Best time to visit Kathmandu

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Best time of year to visit Kathmandu

Kathmandu has a moderate and warm climate, which makes it comfortable and pleasant for sightseeing all year round. However, if you also plan to go trekking in the mountains, the best time to visit Kathmandu is in spring and autumn. During October and November, visitors can see one of the most important Nepali festivals Tihar alongside Kukur Tihar, the celebration of dogs. April and May is the time of blooming flowers in the Garden of Dreams and Bisket Jatra or Nepali New Year celebration. In May, Buddha's birthday is celebrated in the monasteries of Kathmandu.

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Trekking Season

Trekking Season

March–May | September–November • activity

Trekking in Nepal is one of lifetime adventures, since the Himalayan mountains are the highest in the world, and ​nature is unique

Kukur Tihar, Nepal Dog Festival

Kukur Tihar, Nepal Dog Festival

November 14, 2020 • event

On this day, all Nepalese dogs, home-owned and stray, will receive a royal treatment

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)

Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)

October–December (all year round ) • activity

The ancient religious architecture masterpiece is towering over the Kathmandu Valley, in the western part of Kathmandu City

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Holi Festival

Holi Festival

March 09, 2020 • event

A Hindu festival celebrated with lots of colors and picturesque traditions

Honey Hunting Season

Honey Hunting Season

October–November | May–June • activity

One of the ​unique activities in Nepal is gathering honey from the wild bees' nests. Men are climbing high cliffs to get to the nests and harvest the honey

Bisket Jatra (Nepali New Year)

Bisket Jatra (Nepali New Year)

April 13, 2020 • event

A major holiday in Nepal is celebrated with interesting rituals to observe

Tihar

Tihar

October 25–29, 2019 • event

Also known as Swanti or Diwali, the festival lasts for five days and includes different events dedicated to animals and family members

Losar

Losar

January 25–February 08, 2020 • event

Also known as Tibetan New Year, Lhosar is celebrated by all Tibetan-speaking populations in a very colourful way

Teej

Teej

August 21, 2020 • event

Witness the most famous festival among Nepali women, as they fill the streets of Kathmandu with red colour

Buddha Jayanti

Buddha Jayanti

May 07, 2020 • event

Celebrate Buddha's birthday at his birthplace and in the capital of Nepal

Sel Roti

Sel Roti

October 25–29, 2019 • food

Synonymous to great festivities, this delicacy is the real taste of Nepal

Ghode Jatra

Ghode Jatra

March 23, 2020 • event

Watch a military parade and a horse race during a festival unique to Kathmandu

Yomari for Yomari Punhi

Yomari for Yomari Punhi

late December • food

A special delicacy for Newari Yomari Punhi celebration

Canyoning at its Best

Canyoning at its Best

mid September–December • activity

Canyoning is a unique way to experience Nepal's lush nature while participating in one of the most exciting activities ever

Garden of Dreams in Bloom

Garden of Dreams in Bloom

March–June • nature

Explore the beauty of the historical garden in the heart of Kathmandu

Gathia Mangal (Ghanta Karn)

Gathia Mangal (Ghanta Karn)

July 20, 2020 • event

A Newar festival that celebrates the expulsion of the demons from the country

Swasthani

Swasthani

December 17 2019–January 14 2020 • event

Worshipers of Swasthani and Shiva take a huge massive bath together, which is believed to make miracles

Gai Jatra Festival

Gai Jatra Festival

August 11, 2020 • event

The festival to commemorate the deaths of people throughout the year, is a picturesque one and unique to Kathmandu Valley and its Newar and Tharu communities