The capital city of Kathmandu is the gateway to Nepal tourism. It is the largest city and center of the country’s economy, politics and urban life. Nepal is home to the picturesque Himalayas and a variety of exotic, cultural and religious wonderment. Called by many as Paradise, Nepal boasts of a heavenly, natural charm that could not be found in other Asian destinations. The country is teeming with natural wonders, rich culture and traditions and ancient relics that are amazing to behold when walking the centuries-old streets of Kathmandu. The best times to visit the country are late fall (September to November) or early spring (February-March), when weather in Kathmandu is at its finest and most appealing.
Nepal is a developing country locked between India and China. Its national economy relies largely on its tourism industry, which is why Kathmandu is pivotal to the country’s economy, national pride and religious activities. Hordes of tourists come from India and Thailand in religious pilgrimage, which is an integral part of the country’s tourism industry.
Unlike other South Asian cities that experience only two seasons, Kathmandu has four climatic seasons: summer, autumn, winter and spring. Many, however, would rather label them as hot and muggy, hot and rainy, chilly, and balmy and clear. The overall temperature is generally warm and punctuated with high humidity and occasional rainfalls. Kathmandu climate is clear and pleasant in October to November and March to April, which are also considered the best months to visit Kathmandu. Basically, however, any time of the year is good for Nepal tourism since there are several things to do in the capital city and around the country depending on the given season of the year.
Asian tourists, mostly Indians, Thai and Singaporeans, come in November to February to experience the chilly season which is not common in the continent. These months are clear, dry and very cold, with average winter temperature of 0°C. Also, the over-all climate in Kathmandu is mild, which is perfect for tourism all year round.
Kathmandu climate then takes an extreme transition to very hot and muggy and with heavy rains as the monsoon arrives from June to September. These are the summer months, and they are typically very hot, dusty and often interrupted by heavy rains. Maximum summer temperature is an unbearable 40° C.
Quite obviously, Nepal is a country of climatic extremes not only in its weather but also in geography. The northern mountain regions with an average altitude of 3,300 meters have a cold, alpine climate. The Himalayas are always under sub-zero temperature but the searing heat of the continent still offers warmth to mountain trekkers during the day. The low-land plains of Terai, on the other hand, experiences tropical temperatures all year round, typically very Asian, including the mosquitoes. The average range of temperatures experienced around Nepal is from 0°C to 25°C. Breaking down in seasons, the average temperatures are 23-25°C in summer, 15-24°C in autumn and 19-12°C in winter and 16-23°C in spring.
There is plenty of rain in Kathmandu, around 200-375 millimeters on average during the months of June to August. It occasionally rains throughout the year, with a yearly average rainfall of 1,300 millimeters.
Weather in Kathmandu is predictable because of the seasons and yet unpredictable due to the rains. The monsoon, by the way, also draws in tourists since always after the rain, the sky clears up making the landscape even more picturesque. With such an array of temperature and tons of amazing tourist attractions to take in, the best time to visit Kathmandu really is anytime of the year.