Winter in Nepal stays for three months, December, January, and February. The month of December welcomes winter and ends in February. The precipitation is very low with less to no probability of rainfall but you may see snowfall in January. People have been trekking in Nepal throughout the year because everyone has a different range of temperature in which they feel comfortable or bearable.
Many treks in the winter because of their choice and many do so because they only have free time in winter. Whatever may be the reason, the clear sky, amazing views of scenic villages and snow-peaked mountains will make you feel like winter is the best season. You just have to pack a few extra things to keep you warm when it gets cold.
If you want to trek to higher places, extra preparation and endurance is required. It is best to choose view treks taking you to popular vantage points and short treks that only take you to access places in altitude not higher than 4000 meters. This way, you won’t have to tackle grueling temperatures and you will catch one of the best views of the Himalayas. Keep reading, and see which treks we think are the best for you to complete this winter.
Winter is not a peak trekking season but that shouldn’t stop you from booking a trip in Nepal. This only means that even popular trekking spots are less crowded than usual. You won’t even have to try hard to get the best accommodation and you will have many options to choose from. The flight cost and cost for accommodation also are relatively cheaper than in peak seasons. Trekking in winter lets you feel close to nature while you are surrounded by outstanding views of nature instead of people.
Trekking in Nepal in December
Don’t worry if all the holiday you have is during December, trekking in Nepal during this month is completely doable and rewarding. In addition to clear views, you also get to witness several festivals like Christmas and New Year in cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara either during the starting of your trip or during the end. You have to be careful to choose the best time if you want to be more adventurous and trek in higher places.
Weather during December in Nepal
In December early mornings and nights are cold, it is quite warm during the daytime. It starts to get colder and colder day by day. In lower regions, the average temperature is about 12°C while in higher regions it may get freezing cold. Early December is comparatively warmer before it starts to get really cold. You may start to see snowfall during Late December.
Trekking in Nepal in January
Unlike other months, there is no time you can choose when the temperature gets slightly warm, the whole month is cold and high altitude trekking shouldn’t be planned during January. But the mountains are covered in an extra layer of snow and the skies are very clear with no chances of rainfall. Choosing the right destination, you can get the best of the Himalayan region in January. You can visit the best viewpoints during warm daytime and sleep cozily with extra sleeping bags you bring during the night.
Weather during January in Nepal
January is the mid winter time and the coldest month in Nepal. It gets very cold in the high altitude places. At lower places, days are warm with colder nights. In the Himalayan region, temperatures can change dramatically during the day and night. It can get as cold as -6°C with an average temperature of about -2°C.
Trekking in Nepal in February
February is the last month of winter in Nepal. Days are still cold but it slowly starts to get warmer as the month goes by. The outstanding views of the snow-peaked mountains won’t be obstructed by dark clouds or rain. Even if February marks the end of winter, trekking at high altitudes like in high passes is yet not recommended.
The weather during February in Nepal
During February the temperature slowly starts to increase with days getting warmer. There will be no rainfall or snowfall in February (at lower altitudes). Trekking in Late February is relatively easier than early because of the gradually increasing temperature. Though the temperature in Kathmandu and Pokhara gets more comfortable slowly, temperature above 4000 meters can still drop up to -5°C on cold days.
Tips for trekking in Nepal in Winter
- Make reasonable plans and trek and take advice from an expert
- Dress in layers so that you can remove or add clothing as temperature increases or decreases
- Stay hydrated even if you may not feel like drinking water. Drink hot water/tea which will keep you hydrated as well as warm.
- Travel only with a guide to ensure your safety in a dramatic mountainous environment
- Be sure to pack warm clothes and an extra sleeping bag designed for cold temperatures
- Take proper trekking boots to avoid your feet getting into the snow.
- Carry enough batteries and torchlights with you as it can get dark very soon in winter.
- The temperature data is based on previously noted temperatures and it may vary during the time you go trekking. It is highly advised that you check on local weather conditions or contact us.
Best Treks in Nepal for Winter
Though it is doable, high altitude trekking is not advised during winter in Nepal. Trekking in comfortable regions in lower altitude is perfectly fine and rewarding. These are the treks that we think are best to complete this winter.
3 Days Poon Hill Trek
Poon Hill is a famous vantage point in Annapurna Region to catch some spectacular views of mountains in Annapurna Range. 3 days Poon Hill Trek is perfect for someone wanting to spend some time in Pokhara by themselves and then join a trek. It is also the shortest trek during which you can enjoy the cultural and natural aspect of the region. It also takes you to Ghorepani, a village full of people and cultivated land on the Himalayan landscape. Reaching Poon Hill you will see snow-peaked mountains standing tall in front of you.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Ghorepani Poonhill trek is a short Annapurna region trek that lets you explore the village of Ghorepani and takes you to the famous viewpoint Poon Hill. It is similar to Poon Hill Trek in many ways except you will get the opportunity to visit Ghorepani as well. It takes almost 5 days to complete the trek. During the trek, you can enjoy a plethora of heartwarming views of the landscapes, rivers, forests and waterfalls etc. It is also a wonderful opportunity to explore the culture, lifestyle, and traditions of the people who reside in that area. The view of the mountains of Annapurna and range, sunrise from the Poon hill are major attractions of the trek.
Langtang region is the less explored pristine region of eastern Nepal. It lets you explore the beautiful Langtang valley, villages, sub-tropical and alpine forests, and beautiful landscapes. It is one of the best trekking destinations for winter as the views get better in winter due to clear weather and the temperature is also bearable. The trekking also offers the visit of beautiful and sacred Gosainkunda lake. Shin Gompa and Kyanjin Gompa are amazing places to learn about the religion of the people who reside in that area (Tibetan Buddhism). You can expect to get the view of the mountains of Langtang and Ganesh Himal range.
Everest View Trek
Everest view trek is also one of the most famous trekking to Khumbu region. It takes you to Tengboche which gives the spectacular views of the mountain s of Everest region such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Amadablam, Lobuche, etc. The trek starts from Lukla and the trail takes you alongside the Dudh Koshi river, inside the rhododendron, oak and pine forests. The trek provides you with the opportunity to explore the unique and profound culture and traditions of Sherpa communities who reside in those areas. You will also get to visit Tengboche monastery which is the biggest monastery of Khumbu region. In winter the view of the mountains looks amazing due to clear weather and extra-thick snow.
Dhampus Sarangkot Trek
Dhampus Sarangkot is short and easy trek around Pokhara valley. It lets you explore the landscapes and jungles near Pokhara. In this two days trek, you will walk through the serene trails with the view of snow-capped mountains in the background. The trek will let you explore the picturesque villages, paddy farms, and interact with local people to learn about their culture and lifestyle. It is ideal for those who want to experience trekking bout do not have time and strength to pull off the long and strenuous trekkings. Sarangkot is a wonderful vantage point which gives the view of Annapurna and Dhawalagiri range including the amazing view of Pokhara valley.
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is a short and leisurely trek around Kathmandu Valley. 3 days of package lets you explore Shivapuri National Park, landscapes around the valley including the beautiful vantage point Nagarkot.Panoramic view of major peaks of the Eastern Himalayas including Mt. Everest. Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Langtang, Ganesh Himal, and Gaurishankar range can be seen from Nagarkot. The view of the sunrise from Nagarkot is mesmerizing. It is also appropriate for people with time constraints.
Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal Trek is the trekking which is in practice only in recent years. Its popularity is growing day by day because of the pristine and exotic landscapes and less crowd as compared to other popular trekkings of the area. It is a moderate plus trek that takes you to the base of Mardi Himal. The trek provides you with the amazing views of the landscapes of the Annapurna region, chance to explore the culture and tradition of local people, etc. The walk among the dense forests of rhododendron, oak and pine forests is a beautiful experience you can have.
Khopra Danda Trek
Khopra Danda trek is yet another beautiful trek of Annapurna region that takes you to the Khopra ridge and Khayar lake. Khopra ridge is one of the most beautiful vantage points of the Annapurna region. It provides you with the thrilling view of Kali Gandaki gorge carved by Dhawalagiri and Annapurna, mountains of Annapurna range and Dhawalagiri range, etc. The trek is also an opportunity to visit the beautiful Khayar lake. The view of the landscapes of landscapes looks mesmerizing in winter.