Spring or pre-monsoon season is Nepal falls during March-May. As described in a fairy tale, the charm of Spring is a wonderful experience. Your choice of visiting Nepal during spring can be worthwhile, as the chances of precipitation is minimum and weather is clear and warm. The other season which attracts most amount of tourists in Nepal is Autumn or post-monsoon. (See the spring precipitation chart)
“The lush green hills of Nepal, along with the towering snow-clad Himalaya, shines throughout the day. The birds chirping, flowing streams and locals dancing in their traditional music are quite common experiences during Spring.”
Advantages for Tourists
- Snow at higher elevation melts away giving more free area to explore.
- Due to moderate influx of tourists, the flight and accommodations costs are inexpensive.
- Less traffic in the Himalaya region gives more time to explore the hidden landscapes.
- Chances of flight obstruction due to bad weather are rare. Best weather is guaranteed!
- Days and Nights are warmer, therefore, keeping extra warm clothes isn’t needed. (Source)
Tourist Regions of Nepal
The capital city, Kathmandu, is situated in the middle hills of Nepal and at an altitude of 1,400 meters. Surrounded by high hills, the weather basically remains milder. Spring in Kathmandu is warm with rare occasions of rainfall. Summer/Monsoon is hot and timid with heavy rainfall, whereas, autumn remains dry and cooler.
In Spring, the temperature remains between 16-23°C (61-73°F). It is one of the best time to travel around the city. The vibrant texture of Hindu temples and palaces seem mesmerizing. Bazaars are filled with vendors selling rich fruits.
#2 Everest and east
Located on the eastern side of Nepal, Everest and other eastern mountainous regions are very much accessible during Spring. Located at Khumbu valley, the weather remains dry and warm however, fog and haze are commonly experienced, sometimes, causing flight delays.
Khumbu, Kanchenjunga and Makalu regions are few of the most popular eastern trek trails of Nepal .
#3 Annapurna and mid-west
The most popular trails of Nepal, Annapurna and mid-west regions are very much affected by the ever-changing weather. Spring is warm and dry, when trekking is a most achievable feat. The lush green forests dominate the entire trail. Rainfall is scarce with rhododendrons blooming all over the passing hills. Sightseeing and trekking is commonly done during spring.
ACAP, Langtang, Manang and Tsum valley are few of the most popular mid-western trek trails of Nepal.
#4 Rain-shadow areas
Rain-shadow areas are those geographical regions where rainfalls do not occur or sometimes rarely. Located on the other side of the mountains of northern Nepal, the rainy clouds do not get to pass over or through those high walls, therefore,keeping the region dry and arid throughout the year. The rain-shadow areas of Nepal are most similar to Tibetan plateau.
Mustang, Jomsom and Manang are some of the most recognized rain-shadow areas in Nepal.
Located at the southern belts of Nepal, Terai is a lowland mush. The sub-tropical weather keeps Terai warmer during Spring. The alluvial soil swept away by common landslides and floods in Hills are deposited on Terain belts, therefore, vegetation is prosperous and commonly practiced by the locals. Also known as the breadbasket of Nepal, Terai is commonly chosen by tourists for tours and safari. Due to its habitable weather and landscape, variety of flora and fauns are found in the region. Royal Bengal tigers, One-horned rhino, Asian elephants, muskets and deer, crocodiles and alligators etc can commonly be seen.
Chitwan, Lumbini, Bardia, Koshi etc are popular tourist regions of Terai.