Trekking in Nepal during August

July is transition month between summer and the monsoon season in Nepal it can get very hot, very humid and very wet.

Rains during monsoons season along the Annapurna Circuit
Rains during monsoons season along the Annapurna Circuit - you might get lucky though

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.


What is the weather like in August for trekking in Nepal?


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.


Historical weather data for trekking in August


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 / Date
EBC
August 2015
August 2016
August 2017
August 2018
August 2019

Trek / Date
ABC
August 2015

Wk 2: Clouds afternooon rain

August 2016
Wk 1: Rain
August 2017

WK 4: Rain for two days

August 2018
August 2019


Trek / Date
APC
August 2015
August 2016
August 2017
WK 2: some clouds but Throngla clear. WK 4: Raining heavy for 3 days.
August 2018
August 2019

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.


What trekking clothing is needed during August 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.


Is trekking accommodation on the trails open during August in Nepal?


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.


Are trekking restaurants on the trails open during August in Nepal?


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!


Are trekking permits available in August in Nepal?


Yes, trekking permits are available year round in Nepal including August. Permits are available in both Kathmandu and Pokhara.


Do you need travel insurance for trekking in August?


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.


Find out when is the best time of year 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.

» What's it like to trek in Nepal in January?

» What's it like to trek in Nepal in February?

» What's it like to trek in Nepal in March?

» What's it like to trek in Nepal in April?

» What's it like to trek in Nepal in May?

» What's it like to trek in Nepal in June?

» What's it like to trek in Nepal in July?

» What's it like to trek in Nepal in August?

» What's it like to trek in Nepal in September?

» What's it like to trek in Nepal in October?

» What's it like to trek in Nepal in November?

» What's it like to trek in Nepal in December?

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.


More information on Trekking in Nepal


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:

Trekking in Nepal

My guide on trekking in Nepal

  Trekking Equipment Check out my guide on equipment & gear needed for trekking in Nepal
 
List of treks to hike in Nepal Check out my list treks to do in Nepal complete with maps   Nepal Mountain range Check out my guide on how to travel overland into Tibet for a lot more!
Trekking in Nepal How to choose a trekking guide in Nepal   Record of Mount Everst Base Camp Trek in the Winter My Day by day account of trekking to Everest Base Camp in the off season (winter)
 
Traveling overland into Nepal Check out my How to travel overland into Nepal guide   Guide to traveling Nepal Check out my country Guide to Nepal

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