Weather in JuneJune is the onset of monsoon season in Nepal. The Country experiences variation in weather across mid-hills, the Terai region, and the Himalayas. The lowland areas and Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, have warm weather with high humidity. Daytime temperatures range from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius, best for exploring cultural attractions such as temples and the vibrant city.
Mountain trails like the Everest region and Annapurna experience heavy rainfall, and trekking is not ideal as the routes are slippery.
Hill stations like Pokhara and Bandipur have mild weather with occasional rainfall. The temperatures range from 20 to 30 degrees Celsius, making it ideal to explore the lake city.
In the Terai region, places like Lumbini experience heavy rainfall compared to the central region. The weather has high humidity, with temperatures ranging from 25 to 35 degrees Celsius. The rainfall adds to the lush greenery of a beautiful place.
Things to Do In Nepal
1. Visit the Heritage SitesNepal is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites (cultural and natural sites), which include the Kathmandu Valley, Lumbini, Sagarmatha National Park, and Chitwan National Park. The Kathmandu Valley itself is home to seven different monuments of cultural importance.
2. Go on TreksThere are a number of trekking options if you are visiting Nepal in June. Annapurna Circuit and Everest Base Camp Trek could cater to the more adventurous lot, while Langtang Valley and Upper Mustang are the easier treks. Be prepared for pre-monsoon showers, haze, and humidity that you might encounter en route.
3. Explore Local CuisineDal Bhat, Sel Roti, Chatamari, Momos, and Dhido are delectable dishes you must try in Nepal. The traditional Newari thali served by the Newari community during feasts is worth dying for! Try finding accommodation in homestays to get a more authentic feel of the local cuisine.
4. Attend Rato Machendranath JatraAlthough no major festivals are lined up in June, Rato Machendranath Jatra’s closing ceremony is a must-attend if you are in Patan city or nearby areas. The festival honors Lord Machendranath, the Newar god of rain, before the monsoon season begins. A huge chariot is built for the deity during this period, and a procession is taken out during this festive period, which begins several weeks earlier and ends in June.
5. Witness the Scenic Lakes
Gosaikunda Lake, Phewa Lake, Rara Lake, et al are a few of the many scenic lakes that you can visit in Nepal. The breathtaking views and serenity that these places have to offer are unmatched. Reaching most of these lakes could be quite a difficult task, so ensure you have enough days in your itinerary earmarked for visiting them.
6. See the Majestic Temples
Apart from the famous Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, there are many other religious abodes such as Janakpur Temple, Manakamana Temple, Changunarayan Temple, etc.
7. Take the Jungle Safari in Chitwan National ParkAlthough the national park is humid throughout the year, rain in June provides a sigh of relief. Besides the popular jungle safari in the area, you can also visit temples like Devghat Dham and Sadhwat Dham.
Things To Carry1. Carry your rain gear a sturdy pair of shoes, and pack light to avoid inconvenience during the monsoons.
2. It is advisable to carry some Nepalese Rupees, although Indian currency of denominations less than or equal to INR 100 is accepted in across Nepal.
3. The important documents you may need are a passport, voter ID card, and Government. Employee ID Card (persons aged below 15 and above 65 can also use their Aadhar Card), Emergency Certificate, and Identity Certificate issued by the Embassy of India in Kathmandu, Nepal.
4. International roaming charges are expensive in Nepal. Opt for a sim card (bundled with data) provided by a local telecom operator such as Ncell, Nepal Telecom, or Smart Telecom.
Traveling to Nepal in June could be tricky since many trekking routes may get shut down and heavy rainfall might hamper your visit. So plan well in advance and keep in touch with a tour guide or hotel to get updates on the weather situation. That said, you can expect lush greenery, breathtaking views, and some delicious food!