July is transition month between summer and the monsoon season in Nepal it can get very hot, very humid and very wet.
August is in the middle of monsoon season in Nepal it can get very humid, wet and trekking routes are often closed.
Heavy monsoon weather will be highly likely along with thunderstorms. August is one of the least popular months to go trekking in Nepal.
For the most part at 2,000m expect day time temperatures of 28+ degrees and temperatures at night around 16 degrees.
August trekking tips
- Bring all types of water proofing with you
- Be prepared for few mountain views
Long, popular or remote treks are not recommended in August due to the monsoon rains. Short hikes around Nagarkot or Dhulikhel should be possible. Dhampus near Pokhara should also be possible. Avoid bus travel to remoter areas, distant or unmarked trails due to the increasing risk of floods and landslides.
Wet monsoon weather delivers torrential downpours. Expect 28+ degree* weather in the mountains during the day. During the night temperatures are often around the 18 degree range*. Humidity stays high with heavy showers mixed with prolonged rains that cools things down a little.
* weather temperatures and conditions change as you go up in altitude or descend. Likewise there are variations depending on the trek. Always expect passes and base camps to have more extreme conditions. The temperatures listed here are only used as rough indications.
Since publishing my guidebooks we've been keeping an accurate record of both GPS data for trails and the weather to try and help trekkers make decisions.
The following information is correlated based on real trekking guides and trekkers who were in the following areas. The weather data is broken down into the year of the trek, weeks in the month and a note on what a guide or person experienced in terms of weather. We've used EBC, ABC and the APC for weather examples as they cover the widest range of areas.
EBC = Everest Base Camp. ABC = Annapurna Base Camp. APC = Annapurna Circuit. WK = Week.
* Blank years or weeks just means the guide or data is/was not available. It may also mean we've not had the time to update the data here (we have a lot of data on all treks). We are trying to keep this information as accurate as possible. If you are looking for specific data you may contact us, however you can best support this site by purchasing a guidebook first.
Trek / DateEBC
WK 1: heavy cloud under 4,000 meters
Trek / DateABC
Wk 2: Clouds afternooon rain
August 2016Wk 1: Rain
WK 4: Rain for two days
WK 3: cloud & rain all week
Trek / DateAPC
August 2017WK 2: some clouds but Throngla clear. WK 4: Raining heavy for 3 days.
Wk 1: Afternoon Rains
This historical climate/weather data may be useful to some but do remember that that the weather can change on an hourly basis in Nepal.
Breathable rain gear is essential along with light clothing to deal with the humidity and heavy rainfall. Expect leeches along the trail. Trekking shirts, shorts, pants and a fleece (for the evenings). Drying clothes becomes more difficult. Keep in mind that rainfall and heat can reach epic proportions in August. A sleeping bag liner can help with the heat in the evening.
Accommodation along the trekking routes will be open in August though the rooms rarely have fans so they can get hot and leaks may appear. If the trail route is closed then so will the accommodation due to rainfall.
Just like accommodation all restaurants will be open in August however some food may not be available.
Do read my guidebook trekking in Nepal to understand about restaurants when trekking you may not be allowed to stay in your accommodation if you eat elsewhere when trekking!
Yes, trekking permits are available year round in Nepal including August. Permits are available in both Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Trekking in Nepal during August is not advisable due to the risks associated with the monsoon season. It's very important to have travel insurance when trekking in August. Wet, slippery paths often lead to many ankle strains and slips. Muddy paths, leeches and washed out trails makes trekking at this time of year very difficult.
Do read about getting proper travel insurance for trekking in Nepal.
Do read my full article on when is the best time of year to go trekking in Nepal for a full overview which it makes it easy to pick the best season to go trekking. Meanwhile here's a monthly breakdown.
Again, if you are trying to make plans it'll be easier to read when is the best time of year to go trekking in Nepal first, then the monthly breakdown.
The above information should give you a brief outline and understanding about trekking in Nepal in August.
I've compiled more detailed articles on the specifics of trekking in Nepal below.
You will find them to be a great place to thoroughly research your trip to Nepal, be sure to bookmark them so you don't forget!
|You might find my following free guides helpful:|
My guide on trekking in Nepal
|Check out my guide on equipment & gear needed for trekking in Nepal|
|Check out my list of treks to do in Nepal complete with maps||Check out my guide on how to travel overland into Tibet for a lot more!|
|How to choose a trekking guide in Nepal||My Day by day account of trekking to Everest Base Camp in the off season (winter)|
|Check out my How to travel overland into Nepal guide||Check out my country Guide to Nepal|
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