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Kathmandu weather in January (Nepal)

Planning a trip to Kathmandu in January? Check out this comprehensive weather guide.

In January, Kathmandu generally has moderate temperatures and moderate rainfall. January falls within the winter season. Throughout the daytime, temperatures often hover around 16°C. However, as the sun sets and evening approaches, there's a noticeable cool-down, with temperatures gently dropping to a more temperate 5°C. On average, it is the month with the lowest temperatures of the year. However the temperature is still pleasant and it won't ever get really cold.

Kathmandu in January usually receives moderate rainfall, averaging around 44 mm for the month. Based on our climate data of the past 30 years, about 2 days of rain are anticipated.

The days are predominantly sunny, with an estimated total of around 221 hours of sunshine. This amount of sunlight does not only brightens the days but also contributes to a cheerful ambiance in the area during this month.

Should you favor a climate that's both dry and comfortably warm March, April, October, November and December typically offer the most agreeable circumstances. On the other hand, June, July, August and September tend to be characterized by conditions that may not be as optimal.

For an in-depth look at the yearly conditions, visit our specialized Kathmandu climate page with graphs.

 

Kathmandu, monthly averages in January

Min TemperatureMin Temperature 5°C  
Max TemperatureMax Temperature 16°C  
Chance of RainChance of Rain 6%  
PrecipitationPrecipitation 44 mm  
Rainy daysRainy days 2 days  
HumidityHumidity 79% *  
WindspeedWindspeed *  
SunshineSunshine 221 hours *  
Percentage SunshinePercentage Sunshine *  
* Data from: Katmandu, Nepal (4 KM, 2 Miles).

Where to go in Nepal in January

Find out more about the weather in Nepal and which places have the best travel conditions in this month.

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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).

So, what should you wear in this month?

For visitors traveling to Kathmandu, we recommend wearing layers. So maybe a skirt, t-shirt, shorts for during the day and jeans and a warm jacket for some days and evenings. Bring a rain jacket in case it rains during your stay. Plan on layering your clothes.

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do.

Cycling
6/10
Walking
6/10
Camping
5/10
Outdoor sports
10/10

Interested in more climate information?

This site provides you with all the information you need about the climate in Kathmandu.

Our site offers climate and forecast data for every country in the world. Are you going to Nepal? On this website you can find historical weather averages for many cities in Nepal. Not sure yet where to go? We now have a tool which recommends destinations that suit your ideal travel conditions. Find out where to go with our weather planner.