The best time to visit the Himalayas

As weather conditions in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan vary considerably in different regions due to the significant range of altitudes the following information is just a general guide. 

 

 

Nepal Climate

 

In Nepal, June to September is monsoon season and during these months it is very hot and rains almost every day. October to November is much drier with pleasant temperatures in the daytime and good visibility and at this time of year conditions are ideal for trekking. The winter months from December to February tend to be mild in the daytime but can become very cold at night especially in the mountains. January is the coldest month of the year. March to May is very warm, with occasional showers. The annual temperatures peak in May just before the monsoons begin.

Trekking through Nepal is ideal during spring (March through May) and autumn (October and November).

 

Nepal - Kathmandu

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C 2 4 7 12 16 19 20 20 19 13 7 3
max temp °C 18 19 25 28 30 29 29 28 28 27 23 19
rainfall mm 15 41 23 58 122 246 373 345 155 38 8 3

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 


 

Tibet Climate

 

Weather conditions vary greatly in different regions of Tibet. Central Tibet is
generally mild from April to November, making it the best time to visit. Due to the
high altitude it is rarely scorching, but the sun’s rays are very strong. From December
to February/March it becomes very cold and temperatures regularly drop below
freezing. Travel during these months is not advisable. Tibet does not have a typical
monsoon season, but May to September are the months with the highest rainfall
(which mostly occurs in the evenings).

Weather conditions vary greatly in different regions of Tibet. Central Tibet is generally mild from April to November, making it the best time to visit. Due to the high altitude it is rarely scorching, but the sun’s rays are very strong. From December to February/March it becomes very cold and temperatures regularly drop below freezing. Travel during these months is not advisable. Tibet does not have a typical monsoon season, but May to September are the months with the highest rainfall (which mostly occurs in the evenings).

 

Tibet - Lhasa

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C -10 -7 -2 1 5 9 9 9 7 1 -5 -9
max temp °C 7 9 12 16 19 24 23 22 21 17 13 9
rainfall mm 0 13 8 5 25 64 122 89 66 13 3 0

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

 


 

Bhutan Climate

 

The monsoons in Bhutan are from June to September with heavy rains and high humidity, with it being hottest in the south. Autumn from October to November is generally sunny with some snow at higher elevations. Late November to early March dry with pre-monsoon showers starting in May.

 

Bhutan - Paro

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
min temp °C -17 -15 -10 -5 -1 3 5 4 2 -5 -12 -16
max temp °C 1 1 4 7 10 12 12 13 11 8 5 3
rainfall mm 4 8 16 21 24 40 75 72 34 14 4 1

 

The weather chart above shows the average daily min and max temperatures in Celsius and the average monthly precipitation, and should only be used as a guide.

 

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