Nepal Trekking at the time of Rhododendron bloom

26. Mar. 2021

One of the most frequently asked questions that our team at the Trail Info & Booking Center are faced with is: "When is the best time to travel in Nepal? Well, this question cannot be answered easily, because the Himalayan country is just as diverse as the wishes and desires of our customers.

Miracle of nature: The rhododendron bloom in the Himalayas! Here at the Mardi Himal Trail in the Annapurna Himal ©Trail Angels

The best time to travel in Nepal? Surely also the spring!
Some tips on this from our expert!
One of the most frequently asked questions our team at the Trail Info and Booking Center is confronted with is: “When is the best time to travel to Nepal?” Well, there is no easy flat answer to this question, as the country on the Himalayas is just as diverse as the wishes and desires of our customers. We have taken a current occasion, the snow masses of this winter, you the spring as the ideal travel and trekking time in the Himalayas to recommend. After all, hand on heart: who, in view of this winter, has not already harbored a thought, at least briefly, of light, warmth and the flowering splendor of spring?
All the magic of Nepal at a glance: idyllic villages, magnificent mountains! But when is the best time to travel to Nepal?
Spring or Autumn? It is generally said that autumn (from late September to early December) is the best time to travel in the Nepalese Himalayas. This is also true. Because the weather is stable – as a rule, one bright and beautiful day with a deep blue sky follows the other – and even the lower temperatures at higher altitudes lose their terror with good equipment. The only disadvantage: It’s high season! Especially on the “classics” like the Everest Base Camp Trek or the Annapurna Trek to the Base Camp of the Annapurna South Face, it can get quite crowded. If you want to have it a little quieter, you should plan your trip carefully and aim for the more secret tips, so that you can enjoy the magic of the Himalayas in peace and quiet. We will of course be happy to advise you.
Or you decide for spring! Depending on the altitude, most trekking tours can be hiked very well from mid-March to mid-May (when the monsoon rains gradually set in). And it gives you several advantages: The days are getting longer, there are much less trekkers on the road and the beguiling flowers of the Himalayas will enchant you. Disadvantages? Well, at the beginning of the spring season, the passes (over 5,000m) on higher routes may still be snow-covered and thus not passable. And the later the spring, the more prone to precipitation afternoons and then often end with thunder and lightning. However, this is usually a guarantee that the next day will start bright and beautiful again. Then in May it can be quite hot for hiking at lower altitudes, so it is better to climb higher.
Or you decide for spring! Depending on the altitude, most trekking tours can be hiked very well from mid-March to mid-May (when the monsoon rains gradually set in). And it gives you several advantages: The days are getting longer, there are much less trekkers on the road and the beguiling flowers of the Himalayas will enchant you. Disadvantages? Well, at the beginning of the spring season, the passes (over 5,000m) on higher routes may still be snow-covered and thus not passable. And the later the spring, the more prone to precipitation afternoons and then often end with thunder and lightning. However, this is usually a guarantee that the next day will start bright and beautiful again. Then in May it can be quite hot for hiking at lower altitudes, so it is better to climb higher.
Panoramaweg Südalpen Panorama am Hochplateau
Autumn in the Himalayas: Stable weather with crystal clear mountain air! View of Mt. Everest from Gokyo Peak.
The true wonder and thus one of the best times to travel Nepal is in spring when the rhododendrons bloom! Dozens of different species of rhododendrons spread in the mountain forests of the Himalayas up to an altitude of 4,000m and transform them in spring with their flowers – from bright white to purple – into a magical sea of colors! Which furthermore forms a breathtaking contrast to the mountain giants of the Himalayas shining in the sun. And the ripple of this sea of color consists of a single buzz and hum, as the wild bees are busily gathering the nectar for the famous Nepalese mountain honey!

If you want to hike this natural wonder on dreamlike trails, we can especially recommend the following two trails:

Annapurna Mardi Himal Trail.
This trail opens up a particularly scenic region of the southern Annapurna region. Off the beaten path, the trail first leads through fertile farmland and lush jungle up to the high ridge of the Mardi Himal. Here, magnificent rhododendron forests spread out and on the magnificent high-altitude trail it then goes higher and higher up to the Mardi Himal Base Camp at almost 4,500m, where the view of the glacier giants of the Annapurna Himal becomes free. Especially the Machhapuchare (6.997m), also called “Fishtail Mountain” because of its bold shape, will take your breath away! No other trail in Nepal opens up such a wide variety of landscapes in such a short time – from jungle to glacier – and can be perfectly combined with other activities, such as an outdoor program around Pokhara or the jungle safaris in Chitwan National Park.

Everest Easy Trail
Although the splendor of the rhododron blossoms is not as well known for the Everest area as the southern Annapura region, the flowering splendor of the pristine mountain forests in Sagarmatha National Park is at least as impressive! And it is this region that is hiked on the Everest Easy Trail without reaching altitudes above 4,000m. What makes the Everest Easy Trail even more unique: You will hike off the main route again and again and can marvel at unique panoramas of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam and Co. besides the splendor of the flowers. And the possibility of combination with other programs exists – as with the Mardi Himal Trail – of course!

The spring in the Himalayas: flower splendor, warmer temperatures and the occasional downpour. Mountain village on the Mardi Himal Trail.
Nepal is also worth a trip in winter! It doesn’t have to be a ski tour at over 6.000m…

Sommer oder Winter?

Ganz zum Schluss auch noch Wissenwertes über die anderen Reisezeiten in Nepal! Im Sommer hat der Monsun – die Regenzeit – Nepal und den Himalaya fest in Griff. In den meisten Regionen kann das Trekking nicht wirklich empfohlen werden. Wobei es Ausnahmen gibt: Die tibetisch geprägten Hochländer Mustang, Dolpo oder Humla befinden sich im Regenschatten des Himalaya und empfehlen sich dadurch für einsame Trekkingerlebnisse. Man muss aber bei der Anreise (Inlandsflüge fallen oft aus) immer wieder mit Verzögerungen rechnen. Und im Winter locken die nicht allzu hoch gelegenen Regionen des Himalayas bzw. auch das vorgelagerte Hügelland und der Vorhimalaya. Bei der Planung der Tagesetappen sei jedoch an die kurze Tageszeit erinnert und die Überquerung vereister Bäche kann sich – oft auch für die Crew – als heikles Unternehmen herauskristallisieren.

So Nepal is indeed a destination for all four seasons! And if you are looking for the buzzing and humming of wild bees in the sea of colors of the rhododendron forests in snow and sub-zero temperatures, you should take a close look at these offers or contact the Trail Info and Booking Center right away.

Author

Werner Mussnig

The habilitated economist has always been torn between the world of business & his hobbies climbing & trekking. Whereby Werner is now increasingly immersed in the universe of the Trail Angels.

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