Nepal can be considered an all year around destination as the country has a wide range of climatic diversity. The sweltering heat of Terai Plains in the summer, freezing cold of the Himalayas in winters and the pleasant temperate weather of hills and valleys in autumns, Nepal offers you a variety of climates in its tiny territory. Depending on what are the plans for your trip, what you wish to do and where you choose to go, you can decide the best season for you to travel to Nepal. The best season to visit Nepal is subjective and depends on your choice of activities in Nepal.
There are four seasons in Nepal: Spring (March-May), Summer (June-August: dominated by the monsoon), Autumn (Late September-November), and Winter (December-February). You can chose your best time to visit Nepal by comparing various pros and cons offered by different seasons against your itinerary .
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Spring (March- May):
The season when the birds sing and the flowers blossom; Spring is indeed the most beautiful season when the nature opens its wings and dances. The hills of Nepal will be covered multiple shades of blossomed rhododendron. The wild birds and animals come out to relish the blissful spring. The tall grasses are cut down in the period and is great to view wildlife in Terai. This is considered to be the second best season for trekking in Nepal. The increasing temperature and the beautiful nature make the trekking in the hills a joyful experience. The downside of the spring is that sometimes cloud can obscure the mountain views from lower elevations.
Summer / Monsoon (June-August):
The monsoon is much awaited season for the country with the majority of the population involved in agriculture. The season is best for planting rice, and Dahi Chhure; the farmer’s festival falls in the period. It is a great scene in the Nepalese farms as the farmers sing, play and work together as they plant paddy seedlings. This may be a great season if you are planning to enjoy the rainy days in the Nepalese farms. Travelling in the country may be hampered due to cloudy skies and landslides, which is common during the period. The slippery path, leeches and clouds that obscure mountain views make monsoon one of the worst season to trek in most of regions in Nepal. However, the region like the Mustang and Simikot are still good for trekking during this time as the region falls in Rain shadow region and do not receive the monsoon.
Winter (December, January, February)
The Nepali Winter sees predominately high pressure bringing clear skies and dry weather. The nights can be freezing cold as the temperature quickly falls after the sunset. Snow fall is common in the Himalayan and upper hilly region of the country. This is the best time to enjoy the much-talked about the solitude of the Himalayan trails, and revel in the natural beauty for miles and miles with not many souls around to disturb your reverie. But, many of the High passes like Thorung La and Laurabina remain closed during the peak winter season. Terai may be a great destination to visit to avoid the extreme winters of the Himalayas. The Chitwan and Bardia National parks in Terai host variety of migration birds at this time making it the best time for bird watching.
Autumn ( October, November )
This season is considered to be the best season to travel to Nepal. Most of the travelers to Nepal do not want to miss the much admired trekking and mountain views, and autumn is the time for these. The Post Monsoon season brings a return to stable high pressure, giving clear skies, sunshine, warm days and cool nights. The clear skies are great for viewing the beauty of the magnificent mountains. Thousands of people, prioritizing mountain visibility, hit the trails in the famous Everest and Annapurna regions and the hotel price peaks during the period. You can take wonderful photographs of the mountains during this season due to clear sky and great visibility. Autumn is also a great time to visit Terai as the temperature is still cooler. This is also a festive season in the country with some of the major festivals in Nepal like Dashain, Tihar and Chhath falling in this period.
Each of Nepal’s climatic seasons offers something different. It is up to you to decide which one is the best for you depending on your objective of the visit. When do you plan to visit the beautiful country of Nepal? Share your experiences of visiting Nepal in the comments below. We love to hear from you.