Nepal Weather

For average conditions and a 5-day forecast see the BBC Weather Website. Nepal has four distinct seasons:

Spring (March – May)
Springtime temperatures are mildly warm in the lowlands and moderate at higher altitudes, with plenty of opportunities for clear mountain views. It is also the time for flowers to blossom and the national flower of Nepal – rhododendron.

Summer (June – August)
This is also the monsoon season in Nepal. The weather is hot and wet at times. It rains almost every day with occasional thunderstorms in the evening, though mornings are often clear and you can expect beautiful sunrises. Monsoon in Nepal is not the typical monsoon of Asia, rains usually occur during the night-time leaving the sky clean and clear by the morning making the Himalayan view even more dramatic.

Autumn (September – November)
This is the best trekking season in Nepal. The weather is very pleasant and clear so the mountain views are the best. This is the peak season for trekking as mountain views are guaranteed so it’s wise to books your flights well in advance. This is also the season of festivals as Nepal celebrates the biggest Hindu festivals – Dashain followed by Tihar.

Winter (December – February)
The weather is cool and the sky is clear with occasional snowfalls at higher elevations. This season is best for trekking in lower elevations generally below 3200m. The mornings and nights are cold but daytime temperatures are mild when it is sunny.

India Weather

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Bhutan Weather

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Tibet Weather

For average conditions and a 5-day forecast see the BBC Weather Website.

Many people are reluctant to travel to Tibet because they imagine the weather to be harsh and cold. But it is not that bad, really! Temperatures are suitable for travelling between April and November, for some areas the best time to go is August and September, when much of the rest of Asia is drenched by monsoon rains.

Due to the high altitude, temperatures in Tibet are usually quite chilly. From Autumn to Spring you should always be prepared for the possibility of snowfall. In summer the days are usually warm and sunny, the nights are cool. At above 4000m even summer days can be chilly. The sunlight in Tibet is very strong, but the warmth doesn’t keep for very long after the sun has gone.

In August, landslides are common on the Friendship Highway that links Lhasa and Nepal. This can disrupt and delay travel in summer. Early May and early October are the best times to visit Mount Everest from the Tibetan side. In these months temperatures are pleasant and views clear. From December to February it gets extremely cold in this area. Mount Kailash is best visited between May and October. Northern Tibet, due to its very high altitude, only has a very small window of pleasant weather in July and August, whereas Eastern Tibet is best avoided at this time due to the monsoon rains.

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