The best times to visit Kathmandu for ideal weather are
February 19th to May 27th
September 24th to December 9th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Kathmandu Travel Guide
Other Kathmandu Travel Info
Weather in Kathmandu
Average temperatures in Kathmandu vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very nice much of the year, but hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 46th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Kathmandu, the hottest months are June, July, and then August. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early June where highs are regularly around 86.8°F (30.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 67.1°F (19.5°C) at night.
Kathmandu Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Kathmandu Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Kathmandu Perceived Temperature (F)
Kathmandu Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Kathmandu Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kathmandu are November, December, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January. For example, on the week of January 22nd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early August with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of July 30th.
When can you find snow in Kathmandu? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Kathmandu.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Kathmandu (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Kathmandu has some very humid months, with other moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (43.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (75.5%).
Wind in Kathmandu is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and March. April’s average wind speed of around 3.8 knots (4.4 MPH or 7.1 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late April where average top sustained speeds reach 11.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Kathmandu.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||2.1||Barely noticeable||7.3||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||2.9||Barely noticeable||9.1||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||3.6||Barely noticeable||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||3.8||Barely noticeable||10.8||Gentle breeze|
|May||3.7||Barely noticeable||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||3.5||Barely noticeable||9.3||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||2.8||Barely noticeable||8.2||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||2.7||Barely noticeable||7.9||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||2.7||Barely noticeable||7.7||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||2.6||Barely noticeable||7.7||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||2.1||Barely noticeable||6.6||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||1.9||Barely noticeable||6.7||Light breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Kathmandu?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Nepal; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 29, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Kathmandu, Nepal is April, followed by May and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Kathmandu in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Kathmandu Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 86.1°F (30.1°C) and 73.1°F (22.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 9 to 17 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Kathmandu, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 84°F (28.9°C) and 70.7°F (21.5°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 0 to 9 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Kathmandu to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 73.3°F (22.9°C) and 65.2°F (18.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.