The Himalayan country of Nepal has to offer many things in terms of adventure, especially in the November. In Nepal, the autumn season is the best trekking season. September, October, and November all fall in this trekking season.
November offers an excellent weather so it is suitable for any kind of outdoor activities in Nepal. The temperature is moderate, which makes a good time for trekking in Nepal.
During this month, the climate is neither hot nor cold and cold and the mountains are crystal clear.
Autumn seasons comes after the monsoon so the dust and pollution are all cleared away from the atmosphere. After the weather is settled, most of the days are sunny and warm with clear blue skies.
October and November are peak trekking seasons in Nepal. People from all around the world visit Nepal during this month. They want to experience different adventures from regular hiking to extreme adventure trekking.
November is also the month when Nepal receives the very high number of trekkers. The most popular trekking trails such as Everest region, Annapurna region and Langtang region are crowded with trekkers. One of the famous tourist places, Thamel in Kathmandu city will also be full of tourists and guides.
During this month, the mornings and evenings begin to cool quite quickly. Especially at higher altitudes, warm trekking gears and sleeping bag is a must to carry. As the climatic condition is stable during this month, you can also trek along high and challenging passes such as Everest Base Camp Trek and Kanchenjunga high passes.
Trekking in Nepal in November will give you a wonderful experience. This visit will give you an immense opportunity to explore both nature and culture.
Weather Conditions in November in Nepal
In November, weather condition is stable with moderate temperature. The high mountains are cold while the lower altitudes are warmer. Overall, day time temperatures are pleasant.
The best time to visit Nepal for trekking is from September to November. During this time you can avoid the summer monsoon and cold winter.
The temperature in the hilly region goes below 1°C in winter and rises to an average of 32°C in summer. Hence, the climate of Nepal differs with its topography which ranges from tropical to arctic.
At the elevation between 1000 meters and 3500 meters, the temperature ranges from 20°C to 5°C. At higher altitudes, the temperature ranges from 20°C during the day and falls to the negative degree at night.
Generally, the nights are chilly in the mountain region but the weather during day time is warm and pleasant.
Also in November, there is usually less rain and the overall atmosphere is pleasant. As monsoon sweeps away all the clouds from the skies, you can have an excellent view of snow-capped mountains at a great distance.
The warm days make this month favorable for outdoor activities, trekking, and expeditions.
Best Trekking Trails on November in Nepal
Any kind of trek, both high altitude and low altitude treks are possible during this month. In November, you can go for popular treks in the Everest region, Annapurna region, Langtang region, Upper Mustang, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Tsum Valley Trek and Nar Phu Valley Trek.
Trekking in Nepal in November will give you a wild experience of not only travelling in the remote trails. But you will also get a chance to explore the country’s never ending cultural and geographical diversity.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular treks in the Himalayas. It lies on the south side of the mountain in Nepal. Everest Base Camp will reward you with panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. You can also enjoy going past Sherpa villages and completing challenging hikes.
November is the perfect time for you to see the crystal clear view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse and many more peaks of the Everest region.
Mt. Everest is the highest mountain peak of the world with a height of 8848 meters. During the trek, you will explore the stunning natural beauty of Khumbu valley. You will witness the majestic Himalayas, beautiful villages, and many suspension bridges.
Lukla is the first step towards Everest Base Camp. You will take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. While on the trail, you will get a chance to observe different varieties of wild species.
The path will lead you to a popular village town called Namche, which is the gateway to the Khumbu region. Here you will get some time to acclimatize. From here, you will walk through different monasteries and get a close insight of Sherpa people and their unique culture.
Then, you will hike past the deep pine and rhododendron forests. The trail will lead you to beautiful villages of Tengboche, Pangboche, Dingboche, and Lobuche. Finally, you will reach the last human settlement, the village of Gorakshep.
From Gorakshep, you will view the Khumbu Ice Fall. Your trail will further lead you to Kalapathar where you can have the best possible view of the Himalayan Range.
The trek is challenging as well as adventurous. But on the trail, you will find numerous tea houses offering good food and comfortable accommodation.
The Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging trek. So you need do some cardio exercise like jogging, walking, and running before doing this trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Annapurna Circuit Trek is another famous trekking trail of Nepal. During the hiking period, you will get stunning views of some of the highest peaks such as Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna and Manaslu.
Annapurna region is famous for the world’s deepest Gorge (Kali Gandaki Gorge), world’s highest altitude lake (Tilicho Lake), and waterfall (Rupse Waterfall).
The trekking routes move along paddy fields, sub-tropical forests, incredible waterfalls, huge red cliffs and several wonderful villages.
This trekking journey also offers wonderful opportunities to interact with different communities. You can observe their cultures and lifestyles.
After Thorong La Pass, you can visit the famous Muktinath Temple. It is popular among both Hindus and Buddhists. Furthermore, you can explore Marpha, a beautiful village famous for apples in Nepal.
September, October, and November are among the peak seasons. So the trails of the Annapurna region are full of trekkers during this time. The tea houses will provide you with cozy accommodation and hygienic meals during the trek.
Manaslu Circuit Trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek is another challenging and famous treks of Nepal. It is a relatively new trekking circuit.
Many visitors are attracted to explore the Manaslu region as it has its own distinct features. Manaslu is home to breathtaking mountain views, rich cultural heritage, and biological diversity.
This trek gives you an opportunity to explore the untouched region of Nepal along the border of Nepal and China.
It is one of the restricted trekking regions as it lies near the Tibetan border. So, you will need special trekking permits for trekking in this area.
This wonderful trek begins from Arughat Bazaar which lies in Dhading district. You can also take the Besishahar route or Thorung La Pass trail.
You can also combine Tsum Valley Trek and Manaslu Trek as both are newly discovered trekking routes in Nepal. For this, you need to pay extra charge USD 35 per week.
Trekking around Manaslu is a bit difficult and challenging as you have to cross the Larkya La Pass 5100 meter above sea level. On the trail, you will pass through interesting Buddhist villages like Samagaon, Samdo, and Sirdibas.
This entire trek offers you a chance to explore the full range of Nepal’s natural and cultural beauty. This trek will reward you with the mesmerizing scenery of the Manaslu Himal. You will also experience captivating unique cultures and traditions of the Tibetan people of the Manaslu region.
The Manaslu Circuit Trek can be done by as either tea house trekking or camping trekking. Along the trail, many tea houses will welcome you with their warm hospitality. If you want to explore the local lifestyles and their cultures, tea houses trekking is the best way.
The Langtang region is now becoming as popular as the Everest and Annapurna regions of Nepal. It is one of the most popular closet trekking regions from Kathmandu Valley.
Langtang region offers you beautiful landscape, moderate climate, easy trails and traditional lifestyle of the locals. During this trek, you will get breathtaking views of the mountains including Langtang Lirung (7,200 m), Ganesh Himal (7,600 m) and Langtang-II (7,227 m).
This trek also offers you a chance to explore the Langtang Valley which is renowned as “‘The Valley of Glacier”.
This trek begins with 6-7 hrs drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi- a Tamang Bazaar. Next day, you will hike through the banks of the Langtang River to Lama Hotel. Then you will reach Langtang village which is rich in natural diversity.
During this trek, you can also explore Kyanjin Gompa which is the oldest Buddhist monastery in this region.
This trekking route can be visited throughout the year. But the monsoon period is not as appropriate as the trails become slippery. So the best time to visit is in autumn i.e. from September to November.
Langtang Valley Trek is a moderate trek so you do not require prior trekking experience.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is an easy and short trek in the Annapurna region. You can explore the natural and cultural heritages of Annapurna region in a short period of time. Thus, every type of trekkers can enjoy this trek without any risk of altitude sickness.
This trek is popular for scenic mountains, rhododendron forests, and stunning sunrise and sunsets views.
The trip begins from Nayapul which is an hour drive from the lake city Pokhara. Then, after crossing Modi Khola River, the trail leads to Birethanti. It is a junction point of the Annapurna sanctuary and Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek.
Passing through bamboo forests and waterfalls you will reach Ghorepani, a Gurung village. After that, you will cross several small streams and reach the village of Ulleri. From here you get have stunning views of Annapurna south, Himchuli and Mt. Machhapuchhre.
The Poon Hill offers breathtaking sunrise views over the Himalayan peak of the Annapurna region. Then you will go back to the Modi River Valley and descend to Nayapul to end your trek.
The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek can be done throughout the year. But in November, the climate will be pleasant and the mountain views are crystal clear.
Upper Mustang Trek
Upper Mustang Trekking in Nepal was officially opened in 1992. This region is a traditionally and politically sensitive area. To protect and preserve the local Tibetan tradition, very limited numbers of trekkers are allowed each year.
During this trek, you can experience the unique culture of the mountain people like Thakalis, Tibetan, and Gurung. You can also be a part of their strong culture during the trekking period.
Upper Mustang Trek is famous for majestic mountain views such as Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. Besides, mani walls, Buddhist shrines, gompas, and mandala are other prime attraction of this trek.
As the valley of Mustang is a part of Tibetan plateau, this place is more influenced by the Tibetan culture. During this trek, you will visit Lo-Manthang which is the capital of Mustang district.
There are some ancient and big monasteries in Mustang Valley which are worth a visit during your Upper Mustang Trek. This trek requires a special permit for foreign trekkers as it is a restricted valley.
Useful Trekking Tips for Trekking in Nepal in November
The following tips are recommended for trekking in Nepal in November:
- Start your trek early in the morning as it begins to get dark as early as 5 pm in November. So, you need to complete your trek before darkness falls.
- You need to wear comfortable hiking boots, especially when you are trekking for long distances. It will help you prevent blisters on your foot. Chooses foot wears that will keep your feet dry and well-insulated.
- Stay hydrated. It’s very important to drink plenty of water even on cool days.
- During this month, you will be dealing with cold mornings and warmer days and afternoons. So, wearing layers will help you to stay warm during the cold hours. You can remove off your layers as the temperature rise.
- Trekking in the mountains can be a challenging task. So, you need to train and exercise your body to adjust and increase your stamina.
- Trekking in Nepal means you will be hiking above 2500 meter. Hence, there is a high chance of altitude sickness. So, you need to know symptoms and precaution about altitude sickness before your trek.
- Walk slow and steady. Take your own time, sit back and relax.
- For your own safety reason, you need to hire a local guide. A guide knows the trails and will help you in navigating the trails.
Recommended Equipment List for Trekking in Nepal in November
While trekking in Nepal, you need to bring a wide variety of trekking gears and equipment depending on the weather conditions
At the beginning of your trek, you will be carrying your day pack loaded with only limited items which are necessary for a day hiking. Your trek bag, duffle bag will be carried by either human porters or animals. It should weigh no more than 25kgs.
Clothing and Equipment List:
- Sun hat
- Warm fleece hat (to cover ears)
- Sunglasses with UV protection
- Scarf to cover face (dust/wind)
- Light and expedition weight thermals tops
- Fleece long sleeve tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Waterproof shell jacket
- Down vest or jacket
- Lightweight fleece gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens
- Waterproof/wind fleece gloves
- Under garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight hiking pants
- Light and expedition weight thermals bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants or tracksuit pants
- Waterproof shell pants
- Thin, lightweight inner sock liners
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks to prevent blister
- Hiking boots and spare laces
- Walking sneakers
- Camp shoes / Sandals
- Sleeping bag rated to 0°F
- Sleeping bag liner
- Pillow case/ slip
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
- Duffel bag with small lock
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large Plastic Bags- to keep items dry
- Thermarest sleeping pad
- Water bottles
- Watch with light and alarm
- Money belt
- Trekking poles
Toiletries and Personal Hygiene
- Quick dry towel and face cloth
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Toothbrush and paste
- Multipurpose wipes (face and body)
- Face and Body Moisturizer
- Nail clippers / file
- Small comb/brush
- Small mirror
- Clothes washing soap
- Toilet paper
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sun block face/ body high UV protection
- Lip block with UV protection
- Feminine hygiene products
- Camera and extra batteries
- Reading books
The best time for trekking in Nepal is during the warm and dry season, March-June and September- November. During these times, the temperature is bearable and skies are usually clear.
November is the final peak season for trekking in Nepal. In this month, the mountain views are the best with good temperature and clarity. During the night, the temperature will fall slightly than the day temperature.
In November, all kind of treks is possible due to which all popular trekking trails are very crowded. So, if you are planning your trek in this month, then you have to pre- book your trip.
Sometimes, many tea houses in popular trekking trails get booked out during the peak season. Thus, it might be difficult to get a room or accommodation at tea houses at a cheaper price. As these popular trials will be busy, porters will also charge high and the flights will be tight.
In a nutshell, trekking in Nepal in November is the one of the best as well as the busiest times.
Weather conditions in the Himalayas can be unpredictable, even during the best trekking seasons. So, all the trekkers must be aware that bad weather can strike in any seasons.
Sometimes bad weather conditions can affect the flight schedule, resulting in flight delays. So, to be on a safe side, you can add a few extra days in your trip’s plan.
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