Trekking in Nepal is one of the most popular activity. Nepal has a lot to offer like trekking, tour, and different adventures.
When in Nepal, you can enjoy four seasons in Nepal, Spring (Mar-May), Summer (June-Aug), Autumn (Sep-Nov) and Winter (Dec-Feb).
By the beginning of September, monsoon comes to an end leaving you surrounded by fresh air.
But the beginning of September can be a little wet with slight rain. Usually, it rains at night and during the day the sky is bright and clear and can get partly cloudy in the evenings.
However, mid-September to mid-December is the most favorable time for trekking. The weather will be perfect with spectacular views of the mountains.
There are a lot of popular treks that you can enjoy in September.
Highlights of Trekking in Nepal in September
As the monsoon season gradually ends in September, you will get a clear and spectacular view of the sky and the mountains.
You will able be able to enjoy the greenery. The trekking trails befriend you with beautiful waterfalls, fields, and hills.
But, due to its favorable weather condition, September to November remains crowded. As such you will need pre-planning and booking of accommodations and flights.
Besides the weather, when you choose to trek in September you get a bonus. This is the time you get an opportunity to get close to Nepalese culture through festivals like Dashain, Tihar, and Teej.
These are the biggest festivals in Nepal. Teej is a grand festival celebrated by women. They dance, fast, and pray to Lord Shiva for the well being of their husband. And Dashain is a festival that goes on for 15 days and is also known as the festival of victory.
Nepal Weather in September
For the first week or two in September, there might be rainfall followed by pleasant dry weather. And then begins the peak trekking season. Well, Let us give you a rough indication of the temperature in September
Average Temperature – 22 Degree Celsius
Maximum Temperature – 27 Degree Celsius
Minimum Temperature – 17 Degree Celsius
Sunshine Hour – 8 Hrs.
Rainfall in mm – 175
Average Rainfall Days – 12
Note– Weather, temperatures and climatic condition changes with the change in altitude. There are also variations depending on the trek you take. So, it is good to walk prepared for fluctuating weather condition in high passes and base camps.
Best trekking trails in Nepal in September
September is among the best months to trek. There are a variety of trekking expeditions that you can take. Here are some of the popular ones.
Everest Base Camp
The Everest Base Camp is the most popular trek in Nepal. And, September is the best time to go to this region to get the crystal clear view of the mountains.
The sky is clear and the temperature is favorable. You can see the majestic mountain- Mt.Everest, Mt.Lhotse, Mt.Amadalam, Mt.Changtse, and many more.
During this month you get to experience the culture and biodiversity at its best. Plus, the hospitality of the Sherpa people, their culture, and festivals are no less amusing.
In the Everest Region, you can choose from a lot more trekking trails. Like the Gokyo Valley trek, Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak or simply Trek to Everest Base Camp and Helicopter Ride Back.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most popular trekking trails in Nepal. The Annapurna Region lies in the rain shadow area and September again is a great month for this trial. It is a lot safer and affordable.
This region also offers great mountain views and is also the home to a lot of rare and exotic birds and animals. Not to miss the local people, their culture, and the festival during September.
October to December are the peak months for this trail, so the crowd is still less during September.
Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang trek is one of the most adventurous treks in Nepal. It falls in the rain shadow region which is why even in the monsoon season, the trek is possible.
This region has an influence of the Tibetan culture and its unique tradition. Thus, you will get to experience the socio-cultural life of the people on the other side of the mountains.
The weather in September is bright and warm with a great view. You can easily trek during this month with ease and comfort.
In this trek, you will get to witness the deepest gorge and also an ancient city- Lo-Manthang, the Last forbidden kingdom.
The amazing architecture of the Buddhist monasteries in the place will blow your mind.
You can enjoy panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. Added, you will get plenty of opportunities to take pictures because the place is full of numerous scenic beauty.
All in all, you will have a great experience to carry along once you complete the Upper Mustang trek.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
The Manaslu trek starts from the altitude as low as 700 m and extends upto 5169 m. This difference in altitude causes wide variation in temperatures.
The trek provides a majestic view of glacial lakes and natural scenery. At the beginning of September, the weather is not stable with occasional rain. However, Autumn is a good season to hike in this trekking circuit.
Spring and Autumn are the peak season. As such if you want to avoid the busy trail you can choose September.
During autumn, the weather of the Manaslu Circuit Trek remains stable. At the start of September, there will be occasional rain which will clear the cloudy skies. Thus, you can enjoy the crystal clear view of the snow-capped mountains.
If you want to avoid a busy trail, you can visit during September.
Tips for Trekking in September
If you are trekking in Nepal in September, here are a few tips which can be useful:
- At the beginning of September, there are chances of rain and as such the roads might get slippery. Good hiking boots with sturdy soles are a must.
- You need to be physically as well as mentally prepared for the trek.
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated at higher altitudes.
- Altitude sickness is common in high altitude. Learn about acute mountain sickness, their symptoms, and precautions.
- September is a peak season and the trails can get crowded. Early booking and planning is a wise decision.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation along the trekking trials will be open in September. From the mid of September, the trials will have many trekkers. As such early booking of flights and hotels can be useful.
Just like the accommodation, the restaurants will also be open during September. And, since it is peak season you will receive the best service.
The staple food in most restaurants is Dal Bhat. Moreover, it is the cheapest and the most fulfilling dish. One must not miss trying it.
Trekking permits are available all year round in Nepal including September. You can get the permit from both Kathmandu or Pokhara.
There are many checkpoints where you must show your permits. So, be sure to keep them safe.
The trekking permits you need to get are The Conservation Area Permit, Trekker Information Management System(TIMS) card. And a Restricted Area Entry Permit in case you choose to trek to a restricted area.
Travel insurance is a must for trekkers who are willing to trek in Nepal. Traveling without insurance is a big risk, financially and physically. It comes at the expense of costing you your health and your bank account. You should get insurance from your home country.
Having a travel insurance is a must, no matter which time or season you choose to travel.
Also, when you get one make sure it covers flight delays, baggage loss, travel documents, medical expenses and emergency evacuation packages. Do not forget to check if it covers upto the height of 6000 meters.
Trekking essentials for Trekking in Nepal in September
While trekking it is very important that you pack the right and necessary items. Overloading can be a burden for you or the porter. Hence, here is some list of essentials you might want to consider packing.
Toiletries and Personal Hygiene
- Tissue / Toilet roll
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Quick drying towel
- Wet wipes
- Multipurpose soap
- Fleece Wind-stopper Jacket
- Waterproof Shell Jacket
- Lightweight cotton pants
- Warm Trousers
- Waterproof shell pants
- UV Sunglasses
- Sun hat or scarf
Foot and Handwear
- Thin socks
- Hiking boots
- Lightweight gloves
- Waterproof Softshell jacket
- Duffel or Rucksack Bag
- Sleeping bag
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Trekking Poles
- Water bottles
- Map/ Guide Book
September is one of the best seasons to visit Nepal, especially for a trek. It is a peak season for trekking and you will see a large number of tourists.
Because the weather is a lot clear and favorable, you will enjoy being outdoors.
However, to be on the safe side it is wise to pre-book your flights and hotels because of the high number of tourists visiting Nepal during this time.
Besides, the nature and culture during this month are at its best. So, trekking in Nepal in September will give you a lifetime experience.
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