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Best Time to Visit Nepal

 April 29, 2022      By Sabbatical Explore Nepal
Best Time to Visit Nepal

Nepal is a country that hosts travelers all year round. People across the globe arrive in this beautiful and historical country millions every year. There is so much to see and experience in Nepal, from its long-living cultural heritage to its mighty peaks. And there is no match for Nepal’s natural beauty. No one can deny that it is the ultimate place to be for trekking and mountaineering. 

You can also do hiking, jungle safari, rafting, cycling, and other adventure activities. Social activities such as social tours, cultural visits, sabbatical breaks, and volunteering are also possible. So there is so much to do in Nepal. And that is why so many people get curious about visiting Nepal. 

As a result, we get so many questions, but one frequently asked question is, “ What is the best time to visit Nepal? So we can't help by replying to our valued customers.  However, It is impossible to answer them personally. So that is where the idea of writing this  “a blog on the best time to visit Nepal” came up. 

This blog is mainly about answering all weather-related queries about Nepal. You will find what you are seeking. Read it until the end. 

Weather in Nepal

Nepal is a country in south Asia, between India and China. The country’s geography is divided into three sections: Upper Himalaya(4,000m to 8,848m), Lower Himalaya(300m to 4,000m), and Tarai(67m to 300m). This geographical variation has led to weather differences in the sections in the same season. For example, the average temperature slowly decreases as we travel from Tarai to Lower Himalayas and Upper Himalayas. 

Talking about climate, Nepal experiences four seasons in a year- Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter. The winter(Dec-Feb) is the coldest of all the seasons, and the Summer(May-Aug) is the hottest of all. Likewise, Autumn(Sep-Nov) and Spring(Feb-April) are the two mild seasons that are neither too cold nor too hot. For the favorable weather conditions, Autumn and Spring are called the best times to visit Nepal. 

As said earlier, the weather alters instantly from the lower Terai region to the northern Upper Himalayas. In the short distance, you’ll feel changes in temperature and weather while in Nepal. The Terai region, which is the lower region of the country, is the hottest part as well.

During Summer, the temperature in Tarai can go up to 45 degrees. Whereas, in the same season, the temperature in the middle hills is around 25 to 27 degrees. This is how the weather works in Nepal. We will now talk about each of the seasons below.          

Four Seasons in Nepal

Spring in Nepal | March, April, and May

Spring is one of the best times to visit Nepal. The trekking and mountaineering trails are busy during this season. Travelers around the globe can be found in Nepal during this season doing various tour activities. 

The main reason for that is the stable weather in Nepal in Spring. The temperature is just fine to go to the mountains, the skies are clear, and there are low chances of rainfall. Everything is just fine for a traveler in Nepal during this season. The season is also popular for the Rhododendron flowers. During this season, you’ll see a variety of colorful rhododendrons across the hills of Nepal. 

However, there are slight chances of rainfall and clouds obstructing views. They do not last too long. We get good panoramas right after such occasional disturbance. Other than that, Spring is an ideal time for any kind of outing in Nepal. As it is everyone’s favorite, you will have chances to meet people across the world. 

What to do in Spring in Nepal?

Trekking and Mountain Climbing are the two finest things you can do in Spring in Nepal. You get the best conditions to travel in the Himalayas. There are low chances of alteration in weather. The temperature is also stable. Plus, you’ll see the colorful hills. Alongside, you can do any sort of activity in Nepal in Spring. The whole country experiences the best weather. 

So you can opt for popular treks such as Everest Base Camp Trek, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, etc. If you can't trek, you can do various Nepal tour options such as Nepal Panorama Luxury Tour, Kathmandu Pokhara Lumbini Tour, etc. Or you can simply join a jungle safari like Chitwan Jungle Safari. You have many options to choose from in Spring in Nepal.

Summer in Nepal | June, July, and August 

Summer or Monsoon is a hot and wet season. The country undergoes a rainy time in this season. During its three months, the chances of rainfall are pretty high. It is the time when the trekking trails are mostly empty. The mountains remain under the cover of clouds. Slippery trails, landslides, bad weather, and prolonged rainfall are the sad sides of Summer. That is why most of the trekking trails are void of people. 

Having that said, the views during Summer are ethereal. The rain washes all the dust and makes the picture clear and radiant. So you cannot cross Summer to visit Nepal. You can plan some easy, short, and safe tour options during Summer in Nepal. 

What to do in Summer in Nepal?

You can do treks in the Rain-shadowed regions of Nepal, where the Monsoon never happens. Upper Mustang Trek of the Annapurna Region is the best trek option for this season. Likewise, you can do easy and short treks like Poon Hill Trek. Or you can do cultural visits to the local villages. Other good choices would be the Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour, Meet the Monks and Shamans Tour, Kathmandu, Pokhara & Chitwan Tour. 

See, you can make some good trips to Nepal during Summer. 

Autumn in Nepal | September, October, and November

Autumn is the best time to visit Nepal; you’ve undoubtedly heard it before. Like Spring, this season is a busy time for tourism activities in Nepal. You’ll find travelers around the streets of Kathmandu, on the trekking trails, and in many other places. The people like this season as it provides the most stable conditions for excursions around Nepal.

It is an ideal time in the mountains, terai, and Nepal's hills. You’ll have no regrets at any place you choose, just fun during Autumn. Warm temperature, clear mountain views, blue skies, and pleasant breeze make Autumn special. Also, the season is the time to celebrate the grand festivals of Nepalese, Dashain, and Tihar. Travelers get to be part of this good time during travel. 

Everything about Autumn is excellent. However, the only thing is that it can be crowded, mainly on the popular trekking trails. Except that Autumn is the right window to enter Nepal.    

What to do in Autumn in Nepal?

You have understood that Autumn is the best time of year to visit Nepal. You can do various things in this best period, from trekking in the hills to riding an elephant in Tarai. Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, and Everest Base Camp Trek are good choices for trekkers. You can do Kanchenjunga Trek, Dhaulagiri Circuit Trek, and Makalu Base Camp Trek if you are a peace lover. 

Similarly, you can visit Bardia National Park for a jungle safari tour. Or you can do a multinational tour in Nepal, such as Nepal Vietnam Tour, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet Tour.    

Winter in Nepal | December, January, and February

Winter in Nepal is a cold and snowy time everywhere. The higher areas of the region get maximum snowfall and freezing temperatures. You have to wear suitable and warm clothing to move in Winter in Nepal. Although it is cold, the country experiences dry weather. The chances of rain are almost null. Instead, the mountains and hills turn whitish with snow. View-wise, it is a great time to be in Nepal. You can enjoy unobstructed, crystal-clear views of Nepal.  

Nevertheless, you have to deal with the extreme weather. There can be freezing days and heavy snowfall in the upper parts. The lower tarai parts also are colder than usual. So Winter in Nepal is crisp and chilly, but the pictures are unreal.        

What to do in Winter in Nepal?

Going to the higher parts can be a bit challenging during this season. If you can handle the extreme conditions, you can choose to trek and climb. However, we do not highly recommend that. It is up to you. 

Instead, we suggest you do lower region treks and tours. Options like Khopra Ridge Trek, Everest Panorama Trek, Tamang Heritage Trek, Helambu Village Trek, and Mardi Himal Trek are good. Or you can just get lost in the cities of Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Lumbini via Nepal tours. The jungle safari tour is also a good one to do in  Winter in Nepal. 

At Last

So we can repeat that Autumn and Spring are the best times to visit Nepal. If you are a trekking lover, Autumn is the best time for trekking in Nepal. Likewise, if you love exploring jungles, you can do that all year round in Nepal. For the lower region treks and tours, any time of the year is okay to choose. However, you have to be careful when selecting the right time for higher-region outings. And for that, the Autumn and Spring months are the best months to visit Nepal.   

We hope this blog on Best Time to Visit Nepal has helped you somehow. If you have to need more information on this or any kind of query related to travel in Nepal, Sabbatical Explore Nepal is always there to answer them. We are looking forward to talking to you.  


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