Trekking in Nepal in August – A complete guide including Best Treks

trekking in nepal in august

The month of August falls under the Summer- Monsoon season of Nepal because Monsoon starts throughout mid of June and to July and August.

Hence you can expect constant rain and moisture and brilliant views and fresh air after the rain.

Like other months, trekking in Nepal in August is also possible and doable. For trekkers, the only obstacle of Monsoon is rain and which increases Leeches in trekking trails with forest in between.

If the rain or the slippery paths do not trouble you, then you can trek any of your desired trials.

Because the trekking season of Nepal starts from September, in August, every trekking trail of Nepal will be open, and you are free to trek anywhere in Nepal.

We recommend you to start a trek from late August.

If you do not want to walk in the rain, you can consider trekking in the rain-shadow areas where chances of rainfall will be little to no.

August trekking in Nepal offers less crowded trail and villages, which allows you to enjoy the mesmerizing views of the mountains fully.

Weather in Nepal in August

August is the last and ending month of Monsoon in Nepal. It is the second warmest month after July. There will be almost daily rainfall during the earlier days of the month and decreases as the days go on.

That’s why we recommended you start your trek as late as possible of August to avoid the daily rainfall. Around 20-22 days will receive rain in August in many parts of Nepal.

The average rainfall in August throughout Nepal is 350 mm ( around 14 inches).

It mostly rains in the late evening, night time, or in the early morning. Generally, It doesn’t rain during the daytime. So you should start your trek early and reach your destination before rainfall.

The sunrise view and the daytime view would be fabulous in August. The clear sky after rain adds extra energy to walk with impressive mountain views.

The extended daylight of 14 hours is a plus point of August. The sun rises around 5:00 AM and sets at around 7:00 PM.

The average temperature ranges from 18 to 27°C in Kathmandu. And it decreases as you go higher altitude.

The temperatures lower during evening and night time when it begins to rain or when the conditions are overcast.

If you wish to go to rain shadow areas like Upper Mustang and Dolpo, the dry weather and average temperatures of 15 to 22°C make treks to these regions comfortable and beautiful.

While trekking in high altitudes like ABC, EBC it rains much less over 4,000 m elevation, but the temperature could reach zero to minus during the night. But you can enjoy the sunlight during the daytime.

Best Treks in Nepal in August

All the trekking trails will remain open during August in Nepal. We advised you to trek in rain shadow areas to enjoy dry weather and escape from sudden rainfall.

If you wish to go high altitude trails like Base Camps of Annapurna and Everest, consider bringing waterproof items and prepare to walk on slippery trial.

Heading to high altitude trek during august can allow you to experience a bit more adventure, challenge, and quieter trails.

Here are some of the best treks in Nepal that you should consider choosing in August.

Upper Mustang Trek

Like in July, You should consider planning a trip to Upper Mustang during August too.

Because it is located on the northern side of Annapurna Massif and which blocks some potential rain clouds. So even in Monsoon month of August, the region will receive little to no rainfall.

The temperature in this area will vary from 15 to 22°C during August.

Stunning views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, and Nilgiri Himalayas will reward you during the trek.

You can explore various old monasteries, Gompa, caves, and the Royal Palace of King Lo. Furthermore, the Upper Mustang is also rich in cultural heritage.

The highest altitude is also 3,800meter, which is not difficult to reach for all kinds of trekkers, even for first-timers too.

Upper Dolpo Trek

Another rain shadow trekking region of Nepal, Upper Dolpo with Phoksundo lake and Shey Gompa, takes you to the very remote part of Nepal.

The trek is almost similar to the Upper Mustang region. It allows you to witness typical rural Nepali villages, historical monasteries, stunning mountain views, and captivating cliffs in this region.

This trek is recommended for real adventure trekkers because you have to 3 high passes over 5000 during the trek. August is also the perfect time to visit Upper Dolpo; it is because winter will be icy and risk of heavy snowfall.

You can experience a trekking trail with deep forests of pine, oaks, and rhododendron and experience a unique culture in Upper Dolpo.

Nar Phu Valley Trek

The Nar and Phu valley is another untouched beauty of the famous Annapurna region.

Local people follow Tibetan culture. It is located in the northeast of the Annapurna circuit trekking trail. You will be walking through the narrow canyons, lush green vegetation, and old Buddhist monasteries along with beautiful mountain views of the Annapurna region in the background.

The villages are still untouched by modernism. You can experience a remote lifestyle here.

Likewise, you can witness beautiful glimpses of Annapurna Massif, Fishtail, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu mountain, Tilicho peak, Dhaulagiri range, and numerous other snow-capped peaks.

The region is also a rain shadow of Dhaulagiri Massif, where you can trek freely without any fear of sudden heavy rainfall. The medium temperature with dry climate is a plus point to trek in Monsoon.

Jomsom Muktinath Trek

The lower Mustang region before kagbeni also receives deficient rainfall in comparison to other trekking trails. You can visit the beautiful town of Jomsom and popular Hindu pilgrimage site Muktinath.

You can visit the nearest Apple Orchards in the Marpha village and taste the special wine made by apple and other products made by apple.

Stunning views of Annapurna region mountains like Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri can be observed during the trek.

It is also the perfect time to visit places like Manang, So you can also consider trekking to Annapurna circuit if you want to go high altitude, which receives less rainfall.

Everest Trek

The Everest view trek is a short trek with a fantastic view of Mount Everest and other above 6,000 meter peaks.

The trek offers you the chance to explore Sherpa village of the Everest region as well as to understand their culture and lifestyle.

It’s just 6 / 7 days trek to the foothill of Everest base camp trekking trail.

The trek will follow the trail to Everest Base Camp, and If you want to go high altitude, you can do Everest base camp trek even in August too.

It’s because of the high altitude regions are less affected by the monsoon and immediate rainfalls. The amount of rain will decreases as you climb up.

In heights above 3,000 meters, the temperature during day time can reach from 11 to 13°C. Besides, it can drop down to zero or even minus at night.

On altitudes under 3,000 meters, it can be 19 and 8°C during day and night.

Poon Hill Trek                                                                

The Poon Hill Trek via Ghorepani village is accessible and desirable all time, of course, in August too.

During the trek, you will feel the warmth as high as 29°C while starting from Pokhara. The temperature can fall to 10°C in Tadapani and Ghorepani.

As we know, the temperature varies according to heights but, it won’t drop very low, because the highest elevation of this trek is 3210 meters only.

Beautiful Panoramic view of Annapurna region mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna I, II will reward you during the trek.

For those looking for high altitude treks can continue trek to Annapurna base camp. The tea houses will be open to serve you.

The chance of immediate rainfall will be low at high elevation, but still, it can rain during evening times. So prepare yourself with insect repellents and gears to walk on the slippery trail.

Reasons to choose August for trekking in Nepal

  • You can experience your crowd-free trekking in Nepal in peace. Also, you can get the best service and even discounts from your travel planner, hotel, and tea houses.
  • The evening and night rain makes a clear view in the Morning offers perfect sunrise views every day.
  • Explore the green vegetation and forests, massive waterfalls, and rivers during the trek.
  • You can enjoy and celebrate festivals like Gai Jatra, Krishna Janmashtami, Yartung Mela in Nepal.

Tips for Trekking in Nepal in August

  • Keep up to date with the weather conditions of the trial you were trekking.
  • Choose a trekking region which will fit for you according to your physical fitness and difficulty level of the trek.
  • Carry Umbrella for lower altitude treks or Plastic raincoat or waterproof rain jackets for higher altitude treks to avoid the rain.

Conclusion

During August, it is better to avoid some treks, but some treks are convenient and the best time to visit. The crowd-free and green paddy village areas look fantastic in August.

Each trek is opened and perfectly doable with necessary preparations and training.

Monsoon months are the best time to visit rain shadow areas. Thus, trekking in Nepal in August means trekking in Upper Mustang, Upper Dolpo, and Nar Phu Valley.

Feel free to choose other treks if you don’t want to avoid rainfall and insects like Leeches. Do not forget to prepare yourself with waterproof items and Monsoon gears.

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