November is a better month to go trekking in Nepal. The monsoon should be long gone by November. However, there is rainfall for a couple of days every month both post and pre-monsoon, and sometimes freak weather takes place once every few years.
The daytime temperatures to be warm below 1500 meters cool up to 2500 meters and warm/cool above 2500 meters. You can do most treks during November. This is an ideal time to do regular treks such as Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake, Everest base camp, Mardi Himal, Annapurna Base Camp, Upper Mustang.
It pays to invest in right equipment such as a suitable down jacket, sleeping bag, a couple of layers of fleece, right thermal underwear, thick hiking socks, gloves, trekking pants, warm hats just to name a few essential gears to invest in. It is always better to have more than less.
It is good to dress up in layers, which you can ‘peel' one at a time when you start to warm/heat up as you begin trekking. You can hike in shorts in the lower to middle altitude areas.
Benefits of Trekking in Nepal Himalaya during November.
This is the fall season; some flowers are still blooming in the middle of Nepal. The clouds can begin to form during the late afternoon. The colder weather should make the clouds stay low longer and descend quicker in the late afternoons.
The trekkers will start to be seen in significant numbers on the trail and in the lodges during November.
- You will be warm to hot while hiking during the daytime.
- You will meet plenty of other trekkers on the trail and lodges.
- You can socialize with a lot of people.
- The views should be fantastic for most of the day.
Can I do a high altitude trek in Nepal during November?
You can certainly do a high altitude trek in Nepal during November. This is a better time to do a high altitude trek than during February or March. However, you can expect some snowfall in the higher elevations, but this should melt pretty quickly due to the warmth and humidity. We do receive some precipitation for a few days every month. We receive heavier snowfalls during February and March rather than in the middle of November.
Dangers/Inconveniences of trekking in Nepal during November.
There can be a few days of rain in the lower elevations while snowfall in the higher grounds. If you come across a landslide area do the following:
Landslides can be dangerous, walk briskly with utmost caution when you come across landslide areas on the trail. DO NOT stop to take photos in the middle of the landslip area. If there are two or more of you, take turns to cross the landslide area while the other person looks out for falling rocks.
- Lodges can be full with trekkers even sleeping in the dining tables, benches, and floors. There have been times when trekkers had to walk for two to three hours more than intended/planned, as all the lodges were full.
- The WIFI speed could be frustratingly slow due to the number of users.
- You can use the Internet (if it is not too slow) for weather forecast and temperatures
- There could be a lot of people queuing for hot showers.
- You might find the lodges are full and might have to walk to the next village to find a room in a hostel.
- The lodge owners prefer two persons to share a room as they make more money from the food they sell.
- The rush of Deepavali celebrations can make it difficult to get bus and flight tickets in the last minute.
- Fog can delay and disrupt domestic flights in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
November 2018 - The temperatures have been colder than usual this autumn season. This year the weather was cloudy by early morning during the first two weeks. The views were excellent in the early mornings in the middle altitude, but the mountains got covered quite early - sometimes as soon as 7 am. Some rainfall took place at different days in different parts of the country. The weather improved and stayed clear for the most part of the day during the last week of the month.
Trekking regions that fall into the Rain shadow areas:
You will be visiting one of the scenic trekking trails in the monsoon season in Nepal. Once an independent Kingdom that was later annexed into the territory of Nepal, Upper Mustang is one of the restricted trekking destinations in Nepal that requires a special permit and to be booked with a tour operator. Back Packers are not allowed to trek here. The Buddhist who once followed of the Bon religion inhabits upper Mustang predominantly. Upper Mustang is a high altitude desert. During the monsoon season, you will witness the increased level of water in the rivers, which includes holy and mighty Kali Gandaki River.
This trekking destination takes you to one of the most remote regions in Nepal. The followers of the Bon religion, followed by Buddhists and Hindus, mostly inhabit it. The terrain, culture, and traditions supported by the locals are very close to the Tibetan way of life. The trekking trail partly lies in the Shey Phoksundo National Park, the most extensive National Park in Nepal. It is the only National Park in the trans-Himalaya region. The beauty of this region is unparallel to other trekking destinations. Being in the rain shadow region, Upper Dolpo doesn't receive continuous rainfall. Trek here for a unique culture, landscape, scenery, and biodiversity.
Jomsom to Muktinath Trek – email us for the itinerary.
This trekking destination is more popular as a pilgrimage that is suitable during the monsoon season in Nepal. Muktinath attracts both the Hindu and Buddhists alike, for pilgrimage. You may embark on a spiritual or an adventurous trek to this area, which remains dry most of the year, except the winter when the region is covered, by snow. Besides the holy Muktinath Temple, Kagbeni is the other popularly traveled destination in this region.
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