emergency Shelter
Waterproof Matches/Lighter
HydrationWater Purification System
Hydration Bladder or Water Bottles
Food and CookingLightweight Stove
Waterproof Matches/Lighter
Lightweight Cookware
Other EssentialsTrekking Poles
Rain Cover for Electronics
Quick-Dry Towel
Sunglasses and Sunscreen
Mosquito Repellent

Safety Tips for Monsoon Trekkers

The following are the essential safety tips that every trekker must be prepared with: 

  • Pack waterproof clothes and rain covers for your backpack.
  • Wear proper trekking shoes with good grip to avoid slipping on wet trails.
  • Carry extra dry clothes and socks in case your clothes get wet.
  • Always have a map, compass, and GPS device with you.
  • Hire an experienced local guide who knows the trails well.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and fluids.
  • Avoid trekking during heavy rain or thunderstorms.
  • Be cautious while crossing rivers or streams as water levels may rise.
  • Pack lightweight and high-energy snacks to keep your energy levels up.
  • Inform family or friends about your trekking route and schedule.
  • Follow instructions from your guide and local authorities.
  • Respect local customs and traditions during your trek.
  • Be prepared for unexpected weather changes and have a backup plan.
  • Carry a basic first-aid kit and essential medications.
  • Wear proper sun protection like hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Stay in designated campsites or lodges during your trek.
  • Do not litter or damage the environment during your trek.

Final Say

In a nutshell, monsoon treks in Nepal promise different perspectives of trekking yet can be challenging. Then again, people still believe that the monsoon trek is impossible in Nepal. But if you come prepared with the right gear and planning, you can enjoy the trek even in monsoon. 

Get Ready for a Monsoon Trek

Choose a trek and start planning with High Route Adventure. You can contact us at +977-9851058664 or mail us at info@highrouteadventure.com.

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