The best time to visit Nepal… Of course it depends on what you are planning on doing there. The climate can vary quite a lot throughout the country. In the mountains the weather will be completely different in comparison to Kathmandu. The average backpacker / traveller won’t be climbing the Mount Everest, which is a very weather dependent activity. But you might want to hike up to Base Camp or maybe do another easier / shorter trek, which means the weather still can be an important factor.
And of course you want to enjoy the country as much as possible, with not too much rain. That’s no problem at all, just pick the best time to visit Nepal :).
From month to month: the best time to visit Nepal
|January||Winter – Cold nights 9-12 ℃ / 48-54 ℉|
|February||Winter – Cold nights 9-12 ℃ / 48-54 ℉|
|March||Spring – blossoming flowers / rhododendrons 16-23 ℃ / 61-73 ℉|
|April||Spring – blossoming flowers / rhododendrons 16-23 ℃ / 61-73 ℉|
|May||Spring – blossoming flowers / rhododendrons 16-23 ℃ / 61-73 ℉|
|June||Summer – Rainy season 23-28 ℃ / 73-83 ℉|
|July||Summer – Rainy season 23-28 ℃ / 73-83 ℉|
|August||Summer – Rainy season 23-28 ℃ / 73-83 ℉|
|September||Autumn – High season 15-24 ℃ / 59-75 ℉|
|October||Autumn – High season 15-24 ℃ / 59-75 ℉|
|November||Autumn – High season 15-24 ℃ / 59-75 ℉|
|December||Winter – Cold nights 9-12 ℃ / 48-54 ℉|
If you ask me what the best time to travel to Nepal would be, I’d go for September, October, March, April and the first half of May. The temperatures are quite nice, there’s not too much rain and chances are you will be able to do a beautiful trek. Except when you want to run the Kathmandu Marathon, in that case you have to travel there in December.
As most countries in Asia, Nepal has a rainy season. The temperatures are high in these months, but because of the insane amounts of rain which (can) fall, this might not be the best time to visit Nepal.
Rainy season in Nepal starts around June and lasts till August
This of course doesn’t mean you can’t visit Nepal in these months.
I was there at the end of July. I have to admit we had some insane rain showers, with flooded streets and all, but those were relatively short and mostly at night. Most of the time it was lovely, dry and warm. So you might get lucky :).
Disadvantage of visiting Nepal in the rainy season
There are a few big advantages if you visit Nepal in the rainy season. The country is very prone to landslides. When I was there, at the end of July and the beginning of august, the road to The Last Resort (bungy jumping) was completely washed away. So no bungy jumping for me. Luckily my Nepal itinerary was filled with other nice places and activities.
Another huge disadvantage: clouds may obstruct your view of the Himalayas and other beautiful sightings. Also something to take into account.
The best months for a trek in Nepal
Yes, it is possible to do a trek in the rainy season, but it strongly depends on the actual weather. Like I said: I was there in July and I did an amazing Poon Hill trek. We had two beautifully sunny days and one full day of rain. We came across some little landslides, but noting too bad. But I guess we were lucky. So if you definitely want to do a trek when you are in Nepal, just opt for one of the ‘safer’ months.