Seasons in Nepal

The natural zones of Nepal range from subtropical jungles covering the valleys in the South of the country to the tundra zone and eternal glaciers on the peaks of the Himalayas in the North of the country.

The seasons in Nepal are clearly expressed: in the summer, in June-August when monsoon rains bring moisture from the Indian ocean, a little hot and damp. In winter, from mid-December to February dry and cool, snow falls in the mountains. Dry, stable weather in spring and autumn, the highest mountains and beautiful rivers, friendly locals — all this attracts travelers from all over the world to Nepal.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Nepal

The weather is getting warmer day by day from the start of March. During this month in the South temperature at the daytime is about 91°F and 65°F at nights. Precipitation is not expected. In the North of the country for 2 or 3 days will be dropped 75 mm of rain. In the afternoon temperature is about 2°F, and at night 16°F. In April it is much warmer and the season of rains is about to begin. The highest temperature of May is 104°F. Level of precipitations is about 20-55mm.

The lowest temperature of the air during this period is in the area of Sagarmatha National Park (North-East), where  it is 27°F during the day and 18°F at night. Level of precipitation is about 240 mm.

The climate of the spring months

(Kathmandu)

March
Max average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (47 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 26.5 mm (2.4")
April
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 96 mm (3.8")
May
Max average t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Min average t°: +16 °C (60 °F)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 17 days
Precipitation: 202 mm (7.8")

Spring holidays

8 Mar    International Women's Day
17 Mar  Ghode Jatra
25 Mar  Ram Navami

14 Apr   Nepali New Year
24 Apr   Loktantra Diwas
30 Apr   Buddha Jayanti

1 May   Labour Day
29 May Ganatantra Diwas

Summer in Nepal

With the arrival of June there are sunny and hot days in the country. The most comfortable weather is in the mountains. In the central areas during the day it is about 84°F, and after sunset 64°F. The summer monsoon brings a large amount of moisture. Level of precipitations in the North is about 375 mm, in the center 340 mm and in the South from 45 mm to 130 mm.

The highest temperatures are recorded in August in Lumbini (South) 97°F during the day and 6 at nights. In the Annapurna National Park in daylight 60°F and 50°F at night. In the area of Sagarmatha National Park in the afternoon it is about 37°F and 33°F at nights. Rainfalls are typical for the country it is 340 mm in the center and 550 mm in north areas. In the South in Lumbini there are 4 days of rains which bring 80 mm of precipitations, and in Chitwan 240 mm of precipitations falls for 16 days.

The climate of the summer months

(Kathmandu)

June
Max average t°: +28 °C (83 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 25 days
Precipitation: 343 mm (13.5")
July
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 30 days
Precipitation: 419 mm (16.5")
August
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8.5 hours
Rainy days: 28 days
Precipitation: 398 mm (15.7")


Summer holidays

15 Jun   Ramjan Edul Fikra

22 Aug  Edul Aajaha

26 Aug  Raksha Bandhan

Autumn in Nepal

There is still summer type of weather in Nepal all September long. In October the weather gets cooler and level of precipitations decrease. In November in the regions of the country it is about 84°F during the day and 60°F at nights. In the interior of the country it is about 70 at daytime and at nights it is about 44°F.

In the National Park of Annapurna day temperature is about 44°F and 30°F at nights. In the area of Sagarmatha National Park thermometers will show in the daytime 21°F and 3°F at nights. There are no precipitations in November in Nepal.

The climate of the autumn months

(Kathmandu)

September
Max average t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Min average t°: +18 °C (65 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 22 days
Precipitation: 294 mm (11.6")
October
Max average t°: +25 °C (77°F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 92 mm (3.6")
November
Max average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Min average t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 9 mm (0.35")

Autumn holidays

3 Sep     Shree Krishna Janmashtami
7 Sep     Nijamati Sewa Diwas
12 Sep  Hartalika Teej
14 Sep  Rishi Panchami
19 Sep  Constitution Day
24 Sep  Indra Jatra

9 Oct     Ghatasthapana
16 Oct   Fulpati
17 Oct   Maha Ashtami
18 Oct   Maha Navami
19 Oct   Vijaya Dashami
20 Oct   Ekadashi
21 Oct   Dwadashi
23 Oct   Kojagrat Purnima

7 Nov    Laxmi Puja
8 Nov    Govardhan Puja
9 Nov    Bhai Tika
13 Nov  Chhath Puja
23 Nov  Guru Nanak Jayanti

Winter in Nepal

Winter starts in December and lasts for three months. In the South during the day the thermometer rises to 77°F, at night falls to 51°F. In the capital and other Central cities of the country in the afternoon it is about 66°F and 41°F at nights. In the Northern regions of the country, the daily temperature ranges from 41°F to 17°F, and at night 26°F. Someday night temperature is about 0°F.

In the Central regions at this time the air temperature ranges from 10°F to 36°F. In the southern provinces it is much warmer, in the afternoon the temperature is about 73°F. The coldest region is North-East, in the afternoon the air temperature here is 10°F. There are 1-2 rainy days in January and the level of precipitations is about 20-25 mm.

The climate of the winter months

(Kathmandu)

December
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (38 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 5 mm (0.2")
January
Max average t°: +17 °C (63 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (38 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 11 mm (0.4")
February
Max average t°: +19 °C (67 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (40 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 25 mm (1.0")

Winter holidays

22 Dec  Udhauli Parva
25 Dec  Christmas Day
30 Dec  Tamu Losar.

11 Jan   Prithvi Jayanti
15 Jan   Maghe Sankranti
18 Jan   Sonam Losar
30 Jan   Martyrs' Day

13 Feb  Maha Shivaratri
16 Feb  Ghyalpo Losar
19 Feb  Prajatantra Diwas