Mt Thamsherku seen during short Everest trek in winter

Nepal tour in Monsoon

Monsoon season in Nepal is also the summer. The monsoon rain starts in mid June and lasts till mid of September. The weather has mixed consequences for touring activities depending upon the activities and altitude. When the monsoon clouds come in, it remains cloudy most of the time even though it doesn’t rain all the time. Some days will have persistent light rain and the other days may see torrential downpour for an hour or two. The increased temperature and humidity will be cooled by the rain. Himalayan peaks could be seen certain times a day from the view points above 3,000 m. There is also guaranteed Everest sightseeing flights leaving everyday from Kathmandu.
This is definitely not the best time for many treks in the foothills of the Himalayas. But monsoon rain has less effect on few trekking routes, Nepal tours and tour of Bhutan and Tibet. While the annual average rain fall of the country is 1600 mm, it is only 300 mm in the trans-Himalayan regions. In fact summer is the best time to travel to Tibet or Mustang and Dolpo of Nepal, as the monsoon rain has less effects in these trans-Himalayan regions. Similarly tour of Nepal and Bhutan that involves driving, heritage sightseeing and cultural immersion activities are less affected by the monsoon rain. Decreased price, less crowd and the authentic cultural experience are the few benefits of travelling to Nepal during monsoon.

Recommended tour for monsoon

Nepal Travel tips for Monsoon

  • Prepare for the rain. Good quality, breathable rain gears are recommended.
  • Make your luggage / backpack waterproof and bring cover.
  • Footwear must be waterproof or easy dry.
  • Keep your itinerary flexible considering delays and cancellation of transportation and domestic flights.
  • Plan your trip with enough time between your trip and international flight.
  • Avoid driving on off roads as much as possible.
  • Normally it rains in the afternoon or evening. So it is better to start your activities early.
  • Plan a morning Himalayan sightseeing on the morning if it rains a night before.


Nepal in August

Annapurna seen amid clouds in July

August is still a rainy month in Nepal. The rain is supposed to become relent by the end of the month. But the weather pattern has changed in last decade and the monsoon rain continuous till the mid September. By August, agricultural rush of planting rice ends and people are more relaxed to celebrate few of the many colorful festivals of Nepal. The festivals of Naag Panchami, Janai Purnima, Gai Jatra, Krishna Janmastami falls in August 2019. August is not an ideal month for Nepal tour and trek. However if this is the only time you can visit, there are few treks and cultural tours which are less effected by monsoon rain. August is summer and rainy season in Nepal. It remains mostly cloudy and rains in the afternoon or night. It is hot and humid in lower valleys or foothills of the Himalayas which will be cooled by rain. Trekking in Mustang region is highly recommended. This is also best time to visit Tibet or just take a cultural tour with day hikes.

Nepal Trips for August

August is still monsoon with heavy clouds and rain throughout the country. Even though there will be few tourists trekking to popular destinations, it is not ideal month for trekking. While it remains mostly cloudy, it rains only in the afternoon and night. Days are hot and humid. So if you have to come to Nepal in August, there are few trips relatively better to take than others. It is the best time to do Nepal and Tibet tour. Nepal tour with day hikes could be planned around Kathmandu and Pokhara. Here are the recommend trips for August.

August weather

Average weather around the major tourist sites of Nepal

Place Max Temp Min Temp Rainfall Rain day
Kathmandu 28.7℃ 20℃ 330.8 mm 22
Pokhara 30.2℃ 22℃ 866 mm 15
Chitwan 32℃ 23℃ 533 mm 12
Namche 16℃ 8℃ 243 mm 22
Jomsom 16℃ 6℃ 122 mm 20

Nepal in September

The monsoon rains starts to subside by the beginning of September. The air starts to cool down with lesser clouds in the sky. It rains once in a few days only by mid September. Tourists start to fly in Kathmandu and go on treks and tours by the second week of September. The average temperature will be between 25 – 12 degree centigrade in September. Because of vertically rising landscape, climate varies from places to places. The lower valleys and tropical jungle will still be humid throughout September. Mountains remains cooler and you may need warm cloths depending upon the altitude.

September travel tips

Carry light breathable rain gears. You can mostly wear shorts during the day. Loose full sleeves cotton outfits will be helpful against mosquitoes for the evening. Down jackets are not needed for the trekking. Light jackets and warm clothes in layers are recommended.

Recommended Nepal trip in September

The average rainfall is more in western Nepal than in east. Also the flooding and landslide make the remote trek unpredictable until October. It is still the best time to visit Tibet. Nepal tour with visit to scenic hill towns like Nagarkot and Bandipur guarantees pleasant temperature and Himalayan views with cultural encounters. Here are some of the Nepal trip recommendations for September.

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Monsoon Tour Review

Kathmandu experience !

Itour Nepal hooked us up with an amazing experience in the Namo Buddha Monastery and a hike from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan temple. After a car trip and a gorgeous 1 hour walk through mountains and forest alleys, we arrived at the Monastery in the afternoon. The view was amazing and the meals and morning prayer with the monks an unforgettable experience. The next day took us by car firstly to Bhaktapur for a city visit and then to Nagarkot for an overnight stay in the lovely mountain area. On the third day, our 5 hour hike to the temple began. The trek was really lovely, with the landscape alternating between forest, rice field and mountain terraces and was manageable with 35l Backpacks. We passed by many small villages and had the chance to see the locals going about their daily work in the rice fields. The temple was just as magnificent as the rest of the journey. Overall, it was a great experience, from the stunning views of the Monastery and spending time with the monks to the trekking through the landscapes, we had an amazing time.

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Trekkers on the way to Ghorepani in Annapurna region.

Short Everest Trek 8 days

Best for August & September
If you are limited with time and still want to get the feel of Sherpa land, this trek is for you. Since the trek starts with flight to Lukla at 2,800 m, the trek avoids humid and hot climate of Summer. A short trek of 5 days could be planned based in comfortable Hotels (luxury trek).

Everest Sightseeing Flight

See Mt Everest and the eastern Himalayas by 1 hr sightseeing flight while you are in Kathmandu, Nepal. Everest sightseeing flight is guaranteed and is available throughout monsoon.

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