Trekking in Nepal during October

October is in the middle of the official peak (best) trekking season in Nepal.

Beautiful clear skies in Annapurna during October in Nepal
Beautiful clear skies in Annapurna during October 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.


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


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.


Historical weather data for trekking in October


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
October 2015

WK 1: light rain on 1st and 6th day but clear views otherwise.

October 2016
October 2017
October 2018
October 2019

Trek / Date
ABC
October 2015

 

October 2016

WK 2: cloudy for a few days but morning & evening views great.

WK 3: Great views.

October 2017

 

October 2018
October 2019


Trek / Date
APC
October 2015

WK 3: raining on 3rd day, but clear before and after.

October 2016

WK 1: light rain for 30min only, rest of trek great.

October 2017
October 2018
October 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 October 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.


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


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.


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


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!


Are trekking permits available in October in Nepal?


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


Do you need travel insurance for trekking in October?


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.


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 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:

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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