Trekking in Nepal in July is possible or not?
The answer to this question is simply yes!!!!
Trekking in Nepal is possible in every season because of Nepal’s varied trekking routes and destinations.
Generally, the most of the people do not prefer doing outdoor activities such as trekking during July.
Despite this, I can assure you that if you visit Nepal during July, you will get the various option of trek routes. And these trekking routes easily escape the monsoon trails.
Today I would like to share some general information about trekking in Nepal in July.
Weather Conditions of July in Nepal
July is one of the warmest months of the year. It is the beginning of the summer monsoon season in Nepal. But it usually rains at night and it is sunny at daytime.
The southern belt of Nepal, the Terai, experiences warm and humid climate. It is the hottest part of the country. The average temperature can be as high as 40°C.
The hilly region has the climate with mild and pleasant weather throughout the year. The temperature in this region ranges around 25°C to 27°C.
The northern Himalayan region has an alpine climate.
Depending on the city and regions of the country, the weather is different in July. The average temperature in Kathmandu in July is fairly hot at 24°C (75.2°F).
Afternoons can be very hot with average high temperatures reaching 28°C (82.4°F). Overnight are generally warm with an average temperatures 20°C (68°F).
The eastern part of the country receives maximum rainfall. Annual rainfall varies around 300 mm in the northern and the western areas to over 2500 mm in the eastern region.
Best Destinations for Trekking in Nepal in July
Fortunately, there are some best trekking routes along the Himalayan trails that lie in the rain shadow area.
To help you plan your trekking in Nepal in July, I’ve listed some of the best treks that ensure your dry feet.
Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang lies in the remote trans-Himalayan mountain area.
Upper Mustang trek starts from the lowest Kali Gandaki river at Kagbeni to highest range of Khumjung Himal in height of 6700m.
This trek is full of cultural diversity that exhibits the ancient Buddhist cultures. The trails traverse through the up and downhill full of panoramic views of the mountain Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and many other peaks of the Himalayan regions.
The lifestyle and heritage of this region are unique and influenced by the Tibetan culture. The trek allows you to view houses made of stone and baked mud bricks.
You will also get a chance to pass through the high peaks, various high passes, mighty glaciers and alpine valleys.
Upper Dolpo Trek
Dolpo is one of the remote region of Nepal lies in the Mid-western region. In the long isolation, the unique culture and tradition of this region have remained untouched by the modern society.
Thus, the major attraction of this trek is the unique culture and lifestyles of the Tibetan origin people.
The trekking route traverses three high passes of the upper Dolpo region.
The main highlights of the trek are magnificent views of mountain Dhaulagiri and picturesque Shey Phoksundo lake with crystal clear water.
Rara Lake Trek
Rara is Nepal’s largest lake lies at an altitude of 3050 m within the boundary of Rara National Park. Rara Lake Trek approaches to this stunning lake give you a taste of natural wilderness.
This trek starts from Jumla, the largest upland hill town in the west Nepal. The trekking route passes through forests of oak, pine, and rhododendron.
The trekking route is not heavily traveled. But still, it provides unique culture and the best natural scenery. This is one of the best treks to view Nepal’s wildlife including the Himalayan bear.
Trekking in this area involves up and down walking through forest and isolated villages. As trekking route passes through from lower elevations to higher elevations of 3,710 at Danfe Pass.
Nar Phu Valley Trek
Nar and Phu villages lie in the northeast section of Annapurna region and belong to the rain shadow area. So, this is an ideal destination for trekking in Nepal in July.
Nar Phu Valley Trek begins by following the world classic Annapurna circuit route. The trekking route takes you to the Nar Phu Valley that lies in the remote corner of the Annapurna region.
You will trek along the “off the beaten path” and crosses challenging high passes of Kang la and Tilicho pass.
Narrow canyons, amazing rock formation, ancient monasteries and unique Himalayan culture are the specialties of this trek.
This trek also offers the majestic views of the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri range Manaslu Himal, Machhapuchhre Himal, Lamjung Himal, and Tilicho peak.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek
Ghorepani Poonhill trek is one of the best short trekking routes of Annapurna regions. It is also known as short Annapurna circuit trek.
Ghorepani is the small beautiful village located at the base of Mt. Annapurna in Myagdi district, Dhaulagiri zone. Most of the trekkers preferred this trek as it is not much challenging. The trek leads up to maximum altitudes 2,855 m.
The trek starts from Modi Khola after half hour drive from Pokhara. The trekking trail passes through villages and farm terraces entertaining the view of Machhapuchhre peak.
During the trek, you will walk through rhododendron and bamboo forests to reach Ghorepani at 2,860 m. From Ghorepani, you will go forward to Poonhill which is the best viewpoint for sunrise over Annapurna ranges.
The trek offers the breathtaking mountain scenery and visits to the beautiful Gurung villages along the way. This trek is one of the best ways to explore the natural and cultural heritages of Annapurna region in short period of time.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Jomsom Muktinath Trek is another popular trekking trails in Annapurna region. It is also the gateway to the upper mustang trekking.
The trek offers majestic mountain views and beautiful landscape. The major attraction of this trekking is to visit Muktinath Temple (Hindu pilgrimage temple), and Tatopani (natural hot spring).
The trek passes through different terrains with great climatic variations. The trails descend from high altitudes, arid lands to the sub-tropical vegetation in the hills.
You will get a glimpse of Nepali lifestyle in the Gurung and Thakali village.
Top Best Reason for Trekking in Nepal in July
- During July, it rains mostly during the night time and skies are usually clear in the morning. You will get excellent sunrise views from the popular viewpoint across the trails.
- Most of the trekking trails are less crowded. You will get the full attention of the local tea houses. You will also get a close insight of the local culture and lifestyle.
- During the rainy season, the rivers are heaving, the fields are green and spring in bloom.
- During the off-peak season, villages have few trekkers so you can enjoy the isolation and magnificence of the mountains without any crowds.
Useful Trekking Tips for Trekking in Nepal in July
The following tips are recommended for trekking in Nepal in July:
- You need to start early in the mornings, as it rains more in the afternoons than in the mornings.
- You need to get the waterproof backpack as it will keep your gears dry.
- You need to carry an insect repellent to protect yourself from leeches.
- If you are hiking in unknown territory, then you need to hire a trekking guide.
- Due to the bad weather, your flights can get delayed. So, you need to prepare yourself with some extra luggage.
- If you are heading towards long trek, then there is high chance that your feet will get wet. So, you need to take light, breathable, and waterproof trail running shoes. This will also help you to maintain a firm grip on wet and slippery surfaces.
If you want to do trekking in Nepal in July, then I can assure you that Nepal will provide you enough and great options.
You need to prepare yourself with suitable gear and hiking equipment.
After all, trekking in Nepal in July isn’t that much difficult!!!