Spring is Nepal’s first peak season and this is the second-best season to go for trekking in Nepal. Spring comes right after the dry Winter and brings the warmer days. It falls on the month from March till May. Everything feels special during the march as the surrounding seems welcoming and colorful. Spring is a wonderful time to explore Nepal if you don’t mind slight cold snap and some chilly nights. You might experience some rainfall in some lower hilly regions and instant changes of weather at higher altitudes.
March is the beginning of Spring and marked as the beginning of regular trekking season. The major highlights of trekking in Nepal during spring are the beautiful blooming flowers and greenery, exciting festivals, and stable weather.
Visitors get the most out of their visit during spring. With the beginning of light rains, most of the Annapurna Region makes for a great trekking region with lush greenery along the valleys with spring flower blossoms.
This is an excellent time to visit Nepal for easy, short hikes around Dhulikhel or Nagarkot and longer treks to the Annapurna Circuit and the Everest. Everest and Annapurna trek are some of the most popular at this time of year. You can also visit Upper Mustang with proper gears and hiring a good guide during Spring.
- An ideal temperature for trekking in Nepal
- View of mountain peaks and the Himalayan range
- Starting off the regular trekking season
- Beautiful sunrise and sunset view
- Stable weather conditions
- Peaceful routes and plenty of hotels to stay
- Longer days
- Celebration of Ghode Jatra, Nepali New Year, Buddha Jayanti
- Celebration of Holi – the festival of colors.
- Amazing landscapes with varied landscapes including snow-capped mountains and sub-tropical jungle.
What to expect?
Spring is the favorable season for you to go trekking in Nepal if you are true to life and love flowers and colors. It offers amazing clarity with some of the best spectacular mountain views along the trekking trail. You will find different species of colorful blossoms of the local flora and exotic wild orchids as well.
The trails are pleasant and walking is fun with entire hills set in blossoms of rhododendron flowers, but there will be the number of trekkers in the popular trekking regions such as Annapurna and Everest, as the weather favors most of the trekkers’ choice.
You can find accommodation and a lot of tea houses but the good rooms, flights and tourist buses will fill up fast. So, make sure that you book everything in advance to eliminate any kind of inconvenience.
The days are longer and you will get the opportunity to explore the Himalayas and the scenic environment that the spring season brings. But in the month of April, the days are hazy which can block the view of the surrounding mountains at lower altitudes of Kathmandu and Pokhara.
The hotels charge a peak season rate so, the cost will be higher than the low-season rate. The high passes are usually snow-free during this season.
March is the start of the spring season and it is dry with less chance of rainfall which will give you a clear view of the mountains in the morning and there will be scheduled flights. Spring has variations in the skies from being clear to some possibilities of getting cloudy. It is still cold and snowfall may continue till mid-March. Then it starts melting in the lower altitudes.
The temperature starts getting humid by late May with plenty of rain and thunderstorms. For the most part between 2000m to 5000m, the daytime temperature is around -10 to -20 degrees Celsius and the night time temperature hardly drops to zero or negative degrees, Trekking in Nepal bearable even at 5000m during May.
You can enjoy your trek to high passes and peaks in Nepal in warm and dry weather during Spring. April sees very little to no rain. The average rainfall is only 57mm in Nepal in the month of April. The high passes are usually snow-free and you get clear and magnificent mountain views during this month. In lower regions of the trek, you can enjoy the trek passing by the rhododendron and wildflowers forests that spreads the sweet aroma. This is especially true for treks in the Annapurna and Langtang region.
Suggested Trekking destinations
Spring is a popular choice for people all around the world to be in the Everest Base Camp, for its weather. The trek to Everest Base Camp starts from Lukla, which is the gateway of Everest region, after about a 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu. As you trek up the valley from Lukla, you will be surrounded by the sky-touching peaks, such as Cho Oyu, Nuptse, and Lhotse. Namche Bazaar will be your acclimatization destination before you ascend any higher. Upon your arrival to Kalapatthar, you will be able to view the entire Mt. Everest.
Several expeditions take place during Spring in the Everest Base Camp. You can enjoy some of the best views during your flight to and from Lukla. Everest Base Camp turns into a colorful and jolly field by the tents and trekkers in their gears. The climate in this altitude is warm with an average temperature of 17-degree Celsius. It can usually get as high as 25-degree Celsius in the day and as low as – 15-degree Celsius at night in the areas above 13,000 ft of altitude.
As spring is a peak season, thousands of trekkers trek to Everest Base Camp due to which the trails are crowded and lodges are packed. Therefore, make sure your trek agency has pre-booked your rooms to get comfortable stays. You will have to wait a little longer for meals as well.
Annapurna base camp trek is an amazing walk to the base of the world’s 10th highest mountain Mt. Annapurna (8091m) of Nepal, through diverse landscape and culture complete with rich mountain vistas, terraced fields, traditional Gurung villages and a wide variety of flora and fauna. The trekking starts from —- to Annapurna Base Camp. You get the close-up view of the tallest mountain peaks of Annapurna range from this trek.
Trekking in this season rewards you with splendid views of Mt. Annapurna. Mt. Machhapuchhre and Mt. Dhaulagiri still covered in thick snow. The Himalayas are your continual companion throughout this trek. The teahouses at a higher altitude will be more basic providing lesser services or facilities.
You can enjoy facilities like a hot shower, laundry, hot water thermos, good food, comfortable accommodation, extra blankets, charging electronic gadgets, and room heaters in the dining hall with a certain amount of extra charges for the extra services. Make sure you have pre-booked the rooms in the Lodges.
Langtang is the third most popular trek in Nepal after Annapurna and Everest regions that lies in the nearest Himalayan region from Kathmandu. It is a pleasant short trek that offers spectacular close-up views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers of Langtang Lirung (7246m), Kimshung (6781m) and Langshisha Ri (6370m).
The trail encompasses some of the most prepossessing natural sceneries found in the country. This trek also passes through the Langtang National Park, which is the first Himalayan National Park in the country.
Trekking to Langtang Valley during Spring rewards you with the chance to witness wildlife and flora of Langtang National Park. It is a complete package of delight to trek into the dense and vibrant rhododendron, pine forests and bamboos in the mild temperature with majestic views along the trek.
Spring is the perfect time to climb peaks as well such as Yala peak and Naya Kang. March, April & May is a beautiful time to trek. You will be accommodating in the teahouses during the trek. The accommodations are available on a twin-share basis. But, it is always safe to pre-book for the rooms if you are trekking in Spring.
Spring is the most suitable time to visit Upper Mustang where you get to experience the blend of beauty, spirituality, serenity, and comfort. The average temperature during the day is about 16°C to 22°C while -6°C to -2°C at night. The flow of tourists increases every year in spring.
The jungles bloom with beautiful rhododendron flowers which makes your journey seem like a walk into a charming bliss. The weather is clear and bright which rewards you with high visibility of the dazzling snow-capped peaks to the south and stark, rustic landscape to the north will look picture perfect. It is a journey to make memories that will last a lifetime.
Mardi Himal is a great trekking destination during spring. The weather is perfect with blue and clear sky offering unobstructed views of the mountains. The trail follows forests that are full of colorful Rhododendron blossoms. The Mardi Himal High Camp is at an altitude of 3580 m from sea level. It is an awesome place to take a breathtaking view of the Annapurna range and Annapurna Base Camp.
The highest temperature in Mardi Base Camp may go up to 20 degrees. However, the daytime temperature is generally near to 17 degrees during spring. It is cold but not freezing in the nighttime and early mornings. Trekking through beautiful villages, rhododendron forests and incredible landscapes, you will reach Mardi Himal to 3,300 m altitude.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classic trekking journey in the Annapurna region that has often been voted as the best long-distance trek in the world. The weather and temperature conditions in the Annapurna region remains perfectly stable during Spring. The diverse ethnic-culture, mountain scenery, lifestyles and landscape of this region are incredibly amazing and worth exploring.
The mountain scenery along the circuit includes the Annapurna Massif (Annapurna I-IV), Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Tilicho Peak, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak and the Paungda Danda. You won’t have to face difficulties due to unstable weather during spring as in winter and summer.
Gokyo Valley trek is one of the most spectacular trek routes in Everest Region during the early spring season. It is an easy short trek than other high altitude trek routes in Everest Region to an altitude of 5357 m. The trek to Gokyo Valley offers you some of the best views under the clear skies, excellent sunrise, majestic Mountains, incredible peak and glacier view Gokyo Ri that leaves you mesmerized. The higher altitude can dump snow on the trail at any time of year.
The trek offers an excellent view of the mountains, hills and the valleys under the clear sky on your side, walking over the grassy landscapes up to moraine and glacial landscapes. There is not much crowd on the trail as the season for trekking has just started and nature is well as well. The experience that you receive during spring cannot be received by most tourists during other seasons.
Cho La Pass Trek offers you the fusion of all the Everest region treks. Spring has the perfect weather and climatic conditions at the Everest region that remains stable for long. This results in a perfect trekking environment giving you the grand trip of the Khumbu valley leading to Gokyo Lake, over Cho La, Tawache and Cholatse.
The trail passes through renowned regions like Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche and other regions of the Khumbu district. As you follow these trails, you get to explore the charming traditional Sherpa villages and interesting monasteries with old Buddhist religion and cultures retaining its past traditional way of life, landscapes that change empathetically, the lush green forests, monasteries, Colorful prayer flags, Mane and many more. Crossing the Cho La Pass is an achievement you’ll be able to cherish for your lifetime.
Spring season is one of the best times for Everest View Trek. It is suitable for those people who have limited or short holiday duration for Nepal Himalaya trekking as well as to see the top of the world within one week. This trek offers you a chance to explore the Sherpa villages and their lifestyles. This is one of the best treks in Nepal and offers an exclusive trekking experience.
The weather is very clear during this time. So you can see the panoramic view of the unspoiled Himalayas and beautiful landscapes still covered in snow, from up close. You can walk at your own pace, with plenty of stops for rest and experience the glorious walk on the footprints of legendary mountaineers. The route turns beautiful as you pass through High Passes and roaring Dudhkoshi River. You also get introduced to the renowned Namche bazaar, serene Imja Tse valley and several Buddhist Monasteries on the trail.
Manaslu Larke Pass Trek is the “untarnished” natural paradise Nepal trekking located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. This trek flaunts the amazing panoramas of the mountain peaks on the Nepal-Tibet border. During spring, the trail offers an excellent combination of rugged scenery and adventure that have been well-preserved. It also involves the crossing of one of the most dramatic high passes, Larkya La pass.
Spring rewards you with colorful blossoms of rhododendrons, local flora, and fauna as you walk along the route to reach the circuit. It is also the safest season to cross this pass Larkya La pass. This trek provides you a close interaction with the different ethnic groups who live in the higher villages scattered along the route and experience their lifestyle that has not been affected by urbanization.
Trek to Poon Hill is an idle place to discover breathtaking mountain scenery & beautiful hill villages. It is a popular short trek from Pokhara which distance is roughly 52 kilometers which are equal to 32 miles. During spring, you can see an amazing panorama of the complete Annapurna massif from the poon hill ridge as the weather remains favorable and the skies are clear with no monsoon. The weather with the sun shining and blue sky makes the journey and the view when reached at the hill station looks even more spectacular and indelible.
Equipment required while trekking in Nepal in Spring
- Bring a light rain jacket and a backpack rain cover
- Dress in layers
- Sleeping bag (–15° bag will suffice on most treks)*
- Silk liner
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Heavyweight pants, down jacket for high elevations (also good for camp)
- Winter hat and gloves
- Water bottle and water purification (pump, tablets, or SteriPen; bring from home)
- Hiking poles (lessen the impact on your joints)
- Sunglasses (essential when you cross snow line)
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- Reading materials (Kindle may be best)
- Journal and pens
- Camera with extra batteries
- Daypack (for your rain jacket, snacks, camera, etc.)
- Heavy-duty duffle bag (preferred by porters)
- Hand sanitizer, lip balm
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, floss, etc.)
- Face/body wipes
- Medications (Ibuprofen, others if necessary)
Spring season is mildly warm at lower elevations and quite a moderate temperature at higher elevation over 4000m, which provides peaceful trek route with spectacular and excellent mountain views. Trekking in Nepal is an amazing experience during this time of the year as you get to explore the Himalayas while it’s still covered in thick snow and the trails are not as crowded as they are in autumn because it is just the starting season of trekking.
You can easily get a permit to go higher elevations and even to the untouched trekking regions of Nepal as the weather favors climbing conditions. Some days are astonishingly fine, while on others the clouds around lunchtime or in the afternoon are great for reading and relaxing. You get to see the lush rhododendron forests of various unique sizes compared to others found elsewhere.
The trekking trail, especially in Annapurna Region, turns out to be a beautiful garden which certainly takes your breath away as you trek along. The surrounding turns picture perfect!
Besides these, you also get to experience and celebrate a few religious festivals that fall in spring, such as Holi Festival (Color Festival), Shivaratri (Shiva Festival), Buddha Jayanti (Birth of Buddha) and Chaite Dashain. These will further add fun and adventure on your Nepal trip.