July is the month when only a few trekkers will visit Nepal over the other months of the year.
It is because of July falls right in the middle of Nepal’s monsoon season and trekkers pull back their legs to go on trekking because of the monsoon rain and leach on the trails.
Does it stop trekking? Should we consider not to visit Nepal in July?
No, it doesn’t stop trekking in July, trekking in Nepal is possible all months of the year because of the varied land topography of Nepal.
And Yes, trekking in Nepal in July is also possible, you just need to choose the trial where you can avoid the continuous rainfall.
July trekking offers you fewer crowds and clear view after rainfall.
Read on to know about weather condition, best treks in Nepal in July as well as some tips and tricks to make your July trekking success.
Weather in Nepal in July
Mid Monsoon month doesn’t mean it will rain 24 hours a day during July. It is one of the sunniest months because it usually rains at night, and it is sunny in the daytime. July welcomes the summer monsoon season in Nepal.
There will be a significant amount of rainfall in evening time, but the mornings offers clear awe-inspiring mountain views after the rain.
Climate conditions depend upon the altitude and regional distribution. Pokhara receives more than 400 mm rainfall which is highest in Nepal. So, it’s better to avoid near Pokhara like ABC.
Usually, the western and northern part have less rainfall. North-side of Nepal receives very less rainfall because of a rain shadow area behind the high Himalayan ranges.
During the monsoon, these regions receive rainfall like 50 mm. So, you should consider going on trekking of these regions rather than the eastern part of Nepal.
During July, Kathmandu receives an average between 220-400 mm of rainfall. And the temperatures may range from max 25°C to min 18°C because frequent rainfall slightly drops-down the temperature.
In Hiking trails below 3,000 meters, the temperatures cross 30°C during daytime and drop to 10-15 °C during night time.
Trekking trails above 3000 meter, the temperature will be 10-15 °C during daytime and falls below 5°C at night times.
Best Treks in Nepal in July
As I already mentioned above, rather than heading to famous trekking trails like Annapurna and Everest base camp, July is a time to go on trekking to rain shadow areas of Nepal.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t trek on Everest and Annapurna; few tea houses will be open to serve offseason trekking lovers. If you are ready to take the challenge of slippery trail and don’t mind the rain, then you can trek anywhere in Nepal.
Here is the list of best treks that you should consider doing in July and can complete without any hassle.
Upper Mustang is the forbidden kingdom of Lo lying north of the Annapurna range, which makes the place the rain shadow area. Monsoon doesn’t have its full impact in upper Mustang, which means It gets little to no rainfall even in July. Here, you can enjoy your treks in average temperatures of 15 to 20-degree Celsius. This is the main reason to choose Upper Mustang to trek in Nepal in July.
The remote and restricted region of Upper Mustang allows you to witness traditional villages, ancient and old Stupa, Chortens, Gompa, Caves and panoramic view of high Himalayas. This trekking tour contributes the beautiful mountain views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, and additional nearby hills of Annapurna region.
Moderate difficulty and suitable for every age group, Jeep drive option to make it even more comfortable are the additional benefits of Upper Mustang trekking.
Lowe and Upper Dolpo are other best remote region of Nepal. Dolpo lies in the Mid-western area of Nepal. The part is still untouched by a modern society where you can see the unique culture and tradition of locals.
The original charm of this trek is the unique culture and lifestyles of the locals similar to Tibetan origin people.
You can see the beautiful views of mountain Dhaulagiri, different old Monasteries and pleasant Phoksundo lake during the trek.
Upper Dolpo lies back of the Dhaulagiri massif, which makes it rain shadow area. The region is quite similar to Upper Mustang, and it also receive very less rainfall, makes it easier to walk the whole day.
The Nar Phu valley trek lies the classic Annapurna circuit trek route. It is located in the northeast of Annapurna region. Hence, it is another rain shadows trekking destination of Nepal which is easily doable in July.
Majestic views of the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri mountain, Mount Manaslu, Fishtail, and Tilicho peak can be seen during the trek.
You would love to pass through the remote, restricted and less crowd beautiful villages of Nar and Phu.
The challenging Kang La pass, ancient monasteries, unique Tibetan culture example in Nepal are the main attraction of this trek.
Rara Lake, the largest lake of Nepal, takes you to the remote trekking region of western Nepal.
During peak trekking season only a few trekkers will go to Rara lake because it is less popular among foreigners. But Rara receives a large number of domestic tourist.
Like the destination mentioned above, Rara lake is not in the rain shadow area, but it receives less rainfall than other popular trekking destinations.
It will be dry in July, and the average temperature is about 23 degree Celsius with occasional rains. So, Rara lake is one of the best treks in Nepal in July.
Isolated villages, a variety of Birds, the clear freshwater lake of Rara, beautiful panoramic Mountain views from Murma viewpoint are the main attraction of this trek.
The trek can be done in 7/8 days using flight option, which makes it easier to reach by just walking three days. Thus it is suitable for every age groups and very low difficulty.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek is popularly known as mini Annapurna circuit trek. Kagbeni and Jomsom is also the gateway to the upper mustang trekking.
Jomsom and Muktinath is a part of lower mustang so that it also receives less rainfall.
During the Jomsom and Muktinath trek via Beni, you can assume medium temperatures of 25°C in lower altitudes below 2,500 meters and can be around 15°C above 2,500 meters.
The trek gives grand mountain views of the Annapurna region, including Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himalayas, and fantastic countryside sceneries. The major attraction of this trekking is to visit the famous Hindu pilgrimage site, Muktinath Temple, and natural hot spring at Tatopani.
Note: If you want a little bit more adventure on your trip, You can also do Annapurna circuit trek in July. It is because most of the areas of this trail also lie in the rain shadow areas of the Annapurna range. And crossing the highest challenging pass of Thorong La is a worthy effort adventure trekking in Nepal in July.
Ghorepani and Poon Hill trekking is the best short trek of Nepal lies in the Annapurna region. It is also the gateway and en route of Annapurna Base Camp.
The trek takes to the highest point of 3,210 meters of Poon Hill’s viewpoint. So that in this altitude, the temperature ranges around 15°C to 25 degrees Celsius during July. This is the only all-time favourite and opened trekking trail of Nepal suitable for all kinds of age groups.
During the trek, you will walk through incredible dense rhododendron and bamboo forests and beautiful villages. Poon Hill offers the best sunrise view over mountains of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges.
If you don’t fear of Leeches and cold in high altitudes, you can continue your trek to Annapurna base camp. Most of the tea houses of the route will remain open during July too.
Reasons to choose July for Trekking in Nepal
- You can see beautiful sunrise views every morning because it rains mostly during the afternoon and night time which makes a clear sky in the morning. Also, July shows greenery, and flowers blossom everywhere.
- There will be only fewer trekkers on the trails, which allows you to crowd-free trekking experience and choose the accommodation of your budget and comfort.
- Trekking agencies, as well as Hotels and Tea houses, will offer discounts on off-season trekking packages.
Useful Trekking Tips for July
- Start your trek as early as you can in the mornings and reach your destination as fast as you can to avoid sudden rainfall during the evening.
- Carry waterproof backpack to keep your things dry
- Don’t forget to bring an insect repellent cream to protect yourself from Leeches and other insects if you have to cross via forests.
- Your flights can get delayed and cancel sometimes because of the bad weather. So, you need to have at least 1 or 2 more days of holiday in your Itinerary except for trekking days.
Like other months, trekking in Nepal in July is also perfectly doable. Some obstacles, like Leeches and rain, can’t stop you from making your dream adventure comes true.
Just try to choose either the rain shadow area or low altitude treks to make it more comfortable.
Prepare yourself mentally and physically as well as pack your bag with waterproof items and gears needed for a rainy season, you can trek anywhere in July in Nepal as like other months of the year.