The peak tourist season continues till the third week of November. The dry and moderate temperature, crisp sky and clear view of the Himalayas attract large number of tourists. By November, the biggest festivals of Nepal (Dashain and Tihar) also end. This ease the availability of transportation and other logistic services resumes to its full potential. While popular trekking trails of Annapurna, Everest and Langtang over crowed with trekkers in the early November, the number reduces by the mid November. So starting the popular treks in mid November one can avoid the tourist crowd and still enjoy the good weather of Autumn.
Nepal weather in November
The vertically rising landscape of Nepal has different climatic zones. Accordingly temperature, wind and precipitation varies with altitude. In general November is dry month with the comfortable temperature and clear blue sky offering crystal clear view of the Himalayas.
The temperature in the capital ranges between 8 – 24 ° C. Pokhara will be warmer by one or two degree.
The maximum average temperature of Chitwan national park will be 28 degree centigrade with no rainy day. Warm and sunny day make the animal come out to bask in the sun and the visibility remains clear throughout the day.
The temperature of Namche bazaar at 3,440 m ranges between -3 to 10 °C.
The temperature at Everest base camp may go down to – 18 °C at night and around 2° C during the day.
Similarly Annapurna base camp temperature will range between – 9 to 8° C
Nepal Travel Tips for November
- If you time is flexible, start your trek to popular trails of Annapurna and Everest in mid November.
- Book your tour, trek or other logistics well in advance as it is peak tourist season.
- Choose remote trek, or alternate routes those avoid crowded trails. There are many alternate routes and treks based on community lodges in Annapurna and Everest.
- Bring your own sleeping bags or make sure your trekking package includes a sleeping bag.
- The biggest festival of Nepal, Dashain and Tihar may fall in November. The mass movement of locals make the transportation and other services scarce during the festival time.
- Keep your itinerary flexible to consider delays and cancellation because of traffic.
- Main days of the festival will have restaurants and shops closed.
The extension of road, airstrip and accommodations make it possible to visit even the remote corners of the Himalayas without strenuous, multi-day trekking. Few tourist hubs like Lakeside of Pokhara, Thamel of Kathmandu and Sauraha of Chitwan get crowded with tourists in November.
Hill station towns like Bandipur, Gorkha, Tansen and Daman gives true insight of Nepalese countryside with enchanting view of the Himalayas. The Bardia national park is still is pristine like what Chitwan used to be some 30 years back.
Similarly it is possible to drive to Jomsom / Muktinath and do side trips to village like Lubra, Larjung, Dhumba Lake and many more.
The community based homestays provide unique opportunities of cultural encounters.
Nepal treks for November
The first half of the November is still peak tourist season and the popular trekking trails of Annapurna and Everest get crowded. If you are trekking to Everest base camp or Annapurna base camp, we suggest you to start your trek in mid November to avoid the crowd.
November is also the best time for less traveled Manaslu trek, Dhaulagiri trek, Rolwalling and Kanchanjunga trek.
There are also alternate route and community lodge based treks in Annapurna. A trek to Khayer Lake (4,500) or Mohare danda (3,300 m) is less traveled, ‘off the beaten path’ trek.
The ‘Three pass trek’ of Everest is more adventurous and mostly avoids the crowded trail.
Nepal offers adventure of all level for people of all age group. There are gentle walking trips to challenging treks in Nepal. ‘i Tour Nepal P Ltd’ have been organizing treks and tours in the Himalayas for family with kids and senior citizens. October and November is the best time of the year for tour of Nepal. Visit our website or write us to customize best off the beaten path treks and tours in the Himalayas.