What is the best time to visit Kathmandu?

The best time to visit Kathmandu is from Late September to December because of the views of pristine glaciers and local festivals. During these months, the place remains dry and suitable for exploration and trekking. The temperature in October in Nepal ranges from 26 degrees Celsius to 14 degrees Celsius. Another good time to visit Kathmandu is in March and April as the temperature steadily rises and spring steps in. During this season, rhododendrons bloom, spreading across the whole valley, giving it a beautiful, mesmerising look.

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Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 17°/ 5° 7 days
February 19°/ 7° 6 days
March 23°/ 9° 10 days
April 24°/ 12° 17 days
May 29°/ 17° 10 days
June 28°/ 19° 27 days
July 25°/ 19° 31 days
August 27°/ 19° 31 days
September 25°/ 18° 27 days
October 25°/ 14° 10 days
November 24°/ 11° 2 days
December 19°/ 6° 2 days

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Kathmandu in Peak Season / High Season

The high/peak season in Kathmandu is from Late September to December. During these months, the place remains dry and accessible. The skies are clear, and the views of the mountains are spellbinding! The temperature in this season ranges from 20 to 26 degrees Celsius in the day and 4 to 14 degrees Celsius in the night. Tourists highly cherish wildlife exploration during these months; you can witness elephants, monkeys, birds, rhinos and more! This season is ideally suited for trekking and city exploration! During October or December, Diwali is celebrated in Kathmandu, when the whole place is lit up with candles and lamps, giving a beautiful look to it!

Kathmandu in Shoulder Season

The shoulder season in Kathmandu consists of March, April and May. This is the pre-monsoon season, and the place usually remains on the drier side, although you can witness rainfall once in a while. These months are warm, with temperature ranging from 25 to 29 degrees Celsius during the day and 9 to 16 degrees Celsius at night. During these months, one can witness the beauty of blossomed rhododendron and indulge in Annapurna trek, which is one of Nepal's most famous treks. Usually, in March, Holi is celebrated in Kathmandu with a lot of vigour and zeal. This could be the perfect time for you to witness the place, all coloured up!

Kathmandu in Low Season

January to February, the winter months, and June to September, the monsoon months, are the months during which Kathmandu sees the lowest number of tourists. During the monsoon months, the temperature ranges from 29 to 20 degrees Celsius and in the winter months, it ranges from 20 to 3 degrees Celsius. Even the low season in Kathmandu has a lot to offer. The accommodation and flights can be found comparatively cheaper. During these low season months, you would be able to witness spellbinding views of the snow laden mountains, and you can even go for a trek if you don?t mind low temperatures. Additionally, in September, Indra Jatra festival is celebrated in Kathmandu. The festival lasts for eight days, and you can indulge yourself in it, in case you're looking for experiencing a religious facet of the place!

Kathmandu in Winter (December to February)

Winter in Kathmandu runs mainly from December to February. It gets pretty chilly, with temperature ranging from 15 to 2 degrees Celsius. It is an offseason in Kathmandu so that accommodation can be found easily and cheaply. The views of the snowy mountains are breathtaking, and the tourists can opt for activities like rafting and paragliding. The place also offers various trekking routes, Annapurna and Everest Base Camp being the most popular ones. If you visit the place in December, you can witness the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival that is screened throughout the place.

Kathmandu in Spring (March to May)

March to May are the months of Spring in Kathmandu. The temperature during the season averages at around 25 degrees Celsius. Occasional rainfalls can be experienced, and the place is all joyful and lively with blossomed rhododendrons spreading positivity all around! This season is the second-best to visit Kathmandu as the weather is pleasant and the views are clear, making it a great time to trek your way to those astonishing peaks! During these months, festivals like Holi and Bisket Jatra are celebrated, because of which the place is beautifully decorated and colourful.

Kathmandu in Summer (June to August)

June marks the beginning of summer season in Kathmandu, and August marks its end. The temperature averages around 28 degrees Celsius. The season of summer, in Kathmandu, is also called monsoon season, as it rains heavily, 20-37cm, during this time. The festival of Ropain is celebrated. This is a great time to witness rice plantation and blending in the culture of Nepal. Other events, like Janai Purnima and Gai Jatra, are also observed in Summer, in Kathmandu!

Kathmandu in Autumn (September to November)

Lasting from September to November, Autumn in Kathmandu is pleasant. The place is dry and the temperature averages at around 25 degrees Celsius during the day and 14 degrees Celsius at night. This season is the best to visit the place, as one can indulge in wildlife exploration at Chitwan National Park and witness birds, elephants and even rhinos! Annapurna Trek is best done in this period. During these suitable months for visiting Kathmandu, you can also witness various festivals like Dashain, Tihar and Diwali, celebrated with great energy and vigour!

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