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Things to Consider While Trekking in Nepal in Spring

As we know, Nepal’s diverse geography offers a plethora of trekking and hiking choices. Though Nepal is open to all four seasons, Spring Season is the best one. The span of March-April-May is just WOW. While planning a visit to Nepal, there are few things to consider while trekking in Nepal in Spring season. 

Spring is the second most popular season for the trekking in Nepal. This is the favorable season to climb both high peaks and low peaks in Nepal. Comfortable weather and decent temperatures are the highlight features of trekking in Nepal in Spring.

The spring will favor you by the colorful blossoms of the flowers. Spring is accompanied by flowers and lush green forests supported by magnificent Himalayan views at the backdrop.

As the sun rises, you will get to explore the breathtaking Himalayan Sunrise view from some of the popular hills in Nepal. Fishtail Poonhill Sunrise, Sarangkot Sunrise, Panchase Peak and many more.

This is the perfect time to enjoy treks and nature in Nepal.

a) Weather in Spring

Spring season holds favorable weather for all types of adventure and mild activities in Nepal.  The weather is neither too hot nor too cold. The days are usually long and the sun shines brightly.

The average temperature in the main cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara will be around 22-30 degree Celsius. However, this temperature tends to be decreasing as you go up higher. The temperature above 4000m will be moderate, at around 20 degree Celsius. The nights are usually colder but as not as in winter.

The Spring has a minimum chance of raining during. It usually rains during nights making the weather more clear and better.

b)  Gears and Equipment 

Even in April, you may face a wide variety of weather depending upon your hiking trails. So, you have to make sure that you pack both winter and summer clothes.

We recommend you to bring the hiking boots that you have already wear at least for once. Otherwise, it may hurt you during you uphill and downhill hiking.

If you are trekking around 4000m such as Khopra Danda, Panorama Panchase, Royal Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill, you might face some thunderstorms and lightning as well. So be prepared with raincoats and bag covering.

If you are trekking in the Upper Annapurna Region such as Jomsom Muktinath and Upper Mustang, there is very little chance to experience rainfall, however, you will need windcheaters.

c) Where to Trek in Spring

Trekking is the most popular activity in Nepal to do in Spring since the weather and temperature are supported with clear and dry days. The trails are full of greenery and colorful ambiance.

Everything can be easily accessible. You can do all short as well as short trek followed by the homestay in Chitlang, Sirubari, Ghale Gaun, Kakani, Balthali and Chepang Village.

Some of the popular trekking for Spring are:

1) Annapurna Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 10 days

Max Altitude: Poonhill at 3210m

Permits: TIMS and ACAP

Annapurna Poon Hill Ghorepani Ghandruk Trek is the most adored short treks and one of the most liked destinations for trekking in Nepal. Poon hill is around 3210 meters from the sea level. You can witness the beautiful ranges of Annapurna, Hiuchuli, virgin Mt. Fishtail(never climbed).

Rich biodiversity, beautiful culture and presence of the mountains make this trek blissful. The aura is set by the ethnic communities settled throughout the trek.

2) Short Everest Base Camp Trek

EVEREST REGION TREKKING,EVERESE BASE CAMP TREKKING

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 7 days

Max. Altitude: 3780m

Permits: TIMS and Local Entry Permits

Short Everest Base Camp trip is designed for those travelers with very limited time, yet who have an enduring desire to wave the almighty Everest. On this short Everest Base camp trek, you will be able to experience astounding mountain views.

Everest Short Trek starts with an exhilarating Himalayan flight towards Lukla from Kathmandu. Then we continue our trek towards Khumbu Region. The trek offers you to explore the culture and lifestyle of legendary and brave mountain climbers ‘Sherpa’ in the Namche Bazaar. Namche Bazaar is the popular trading center of the Everest region and also the one and only gateway to Everest.

We will settle the majority of our trek in Khumbu Region. It offers you the excellent views of Khumbu ranges and ice floating Khumbu glacier-fed lakes. Breakfast in the Everest View hotel treats you with the nose-tip view of the great Mount Everest.

c) Australian Camp Trek

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 7 days

Max Altitude: 1980m

Permits: TIMS and ACAP

Australian Camp is the shortest and easiest trekking route. It is very suitable for the trekkers who have an enduring desire to see the close-up views of Annapurna ranges on a short hike.

The trek starts from Pokhara. You will explore the excellent layered rice terrains, lush green and peaceful forests, waterfalls and glowing views of Annapurna II, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna South.

Annapurna Conservation Region never fails to surprise its explorers. It’s the largest protected land in Nepal where you will able to wander around diverse landscapes depending upon your time, level of fitness and group members.

d) Everest Base Camp Trek

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 14 days

Max. Altitude: 5545m

Permits: TIMS and Local Entry Permits

Everest Base Camp via Kalapathar trek (EBC) is one of the most popular adventurous trekking trails in Everest or Khumbu region. The trekking takes you to Kalapathar (5545m) the single most important vantage point to watch Everest in its entirety.

EBC trek has been listed as World’s Top Ten Treks by National Geographic and Top 50 Places To Visit Before You Die BBC.

Since this is at one of the highest altitude regions, the trek is of fairly strenuous grade and very demanding. However, you are bound to be rewarded with stunning views to be seen from nowhere which is absolutely worth it.

e) Annapurna Tilicho Pass Trekking

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 17 days

Max. altitude: 4949m

Permit: TIMS and ACAP

Visiting the most pristine and highest placed Tilicho Lake (4949m) has been the dreams for many explorers around the world. It is a glacier-fed lake surrounded by crystal clear mountains, plenty of indigenous folklore, and the extreme environment with the presence of a strong spiritualness.

Since the trek is connected to the legendary Annapurna Region area, the trail provides the fascinating and magnificent views of massif Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges along with the real taste of trekking in this area. The Tilicho pass trekking might be quite challenging due to difficult terrain. However, it is acceptable that the beautiful sceneries of Manang and Tilicho treat you surprisingly.

f) Khopra Danda Trek

Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 11 days
Max. altitude: 4620m
Permits: TIMS and ACAP

Khopra Danda Trek is one of the finest viewpoints in the Annapurna Region to gaze over captivating views of Mt. Dhaulagiri massif, Annapurna I, II, Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli and many other spectacular peaks.

This trek is the excellent alternative to Annapurna Ghorepani Trek to those who want a little more off beaten trail to explore remotely Nepal with fewer tourists. An early morning Himalayan sunrise views at Poonhill is the starting impression of the trek.

Exploring sacred Khayer Lake, encountering the local people of fine Gurung villages, walking through the excellent layered paddy fields with rewarding views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Hiuchuli, etc are the major attractions of this trek.

g) Lantang Valley Short Trek

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 6 days

Max. Altitude: 3165m

Permits: TIMS and Langtang National Park Entry Permits

Langtang Valley Trekking is one of the superb treks in Nepal that packs a lot of scenic punch into a small amount of time. The trip not only provides the magical views of rushing Langtang river, bamboo groves to a collection of high alpine pastures but also the amazing views magnificent glaciers and valleys.

Additionally, the day-hike in Thuman particularly offers spectacular close-up views of the Langtang Lirung (7246m), Kimshung (6781m) and Langshisha Ri (6370m). It’s worth budgeting a couple of days here to take advantage of the fabulous scenic side trips.

h) Tamang Heritage Trail

Difficulty: Easy

Duration: 9 days

Max. Altitude: 3870m

Permits: TIMS and Langtang National Park Permits

An exciting trek to the Himalayas of Nepal offers you to watch out the every-day lifestyle of Tamang people residing in the mountain regions of Nepal. Tamangs are the special tribes of people in Nepal who came from Tibet and lived in the upper hilly and Himalayan regions of Nepal before centuries back. Their face has a unique characteristic which is completely different from normal people.

The trekking to Tamang Heritage Trail is easily accessible. Throughout your trekking route, you will experience the outstanding views of Langtang Himal peaks, terrains, lush green forests, high cascading waterfalls. An added bonus is we will be trekking near to the broader between Nepal and Tibet.

Experience the culture, tradition and living lifestyle of Himalayan Tamang people through Tamang Heritage Trail.

Travel Tips

  • Acclimatization day should not be missed.
  • Drink enough water and keep yourself hydrated. Chlorine treated or mineral water is recommended.
  • It is better to avoid non-vegetarian while trekking in the high altitudes. Meats are usually stored for long days, so might not be healthy to eat.
  • While trekking into high altitudes and less-traveled destinations, it is always better to hire a guide.
  • Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Health services in the high altitude areas are not easily accessible, thus, you have to make sure that you have done zero-deductible travel insurance.
  • Usually, the guide is required to trek into the restricted zones such as while doing Upper Mustang and Tsum Valley Trek.
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Manisha Bagale

She is a naturalist, hiker, and an explorer.

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