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Pokhara Weather: Best and Worst Times to Visit Pokhara

Updated on October 22, 2016
Phewa Lake, Pokhara
Phewa Lake, Pokhara | Source

This Pokhara weather guide will help you to better prepare for your journey to this Himalayan city. It will inform you about different Pokhara climatic conditions, which months are perfect for visiting this Nepali city, and which ones are better to avoid.

Since Pokhara suffers from extreme climatic conditions such as severe hailstorms as well as unexpected flash floods, it's important to know in which months such natural disasters are likely to occur.

This page not only covers such information, but also warns you about different dangers present during certain months, such as the possibility of landslides or the increase in leeches on trekking routes.

September, October and November - The Best Weather

Pokhara view in September, 2014
Pokhara view in September, 2014 | Source

During the months of September, October and November the weather in Pokhara is very pleasant. Most tourists visit this Himalayan town at this time for paragliding, trekking, Phewa lake boating, sightseeing, shopping and other activities.

Average day temperature in September is 20 - 27 °C (68 - 80.6 °F).

September average rainfall amount is a bit less than 275 mm, which is quite humid.

September weather is humid, but it's no longer as hot as in August.

It's a good time to visit for budget travelers, since it's still off-season, yet not as hot as in August.

It's also the month during the first half of which the monsoon season comes to an end.

Paragliding season starts this month too, and it's also pleasant to trek at this time. September skies are usually quite clear so you're likely to be able to take great Himalayan mountain range photos, especially early in the morning.

You'll need only light clothing during this month, as it's too hot to wear wind-stoppers or warm tops. Expect some sudden moderately heavy rains during this month, lasting an hour or two. They usually start in the evening, but not always.

October average daily temperature is around 17 - 25 °C (62.6 - 77 °F).

October average rainfall amount is a little more than 60 mm, which is quite low.

The next month, October, is just perfect - it's no longer humid like in September, but it's also not too dry, like in November and December.

Days aren't too hot, except for a few hours around the noon, and evenings are still pleasant - not too chilly.

Due to such a pleasant weather, Pokhara attracts most tourists during this month. There might still be some rains, but nowhere like in the previous month.

Also, this is a perfect time to take great photos of the Annapurna range, as the sky is usually clear, especially in the morning.

Pokhara Lake at the beginning of October, 2016
Pokhara Lake at the beginning of October, 2016 | Source

November average daily temperature is around 10 - 22 °C (50- 71.6 °F)

November average rainfall amount is around 5 mm (dry, almost no rain).

Weather in November sharply drops in humidity; it's still not as dry as in the next month - December, but you'll feel the dryness.

You might need to use good-quality skin moisturizer, and, if you have sensitive eyes, you may experience involuntary tears (at least I do).

As Pokhara has many dirt roads, during dry weather they cause a lot of dust; when cars pass by, the dust gets lifted up from the ground. There can be so much dust in the air that the view in front of you gets obscured, and your eyes may start stinging, if you're not used to such weather (if that happens to you, get good-quality coconut oil and add a few drops into each eye).

Like in October, November is a perfect month to take stunning Himalayan mountains photos. Here's how the weather looked like at the beginning of October, 2016:

December, January and February - Cooling Down Temperatures And Dry Air

Fewa Lake in February
Fewa Lake in February | Source

December average daily temperature is around 19 - 7 °C (66.2 - 44.6°F).

December average rainfall amount is around 5 mm, which is very low.

December marks the driest month in Pokhara. The dry road condition that Pokhara experiences during November gets even worse.

Now the dryness is really felt in the air, and your skin, if it's already dry, will suffer quite a lot.

So moisturize your skin well; you can buy natural oils and oil-based moisturizers with yak milk, honey and essential oils from some bookshops in Pokhara. These should protect you well, but make sure to test them for twelve hours before applying them on your face!

The weather in December keeps cooling down; nights become really chilly, temperatures dropping to only 7 °C. Days are sunny and can get a little hot, especially during the noon. The skies are clear, so December is a good month to take Annapurna range photos.

January average daily temperature is 18 - 5 °C (64.4 - 41°F).

January average rainfall amount is around 20 mm (quite dry, almost no rain).

January is cold. Even during the day you might need to wear a woolen cap, scarf and gloves. Make sure to take warm shoes with you, or buy them in Pokhara.

Make sure to also get a wind-proof jacket that has a warm inner layer.

Sometimes days in January get quite hot at noon, and so you'll need to change into lighter clothing. However, with the approach of the evening the temperature will quickly shoot downwards, and you'll need to change into warm clothes again.

Begnas Lake in January, 2010
Begnas Lake in January, 2010 | Source

In January nights are freezing, at least to the Nepali standards. Budget travelers may still choose to stay in guest houses without heating, but at least make sure your room has warm bed covers. If you live in a hot country, the cold might be unbearable to you. However, if you're from North Europe or Canada, you would probably manage.

Nepali women who live without heating tend to sit wrapped up in their warm thick shawls during mornings and evenings, whilst at noon they cover the ground of their courtyards with straw mats and lie on them to get as much heat from the sun as possible!

Although January is the coldest month in Pokhara, thankfully it's not too dry, though you can feel only little humidity in the air. During this crisp weather you can take perfect pictures of the Annapurna range.


February average daily temperature is 21 - 6 °C (69.8 - 42.8°F).

February average rainfall amount is 30 mm (quite dry, very little rain).

February marks the end of the coldest period in Pokhara; days start warming up, though nights still remain very cold.

Humidity remains the same as in the previous month - low.

You still need to wear warm clothing during mornings and evenings, but it's likely you'll need to change to something lighter around the time of noon.

February is another great month for taking Himalayan mountains snapshots.

Here's how Pokhara Phewa lake looks like in February:

March, April, May - Increasing Humidity And Heat

Fewa Lake in May
Fewa Lake in May | Source

March average day temperature is around 27 - 12 °C (80.6- 53.6°F).

March average rainfall amount is around 50 mm (little rain).

During March days get warmer - at the start of March the average daily temperature is around 22 degrees Celsius, jumping to 28 degrees at the end of the month.

Although humidity almost doubles in this month, it's still relatively dry. Pokhara gets some rains, but nothing major.

Since the weather is warming up, tourist numbers increase during this time. Westerners usually wear t-shirts and shorts during the day, whilst in the evening long-sleeved tops and long pants are preferred. Sometimes a windproof jacket is required, since it can get cold in the evening.

At night the temperature can drop to around -1 °C. March still offers good Annapurna range views, but soon they will get hidden in thick clouds because of increasing humidity.


April average day temperature is around 29 - 15 °C (82.4- 59 °F).

April average rainfall amount is 90 mm (some rain).

Although there's an increase in heat during April, the days are still pleasant. This makes April another great time to visit Pokhara.

The humidity level also increases, which is a good thing - remember the dusty roads I talked about during November and December?

Due to such a pleasant weather, the number of tourists keeps increasing. Annapurna range can still be seen, though it's best to get a glimpse of the Himalayan peaks during early morning, as clouds are likely to totally obscure the view during the later part of the morning.

April experiences an increase in wind, so a wind-stopper is advised. You can buy it in Pokhara too, there are plenty of shops selling them; just make sure to negotiate - never settle for the first-received inflated price.

Sometimes this month brings severe and sudden hailstorms. On rare occasions ice drops can be the size of a golf ball! So when you realize that the storm is approaching, quickly hurry to your hotel. If your hotel is too far and the storm is very close, run to the nearest available shop.

It probably won't happen, but I'm warning you just to be on the safe side. In general, avoid going out during stormy or very windy weather, as it can get quite dangerous.

Phewa Lake in April, 2014
Phewa Lake in April, 2014 | Source

May average day temperature is around 29 - 15 °C (82.4- 59 °F).

May average rainfall amount is around 190 mm (a good amount of rain).

From several showers in April, in May the humidity level sharply increases, inviting the monsoon season. It's still nowhere as wet as in the month to come, but humidity is definitely felt in the air and Pokhara city sees a good amount of rain.

Like in the previous month, the maximum temperature holds at about 29 degrees Celsius, though the minimum temperature increases to 18 degrees. The maximum temperature of 29 degrees holds up until the month of August, making all these months really hot.

Like April, this month experiences greater wind, so you should get a wind-proof jacket to protect yourself from catching cold. Like the previous month, April sometimes experiences severe unexpected hailstorms, and the ice drops can sometimes be as big as a chickpea, and, on very rare occasions - even as a golf ball.

Avoid going out during such time, as it can get quite dangerous. Storms can start unexpectedly, so if they do, run to the nearest shop or building that can close doors and windows and stay there until it's safe to leave.

It's good to note that April is the month of the Nepali New Year, which starts from the middle of the month (there's no set date for it).

Hemiclepsis Marginata - a type of leech found in Pokhara
Hemiclepsis Marginata - a type of leech found in Pokhara | Source

Leech alert! Trekking is not advised!

Leeches can cause great damage to your skin, even leaving a hole in it!

Avoid even staying on grassy areas in Pokhara Lakeside this month, as the leeches might even lurk in the gardens of hotels.

Wear water-proof shoes so that they don't get inside your socks (they can make a hole in them to get to your skin).

June, July, August - The Hottest And Wettest Weather In Pokhara

Pokhara farming in July, 2013
Pokhara farming in July, 2013 | Source

June average day temperature is around 29 - 20 °C (82.4- 68 °F).

June average rainfall amount is a little less than 340 mm (lots of rain).

Humidity in June almost doubles - rains are frequent and sometimes tap water gets contaminated. Please drink only bottled water during monsoon!

Of course, you should always drink filtered water whenever you visit a new country, but this especially applies during monsoon months of Nepal, so as to avoid catching water-borne diseases.

Days in June get even hotter than the previous month, dropping in coolness only to 20 degrees Celsius. This is the time in which Pokhara sees fewer tourists, since it's too hot and it's getting too humid. So it's a good time for budget travelers to visit Pokhara Lakeside, as most hotels will have only a few occupants (some of them - no occupants), so you will be able to get great prices for even higher-range rooms.

The month of June also marks the end of a paragliding season, as the weather becomes too unpredictable and rainy to fly. But that doesn't mean flights don't take place; paragliding companies are active off-season too, though the number of flights is very small.

Pokhara Lake in June, 2014
Pokhara Lake in June, 2014 | Source

However, it's not advisable to fly during off-season, as the weather can quickly change, putting you in a potentially life-threatening situation.

Due to the desire for profits, some paragliding agencies may not put their customers' safety first, and therefore allow such flights when weather conditions are unfavorable.

Leech alert! Trekking is NOT advised! Leeches can cause great damage to your skin, even leaving a hole in it!

Avoid even staying on grassy areas in Pokhara Lakeside this month, as the leeches might even lurk in the gardens of hotels.

Wear water-proof shoes so that they don't get inside your socks (they can make a hole in them to get to your skin).


July average day temperature is around 29 - 20 °C (82.4- 68 °F).

July average rainfall amount is around 480 mm (frequent and heavy rains).

Rains increase in July even more, and some places get flooded. It can become dangerous to travel through Himalayan mountains due to the risk of landslides.

It's not recommended to visit Pokhara during this month, unless you really want to save money as there would be plenty of cheap accommodation offers.

Actually, Pokhara itself is usually safe during the monsoon months; the risk is in getting there, due to the mentioned landslides. Sometimes entire villages get washed away as a result of heavy monsoon rains. However, Pokhara, situated in a valley, doesn't experience such severe catastrophes, though sometimes non-threatening flash floods do happen.

The other reason why land travel isn't advised during monsoon months is because you might get stuck, somewhere in the middle of Himalayas, for many hours, due to the landslide. It takes a looong time for the road to be cleared in Nepal.

So there are only two benefits of visiting Pokhara city during this month - cheap hotel prices, and a complete lack of dust!

Leech alert! Trekking is not advised! Leeches can cause great damage to your skin, even leaving a hole in it! Avoid even staying on grassy areas in Pokhara Lakeside this month, as the leeches might even lurk in the gardens of hotels. Wear water-proof shoes so that they don't get inside your socks (they can make a hole in them to get to your skin).

August average day temperature is around 29 - 20 °C (82.4- 68 °F).

August average rainfall amount is around 400 mm (a lot of rain).

Although in August rainfall decreases, it's not advisable to visit Pokhara during this month for those travelers who wish to get good Annapurna views.

The sky is likely to be almost always clouded, giving you almost no chance to see distant Himalayan peaks.

It's also not advisable to travel overland to Pokhara during this month because of the still-present risk of landslides. Once you're in Pokhara, you're safe - heavy floods are rare. But the danger lies in, as I've already explained, getting there during monsoon months.

I definitely recommend flying to Pokhara during monsoon times if you must visit Pokhara during the rainy season. But even flights are frequently delayed or even cancelled during the months of rain. So you should book as early a flight as possible, as early flights are less likely to get cancelled due to clearer skies.


Leech alert! Trekking is NOT advised! Leeches can cause great damage to your skin, even leaving a hole in it! Avoid even staying on grassy areas in Pokhara Lakeside this month, as the leeches might even lurk in the gardens of hotels. Wear water-proof shoes so that they don't get inside your socks (they can make a hole in them to get to your skin).

Here's a paragliding video showing Pokhara weather in August:

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References: I wrote this page about Pokhara weather using these resources: my first-hand experience, Pokhara Weather and Climate site, AccuWeather, and historical Pokhara weather averages from WeatherBase. As different weather sites gave different data on precipitation and temperatures, I tried to record average temperatures on this page.

I've also looked up travel sites such as TripAdvisor and LonelyPlanet to find out what other tourists who visited Pokhara had to say about their experiences with weather during different months.

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