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Dhaulagiri Circuit trek was excellent, as usual it was well planned and well executed. Nothing was too much trouble for the porters or guides. Jill’s leadership only filled me with confidence.The food was brilliant and plenty of it, bed tea in the morning was more than welcome. This was my second trek with The Mountain Company and I would be more than happy to book another one in the future.
Peter Tincombe (UK) | Dhaulagiri Circuit, Nepal

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When is the best time of year to visit Nepal?

There are two main trekking seasons in Nepal. Spring season starts in March and carries on to the end of May. Autumn season starts in early October and carries on to end of November. It is also possible to trek in Nepal during Winter as well from December to February. The most popular month to trek in Nepal is October followed by November then April.

The main advantage of trekking in Spring is lower number of other trekkers on busier trails like Everest Base Camp when compared to Autumn. The months of April and May tend to be warmer than Autumn. The daily weather pattern in Spring is clear mornings with views of the mountains followed by cumulus cloud build up during the afternoon on the peaks followed by clear skies at night and the next morning. However of course one can get a cyclonic system causing stormy bad weather at any time of year….

In Spring you will see flowers in bloom especially rhododendron (known as laliguras the national flower of Nepal). One can see rhododendron flowers from mid-March to mid-May depending on altitude and aspect of slope. The best treks to see rhododendrons are Kopra Ridge and Poon Hill; Everest Base Camp (near Tengboche & Deboche) and Makalu Base Camp.

The main advantage of Autumn is likelihood of getting clear skies best for mountain photography as monsoon rains during June to September clears out the dust and pollution from the air. After the monsoon it is normal to get a blocking high pressure sitting over the Himalaya resulting in sunny weather and blue skies however the timing of this depends on the intensity of the monsoon. Some years the monsoonal influence continues into the first week of October and other years it winds down in early September. It is possible in Autumn to get sunny conditions with blue skies throughout the day whereas this is unlikely in spring when cloud normally builds up in afternoon.

Winter is a superb time to visit Nepal as usually sunny and stable weather conditions as well as having far fewer other trekkers and visitors around in December and January. The temperature would be too cold for some trips like climbing Mera Peak or crossing high passes on Dhaulagiri Circuit however it is a wonderful time to visit Everest Base Camp or trek in the Kathmandu Valley such as Luxury Kathmandu Valley Rim trek.

It is also possible to visit Nepal during the monsoon months from July to September however this is certainly not the best time of year to visit this country. For further information about a monsoon trip to Nepal please take a look this article on TMC blog: Is it possible to visit Nepal during the monsoon months from July to September?

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