March is the start of spring in Nepal which sees the transition from colder months into a warmer spring season with showers.
Nepal has five seasons and March falls in right at the start of Spring. This can be the start of the second most popular trekking season in Nepal.
If your trek runs from late February into March then you may get completely rain free warm days and cool nights with good clear views.
Early rains are usually light which kick start the spring blooms.
For the most part at 2,000m expect day time temperatures of 20+ degrees and temperatures at night around 6 degrees.
March trekking tips
- Bring a light rain jacket and backpack rain cover
- Dress in Layers
- It can get chilly in the shade and evenings
If the light rains have begun then most of the Annapurna Region makes for a great trekking region during Spring in Nepal. Expect lush valley greens along with early spring flower blossoms. Short hikes around Nagarkot or Dhulikhel are easily done. Longer treks to Everest or the Annapurna Circuit remain some of the most popular at this time of year. This is an excellent time of year to visit Upper Mustang.
Spring is usually quite quick to arrive in Nepal with temperatures falling to around freezing* with ease at altitude. However, lower down on many treks the weather is usually much milder. Occasional hail showers, thunderstorms or rain can occur.
* weather temperatures and conditions change as you go up in altitude or descend. Likewise there are variations depending on the trek. Always expect passes and base camps to have more extreme conditions. The temperatures listed here are only used as rough indications.
Since publishing my guidebooks we've been keeping an accurate record of both GPS data for trails and the weather to try and help trekkers make decisions.
The following information is correlated based on real trekking guides and trekkers who were in the following areas. The weather data is broken down into the year of the trek, weeks in the month and a note on what a guide or person experienced in terms of weather. We've used EBC, ABC and the APC for weather examples as they cover the widest range of areas.
EBC = Everest Base Camp. ABC = Annapurna Base Camp. APC = Annapurna Circuit. WK = Week.
* Blank years or weeks just means the guide or data is/was not available. It may also mean we've not had the time to update the data here (we have a lot of data on all treks). We are trying to keep this information as accurate as possible. If you are looking for specific data you may contact us, however you can best support this site by purchasing a guidebook first.
Trek / DateEBC
March 2015Wk 1: Good views, no snow or rain.
March 2016WK 2: snowing from Loubche to Gorekshep
March 2017WK 1: Snow at Gorek Shep
WK 3: Snow on on the ground but no issues.
Trek / DateABC
March 2016WK 1: Hail & snow for 1 day.
Light snow on the way. At ABC there was snow on the ground.
Trek / DateAPC
March 2015WK 2: Clouds with a few views. WK 3: Good views of the mountains but while crossing Throng La there was light snow making it difficult.
March 2016WK 2: Snowing Throng La making it difficult.
March 2017WK 3: Snow at Muktinath but manageable.
WK 2: Light snow in Thorong but good views.
This historical climate/weather data may be useful to some but do remember that that the weather can change on an hourly basis in Nepal.
Dressing in layers is recommended in March due to a late winter. Good strong trekking boots with ankle support would be advisable due to any rain you might come across. A windproof jacket and rain jacket will be needed along with rain proof backpack covers. Trekking shirts, pants and a fleece (for the evenings).
Keep in mind that it can get sunny, wet and hot in March when out trekking during the day. So dressing in layers helps as you can peel them off. Meanwhile the evenings can get quite cool so a fleece will help keep you warm.
Blankets are usually available in guest houses along trekking routes but a light sleeping bag is a great addition.
All accommodation along the trekking routes will be open in March.
Accommodation rarely gets filled up in March.
Just like accommodation all restaurants will be open in March.
Do read my guidebook trekking in Nepal to understand about restaurants when trekking you may not be allowed to stay in your accommodation if you eat elsewhere when trekking!
Yes, trekking permits are available year round in Nepal including March. Permits are available in both Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Yes you'll need travel insurance when trekking in March. Wet, slippery paths often lead to many ankle strains and slips so do take care.
Do read about getting proper travel insurance for trekking in Nepal.
Do read my full article on when is the best time of year to go trekking in Nepal for a full overview which it makes it easy to pick the best season to go trekking. Meanwhile here's a monthly breakdown.
Again, if you are trying to make plans it'll be easier to read when is the best time of year to go trekking in Nepal first, then the monthly breakdown.
The above information should give you a brief outline and understanding about trekking in Nepal in March.
I've compiled more detailed articles on the specifics of trekking in Nepal below.
You will find them to be a great place to thoroughly research your trip to Nepal, be sure to bookmark them so you don't forget!
|You might find my following free guides helpful:|
My guide on trekking in Nepal
|Check out my guide on equipment & gear needed for trekking in Nepal|
|Check out my list of treks to do in Nepal complete with maps||Check out my guide on how to travel overland into Tibet for a lot more!|
|How to choose a trekking guide in Nepal||My Day by day account of trekking to Everest Base Camp in the off season (winter)|
|Check out my How to travel overland into Nepal guide||Check out my country Guide to Nepal|
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