Trekking in Nepal in November

Trekking in Nepal in November

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November is one of the best months to explore Nepal. Trekking in Nepal in November is absolutely blissful. It offers you all the perks of trekking in Nepal.

In November, you will have views of the majestic white mountains, clear blue skies, ideal trail, and favorable trek conditions. November also offers moderate weather conditions for all the trekking destinations, and almost all the routes are open for trekkers.

Here is everything you need to know about trekking in Nepal in November. It will give you a better idea about what you can expect on your treks to Nepal in November.

What is the weather while Trekking in Nepal in November?

What is the weather while Trekking in Nepal in November

November is the last month of Autumn season which is the peak trekking season in Nepal.

Nepal has a diverse landscape and altitude. Hence, you may experience a range of weather conditions and temperatures during your trek within the same month.

In November, it generally starts to get colder with approaching winter. The evenings and the mornings are usually cooler than the day time.

On average, the daytime temperature is around 15 degrees Celsius in Kathmandu (1,400m). The average sunshine hours are 8-9 hours. On most days, the weather is clear and the chances of rainfall or snowfall are minimal.

But as you trek higher, the temperatures can drop.

From 1,000-3,500 meters, the average daily temperature is between 0 to 22 degrees Celsius.

At 4,000m, the average daily temperature is around  -5 to 12 degrees Celsius.

At 5,000m, the average daily temperature can be between -10 to 10 degrees Celsius.

Yet, you hardly spend multiple days on altitudes above 4,000m for most treks. Hence, the average daytime temperatures are ideal for outdoor activities like hikes and treks in Nepal. It is neither too hot nor too cold.

November also offers a clean atmosphere with clear blue skies. You get excellent views of the Himalayas and the surrounding landscapes.

Trekking Routes and Destinations for November

Trekking Routes and Destinations for November

Nepal has a wide range of trekking routes and destinations that cater to travelers and trekkers from all walks of life.

Most of these routes include breathtaking views of the Himalayas, beautiful sceneries, diverse flora, and fauna. Along with these, the treks offer a glimpse into the rich and diverse culture of Nepal.

In November, everything Nepal has to offer in trekking destinations and routes are open for exploration. You can choose any one of these depending on your needs and liking.

Everest Base Camp Trek in November

Everest Base Camp Trek in November

Trek Facts:

Difficulty: Moderate to Demanding

Highest Elevation: Kala Pathar- 5,550 meters

Duration: 12 – 16 Days

Trek type: Teahouse Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek offers an exclusive experience of trekking to the Base Camp of Mt.Everest at 8,848 m.

You can enjoy the thrill and adventure of a high altitude trek along with fabulous mountain views. You can also explore the legendary Sherpa villages and learn about their rich culture and lifestyle.

Highlights:

  • A chance to pass through unconventional trails. This includes Kalapathar, Nagakarshang and the Sagarmatha National Park. November offers the best weather and trail conditions for it.
  • Mesmerizing clear views of the Himalayan Giants like Mt. Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, Ama Dablam, and Everest.
  • A chance to visit and see the beautiful monasteries, chortens, and mani walls en route.
  • Spectacular and panoramic view of the snow-capped mountain peaks and glacial lakes.
  • Stunning view of the Khumbu region.
  • An adventurous and thrilling plane ride to and from Kathmandu-Lukla. With the clear days, November is the perfect month to get amazing aerial views of the Khumbu region and the surrounding mountain peaks.

Alternatives: For those who want to enjoy the fabulous views yet looking for a short and easy trek, the Everest view trek is an ideal alternative.

Routes and Destinations you can add: Gokyo Ri Trek, Island Peak, Mera Peak

Annapurna Circuit Trek in November

Annapurna Circuit Trek in November

Trek Facts:

Difficulty: Moderate to Hard

Highest Elevation: Thorong La- 5,416 meters

Duration: 12 – 15 Days

Type: Teahouse Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek stretches over 160-230 km. It takes you around the Annapurna Massif. It gives you a look at the rich and diverse nature and culture of the Annapurna Region.

Due to the accessibility of the trails, you can choose to shorten or lengthen this classic trek.

In November, with amazing clarity, you can indulge in the beauty of diverse flora and high mountains on this trek.

Highlights:

  • Clear views of Annapurna II and IV, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Langtang Himal
  • Ideal temperatures and weather conditions to cross the fascinating high pass of Thorong-La at 5416m
  • A chance to experience the diverse terrains of Nepal, from sub-tropical jungle to alpine meadows and arid hills
  • A chance to visit Hindu temples and Buddhist monasteries
  • A chance to witness famous attractions of the Annapurna region. This includes Kali Gandaki Gorge- deepest Gorge in the world, Tilicho lake, and Rupse waterfall
  • A chance to interact with different communities like Gurungs, Magars, Brahmins, and Chhetris. You can observe their cultures, lifestyles and experience their hospitality as well. You can do these through stays in the many villages you pass as well as through homestays. There are several villages that offer this facility on this trek.
  • A chance to relax in the natural hot springs of Tatopani

Alternatives:

For those who are short on time, you can do the shorter version of this trek- Jomsom-Muktinath Trek or Mini Annapurna Circuit Trek.

Trek Destination and routes you can add: Upper Mustang Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek.

Upper Mustang Trek in November

Upper Mustang Trek in November

Trek Facts:

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 13 – 15 Days

Highest Elevation: Dhakmar- 3,810 meters

Type: Teahouse Trek

Opened to foreigners in 1992, Upper Mustang still retains its ancient culture and traditions.

You will trek to the ancient and the once forbidden kingdom of Lo-Manthang (Upper Mustang) in this trek. Enroute you pass through ancient Buddhist Shrines, monasteries, and mani walls.

You will also see the majestic mountains as well as the desert-like Himalayan landscape of Nepal.

Majestic views of mountains like Nilgiri, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri are an added perk.

Highlights:

  • Trek through the barren and treeless lands in the country area of the Dhaulagiri mountain
  • One of the best months to cross the alpine mountain pass like Lo (3,950 m)
  • A chance to visit the world’s oldest Tibetan Buddhist monastery- Dhakmar
  • A chance to visit other popular tourist spots like the Royal Palace of the Mustang royalty, Thugchen Gompa and the Amchi museum
  • A chance to experience the unique culture of the mountain people-  the Thakalis, Tibetans, Mananges, and Gurungs

Langtang Valley Trek in November

Langtang Valley Trek in November

Trek Facts:

Difficulty: Easy

Highest Elevation: 4,984 meters

Duration: 7 – 10 Days

Type: Teahouse Trek

This is one of the most accessible treks from Kathmandu. It is also one of the less crowded trekking destinations of Nepal even in a busy month like November.

Langtang Valley Trek takes you through the Langtang Region of Nepal.

This region is well known for its diverse vegetation and villages. It also offers a cultural experience where you can discover the well-preserved culture and remote lifestyle of Nepal.

Highlights:

  • Some of the best views of Mt. Ganesh, Mt. Langtang Lirung and Langtang-I.
  • 360-degree panoramic view of the Langtang region.
  • A chance to visit the oldest Buddhist monastery, Kyanjin Gompa at 3,049 meters.
  • A chance to explore the Langtang Valley- ‘The Valley of Glaciers’.

Trek Destination and routes you can add: Helambu Trek, Gosaikunda, Bhairav Kunda.

Manaslu Circuit Trek in November

Manaslu Circuit Trek in November

Trek Facts:

Difficulty: Moderate to Demanding

Highest Elevation: Larke Pass- 5,135 meters

Duration: 15 – 16 Days

Type: Teahouse Trek

Manaslu Circuit Trek takes you around Mt. Manaslu- the 8th highest peak in the world. It is one of the less trekked destinations of Nepal. Although less visited, it offers breathtaking views and exhilarating trekking experience. It offers beautiful Himalayan panorama along with the chance to reach the summit of Larke Pass at 5,135 meters. Despite being the peak season, you can enjoy the quiet and peace of the trails and nature in November.

Highlights:

  • Stunning view of Mt. Manaslu,  Mt. Ganesh and Mt. Himchuli
  • A chance to witness Manaslu glacier and the pristine environment and gorgeous landscapes of Manaslu Region
  • A chance to experience the unique cultures and traditions of the Tibet-influenced people of the Manaslu region

Alternatives: Instead of going around the mountain, you can do the direct trek to its Base Camp- Manaslu Base Camp Trek. You can also do the Lower Manaslu trek. These are perfect for those who are short on time.

Trek Destinations and Routes to add: Tsum Valley Trek

Gokyo Ri Trek in November

Gokyo Ri Trek in November

Trek Facts:

Difficulty: Moderate

Highest Elevation: 5,357 meters

Duration: 12 – 14 Days

Type: Teahouse Trek

This trek offers fantastic views of the Himalayas and is an easier alternative to Everest Base Camp trek.

It takes you through the mesmerizing passes and offers wonderful sights and experiences.

Highlights:

  • Amazing and clear views of the mountain peaks like Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Makalu
  • A chance to witness the magnificent Khumbu glacier- the biggest glacier in Nepal
  • A chance to witness the crystal-clear Gokyo lake

Mardi Himal Trek in November

Mardi Himal Trek in November

Trek Facts:

Difficulty: Easy

Highest Elevation: 3,540 meters

Duration: 5 to 8 Days

Type: Teahouse Trek

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the short and classic treks of Nepal. It offers spectacular scenery and diversity in the terrain.

With panoramic views of the Himalayas and a chance to explore quaint villages, this is a beautiful trek to do in November.

Highlights:

  • Spectacular views of Mt. Fishtail (Machhapuchhre) and other great Himalayan peaks like Mt. Annapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiunchuli
  • A chance to visit some of the beautiful villages in this route like Lumre, Kalimati, and Ghale
  • Amazing sunrise and sunset views over the mountain peaks

Tamang Heritage Trail in November

Tamang Heritage Trail in November

Trek Facts:

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Highest Elevation: 3,870 meters

Duration:  7 – 10 Days

Type: Teahouse Trek

Tamang Heritage Trail is a fun trek with unique cultural trekking experience. You trek between Langtang and Ganesh Himal region.

As the name suggests, you get the chance to understand the culture and traditions of the ethnic Tamang group.

Highlights:

  • Gorgeous and offbeat trek destination of Nepal
  • Charming villages of Syabru Besi, Brridim, Tatopani, Thuman, and Langtang
  • A chance to enjoy the natural hot springs of the region

Trek Destinations and routes to Add: Langtang Valley trek

Poon Hill Trek in November

Poon Hill Trek in November

Trek Facts:

Difficulty: Easy

Highest Elevation: Poon Hill- 3,210 meters

Duration: 4 – 7 Days

Type: Teahouse Trek

Poon Hill Trek is one of the best short and easy treks of Nepal. It is also one of the treks with the least risk of altitude sickness.

With breathtaking views of mountains and sunrises, this is ideal for those who are short on time.

Highlights:

  • Amazing and Panoramic views of the snowy mountains like Mt. Machhapuchhre, Himchuli and Annapurna South. You can also see other mountains like Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Varaha Shikhar, Annapurna I, II, III, and IV.
  • Enchanting sunrise and sunset views over the mountain ranges.
  • Stunning views of the Annapurna massif.
  • A chance to witness the Gurung way of life, their traditions, and culture.

Kanchenjunga Trek in November

Kanchenjunga Trek in November

Trek Facts:

Difficulty: Demanding

Highest Elevation: 5,143 meters- Pang Pema

Duration: 20 – 22 Days

Type: Teahouse Trek

This is one of the most difficult and remote treks of Nepal. November is one of the best months to do this trek. It offers more stable weather conditions as well as good trail conditions.

Kanchenjunga Trek starts from Suketar (Taplejung). Then, you cross lush green forests with beautiful views on your way to Pang Pema.

Highlights:

  • A chance to visit the Base Camp of the world’s third highest mountain- Mt. Kanchenjunga
  • A chance to witness the lifestyle and culture of the local Rai and Limbu ethnicities of Tibetan descent
  • Well preserved and pristine nature and amazing visibility of the surrounding landscape
  • The sense of accomplishment of completing the difficult trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek in November

Annapurna Base Camp Trek in November

Trek Facts:

Highest Elevation: Annapurna Base Camp- 4,130 meters

Difficulty: Moderate-Strenuous

Duration: 8-15 Days

Type: Teahouse Trek

A classic trek,  Annapurna Base Camp Trek offers a different and unique experience. November is the best time of the year for this trek.

You can enjoy the remarkable views as well as the energy and enthusiasm of the fellow trekkers and mountaineers on the trails.

Highlights:

  • Best views of Mt. Annapurna and Mt, Dhaulagiri, the tenth and seventh highest mountain in the world. You can also view many other small mountains of 6,000m-7,000m and above.
  • A chance to walk amid gentle hills, dense forest and soaring mountains of Nepal.
  • Two Base Camps in one trek- Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp.
  • A stunning 360-degree view from Annapurna Base Camp.
  • A chance to visit popular Gurung villages like Ghandruk and Chhomrong.

Rara Lake Trek in November

Rara Lake Trek in November

Trek Facts:

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
Duration: 14-18 Days
Highest Elevation: Khali Lagna Pass- 3,550 meters
Type: Tea House/Camping

If you wish to travel to the more remote and less trekked parts of Nepal, this is the trek for you.

This trek takes you to Rara Lake- the biggest freshwater lake in Nepal.

You get a glimpse of the rich and untouched nature and culture of Nepal.

With low to no rainfall and snowfall, November is ideal to see the alpine flowers of Rara National Park. You may also catch glimpses of the wildlife like musk deer, ghorals, thars, leopards, and the Himalayan black bear.

The Park is also home to the rare and elusive red panda.

Highlights:

  • Best time for bird watching in the Rara National Park
  • A chance to witness the pristine and well-preserved nature of Western Nepal
  • Trek through the quaint villages of Cher Chaur, Chalachaur, Sinja Valley, and Ghorosinga
  • Overnight stay near the biggest lake in Nepal, Rara Lake
  • Magnificent view of the mountains
  • Less crowded route, and a chance to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the surrounding nature and trails

Pros and Cons of Trekking in Nepal in November:

Pros:

Ideal Trekking Conditions: Great weather and Amazing Clarity

Great weather

The weather conditions in November are ideal for treks. You can enjoy the bright radiance of the sun along with the crystal-clear blue skies.

The amazing clarity offers unobstructed views of the surrounding mountain peaks and landscapes.

There is little to no probability of rainfall or snowfall in November. Hence, the trails are not muddy or slippery. There is also little to no infestation of leeches and mosquitoes.

The weather is cool which is comfortable for long walks during the days.

Stable Weather Conditions

November also sees some of the most stable weather conditions in the higher altitudes of Nepal. Hence, it is a great month to try the high and challenging trekking passes and peaks.

It is also a great month to push yourself and take on new trekking challenges.

Fewer Chances of Flight Delays

Fewer Chances of Flight Delays

The stable and ideal weather condition also means the chances of flight delays and weather turbulence are less in November.

Festivals

November is also the month of the biggest festivals of Nepal like Dashain and Tihar. For those who enjoy cultural experiences, it can be a great opportunity.

Cons:

More Crowd

More Crowd

November is one of the peak months for treks in Nepal. Hence, you will find most popular trek destinations and routes crowded.

This is true for space for your tent at the Base Camps or rooms at the teahouses and hotels.

Many National Holidays

There are many National holidays during November due to the festivals. Hence, you may have to book your permits during the non-holiday days. Ask your tour or trek operator in advance for these.

Tips for Trekking in Nepal in November:

Book Everything in advance:

rooms

Make sure you book everything in advance for your treks in November. This includes your rooms, flights, guides, and trekking packages. As it is a peak season, the chances of getting your choice of flights, rooms, and teahouses in the last minute are low.

Packing:

packing

Along with all your high altitude trekking essentials, make sure to pack a few winter essentials as well. The early mornings and nights can get cold especially in the second half of November. This includes packing a sleeping bag suitable for -10 degrees Celsius.

Also make sure to pack a warm jacket, pants, gloves, winter hiking socks.

Start early:

early morning

The days or the average sunshine hours become less as November progresses. Hence, start your trek early so that you reach your destination before it gets dark and cold.

Drink plenty of water:

Remember to stay hydrated in November. The cool weather may make you forget this. But, you must drink plenty of water for a safe and comfortable trekking experience.

Physical Fitness:

Make sure to get some training and exercises before your actual treks. This will help make your trekking experience more comfortable and safer. Most treks in Nepal are doable by beginners and do not need prior mountaineering experience. Yet, trekking in Nepal demands a lot of stamina. Having a good level of physical fitness comes with fewer risks. You will also enjoy your trek more.

How to avoid crowds:

The best way to avoid crowds is to choose one of the more remote and less visited trekking destinations of Nepal.

But, if you want to trek in the popular trek destinations and yet want to avoid crowds, choose less-trekked routes. Most popular trek destinations have more than one route.

Or else, time your trek during the latter half of November. As November progresses, the number of trekkers start to decrease. Hence, you will find the trails less crowded.

Be prepared for sudden weather changes:

The weather at higher altitudes is unpredictable. Even during a stable weather month like November, sudden changes can and do occur. Hence, make sure you remember and prepare for this in your treks.

Final Say

Final Say

November is the last month for the peak season of autumn for treks in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal in November is one of the best and busiest times.

With stable weather and trail conditions, November is best to try new trails, routes, and trekking destinations.

It is also one of the best months to do the popular treks of the Annapurna and Everest Region.

Feel free to contact us for any further queries or detailed information for treks and tours in Nepal. You can also contact us to help create your own custom treks or tours in Nepal.

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