What To Expect
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Temperatures tend to be quite cool in the mornings and evenings, but heat-up around mid-day due to the strong direct sunlight at high altitudes. Climatically, the country ranges from subtropical to temperate and alpine. There are four main seasons:
Mid-October/November: Clear skies, hot during the day, cool evenings. Temperatures steadily decrease during these months.
December/January/February: Clear skies, warm days, and cold at night.
March/April/May: Clear mornings, afternoon hazy skies, hot during the day and cool evenings.
June/July/August: This is Nepal's rainy season, although fascinating for those interested in the flora and fauna of the country.
You may obtain more detailed weather information at www.weatherbase.com.
When to Go
Nepal is generally delightful for hiking in the spring and fall. The driest weather and clearest skies are typically in October and November. In the months of March and April, beautiful flowers are in bloom and you will encounter fewer travelers.
In spite of being among the highest peaks in the world, the elevations you will experience on this trip are not extreme. Kathmandu is at 4,500 feet, Pokhara about 3,080 feet, and during the trek we will range from 3,000 to 8,000 feet.
Our trekking routes can be moderate to strenuous, though we follow a leisurely pace. The route in the foothills of the Annapurnas is carefully planned to take the best advantage of amazing mountain scenery and charming mountain lodges. Each morning after breakfast we set out at about 8:30 a.m., stopping mid-morning for tea, and then continuing on until our mid-day stop for lunch. The trails are generally in good condition and many are made from inlaid stones, including steep steps at times. Porters will carry your luggage; all you need to carry is a daypack with extra layers, your camera, water, and lunch.
On our Annapurna Trekking and Rafting tour, we spend two and a half-days rafting on the Seti River -- a wide but relatively shallow river with mild Class I & II rapids. Your guides will provide a safety briefing and paddling instruction before starting. The paddling is not strenuous, and the time spent on the river is about 2-3 hours per day. Accommodations are roomy safari-style tents with attached bathrooms.
Our Nepalese custom tours include a variety of accommodations. They range from 5-star hotels to deluxe tents erected on permanent sites. In Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in deluxe hotels with TVs, phones, hair dryers, and pleasant public areas.
During the trekking portion of our trips in Nepal, we stay in mountain lodges. These are the very best accommodations on an Annapurna trek. The lodges are simple and rustic but fit well with the environment. They have private bathrooms, two twin beds in each room, and electricity.