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What is the Weather in Nepal?

Nepal offers a wide range of climates varying from tropical to arctic depending on the topography and altitude. The region offers four climatic seasons, but no matter what time of year you visit Nepal, be prepared for potential volatile conditions when on a mountain trek. The lowland plains experience tropical temperatures. Weather at higher elevations are unpredictable. In the Himalayas, temperatures are typically cold, though the sun does bring some warmth in the day.

Kathmandu, the gateway town from which our climbs are organized, sits at 4,593 feet (1,400 m) above sea level. The bowl shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal is surrounded by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu is generally warm during the day, followed by cool nights and mornings. Average temperatures, humidity and precipitation figures for Kathmandu are reflected in the following table.

Average Temperature, Humidity and Precipitation in Kathmandu, Nepal
Month Low (F) Average (F) High (F) Humidity (%) Rainfall (in)
January 40 50 60 81 0.7
February 44 54 63 77 0.6
March 50 60 70 72 1.2
April 57 67 77 69 1.5
May 63 71 79 75 4
June 69 75 80 82 7.9
July 70 75 79 88 14.8
August 70 75 79 87 12.8
September 67 72 78 88 7.4
October 59 67 74 85 2.2
November 49 59 68 84 0.1
December 42 52 61 83 0.4

As shown, July and August are the wettest and warmest months, December, January and February are the coolest months, and November and December are the driest months. These generalities about the weather in Kathmandu hold true for the Annapurna and Everest regions as well.

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