Trekking in low season beauty, benefits and disadvantages
Trekking simply defines as continuous walking for few days and it last for 6-8 hours every day. The motive of the trek varies with individual as every individual has their own interest behind doing the particular trek. We are here to discuss about trekking in the Himalayan region specially focusing in the low season. There are particular benefits of doing trekking in the low season while nobody else is doing and there are disadvantages too doing this trek in low season. The article will help our readers to decide whether they are ready to do trekking in the low season or not. We are trying to discuss in all aspects the positive side and negative sides too. The readers are encouraged to write our expert team for particular trek to know which season is low season for that particular trek as low season varies with individual trek. For example, going to Everest Base Camp in monsoon time considered low season but going to Upper Mustang in monsoon time is high season.
Why there is high season and low season for doing the trek?
The high season and low season are distinguished by considering various factors but mainly the factors playing role are weather, climate, view of the landscape and mountains, festivals and seasons. Summer and winter give you different experience doing the same trek similarly autumn and spring also give different experience so one has to decide considering their own interest.
Advantage and benefits of doing trekking in the low season
There is certain advantage of doing trekking in low season which one can hardly get doing same in high season. The main advantages are:
There are lot of people who like to avoid the crowd for those people the low season is the best way to avoid the crowd. Doing trekking in famous routes in high season every few minutes you meet another trekker.
More attention and care
“Half an hour for a black coffee”, never happened in the low season, in the high season god knows. Not only you get attention by your staffs but by the business owners who runs tea houses, shops and other service in the trekking area. In the high season you get a queue even to get a shower and in the low season you might be the only client there in the entire property. You can consider yourself as a king for all the available facilities.
Easy to get flights
Domestic flights are often crowded in high season and it is hard to get seat for those flights which will be no problem in low season.
There are certain discounts for travelling in low season. Many companies just operate the trips as to employ their staffs and make them engage even in low season so there will be offers for low season. The lodge owners in the trekking area cannot offer a discount but the companies in Kathmandu may slash down the price little bit.
Chance to observe the different perspective of the trail
As the trails are empty the perspective of the trails is different. The low season triggers mainly due to weather and climate not of the view. Trek to Everest Base Camp in December gives you better view than in October but the problem is cold temperatures so December is considered low season but if you can sort out the cold temperatures then you are enjoying more than others.
Next level self-satisfaction and altruistic behavior
Doing the trip in low season open the door to serve you by many and you are actually helping their economy run and get something even in low season which is truly an altruistic job and that gives you self-satisfaction as you might be employing someone when there is no job and you are helping them to run the family more smoothly.
Disadvantages of doing trekking in low season
Every coin has two sides so there are certain disadvantages of doing the trek in the low season. First thing one has to consider is why that particular season is considered as low season i.e., the reason behind the time is considered as low season and one has to figure out that the reason makes a significant difference for individual’s interest or not? E.g., for some people the cold is big problem but for many the view they get during winter will bit the cold they have to suffer as we even have people who like to climb Everest in winter time. The main disadvantages of doing the trek in low season are summarized as:
Less people may make trip annoying
There is a huge folk who like to see more companions, movements, much of the life, competitors which are not possible in the low season trip. Once you reach the tea houses when you find you are the only client there, you might feel bored.
If there is a low season due to rain the trail might be broken due to flood, landslide etc. and one has to look for the alternatives and need to amend the program. Even some local streams get flooded and need to wait until the flooding stops.
Not getting good views of the landscape and mountains
If the season is considered low season due to weather factor the high mountain and landscape may covered with cloud everyday and one might not get good views which one normally get during other time of the year. Our high mountains turn to be shy mountains and not visible for many days.
Frequent cancellation of the flight due to weather
There are lot of weather sensitive airport in the mountain area. The flight cancellation may occur any time of the year but the chance is high when the weather is bad and rainy season and those rainy days are low season for the trekking.
There is not a big deal about insect bites but the particular trails or part of trails are full of leech during monsoon which is also considered low season for many trekking areas. The leeches are very common in lower elevation and northern slopes which receives very less sunlight.
Considering all the factors we mentioned one can make a final decision to do trekking in the low season in the Himalayan region and we particularly operate different trips even in the low season. Check our itineraries in trekking in Nepal and write our experts about whether the trek is feasible in low season or not and if there are discounts available for low season or not? Please inspire us to write more about different fact and trips in the mountains by sharing our writings, your kindness will be appreciated.