Nepal in March

Nepal in March

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.

Weather Conditions

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.

Trekking trails

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.

The best I would suggest is to take a three-day trek to Poon Hill join with two days sightseeing around Pokhara.

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.

Tips

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.

FAQS

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.

Conclusion

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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About Author

Sudeep is a co-founder of Up To Himalaya. He has trekked almost all mountains in Nepal including Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Kanchenjunga & many more. He would love to help people to make their holiday unforgettable by sharing his own experiences on the Himalayas of Nepal. If you want any information related to different trekking trails of Nepal while planning your trip, You can directly contact him on +977-9817223143.

(2) Comments

  1. Pramesh Bajracharya

    Hello Sudeep,

    This is quite an informative post and I also just went through your January and February post which were both very explanatory. Visiting Nepal really doesn’t need you to find the right month because there’s something for everyone to enjoy in every single day in Nepal. But since you’d stopped posting these blogs from the month of April, it led me to believe that the pandemic is to blame.

    The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdowns that begun since March has undoubtedly put a big dent on the tourism industry of Nepal. Everything from flight cancellations to visa suspensions, the country was in a chaos. But as of October, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal had granted permission for all international flights and that has led me to believe that the top travel & tour companies such as Up To Himalaya and MSN Travel & Tours @ https://msntraveltours.com are really begining to see a small flow of tourists. The hopes of making the Tourism Year 2020 spectacular is no more but we can at least expect a few tourists as the year comes to an end. Just wanted to give this post an update and hope to see new posts from your blog page.

    Thanks!

    1. Sudeep

      Thank you for your kind words Pramesh Ji.
      Yes, the Covid pandemic hit our business a lot. I hope we will rise again. Also, I will start writing new blogs from next week, as you advised. Good luck to MSN travel too. Let’s promote Nepal together.

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