Famously renowned as “Trekkers Paradise” all over the world, Nepal is on the bucket list of every nature-loving adventurer. The stunning geography of the nation with the variety of trekking trails offers once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the hidden jewel inside.
Trekking in Nepal can be done every possible season. But most of the hikers prefer peak trekking months between March-May or September-December. This is due to the supportive weather condition, obstacle-free trails, and vivid visibility.
However, many trekking lovers aren’t aware that Nepal trekking is feasible in other months too. Thus, to let you all know about other trekking seasons I am up with trekking in Nepal in July.
Table of Contents
- Weather in July for Trekking in Nepal
- Treks to Consider During July
- Clothing for Trekking in July
- Transportation for trekking during July
- Trekking Permits and Accommodation during July
Weather in July for Trekking in Nepal
July falls in transition month between the monsoon season and summer season in Nepal. It is taken as the off-seasonal trekking month. The weather can get very hot, very humid and very wet. Heavy monsoon weather might also bring thunderstorms and lightnings. Thus, we can say July is the less preferred month to go to trekking in Nepal.
For the most part at 2,000 meters, the daytime temperatures cross 30+ degrees. And at night, it may drop upto 12-19 degree range.
As I have already mentioned, July is the monsoon month of summer season. Thus, the weather is humid and hazy as the monsoon downpours are frequent. More frequent hail showers, thunderstorms or rain can be expected.
Weather conditions also depend upon the altitude and elevation. Likewise, there are variations depending on the trek. Always expect passes and base camps to have more extreme conditions with the less clear view.
The weather in this month changes on hourly basis in Nepal especially in altitudinous areas of trekking. For this, the historical climate/weather data would be useful for references. The information is on the basis of the experience of guides & trekkers of respective trekking areas.
- On second week of ABC, the light rain with only morning mount views is likely to happen.
- Likewise, on week 1 in EBC – Nice view of mountain range from Namche, Dingboche, and Kalapathar is viable. But it may also include clouds with light rains. After 3rd week, good weather starts and views become clearer.
- Similarly, in Annapurna Circuit, crystal clear glimpses are possible after the third week of July.
But there are many benefits too. The cost of trekking is comparatively less in this season. The routes are not much crowded. And it is also a good season for biological researchers and botanists. Also, the environment is green lush. As we say, “ the great view comes after a hard struggle”. After raining stops, you can witness the actual lavish color of nature.
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Treks to Consider During July
All treks are officially open during July in Nepal from Everest to the Annapurna Region. However, there are risks due to heavy rainfall and landslides plus the views are totally clouded. Trekking routes may be closed due to many hazards. It is important to be updated regarding news.
But in fact, there are several trekking routes which aren’t even affected by the climate and can be done any time of the year. The Mugu, Rara, Dolpo, Mustang, Nar Phu, and Manang are included in the travel destination for the monsoon season. Some of them are:
1. Annapurna Panorama Trek/Annapurna Circuit Trek
Trek to the upper section of Annapurna Circuit trek is a popular off-season trekking tour in Nepal. The panorama of Annapurna (through Poon Hill) is the main highlight of this trek. This will take 6-10 days of your journey. It is also great time to include the Tilicho lake as side trip.
2. Jomsom Muktinath Trek/Upper Mustang Trek
Lying in the north of Pokhara, it is the another short, year-round trek in Nepal. July can be the great time of year to visit here. The region of Upper Mustang lies entirely in the rain shadow due to high mountains and hills. The overall cost is more than Annapurna Circuit but it is worth it. Also, you can fly in and out of Jomsom, entirely avoiding the roads.
3. Everest View Trek/Everest Panorama Trek
One of the best off-season treks in the Khumbu province of Nepal. This includes the Everest view trek trail from Namche Bazaar to height of 3,860m “Tengboche” Buddhist monastery. It can rain for first few days of trek but weather will continue to improve as you reach higher elevation. You will have almost this entire place to yourself.
4. Dolpo Circuit Trek
Dolpo is an unexplored paradise of Nepal. With incredible landscapes and serene beauty, it resembles as Tibet (the roof of the world). It is a marvelous natural and cultural experience for an adventure-loving explorer. Nepal’s deepest lake, Phoksundo (145m), lies in the arid highland of Dolpo with the most beautiful view ever. Also, don’t miss Tshowa monastery on the east bank of Phoksundo Lake.
5. Rara Lake Trek
Rara is the biggest lake located in the smallest, Rara National Park. The alluring lake along with its stunning view is the major highlight of this trek. Both road and flight condition are challenging and irregular here. The crystal clear water of Rara and the surrounding meadow with exotic Himalayan flora of summer time truly give a heavenly feel!
Clothing for Trekking in July
Breathable rain gear is essential along with light clothing to deal with unpredictable downpours and humidity. As the trails will be leech infested, be ready for it. Full sleeves are the option and carry salt with you in case you get bit by leech.
Pack trekking shorts, pants, fleece, and a thin down for the evenings. As there is humidity problem, choose the quick-drying fabrics. The rainfall and heat can reach epic proportion in July. A sleeping bag liner can help with the heat while sleeping.
As it is hot and humid, many insects are sure to appear. To get rid of them, carry insect repellent all the time with you.
Transportation for trekking during July
Transportation is the main challenge of trekking in July along with wet trailhead and poor visibility. The roads can get too muddy and even blocked by landslides. Additionally, the flights are usually irregular due to unpleasant weather.
Thus, it would be good to avoid bus travel to remoter areas, distant or unmarked trails due to the increased risk of floods. Be updated to the weather news of your trekking region and act accordingly.
Trekking Permits and Accommodation during July
As in other months, trekking permits are easily available for this month. You will also need travel insurance. Both are accessible in Kathmandu and other cities as well.
While trekking in July, you should be more careful. The paths are wet and slippery. It may cause ankle strains and slips. As the weather is not that favorable, you might get tired fast due to humidity.
All the accommodations including restaurants along the trekking routes will be open in July. As the rooms of homestays rarely have fans, it is quite hot.
July is indeed a beautiful month to observe monsoon clouds changing shapes with the farmers planting rice in the fields. The rivers are in their full youth and everywhere is green.
If you are an actual adventure loving persons, the obstacles would not bother you much. It is just that you will need to bring proper rain gears along with light and breathable clothing due to the humidity. Bring all the types of waterproofing with you. These preparations will definitely make you ready for heavy monsoon downpours of July.
Our trekking company has plenty of trekking offers for July. You can check and contact us at https://himalayasonfoot.com/contact-us/
If you want more options, we are even ready to customize trips as per your convenience. Stay in touch with us for more info!