The monsoon season is not regarded as optimal for high altitude trekking in the Himalayas due to wet and slippery trekking paths, low visibility, and flight disruptions. That is not to argue that monsoon trekking in Nepal is impossible.
Because of Nepal’s unrivalled magnificence of the Himalayas, it is an inescapable destination for wonderful travel experience for people all over the world. While treks are accessible year round, fall and spring are generally regarded as the best seasons for adventures in the higher Himalayan areas. The summer and monsoon seasons in Nepal, which span about from June to August, are notorious for heavy rainfall. This season isn’t ideal for high elevation treks because of obstructed mountain vistas, overcrowded trek routes, and aeroplane delays. Fortunately, Nepal has several travel destinations that are suitable for monsoon travels as well. Some rain-shadowed areas of Nepal receive less rainfall during the monsoon, making them perfect choices for the finest monsoon season treks.
Here are the best 5 monsoon trekking destinations in Nepal:
Ghorepani Poon Hill Ghandruk Trek – 5 Days Trek
The Ghorepani Poon Hill Ghandruk trek is one of the easiest trekking routes in Nepal. You will walk up to Ulleri, which can be reached by jeep from Pokhara or Nayapul. Those who can walk can begin the trek from Nayapul itself or ascend to Tikhedhunga. The route is moderate, with only a few modest climbs. During the course of five days, you will experience exquisite views of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountain ranges, as well as the historic communities of Ghandruk. Rhododendrons will brighten your journey from Ghorepani up to Poon Hill. Do not miss the sunrise at Poon Hill!
Nagarkot Trek – 3 Days trek
The Nagarkot trek takes you away from the city’s bustling life into a serene setting where you can experience breathtaking views of the magnificent Everest, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang, and Rolwaling.
The journey begins in Kathmandu and continues via Sundarijal, Chisapani, and Haibang before arriving at Nagarkot. On your way back, you’ll stop at Bhaktapur to see Changunarayan Temple, one of Kathmandu’s oldest temples. This trek is for individuals who do not want to go far from Kathmandu but yet want to see the woods, traditional Nepali villages, and views from the Chisapani and Nagarkot hill stations.
Helambu Trek – 7 days trek
Another trek you could potentially do during the monsoon is the Helambu Trek. During the monsoon season, Helambu treks are extremely safe, short, and enjoyable. The trek’s elevation ranges from 800m to 3600m. The rain revitalises the vegetation in and around the trekking area. Because the Helambu region is home to Sherpas and Tamangs, this journey will provide you with an insight into their way of life. You will also have the opportunity to see a number of monasteries, stupas, and shrines. If you appreciate mountain vistas, the trails offer views of Gaurishankar, Langtang, Lirung, and Ganesh Himal. The Helambu Trek begins in Kathmandu and continues via Sundarijal to Chisapani before ending in Melamchi Bazaar, from whence you can return to Kathmandu.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek – 7 Days trek
Because of the various temperatures, terrain, and ethnic settlements, Annapurna Base Camp trek is a world renowned trek. The Annapurna Base Camp trek can be completed throughout the monsoon season.
The monsoon rain blankets the trekking trials with greenery. It also reduces dust and pollutants. The rivers increase, as a result, the waterfalls are breathtaking. But you must tread cautiously because the terrain could be damp and slippery.
Nonetheless, you will be welcomed with spectacular views of the Annapurna ranges, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Khangsar, and Himchuli.
Nar Phu Valley Trek
North of Annapurna, the Nar Phu Valley is the least explored Trans-Himalayan region. The trek through the Nar and Phu valleys includes isolated villages, narrow gorges, dense woods, high passes, glaciers, mediaeval Buddhist cultures, and breathtaking mountain vistas. The journey brings you to the harsh terrain of Kang La Pass (5306m), which offers trekkers an incredible view of Annapurna Range.
This new off-the-beaten-path trekking trails in the Annapurna area passes through magnificent rural communities such as Manang, Nar Phu, Meta, Koto, and few others. The most memorable part of this journey is travelling across the high, craggy borders of Thorong La Pass (5,416m). The summit of Thorong La Pass gives an unrivalled 360 degree view of the Tibetan plateau’s snow-capped peaks.
Compiled By: Rebika Bishokarma