Nepal weather in May

Are you planning a trip to Nepal in May and wondering what kind of weather to expect? This page has all the details you need.

What is the weather like in Nepal in May?

Nepal has a wide variety of climate types. During May, you can expect temperatures that range from cold to very warm and precipitation levels ranging from moderate to heavy. During May, summer is in full swing.

The average maximum daytime temperatures vary from cold in Muktināth at 6°C to very warm in Bardiyā at 38°C. Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 24°C in Bardiyā and -5°C in Muktināth.

In May, precipitation varies across different areas. From moderate rainfall in Bardiyā with an average of 36 mm to heavy rainfall in Pokhara with 359 mm. The city Kathmandu usually sees around 228 hours of sunlight, indicating many sunny days.

For a closer look at May's conditions in Nepal, see the map below. For a more detailed look at Nepal's yearly weather, check out our Nepal climate page.

Where to go in Nepal in May

Find the average weather conditions in May for the most popular destinations in Nepal on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

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Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

Popular destinations in Nepal

What is the weather like in May for the 5 most popular destinations in Nepal?

Average weather in Kathmandu

In May Kathmandu generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 27°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 16°C and heavy monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Kathmandu
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
<<   April April
<<  
26°C 
13°C 
232 hours 
90 mm 
3 days 
27°C 
16°C 
228 hours 
210 mm 
6 days 
June   >> June
>>  
27°C 
19°C 
187 hours 
470 mm 
11 days 
poor 
Climate in Kathmandu

Average weather in Pokhara

In May Pokhara generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 25°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 14°C and heavy monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Pokhara
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
<<   April April
<<  
24°C 
10°C 
158 mm 
3 days 
25°C 
14°C 
359 mm 
5 days 
poor 
June   >> June
>>  
26°C 
18°C 
691 mm 
11 days 
poor 
Climate in Pokhara

Average weather in Sauraha

In May Sauraha generally has very high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 35°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 23°C and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Sauraha
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
<<   April April
<<  
35°C 
19°C 
43 mm 
2 days 
35°C 
23°C 
129 mm 
4 days 
poor 
June   >> June
>>  
34°C 
25°C 
370 mm 
8 days 
poor 
Climate in Sauraha

Average weather in Bhaktapur

In May Bhaktapur generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 27°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 16°C and heavy monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Bhaktapur
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
<<   April April
<<  
26°C 
13°C 
232 hours 
96 mm 
3 days 
27°C 
16°C 
228 hours 
215 mm 
6 days 
June   >> June
>>  
27°C 
19°C 
187 hours 
455 mm 
11 days 
poor 
Climate in Bhaktapur

Average weather in Lalitpur

In May Lalitpur generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 27°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 17°C and heavy monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Lalitpur
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
<<   April April
<<  
26°C 
14°C 
232 hours 
92 mm 
3 days 
27°C 
17°C 
228 hours 
215 mm 
6 days 
June   >> June
>>  
27°C 
19°C 
187 hours 
467 mm 
11 days 
poor 
Climate in Lalitpur

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in Nepal.

Is May the best time to visit Nepal?

Given the typically unpleasant weather conditions in Kathmandu, May may not be the ideal time to visit Nepal.

Generally speaking, March, April, October, November and December provide perfect weather in Kathmandu. The weather in June, July, August and September, on the other hand, tends to be poor.

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