Best Time To Visit Nepal

Best Time To Visit Nepal

The best time to visit Nepal is in September – November (autumn) and March – May (spring). Kathmandu, being the gateway city to Lhasa, Tibet and Paro, Bhutan remains busy throughout the year. Nepal can be visited just about any time in the year though autumn and spring are better seasons to visit.

To offer you the best information about Nepal, we have outlined the four main seasons the country gets. Each adds a different value to Nepal as a destination and allows unusual perspectives to the experience of travel.

Nepal Weather

  • Spring

    Nepal Visit - March - May (Spring)

    Spring offers temperate days and provides clear views of the Himalayas and also provides extended daylight hours. Temperature remains between 70° and 80° during the day time and drops a few degrees in the night time.

    • Trek across the Himalayas or soak up the warm weather and take advantage of exciting Jungle Safari in the Chitwan National Park or Bardia National Park.
    • Cling to rubber rafts as you cascade along the rushing river for a picnic lunch and an afternoon treat.
    • Try your hand at para-sailing high above Lake Fewa in Pokhara.
    • Wander the environs of ancient temples and marvel at the beauty and grandeur of centuries old monasteries around the country!
    • You can traverse the remarkable trekking trails of the Himalayas such as Annapurna, Everest, Manaslu, Langtang and achieve the awe inspiring sight of the massive peaks that catch the last rays of the sun, before darkness.

    Festival & Events

    March – Celebrate the colorful Holi Festival that marks the beginning of Spring. (Holi is a festival of colors that marks the rejoicing of goodness and the colors of life. Colors are smeared on each other and everyone has a merry time throughout the day.)

    Mid – April – Celebrate Nepali New Year (Nepalese people follow the Bikram Samvat calendar and the month of Baishak (mid April) marks the beginning of the year.)

    May - Buddha Jayanti - Buddha Jayanti is a special day for both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal. On this day people celebrate the life of Lord Buddha; his Birth, Enlightenment and Mahaparinirvana (Death).

    Mid April – Bisket Jatra Chariot Festival, Bhaktapur. (Bisket Jatra is a grand religious ceremony of the Newar people of Kathmandu)

    May – July – RatoMachhendranath Jatra Festival, PatanLalitpur – This is a Chariot processing ceremony which is in reverence to the Rain deity.

  • Autumn

    Nepal Visit - September - November (autumn)

    Leaving behind monsoon, Autumn brings pleasant temperature with clear skies, fresh air and stunning views at its finest. Now is the very best time to enjoy the lush green countryside and participate in colorful festivals. The temperature drops down to about 10 degrees during the night but the day time remains warm, bright and clear. This is the best time to be Trekking in Nepal as excellent weather and alluring mountain views are possible at this time. Advance booking is recommended as airlines and hotels fill up quickly. The season rewards you with colorful festivals and an experience of meeting multi-religious and multi-cultural people living together in harmony.

    • Best season for Everest Trekking, Annapurna Trekking, Manaslu Trekking, Langtang Trekking and short hikes.
    • Experience myriad of modern day activities from golf to white water rafting.
    • Soar with the birds from the stunning Sarangkot Hill in Pokhara and enjoy the breathtaking Annapurna mountains.
    • Pass through ancient villages and gaze at intricate temples and monasteries.
    • Immerse yourself in the jungle world of Chitwan National Park or Bardia National Park where one horned rhinos and elephants capture your imagination. Observe the wonders of this beautiful preserve that is a haven for endangered and diminishing creatures of the earth!
    • Move through the streets of Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square or Basantapur Durbar Square, ancient towns with a rich history.

    Festivals & Events

    Make your visit to Nepal to participate in colorful thrilling festivals.

    Early September: Indra Jatra Chariot Festival, Basantapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu. Indra Jatra honors Indra, the God of heaven, rain, and thunder. This eight-day festival includes carnivals, processions, and a display of ceremonial masks and idols.

    Late September or early October: Dashain is a 15-day worship of the goddess Durga and is considered a very auspicious time. This is the longest and most important Hindu festival in Nepal.

    Late October or early November: Tihar or Deepawal is the second most important festival in Nepal after Dashain. Tihar is a five-day celebration that honors Crows, Dogs, Cows, and Laxmi—the Hindu goddess of fortune. Tihar represents the victory of good over evil and is also known as the festival of lights.

    November – Mani Rimdu Festival, Tengboche. This is an elaborate festival celebrated at Tengboche monastery in the Khumbu region with Mandala display and sacred masked dances among other ceremonial rituals.

  • Winter

    Nepal Visit - December - February (winter)

    Daylight hours are short during these months however there is a pleasant sunshine during most of the day. Mountains are covered with clouds and views may not be clear. The higher altitudes get a lot of snow so trekking across mountain passes will be difficult and are mostly closed. This is however, a good time to visit Kathmandu, Pokhara and other warm areas of Nepal.

    • Great time to experience jungle world of Nepal such as Chitwan National Park and Bardia National Park
    • Visit to the Far West regions like Humla, Rara Lake, Jumla, Mustang Trek and Dolpo Trekking is recommended.

    Festivals & Events

    February - Shivaratri Festival: Celebrated all over Nepal particularly at Pashupatinath Temple, thousands of sadhus flock here from all over Nepal and India. The crowd bathing in the Bagmati’s holy waters at this time is a colorful and exhilarating sight.

    Mid –February – Losar. Losar is the New Year according to the Lunar Calendar which is observed by the Buddhist community. People gather up at monasteries for rituals and prayers.

  • Monsoon

    Nepal Visit June – August (Monsoon)

    June indicates the beginning of monsoon season. The monsoon heavily impacts trekking in Nepal. Expect a lot of rain during nights resulting in beautiful morning mountain views, high humidity, wet and hot temperature. Take the advantage of less tourists and best price. This is a great time for city visit and the weather might not affect traveling in the cities and also some remote places of Nepal.

    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Patan and Pokhara is possible
    • You can trek the remote mountainous regions like Upper Mustang and Inner Dolpo.
    • Visiting Mustang is the best option from June to August. Mustang lies in the shadow of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri

    Festivals & Events

    May – June – Tiji/Tenji Festival. Celebrated in Upper Mustang, Tiji festival for the order of peace and harmony in the world. Monks perform sacred dances along with the chanting from sacred Buddhist scriptures. This festival is more than 1200 years old and the tradition continues with equal fervor to this day.

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