"Expedition Leaders have gained an excellent reputation for working with students as well as teachers and for their long lasting and beneficial impact on the village cultures they have assisted
Devdan Sen – Author, ‘Rough Guide to India’
Each of our expeditions is unique and your ideas are always the starting point. Travellers usually build an itinerary from one or more activities: Trekking, Community Projects and Cultural Visits. Our expeditions vary in length, but are usually between 10 days and 3 weeks.
The Himalayas spread over a wide area including Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, China and Tibet. This mountain chain is home to Mt Everest, the highest point on the Globe at 8848m. The Himalayas are the precious source of many almighty rivers - giving life to millions of people and animals. The area is home hidden communities and ancient kingdoms: a truly wonderful place for Travellers to experience the challenge of trekking and being part of these unique cultures.
You can trek throughout the year in some Himalayan areas but the weather between mid-March and November is usually most settled. As well as some of the tougher challenges, there are plenty of options for day walks, hikes, trekking and camping.
This is usually towards the top of the list of questions our Travellers ask. Of course nobody can accurately predict local conditions but we know it’s important for Travellers to understand this to be able to plan properly. With our knowledge and decades of experience in this region of India & The Himalayas, we can point you in the right direction.
Getting the right local weather conditions is important if you are trekking in the mountains to ensure you stay safe, warm and dry and to maximise visibility. However, the Expedition Leaders Team understand the region’s microclimates which means that enjoyable and fair-weather walking is possible throughout the period from March to end of October. So, the question is more where you would like to go trekking.
You can trek throughout the year in some Himalayan areas, May to October is good time for foothills, but for higher trekking above 3500m it is best June to September. While lower alpine Himalayas have a rainy season from July to August, highlands like Spiti and Ladakh are always best at this time. Between October to April you can explore other regions such as Kumaon and Sikkim - as the rainy and snowy seasons are different for these areas.
September, October and November are the best months for trekking in Nepal.
If you already have specific dates in mind, the best way to find out when and where you want to travel to is to contact one of our Team to talk through your plans. Or you could have a look at one of our Itineraries to get an idea of the wide range of trekking you could do through the year.