March, April, and May are the months of Spring in Nepal. The season is beautiful with flowers blooming everywhere around. Trekking in Nepal in Spring is definitely a good idea. The season is one of the two of the best seasons for trekking, tours and peak climbing in Nepal. But, you need to know more than just that if you are planning to visit Nepal during Spring.
The trekking routes are decorated with Rhododendron and Magnolia and the views are jaw-dropping with flora and fauna at their best even at higher altitude areas. Sunrise and sunset with mountains is not to be missed. Magnolia decorates the streets of Kathmandu and Rhododendrons decorate the trekking trails (mostly in Everest and Annapurna Regions). Also, you’ll have more chances of seeing wildlife and birdlife in Spring.
Thunderstorms and rain in some parts are common during evenings in Spring. The temperature is neither too hot nor too cold in most parts of Nepal. With good weather and not so much rainfall, Spring offers perfect conditions for trekking in Nepal. The days are long and you have plenty of time to walk and reach the destination unlike short winter days. The season is ideal not only for trekking and peak climbing but also for adventure sports like paragliding, rafting and bungee jumping in Nepal.
Geographical variation of Nepal is a factor when it comes to trekking. Altitude and geography changes with not so much distance. Trekking in Nepal in Spring is preferable with mild daytime temperatures even in high altitude areas. However, the temperature in morning and evenings can drop significantly. It should be noted that the climate of Nepal varies easily.
Trekking and Peak Climbing are mostly done around Spring. For trekkers and adventurers, Spring is the best time to explore Nepal. Most treks and peak climbs are accessible in Spring. You will have long and warm days to cross passes, climb peaks and trek through high altitude areas. There can be snow at a few places during the months of Spring.
Average Temperatures in Spring months
The average highest and lowest temperatures are in Degree Celsius.
Spring Season Festivals in Nepal
Visiting Nepal during Spring opens up the possibility of closely experiencing the cultural side of Nepal with few festivals and special occasions.
- Nepali New Year
This falls around mid April and whole Nepal celebrates Nepali New Year. Best places to experience Nepali New Year is Thamel, Kathmandu and Pokhara if you are outgoing and do not mind crowds. For others, it’s best for you to experience Nepali New Year in remote villages and towns.
- Holi; the color festival in Nepal
Many events are organized in Kathmandu and Pokhara for Holi. You can also choose to go out and celebrate publicly. Read more about the festival on our blog, Holi: the festival of colors.
This is one of the biggest occasions for Hindus. Pashupatinath is the best place to experience Shivratri. Many Sadhu’s come from India and Nepal gather in Pashupatinath for Shivratri. If you want to explore and experience Hindu culture, this is the best way.
- Buddha Jayanti
Buddha Jayanti is a celebration for Lord Buddha’s birthday. Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, is worth a visit on this day.
- Chaite Dashain
This festival is more famous around villages and remote parts of Nepal. Dashain is the biggest festival in Nepal and Chaite Dashain is regarded as its smaller variant lasting only for a day.
- Bisket Jatra
The festival is popular around Kathmandu Valley. It is celebrated by the Newar community (with all others joining in). Most people want to witness and be a part of this festival.
These festivals will certainly make your trip better and you will get to see cultural aspects of Nepal. You should not miss the opportunity to experience festive vibes of Nepal.
Spring offers more or less ideal conditions to trek and hike around the mountains and is often known as the best season to trek in Nepal. But this may not always translate to meeting all your travel needs. People trek in Nepal even in the summer and winter months just because it fits them well. If you are looking forward to a quiet time with nature, you’d better trek to less popular, offbeat regions areas or trek in off seasons winter or summer.