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5 Best Monsoon Treks in Nepal

Monsoon Season is widely considered the off-season for trekking in Nepal. However, there are some destinations where you can trek during the Monsoon which presents you with the stunning sceneries of lush landscapes, allows you to trek through the quieter trails, and provides unique trekking experiences. Nepal offers several trekking trails, each with its distinctive charm.

Trekking in Monsoon rewards you with stunning views of the vibrant wildflowers that decorate the pathways, making the surroundings charming and pleasant. As it is off-season, there will be few crowds which allow you to trek while immersing yourself in the serenity and peaceful sound of nature. 

In Nepal, Autumn and Spring are considered the peak trekking seasons. However, with proper gear, equipment and planning, the trek can be done during the monsoon season, and it rewards you with the most unique and distinct views of the awe-inspiring panorama. Trekking in Monsoon presents the dynamic scenery of the breathtaking vistas of the mountain region. The hanging clouds and misty atmosphere add an extra touch of magic to the journey. The soothing sound of nature with a mesmerizing view of the lush surroundings makes the trek more captivating. 

Here are our recommendations for the 5 Best Monsoon Treks in Nepal.

Upper Mustang Trek

The beautiful Upper Mustang falls on top of the list of best treks in Nepal during monsoon. It falls under the restricted zone, and a special permit should be obtained for trekking. The trails along the way to Upper Mustang are dry and barren. In addition, it falls under the rain shadow area because of its geographical position. The Trek passes through the protected Annapurna Conservation Area. 

The unique topography and rock formations make the Upper Mustang one of the most fascinating places for trekking in Nepal. The weather is mostly dry, which creates a favorable walking environment for the trekkers. The most intriguing part of the Upper Mustang Trek is that even though the terrains are highly dry and barren, the mesmerizing landscapes and distinct rock formations of the region create picturesque scenery. As the chances of the region getting rainfall are minimal, you can embark on the trek without worrying about the slippery and muddy trail conditions compared to other regions that get heavy rainfall during monsoon season.

The monsoon is the time when the trails of Upper Mustang are peaceful and get relatively fewer visitors than the peak seasons, which allows trekkers to walk while feeling the serenity of nature. The duration of the Upper Mustang Trek is between 12 to 15 days. This incredible Trek takes you to the most scenic places like Jomsom, Kagbeni, Tsarang, Lo Manthang, Chhusang, etc. The mesmerizing views of Annapurna, Nilgiri, Tukuche Peak, and many other surrounding peaks are seen during the Upper Mustang Trek.

Major Attraction of Upper Mustang Trek in Monsoon

  • Numerous Gumbas, Chortens, and colorful prayer flags were along the trail.
  • Walk through the tranquil pathways with fewer crowds.
  • Enchanting views of Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and many other peaks.
  • Numerous scenic spots along the trail offer magnificent scenery and unique landmarks of the Mustang Region.
  • A chance to visit beautiful Lo Manthang.
  • Visit Numerous Monasteries along the way.

Pikey Peak Trek

Pikey Peak Trek has been described as the undiscovered treasure that has gradually attracted the attention of the trekkers worldwide. It takes around 7 to 10 days to complete the trek. You can trek to Pikey Peak in monsoon with good preparation. The region gets rainfall in the monsoon season, which presents the mesmerizing scenery of the lush surroundings and blooming flowers in the forested area, which has added this trek to the list of best monsoon treks in Nepal.

Going for Pikey Peak Trek in the monsoon, you can witness the ethereal beauty of picturesque vistas of the lower Everest Region. After the rainfall, the weather clears up, and it presents magnificent views of the majestic mountain peaks such as Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu. The rainfall brings beautiful waterfalls and streams to life, which is truly refreshing for the trekkers.

Trekking to Pikey Peak in the monsoon, you will get many opportunities to capture the beautiful shots of the lush and beautiful vistas of the region. The panoramic views of the mountains and lush surroundings are the major attraction of trekking in Pikey Peak in Monsoon. Passing through the pine, bamboo, and birch trees will make you feel its serenity, which elevates your trekking experience.

The Pikey Peak Trek starts with the scenic and exciting drive from Kathmandu to Dhap, and it takes you to beautiful places like Bhanjyang, Jun Besi Village, and Salleri. Hiking to Pikey Peak and witnessing the sight of sunrise illuminating the beautiful peaks like Mount Everest, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and many other surrounding peaks is the major attraction of the trek.

Attractions of Pikey Peak Trek in Monsoon

  • A chance to experience the tranquil environment and witness the misty monsoon environment.
  • Picturesque villages and terraced farms along the trail.
  • Panoramic views of snowy mountains such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and many more surrounding peaks.
  • A chance to walk in the serene and lush surroundings of monsoon.
  • Beautiful blooming rhododendron flowers along the trail.
  • Beautiful sunrise views from the vantage point, especially when the weather clears up after the rain showers.

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek is a magnificent adventure that is renowned for offering breathtaking views of the pristine landscapes of the Annapurna Region. Trekking to Mardi Himal in the Monsoon allows you to immerse in the serenity of nature as it is relatively less crowded than other seasons in Nepal. Mardi Himal Trek lasts for a short period of time and can be completed within 5 to 6 days. So, the trek is manageable during the monsoon season, too. The trail of Mardi Himal is considered relatively easier to traverse and is also suitable for beginners.

The trek offers panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges. The trail is relatively easy, which has made Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek the ideal choice for those who are looking for a trek that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and chances for cultural exploration.

Trekking to Mardi Himal Base Camp in the Monsoon presents the unique and mesmerizing scenery of the surroundings, which has made this trek one of the best monsoon treks in Nepal.  The dense forests of the blooming rhododendrons and the flowing small streams along the way make the whole environment pleasant. When the monsoon rain clears the landscapes, it presents you with the most clear and distinct views of the snow-capped mountains. The unique cloud formation and the mesmerizing views of the mountains create an enchanting scenery. The beautiful wildflowers decorate the surroundings, making the whole environment lively.

This astounding journey starts from an exhilarating ride from Pokhara to Kande and takes you to the beautiful places like Deurali, Low Camp, High Camp and Mardi Himal Base Camp. When the weather clears up after the rainfall then mesmerizing and clear views of the stunning snow-capped peaks can be seen which uplifts your sightseeing experience.

Highlights of Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek in Monsoon

  • A chance to explore the rich cultural biodiversity of the Annapurna Region by walking through the tranquil paths.
  • Mesmerizing views of snow-covered peaks such as Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, and many others.
  • Trek through the lush forests and refreshing monsoon surrounding.
  • Traditional villages and picturesque green terraced fields along the trail.

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley Trek is one of the popular short trekking destinations in Nepal which is also one of the best monsoon treks in Nepal.  It lies in the Rasuwa district within the Langtang National Park and offers mesmerizing views of Langtang Lirung, Porong Ri, Yala Peak, and many other surrounding mountains. Trekking in Langtang Valley in the monsoon season requires adequate preparation and planning. The Langtang Valley Trek can be completed within 7 to 8 days.

The landscapes of the Langtang Valley in Monsoon reward you with lush, mesmerizing scenery. You will pass through the thick rhododendron forests and flowing rivers and witness the freely falling waterfalls, which reward you with a unique trekking experience. The beautiful clouds floating in the sky create picturesque scenery. When the weather clears up after the rain, the clear views of alluring mountains and verdant hills can be seen, which elevates your sightseeing experience. The melody of flowing waters and cascading waterfalls makes you feel rejuvenated. You will get to trek in the quieter paths as fewer people partake in this adventure during the Monsoon Season.

The trek starts with an exhilarating drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi and takes you to scenic places like Langtang Village, Lama Hotel, and Kyanjin Gompa. Hiking to Tserko Ri allows you a chance to witness the amazing sights of the beautiful peaks. You will get a numerous chance for cultural exploration as the trail passes through many traditional village settlements. Visiting the ancient monastery (Kyanjin Gompa) will add a spiritual touch to your journey.

While trekking to Langtang Valley in monsoon is manageable with adequate preparation, it is highly recommended to be well-equipped with the essentials.

Langtang Valley Trek in Monsoon Major Attractions

  • Beautiful Green Hills and blooming wildflowers throughout the trail.
  • Stunning views of the water streams and cascading waterfalls.
  • Tranquil and serene trails.
  • Stunning views of Langtang Lirung, Dorje Lakpa, Porong Ri, Langtang Ri, Yala Peak, and many other surrounding mountains.
  • A chance to trek in the fresh environment with the backdrop of lush green hills.
  • A chance to walk along the dense and thick forests with enchanting aroma of herbs along the way.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Via Poon Hill

Annapurna Base Camp Trek Via Poon Hill is an extraordinary adventure that offers magnificent views of the snowy mountains and awe-inspiring landscapes of the Annapurna Region. The trek is renowned for offering stunning views of mountains such as Machhapuchre, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Gangapurna, and many other surrounding peaks. The trek can be completed within 10 to 15 days. It is most frequently mentioned when asked about the best monsoon treks in Nepal.

This incredible trek combines Annapurna Base Camp Trek with Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.  The journey starts with a scenic ride from Pokhara and takes you to scenic places like Nayapul, Ulleri, Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Chhomrong, Dovan, Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp. The morning hike to Poon Hill rewards you with mesmerizing views of the sunrise and mesmerizing views of the alluring mountains.

It is considered the best trek in Nepal during Monsoon. Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill in monsoon rewards you with a unique and memorable experience. The trails are relatively less crowded compared to the peak seasons which allows you to trek feeling the peacefulness of nature while immersing yourself in its serenity. You will pass through many traditional villages along the way and be treated to the sights of green and beautiful village farms which provide you insights into the way of living of the villagers and is also phenomenal to look at. The forests are decorated with blooming rhododendrons, presenting you with vibrant scenery and making your traveling experience delightful. The sight of traditional charming villages, nestled amidst the lush hills with the floating clouds in the sky, is mesmerizing. On top of that, the aroma of the soil because of the rainfall makes you feel refreshed and fills your heart with joy.

 Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Poon Hill in Monsoon

  • A chance to witness the mesmerizing views of mountains covered with mist that looks surreal.
  • Enchanting views of the beautiful cloud formation of Monsoon. 
  • Trek through the tranquil paths as the region is relatively less crowded during monsoon season.
  • Stunning photographs of the beautiful lush surroundings.
  • Rejuvenating waterfalls and diverse flora along the trail.
  • Magnificent views of the peaks such as Tukuche, Annapurna,  Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchhre, and many other surrounding mountains. 
  • Mesmerizing sights and soothing sounds of cascading waterfalls along the trail.

What Should You Pack While Trekking in Nepal during the Monsoon Season?

As we learned about the best treks in Nepal during monsoon, let’s also get an insight into what you should pack for the trek. While trekking to many destinations is possible in monsoon season, it is important to be well-prepared with the essentials that are required for trekking. As you have to cover the distances by walking for a long duration, you will need to maintain your comfort and hygiene. Rain gear is the most important item that you must pack, especially in the summer season. Similarly, the weather in the high-altitude regions is mostly cold, and you will need warm clothes throughout the journey. As you will be traversing through diverse and remote areas, you should pack all the essentials and be well-prepared for the journey.

Here are some of the items that you must pack while trekking in the monsoon season in Nepal.

Clothing and Footwear

  • Waterproof and Windproof Jacket
  • Rain Gears
  • Gloves
  • Moisture- Wicking Socks (Multiple Pairs)
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Lightweight Shirts and Pants (Moisture-Wicking)
  • Sun Hats
  • Warm Caps
  • Undergarments
  • Warm Thermals
  • Hiking Boots
  • Scarf

Gears

  • A Backpack and Bag cover
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Trekking Poles
  • Flash Lights
  • Head Lamps

Other Essentials

  • Water Bottle (Reusable)
  • Medicines (Pain Killers, Anti-inflammatory Medicines)
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • First Aid Box
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Lip Balm
  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sunglasses
  • Wet Wipes
  • Small Mirror
  • Comb
  • Soap
  • Camera
  • Mobile
  • Map
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Towel
  • Energy Bars
  • Energy Snacks (Dried Fruits)
  • Identification Documents
  • Cash
Tips for Monsoon Trekking in Nepal

While trekking in the Monsoon season is doable and rewarding, you should be well aware about the challenges that come along with it.

You should be well-prepared to have a convenient journey. Some Tips for trekking in monsoon season are:

  • Check the weather forecast before starting the Trek.
  • Be familiar with the trail conditions.
  • Pack the Rain Gears, Trekking Gears, and Equipment for Trekking.
  • Make sure to pack a First- Aid Kit with necessary medicines.
  • It is advisable to start the Trek Early.
  • Always Trek through the designated routes.
  • Get Travel Insurance as it helps you cover the expenses and possible risks that come along during trekking.
  • Bring a waterproof bag cover to protect the bag.
  • During the monsoon season there is a possibility of getting leech bites especially in the forested areas along the trail, so if you get a leech bite then try to remove it using your fingers to flick the leech away.  It is important to clean the wound to avoid infection.
  • Trek slowly, and be well aware of altitude sickness. It is important to know about the acclimatization process to get adjusted in the changing environment.
  • Be flexible with your itinerary and schedule.
  • Wear waterproof Hiking Boots while trekking.
  • Always follow the advice of the guides and ensure proper communication with them.
  • Hiring a porter is recommended, and they will assist you in carrying the heavy bags, which helps you to have an immersive trekking experience without having to worry about anything.
  • Do not trek in the adverse weather conditions.
  • Maintain proper hydration and make sure to eat nutritious food.
  • Carry a reusable water bottle and water purification tablets. It is advisable not to drink tap water directly.
  • Make sure to book your trip earlier to secure good accommodation.
  • Being physically and mentally prepared for the challenges that come along during trekking.
  • Make sure to obtain the required permit.
  • Learn how to navigate through the steep and challenging terrains by going on hikes in the local area as it helps you to be familiar with your walking pace and also will be a good practice for you before going for the high altitude treks.

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