The monsoon lasts from mid June until mid September and it is usually considered “off-season” for Trekking in Nepal. With a few exceptions of brave and determined trekkers who don’t mind getting wet, slippery routes and leeches, most trekkers avoid trekking during the monsoon and wait for the autumn season to begin. However, the monsoon rain is not equally spread throughout the country and there are regions in Nepal that don’t get huge amounts of rain (or any rain, for that matter). If you can’t wait for the rain to stop, here are 3 magnificent places you could go to without getting drenched!
1. Upper Mustang
Upper Mustang is an area of western Nepal known for its ancient Tibetan culture. Lo Manthang is the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lo and its filled with old Tibetan monasteries and temples. The environment of Upper Mustang largely resembles Tibet, with its dry flat surfaces and bare hills along with the white Himalayan peaks peeking behind them. Trekking there usually takes around 10 days. The trail is not difficult and there are jeep roads connecting Jomsom – the district headquarters and Lo Manthang.
2. Upper Dolpo
Upper Dolpo is one of the least explored areas in Nepal. The reason behind that is the relative isolation from the rest of the country, as it is reachable only by plane and at least a week of trekking. The lack of basic tourist facilities makes this trek even more difficult, as trekkers have to carry their own camping equipment and food. Hiring a guide and a porter is a must, both because the trails are not marked and because the government of Nepal has listed Upper Dolpo as a restricted area and travelling in a group and with a guide is required to obtain the special permit. That being said, trekking in Upper Dolpo is a magnificent experience for the ones who love exploring isolated areas through barren trails and getting to know the local culture.
3. Upper Manang
Upper Manang is part of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek. Located completely within the rain shadow, this portion of the trek is perfect for trekking during the monsoon season. Reaching there, however, involves trekking for at least 2-3 days through wet trails, but once you reach in the capital Manang the rain will be gone. Even though Manang is a place where there is a lot to explore, you can take a day trip to Milarepa cave or Ice Lake or trek for 2 more days to reach the famous high altitude Tilicho lake.