TREKKING SEASON & GRADES SECTION
The chart shown below shows the grading of the treks in the different areas in Nepal as well as the best seasons to conduct them.
For many of our treks, you can choose between camping or staying in Mountain lodges. which are locally-run guest houses, but standards vary enormously. In the popular areas, such as Annapurna, lodges are more like hotels, with hot water, Western food, and private rooms, in more remote areas, they are far simpler and more authentically Nepalese.
Mountain Lodge trekking is less expensive than camping, and is suitable for smaller groups. With larger groups, irrespective of the area, it is more practical to camp. We provide all the necessary camping equipment dining and toilet tents plus our guides, porters and cooks, you trek in comfort with Western food of a high standard. More information about the different trekking can be found at our trekking section.
Trekking in Nepal can be undertaken throughout the year. There are four seasons in Nepal. Each season has its distinct attractions to offer. The seasons are classified as follows:
Autumn (Sept-Nov) This season offers excellent weather and tantalizing mountain views.
Winter (Dec-Feb) This season is noted for occasional snowfall only at higher elevations. Hence it is ideal for trekking at lower elevations, generally below 3000 meters.
Spring (March-May) Different varieties of wild flowers, specially the rhododendrons make the hillside above 5000 meters a haunting paradise during this season. It is mildly warm at lower elevations and at higher elevation over 4000 meters the mountain views are excellent and temperature is quite moderate.
Summer (Jun-Aug) Summer months really continue up to mid-September making travel wet and warm. These times are blessed for the keen botanist as the higher valleys and meadows blossom with flowers and lush vegetation.
It is recommended to carry insect repellent when trekking during summer months.
The best Trekking season in Nepal is during spring & autumn seasons February to May & September to November. Warm days make this season favorable for trekking & Expeditions. The monsoon seasons are June, July and August. During this period, trekking is possible in the Mustang, Dolpo, Humla, Jumla, Rara Lake of Nepal and some Trekking areas in Tibet.
Below the different grades shown in the chart are explained in more detail.
Grade A (▲)
These trips can be enjoyed by anyone who leads a reasonably active life. The walking parts of these trips are relatively easy and should not exceed 5 to 6 hours a day.
Grade B (▲▲)
These trips are a mixture of some longer and shorter walks. During these trips, hill-walking experience is desirable. The walking hours are usually no more than 7 hours a day. Please note that some of our non-trekking trips are graded moderate due to altitude and other conditions that require a higher level of stamina than our Grade A trips.
Grade C (▲▲▲)
The day stages on these trips are a combination of strenuous and moderate walks – normally 6 to 8 hours a day. Participants can expect to trek above 4,500 meters on these trips.
Grade D (▲▲▲▲)
These trips are known to be the most strenuous and are regarded as a genuine test These treks may require a degree of mountaineering skills and you should be capable of carrying on normally at an altitude of 4000-5000 meters. Daily walking is approximately 7 hours.