October is in the middle of the official peak (best) trekking season in Nepal.
In October mountain views are at their best with good clarity and temperatures. During the day it's sunny with the sun shining brightly. During the night the temperatures drop slightly but not greatly.
This is one of the best seasons to go trekking in Nepal.
For the most part at 2,000m expect day time temperatures of 22+ degrees and temperatures at night around 8 degrees.
October trekking tips
- Dress in layers to cope with warm days and cooler nights
- If you have only set days then book a October trek earlier in the year to prevent disappointment
All treks are now possible from the all-time popular treks like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit to the remoter treks. Do keep in mind that the popular treks can now get crowded. However it's rare that accommodation gets fully booked out. And, if it does, you simply trek on another 30 minutes to the next village.
Peak trekking season means great weather for trekking in October. Expect 22+ degree* weather in the mountains during the day. During the night temperatures are often around the 8 degree range*. Naturally temperatures drop the higher up you go but the views are pristine.
* 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: light rain on 1st and 6th day but clear views otherwise.
W3: Good views.
W1-4 Clouds at both Kathmandu & Lukla delaying flights
Trek / DateABC
WK 2: cloudy for a few days but morning & evening views great.
WK 3: Great views.
WK 1: cloudly at low altitude but at ABC great.
WK 2-3 cloud below 4,000m
Trek / DateAPC
WK 3: raining on 3rd day, but clear before and after.
WK 1: light rain for 30min only, rest of trek great.
WK 2: clear with great views.
WK 2-3 cloud below 4,000m
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.
The weather is warm and sunny during the day so bring trekking shorts, but not short shorts which would be deemed inappropriate culturally. T-shirts or better yet trekking shirts. If you trekking at altitude then you'll want a warm fleece in the evenings and longer trousers. Bringing a light sleeping bag is a good idea in case the tea house runs out of blankets. It's rare, on the popular treks but in less popular treks this can happen. A sleeping bag liner is always a good idea.
Accommodation along the trekking routes will be open in October. Preferred rooms can get booked out on the popular treks like Everest Base Camp but it's very rare all accommodation in a village gets booked out. A good guide will usually call ahead earlier in the day to book it for you. Otherwise you'll either need to downgrade your accommodation standards or move on to the next village a little further up the trail.
Just like accommodation all restaurants will be open in October with full menus 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 October. Permits are available in both Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Trekking in Nepal during October means you'll need travel insurance. It's peaks season and the weather should be good. This is when trekkers often enjoy going that bit further, beautiful views distract along with conversations with other trekkers. It's very easy to get distracted, trip over or twist and ankle. Altitude sickness is ever-present too. Considering the trails will be full, having good travel insurance will help you.
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 October.
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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