Nepal is home to the world’s tallest mountains. In addition, this country offers diverse destinations for all types of travelers – from snow-capped peaks to dense jungles within a hundred-mile radius. Kathmandu, the country’s capital and biggest city, is a busy metropolis that has deep connections to Nepal’s culture, early religion, and history.

Buddhism and Hinduism are the country’s religions and they perfectly combine to attract travelers from all over the globe. With unequaled adventure and majestic landscapes, Nepal will always create unforgettable memories and experiences for any vacationer.

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The Seasons in Nepal

Nepal is blessed with four seasons – winter, spring, summer, and fall. Normally, with a little research, it would be easy for travelers to plan their visit to a certain country. But with Nepal, it is different.

Due to the varied climates and elevations of the country, general knowledge of the seasons does not usually apply to Nepal. Because of its regional differences, weather in different parts of the country varies greatly. To illustrate, it could be a hot day in the south of the country but could be freezing cold at the foot of Mt. Everest.

With this in mind, a deep dive into the different seasons of Nepal will provide you with details that will help in making informed decisions as to when to visit, where to go, and how to prepare for each season.

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Things To Do During The Winter Season In Nepal

Winter normally means intermittent snow in the highlands, dry air, and cold weather. Despite this condition, Nepal still shows off crystal clear skies that make this season the best time to enjoy unhindered and vibrant views of the Himalayan mountains.

Likewise, during the winter, places like the high mountains and common treks may be too cold for most travelers. Considering this, it is recommended that you visit Nepal’s foothills as they are usually great during winter – nights might get cold, but in the morning, you will feel more comfortable with the weather, especially when your body has warmed up from hiking.

The lowlands in Nepal are also a great spot to visit during winter as you can experience tolerable temperatures in places like the Bardia and Chitwan National Parks. If you are looking for some hiking during this season, short treks are also excellent choices.

Approved by local experts, trekking the lower area of Solu located south of Mt. Everest and the quicker walks near Pokhara are best done during the winter season in Nepal.

What To Do During Spring

There are two major hiking times in Nepal – Spring and Autumn. Spring brings about unchanging weather that creates an optimal time to trek including those with high valley crossings. The only caveat of the season is that the clouds tend to obstruct the view of the mountains as the skies get hazy.

Also, unlike winter when there are fewer people, spring makes the hiking trails busy with travelers coming from different parts of the globe. It can be an advantage to people who are extroverts, but for vacationers who want some peace and quiet, spring may not be the best time to hike.

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The stable weather of spring makes it the best time to visit the usual treks in the country. High passes including Thorung La Pass at Annapurna Circuit Trek, Kongma La Pass in the Three Passes Trek, and the Larkya La Pass at Manaslu Circuit Trek. If you are game for higher elevations, you can also visit Gokyo Ri and Kala Pattar, located in the Everest Region.

For the best opportunity to see tigers, a visit to the Bardia National Park during spring is recommended. Kathmandu during spring also gets warm weather, which fills Thamel, Nepal’s capital’s tourist center with a lot of travelers.

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Places to Visit in Summer

During summer, experience tropical weather in Nepal. On most days, rain is expected. This is the time when the foothills are abundant with grasses and the flowers are blossoming. Summer in the country also covers the monsoon season that usually takes place from June to September.

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Due to the hot weather, cloudy skies might cause some flight cancellations or delays. Likewise, monsoon rains may cause trail and road closures brought about by landslides, so it is recommended to have a backup plan or some schedule flexibility in your itinerary.

On the bright side, some places are okay to visit during the monsoon such as the Limi Valley, Upper Dolpo, Nar Phu, and Upper Mustang of the Himalayas.

Nepal in Autumn

Autumn is considered the best time to trek in Nepal. Aside from trekking, autumn transforms the country into a whole different level of beauty, which makes this season a perfect time to visit Nepal – nature has already recovered from the previous harsh seasons, plants and vegetation are abundant. Festivals are held all over the country as well, including the Mani Rimdu Festival, the Tihar Festival, and the Dasain Festival.

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Similar to spring, the popular treks in Nepal are in great condition during autumn, and all popular places are open for tourists to visit. Skies are clearer compared to spring and tend to attract crowds from all walks of life. Having said that, it would be best to consider less popular places to avoid the long lines and enjoy the scenery.

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