Please read the following information which covers mostly asked questions of travelers before they travel to Nepal and basic things to follow while traveling in Nepal.
December – February is the winter season in Nepal. The winter temperature in Kathmandu may go below 1 degree Celsius and in some Himalayan regions of Nepal to minus 5 degree Celsius or lower. The weather is very cold. There might be occasional snowfalls at higher elevations while there is no snowfall in Kathmandu city. The mornings and nights are colder while the days are warm if it is sunny during the day.
There can be sometimes a brief winter rainfall in January lasting for a day or two. The sky looks clear and the mountains can be seen.
The winter can be very cold and generally Nepalese houses do not have a heating system while those who can afford may have a gasoline heater. The hotels may have an air condition. So you will need good warm clothes. There can be long power cuts known as ‘load shedding’ in Nepal during this time so always carry a good flashlight with you.
It might be challenging to trek in Nepal during this season because of snow and cold. If you are going to trek in Nepal during winter then a good sleeping bag and specially a down Jacket is a must. You need to get thermals, gloves, warm caps, sun glass and a good trekking shoe.
Take warm clothes, warm jacket, wind proof jacket and thermals etc. Other things you may bring is a torch, face mask for dust and pollution, ear plugs, a sleeping bag if you have a space in your luggage and hiking or trekking shoes if you are going for trek or hike in Nepal. You can bring a laptop for internet and a cell phone.
March – May is the spring season in Nepal. It is warm in the beginning while after March, it becomes hotter. There is greenery in the whole country and it is also the special time to see the National flower of Nepal, Rhododendron blooming colorful in the higher altitude.
The Holi festival also known as the festival of colors falls on the month of March which is celebrated throughout Nepal. So check the dates if you want to see this festival. In March, you might need light wind proof jacket and long sleeve cloth as morning and nights would be cold. The Nepalese New Year falls in Mid April. During March - April, the power cuts still exists so carry a good flashlight with you.
Spring is a good season to travel and trek in Nepal. March – April is considered the nice time to do trekking or hiking in Nepal. The weather is warm this time and starts to get hotter later.
In March, the mornings and evenings are cold so take long sleeve clothes. Take light clothes like t-shirts, shirts, shorts, jeans etc. Other things you may bring is a torch, face mask for dust and pollution, ear plugs, insect repellant and Hiking or trekking shoes if you are going for hike or trek in Nepal. You can bring a laptop for internet and a cell phone.
June – August is the summer season in Nepal. The summer temperature may reach to 30 degrees or more in Nepal depending on the geographical locations. The southern ‘Terai’ part of Nepal which is near India is hotter during the summer than other parts of Nepal. June – August is also the Monsoon season in Nepal. Sometime the monsoon may start early or late. The rainy season in Nepal may continue up to mid September. Generally the rainy season in Nepal gets over before the start of the great festival of the Hindus of Nepal called ‘Dashain’ which falls in late September or early October.
Generally in the monsoon, it rains every day and lasts for some hours. Sometimes it may rain most of the day. Generally it rains in the afternoon which clears up the dust and pollution. There can be thunderstorm or hail shower occasionally.
It is recommended to carry a rain jacket every time during the rainy season. Sometimes during the monsoon, the drainage system in the streets of Kathmandu gets blocked and the street gets flooded with water. It is advised to walk carefully during this time as there might be ditches on the ground covered by the rain water which might be difficult to see for pedestrians.
Travelers traveling to Nepal in rainy season also take an insect repellent with you and a mosquito net. You may buy a mosquito coil either electric or incense type in Nepal if you haven’t got a mosquito net. If you are traveling in Terai regions of Nepal then protection from mosquito is a must. During the monsoon, the main highways of Nepal might get blocked due to landslide or soil erosion. This might obstruct the traffic for hours.
Monsoon is not the best time to do trekking in Nepal. When it rains the trekking trails become muddy and difficult to walk. The monsoon clouds might block the view of the Himalayas so you might not see the mountains clearly. During the rainy season, you might get irritated by the leeches which are found in many numbers on the paths. Take some salt with you while trekking or hiking in Nepal during monsoon and if you find a leech on your skin then put some salt on it. It will fall off quickly.
Take light clothes like t-shirts, shirts, shorts, jeans, rain jacket etc. Other things you may bring is a torch, face mask for dust and pollution, ear plugs, insect repellant, a mosquito net or mosquito coil and Hiking or trekking shoes if you are going for hike or trek in Nepal. You can bring a laptop for internet and a cell phone.
September – November is the autumn season in Nepal. October – November is considered as the best season to trek in Nepal and it is also best time to see the two big Nepalese festivals, Dashain and Tihar or Deepawali.
If you travel to Nepal between these time (late September – early November) then you would get a chance to witness the two great big festivals of the Hindus of Nepal known as Dashain and Tihar or Deepawali which falls respectively. The festivals are culturally and traditionally significant. The mornings and evenings start to become cold from late October so take some long sleeve and warm clothes with you. If you are visiting Nepal after October then take good flashlight with you as the scheduled power cuts starts every day.
October – November is considered as the best season to trek in Nepal when the views of the Himalayas are very clear and breathtaking. Take a sleeping bag, down jacket, warm clothes if you are doing trekking.
If you are traveling from late October to Nepal then take warm clothes, warm jacket, wind proof jacket and thermals etc as the season starts to get cold. Other things you may bring is a torch, face mask for dust and pollution, ear plugs, a sleeping bag if you have a space in your luggage and hiking or trekking shoes if you are going for trek or hiking in Nepal. You can bring a laptop for internet and a cell phone.