What’s the Temperature in Nepal?

What’s the Temperature in Nepal is one of the most common questions we get asked when people are booking their holidays to Nepal. We’re hoping this gives you the answer to give you a better idea of which equipment and clothing you should be packing for your kayaking or rafting trip to Nepal.

Obviously due to the topography of Nepal its temperatures vary A LOT! From the peak of Everest to the low land of the Terai is a dramatic change! So we have focused on the Temperatures of Kathmandu and Pokhara, which is where the majority of our trip are based around.

Average Temperature and rainfall In Nepal

January – 17°C (62°F) . Nighttime 2°C (36°F)

February – 19°C (67°F). Nighttime 4°C (39°F)

March – 24°C (75°F). Nighttime 8°C (46°F)

April – 28°C (83°F). Nighttime 12°C (54°C)

May – 29°C (83°F). Nighttime 15°C (58°F)

June – 29°C (84°F). Nighttime 17°C (62°F)

July- 27°C (80°F). Nighttime 18°C (64°F)

August – 27°C (80°F). Nighttime 18°C (64°F)

September – 27°C (80°F). Nighttime 17°C (63°F)

October – 25°C (77°F). Nighttime 14°C (57°F)

November – 22°C (72°F). Nighttime 9°C (47°F)

December – 18°C (65°F). Nighttime 4°C (38°F)

Winter (Dec – Feb)

Winter in Nepal can get very chilly at times, especially at night. The majority of houses have no heating systems of affective windows, so it feels like you are camping at all times. In terms of rafting and kayaking, although the rivers are still runnable, we run fewer trips, as there are less tourists around at this time of year, and the waters are at their lowest and coldest! But with a good wetsuit there’s always the opportunity to enjoy a trip on the Trisuli River!

Spring (Mar–May)

This is the second best time to visit Nepal as the weather starts to turn warmer. We catch the first glimpses of the mountains and it’s a great time of year to kayak and raft. Its the perfect time for beginner kayakers offering warm water and lower levels than after the monsoon. Our expedition trips normally start around April, but if the demand is there we can offer them earlier.

Monsoon (Jun–Sep)

Nepali monsoon! We’ve all heard about it. It brings BIG rain, many landslides, hot sticky weather, leeches, and the rivers swell! This is also a low season in Nepal as many tourists avoid this time of year. In terms of rafting and kayaking, the majority of the rivers close for the season as they are too high to safely run. However, the Trisuli is still open and becomes one wild ride at this time!

High Season (Oct–Nov)

The most perfect time of year to visit Nepal (and funnily enough our busiest!). This time of year offers clear skies and warm days. ALL our river trips are up and running at this time, and it’s the best time to hit the water for an expedition.

Hopefully that helps answer a few questions about the seasons and temperatures in Nepal.

For more information about Nepal’s climatic conditions, you can visit the Department of Hydrology & Meteorology, Ministry of Environment website.

Whatever the weather – there’s always something to raft and kayak!

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