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Why you should travel to Nepal in Spring

Whilst the iconic peaks of Nepal are stunning in any season, the best season for hiking runs from September through to mid-May. We asked o... Read more
Why you should travel to Nepal in Spring

Whilst the iconic peaks of Nepal are stunning in any season, the best season for hiking runs from September through to mid-May. We asked our trekking holidays in Nepal expert Kit Wilkinson to explain a few of the differences between the autumn and spring seasons, and why spring has just as much to offer travellers wishing to experience the magic of hiking through this legendary range.


When is the 'spring season' in Nepal

The most popular times to visit Nepal lie either side of the summer monsoon (rainy) season which runs from June to September. The peak of the spring season is the period from March to mid-May when the colder months of winter have been left behind, the days are longer and the forest and farmland vegetation beside the trekking trails in Nepal is at its most lush, green and vibrant.



Why would you choose to go trekking in Spring? 

There are a few key reasons:



1. The trails are quieter 

It’s a fact that far fewer people choose to go trekking in Nepal in spring than they do in the peak post-monsoon months of October and November. So, if you want to experience quieter trekking trails, even on our most popular holidays in the Annapurna and Khumbu regions, spring is a great time to go.



2. It's a little bit cheaper

As a direct function of the increased demand, flight prices can be a couple of hundred pounds lower in the spring compared to the autumn. Travel in spring and save yourself some money.



3. Lush vegetation and blooming rhododendrons



4. Time your trip - Celebrate a spring festival 



What trips do you recommend for spring trekking?

If you choose a trekking holiday in Nepal that passes through forest and farmland at elevations between 1500 and 3000 metres, you'll experience the richness and colour of the verdant vegetation that makes Nepal in spring so special. Try one of the following:

Everest Basecamp Trek

Following the legendary 'Everest Trail' from the airstrip at Lukla, this is your chance to visit Everest Basecamp, hike to the viewpoint of Kala Patar at sunset and experience the wonderful mountain scenery of the Khumbu. Spend time in the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar, visit several other traditional villages and go to Thyangboche with its famous monastery and impressive backdrop of both Everest and Ama Dablam. Providing breath-taking mountain views and a wonderful insight into the way of life of the hardy Sherpas, this is the perfect trip for a first visit to Nepal and the Himalayas.



Ganesh Himal Panorama Trek



Annapurna Sanctuary and Poon Hill Trek



Lamjung Himal Trek

North of Pokhara, the peaks of the Annapurna Himal are some of the biggest and most impressive in Nepal and several classic treks can be found amongst the high valleys that encircle this spectacular massif. The south-eastern corner of this region is little-visited, however, and is the perfect place for a brilliant trekking holiday that has as its focus the imposing and multi-faceted peak of Lamjung Himal (6983m). There are no lodges in this part of Nepal and this means we have to camp. Taking a full Nepalese trekking team we are free to set up camp wherever we can find water and this means we can access some pretty wild country.



Annapurna and Bandipur - Luxury Lodge Trek


Trekking through Nepal in spring is special for the sheer exuberance of the vegetation. The most striking example of this is the rhododendron, one of the symbols of Nepal, which blooms through March and April and can present a riot of colour from red and pink to purple and white. Many of our treks, especially those passing through forest and farmland at elevations between 1500 and 3000 metres, will allow you to experience this amazing spectacle.There are lots of Hindu festivals in Nepal in spring. One of the most important is Holi, the festival of colour, celebrated on and around March 24th in 2024. Choose the 2024 Everest Basecamp Trek and plan on spending a couple of extra days in Kathmandu to make the most of this outrageous event. The Nepalese will celebrate their New Year on 13th April in 2024. Sign up for the  Annapurna Sanctuary and Poon Hill Trek treks and stay on a day to enjoy the party atmosphere.Close to Kathmandu and yet rarely visited by Western trekkers, the Ganesh Himal is a region of timeless valleys, quiet trails, sleepy traditional villages, luxuriant forest (which you'll find at its most vibrant in Spring) and carefully tended terraced farmland. Named after the elephant god of Hindu mythology, the Ganesh is crowned on its northern edge by four 7000 metre summits, including Ganesh I (7406m). This adventure takes you on secret trails to traverse this stunning region from west to east.North of Pokhara, one of the finest of Himalayan journeys is the classic trek into the inner sanctum of the Annapurnas. Here, giant peaks encircle the natural amphitheatre known as the Annapurna Sanctuary. This trek manages to cram the full range of Nepalese trekking experiences into 11 varied days of walking; we encounter sub-tropical forest teeming with wildlife, pretty villages with their neatly terraced rice fields, as well as pleasant ridge walking and spectacular Himalayan panoramas. As with all of our lodge treks, this holiday provides a great opportunity to meet and share experiences with like-minded travellers from around the world.This superb, easy-paced trekking holiday in Nepal has been recently refined and extended and provides the perfect introduction to the foothills of the Nepal Himalaya. We start out with a city sightseeing tour in Kathmandu, before flying on to Nepal's second city, Pokhara. Six days of trekking then take us to some of the prettiest villages in the valley of the Modi Khola, on the south side of the Annapurnas. Staying in comfortable and characterful Ker and Downey lodges, we will be able to enjoy some of the most picturesque landscapes in Nepal, including lush, green farmland, terraced fields, and a beautiful rhododendron forest, with tree orchids, magnificent magnolias and even several species of monkey.
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