Nepal in July: A Monsoon Experience
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July is an interesting month to travel to Nepal, precisely because it is a low season. You might have to deal with rains while you are in the country at this time, but there are advantages too. The month of July offers an excellent opportunity to soak in the cultural highlights of Kathmandu and Pokhara minus big crowds and get the best possible deals on hotels and resorts. If you are game for adventure, trekking in Nepal in July is possible too—again without having to encounter the crowds that some of these trekking routes see during peak tourist seasons.
Nepal weather in July
Though Nepal is smaller in size than the state of Michigan, it has three distinct geographical and climatic zones—the plains of the Terai, the Himalayan region, and the mid-hills (this region includes tourist hotspots such as Kathmandu and Pokhara). Nepal’s weather in July, therefore, varies according to the region. Overall, it is hot and humid in most parts of the country (except in high hills and mountains), and July in Nepal is often the wettest month of the year.
Temperatures in the capital city of Kathmandu range from 20°C to 28°C, while the average minimum temperature in Pokhara during this time is 20°C. However, despite rains, you will be able to easily cover top-rated sights in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Lalitpur, the three cities that together make the Kathmandu Valley, and some amazing trekking trails.
Get a seasonal outline of the country, by reading our travel guide on the best time to visit Nepal.
Weather in Nepal in July - 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 July
Nepal is a country that is a joy to visit throughout the year with no scarcity of places to explore and activities to take part in. Nonetheless, here are a few very good reasons to visit Nepal in July:
- No crowds: July is off-season for tourism in Nepal. You can explore monuments and national parks without being caught in the middle of a crowd.
- Low costs: Tour operators and hotels slash their prices to draw visitors to Nepal in July. So, if you visit Nepal in July, it will be the cheapest possible trip to the country that you can dream of.
- Pleasant weather in Pokhara: The weather in Pokhara is ideal during this time of year for an outdoor stroll around Lakeside as well as for short hikes to surrounding hills. When the rain stops, you will quite literally have the entire town to yourself. You might also find some great deals in restaurants at this time of the year.
- Trekking surprise: There are some surprisingly good treks that you can carry out in July in Nepal. Because of its location, the relatively dry Upper Mustang and the Nar Phu Valley can be explored on foot. You can also go on a hiking trip to Upper Dolpo, a high-mountain area with an arid, desert-like landscape.
Where to go and what to do
There are many cool things to see and do in Nepal in July. Tick off the highlights of the three ancient cities of the Kathmandu Valley and marvel at the exquisite craftsmanship that can be seen in their palaces, durbar squares, and temples. Gaze at the Annapurna range during your stay in Pokhara soak up the calmness of serene lakes around the city.
Visit the heritage town of Tansen and admire the master weavers of ‘dhaka’ (a traditional fabric) as they work their magic. Take your first steps in the hallowed Lumbini, where Lord Buddha was born more than 2,500 years ago. Discover Manang, a highland town where Tibetan Buddhism is still the way of life, and hike through quaint hamlets, idyllic pastures, rocky terrains, and forests full of rhododendrons en route to the town. For more ideas, make sure to go through our travel guide on the things to do while in Nepal.
Traveling to Nepal in July might not be everyone’s cup of tea. However, there are few areas in the country that cannot be visited at this time of year. Temperatures, except in the plains, are not sweltering hot, and, barring rains, there is no other deterrence. On the plus side, the Unesco-listed monuments of Kathmandu look beautiful after the first few showers, while greenery erupts in the country’s lowland jungles. Check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Nepal for more ideas and insights. Our travel experts in Nepal can help you choose the right customizable tour to Nepal in July.
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