As summer and monsoon have stepped in Nepal, the landscape is blanketed by rain and mud. However bizarre it may sound, many travel enthusiasts prefer to go on a long trek during the monsoon / summer season. Nepal, an amalgamation of cultural diversity and geographical variations has all of these wild wishes covered.
Monsoon / Summer that starts from June and ends at around August in Nepal does not mainly attract many tourists. The roads and trails are bound to be slippery which may also cause transportation delays. If you are someone who loves adventure and who wants to see the wilder and raw side of the hills and Himalayas in Nepal, we have some great trekking destinations for you this Monsoon/ summer season. There are some routes along the Great Himalayan Trail which receive much lesser rain since they fall in the rain shadow area. These regions are best to be traveled on the monsoon season.
We at Nepal Adventure Team, have put together a list of the Top 6 trekking destinations in Nepal for this Monsoon / Summer season, and we assure that you won’t be disappointed.
The Upper Mustang trek takes you to the high altitude arid land on the northern side of Annapurna massif. Since it falls on the rain shadow area, your trip will not be affected by rainfall and muddy land. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki gorge which is the deepest gorge in the world and gradually towards an elevation of around 4000 m. The trail spirals through ancient Buddhist villages, hidden caves, monasteries, canyons, and opens up a panoramic view of the high standing snow-capped mountains. You will come across the Tibetan culture as you pass by the forbidden kingdom of Lo Manthang.
The trek itself is relatively easy and you will mostly be on dry land. However, to reach Jomsom is a bigger task since the July rain might make the roads slippery and there might be the possibility of flight delays due to poor weather. Fights are a better option when touring Jomsom in this season.
The valley of Nar and Phu lie in the Manag district of northern Nepal. You will get a true Himalayan wilderness experience once you step on the Nar Phu Valley trail. Stated as a restricted area, Nar Phu Valley opens up to a hidden and well-preserved culture, tradition, and livelihood of the Hindu and Buddhist people.
You will get to cross the highest elevation of 5200m at Kang La Pass after which you get greeted by views of Annapurna massif and villages of Bhotia and Neyshang. Age old Gompas, glacial lakes, blue sheep, yaks, are some of the things you will spot in the trek. You are also less likely to experience heavy rainfall and humidity on the trek at this season.
Dolpa region, a remote area in the Karnali region of Nepal, is situated between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Range. Dolpa is widely popular for two trekking destinations namely, Lower Dolpo Trek and Upper Dolpo Trek. Up until 1989, Dolpa region was closed to trekkers and now has been gradually receiving many visitors. It lies in the arid high altitude landscape with abundant natural beauty.
Upper Dolpo Trek and Lower Dolpo Trek circuit offer an endless panoramic view of the snowcapped Churen and Dhaulagiri range and the emerald Phoksundo Lake in the Shey Phoksundo National Park which is the largest and the only tran-Himalayan national park in Nepal.
The smallest National park in Nepal; Rara National Park is home to the biggest Lake in Nepal which is the Rara Lake. Rara falls amongst one of the remote regions in western Nepal so you cannot expect the roads to be in good condition in monsoon season. Rara is not as arid as Upper Mustang, but the best views of the alpine meadows and exotic Himalayan flora and fauna can be experienced best in the monsoon/summer season.
With crystal clear water, you will get a chance to see the water perfectly mirroring the hills and the sky above. The trip becomes all the more exciting with the lush greenery and thousands of species of birds found in the area at the time.
JomsomMuktinath Trek takes you to the arid land of Mustang which lies on the northern side of Annapurna. Since the region falls on the rain shadow area, the July rain does not affect your trekking days. However, getting to Jomsom through delayed flights and dangerous road conditions might stand out as a problem.
However, the views from Muktinath at 3800 m give you the chills. You will be graced by the majestic Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range. The trek also takes you to the deepest gorge of the world, Kali Gandaki and the river flowing vigorously below. The trek is known to be significant for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.
Limi Valley is a mystical land in the most remote area of north-western Nepal, Humla district. The ancient Buddhist monasteries, Gompa, Chortans, and mani walls take you back in time. With spectacular views of snow-capped Mt. Kailash, and Mount Saipal following you throughout the trail towards the highest elevation of 4949m at Nyalu La pass, the trek is one of a kind.
It follows the age-old salt trading route to the border of Nepal and Tibet. Since the area is left isolated, there is a great possibility of potting wildlife like snow leopard, blue sheep, jackals, musk deer, hyenas, and more. You get a chance to pass through various Hindu and Tibetian villages like Yanger, Majgaon, Talung, and Shinjungma.
Nepal monsoon season can be one of the most difficult time to trek but if you take appropriate precautions, then the trek might turn out to be both adventurous and enjoyable. It is wise that you prepare yourself before you bord on a trek towards the wildest trails of Nepal in the monsoon season. These are the few things you should consider before you embark on the trek :
Beginning your trek early is the key to making your days shorter. Since it rains more in the afternoon in wet areas, it is suggested that you wake yourself up early in the morning and reach the destination in time.
Rain might hit anytime so it is vital that you keep a waterproof pack so that all your things will stay dry. Buy a cover for your backpack and carry gear that does not soak water. Arry some light additional bags to separate your wet clothes.
There is a likely case that you will have transportation delays whether on land or air due to the dangerous weather condition. Thus, keep a few days extra in hand so that these delays do not affect you.
Carry breathable and light clothes so that even if they do get wet, they will dry quickly. You can either carry an umbrella or a raincoat, whatever you prefer best. Carry a walking pole/stick with you. Also, wear comfortable shoes which have good grip.
Be sure that you carry insect repellent since monsoon season brings out mosquitoes and leeches on the roll. These pesky bugs can turn out to be a real problem in the lowlands and the mountains during rain. Avoid resting on rocks or leaving your skin open. You can carry and apply table salt, Szechuan pepper, or insect repellant creams.
It is essential that you know as much about the area that you are travelling. Since there are high cases of landslides in the Himalayan region during the heavy rain season, it is better if you hire a local guide who obviously knows more than you. You should obediently follow the instructions of the guides.