March is right around the corner and so is the time to say goodbye to the winter.
Do you love warm temperature, blooming flora, and stable weather while trekking in Nepal?
Apparently, your answer might be yes. Then, March is the ideal time for trekking in Nepal.
Trekking in almost anywhere in the world in spring is special. In Nepal, March is the beginning of the Spring season. And it is really special!
In early March the flowers begin to bloom, the weather is warm and fewer trekkers in the trail a perfect scenario for trekking. Isn’t it?
The popular trekking trails like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and Langtang Valley Trek will be full of life.
If you really don’t mind a slight nip in the air and some chilly nights, then March is a wonderful time to explore Nepal. As you’ve to go high to experience cold temperatures.
The major highlights of trekking in Nepal in March is beautiful blooming flower, exciting festivals, and stable weather. This mean during March visitors will get the most out of their visit.
Finally, another best part of trekking in Nepal in March is it’s less busy than April. Thus, you’ll find the power and beauty of the mountains more impressive in the solitude.
Weather Conditions of Nepal in March
Nepal has four seasons and March falls in the starting of Spring seasons. After an autumn season, the spring is considered as the best trekking season in Nepal.
In my previous article best time to go trekking in Nepal, I’ve clearly mentioned the benefits of trekking in Nepal in spring seasons.
Thus, starting around the early of March, spring in Nepal brings the start of new life for plants. Also, the spring blossoms fill the trees throughout the forest’s trail.
Mountains are still covered in snow, while the valleys are green with new growth after the depths of winter.
March is mainly characterized by drier air as well as clear skies dotted with clouds.
On this month, the weather is perfect in Nepal. But do keep in mind that the weather is different depending on the city and regions of the country.
In early March, you can still expect to get sub-zero temperatures at night, especially in the Himalayan region.
The average daytime temperatures in Kathmandu valley is 23°C in March. The temperature might range from max 26°C to min 20°C.
During the day in the upper hills and lower mountains has mild temperatures that will ensure your Himalayan trekking adventure will be much more comfortable one.
As temperatures slowly start to increase, so does the number of daylight hours. March starts out with approximately 7 hours of daylight.
In March, you’ll likely to have better views and humidity is generally lower so the views are crisper.
Also, you should note that, during this time of year, daytime and nighttime temperatures differ the most.
Similarly, there is a very less chance of rainfall during this month. Thus, the weather remains clear and provides you wonderful opportunity to watch crystal clear views of grand Himalayas.
Due to clear weather, especially, you’ll get awesome sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas.
Also, one good news, the clear sky, sunny day and less rainfall lessens the chance of flight cancellation/delay.
Recommended Trekking Destinations for Trekking in Nepal in March
March is one of the best times for trekking in Nepal, as the weather is starting to warm up and the skies are mostly clear. Once the snow has melted from the lower hills, the valleys return to their green color, as new growth appears with the spring sunlight.
The weather is still cold and snow may still fall during early March. In higher altitude, mountain usually still have snow on them.
This is particularly true for high mountains like Mt. Everest and Mt. Annapurna. Although, lower mountains may also have a dusting of snow well into March.
Let me help you plan to make this March adventurous.
Appeasing sunlight, flowers blooming everywhere-March is filled with the fragrance of blossoms.
You might have trouble to find the best trekking routes to explore the mesmerizing beauty of mighty Himalayas.
But don’t worry, I’m here to recommend you the best trekking routes for trekking in Nepal in March.
Being the best trekking agent we Nepal Eco Adventure offer you various flexible trekking packages. Depending on your timeframe and budget you can select the best trekking route for yourself while trekking in Nepal in March.
Here are lists of best places for trekking in Nepal in March:
Everest Base Camp Trekking
Everest Base Camp Trekking is one of the best and most popular trekking routes in the world. It’s number one wish of most of the travelers to visit Base Camp of World’s highest mountain Mt. Everest.
Along the trail, you’ll enjoy mesmerizing views of some of the most enchanting mountains in the Everest region.
Everest Base Camp trek takes you via UNESCO listed site Sagarmatha National park. Here you’ll find some of the rare wildlife species such as Snow Leopard and Thar.
This adventurous trip begins with the short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is also known as the gateway to Nepal’s famous Khumbu region.
You’ll cross the Dudh Koshi river along the airy suspension bridges and make you all way towards the base camp of the world’s highest mountain.
The trekking trials take you through many Sherpa villages. Namche Bazaar, Phakding, Tengboche, and Lobuche are some of the traditional villages where you can explore unique Sherpa culture and traditions.
You also get to see a number of cultural heritage sites and pass Buddhist prayer rocks. You’ll also get the opportunity to visit the beautiful monastery of Tengboche.
Trekking in the Everest regions makes your trip amazing and unforgettable for lifetime memories.
Likewise, if you want to explore Everest region in short period then Everest Base Camp Trekking (Rapid) can be a suitable option for you.
Everest Base Camp/Kalapathar Trek is another popular version of the trek in Everest region. In this trek, you’ll hike to one of the popular vantage points from here you’ll get perfect astonishing views of Mt. Everest.
If you like to enjoy the shorter version of Everest Base Camp then you can go for the Everest Panorama Trekking that lets you enjoy the similar experience.
Shivalya to Everest Base Camp Trekking is another alternative trekking route from Jiri to Lukla. Comparison to other trails, you’ll find very few trekkers in this trekking route.
Gokyo Valley Trekking
Gokyo Valley Trekking is another beautiful trekking route in Everest region. The trek starts at Lukla, passes through Namche Bazaar, Dole, Machheremo, Luza, and finally leads on to the Gokyo valley.
Gokyo valley is a beautiful valley and is also renowned as one of the highest settlements in the world.
The highlight of Gokyo Valley Trekking is the Ngozumpa Glacier-the largest in Nepal’s Himalayas. Another center of attraction of this trek is Gokyo Ri which is a famous viewpoint of long Himalayan ranges.
Gokyo Trekking in Nepal in March is completely rain free with warm days and cool nights. There are more than 90% chances of the clear views of the mountain and open sky.
This trek offers the splendid views of the most popular mountain like Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Makalu.
If you want to explore relatively quite trails but still want to explore the Everest region, then this would be your best options.
Besides, you also have options for combined trek i.e. Everest Base Camp Cho-La Pass-Gokyo Trekking. This trek is mostly liked by the trekkers. As it combined Gokyo Cho La Pass trek with Everest Base Camp. At a one time, you get a chance to explore Everest Base Camp, Gokyo valley and cross through the highest pass of Khumbu region i.e. Cho-La Pass.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking
Annapurna Circuit Trekking is quite a popular trek in Annapurna region in Nepal.
Trust me, in March Annapurna Circuit, offers great views. Especially on the lower foothills, you’ll see the different flowers starts to fill the valleys.
The main attraction of Annapurna circuit trail is the series view of mountains like Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Machhapuchhre.
During this time, you’ll see thousands of trekkers on the trail. The trails take you through lush rice paddy fields, across roaring rivers, and different traditional villages.
In March, Besishahar at 8,00 m will have warm temperature and Thorung La at 5,416 m will be covered in deep snow. During this time, the trails that covered with deep snow are likely to close off. But this type of situations are rare, but it’s better to be prepared for it.
Despite this, mountains views are awesome and temperatures while trekking will be tolerable.
However, there will be very little flowers in the drier trans-Himalayan region of this trek.
For those who love to trek, there are many other trekking routes in this area in March. Annapurna Panorama Trekking can be one of the best trekking destinations during the March.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
Annapurna Base Camp trekking is another best moderate trek in Nepal. It offers a great variety of beautiful landscape, nature, and culture.
This amazing trek starts with the beautiful valley of lakes, Pokhara. Throughout the trial, you’ll get the amazing views of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range and Mt. Machhapuchhre.
In the trail, you’ll encounter with the Gurung and Magar ethnic people with their unique culture and traditions.
If you’ve short period of time then Annapurna Base Camp Trek Rapid is perfect. In short period of a walk, you can see all majestic mountain of Annapurna range in all their beauty.
If you will do the Annapurna Base Camp Trekking in March, you’ll witness the trial full of colorful flowers that will leave you spellbound.
This trek is not tough and you can do it out with family members as well. It is flooded with thousands of tourists every year. The exotic flowers that bloom during this month make the panorama of trekking route much more fascinating.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is situated at an elevation of around 3,200 meters above sea level, in Annapurna region. This trek is perfect for adventure enthusiasts with moderate trekking skills.
The trek offers an intriguing site of Rhododendron and Oak forests that are amazingly dense.
The route is filled with exotic flora and fauna. The area is renowned for traditional villages such as Ghorepani, Ghandruk and so on.
The trails offer wonderful views of a wide range of Himalayan peaks including Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna South, Mt. Gangapurna, Mt. Machhapuchhre and Mt. Manaslu.
This beautiful trek commences with the scenic drive from the lakeside town of Pokhara to Nayapul.
Poon Hill Trek is an excellent trek to catch a glimpse of the traditional Himalayan lifestyle.
The major highlight of this trek is the sunrise view from Poon Hill. In a very short span of trekking days, this trip provides some unforgettable a joy.
Along with this we Nepal Eco Adventure team offer you Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Ghandruk Trek. In this trek also you’ll have a pleasurable walk and will explore Gurung and Magar culture and traditions.
Langtang Valley Trekking
Langtang Valley Trekking is one of the most popular trekking trails of Langtang region. It lies in the Langtang National Park. This park is home to some of the rare wild species such as red panda, snow leopard, wild boar, Himalayan black bear, ghoral etc.
It’s is famous for its unique natural diversity, traditional Tamang cultures, and beautiful landscape.
Langtang Valley Trek offers a close-up view of the magnificent mountain including Mt. Langtang Lirung, Ganesh Himal range, Naya Kangri, Gang Khenpo, and many other surrounding peaks under seven thousand meters high.
You’ll also encounter with the typical and fascinating villages of the Tamang and Gurung.
While trekking in the Langtang region, you can relish the site of ancient monasteries, remote villages.
This wonderful trek begins from Syabrubesi with a scenic drive from Kathmandu. The trail leads from the bank of Bhote Koshi river via the Tamang and Sherpa village.
Besides this trek, there are numerous trekking options available in the Langtang region. Some of the best trekking routes of this region are Langtang Circuit Trekking, Langtang Gosainkunda Trekking, Helambu Trekking, and Helambu Gosaikunda Trekking.
Tamang Heritage Trekking
To those of you who do not have much experience in trekking should not miss out on the Tamang Heritage Trekking in Langtang region.
The pastures of this trekking routes offer captivating views of the Himalayas. It’s a 10 day trek and is a great introduction to the beautiful Langtang region. The route of this trek passes through lush forests of Rhododendron, Oak, and Pine.
Throughout the trekking journey, you’ll get a chance to experience the unique culture of Tamang community.
The trekking routes lead to Goljung, Brimming, and Gatlang villages which are located near the Tibetan border. Most of the people of this region follow the Tibetan culture and traditions.
Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Manaslu Circuit Trekking is considered to be one of the most challenging treks in Nepal.
The trek offers some of the most beautiful mountain views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Himlung Himal, Annapurna massif, and Ganesh Himal.
The trekking route goes all around from 7,00 meters altitude at Arughat and the highest being at 5,160 meters above sea level.
In March the Manaslu circuit area is warm with the most sun, which also means a great view of the majestic peak.
Also, you’ll have wonderful rhododendrons views from Deng up to Shyala while trekking in March.
This trek is physically demanding, but it is worth it to view the Mt. Manaslu, an eighth highest mountain in the world.
This trekking journey takes through the deep valleys of Budhi Gandaki river and Dudh Khola to the Base Camp of Mt. Manaslu.
While trekking down back to the lower elevation from base camp you’ll come across with Larkya La Pass, 5,135 meters. This pass makes this trip seriously challenging walk in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal.
Festivals in Nepal in March
When trekking in Nepal in March, you can witness a few unique festivals in the country. All these festivals are legendary as these festivals bring thousands of people together for days of feasting and socializing. Some of them are as follows:
Holi is one of the popular festivals of the color of Nepal falls in March. Also, known as Fagu Purnima hailing the arrival of spring and is celebrated by Hindus across the country. This colorful festival is enjoyed by playing with colors and water. The main goal of this festival is to spread the love to each other.
Ghode Jatra is another festival hosted in March. It is also known as the festival of horses. It is one of the most exciting festivals of Kathmandu. Every year during this festival there is horse parade in Tudikhel. It is held in front of politicians and heads of state.
Chaite Dashain is celebrated for only two days during the end of March. This is second Dashain celebrated to honor goddess Durga. Animal sacrifices are performed during the Chaite Dashain. It holds the similar importance as Bada Dashain. But Bada Dashain is celebrated for in the memory of the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahisasur while Chaite Dashain is celebrated for Rama’s Victory over Ravana.
Tips for Trekking in Nepal in March
Hire a Guide
Hiring a guide is a good idea when trekking in these remote mountain regions. There are still some areas of these mountains that have not been fully explored. Also, there are some places where you can be easily get lost.
March is the beginning month of Spring season. And you’re well familiar that the Spring season is second busiest time after autumn. So, it’s a good idea if you do the advanced booking for the flight and accommodations.
Recommended Equipment List for Trekking in Nepal in March
Do note that March is the just starting month of the spring season. So, it’s time to say goodbye to the chill weather and welcome the warmth of the sun.
You can feel a great temperature difference depending on where and when you’re traveling. In March, still, there is little snow at the higher elevation.
So, if you’re going in the mountains at a higher elevation, you need to pack warm clothes. Also, in the lower elevation, it can get quite hot on sunny days. So, you’re highly recommended to dress in layers while trekking in Nepal in March.
- Duffel Bag
- Rucksack Bag with waterproof cover
- Trekking Poles
- Sleeping Bags
- Thermal Vest
- Lightweight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or Pullover
- Down Jacket
- Waterproof jacket
- Women sports bras, synthetic
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight walking pants
- Fleece or tracksuit pants
- Waterproof shell pants
- Hiking boots
- Camp sandals
- Thin inner socks
- Thick warm wool hiking socks
- Lightweight fleece gloves
- Heavyweight gloves
- Waterproof/windproof gloves
- Sun hat
- Woolen hat
- Bandana or scarf
Other personal accessories
- Water bottle
- Water purifier
- Head Torch
- Wet wipes
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
Although the trekking in Nepal is possible all year-round, one of the most popular periods is spring season.
Luckily, March is the beginning of spring season and offers trekkers a perfect balance for the comfortable trek. It is the most appropriate time for trekking as avoiding the hottest, coldest and wettest periods of the year.
If you don’t want too cold to trek in the mountains and too risky to trek during the monsoon, then the trekking in Nepal in March is the ideal time.
During this time you can watch plants come back to life and wildlife once again. Trekking in Nepal in March is the awesome time for the nature lovers.
The national flower of Nepal Rhododendrons explodes in color, blanketing hillsides in bright pinks, red, purple, and white.
Trekking in Nepal in March is well worth it and definitely lives up to the hype. March is without a doubt one of the best times to visit Nepal, whether it be for trekking or to experience the local culture.