Kathmandu Weather Guide

Kathmandu and Kathmandu Valley have a temperate and overall more pleasant climate compared to higher altitude areas within the region. The most popular time to visit Nepal’s capital is from September to November when the weather is comfortable and the city is bustling with celebrations and other activities.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

Summer, or the monsoon season, is not a popular time to visit Kathmandu because it tends to get rather wet and hot during this time. If you don’t mind this type of weather, now is the time to grab a bargain and explore the indoor museums and shops of the capital city. Towards the end of August, the city hosts Janai Purnima and Gai Jatra, colourful Hindu processions celebrating the sacred cow transporting souls to the afterlife.

Average temperatures: 16 - 25 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Light, loose-fitting clothing; dresses, t-shirts, shorts and sandals.
Don't forget: An umbrella or waterproof jacket.

Autumn: September to November

Autumn is the most popular time to visit Kathmandu. With comfortable weather and clear skies, this time of year is great for exploring the abundance of sacred monuments as well as venturing beyond the borders of the city to go trekking or on a safari. The 9-day Hindu festival, Daisan, runs until the full moon in late September or early October. It is the biggest annual festival in the country and includes many celebrations from mass sacrifices to sword processions and family events.

Average temperatures: 7 -24 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Light, loose-fitting clothing with a light jacket for night-time.
Don't forget: Comfortable, worn-in hiking boots.

Winter: December to February

Winter in Kathmandu can be harsh, particularly in December and January. It is still more comfortable here than other areas in Nepal and it’s possible to enjoy many of the city’s museums, monuments and shopping areas as well as venture further afield for a safari. This time of year offers perfectly clear conditions to get up early and watch the sun rise over the Himalayas in nearby places such as Nagarkot on the rim of Kathmandu Valley.

Average temperatures: 2 -18 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Warm layers, jeans, jumpers and a warm coat.
Don't forget: Gloves and a scarf.

Spring: March to May

Another popular tourist season, spring is ideal for exploring Kathmandu’s gardens and monuments thanks to a comfortable climate and flowers in full bloom. It might start to get wet towards the end of the season when the monsoons break. Have a ball partaking in Holi, the Hindu festival of colour, with the locals who celebrate the end of winter with a massive and friendly colour powder and water fight.

Average temperatures: 7 - 25 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Light, loose-fitting clothing, comfy shoes and a light jacket for night-time.
Don't forget: Modest clothing options for visiting religious monuments.