Posted On: May 10, 2017
We all know that Nepal is one of the best countries for trekking activities. From the topographical to natural and cultural highlights, from base camp of Everest, Annapurna to numerous other exciting journeys, Nepal offers great opportunities to immerse in immaculate highlights even at off season within its varied geographical settings.
Best time or peak season for trekking in Nepal refers to autumn and spring time between months from September to December and even March to May. These times gives us an opportunity for every adventure enthusiasts to capture in terms of weather, visibility and even trails and routes. So during these time, most of people trek during this time of the year. Therefore we can see many trekkers along the way of popular treks in this time of the year.
These number of trekkers however decreases very sharply during other time of the year. It happens possibly due to only few people know that trekking in Nepal can be done all year around. There are treks that can be done even during off season. Lets see some of the treks at Annapurna, Everest and Annapurna region along with nearby Kathmandu valley, that can be done during any time of the year.
Off Season Treks to look out for at Annapurna Trekking Region:
Upper Mustang Trek:
Grab an opportunity to enter into hidden valley of Upper mustang that give you exceptional views of landscapes and essence of cultural highlights that can be simply cant expressed in words specially in off season. This place lies on rain shadow areas where only negligible rain falls even during monsoon time that makes it all around the year trek perfect for travelers to join this adventure during any time of the season.
With nearly an altitude above 4000 m above sea level, capture an excellent trans-Himalayan range of Annapurna and northern border touching Tibetan side, explore the biodiversity like never. Hiking enthusiasts who are looking for this amazingly beautiful Upper Mustang adventure will be astonished by its varied tropical backgrounds, from lower elevation to higher altitudes.
Get inspired by Tibetan alike cultures, while making you way up to Lo Manthang, enjoy valley’s ethnic sites, and treasure your precious moments in your soul forever.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek:
If we have to pick up only one short and easy perfect trek in Nepal suitable for most of the adventure lovers, then surely I would take the name of Ghorepani Poonhill trek. It is nearby Pokhara city at Annapurna region of Nepal and can be completed in just a week or less.
You make your way through interesting views of terraced farmlands, refreshing forests, and enjoying the major highlight of this trip of enjoying great sunrise views over Annapurna Himalayan range. The max elevation gained during this trip is 3210m above sea level and hence very less chances of getting affected by altitude sickness.
Along with cultural highlights, there are also plenty of cultural insights too as we pass through culturally rich Gurung village of Ghandruk where we will be astonished by hospitality, tradition and settlement. The trekking is best option for trekkers of every type.
Poonhill trek can be done during any time of the year as this trail is open and running during everytime of the year and it wont be affected by any weather and other conditions. The quick stopping sites, small settlements and Gurung, Magar villages simply are the best in offering travelers their kind of accommodation, lodging and fooding services.
So, these guest houses are mostly open all time of the year with quite a few homestay options being available too.
Annapurna Panorama Trek:
With similar features and routes, after Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Annapurna Panorama Trek is another all time trekking trip in Nepal. As the name explains, Annapurna Panorama Trek gives you an exclusive opportunity to witness best panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayas. So, similar to Ghorepani Poonhill , Annapurna panorama also takes us to Poonhill to enjoy great views of snow capped Himalayas.
Jhinu dada is another highlight of the trip after experiencing breath taking views from Poonhill view point. There is a natural hotspring at Jhinu where we can get a dip in hotspring and take hot water bath. The maximum altitude is 3210m and it doesn’t affect any thing to our body oxygen levels and hence issues related to altitude sickness. With presence of quality tea houses along the route, and minimum impact on route because of weather, this Annapurna panorama is another best trip to visit during off season and actually anytime of the year.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek:
Jomsom Muktinath is more of the pilgrimage trek and one of its kind that takes you to the most promising windy valley of Jomsom where you will be blown away by its wind and its natural beauties. The major highlight of this trip is the Muktinath temple which holds great importance for both Hindu and Buddhist Pilgrims. So, for pilgrims from Nepal India and other countries can join this trek during any time of the year as the weather along with trek routes and availability of trekking related services are there all throughout the year.
The highest point reached during this trek is 3800m at Muktinath temple and from there along with from other routes, you get excellent views of Annapurna Himalayas, lakes, valleys and well diversified trek than others. The options of flight, road or trek, makes it suitable for trekkers of all kind. So, as there are many reasons to go for Jomsom Muktinath trek in off season too, it is the must place to go during off season in Nepal.
Off Season Treks to look out for at Everest Trekking Region:
Everest View Trek:
Everest view trek is short and easy venture at Everest region of Nepal. This trek is also almost 1/3rd of Everest base camp route. However, after getting at around 3800m at Everest view hotel crossing Syangboche airstrip, you start to see excellent views of Everest and mostly nearby peaks like Thamserku, Amadablam and others.
Visit the Sagarmatha Natioanl Park where you can see the great statue of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and a museum that reflects the history and culture of Khumbu region. The trek starts as you fly to Lukla and hike through Phakding and Namche. It is also a great opportunity to witness and see the lifestyle of legendary Sherpa communities. Visit an excellent site of Namche Bazar, have a taste of bakeries, and many facilities being offered here at Namche.
Also get to know the very fast changing Himalayan weather at higher altitudes as it will be sunny day in the morning, clouds begins to from in afternoon and dark rain like clouds in the evening time. Within a week of time, you will be feel like you are at another planet. This is best in off season, as it wont take you up to high altitudes passing Namche, the trails will be basically slippery where you need to careful, however, it can be perfect trip for all adventure enthusiasts looking for short trip to Everest region in Nepal. Not only in off season, this trip is also an option for family or trekker looking for short holidays during any time of the year.
Everest Panorama Trek:
Similar to Everest view trek, Everest panorama trek also takes you through Lukla, Phakding, Namche and upto Tengboche. It is generally, an extended version of Everest view trek. With nearly at 4000m of altitude, there won’t be much of an issue of altitude sickness, however you should be aware about its symptoms and know about its preventive measures. Enjoy great views of Everest along with Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse, Nuptse and other nearby snow capped Himalayas; you will also be blessed with abundance of Sherpa hospitality, culture and traditions.
Here upto Tengboche, most of the teahouses and lodges are open all round the year to offer its hospitality to hikers. Due to partial rainshadow, it rains less for shorter period of time during monsoon and even during off season of winter. You need to take care of your health and fitness however and save yourself from cold while trekking in winter. So, we can say that due to viable weather settings and availability of trekking services, this trip can be arrange during anytime of the year.
Off Season Treks to look out for nearby Kathmandu Valley:
Outskirts of Kathmandu Valley Trek:
There are plenty of short hiking options nearby Kathmandu valley too, where one can get an experience of hiking and getting acknowledge with nature, culture and nearby landscapes. As most of the treks are short and easy, it is also suitable for many trekkers who have less time to stay in Nepal, but want to make the most out of it.
This trek is also most suitable to join with family and kids as it starts with guided sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites, takes you around beautiful culturally affluent villages of Dhulikhel, Sundarijal, Namobuddha with plenty of fun filled activities too. This trek is also a perfect learning opportunity for adventure lovers who wish to learn about centuries old cultures, traditions and lifestyles.
So, if you are planning for trekking in Nepal in off season, then you can look out for any of the above mentioned trips. If you have any enquiries, then don’t hesitate to enquire us about any of your travel plans.