Nepal in April: Weather and Peak Season Tips
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Looking for a great month to trek the Himalayas? April is one of the best times to visit the mountain region of Nepal due to warm, dry weather and good visibility. Obviously, popular time means one thing: crowds—and lots of them. But if you plan ahead, trekking in Nepal this month can be a wonderful experience. The best way to avoid crowded trekking trails when exploring Nepal in April is to check out the lesser-known routes, away from Everest and Annapurna.
Nepal Weather in April
The weather in Nepal in April varies based on the altitude, but it is predominantly warm and dry across the country. The weather in Kathmandu in April is pleasant with highs of 28°C. April is ideal for wandering around the capital as humidity is at its lowest at just 53 percent.
If you are heading out on a trek towards Everest Base Camp in April, you will likely fly into the higher-altitude city of Lukla. Here you will feel the chill, with highs of just 2°C and lows of -7°C. As you get closer to Gorekshep and Everest Base Camp, you will pass and stay in Lobuche, where the April temperature can plummet to the lows of -14°C.
For a seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time to visit Nepal.
Weather in Nepal in April - Rainfall and Temperatures
|Avg Daily (°C)||17||19||24||28||29||29||27||27||27||25||22||18|
|Avg Nightly (°C)||2||4||8||12||15||17||18||18||17||14||9||4|
|Avg Daily (°F)||62.6||66.2||75.2||82.4||84.2||84.2||80.6||80.6||80.6||77||71.6||64.4|
|Avg Nightly (°F)||35.6||39.2||46.4||53.6||59||62.6||64.4||64.4||62.6||57.2||48.2||39.2|
|Avg Rainfall (mm)||13||14||10||29||70||129||325||239||175||67||7||8|
Why Visit Nepal in April
With April being a part of the peak season in Nepal, there are plenty of reasons to visit this beautiful country, from festivals to trekking conditions and beyond. Here are some reasons why you should visit Nepal in April:
- Bisket Jatra: Nepali new year is an amazing festival that is a feast for all the senses. Although it is celebrated across the country, the small town of Bhaktapur goes all out with color, music and dance, pulling a chariot around the city as the headline act.
- Ghode Jatra: Love horses and military parades? The two collide in this Kathmandu-based festival where the Nepali Army personnel showcase their equestrian skills in a glamorous ceremony celebrated to mark the victory over the demon Gurumapa. It is a dazzling affair held on a parade ground in the heart of the city.
- Ram Navami: Celebrating the reincarnation of the Hindu god, Ram, this popular religious festival is observed throughout Nepal with visits to temples, fasting and a huge feast afterward.
- Better transport access: The main benefit of traveling in the peak season is the availability of flights and transport into Nepal from around the world, including the US, and the increase in internal flights.
Where to go and what to do
Want to learn more about Nepali culture and history? Why not take a guided tour of the capital city? Visiting popular sites like Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square and the Pashupatinath Stupa can be a pleasant and culturally enriching experience. Learn more about the history and culture of the area, including the rebuilding process of ancient temples and monuments that were damaged or destroyed in the earthquake of 2015.
There is no getting away from the fact that April is an excellent month for trekking in the Himalayas and perhaps the most popular destination is Everest Base Camp. Pick a tour and duration that suits you and fly up to Lukla. From here you will build up elevation through Sherpa communities, beautiful mountain passes and towns, including Lobuche, before arriving at the bucket list activity of an Everest Base Camp trek. Reaching the base camp of the world’s highest peak is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many and a key reason why so many people head to Nepal in April.
If you do not fancy trekking for days on end, head to Chitwan and enjoy an exciting jungle safari. Traveling by boat and by foot, you can spot wildlife in the Chitwan National Park, including rhinos, tigers, elephants and more. Springtime is a great time to spot the park’s animals, as low humidity and hot temperatures draw them out towards the water. Bring your camera, your patience and plenty of bug spray and water.
Looking to get your heart racing and take in impressive Himalayan views? April is a great time for skydiving. Of course, many prefer to dive out over Mount Everest to capture her in all her glory. However, this can be a bit expensive and the waiting list is long. If you want mountain and canyon views as far as the eye can see, go to Pokhara and jump from there. It is a lot cheaper and you will still have great Himalayan views.
There are many good reasons why April is one of the best and most popular times to visit Nepal. From vibrant, cultural and religious festivals to ideal trekking conditions that offer clear and expansive mountain views, there are many things you can do and places you can visit in Nepal in April. With April being a part of the peak season in Nepal, you might want the help of a professional to book your accommodation and excursions.
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