Best Time to Visit Nepal

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Nepal. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Kathmandu. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Nepal for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 2 °C to 28 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.2415.08 in
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Geographical location

Nepal is a landlocked South Asian state bordering the People’s Republic of China to the north and India to the east, south and west.

The country covers a total area of 91000 square miles and is home to some 26.5 million inhabitants. The capital and largest city of Nepal is Kathmandu in the valley of the same name.

Much of the Himalayas lie in the north and east of the country, including the highest mountain in the world (Mount Everest at 8848 m) in the Himalayas. In addition, seven other mountains belong to the 10 highest mountains in the world.

The lowest point of the former kingdom lies in the south of the country at about 70 meters near Kencha Kalan, altogether over 40% of the country are above 3000 meters of altitude.

Kathmandu is about 4000 miles as the crow flies from Munich.

Climate in Nepal

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The climate in Nepal differs regionally due to the enormous differences in altitude. In principle, it can be observed that both temperatures and precipitation decrease with increasing altitude. Nepal can be divided into three climate zones. In the lowlands in the south a subtropical climate prevails. The average temperature is 25 °C. Summer is characterized by a hot and humid climate.

Before the monsoon begins, it can often become oppressively humid. In the months of April and May the temperature can reach 40 °C. In winter, temperatures range from 10 °C at night to 17 °C during the day. The climate is comparatively mild and dry in winter.

The climate in the Vorhimalaya above 1500 meters can be described as a temperate climate. It is characterized by warm summers with average temperatures of 24 °C in July and quite cool winters with 10 °C in January. In the high mountains over 4000 m in the north of the country there is an alpine climate. Temperatures here remain almost constantly below freezing, which is why the landscape is also covered with eternal snow and ice.

In the months of June to September, the southwest monsoon dominates almost all of Nepal and accounts for up to 90 percent of the total annual precipitation. In the remaining months it is then predominantly dry. In the lower levels there is between 2000 and 118.11 in of precipitation per year. In the mountains there is only quite little precipitation of about 9.84 in per year, which usually fall as snow.

Best Time to Visit Nepal: Overview

JanuaryJan
TemperaturesTemp. up to 17 °C
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MayMay
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JuneJun
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JulyJul
Up to 15.08 in of rainof rain
AugustAug
Up to 11.61 in of rainof rain
SeptemberSep
Up to 7.72 in of rainof rain
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NovemberNov
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DecemberDec
TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C

When to travel to Nepal?


Basically, the dry season in Nepal from mid-October to early May is particularly suitable for travelling. However, as it can get very cold in the winter months of December and January, especially in the higher altitudes, and many simple accommodations have no heating, we have deliberately excluded these two months from our recommendation for the best travel season in Nepal.

Our absolute recommendation is the two months of October and November, even if it can still come to showers in the first half of October. The air is now pleasantly mild, the view is very clear and the landscape is in full bloom after the rainy season. From the beginning of May it becomes unbearably hot in some places, at the latest in June the heavy rains begin again.

The travel season from June to September is therefore not recommended for Nepal, as many trails and trekking routes are now transformed into mud pools and can no longer be passed safely. In addition, the impressive mountain world often stands in a dense cloud cover.

Climate Chart Nepal

Kathmandu

Climate Chart Kathmandu
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Nepal

In the following, you will find the climate table for Nepal, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Kathmandu (Nepal)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature17°19°24°27°28°27°27°27°26°25°21°18°
Night Temperature12°16°19°20°20°18°13°
Precipitation (inch)0.550.671.31.893.828.9415.0811.617.723.460.240.47
Hours of Sunshine788786455686
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Kathmandu is 18.3 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (24.1 °C)
Coldest month: January (10 °C)

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 55.75 inch

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): June, July, August, and September
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 43.35 in

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, March is the sunniest month with an average of 7.9 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 6.4 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


Nepal has a great mixture of moving culture and unique nature. A visit to the capital Kathmandu with its seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites is a must. In the Kathmandu valley you can visit numerous stupas and temples. The fascinating mountain world can be explored on a trekking tour in the Annapurna area, Langtang area or the Everest Reguib.

In Chitwan National Park you can explore the Nepalese jungle from the back of an elephant. With a bit of luck you will see wild rhinos, elephants or even a tiger. Guided tours of Nepal often include highlights such as a mountain bike tour in Pokhara or visits to the royal cities of Patan and Bhaktapur.

Popular Activities

More attractions

Everest Base Camp: 3 Hour Helicopter Sightseeing Tour | Private Nagarkot Sunrise and Hike to Dhulikhel Day Tour | Nagarkot Sunrise With Trip To Changu Narayan and Bhaktapur | Kathmandu: Full-Day Mountain Biking Tour | Pokhara: 30-Minute Tandem Paraglide | Kathmandu Walking Tour | Kathmandu: Private Full-Day Tour |

Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Kathmandu (Station B?l?ju)
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Clouds: 20 %       Wind: 2 mph
Air Pressure: 1022 hPa       Humidity: 82 %
Last updated: 5th Dec 2021, 06:42 pm
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Nepal: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 5 reviews for Nepal holiday already. Average rating is 4.8 of 5 stars.
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    Markus, 34 years old was there in March

    Wonderful warm weather in Kathmandu and Pokhara. At altitudes of up to 3500 metres very pleasant during the day, but fleece jacket is also necessary, but still warm in the sun. Rain is absolutely no problem. For me as a Nepal”regular” the perfect travel time!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Jan, 20 years old was there in March

    During the two-week trekking tour in the Everest region, the sun shone almost every day. During the day the temperature was mostly over 0°C, even over 5000m altitude it was still quite warm in the sun. At night it was very cold at this altitude of course despite good weather with approx. 15°C below zero.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Toni, 76 years old was there in February

    The weather in kathmandu in the 3rd week was good. Fresh in the morning (light sweater), warm during the day, a little cold again after sunset (fleece jacket), ideal time for sightseeing

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Frank, 56 years old was there in October

    Kathmandu sunny 26°,
    Annapurnaregieon super view, up to 3500m still pleasantly warm, in higher altitudes at night down to -15°, pleasant in the sun during the day.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Karin, 52 years old was there in October

    Sunny and warm, partly slightly cloudy. The nights over 3000 meters cool, partly light frost.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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