Nepal is rich country when it comes to offer what it has to its travelers. With tremendous geographical diversity (as low as 59m to 8,8848m), the best time to visit Nepal can be argued. Nepal can be visited at anytime of the year. But, it all comes down to the reason(activity) you are travelling for.
Let’s first take a look at the seasons in Nepal.
Autumn – Autumn season in Nepal, starts in mid-September to November. As the monsoon dissipates in September, Nepal is a glorious kingdom of huge clear skies, fresh air and breathtaking views. October through to November is possibly the best time to visit Nepal as dry days make hiking easier and offer good visibility. This is the peak season for trekking as mountain views are guaranteed so better book your flight in advance.Thousands of people leave for Annapurna and Everest. The dry and clear air that crowd makes it fun and price is at its peak but the way the replenished landscapes spring to life during autumn is spectacular; don’t forget your camera! This season is the season of festivals. By this time, the farmers have already completed their plantation and are waiting to harvest crop in the next season. The temperature goes down in this season and it is just right for the celebration. Some of the most attractive aspect of this season are various festival. The biggest hindu festivals like Dashain followed by Tihar are the main attraction of the season.
Winter – The winter in Nepal starts from around December and ends in early May. The peak time of the winter is in January and early February. At this time of the year, it’s pretty cold throughout Nepal. Thus, treks in higher elevations would not be a good idea since the fog makes the view of the mountains and forests unclear. Also, the very long cold nights are hard to survive without the heat supply which is not promising in all parts of Nepal due to electricity rationing. In view of the fact that, it doesn’t snow in many of the non- trekking cities, its a good season to trek on the lower elevation like around rim of the capital valley itself. Besides trekking, one can also visit the famous heritages of Nepal and explore vivid art and culture of the place. Similarly, jungle activities can be done at any time of the year.
Spring – Spring is from February to April which is considered Nepal’s second busiest tourist season. This season is the delightful time when the climate varies as per time of the day, the mornings and evenings are chilling cool whereas the day is balmy, warm and mild. The flowers begin to blossom and there is the drizzling shower of rain now and then. The ravishing rhododendrons – the national flower of Nepal can be exhibited in the upward altitudes and the Terai ’s long grass has been cut, improving wildlife sightings in Chitwan and Bardia national parks. However, it does get quite smoggy which reduces the view of the mountains. Nonetheless, the nation is more sun-drenched as the April begins. Thereby, the season is ideal for jungle safaris, trekking, adventure activities and tours to heritages.
Summer – Summer in Nepal begins from June and lasts till August. The summer is pretty rainy in terai and hilly area in between. During the summer months, the average temperature lingers around 28 C. However, the terai and hilly areas experience much higher temperature due to blazing sun. The blooming flowers in trees turns to pulpy fruits. Although the price of the treks are pretty low, the season can make the trekking experience troublesome with scorching heat and cloudy skies. Choose a trek in the “rain shadow” of the Himalaya at this time of year, such as Upper Mustang or Nar Phu. The Yarthung Horse Festival takes place in June in Manang. But one can do activities like Bungee Jumping, Canyon Swing and zip-lining. Also, rafting and sightseeing can be done.
Monsoon Summer – The summer from mid-July to mid-September is considered as summer. However, it doesn’t rain all day but it rains almost everyday in early morning or night time. Rains usually occur during the night-time leaving the sky clean and clear by the morning making the Himalayan view even more dramatic.While, some parts of himalayas are high enough to block the clouds when Tibet’s high travel season corresponds to Nepal’s monsoon. During mid- september,extensive rainy days are observed when the roads are muddy and slippery. Thus, can make travelling hard due to cancelled flights and messy environment. Although the price of the treks are pretty low, the season can make the trekking experience troublesome with sticky weather and leeches. Apart from trekking, bungee jumping, zip- lining, are good to go where as rafting can be limited due to overflow of the rivers due to rainwater. Also, jungle safari and heritage can be done for lush green vegetation whereas temples and historic sights get the benefit of wash during this time of year so they can look very clean. It’s highly recommended that you bring closed shoes and a light rain jacket though.
It’s time you decide what your poison is? Why are you visiting Nepal?
Best time to Visit Nepal for Trekking
Nepal welcomes the most tourists for Trekking. If you are looking the for the best time to visit Nepal for Trekking, you always and always choose Autumn (September to November) or early Springs
|Autumn (Sep – Nov)||Amazing Climate and Clear Visibility.
Passes are clear.
|Extremely high number of tourists leading to high hotel prices.|
|Spring (Feb – Apr)||After Monsoon, and thus Clear Weather.
More Flora and Fauna.
|Hazy and More heat during the start of April.|
|Winter (Dec – Jan)||Few tourists and cheap prices.
|Very cold and some trek passes are closed due to snow.
Hotels and Lodges are closed.
|Summer and Monsoons (June – Aug)||Lower Trekking Prices||– Problems with flights due to weather.
– Leeches during the trekking.
– Constant rainfall, sticky climate and too hot can make your trekking experience unpleasant.
Note: You need a Trekking Permit for Trekking in Nepal? See the steps and fees for getting a Trekking Permit in Nepal.
Trekking Gears you might Need
Best time to Visit Nepal for Adventure
Nepal is filled with adventures and I bet you cannot do everything at one visit to Nepal. Here is list of a few adventure activities and the best time to visit Neal if you are into them.
|Summer (May-Aug)||Limited Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Canyon Swing, Zip-Lining||Paragliding and Microflights are often cancelled due to frequent rainfall.|
|Autumn (Sept-Nov)||Rafting, Paragliding, Bungee Jumping, Zip-lining, Skydiving||Pokhara Skydiving is possible only in November with fixed schedule.|
|Winter (Dec-Jan)||Paragliding, Micro Flights, Pokhara Bungee Jumping, Zip-lining||The last resort Bungy Jumping is possible but the snow blocks are likely to close the road to Bhote Koshi.
Rafting is possible but depends upon the size of group and water levels.
|Spring (Feb-Apr)||Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Zip-Lining, Jungle Safari||Best season for rafting and Jungle Safari.
Paragliding and Microflights are possible but can be cancelled due to rain or haze.
Visiting for the Heritages? The best time for Sightseeing in Nepal
If you are one of the religious one or just one of those who wants to know more about the Nepal culture, be ready to fall in love with Nepal.
Summer/Monsoon months (May – Aug) – The Summer in Nepal is hot, especially when it comes to the lower belt of Nepal (the Terai), and the monsoon rain falls almost everyday. This makes this season the most unlikely season to visit Nepal. The rain is bearable but the risk of closed roads due to landslides are quite common. If you plan to visit heritages site in Kathmandu, it is open all year long and is not a problem. But if you plan to visit heritages in the Terai (Janakpurdham, Lumbini, etc), it gets extremely hot in the summer. Do pack a pair of closed shoes, a light rain jacket and/or an umbrella with you.
Autumn Months (Sept-Nov) – There is absolutely no problem to visit Nepal during this time, and you can possibly do everything you like, but like mentioned, it is the time when Nepal is packed with a lot of tourists from all around the world. This can make the prices go up.
Winter (Dec-Jan) – First of all, I want you to congratulate Nepal on being load-shedding free. The long 4-8 hours wait for electricity is no more. The weather is amazing (Himalayas can get colder), but most of the
Tip: Almost always carry a camera while you are travelling in Nepal. You might never know the ability of Nepal to make you collect memories.
So about sums of what you can do in Nepal. Also, if you are visiting Nepal for the first time you can look at this complete guide to the process of Nepal Visa.