After I put my two cents as to why I think everybody should find themselves in the Nepalese Himalayas at some stage in their life, the next question to address is… when!
Being a destination where you’ll sometimes find yourself trekking at an altitude of over 3500m, season is definitely important. Unless you are a crazy, death-seeking adventurer, the best time (and in some trekking cases, only time) to go is before the snow and ice! Once this arrives, you are potentially doomed. Our beyond-brilliant guide Min (who you will get to know more about as this guide goes on) told us one too many stories of travellers who had to be rescued or in the worst cases, died. Not only is it dangerous to you, it also risks the lives of those who have to potentially rescue you, your guide and if you are that way inclined, your porter.
So, that said, the best time to go is before it gets too cold… or too hot. We travelled in late November for 4 weeks. At the highest elevation of 3670m, it was sweet god-damn freezing. Nothing a fire and steaming hot chai couldn’t fix mind you. But, once you get trekking and work up a sweat, you’ll be peeling off those layers under the warm mountain sun. I wouldn’t like to imagine the sticky mess you would be hiking in the summer months.
Anyway back to the main point, again, the best time to go would be autumn – September, October, into November. The weather would be ideal, not too hot, not too cold, the rains would have passed, the night sky would be something out of a dream. Just be careful of all the other tourists… or check out my next guide – where 😉