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Weather is the number one factor that determines your travel plans in any region of the world. Nepal is perfect to visit in any season. You can find good places to trek anywhere in the hilly areas at any time of the year. Although Nepal has an average width of only 200 meters, it contains a good topographical diversity and varied elevations due to which there is a great variation in climate. As a result, one can experience a variety of vegetation and climate even in a day’s walk. Weather conditions in Nepal depend on the weather and altitude. Weather in Nepal is generally predictable and pleasant.

(A) Spring: March-May

The spring season starts from March and ends in May. Days are warm with misty mornings and temperatures drop between 20*C – 30*C (68*F to 86*F). It is best to trek during this season as the rhododendron flowers become colorful at higher altitudes and the snow melts at higher altitudes.

(B) Summer: June-August

Summer starts from June and lasts till August. Nepal receives rain due to the monsoon and the summer, pre-monsoon and monsoon months have occasional evening-thunderstorms and hot temperatures. During monsoon it rains almost every day and visibility is low. However, since the early summer days are warm and humid, there is a good opportunity to visit the Everest region, but as the late summer rains, areas like Dolpo, Manang and Mustang are under the rain shadow, so it is better to trek.

(C) Autumn: September-November

Autumn is the busiest tourist season in Nepal. Many trekkers and mountaineers consider autumn to be the best time to visit Nepal. In weather, days are clear with clear weather, visibility is good, rainfall is minimal, people are in a festive mood, mild temperatures range from 20*C to 30*C (68*F to 86*F). This is the season when the main festivals of Nepali people, especially the Dashain, Tihar and Chhath festivals of the Hindus are celebrated.

(D) Winter: December-February.

Winter days are mostly clear, with cool mornings and evenings and very sunny afternoons. Snow falls occasionally at higher altitudes. The season is suitable for trekking only at lower altitudes. The temperature in the Himalayan region is below the freezing point and in the valleys like Kathmandu it fluctuates between 0*C to 20*C.

Climate of The Main Three Cities:

Average temperatures and rainfall during peak summer and winter in three most popular tourist areas:

  Place   Summer (May, June, July)   Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb)
  Max (°C)   Min (°C)   Rain (mm)   Max (°C)   Min (°C)   Rain (mm)
  Kathmandu   28.1   19.5   312   19.3   3.0   15.4
  Pokhara   29.7   21.3   829.7   20.3   7.7   26.3
  Chitwan   33.0   25.3   404.0   24.1   8.3   13.8

For more information about Nepal’s climatic condition, please visit the official website of the Department of Hydrology & Meteorology, Ministry of Environment.

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