February 28th, 2020
Nepal has so much to offer that it will take ages to explore each aspect of the country as a visitor. You can find everything in Nepal, name it and its there - ranging from stunning scenery, snow dusted mountains, fascinating wildlife to rich cultural heritage and lip smacking Nepalese food. The country offers the best to you all round the year.
The best time to visit Nepal is directly proportional to the list of activities on your bucket list. Yoga training in Nepal is a completely different experience altogether which you will not be able to find anywhere else. The temperature of Nepal is broadly temperate and has four main seasons. You will read at many places that the best times to visit Nepal is in spring and autumn, as the weather is stable and you can see clear skies. However, the best times do not stop here and there is much more to this. There is a rise in the number of travelers visiting Nepal in winter and summer.
These are the main seasons of Nepal:
Winter: Though not recommended but if you are a winter person you can visit Nepal during the winters. However, be prepared for the bone-chilling temperatures. You will be able to trek in the foothills of the lower Himalayas which are best for this season.
Spring: This best time to visit Nepal as there is little rise in temperature and the weather is more stable. It is a busy time in Nepal as the trekking season is in full flourish and you will find crowded trails with a bit hazy sky at times. You can attend festivals in spring, like Holi in March and Nepalese New Year in April.
Summer: It is the season of monsoon with hot and humid weather, followed by cloudy skies and rain in the trekking areas.
Autumn/Fall: This is a very popular season for trekking and you will experience stable weather with moderate temperature and clear skies. You will experience a heavy crowd in this season. You can attend big festivals like Dashain in October and Tihar in November.
If you have Nepal in your bucket list, consider the following times before applying for leaves at your workplace:
Nepal in Winter
You will experience a cold winter in Nepal, with a warm touch of brilliant sunshine and blue skies. Consider winter to trek in Nepal if you are an experienced trekker. You will also be able to capture Nepal in its perfect natural beauty in winter.
December – February
Winter is the best time to visit Chitwan National Park in Nepal, for long walks in the jungles and safari expeditions. You will be able to spot Bengal tigers, rhinos, elephants, 500 and more bird species in the park. The chances of spotting wildlife increase significantly during the months of January and February. You can also consider Bardia National Park, which is in the northwest of Nepalgunj, as an alternative where you can see tigers.
It is a good time for trekking but it will be bitterly cold. You will need proper gear and equipment. You can also experience heavy snowfall if you trek to higher altitudes. Take up winter for trekking in Nepal only if you are an experienced trekker.
Nepal in Spring
Spring is a popular season to visit Nepal. It becomes easier to hike along the trails, making it a busy time in the high-altitude destinations in Nepal, but it is not as busy as autumn. If you do not want to hike, then no problem, there are other things to explore in Nepal.
March – May
April is a famous time for people travelling to Everest base camp and the Annapurna circuit. Ghorepani and Poon Hill and Mardi Himal are short treks which you can look forward to in these months.
Apart from this, you can visit the less explored destinations, like the tea plantations in Ilam which is in eastern Nepal. Panch Pokhari is a remote wetland area of high-altitude of five glacial lakes. You can also take this time to experience a yoga retreat in Nepal.
Nepal in Summer
You will experience monsoon rains in summer in Nepal. The climate remains hot and humid, so you will get relief with the showers. You can experience clear mornings and green forests, rice terraces and bright wildflowers in the countryside.
What’s more, summer is a pleasant time to go to Nepal if you want to avoid big crowds and peak season prices.
June - August
Discover the historical heritage of Kathmandu in the early summers. If you love landscapes or have a knack for wildlife photography, you should visit Nepal in early June to explore the stunning landscapes at Shey Phoksundo National Park which is the biggest national park in Nepal. If you are lucky you can spot endangered species like Himalayan black bears, blue sheep and snow leopards here.
If you want to visit Nepal for a wonderful trekking experience, you should avoid the monsoon as rains will make the trekking paths slippery, muddy and difficult to walk on.
Nepal in Autumn/fall
Autumn is considered one of the best seasons to visit Nepal. It is dry in October with clear skies and this season is opted by climbers and hikers for a smooth trekking experience.
The temperature at high altitudes in the daytime is cool for walking, but hotter in the lower side. The night is colder high up but not severely cold. You can grab the opportunity to witness some of the biggest festivals in Nepal, like Dashain and Tihar.
September – November
The temperature from September to early October can be unpredictable. You can experience mild temperatures with clear skies if the rains are over. Trekking trails are not crowded and can be enjoyed by hikers. If the rains are not over, the weather can be hot and humid and you may also experience heavy rains or snow. The best time for mountaineering in Nepal is mid-October to mid-November.
If you are a wanderlust, Nepal is definitely a must visit place that should be on your bucket list. Keep the season in mind before traveling and enjoy your days in the lap of the Himalayas. Bon Voyage!!!
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