Trekking is the most popular activity in Nepal. With eight of the top 10 highest summits in the world and spectacular landscapes, trekking in Nepal has been every trekker’s dream.
With the wide variety of option, Nepal witnesses thousands of trekkers every year. But, out of twelve months in a year, October is the best season to trek.
Since the weather in October in Nepal is one of the best, it is the busiest and a peak time too.
In October the mountain views are at their best with good clarity and temperatures.
During the day its sunny with the sun shining bright and during the night the temperature drops slightly.
Down below are some average temperature related data for Nepal October :
Table of Contents
- Weather in Nepal in October
- October Trekking Tips
- What trekking clothing to take during October in Nepal?
- Is accommodation and food on the trekking trails open during October?
- Do you need travel insurance for trekking in October?
- Trekking permits
- Guided or Solo treks?
- Equipment and Supplies
- Fitness and Experience
- Altitude sickness
- Top 5 Trekking Destinations for October
- Final Conclusion
Weather in Nepal in October
Average temperature – 20 Degree Celsius
Maximum Temperature – 25 Degree Celsius
Minimum Temperature – 14 Degree Celsius
Sunshine Hours – 10 Hr
Rainfall – 67 mm
Sea Temperature – Zero Degrees Celsius
The temperature shown above is a normal temperature which might change with an effect of global warming and other factors.
Naturally, the temperatures drop higher you go up. Weather, temperatures, and climatic conditions change with the change in altitude.
It also varies depending on the trek. Passes and base camps always have more extreme conditions.
October Trekking Tips
If you are planning for October trekking in Nepal, it is wise to book the trek earlier to escape disappointment.
October marks the best time for trekking in Nepal. So, the popular treks like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, and many other treks can get overcrowded.
Because the days in October in Nepal are warm and nights are cool it is wise to dress in layers.
What trekking clothing to take during October in Nepal?
The weather in October is warm and sunny during the day so it is appropriate to take trekking shorts, t-shirts or trekking shirts
If you are trekking at a higher altitude, take a warm jacket and long trousers for the evenings and nights.
Carrying a sleeping bag can be of great use in case the tea houses run out of blanket due to the crowd in peak season.
Plus, a sleeping bag liner is always a good idea.
Is accommodation and food on the trekking trails open during October?
Lodges, Tea house, hotels, and restaurant along the trekking routes will be open in October. Due to the peak season, all the hotels and restaurant will be fully at your service.
But, you may not get the preferred rooms on the popular treks like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and so on. For this, it is important that you book the rooms in advance.
Usually, a good guide will call ahead in advance to book the rooms for you.
As for the restaurants, they will be open with full menus available. The menus have a variety of food options to choose from but Dal Bhat is the staple food that you will get in all the restaurants.
It is also the cheapest and most satisfying meal.
Do you need travel insurance for trekking in October?
Trekking in Nepal in October requires travel insurance. It is peak season with more crowd than usual. This is the time when the weather is good and as such the trekkers often push going that bit further.
The weather in the high altitude can be unpredictable which can lead to difficult circumstances. Altitude sickness is ever present and there are many chances for accidents to occur.
Despite all the safety precautions, misfortunes can take place anytime.
Thus, having a travel insurance becomes very useful and necessary.
Added, make sure that you get travel insurance that covers for trip cancellation and travel delays. Also, the loss of baggage and travel documents, medical expenses including emergency evacuation packages.
But, Nepal doesn’t offer travel insurance, you will need to do this from your home country.
There are police checkpoints and officers to check your permit. So it is important that you get the required trekking permits. Failure upon that will lead you to pay fine, double of the normal cost.
There will be two to three permits that you will need to get. First one is to the conservation area or national park. The second will be Trekkers Information Management System(TIMS) card.
And the last one is Restricted Area entry permit.
Generally, you will need the first two permits and the last one in case you are in a restricted area.
Guided or Solo treks?
Joining an organized group or hiring your own guide or porter is a personal decision. It depends on the difficulty of the trek and on budget.
You need to organize Guides treks through TAAN registered trekking agencies in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Besides, be careful that not everyone you meet else is legally authorized to organize a trek.
During the peak season like October, the agencies will run regular group treks. You can find a group doing the trek of your choice. The porter will carry all the necessary essentials like the trekking gear, food, fuel and other goods.
There will be a cook that will prepare all the meals during the camping.
Trekkers will only have to carry a small bag required for the day. At night they will prepare tents for sleeping. Mattresses, sleeping bags are all arranged by the staffs.
The agencies arrange for all land transportation, local permits, taxes, port dues and entrance fees to Nationals parks and sites.
Solo trekking is quite easy in the popular trekking areas. But if you don’t have time to arrange everything by yourself it’s better to plan with the trekking agency.
Equipment and Supplies
It is very important to pack smart i.e to pack what is necessary and control overloads.
You always have the option of buying or renting all the trekking essentials that you need in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Yet, some of the main essentials that you can carry are
- Comfortable hiking boots
- A sleeping bag
- Hiking pants, thermals, gloves, scarfs, a warm inner jacket, a wind/waterproof jacket
- Water purification supplies
- Hiking stick
- Waterproof case
- Fabric bandages
- Medications for altitude sickness.
- Snacks like granola bars, chocolates etc
Fitness and Experience
Nepal offers a wide range of trekking option for people with or without experience. Normally shorts treks like Langtang Valley trek, Ghorepani poon hill trek etc don’t need experience and can be done by people from all walks of life.
These treks are attainable for anyone who is moderately fit.
For trekking peaks at the altitude above 6000m, it is desirable to have some alpine climbing experience.
While trekking Altitude sickness does become problematic. Thus, it is very important for all the trekkers to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness and to not ignore them at any time.
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. If anyone develops symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), do not climb further. Rather, take rest.
If it doesn’t get any better, then it is best to descend to a lower altitude.
Carrying some Diamox pills can be very useful. You can get them in the pharmacies in Nepal. Diamox speeds up the acclimatization process which in turn helps to relieve symptoms.
It is often advised to descend even if you experience mild acute mountain sickness.
Neglecting the symptoms can lead to worse and serious sickness called HAPE (Higher Altitude Pulmonary edema )or HACE (High Altitude Cerebral Edema).
At this point, you only have one option and that is to DESCEND.
Top 5 Trekking Destinations for October
If you want to get information on the number of days you can spend in October in Nepal, you can browse the itineraries of different treks from our website. These itineraries will give you day to day details from the day of arrival till the day of departure.
Trekking in Nepal is possible throughout the year. Yet, October is the best time to trek.
The calm and pleasing weather allows you the best time to trek with clear views of mountains, lakes, and natural scenes.
Due to the peak season, all the trekking trials will be open during this time. The services from the hotel and restaurants will also be at its best.
For those of you who enjoy meeting new people, this is the perfect time to connect with people from all around the world.
Popular season means many travelers. Therefore, booking in advance is crucial.
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