Best time to visit Nepal: When to travel to Nepal?

  • Last Updated on Dec 4, 2022

Geographically, Nepal diverges between the Terai region, the mid-hills, and the Himalayan or high mountains. While Mount Everest, at 8848.86 meters, is the highest point in the nation, Kechana Kalan, a small town in the Terai lowlands, is the lowest point at 59 meters. With this diverse geographic, natural, and ethnic diversity, Nepal has the potential of running tourism activities all over the year. 

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Although the best time to visit Nepal is considered from March to May (Spring Season) and from September to November (Autumn Season), it is possible to visit there at any period of the year. All you require to know is where to go during your visit to Nepal. Nepal is not just mountains, as is widely believed.

It is recommended to organize your trip to Nepal around the time of year when the activities you are interested in participating in are at their best.

Trekking Seasons in NepalMin/Max TemperatureWeather
March - May8 to 28°CWarm
June - August19 to 27°CSunny and hot days
September - November18 to 22°CSlightly cooler
December - February-25 to 20°CCold Winds

Spring Season (March-May)

The best time to travel to Nepal is in the Spring season. The temperature is better to travel to the upper hills due to the warm weather. The blossoming flowers and budding vegetation make the walking trails stunning and captivating. You can participate in the festivals, including Holi, Maha Shivratri, Chaite Dashain, Ram Navami, Buddha Jayanti, Machhendranath Rath Jatra, and Bisket Jatra, which are celebrated inside or outside of the valley. In Nepal's main trekking regions, the season is among the top ones.

Where To Visit During Spring season? 

This is one of the most suitable seasons for trekking holidays. You can make plans for the hills and the high Himalayas. You can head towards Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill trek, Manaslu Trek, and many other trekking regions. To experience less crowded and more exploring hikes, you can explore off-the-beaten-path trekking regions like Kanchenjunga and Langtang.

Spring Season is the ideal season for Helicopter Tours as well as adventures like Paragliding, Bungee Jumping, mountain biking, etc. 

The hills surrounding Pokhara and Kathmandu are perfect for day treks and family outings. Short-day hikes like Nagarjuna, Champadevi, Shivapuri, and Chisapani-Nagarkot overnight hikes around the Kathmandu valley take you through a rural landscape dotted with lush greenery and small traditional villages but are less physically challenging than high-altitude treks.

Tips for visiting Nepal in the Spring season

If you're planning to travel at the start of spring, bring a lightweight jacket. If you want to travel later in the season, pack some summer clothing, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

Autumn Season ( September-November) 

Autumn is another the best time to visit Nepal. Trekking to the Himalayas and hiking in the nearby hills of Kathmandu is the preferable choices during the visit to Nepal during Autumn Season. You can explore each aspect of tourism programs available in Nepal during Autumn as the weather is slightly cool with clear skies and magnificent panoramic views of the mountains all along the route and more. We get the most traffic in the autumn season.

For Nepalese people, this is a season of celebration. The biggest festivals of Nepalese, Dashain, and Tihar, and other festivals like Indra Jatra and Chhath fall during the season. You can get the opportunity to celebrate the festivals with the locals during your visit to Nepal. 

Where to Visit During Autumn Season?

Autumn is the best time for Everest Panorama TrekAnnapurna Base Camp TrekAnnapurna Circuit TrekLangtang Valley trekManaslu Circuit with Tsum Valley trek,  and many other treks. Apart from those trekking trails, you can have the privilege of homage to Muktinath, Gosainkunda, Manakamana, Lumbini,  and many other religious places during the season. 

This season is perfect for everything available in Nepal. You can have the city visit Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bandipur, Chitwan, etc. Rural Nepal can be visited without worrying about congested roads, unfavorable weather, or other issues.

You can even visit National Parks and wildlife reserves during the Autumn season. Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park, Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve, and many more. The monsoon disappears in the autumn, the snow melts, and the mountains are left bare and covered in very little snow.

Tips for visiting Nepal in the Autumn season

Make sure that you reserve your tickets far in advance because this is the busiest time of year. Plan your schedule and activities in accordance with the weather. When packing, be sure to include sunglasses, sunscreen, and both warm and cool clothing.

Winter Season (December-February)

In Nepal Himalayan and hilly regions, winters can be severe. The temperature can fall as cold as -25 degrees Celsius. Higher altitudes get extreme cold and snowfall. People from higher elevations move to lower regions during this season to escape the cold and snowfall, and the tourism industry nearly stops for a few months.

However, the Terai and Lower Hills are suitable to visit, as they have better travel and exploration conditions throughout the winter. You will have an incredible opportunity to discover mystical lands.

Where To Visit During Winter Season?

Winter is an ideal time to travel through jungle areas and city tours. City tours are doable in any season, but you can enjoy the cultural sites of Nepal during the off-season. You can travel in winter to take full advantage of the low frequency and the crowd of tourists. You will have a hassle-free visit with as much information as during the season. 

There are shorter and low-altitude treks like Chisapani- Nagarkot trek, Langtang Valley, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, and Helambu Circuit Trek, which are doable and offer a variety of adventurous experiences when trekking in the winter.

The best season for the city and cultural visits is in winter. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan, Bhaktapur, Swayambhunath(Monkey Temple), Bouddhanath, and Pashupatinath(The greatest Hindu religious pilgrimage) are the three historic durbar squares that you can visit in Kathmandu. The historic Newari towns of Panauti, Bandipur, and Sanga are also accessible. You can combine multi-city trips with your vacation plans to see Lumbini, Chitwan, Pokhara, and Kathmandu.

Outside the valley, there are many village and city tours available to visit during the winter. Gorkha, Nuwakot, Barpak, etc., have the great potential of being off-beat tour sites. For an opportunity of seeing wildlife, you can also travel to the lowlands of Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park, and Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. Birds from the Himalayas and the Tibetan highlands migrate during the winter to warmer regions like Chitwan and Koshi Tappu. 

Tips for visiting Nepal in the Winter season

Since cold winds are common during winter, always have woolens on hand to keep warm.

Summer Season (June-August)

Monsoon rains are another facet of the summer season. Summer is not preferable to trekking to high altitudes. Early summer is hot and humid with brief thundershowers, but mid-summer is typically rainy with the monsoon in full force. Rainfall doesn't stop until the beginning of September. The three highest rainfall months are June, July, and August.

There is a lot of greenery throughout the summer, so even though it is not the best time of year to go hiking, it is still worthwhile to hike around the lush woods near Kathmandu Valley. Krishnaashtami, Gai Jatra, and Janai Purnima observe around this time. While major parts of Nepal benefit from the monsoon season's rain, the area close to the Tibetan plateau is still largely dry. Due to their location below the rain shadow, the regions of Mustang, Dolpo, and parts of Manaslu do not get summer rainfall.

Where to Visit During Summer Season?

In Nepal's tourist industry, this time of year is considered off-season, but you can still benefit from fewer tourists and more entertainment options. Summer discounts are available from Nepal Nirvana Trails in a variety of packages. Therefore, this would be an excellent time to visit Nepal. 

The trek to drier places like Mustang Trek, Dolpo, and Tsum Valley is the appropriate trekking region during the summer season. While the whole country has rainfall, some areas do not have monsoons and remain dry most of the summer. Trekking to these regions will be an incredible experience during the summer season. 

At this time of year, the scenery is worth witnessing. A summer trip to Nepal will reward you with breathtaking vistas of green paddy fields, attractive flowers, luscious hills shrouded in mist, and lush rivers. Go on a village tour and see around the old town. There are different villages to visit during this season. Sirubari Homestay, Sarangkot, Nagarkot Sunrise, etc., can be great village tours that offer mesmerizing views and agro activities during the season.

Tips for visiting Nepal in the Summer season

If you plan trekking in summer, watch out for leeches and mud too sticky to walk in. It is advisable to wear windbreakers, sunglasses, and insect repellant. At this time of year, substantial hotel discounts are usual, so be careful to pick a nice hotel with a convenient location.

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Benjila Dhital

Benjila Dhital

Benjila Dhital is a content creator for one of the most reputable trekking companies, Nepal Nirvana Trails, with a great passion for writing and learning about new spots, people, cultures, and languages. With a Bachelor's Degree from the reputed college NATHM in Bachelors of Tourism and Travel Management lately, I have been engaging in authoring web content and familiarizing new locations with the tourist out there.