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Monthly weather forecast and Climate
Lukla, Nepal

The valley village of Lukla, Nepal, overlooking the beautiful Himalayas, viewed from Khumbu Valley
The valley village of Lukla, Nepal, overlooking the beautiful Himalayas, viewed from Khumbu Valley
Lukla has a subtropical highland type of climate (Köppen climate classification Cwb) with warm, humid and wet summers and cold, snowy and dry winters. Lukla lies in the famous trekking region of Khumbu, in the Solukhumbu District of northeastern Nepal. The high altitude is the chief influencer of the climate of the region.

Lukla is a small town with an elevation of 2860 meters above sea level and is popular as the starting point of the trek to Everest Base Camp. Lukla airport has a short and steep runway, which ranks among the most dangerous airstrips in the world. The topography consists of high mountains, rough and uneven terrain, with all movement restricted to foot and pack animals in the absence of roads. The mountains and valley views are spectacular with snow-capped peaks and mist surrounding the region.

The high altitude tropical location gives Lukla warm summers that rarely cross the 20°C (68°F) mark. The average high temperature is around 14.4°C (57.9°F) mark at the peak of summer, but the nights are cold even in summer. Winters are snowy with the low temperatures in the frigid zone of -18.3°C (-0.9°F) to -16.1°C (3°F). Spring days are mild and colorful, while autumn is the best time for photography and viewing mountains as the skies are the clearest of the year.

Lukla receives annual rainfall to the tune of 635mm (25"), at least three-fourths of which falls in the form of monsoonal rains from June to September. The humidity reaches the highest point during the rainy season. Winters are mostly dry but receive a large amount of snow. Snowfall is frequent during the winter season as the skies remain gloomy. Lukla registers around 2250 hours of sunshine annually, with the least amount of daily sunlight during the rainy season.
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The best time to visit Lukla is during April and May during the spring and late September to October during the autumn.
The skies are mostly clear, and the rainfall is less during late spring and early autumn. The day temperatures are mild, while the nights are significantly less cold than the winter. Summer months are mostly cloudy with persistent and occasionally heavy rainfall, while October is the best time for trekking and enjoying a clear view of the scenic mountains.

The worst time to visit Lukla is during the snowy winter from December to February.
The temperatures can quickly go down below -20.6°C (-5.1°F), and the cold can be bone-chilling. The days are cold and may drop below freezing at the peak of winter. The winter season is dry with clear skies except for mist during the mornings. The days are short, and the cold season is the darkest period of the year with the least period of daily sunlight.

Lukla is prone to severe thunderstorms, rainstorms, and landslides, mainly during the summer. The monsoon brings heavy rainfall to the region and thunderstorms with lightning frequent the area. Landslides and mudslides pose a significant risk in the rainy season. Snow and ice are dangerous during the winter with an extremely likely possibility of an avalanche from the high mountain slopes. Snowstorms are frequent in the cold season. Altitude sickness is a grave danger in the harsh mountain weather.

January is the coldest month of the year in Lukla with the average high temperature in the frigid zone of -18.3°C (-0.9°F) to 1.1°C (34°F). Weather in January »

The weather is unpredictable in the mountains as sunny skies suddenly turn to hazy ones. Although the sunshine is a daily 7 hours, the sunrays are weak. Weather in February »

The conditions are dry but it not unusual to witness an occasional ice storm in March. The daylight improves to 12 hours with an increase in the intensity of the sunlight. Weather in March »

The average temperatures are in the cold to a mild range of -7.2°C (19°F) to 8.3°C (46.9°F) with the rainfall inching up to 27.9mm (1.1") in April. Weather in April »

May brings warm days to Lukla, Nepal as the average temperatures rise to the -3.3°C (26.1°F) to 11.7°C (53.1°F) range. Weather in May »

June is the warmest month of the year in Lukla, Nepal as the average temperatures rise to 15°C (59°F) during the summer. Weather in June »

July is the wettest month of the year in Lukla, Nepal with the rainfall rising the scales to register above 154.9mm (6.1"). Weather in July »

The average temperatures are in the 3.3°C (37.9°F) to 13.3°C (55.9°F) range, with a high degree of humidity in the atmosphere. Weather in August »

The average temperatures register in the range of 0.6°C (33.1°F) to 12.8°C (55°F) as the warm days give way to cold nights. Weather in September »

October brings cold back to Lukla with the advance of the colorful autumn. The temperatures drop to the average zone of -6.7°C (19.9°F) to 8.9°C (48°F). Weather in October »

November gives the first inkling of the icy winter season in Lukla with the average temperatures in the cold -11.7°C (10.9°F) to 5.6°C (42.1°F) range. Weather in November »

December is winter in Lukla, which experiences cold temperatures in the average range of -16.1°C (3°F) to 3.3°C (37.9°F). Weather in December »