The month of March is the winter season in Nepal. But it is warmer than December and January. If you are planning a trip to Nepal in March, consider starting your journey after mid-March.
After mid-March, winter starts giving way to the warmth of spring. Warmer days make your trip more comfortable. And spring is the second-best season for visit Nepal either for a trek or any other activities like mountain biking, city tours, and more.
All the trekking trails remain open during March. It is the best time to visit Nepal to avoid the seasonal crowd of spring in Nepal.
Since its winter month, you can feel colder nights and warmers days. But the cold temperature of March is bearable than December and January.
The temperature varies and different in the Terai region, mountain, and hilly regions. From March, the temperature can be very hot on Terai regions like Chitwan, but in Hilly and mountain regions like Kathmandu and Pokhara, you still feel cold.
During March, the temperatures of Kathmandu and Pokhara might range from 4°C to 19°C, which is tolerable. But mountains are still colder during the first half of March. So it is also month to visit lower altitude trekking regions.
The temperatures above 4,000 m range between 10°C to -5°C and lower at high altitudes above 5,000 meters. Don’t go on top altitude treks in March unless you are a pro hiker.
Despite this, you’ll witness the clear skies which offer breathtaking mountain views.
Almost it won’t rain in March, which means you can enjoy your day without raincoat an umbrellas.
As mentioned earlier, high altitudes above 4,000 meters still receive snowfall in March, and you can also feel very cold so that experienced hikers should only attempt it.
But one can enjoy treks at lower elevations such as Poon Hill, Nagarkot, Tengboche, etc.
No doubt that all the trekking trails remain open during this month. From the Manaslu circuit to the Annapurna circuit, having 5,000 meters Passes also remains open for trekkers during this month. Still, it’s not recommended to trek high altitudes during the first half of March. You can start your trek from the last of March if your wish is to reach higher.
Otherwise, it is better to do short treks to the nearest hill stations like Langtang valley, Jomsom Muktinath, and more.
Low altitude trek in March means warm weather in the mountain and clear mountain views.
Nagarkot is the nearest hill station from Kathmandu valley. You can do Nagarkot Chisapani trek on all months. On this three days trek, you can see mountains including Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Lirung, Manaslu and Everest ranges.
Likewise, Poon Hill offers impressive views of mountains located in the Annapurna region. It is on the way to Annapurna base camp.
If your dream is to see Mount Everest from closer, you can reach Tengboche by taking a short flight to Lukla and walking for three days.
You have plenty of other options on taking a short trek such as Jomsom Muktinath, heading to Langtang regions to visit Helambu trail and Gosaikunda Lake, Mardi Himal of Annapurna etc.
For more about trekking in Nepal in March, please read our complete guide here.
Where to go
Yes, trekking is the main point of Nepal’s interest, but it’s not the only thing to do here. During March, it is recommended to visit Chitwan for Jungle Safari. The temperature here is quite hot as compare to colder Kathmandu.
Likewise, you can make sightseeing around the city, mountain biking in nearest hill stations, Day trips of Paragliding, and mountain flight in Nepal in March.
There are a lot of things to do in Pokhara. You can do Paragliding, hot air ballooning, mountain flight to Annapurna base camp and more. The sunrise and sunset tour to Sarangkot is also one o the best things to enjoy in Pokhara.
Likewise, Ilam is also the best destination to visit during winter months. You can join places like Daman, and Kalinchowk to enjoy little snowfalls during March.
Reasons to visit
Some will suggest you not to visit Nepal during March because it is not a good time to travel to Nepal. But it is wrong. You can visit Nepal every month/every season. Here are some of the reasons that you should consider visiting Nepal this month.
- The trekking trails/ tour places will be crowd-free and quieter in March.
- You can get some discounts on flight deals, hotels, restaurants and travel packages.
- One can capture picturesque views of the tallest mountains with fresh added snow of winter.
- You can experience the evergreen festival of Nepal, Shivaratri. It’s better to celebrate it at Pashupatinath, the biggest Hindu temple in Nepal.
Reasons not to visit
It is not the ideal time to go on high altitude unless you are experienced, trekker.
- The bad weather in the Himalayas can cause flight delays and cancellation for multiple days.
- You may feel it very cold during nights if you are from hot weather countries.
- You need to carry winter-friendly clothes which make your baggage bigger.
You can get daylight of 10 hours or even less during March. So that, starts your tour/trek early and reach the next destination or finish it before sunlight ends.
- If you want to trek in high altitudes, remember to hire a local professional guide to find the right trail. You might get lost because of the snow-covered path.
- Because of global warming, it doesn’t take time to change the weather. So that, keep checking the weather and stay updated before starting your daily plan before leaving your hotel.
- Pack enough dresses with layers to feel warm in cold temperatures. Wear dresses with long sleeves and don’t forget to wear warm Jackets.
How cold is Nepal in March?
March is also winter month of Nepal, but you can experience warm temperature in March because it is the ending month of winter which starts spring after April. On altitudes below 3000 meters, you can enjoy warm days up to 15°C but the temperature decrease at night, which make you feel very cold during night and morning time. While altitudes above 3,000 meters are very cold and you can expect snowfall.
What to wear in Nepal in March?
You have to pack and wear winter-friendly clothes in Nepal during March to feel warm. You need to wear long-sleeve clothes with extra layers inside. Also do not forget to wear a Jacket, Thermals, trousers, Hat, and shocks.
The lowest temperature is the biggest disadvantage of travelling in Nepal in March. But it can’t stop you from visiting your favourite place.
Plan a tour to either city located at lower elevations or to the nearest trekking destinations. Pack winter-friendly clothes and visit Nepal. Nothing can stop you from travelling to Nepal.
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