Trekking in Nepal during September
Trekking in Nepal during September
For most trekking tour operators, the month of September is the beginning of the autumn trekking season. However, it is the tail end of the monsoon season and can rain until the third week, and occasionally it has rained until the end of the month. The daytime temperatures to be warm to hot as well as humid below 1500 meters, warm up to 2500 meters and warm/cool above 2500 meters. You can do most treks during September, and it is advised to choose higher altitude treks for cooler temperatures. This is an ideal time to do regular treks such as Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake, Everest base camp, Mardi Himal, Annapurna Base Camp, or go for more adventurous treks such as The Upper Dolpo Circuit or Upper Dolpo Traverse or Upper Mustang as these regions are in the rain shadow.
It pays to invest in the right equipment such as a suitable raincoat or even an umbrella, sleeping bag, a couple of layers of fleece, right thermal underwear, thick hiking socks, gloves, trekking pants, warm hats just to name a few necessary gears to invest in. It is always better to have more than less.
It is good to dress up in layers, which you can ‘peel’ one at a time when you start to warm/heat up as you begin trekking. You can hike in shorts in the lower to middle altitude areas.
Benefits of Trekking in Nepal Himalaya during September.
This is the beginning of the fall season; some flowers are still blooming in the middle and high hills of Nepal. The clouds can begin to form during the early afternoon, and it can start raining in the lower altitude and snow in the higher elevations during the late afternoons. This could be a good thing as it can clear the clouds and clear the clouds for excellent mountain views the next morning. You might even see a lot of huge colorful moths during September while trekking in Nepal.
- The trekkers will start to be seen on the trail and in the lodges if you go trekking during September to the popular trekking areas where there are lodges.
- You will be warm to hot while hiking during the daytime.
- You will meet other trekkers on the trail and lodges
- The WIFI speed should be quite decent as the fall season isn’t in full swing yet.
- You can use the internet for weather forecast and temperatures
- There will be fewer people queuing for hot showers.
- You can see villages ripening crops such as rice, millet.
Can I do a high altitude trek in Nepal during September?
You can certainly do a high altitude trek in Nepal during September. This is a better time to do a high altitude trek than during February or March. However, you can expect some snowfall in the higher elevations, but this should melt pretty quickly due to the warmth and humidity. We do receive some precipitation for a few days every month. We receive more massive snowfalls during February and March rather than in the middle of September.
Dangers/Inconveniences of trekking in Nepal during September.
Trekking trails can still be muddy and slippery. Be careful of wet roots while trekking through forests. Leeches might again come out when it is raining or in moist areas. For prevention, you can make a small pouch of rock salt and chewing tobacco mixture. You can dab the bag on the leeches when they get on your boots, clothes, or you. You need to dip the bag in water to moisten it is more useful this way. Some people burn the leeches or use Dettol or regular salt. However, the rain can wash them off, which makes rock salts and chewing tobacco mixture an excellent choice.
Landslides can be dangerous, walk briskly with utmost caution when you come across landslide areas on the trail. DO NOT stop to take photos in the middle of the landslip area. If there are two or more of you, take turns to cross the landslide area while the other person looks out for falling rocks.
Thunder and Lightning storm
It is not a regular occurrence, but occasionally there might be thunder and lightning storms. In case you are caught in the rain:
Take refuge in a vehicle or grounded building when lightning and thunder begins.
If you are far from a vehicle or a building, stay clear from tall objects like trees, electric/telephone poles, and bodies of water. Find a depression or a low spot and make yourself as small as possible – DO NOT lie down on the ground.
If you are a group, spread yourselves 50-100 feet away from each other to avoid multiple victims as lightning can travel along the ground surface.
If you happen to be indoors, avoid taking showers or doing laundry and avoid charging your phone or other gadgets.
Stay indoors for at least 30 minutes after the last seen lightning or since the last thunder.
- Start early in the morning to avoid the afternoon rains. There usually is a pattern when it starts to rain. Study it for a couple of days or speak to the lodge owners.
- The leeches start coming out in the elevations below 2400 meters if it starts to rain.
- It can be hot and humid in the lower elevation areas.
- Insects in the lower altitude areas can bite you – bring along suitable insecticide.
- September is the end of monsoon; rains could disrupt domestic flights to or from Short take-off and landing strip (STOL) airports like Lukla, Jomsom, Juphal. Landslides can block roads causing delays in your holiday program.
- September 2018 received quite a lot of rainfall during the first ten days; then, there was a lull in precipitation, which picked up again from the third week. There was a massive influx of trekkers in the famous trails of Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang regions.
Trekking regions that fall into the Rainshadow areas:
You will be visiting one of the scenic trekking trails in the monsoon season in Nepal. Once an independent Kingdom that was later annexed into the territory of Nepal, Upper Mustang is one of the restricted trekking destinations in Nepal that requires a special permit and to be booked with a tour operator. Back Packers are not allowed to trek here. The Buddhist who once followers of the Bon religion inhabits the upper Mustang predominantly. Upper Mustang is a high altitude desert. During the monsoon season, you will witness the increased level of water in the rivers, which includes the holy and mighty Kali Gandaki River.
This trekking destination takes you to one of the most remote regions in Nepal. The followers of the Bon religion, followed by Buddhists and Hindus, mostly inhabit it. The terrain, culture, and traditions supported by the locals are very close to the Tibetan way of life. The trekking trail partly lies in the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the most extensive National Park in Nepal. It is the only National Park in the trans-Himalaya region. The beauty of this region is unparallel to other trekking destinations. Being in the rain shadow region, Upper Dolpo doesn’t receive continuous rainfall. Trek here for the unique culture, landscape, scenery, and biodiversity.
Jomsom to Muktinath Trek – email us for the itinerary.
This trekking destination is more popular as a pilgrimage that is suitable during the monsoon season in Nepal. Muktinath attracts both the Hindu and Buddhists alike, for pilgrimage. You may embark on a spiritual or an adventurous trek to this area, which remains dry most of the year, except the winter when the region is covered by snow. Besides the holy Muktinath Temple, Kagbeni is the other popularly traveled destination in this region.