For clear skies, dry weather and spectacular views over the Himalayas, the best time to visit Nepal is between October and December. These are the top months for trekking, with excellent mountain visibility and lush scenery following the monsoon rains.
By the end of December and through till February temperatures are still pleasant during the day, but can drop significantly at night, especially in mountainous areas. Though some of the coldest months in Nepal, the fewer visitor numbers means it can also be a rewarding time to visit with much quieter trekking trails. You can set off to explore Nepal’s wildlife in national parks such as Chitwan and Bardia, and return to your hotel in the evening where you will have fireplaces and blankets to keep you warm.
Springtime – March to May – is a wonderful time to be in Nepal, with a rise in temperature and a spectacular display of blooming rhododendrons across the mountains and hillsides. With longer days trekking is a great option, although you should still expect cold nights. Some cloud and rain showers are expected in the run up to the monsoon.
Nepal welcomes the summer monsoon in June, which lasts up until August and September. Temperatures during this period can reach up to 30°C, and humidity levels are also high. It rains nearly every day but often during the night, meaning sightseeing in the city is still possible. Due to the weather and low mountain visibility, we wouldn’t recommend trekking during the wet season.