Best Season to Visit Nepal, Nepal Seasons

Nepal is considered to be an all year around destination as the country has a wide range of climatic diversity.

Its climate varies with its topography and altitude. It ranges from the tropical to the arctic depending upon the altitude.

The freezing cold of the Himalayas in winters, scorching heat of Terai Plains in the summer and the pleasant temperate weather of hills and valleys in autumns, Nepal offers a variety of climates in its tiny land.

The weather in Nepal is reasonably stable and the climate naturally forms 4 main seasons.

The four seasons are: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-August: dominated by the monsoon), Autumn (Late September-November), and Winter (December-February).

Depending on what are the plans for your trip, what you wish to do and where you choose to go, you can decide the best season for you to travel to Nepal.

Different Seasons for Visiting Nepal

The climate in Nepal naturally forms 4 main seasons.

Visiting Nepal During Spring Season (March- May).

In the spring, the mornings are usually clear but afternoon cloud that covers the sky usually brings rainfall.

The beautiful hills of Nepal will be covered with multiple shades of striking blossomed rhododendron which is also the nation’s national flower.

Nature is at its best during spring and it is indeed the most beautiful season when the nature opens its wings and dances.

The tall grasses growing throughout the year are chopped down in the period which helps to view wildlife in Terai.

This is also one of the best trekking seasons in Nepal. The convenience and easiness during treks is felt by every trekker who visits Nepal during this season.

The ever increasing temperature and the attractive nature make the trekking in the hills a delighted experience.

Late-march into April is especially beautiful. It is also a good time for climbing as the high passes are usually snow free and the mountain views are still clear in April.

Up to May, the weather becomes foggy and disturbs with the clouds.

Visiting Nepal During Summer/ Monsoon Season (June-August)

Because majority of the Nepalese people are involved in agriculture and farming, the monsoon season is very much looked forward to.

The season is best for planting rice and other locally available products.

The Nepalese farms are a sight to be seen because the farmers sing, play and work together in groups as they plant paddy seedlings in the mud.

This is the most desirable season to trek in the rain shadow areas like Upper Mustang, around Annapurna, Upper Manang, Manaslu and Upper Dolpo, etc.

The rain clouds generally don’t gather around these regions because of the huge mountains and are unaffected by the monsoon.

However, travelling in the country may be hindered due to cloudy skies and landslides, which is common during this period.

The slippery path, leeches and clouds that obscure mountain views make monsoon one of the worst season to trek in most of regions in Nepal.

The region like the Mustang and Simikot are still good for trekking during this time as the region falls in Rain shadow region and do not receive the monsoon.

This season is also good for forest researchers and botanists. During this time, a raincoat and insect repellents are strictly required.

Visiting Nepal During Winter Season (December-February)

The Winter in most parts of the Nepal brings clear skies with dry weather. The nights can be freezing cold as the temperature rapidly falls after the sunset.

Snow fall is common in the Himalayan and upper hilly region of the country.

This is the best time to enjoy the much-talked about the isolation of the Himalayan trails, and indulge in the natural beauty for miles and miles with not many people around to disturb your experience.

Terai may be a great destination to visit to avoid the extreme winters of the Himalayas.

The Chitwan and Bardiya National parks in Terai swarms with variety of migration birds at this time which makes it the best time for bird watching.

It is also possible to trek during this season, from December until the end of February.

Early October through late November is also the busiest period for trekking. But in mid-winter (January through March), trekking is more challenging in the high altitudes with semi-regular snowfall followed by more winter storms.

We should prepare for the trek with good warm clothes and you will need the experience of hill climbing in winter to be able to cope with this.

Climbing Mera peak, Island peak, Chulu, and trekking in Annapurna, Everest, Langtang in early winter have been quite popular over the past few years.

Visiting Nepal During Autumn (September-November)

This season is considered to be the best season to travel to Nepal. Most of the travelers who visit Nepal do not want to miss the much admired trekking and mountain views, and autumn is the time for these.

The Post Monsoon season brings a return to stable high pressure, giving clear skies, sunshine, warm days and cool nights.

The skies are as clear as crystals which make it easier for viewing the beauty of the magnificent mountains.

Thousands of people, who are here for mountain visibility, make their way through the trails in the famous Everest and Annapurna regions. The hotel price peaks during the period.

You can take wonderful photographs of the mountains during this season due to clear sky and great visibility of the nature wonders.

This is also a festive season in the country with some of the major festivals in Nepal like Dashain, Tihar and Chhait falling in this period.

The festivals are aesthetically pleasing and very much admired by foreigners.

If you want to get the best of both worlds (clear visibility of mountains and culturally rich festivals), you need to visit Nepal during this time of the year.

Best Season to Visit Nepal

Each of Nepal’s climatic seasons is uniquely attractive in itself and visitors do come to Nepal all the year round.

However, the weather that suits majority of the foreigners as well as locals is during the Spring and Autumn seasons.

Both seasons tend to be fairly dry, with pleasant climatic conditions which are suitable for any recreational activities like trekking, rafting and sightseeing.

During the Spring season, visitors will have the benefit of experiencing nature’s purest form but visibility is sometimes reduced with hazy conditions. Autumn normally provides good visibility and unique welcoming festivals.

Note:

During the rainy monsoon season between June to August, it rains to an average between 200-375 millimeters in Kathmandu.

There is occasional rainfall during the other seasons too. In an average, 1300 millimeters of rain falls in Kathmandu every year.

Average Maximum – Minimum Temperatures (In degrees Celsius)

Here is the table representing the maximum-minimum temperatures throughout the year of three of the major tourist destinations.

City Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Kathmandu 19-2 20-4 25-8 30-11 30-16 30-20 30-21 29-20 27-19 23-15 23-4 20-2
Pokhara 20-8 21-8 27-11 30-16 30-19 30-20 30-21 30-21 29-20 27-18 23-11 20-8
Chitwan 24-7 26-8 33-12 35-18 35-20 35-23 33-24 33-24 32-22 31-18 29-12 24-8

Conclusion

Each of Nepal’s climatic seasons has its own unique features.

It is up to you as a traveller to decide which one is the best for you depending on the objective of the visit.