May is the last month of the Spring tourist season in Nepal. Temperature starts to rise making it hot in Pokhara, Chitwan and Lumbini. With comfortably warm weather, the month of May is good for trekking in Nepal. The night temperature at altitude above 3,500 m could still go below zero. Monsoon clouds start to swarm during the second half of May. There may be little rain with thunder storms in the late afternoon, towards the end of May. May Temperature varies with the dramatically changing altitude of Nepal. While the arrival of tourists in the country starts to decline by mid May, trekking trails will remain busy. The weather window for the Everest expedition falls around the third and fourth week of May. Many trekkers on the way to Everest base camp prefer May as they can meet the expedition teams at the base camp.
With no PCR test required and visa on arrival, Nepal is now fully open for trekking and tour. Tourists coming to Nepal are subsequently increasing and May is likely to see the pre-covid normalcasy.
Major events in May
Tiji festival : The three days long festival is celebrated with feasting and mask dancing by monks in the courtyards of walled city of Lomangthang, Upper Mustang from 16 - 18 May 2024.
Buddha Jayanti : Buddha Jayanti 2024 falls in 26 of May. This is the day of triple bliss when Buddha was born, enlightened and attended Mahaparinirvana.
Average weather around the major tourist area of Nepal
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Tourism is reviving but it is not at its peak yet. With fewer trekkers and reduced price, May 2024 is the best time to do popular treks.
Everest trek starts and ends at Lukla with an elevation of 2,800 m making it the perfect trek to do in the month of May. This avoids trekking in undulating layers of foothills which get hot in the month of May. Spring comes later in the Himalayas and May is the perfect month to trek in the northernmost Higher Himalayas. Everest is one of the most popular valleys in the Higher Himalayas.
Everest trek avoids the hot and humid foothills in the month of May.
Fly or drive to Jomsom in the trans-Himalayan region of Nepal and explore the enclave of medieval Tibet and the kingdom of Lo without paying the pricey restricted area permit required for Upper Mustang. Lower Mustang also has sky caves, ancient monasteries of both Bon and Buddhists and alpine lakes with magnificent views of the Himalayas. Being in the rain shadow of the Annapurna range, the area remains relatively drier even during the monsoon.
The trans-Himalayan region of Mustang gets the least rainfall. Avoid the hot and humid foothills and the pre-monsoon rain in May.
Lomanthang, the walled capital of Lo kingdom, still celebrates the mystic mask dancing festival of Tiji in the month of May. Amid the melodious music and prayers, the monks perform the meditative dance of Vajrakilaya to ward off the evils. Mustang was the southernmost kingdom of medieval Tibet that remained unchanged as it politically fell in Nepal.
Nepal is the best place to travel for the Eid al-Fitr holiday 2024. The Eid al-Fitr 2024 holiday falls in April 20 - 23). This is mid spring and the temperature is moderate for Himalayan treks and tours of Nepal. Each year non-Muslims living in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, take a break and fly to Nepal during the holiday. Here are some of the best treks and tours one can do in a week holiday in Nepal.
Enjoy the untouched culture and heritage of two Himalayan countries, this May. May is end of Spring touring season for the Himalayas. But the varying altitude makes May the best time to do this tour of Nepal and Bhutan.
May is best time for Everest trek as the trekking starts with flight to Lukla at 2,800 m. May temperature for Everest trek is comfortable and the sky remains clear. Everest trek could be organized from 5 days to 12 based on luxury lodges and decent lodges.
Everest cultural trek Starting USD 1,480