November happens to be the best season to plan a trek in Nepal. And Trekking in Nepal is one of the most well-known activities.
September, October, and November are the months that fall in Autumn and offers you a lot more than any time of the year.
November is the best and most interesting month and is suitable for any kind of outdoor activities. The weather is excellent and the temperature is moderate which makes a good time for trekking.
Added, in November due to peak season, you will see a lot of tourists in Nepal especially in Kathmandu. Thamel, one of the famous tourist place in Kathmandu becomes crowded with trekkers during this time.
Because autumn comes after the monsoon, the dust and dampness settle in and prepares for a cleaner atmosphere.
During this time the climate is neither too hot nor too cold. Most of the days are bright and the sky is clear and blue.
All in all, trekking in Nepal in November will give you a wonderful experience. You will have many opportunities to explore both the nature and culture of Nepal.
Weather Conditions in November in Nepal
During November, the mornings and evenings are a bit cooler than the day. The day is still bright and hot.
The normal temperature during the day in the capital is around 15 degree Celsius. But at a higher altitude, the weather is much colder. Overall, the daytime temperature is perfect and pleasant for hiking and touring.
November is the best time to visit Nepal for trekking because during this time you can avoid the summer monsoon and cold winter.
The temperature ranges from 20 to 5 degree Celsius at an elevation between 1000m and 3500m. And if you plan to go higher, the temperature ranges from 20 degree Celsius during the day and falls to the negative degree at night.
This warm and pleasant weather makes it favorable for many outdoor activities and trekking.
Best Trekking Trails for November in Nepal
In November, any trek is possible, be it high altitude or low altitude. Trekking in Nepal during this time is very effective due to its weather.
Some of the popular treks you can take are the Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Trek, and Langtang Trek. Plus, Upper Mustang Trek, Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek and many more.
Everest Base Camp Trek
The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Of course, because of the magnificent Mount Everest, most trekkers wish to conquer.
The Everest Base Camp lies in the Everest region. It offers a spectacular panoramic view of the snow-capped mountains and glacial lakes.
November is the perfect time for you to get the clear view of mountains. Like Mt.Everest, Mt.Amadablam, Mt.Nuptse, Mt.Lhotse, and many more.
You can also enjoy the stunning view of the Khumbu region and the amazing tradition and culture of the Sherpa people. The cultural heritage like the monasteries and the beautiful village is worth every effort you put into the trek.
Not only this, the trek will take you to the deep Pine and Rhododendron forests. Also, the flora and fauna of this region are very rich so it is possible that you will see a variety of exotic wildlife.
In general, the trek is both challenging and adventurous. You will find tea houses, that provide food and the accommodations, are comfortable.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna is another popular trekking trails in Nepal. It is the 10th highest mountain in the world and in high demand during the peak season.
During the trek, you will witness stunning view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and Manaslu.
The famous attractions of the Annapurna region are the Kali Gandaki Gorge (deepest Gorge in the world), Tilicho lake, Rupse waterfall etc
The Annapurna region is very rich in biodiversity and vegetation. The trekking routes proceed along paddy fields, subtropical forests, incredible waterfalls, huge red cliffs, and several wonderful villages.
This trek also offers wonderful opportunities to interact with different communities like Gurungs, Magars, Brahmins, and Chhetris. You can observe their cultures and lifestyles and experience their hospitality as well.
The Annapurna region is an adventurous trek where you get to witness nature’s true beauty. Plus, enjoy the mixed culture of the locals.
Upper Mustang Trek
The region from Kaligandaki to Kagbeni is the territory of the Upper Mustang. This is a traditional and sensitive area officially opened in 1992.
Upper Mustang Trek is famous for the Buddhist Shrines, monasteries, and culture. Also, you will get to see the majestic mountains such as Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri.
During this trek, you can experience the unique culture of the mountain people. It includes the Thakalis, Tibetans, and Gurungs along with their amazing hospitality.
This place is more influenced by the Tibetan culture because the valley of Mustang is close to Tibetan plateau.
Lo Manthang, the capital of Mustang is another place you should not miss out on.
It was also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom, restricted to the foreigners until October 1991.
Thus, in this trek, you will see the culture and tradition untouched by modernization.
Ghorepani PoonHill Trek
The Ghorepani Poonhill trek is the most popular and short trek in the Annapurna region. This trek gives you the opportunity to explore the natural and cultural heritage of the Annapurna region in a short period of time.
This trek is popular for scenic mountains, breathtaking sunrise, and the biodiversity of the region.
This trek begins at Nayapul and after crossing the Modi Khola, the trail leads to Birethanti. After passing through the bamboo forests and waterfalls you will reach Ghorepani. This is a village of the Gurungs, a local tribe.
Here you will get the stunning view of Machhapuchhre, Himchuli, and the south of the Annapurna mountains.
Though this is a short trip, it will give you an experience of a lifetime.
You can go on this Ghorepani Poonhill Trek at any time of the year. And, this easy trek has the least risk of altitude sickness.
November is the best season to be here. The view is absolutely clear and stunning.
Tips for trekking in November
November is a great time of the year to explore the beautiful Treks here in Nepal. Here are a few tips that will help you complete this trek with ease and comfort
- Dress comfortably.
- Put on a good pair for hiking boots since you will be walking a lot.
- Start the trek early so that you can complete the trek for the day before it gets dark.
- Stay hydrated. It’s important to drink plenty of water.
- Dress in layers because the mornings and nights are colder than the day. Dressing in layers will allow you to take off and on whenever you feel like.
- Be mentally and physically prepared for the trip because trekking in the mountains can be challenging. Invest your time in training and exercising. This will help to increase your stamina.
- Learn about the symptoms and precautions of altitude sickness.
- Walk slowly and take your own pace.
- It is good to hire the local guide. They are familiar with the trails and will help in trail navigation as well as safety.
Types of Trekking Equipment Required
It is important to pack light with the necessary trekking equipment. For your information, a lot of hiking equipment is available on rent in Kathmandu and Pokhara too.
However, here is a list of the equipment you will need to carry for a successful and comfortable hike.
Toiletries and Personal Hygiene
- Tissue roll
- Antibacterial handwash
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Quick drying towel
- Wet wipes
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Lightweight thermal tops
- Wind-stopper Jacket
- Waterproof Shell Jacket
- Light thermal bottoms
- Lightweight cotton pants
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof shell pants
- UV Sunglasses
- Sun hat or scarf
Foot and Handwear
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm hiking socks
- Hiking boots
- Camp shoes (sneakers/sandals)
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens
- Duffel or Rucksack Bag
- Warm insulating jacket
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping bag
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Trekking Poles
- Water bottles
- Large plastic bags inside trekking bag, to keep your things dry
- Trail Map/ Guide Book
The best time to trek in Nepal is March-June and September-November. The weather during this time is warm and dry.
November, however, is the peak season. During this time, the mountain views are the best with great clarity. At night the temperature falls slightly compared to the day.
All the popular trials are available during November and as such the trekking trails are very crowded. Keeping this in mind, it is wise to pre-book the flight and hotels.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us. We hope to serve and guide you in making your trip a successful one.