Looking for the best winter treks in Nepal? Winter season falls in December, January, and February month. It is the best season for short treks below which can be completed in a 7 days time. The temperature in winter season is quite cold but the view is clear in the mountain.
In spite of the fact that Spring and Autumn are the two most popular trekking season in Nepal, trekking in winter season has its own unique advantages. An advantage of trekking in the winter season is to enjoy the best mountain view in less crowd.
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Winter Treks in Nepal
Winter season is also considered as low season, you won’t have any problem getting an accommodation in teahouses. In addition to, trek route will have less crowd and offers peace environment.
Major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara or even in lower altitude (less than 4000m) will not have any snow-fall. The temperature goes decreasing while you ascend to higher altitudes. Mainly at night time, you will feel cold but the next morning the weather is clear with fewer clouds.
Highlights of Trekking in Winter Season
- Enjoy the view of snow-capped mountains in the clear blue sky
- Less crowded in major trekking routes
- Easy to get an accommodation in teahouses
- Trekking on a sunny day is one of the best experience
Weather in Winter Season
Treks December January February
Everest View Trek
-3ºC to -6ºC -10ºC to -15ºC -5ºC to -10ºC
Poon Hill Trek 4ºC to 10ºC 0ºC to 10ºC 5ºC to 15ºC
Langtang Valley Trek 2ºC to 8ºC -2ºC to 6ºC 2ºC to 8ºC
Khopra Danda Trek 2ºC to 8ºC -2ºC to 6ºC 2ºC to 10ºC
Mardi Himal Trek -1ºC to 6ºC -5ºC to 5ºC 0ºC to 9ºC
Note: The temperature displayed above is the average minimum and maximum.
Everest View Trek is a popular trekking destination among trekkers who love to view Mt. Everest in short time (less than a week). Selecting this trek will offer a scenic flight to Lukla, trek to Phakding, trek to Namche – historic Sherpa village, and lastly to Everest View Hotel.
Along the trekking, you can enjoy the amazing mountains, lush forest, rivers, old monasteries in Namche and Khumjung. From the Everest View Hotel, you can view mountains above 6000m – Mt. Everest, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Khumbila, Mt. Taboche, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Nuptse and other mountain ranges.
Also Read: Everest View Trek Detail Itinerary
Mardi Himal Trek is the hidden gem of Annapurna region. It is less popular among trek even in peak season, so during winter, you will find no crowd at all. The view from Mardi View Point is beyond description.
Teahouse accommodation in Mardi Himal Trek was officially launched in 2012. Before that, there was a camping. The trail follows the ridge, valley crossing lush forest with rhododendron flower, Magnolia flower, and different flora and fauna.
Also Read: Mardi Himal Trek Detail Itinerary
Poon Hill Trek is the well-established trekking routes for viewing the sunrise and sunset from an elevation of 3210m. Trek route passes through two most popular destination – Ghorepani and Ghandruk, local villages, lush forest, and wildlife.
This trek is suitable for any level of trekkers of any age, family group, student group, and honeymoon couple. Scenic view of 14 different mountains over 6000m is one of the advantages of choosing Poon Hill Trek.
Also Read: Poon Hill Trek Detail Itinerary
Khopra Danda Trek is the extension of Poon Hill Trek. If you have a couple of more days then poon hill then choosing this trek is the best decision that you can make.
It is less-known trekking routes, where it passes through local villages situated in a ridge, green terrain field, including mountain views such as Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Nilgiri, Hiunchuli and other mountain ranges.
Also Read: Khopra Danda Trek Detail Itinerary
Langtang Valley Trek is one of the popular short trekking in Nepal. It is also known as the valley of glaciers. You will get an excellent view of mountains and peak – Langtang Lirung, Ganchhenpo, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakpa, Yala Peak, Naya Kanga, and other mountain ranges.
Within 7 days, you can reach up to Tserko Ri (5000m). Trekking path passes through Kyangjin Gompa, Yak Cheese farm, pine and bamboo forests, Langtang river, grassland, and farmland. The route is less crowd in a winter season.
Also Read: Langtang Valley Trek Detail Itinerary
Nepal Trekking Gears Checklist
- Warm clothes (Down jacket, thermal pant, gloves, socks, hats, scarfs)
- Sleeping bag (-20ºC)
- Sun-glasses and winter cream
- Long-sleeve T-shirts
- Trekking Botes and Pole
- Hot water bottle
We strongly recommend you to bring above important gears while trekking in Nepal. You can also rent or hire most of the trekking gears in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
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