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Climate & Weather

The consistent flying conditons in Nepal mean that we are able to fly year round, with very few days lost to inclement weather, even during the monsoon! In fact, it is the monsoonal climate that makes Nepal such a great place to fly.  The high levels of rainfall in the summer & the latitude of the country mean that the tree line is at a whopping 3500m.

Owing to Nepal’s subtropical climate, there is little in the way of prevailing winds and the valley winds are mild, so it is pure thermic flying - milder than late summer alpine conditions.

In general, cloudbase is at its highest in the dry winter and spring months, and at its lowest in the summer and autumn months, but recent years have seen some incredible flying conditons in the early summer and autumn, particularly in May, September and October. See the table below for average flying weather data throughout the year.

Winter & Spring

The main season runs from early October until the beginning of May. The most popular months for solo pilots are November, December, January, February & March because of the super consistent weather during this time. The best XC months are February & March, when cloudbase is highest and the mild conditions of the previous 3 months pick up. You’ll need to wrap up well in the winter, as it is quite cold in the air.

Summer & Autumn

In April / May, the temperature  & moisture levels begin to increase, bringing late afternoon / evening rainfall. From June to September, Pokhara gets a great deal of rain, but much of this falls in the evening / overnight, leaving clear blue skies the following morning and mild buoyant conditions throughout the day. This is a lovely time of year to fly as the landscape is lush with colour with the monsoon rains, and all you need to wear is shorts and t-shirt. You do however need to be vigilant if you fly in the afternoon, as storms form at this time of year.

The data in the table below has been compiled over 17 years of living and flying in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The flying figures are based on daily records for Sarangkot, Pokhara.

 

 

 FLYABLE DAYS

THERMALS  (M/S)

AVERAGE CLOUDBASE (M)

MAX CLOUDBASE

RAINFALL (MM)

MAX TEMP (°C)

MIN TEMP (°C)

 OCTOBER 28  2-3 1850 2100 <70 28 20
 NOVEMBER 30  1950  2200  <10  26  13 
 DECEMBER 30  3-4  2000  2400  <10  23 
 JANUARY 31  3-5 2200  2500  <20  20 
 FEBRUARY 26  4-6 2300  3000  <20  22 8
 MARCH 26  3-5  2500  3200  <20  29  16 
 APRIL 26  2-4  2400  2900  <20  36  20 
 MAY 26  2-3  2300  2800  <50  35  21
 JUNE 24 2-3  2200  2700  <200  36  25 
 JULY 24  2-3 2000  2400  <400  32  27 
 AUGUST 22  1-2  1900  2100  <400 32  27 
 SEPTEMBER 22  1-2  1800  2000  <200  32  26 

 

 

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