Kathmandu, Nepal: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Kathmandu, Nepal? If you're planning to go to Kathmandu, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Kathmandu, Nepal

Based on the climate and weather in Kathmandu, the best time to go is May. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Kathmandu, Nepal by month

January

January in Kathmandu is chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 40s F (single digits C), with a few days below 32 F (single digits C).

But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear

February

February is crisp. Temperatures average in the low 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof luggage

March

March in Kathmandu is balmy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 50s F (single digits C), with a few days below 45 F (single digits C).

With the colder weather comes lower humidity, which is in the 50% to 50% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

April

April in this region is warm. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Rain coat

May

If you visit Kathmandu during May, you are likely to find that it is warm. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

June

June for Kathmandu is a perfect temperature. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Rain coat

July

July in Kathmandu is a perfect temperature. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants

August

August is warm. Temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts or short pants

September

If you are traveling to Kathmandu in September, you will notice that it is warm. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses

October

In October, Kathmandu is warm. Temperatures routinely are in the 70s F (low 20s C) and once in a while jump into the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Kathmandu, with most of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof footwear

November

If you vacation in Kathmandu during November, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long skirts
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear

December

If you vacation in Kathmandu during December, you are likely to find that it is chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain almost every day of the month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Kathmandu, Nepal

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Kathmandu, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and M
  • A SIM card that works in Kathmandu
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Pickpocketing is an issue, so wear a money belt or neck pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear

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