What will the temperatures be in early summer months – March and April?
Technically you are in spring! Don’t tell this to anyone, but this is perhaps the best time to trek in India. The winter snows are just melting, the flowers are in full bloom, the grasses are getting back their green. Everything is just splendid! You not only get snow, but also the freshness of new budding flowers and leaves.
Be cautious though. The mountains are still cold with a touch of wintery air. Temperatures in the highest camps, early in the morning, will go down below 0ºC. Perhaps to around -3 or -4ºC. There is frost on the ground and on your tents. Often your water bottles can have a frozen layer of ice in them.
Day time temperatures, if the sun is out, is very pleasant. Sometimes a T-shirt and a sweater is all you need. On a cloudy day temperatures can fall rapidly. Even mid day temperatures on a cloudy day can hover around 4 or 5 ºC. This requires 3 layers of woolen if you are not trekking. On a trek a single layer of woolen will do.
Snowfall until 3rd week of March is common, sometimes we get late snowfall until the first week of April. The spring snow stays until the third week of April. So if you are looking to have some fun on snow, then for sure you’ll get lots of it.
What will the temperatures on my trek be like in summer months – May and June?
Summer in the mountains can be very misleading. While in Delhi it is a scorching 45ºC, the mountains are very cold.
Too many trekkers arrive at our base camp in shorts, sleeveless or clothes meant for the plains. This is not wise. The moment you get to our base camps, tuck into a layer of warm clothes.
Most of our base camps will report a temperature around 14 – 17ºC. Being exposed to these low temperatures for a prolonged period can drop your core body temperature. This makes you susceptible to viruses, bacteria and germs. Also, trekkers with lower core body temperature are twice more prone to altitude sickness.
In summer, most of our high altitude treks open up — treks that go up to 15 or 16,000 feet. On these treks snow can be found on the trail from around 14,000 feet. The snow stays until mid June. So the earlier you go in the season, the more snow you’ll get.
In such conditions the highest camps can record a temperature between 0ºC to -3ºC (early mornings). The mid altitude camps (around 12 to 13,000 feet) will record around 3-4ºC early in the mornings. Be prepared with three layers of woolens.
During the day, treks can be warm. A full sleeve T-shirt is enough. On a cloudy day keep a fleece layer handy.
What will the temperatures be in monsoon – July, August and September?
Most of our monsoon treks are in Kashmir and upper Himachal where there is less rain.
Temperatures in these regions are colder than in other Himalayan regions. They would follow similar temperature ranges as our summer treks. So expect day temperatures to be around comfortable 20ºC. On a cloudy day this could drop by 5 or 6 degrees. Keep a fleece jacket handy for such days.
Evenings are colder. By 7 pm temperatures are around 5 to 7ºC. Early mornings a few degrees colder, around 4ºC or so.
What will the temperatures be in autumn – October and November?
October is when temperatures dip all over in the mountains. There is a sudden drop of 5 to 6 degrees as compared to temperatures in early September. Ensure that you carry an extra layer of warm wear if your trek falls in these months. The air is dry and crisp and chances of rain reduce. It is pretty dry biting cold that you will face during these months. Expect day time temperatures of around 15-18 degree Celsius. The nights at high camps can fall to -5 degrees.
Very high altitude treks like Goechala can get really cold. We have recorded upto -12 degrees at the higher camps of Goechala in early November.
Always keep your body covered and warm in the autumn months. Exposure to cold air even while trekking can up the chances of developing acute mountain sickness.
What will we do when it rains on a trek
On most days, it does not rain incessantly all through the day. We take the opportunity of the dry periods to finish the days trek. Even if the rain is a drizzle, we put on our ponchos and head out on the trail. Only if the rain is very heavy, we call off the trek for the day.
Rainy days are just trekking in poncho days. Enjoy the monsoons in the mountains!
Will it rain too much in monsoon
Monsoon months of July and August are when it rains the most on most of our treks. However, there are some treks in the rain shadow areas like Kashmir and Spiti of Himachal Pradesh which receive scanty rains during these months. We mostly trek in these regions during monsoon. Here it may rain for a couple of days out of 6 days of trekking. Even when it rains, it is not that it pours through out the day. When the level of rain is a drizzle, trekkers put on their ponchos and head out on the days trek.
It is very rare that a day is lost without trekking due to rain.
In the months of July and August, we trek mostly in Kashmir and Himachal. Uttarakhand receives its maximum ra in fall during these months and we take a break on most treks in Uttarakhand. However, the Valley of flowers trek which blooms during monsoon is best done in these months.