The best time to visit Nepal depends on your plans — December is perfect for a road trip, spring and autumn are the best times for doing a trek
The best time to visit Nepal depends on your travel plans. Late September to May is the perfect time to visit if you’re planning a road trip, while spring and autumn are the best times for doing a trek.
Most of Nepal is very mountainous and belongs to the Himalayas. Nepal is home to eight of the ten highest mountains in the world, including Mount Everest — the highest mountain on earth. Because of many assume that Nepal is a cold country with lots of snow. However, most of the low temperatures and white peaks can only be found in extremely high altitudes. Nepal has a varieties of climates depending on altitude — be prepared for a polar climate above 4400 meters, but a variety of subtropical climates below 1200 meteres.
In Nepal, there are five seasons: summer, monsoon, autumn, winter and spring. During the winter months the Himalayas blocks the cold air, so it’s quite warm south of the Himalayas. In the Himalayas winter season at medium and high altitudes means cold and snowfall. At the height of over four kilometres, the combination of blowing snow and wind can cause for very dangerous snowstorms, especially on the northern side of the mountain.
In the mountains the summer period lasts from June to August, but above 4400 meters, temperatures are still around freezing point. In this period, the subtropical southern part of Nepal has a monsoon from the southwest, where a combination of high temperatures (25 to even 40 degrees celsius) are combined with quite a lot of rain and high humidity, resulting in very humid weather.
Best time to visit Nepal for a roadtrip
It is not advisable to travel around Nepal during the monsoon period (June, July, August and mid-September). There is too much rainfall, temperatures can be unpleasantly humid, and there are many leeches along the trails.
From late September to May is the perfect time for a Nepal tour. Ideal to visit the national parks in the south, Lumbini, Janakpur, the hills surrounding the Kathmandu valley, Ilam etc. It rains once in a while and the daytime temperature is pleasant. Snow only falls in the Himalayas, not in central and southern Nepal. The Christmas period is ideal for this type of trip to Nepal.
Best time to visit Nepal for trekking
As for the trekking season, there are two very suitable visiting periods: spring (March, April and May) and fall (October and November). In these periods the temperature in the mountains is enjoyable and there is a big chance you can enjoy the beautiful panoramic views over the mountains.
In the summer it’s the monsoon period. Still, there are some trekking regions that are in the “rain shadow of the Himalayas”: Dolpo and Mustang. In these areas it rarely rains in summer and then the summer is the best time to visit.
It’s not advisable to do a high altitude trek in the winter months (December, January and February). It is possible, but only for real adventurers who love the cold and snow. There are several hiking trails that lie at lower altitudes and are perfectly passable in winter, as well as the hills of the Kathmandu valley. Here temperatures reach as high as 20 degrees Celsius during the day, and at night drop to 5 degrees. This means a means you can enjoy the magnificent view of the Himalayas in your T-shirt, and only need a blanket and some warm clothes during the night.