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Ama Dablam Base Camp trek was an excellent ’taster’ of what Nepal has to offer
Jane Binyon (UK) | Ama Dablam Base Camp, Nepal

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General information on weather

"What’s the weather going to be like?" is probably the question we are most frequently asked. It is clearly impossible to tell you exactly what the weather will be for your chosen on holiday on your specific travel dates, as weather is naturally not a constant.

However, we only operate our trips when the prevailing, historical weather patterns are usually at their most suitable. Some of our trips can be undertaken all year round, but will of course be subject to the seasonal variations. For most of our trips we only operate them in what is deemed to be the recognized season for trekking/walking within those particular destination countries/regions. Again there are likely to be climactic variations during these recognized periods and experiencing unseasonal weather is always a distinct possibility.

Weather may also be affected by altitude e.g. temperatures decrease with altitude by around 1 degree Celsius for every 200m increase in altitude. You may indeed experience a variety of climactic conditions on one of our holidays and for trips that involve considerable changes in altitude, this will most definitely be the case. Many of our trips are to mountainous regions. Mountains are notorious for creating their own, localized and unpredictable weather conditions.

As any experienced outdoors person would say, "there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing". Each trip dossier outlines (wherever practical) weather conditions to be anticipated and a suggested packing list. In recent years the continuing possibility of climate change not only affects the UK, but the rest of the world too and this includes your holiday.

Nepal, Sikkim, Garhwal

These areas of the Himalayas have four seasons: winter from December to February, Spring from March to May, Monsoon from June to August and Autumn from September to November. You can visit at any time of the year however the two main trekking seasons are Spring (also known as pre monsoon) and Autumn (also know as post monsoon).

October is the most popular trekking month in the Himalaya followed closely by November. These months normally have dry weather with clear blue skies and sun. It is possible to trek during December although of course the temperatures will be colder. Late February is at the tail end of winter with temperatures still cold at higher altitudes although this is a good time to visit to places at a lower elevation such as the Annapurna middle hills. As the year progresses into March and April the weather warms up, this is a good time to trek anywhere in Nepal especially as rhododendrons will be in flower in many places.

Pakistan and Ladakh

The trekking season for the Karakoram in Pakistan and Ladakh is during the summer. This is due to the area not being influenced by the monsoon to the same extent as Nepal and most of India. The season begins at the end of May and continues on to mid October however the best time for Snow Lake and Hispar La is July and for K2 & Gondogoro La is August.