August is basically Summer- Monsoon in Nepal where you can expect frequent rain and humidity. Crystal clear views and fresh air after the rain is a perk of trekking in Nepal in August.
If the rain or the slipper trails do not bother you, then you can plan the treks in Nepal in August where you can get to walk in the peaceful and rainwashed trails with least trekkers.
If you do not want to walk in rain but want to trek in August then, you can plan the trek to the rain-shadow areas where you will experience trekking in the drier weather.
Weather for Trekking in Nepal in August
August is the second wettest month of the year. Also, the atmosphere is quite hot and humid.
Nepal is a country of varied topography, thus the temperature varies from region and altitude.
In the plains, the temperature can vary from 25 degrees to 40 degrees. The hills do not have extreme temperatures, so it is usually mild throughout the year. For e.g. Kathmandu has a range of 20 to 29 degree Celsius.
As you ascend to the higher elevations, the temperature can drop down. For e.g. Upper Mustang’s temperature can range from 13 to 20 degree Celsius. At nights, it can drop down even further.
The regions affected by the monsoon receive rainfall as much as 3345 mm. The regions that receive the least rain get only about 300mm.
The amount of rain completely differs from place to place. So, make sure to have weather details about the destination you choose to trek on this month. With the right gears, packing and other preparations, you can enjoy your August trek the most.
Best Trekking Destinations in August
There are so many trekking destinations in Nepal for you. Each of these destinations has its own specialties, thus you can choose the best one for you in any season of the year.
Round Annapurna Short Trek
Round Annapurna Short Trek is a short alternative for Annapurna Circuit Trek. It is a 13 days trek that starts with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Syange. It goes along the Marshyangdi Gorge, through remote Manang Valley and Thorong La Pass.
The perk of this trek is that you can absolutely do it in any season of the year. Also, it is perfect for those who have limited time. With this trek, you can pretty much get all the extracts of a long trek.
Diverse terrains, amazing vistas, and cultural diversity are what you get to experience from other treks too.
So considering the monsoon, this short trek is very convenient as you will be walking to the rainshadow area except for the few days.
Poon Hill Trek
The Poon Hill Trek is undoubtedly one of the best short treks in the Annapurna region. You get to see everything: the snow-capped mountains, crystal clear lakes, and spectacular views. You definitely cannot miss the deep gorges, Buddhist monasteries, hot springs, and the local culture.
It is an ideal trek for August for various reasons. Firstly, the trek is short and convenient.
Secondly, the weather is quite warm during this month. So you can travel very light and on your t-shirts. Of course, beautiful views are always there.
However, you should prepare yourself for downpours too. We advise you to pack proper monsoon gears for the trek. Monsoon and humidity invite bugs and leeches too. So, basic table salt and insect repellent creams can come handy.
While on this trek, you will experience temperature as high as 29 degree Celsius (maximum) in Pokhara. The minimum temperature can drop to 9.6 degree Celsius in Ghorepani.
The temperature varies according to elevations. However, you do not have to worry about it dropping very low, as the highest altitude of this trek is 3210 meters.
Everest Base Camp Trek
As mentioned, the higher regions of Nepal are less affected by the monsoon and remain comparatively dry even in August. So, if you are comfortable trekking in the higher elevations, Everest Base Camp is the trek for you.
We advise you to start your trek early. Firstly, because the views of the mountains are magnificent in the mornings. It usually rains in the night, making the morning view clear. Secondly, you can avoid the evening downpour by reaching your destination on time.
The amount of rainfall significantly decreases as you ascend towards higher elevations. At the same time, the weather in higher elevations can be unpredictable. Thus, you should prepare yourself for such weather changes.
In elevations above 3000 meters, the temperature during day time can range from 10 to 12-degree Celsius. Likewise, it can drop down to minus 5 degrees at night. As for the lower elevations(2000 to 3000m), it can be 18 and 8 degrees during day and night respectively.
While on this trek, you can witness the most beautiful mountains like the Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu, and Abu Dablam. The monsoon rain also magnifies the flow of rivers and waterfalls.
During this time of the year, it is less crowded so you enjoy your own time and pace. And for leeches and bugs, you can always use insect repellents.
Upper Mustang Trek
The Upper Mustang is really an unstirred region that gained popularity after its establishment to tourism in 1992. It lies in the region between Manang and Dolpo in the north-central part of Nepal.
Upper Mustang a rain shadow region, making it perfect for august Treks. The Upper Mustang Trek is one of the most legendary trails for every trekker. So, monsoon will not get on your way to trekking into the region.
The Lower Mustang can get some rain, yet the Upper Mustang remains dry, making it perfect for you to trek without any risk. The temperature in this area will vary from 16 to 20 degree Celsius.
Make sure that you stay hydrated as the air is quite dry in the region, and you do not want altitude sickness. As for the lower elevations, you should still prepare yourself with monsoon gears.
The lifestyle of the region is heavily influenced by Tibetan culture. Thus, you can expect a trek full of cultural diversity, exhibiting ancient Buddhist cultures.
The local horse festival, known as the Yartung Mela falls in August. The entire people of Mustang celebrate the Yartung Mela. You can witness special celebrations in the Muktinath Temple too.
This can be a great way for you to witness the local culture and enjoy the annual festival with the locals.
In this trek, you will be able to witness the panoramic views of Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna and many more. Here, you will be experiencing the remote Himalayan life.
Tips for Trekking in Nepal in August
- Choose your trekking destination wisely. Do consider your physical fitness and comfort level while making your choice.
- Starting your trek early will ensure great views and will help you to avoid the evening downpours.
- Make sure to pack proper monsoon gears.
- Hiring a professional guide will always be helpful. They will help you with the safest trails and ensure your safety.
- Keep your insect repellent creams handy as you may come across bugs and leeches.
- Always keep your documents and valuables in a ziplock bag so that they are not ruined by the rain.
Perks of Trekking in Nepal in August
- You can enjoy your trek in peace. Also, you can get the best service and attention from the tea houses.
- The rain clears the views in the morning, giving you the best treatment for your eyes.
- The vegetations and forests are greener and lush. The rivers are heavy and thus the landscape view as a whole is at its best.
Nepalese observe various festivals in the month of August. If you are planning your trek for this month, make sure you do not miss out these.
You will be able to witness this festival while you are in Kathmandu. The main highlight of this festival is the parade that marches in various parts of Kathmandu valley. This festival worships the god of death, so as to spread the message of accepting death as a natural phenomenon.
The locals observe this festival as the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna. This festival is widely celebrated in the plains and hills. You can witness Krishna Janmashtami in Kathmandu and Pokhara if you happen to be there.
This is a local festival in Mustang. If you choose to trek in Mustang in August, you can be a part of this festival. It falls on the full moon day of August.
It is a three-day long festival and the Thakali people celebrate it with horse races, drinking, and dancing.
Yartung means the end of summer and Mela means fair. So it is fair to bid farewell to summer. In these three days’ festival, the local King, monks and local people perform different rituals.
Packing for Trekking in Nepal in August
Since August is wet and humid at the same time, you need to be well prepared for your trek. You need to pack important gears and essentials to make you trek comfortable.
Monsoon trek can be challenging, but the journey will always be worthwhile.
Here is a list of gears that can be helpful to you as you pack for your adventure.
Clothing and footwear
- Waterproof trekking shirts
- Convertible trekking pants
- Waterproof hiking pants
- Breathable Running shoes.
- Firm grip and waterproof shoes
- Thin and comfortable hiking socks
- Breathable raincoats
- Rain jackets
- Backpack rain cover
- Sun hat
- Beanie/ Buff
- Polarized UV sunglasses
- Toiletries and Hygiene kits
- Zip Lock bags (to keep your documents and valuables safe and dry)
- Electronic accessories as per the need
- Insect repellent creams and Hand sanitizer
August is an interesting month for your trek. It is rainy in lower elevations, yet dry in the higher ones. It can be challenging sometimes, given that the trails can be slippery and the dry regions have unpredictable weather.
The temperatures also vary widely in different elevations. The lowers elevations are warmer, but as you ascend higher, the temperature drops significantly.
Amidst the challenging weather conditions, the month has a lot of perks of this month that will make your trek memorable. The best views of the clear mountains after the downpour, the lush green vegetation, and heavy waterfalls are treat to the eyes and soul.
August is also the last month of Summer, so you can witness various local festivals here. You can be a part of the celebrations and get to explore the local cultures. So, brace yourself to experience the best of August.
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