Best Time to Visit Nepal
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Best Time To Visit Nepal
Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination
The best time to visit Nepal is during the autumn season in the months of October, November, and December when the temperature ranges between 26 degrees Celsius and 4 degrees. Nepal sees the highest number of travelers during the autumn season during this time, the rainy season is gone and the weather becomes extremely pleasant. This weather in Nepal is perfect for outdoor sightseeing, trekking, and adventure sports like paragliding or bungee jumping and for photography sessions as well. The visibility allows transportation between cities across mountainous terrains much easier too, and the risks of landslides recede significantly, making it an ideal time to visit Nepal. Also, the popular Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival takes place in Nepal during the month of December. Monsoon season in Nepal begins from June till September. The peak month for rainfall is July, which should be avoided. Trekking can be enjoyed in August and September as the weather opens up after the heavy rainfall in July and becomes pleasant. For nature-lovers, the best time to visit Nepal is during the months of March and April because during this season, rhododendrons are in full bloom and the entire valley looks absolutely stunning.
March-May (24°C to 12°C):
From March to May, Nepal experiences spring in its air. And, as the spring rolls into summer, the temperature in the plains and the valleys get really hot. The chill goes away one day at a time. However, in the lowlands of the Kathmandu valley, the weather in May is mildly warm. And, as one goes up the mountains, the heat is replaced by colder winds.
As the hills are covered with rhododendrons, orchids, and other flowers during the spring season, this is the best time of the year to cherish nature along with wildlife.
June-August (27°C to 18°C):
June to August is the monsoon season in Nepal. This is not a very good time to visit Nepal as the temperature is filled with humidity. Accompanied by everyday rains and occasional thunderstorms in the valley, sightseeing tours are washed away in the rain, and trekking and hiking routes are too dangerous to travel on.
September-November (25°C to 9°C):
From September to November, Nepal experiences the autumn season with an average temperature of 15-degree Celsius. The rains leave the valleys lush green and the skies brilliant blue. As a result, the landscape of Nepal gets a complete makeover after being roasted in the summer heat. This is the best season to visit Nepal, not only for the weather but for festivities as well.
Get on an excursion to Chitwan and Bardia to explore the wildlife of Nepal during this period.
December-February (18°C to 2°C):
From December to February, there is winter in Nepal. At the higher altitudes, it is really cold. The temperature in the lower plains is comfortably cooler. If you are visiting the lower points in Nepal, then winter too is perfect for visiting. Short, low elevation treks can be done without any problem.
Best Time to Visit Nepal for Festivals:
September-October: These are already the best months to visit Nepal because of climatic conditions. As an added bonus, Nepal celebrates Durga Puja during this time. The tenth day, known as Vijaya Dashami in Bengal, Dussehra in the rest of India and Dashain in Nepal is a huge festival over there. The festival of Diwali or Tihar follows closely behind, making the month of autumn very auspicious in the whole country.
These months are best to explore the wildlife of Nepal, as the weather is dry and offers perfect conditions for wildlife sightings comprising elephants, monkeys, birds, and rhinos. Plan a visit to Chitwan and Bardia to see the beautiful national parks.
March-May: During these months Holi is celebrated with much enthusiasm. Holi the festival of colors is basically an Indian festival but is celebrated across all the major cities in Nepal. Also, these are the months when the rhododendron bloom in full swing making Nepal’s landscape appealing.
Climate in Nepal
Summer Season in Nepal
Summer begins in the lower altitudes as mild and pleasant, with a temperature of around 22-25°C. But as days pass, it keeps getting hotter. Nepal weather in April is the last when it stays ideal for a visit. After that one should consider visiting in the autumn only.
Monsoon Season in Nepal
In Nepal, monsoon follows the hot summer months as a respite to the residents but is a source of worry to the travellers. From June to August and early September, clouds hover over the valley and bring rainfall in heavy showers all over.
Winter Season in Nepal
Up above in the high mountains, Nepal weather in December and January is about snowfall and occasional blizzards. But down in the valley, the trip can be enjoyed with some heavy jackets and scarves.
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