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Pokhara Weather and Climate - Best Time to Visit Pokhara 2020

14 July 2020 Last updated at 13:45

854m above sea level, Pokhara is about 400 meters lower than Kathmandu. It is warm and temperate all year round and the daily temperature varies a lot between daytime and night. The average annual temperature in Pokhara is 20.6 °C / 69.1 °F. The hottest months are June, July, and then August, and sometimes the temperature can reach over 30°C. Summer is also the most humid rainy season with over 70% average precipitation chance, but other months tend to be dry and clear, and the annual rainfall of Pokhara is around 3474 mm / 136.8 inch. On a clear and sunny day, the UV index is usually very strong, and it reaches its maximum from April to August. If you would like to go paragliding, the wind in Pokhara is usually extremely calm, and the windiest month is May with the speed around 4.1 knots (4.7 MPH or 7.5 KPH).

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When is the Best Time to Visit Pokhara

The best time to visit Pokhara is from October to March next year, namely late autumn to early spring. For it is a period time of Pokhara’s dry season with a comfortable temperature and high visibility for doing outdoor activities in Pokhara, such as hiking, and gliding. From June to September, it's the rainy season in Pokhara. It often rains heavily, cloudy and misty, and visibility in the distance is reduced.

Pokhara Four Seasons - Seasons to Go

Spring (March, April, May)

Average Temperature: 13℃ ~ 29℃, warm, comfortable

Spring is the busiest season for tourism in Pokhara. It is warm and the average high temperature ranges from 21.7°C to 32.5°C with blooming wildflowers and gentle brezee. May is the best month to go paragliding in Pokhara. It is relatively dry in the early spring and rains more often since late spring. Also, in April, you can celebrate the Nepalese new year together with tourists and local residents.

Things to Do in Pokhara in Spring: Trekking, Paragliding, Rafting

Recommended Attractions: Sarangkot, World Peace Pagoda, Devi's Fall, Phewa Lake, Gupteswar Gupha

What to Wear: It is recommended to wear shirts, T shirts, windbreakers, casual clothes, jackets.

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Pokhara Weather Sarangkot Gliding (Pokhara in Spring)

Pokhara Weather in March

  • High Temperature: 26.7°C / 80°F
  • Low Temperature: 12.8°C / 55°F
  • Sunshine Hours: 8h
  • Rainfall: 60 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2 days
  • Sunrise: 6:01am-6:34am
  • Sunset: 6:09pm-6:26pm
  • UV Index: 9

Pokhara Weather in April

  • High Temperature: 29.8°C /86°F
  • Low Temperature: 15.4°C / 60°F
  • Sunshine Hours: 9h
  • Rainfall: 128 mm
  • Rainy Days: 3 days
  • Sunrise: 5:30am-6:00am
  • Sunset: 6:26pm-6:42pm
  • UV Index: 12

Pokhara Weather in May

  • High Temperature: 30.1°C /86°F
  • Low Temperature: 18.4°C / 65°F
  • Sunshine Hours: 7h
  • Rainfall: 359 mm
  • Rainy Days: 5 days
  • Sunrise: 5:12am-5:29am
  • Sunset: 6:43pm-7:00pm
  • UV Index: 12

Summer (June, July, August)

Average Temperature: 22℃ ~ 31℃, sultry, humid and rainy

Summer is the off-season for tourism with intense rainfall and sultriness. The average high temperature ranges from 22.3°C to 31.3°C. The rainfall brings much mist around the Himalayas and sometimes affects the aircraft. Therefore, rain gear is always needed. And even on the sunny day, the UV index is very strong.

Recommended Attractions: World Peace Pagoda, Gupteswar Gupha, Devi's Fall, Phewa Lake, International Mountain Museum

What to Wear: It is recommended to wear sun block shirt, sunhat, sunglasses, cotton and linen shirts, thin skirts, thin T-shirts and other breathable clothes and hiking shoes/sandles for the day time and bring raincoat or umbrella always.

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Pokhara Weather Phewa Lake, Pokhara in Summer

Pokhara Weather in June

  • High Temperature: 30.6°C / 87°F
  • Low Temperature: 20.9°C / 70°F
  • Sunshine Hours: 6h
  • Rainfall: 669 mm
  • Rainy Days: 11 days
  • Sunrise: 5:12am-5:15am
  • Sunset: 7:01pm-7:09pm
  • UV Index: 12
  • Pokhara Weather in July

  • High Temperature: 30°C / 86°F
  • Low Temperature: 22°C / 72°F
  • Sunshine Hours: 4h
  • Rainfall: 940 mm
  • Rainy Days: 16 days
  • Sunrise: 5:15am-5:30am
  • Sunset: 7:00pm-7:10pm
  • UV Index: 12
  • Pokhara Weather in Aug

  • High Temperature: 30.2°C / 86°F
  • Low Temperature: 22°C / 72°F
  • Sunshine Hours: 4h
  • Rainfall: 866 mm
  • Rainy Days: 15 days
  • Sunrise: 5:30am-5:46am
  • Sunset: 6:31pm-6:59pm
  • UV Index: 12
  • Autumn (September, October, November)

    Average Temperature: 12℃ ~ 29℃, warm

    The rainfall decreases since October and Pokhara steps into dry season from the late autumn. It is still very warm and the daily high temperature ranges from 22.3°C to 31.3°C. It is a season you can go trekking around and enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas.

    Things to Do in Pokhara in Autumn: Trekking, Paragliding, Rafting

    Recommended Attractions: Sarangkot, Phewa Lake, Devi's Fall, Gupteswar Gupha, World Peace Pagoda, International Mountain Museum

    What to Wear: It is recommended to wear sun block shirt, sunhat, sunglasses, cotton and linen shirts, thin skirts, thin T-shirts and other breathable clothes and hiking shoes/sandles for the day time, and extra layers like thin sweaters, windbreakers for the night, and bring raincoat or umbrella if you come in the early autumn.

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    Pokhara Weather in September

  • High Temperature: 29.3°C / 85°F
  • Low Temperature: 20.8°C / 69°F
  • Sunshine Hours: 5h
  • Rainfall: 641 mm
  • Rainy Days: 10 days
  • Sunrise: 5:47am-6:01am
  • Sunset: 5:56pm-6:30pm
  • UV Index: 11
  • Pokhara Weather in October

  • High Temperature: 27.5°C / 82°FF
  • Low Temperature: 16.7°C / 62°F
  • Sunshine Hours: 6h
  • Rainfall: 140 mm
  • Rainy Days: 3 days
  • Sunrise: 6:01am-6:19am
  • Sunset: 5:25pm-5:55pm
  • UV Index: 8
  • Pokhara Weather in November

  • High Temperature: 24.1°C / 75°F
  • Low Temperature: 11.9°C / 53°F
  • Sunshine Hours: 6h
  • Rainfall: 18 mm
  • Rainy Days: 1 days
  • Sunrise: 6:20am-6:42am
  • Sunset: 5:12pm-5:24pm
  • UV Index: 6
  • Winter (December, January, February)

    Average Temperature: 7℃ ~ 22℃, cool, dry, comfortable

    Winter is the best time to do outdoor activities like trekking to see the World Peace Pagoda, Rafting on Phewa Lake, and gliding over Sarangkot on a clear day. The daily average high temperature from 19.1°C to 23.9°C. The temperature is generally cool, clear, and dry. Besides, you can also join the enjoyable Pokhara food festival there from December 28 to January 1 of the next year.

    Things to Do in Pokhara in Winter: Trekking, Paragliding, Rafting

    Recommended Attractions: Sarangkot, Phewa Lake, Devi's Fall, Gupteswar Gupha, World Peace Pagoda, International Mountain Museum

    What to Wear: It is recommended to wear T shirts, thin sweaters, windbreakers, casual clothes, jackets, hiking shoes.

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    Pokhara Weather World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara in Winter

    Pokhara Weather in December

  • High Temperature: 20.7°C / 69°F
  • Low Temperature: 8°C / 46°F
  • Sunshine Hours: 6h
  • Rainfall: 22 mm
  • Rainy Days: 1 day
  • Sunrise: 6:42am-7:00am
  • Sunset: 5:12pm-5:23pm
  • UV Index: 5
  • Pokhara Weather in January

  • High Temperature: 19.7°C / 67°F
  • Low Temperature: 7.1°C / 45°F
  • Sunshine Hours: 6h
  • Rainfall: 23 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2 days
  • Sunrise: 6:57am-7:02am
  • Sunset: 5:24pm-5:47pm
  • UV Index: 5
  • Pokhara Weather in February

  • High Temperature: 22.2°C / 72°F
  • Low Temperature: 9.2°C / 49°F
  • Sunshine Hours: 6h
  • Rainfall: 35 mm
  • Rainy Days: 2 days
  • Sunrise: 6:35am-6:56am
  • Sunset: 5:48pm-6:08pm
  • UV Index: 7
  • How to Plan a Nepal Tour

    Best time to visit Nepal: March to mid-June and mid-September to November

    How to get to Nepal: overland driving from China (Tibet) and India, flights from China (Tibet, Chengdu…), India (Delhi/Mumbai/Kolkata/Bengaluru...), Bangladesh (Dhaka), Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Thailand (Bangkok), Singapore, etc.

    Nepal Visa: you can get Nepal Visa on arrival at Kathmandu Airport and border entry ports, or apply for it from Nepal Embassy abroad before departure, which takes about 1 to 3 working days.

    Tourists always start a Nepal tour from Kathmandu - the capital city and tourist distribution center. 4 days is enough to enjoy the world heritage sites and Himalayan views in Kathmandu Valley (Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot). For those travelers who won’t want to miss the most astonishing nature of Nepal, spend 1 or 2 more days visiting lakeside Pokhara. For more experience, Chitwan is a good choice to offer Nepal’s oldest wildlife (various mammal and birds species) as well as a variety of excursions in 2 days usually. If you are a Buddhist follower or fan, travel Lumbini and other Buddhist sites in 3~4 more days. If you are a trekking enthusiast, there is a bucket of trekking routes, like Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit, Poon Hill, etc.

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