World famous for its Himalayan ranges, Nepal is home to some of the most magnificent peaks in the world. Mt. Everest, Mt Annapurna, Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Makalu to name a few. Along with these peaks, Nepal homes different trekking trails as well.
Trekking in Nepal is possible throughout the year. But, trekking in Nepal in June has its own perks. June is the starting month of the monsoon season in Nepal. Heavy rainfall and some thunderstorms are certain.
There are also a variety of treks to choose from in Nepal. From 2 days trek to a 2 months trek, adventurous, moderate, easy, all levels of treks are available.
However, since Nepal is a country of diverse geography, not all places experience Monsoon. There are plenty of treks you can still enjoy. The most famous ones being Dolpo and Upper Mustang.
These places fall in the rain shadow region. And so when other places in Nepal will be experiencing the monsoon, the rain shadow regions will be warm and dry.
Trekking in June also provides you with great scenery. The valleys are lush green and there are flowers blooming everywhere.
June is also considered as an ”off-season” for trekking making it easier for you to get more options in accommodation and food. It should also get a lot affordable too.
The trekking trails will be a lot less crowded and you will be able to trek in peace without all the noise. You can enjoy the picturesque scenery of the mountains and the valleys.
Even though autumn and spring are the best seasons for trekking in Nepal, trekking in June has its own unique experience and advantages.
With appropriate gears, clothing, and proper planning, trekking in June will be as much satisfying as trekking in any other season.
Weather of Nepal in June
June is not only the starting month of monsoon in Nepal but also one of the hottest month in Nepal. The precipitation rate is generally around 198 mm.
In June, the maximum temperature is 27°C and the minimum temperature is 19°C. So, the climate is hot and humid most of the time.
You can expect showers almost everyday especially during night time with occasional thunderstorms. It is mostly cloudy during the day before it rains but after the rain, the sky is clear and sunny.
However, the weather differs depending on the regions. When the hilly region is experiencing extreme monsoon, the Himalayan region might not experience monsoon at all.
The rain shadow areas in the Himalayas receive very less to almost no rainfall during monsoon. Hence, making it the absolute option for trekking in June.
The hilly regions, on the other hand, experience a lot of rainfall during June and the trails get muddy and slippery making the trek challenging.
Despite this, you will still find people trekking in June in Nepal because trekking in June is a different experience on its own.
Best Trekking Destinations in June in Nepal
Allow us to usher you through some of the most recommended treks in Nepal for June
Upper Mustang Trek
Mustang is geographically divided into two parts i.e. Lower Mustang and Upper Mustang. Upper Mustang lies in the rain shadow region of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain, making it accessible even in the monsoon.
The average temperature during the day ranges from 13 degrees Celcius to 20 degrees Celsius. And it drops to -3 degrees Celsius to 0-degree Celsius at night.
The Upper Mustang Trekking route stretches from the deepest gorge in the world, Kaligandaki to the highest regions of Lo Manthang.
Upper Mustang is also known as the Last Forbidden Kingdom since it was not open for the outsiders until October 1991. It is still a restricted area and you will need a special permit to enter Upper Mustang.
Its isolation from the modern world has retained its ancient culture, traditions, lifestyle and natural beauty.
You will get a chance to view the panoramic views of Mount Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks on the trail.
Upper Mustang itself is not affected by the monsoon. But the trekking trail in Jomsom can be muddy and slippery from the rain which can be a problem.
Also, the flights from Pokhara to Jomsom can get delayed or canceled due to bad weather conditions in Pokhara. So it is best to keep a few extra days in your itinerary to avoid any further problems.
Trekking to Upper Mustang is one best way to experience the true life of mountain people untouched by modernization.
Highlights of Upper Mustang Trek
- Explore thousands of years old monasteries, temples, caves, and beautiful desert landscapes
- Amazing view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Machhapuchhre, and many other high mountain peaks
- Enjoy the hospitality of the local peoples
- Experience lifestyle, culture, and tradition of the Tibetan people.
- Kali Gandaki gorge, the world’s deepest gorge
Dolpo Phoksundo Lake Trek
Dolpo is the largest district in Nepal but also the least populated. It is one of the most isolated and remote areas of Nepal. And lies between the Tibetan plateau and the Dhaulagiri Himalayan range making it a rain shadow region.
Foreigners were not allowed in this region until 1989, so it has maintained its ancient traditions, culture and its beauty.
Lake Phoksundo is an alpine freshwater lake and also the deepest lake of Nepal.
The trekking route to Phoksundo Lake starts from Juphal and finishes at the sacred Phoksundo Lake. The Phoksundo Lake is of no comparison when it comes to beauty. With its deep blue and emerald color surrounded by steep bold rocks, it is heaven like.
On the route, you will come across small authentic Tibetan villages and witness their unique culture and traditions. You will also get amazing views of some mountain ranges like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Kanjiroba.
The people of Upper Dolpo practice the BonPo religion which is an ancient pre-Buddhist religion. Buddhism replaced it, and later it began to spread across Tibet in the 9th century.
Since Dolpo lies in the rain shadow region, you can trek to Phoksundo Lake even in June.
But, bad weather can affect the roads and flights. So add buffer days in case of flight cancellations and road blockage.
Highlights of Dolpo Phoksundo Lake Trek
- Sacred Phoksundo Lake, a mix of both culture and immense beauty.
- Experience ancient Tibetan culture.
- See the spectacular Jharna waterfall.
- Explore the ancient Tshowa Gompa, a 900-year-old Bon monastery.
Annapurna Circuit Trek
Probably the most famous trek in the world, it attracts over 20,000 people every year.
Since it is overflowing with trekkers during the peak seasons, June is the better way to avoid the crowd as it is the offseason.
The Annapurna Circuit is a rain shadow region making the Annapurna Circuit Trek an ideal destination for a Monsoon trek.
Because of its popularity, the trails are full of tea houses and lodges. You do not have to camp or set tents which will be of great advantage if it rains since you can always stay in case of bad weather.
This trek will take you around the entire Annapurna range reaching the highest point at the Thorong La Pass. You will also walk through the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki gorge.
Along the trail, you will get amazing views of majestic mountain peaks such as Mt.Dhaulagiri, Mt Annapurna, Mt Manaslu, Mt Nilgiri, Mt Machhapuchhre, Mt Hiunchuli, Mt Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak etc.
Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek
- Passing the world’s highest pass, Thorong La Pass (5,416 m)
- Visit the very famous pilgrimage place, Muktinath
- Amazing views of some of the most spectacular snow-capped mountains.
- Exploring the unique and famous monasteries.
- Experiencing the lush green forests with thriving rhododendron, bamboo, and alpine trees.
Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Similar to the Annapurna Circuit Trek, this treks attracts thousands of trekkers from around the world. So doing this trek in June is an excellent way to avoid the noise and the crowd.
The Everest Base Camp Trek route has been famous since the time climbers made a successful expedition to the summit of Everest. Almost everyone does this trek to get a glimpse of the highest peak in the world, Everest.
This trek gives you an opportunity to experience the beauty of Everest closely without having to actually summit it.
The trek stretches from Lukla all the way to the Everest Base Camp. On the way, you will pass through several Sherpa villages and get an opportunity to experience their culture and traditions.
You can also visit some of the oldest and sacred monasteries in the Everest region.
You will also get to explore the Sagarmatha National Park. And if you are lucky you will be able to spot some rare wild animals like the Red Panda, Musk Deer, Himalayan Bear etc.
The trail also offers amazing views of the majestic mountains like the Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Changtse, Lingtren, Thamserku to name a few.
Everest Base Camp trek in June has several advantages. For instance, you will get the best deals in accommodation and food since its an offseason and you will also have the trail almost all to yourself.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek
- Trek to the foot of the world’s highest mountain, the Everest.
- Visit the Sagarmatha National Park, a world heritage site
- Amazing views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Makalu, and other peaks of the Khumbu region
- Witness and learn about the Sherpa’s spiritual culture and traditions
- Visit Tengboche monastery, the largest monastery of the Khumbu region
Tips for Trekking in June in Nepal
- Since June falls in the monsoon season, come prepared to face the rain with appropriate rain gear and waterproof hiking shoes.
- Though the weather is cloudy and rainy, it can get very hot during the day. So prepare some light clothes to wear underneath the rain jacket which you can peel off when it gets hot.
- Do not bring a lot of unnecessary things and always get a guide or a porter-guide to help you make the trek a safe and easy one.
- Drink adequate amount of water and stay hydrated during the trek to avoid altitude sickness.
- Research and come prepared mentally and physically prepared before starting the trek.
Recommended Trekking Gears for June
In addition to regular packing items for any trek, you will need some additional gears for trekking in June. This is to avoid any accidents from slippery and muddy trails.
The following are the extra things you need to pack for Trekking in June :
- Waterproof trekking shirts
- Waterproof hiking pants
- Breathable Running shoes
- Firm grip and waterproof hiking shoes
- Thin and comfortable hiking socks
- Breathable raincoats
- Rain jackets
- Backpack, rain cover
- Trekking Poles
Trekking in June in Nepal is a one of a kind experience.
The trails of the starting points might be a little wet from the rain but as you go up higher it gets drier. Since its an offseason there will be fewer people even in the most popular trekking routes.
You will be able to trek in peace and enjoy the views. There will be more and better choices for accommodation and you receive better services at the tea houses and lodges.
As for the monsoon rain, we offer a wide range of alternative treks that is possible especially during this season.
With proper planning and trekking gears, trekking in June is doable and in many ways a lot better.
But if you have specific treks in mind, this might need consideration. You will definitely have to check if trekking in June is possible or not. But if you are up to any treks, there is a wide range to choose from.
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