Helambu trek is an amazing trek to the northern part of Kathmandu valley where you get to dive in the natural and cultural uniqueness of the region. This moderate trek is doable all year round, however, Spring and Autumn mark the best time for Helambu trek.
Both these seasons offer a warm walk underneath clear skies in bearable weather conditions. The forests turn lush, bright and colorful. A clear view of the Himalayas will surround you.
Not only that, the local Hyolmo people celebrate many festivals during these seasons. You can become a part of the live dances, celebrations and enjoy the local delicacies if you choose these seasons for the trek.
Best Time for Helambu Trek
Even though the best time for Helambu trek is the seasons Spring and Autumn, you can still trek in Winter and Summer. All these seasons have something unique to offer.
Autumn and Spring season have the most favorable temperature and weather conditions for trekking in the Helambu region. During this season, you will get to walk in the crisp surrounding with the best views.
Whereas, Summer and Monsoon season has the unstable climatic conditions with extreme temperatures. So, you may face some difficulties during the trek. But if you prepare well, pack appropriately, and come physically and mentally prepared then the trek is doable during these off-seasons as well.
Here are the details you need to know about trekking in different seasons in the Helambu region.
Autumn is the best season to trek in the Helambu region. The weather is warm and the skies are clear. Like the Spring, the daytime temperature range in this season is also 10°C-20°C. Yet, the days are short and the nights are cold with temperatures going below 5 °C.
During this season, clear views of Himalayas will surround you on your trek. Many trekkers opt for this season as they get to trek in a clear, warm weather through the autumn colored forests.
When you pack for your Autumn trek, you should pack light trekking clothes for the daytime and warm clothes for the evenings. It is important to carry a bandana or a woolen cap that covers your head and ears.
Also, a windproof jacket helps a lot. All these will protect you from the high winds near the mountains. This is a dry season with least chance of rainfall or snowfall during this time.
Autumn is a popular trekking season, you may find many fellow trekkers on the route. So, this is the time when you do not have to walk monotonously on the trekking trails.
Spring is the second best season to trek in Helambu. The daytime temperature during this season ranges between 10°C-20°C. The days are long, warm and clear. Although at night, it gets chilly where the temperature drops below 5 °C. There is least chance that you face any episode of rainfall or snowfall during this season.
On a spring trek, you will walk in the fresh air, surrounded by lush bushes and forests. In the Helambu region, the rhododendrons and other wildflowers come to life. You will find different colored rhododendrons on the way. The best part about the Spring trek is the nature that will surround you all the way.
Since Spring trek is a popular option among the trekkers, the teahouses are usually packed. If you plan to trek during this season, it is a better to pre-book the food and room.
Summer is the month from June to August in the Helambu. The temperature range generally in this season is from 20°C-30°C. There are also many episodes of rainfall during this season.
On a summer trek, the days are quite hot days with the frequent chances of rainfall. You may have to walk on the slippery trails. Sometimes the dense fog in the humid surrounding may obstruct the visions. But, after the rainfall, you can see spectacular views of the Himalayas and the landscapes.
The end of monsoon is the best time for botanists and photographers to travel. The flora and fauna in the region come to life and are in their best forms.
You should pack some rainproof and windproof jackets for this trek. On your walk, you will feel hot but it gets cold during the night. So, along with rain gears you must pack warm clothes as well. And, it is a wise idea to carry insect repellants during this season as you will encounter leeh bites on the trail.
During the summer trek, you will find the trails less crowded and so are the teahouses. So, you will feel much easier to find accommodation. You can even get it at cheaper prices after a bargain. Some teahouses may offer you even a discount.
Winter in Helambu is from December to February where the vegetations turn brown and the clod increases in the region. The temperature during the daytime is around 6°C-15°C. But at night the temperature may drop up to -15°C. You may face many episodes of snowfall and blizzards.
During winter trek to Helambu, you get to walk on the snowy path surrounded by the views of the snow-capped mountains. The beauty is undeniable where the whole valleys wear a blanket of thick snow under the crisp sky.
Since it is the coldest time of the year you need to be extra careful before packing for the trek. You must pack warm clothes that you can wear in layers and keep yourself warm. And, you must prepare for the harsh winds, snowfalls, and low temperatures. Plus, you must consider maintaining your body hydration during this time.
Finding accommodation may not be a problem during this season. And you will find the tea houses less crowded than in other seasons. Also, you may get rooms at a cheaper cost than in the peak season.
Let us know which time would you like to trek to Helambu region. We will help you plan the best itinerary plan for you. Plus, we can help you pre-book for the room and food.
What is the difference between Winter and Monsoon Helambu trek?
During winter, the temperature at night can fall below -15°C. There are episodes of snowfall and heavy blizzards. You will see the browny and dry side of the Helambu blanketed in snow.
But Monsoon season presents you the green sceneries with the fresh buds and flowers everywhere. In the monsoon, the daytime temperature range is from 10°C-20°C.
Will tea houses be open during winter?
Yes, teahouses will be open during winter. But, you may find some of them closed due to the extreme cold. YSo, before you make a move to the trek you should check about the availability of teahouses. No worries! We help you find teahouses during this season.
Is there indoor heating in the teahouses during winter and monsoon?
Yes, there is indoor heating services in the dining area during the winter and monsoon season. However, there are no private heating services in the rooms.
Do I need microspikes or crampons for Helambu trek?
Yes, a pair of microspikes for the winter season is a good idea. Plus, the shoes with good grip is always helpful and safe to walk on the snow trail. You need it when you trek down the hills.
How to prepare for the Summer Helambu trek?
For a summer Helambu trek, you will have to prepare yourself to walk on hot days. Carry a good sunscreen, hat, UV sunglasses, raincoat, and insect repellants. Plus, do not forget to pack water purifier and water bottle.
You will have to drink a lot of water to maintain hydration. And, if you do not want to pay extra charges on drinking water, you can refill your bottle with spring water and make it drinkable by using water purifiers.
Will there be leeches on the way during monsoon?
Yes, during heavy rainfall, you can find leeches, earthworms and other bugs on your way. So, you must pack insect repellants. Or, you can carry some table salt so that you can remove leeches from your skin if they stick to it.
I have not trekked before but I want to join this Helambu trek. Which season is best for me?
If you are new in trekking then choosing the off-seasons may add more difficulty to your trek. You may face many problems in the extreme temperatures and unstable weather. So, you need to consider trekking on peak seasons to minimize the trek difficulties.