March is a transitional month for trekking and hiking in Nepal, as it marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. The weather during this time can vary, especially depending on the altitude and specific region you plan to trek in. Here’s a general overview of what you can expect in different trekking regions of Nepal in March:
Everest Base Camp Trek:
In March, temperatures at lower altitudes (around Lukla) can range from 7°C to 17°C (45°F to 63°F) during the day. At higher altitudes, such as at Everest Base Camp, temperatures can drop significantly, reaching lows of -10°C to -15°C (14°F to 5°F) at night. March sees less snowfall compared to the winter months, but there might still be some snow on the trail.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek:
In March, temperatures at lower altitudes, such as in Pokhara, can range from 10°C to 25°C (50°F to 77°F) during the day. As you ascend higher towards Annapurna Base Camp, temperatures can drop to around -5°C to -10°C (23°F to 14°F) at night. The weather is generally dry, but there might be occasional rain or snow showers.
Langtang Valley Trek:
In March, temperatures in the Langtang region can range from 7°C to 15°C (45°F to 59°F) during the day. At higher altitudes, temperatures can drop to around -5°C to -10°C (23°F to 14°F) at night. The weather is generally clear and dry, with limited rainfall.
Upper Mustang Trek:
The Upper Mustang region lies in the rain shadow area, so it experiences less precipitation compared to other trekking regions. In March, temperatures can range from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F) during the day and drop to around 0°C to -5°C (32°F to 23°F) at night. The weather is generally dry and favorable for trekking.
It’s important to note that weather conditions can be unpredictable in the mountains, and temperatures can vary significantly depending on the altitude. It’s advisable to pack and dress in layers to accommodate temperature changes throughout the day. Additionally, it’s always recommended to check the weather forecast and consult with local guides or trekking agencies for the most up-to-date information before embarking on any trek.