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Winter trekking program for the Incredible Himalayan Excursion in Nepal.

Visiting Nepal in December, January, or February? Winter is a great season for shorter treks at lower elevations. The temperatures are colder, but if you’re well prepared you can enjoy clear skies and fewer crowds.
The clear weather, best mountain views, quieter trails and cool temperature which are great for trekking are some of the distinct highlights of trekking in Nepal during winter. The landscape totally changes and you get the views you’d never get in the Spring and Autumn. In general, Spring and Autumn are the two best seasons to visit Nepal be it for trekking, climbing, or for just a leisure tour. Apart from these two seasons, Winter is also a great time to visit Nepal for trekking, hiking, and leisure tours. Rather than hiding indoors this winter and letting your boots and gear be thrown to the back of the closet, here we share with you the possibilities and options for trekking in Nepal during winter.
The best time to be bunged with amazing and fully snow-capped mountains is the winter season. However, winter tenders to your authentic mountains which are absolutely covered up with white clean, and tidy snow.
The grand benefit of doing the winter trekking in Nepal is that you discover the Nepal Himalayas to the depth, hence you can take pleasure in the wonders of the Himalayas at its paramount.

HIGHLIGHTS OF WINTER TREK:

  • The mountain views are best in the winter, with clear weather almost guaranteed
  • Enjoy some of the most popular treks in Nepal, such as short, crowd-free
  • Get a great bargain on nicer hotels in the low season
  • Despite the cold nights, the sunny winter days are great for trekking

WHEN IS THE WINTER IN NEPAL?
Winter in Nepal begins from December and continuous till February with the coldest month being January. Nepal has four (4) seasons climate (Spring, Autumn, Winter, and Summer/Monsoon). Spring which is from March to May and Autumn which is from September/November is the two favored time to visit Nepal. During this time of year, the temperature will be at the lowest. As the sun rises up, the daytime temperature will be perfect for trekking.

HOW COLD IT IS DURING WINTER?
The temperature will drop as you ascend higher. Winter (December to February) is the coldest time of the year and at 3000m + elevation the temperature will drop sub-zero. Daytime will be cool making it perfect for trekking but morning and night will remain cold.

A. KATHMANDU TEMPERATURE:
December: Average 10.7 °C (51.2) °F Maximum 15.2 °C (59.4) °F Minimum 7 °C (44.6) °F
January: Average 9.2 °C (48.6) °F Maximum 14.2 °C (57.5) °F Minimum 4.9 °C (40.9) °F
February: Average 11.3 °C (52.4) °F Maximum 16.3 °C (61.4) °F Minimum 6.4 °C (43.5) °F

B. POKHARA TEMPERATURE:
December: Average 12.9 °C (55.2) °F Maximum 16.6 °C (61.9) °F Minimum 8.2 °C (46.8) °F
January: Average 11 °C (51.8) °F Maximum 15.6 °C (60) °F Minimum 4.6 °C (40.3) °F
February: Average 12.7 °C (54.9) °F Maximum 17.7 °C (63.9) °F Minimum 5.7 °C (42.3) °F

C. LUKLA TEMPERATURE:
December: Average -1.1 °C (30.1) °F Maximum 3.5 °C (38.3) °F Minimum -5.4 °C (22.3) °F
January: Average -4.2 °C (24.5) °F Maximum 0.9 °C (33.6) °F Minimum -9.2 °C (15.4) °F
February: Average -3.6 °C (25.6) °F Maximum 1.5 °C (34.8) °F Minimum -8.8 °C (16.2) °F

D. GHOREPANI TEMPERATURE:
December: Average Maximum 11 °C  – Minimum 1 °C
January: Average Maximum 9 °C – Minimum -0 °C
February: Average Maximum 10 °C – Minimum 1 °C

E. LATANGTANG TEMPERATURE:
December to February is the winter season in the Langtang region. This is the time of snow and cold in the region with the daytime temperature ranging from 6°C-9°C (42.8°F-48.2°F). 


WINTER TREKKING CONDITIONS IN NEPAL:
For winter trekking in Nepal, high altitude treks consisting of high passes and camping treks are
not recommended. However, base camp treks such as Everest base camp, Annapurna base camp
are completely doable. Here are the most popular winter trekking routes for you to explore:


Trail conditions:
The trail conditions during winter are good with very slim chances of rain. The trails are dry with
Cool weather during the daytime at lower elevations is the perfect condition for trekking in Nepal during winter. However, the higher elevation usually 3000m+ receives snowfall by late December and it continues on and off till February. The high passes and trails are usually blocked by the snow during this time of year. For lower elevation treks such as Tengboche Monastery Trek, Annapurna Poonhill Trek, and Langtang Valley Trek, the trail conditions are good with dry paths and cool weather which is perfect for trekking.

Snow on trails:
You are likely to encounter Snow on trails during winter treks in Nepal. Trekking at higher altitudes is not recommended during winter as the trails will be blocked with heavy snow. Finding traces of path is also difficult during winter. For trekking up to Tengboche Monastery in Everest region, Poonhill in Annapurna Region, Kyanjin Gompa in Langtang Region, and other treks which don’t exceed 4000m are possible to do even during winter. We strongly recommend you to get Snow gaiters, Full hiking boots, Gore-Tex pants, and a jacket while trekking in Nepal during winter.

Lodges:
Lodges in the trekking area in Nepal are still open and running during the Winter season. In Everest, Annapurna, Langtang region the lodge owner takes a turn every winter to run the lodge to cater to the visitors. Finding a room is much easier at this time of year although the choices will be limited. You may as well be invited to the kitchen to share the heat from the stove. Getting an upgrade to attached bathrooms on the tea houses/lodges is found at a great deal too.

Crowds:
You are likely to be trekking on your own during Winter as the number of visitors drops significantly at this time of year. If you prefer a quieter trail and want the mountain all to yourself. Then Winter is the time. The local people also flee to the city at this time so the crowds will be very less. However, there will still be people on trial to cater to your needs.

Views:
The views during the winter are the best with the clearer sky and less precipitation. With snow on the ground and clear views of the mountains at the backdrop, the views you get are likely not seen even during the peak season time. If you are a photographer, then this is time to get that perfect shot with clear views, snow, and nature.
We are happy to suggest the necessary things to bring for your comfortable travel. Common Things to Bring


WINTER REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR TREK:
Warm jacket. Fiberfill or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February.


  • Warm jacket. Fiberfill or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from      December to February.
  • Sleeping bag to -15 °C or sleep sheet (if renting or agency supplied)
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February, these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu.
  • Windproof/Waterproof trousers. Necessity on all treks going above 3,000 meters.
  • Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night. In the winter months’ thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
  • A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
  • A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best.
  • Snow Glasses and strap.
  • Snow gaiters can be essential

WHERE TO FOR WINTER TREKKING IN NEPAL?
High passes and camping treks are not recommended.
However, (3210 meters), (3640 meters), (4200 meters), (2000 meters), (2012 meters), (3,860 meters), (4130 meters), (5363 meters) of the treks such as are completely doable. Here are the most popular winter trekking routes for you to explore:

1. EVEREST REGION TENGBOCHE MONASTERY TREK (3,860 meters)
Also known as Dawa Choling Gompa, in the Tengboche village in Khumjung in the Khumbu region of eastern Nepal.
This short trek up to Tengboche Monastery, the biggest monastery in Everest is a perfect holiday
in the Everest region for winter. The elevation doesn’t exceed 4000m and yet the views and experience are second to none. You are likely to encounter snow higher above from Namche but This adds to more fun and provides a unique experience of trekking in winter. Most of the Tea houses/lodges will be open on this trek during the whole winter! More details

2. GHOREPANI POON HILL TREK (3210 meters)
In peak season, the Poon Hill trek (passing through Ghorepani and Ghandruk) is extremely popular, and you may need to jostle for space at the dawn lookout point. Not in the winter! This trek is a popular classic for good reason: you will pass through local villages, forests with a range of vegetation, and enjoy spectacular sunrise views at Poon Hill (3210 meters). A major advantage of this trek is that it’s easily accessible and offers some very close-up views of the high Himalayas, such as Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, without needing to ascend too high. Perfect for the winter season! More details

3. KHOPRA DANDA RIDGE  TREK (3640 meters)
While the Poon Hill trek can be done in as little as three days if you have more time you can add on the Khopra Danda extension. It’s a lesser-known trek even in the peak seasons, so during the winter, you are likely to have the trails all to yourself. The route follows the same path as the Poon Hill trek for the first couple of days, before a local trail takes you down into the valley north of Ghorepani, before climbing up to Khopra Ridge (3640 meters). You’ll have great views of peaks such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) on this trek ! More details

4. PIKEY PEAK TREK (4200 meters)
Winters in Pikey Peak might be turbulent at times, but the days are usually short and sunny in winters. The seven days Pikey Peak trekking route, at a leisurely pace, starts from a short 6-7 hours’ drive from Kathmandu to Dhap. From here, the journey on foot along the gentle terrain of Khumbu kicks off.
Another winter trek in Nepal to consider is the Pikey Peak Trek situated in the lower part of the Everest region. Pikey Peak Trek goes up to an elevation of 4200m and provides a panoramic view of mountains from Annapurna Range to Kanchenjunga. The panoramic view from the top of Pikey Peak is likely not seen from anywhere and the view of Everest, Lhotse is astounding ! More details

5. HOT SPRING TREK (3210 meters)
Even a frequent traveler has less information about natural hot springs in Nepal. Even though it is less known, there are quite a few hot springs naturally built around Nepal. And when would be the best time to relax on natural saunas taking a dip in hot springs other than during winter? During nearly negative temperatures, getting into warm water is a heavenly feeling and it becomes ultimate relaxation when you need some rest tired of walking up and down the trekking routes. Famous natural hot springs in Nepal are ! More details

6. DHAMPUS HILL TREK (2000 meters)
Dhampus is one of the best viewpoints of Nepal from where one can clutch the outstanding view of Pokhara and the landscape gets even better as the sun goes down.
The elevation does not reach over 2000 meters therefore it is not a strenuous trek.  The weather along the trek is quite warm except in December/January and February ! More details

7. GHANDRUK TREK (2012 meters)
Ghandruk Trek is an easy and short hiking trip to the Annapurna Conservation Area of Nepal.  With snow-capped peaks and fabled Sherpa culture.
Ghandruk trek lies in the Annapurna region near Pokhara. It is a famous destination for the Annapurna trekking region. This is a beautiful village full of natural and scenic beauty. This village is situated at an altitude of 2012 meters above sea level. Ghandruk trek suits every age group of people. This is also one of the best trekking trails for family trekking in Nepal ! More details 

8. LANGTANG VALLEY TREK  (3,870 meters)
In winter you get to explore the snow-blanketed Langtang valley under the deep blue skies. But, as this is a mountain region you may notice periods of snowfalls, harsh winds, and uncomfortable weather conditions.
Since this is the less preferred season for trekking in this region you will find the trail less crowded with few trekkers. So, the Langtang trek in winter is the better option for those who want to explore nature and click pictures in solitude.! More details

9. EVEREST BASE CAMP TREK (5363 meters)
December is the first month of the winter season in Nepal, and this is the off trekking season for the Everest base camp trek. In this season less number of people visit EBC. Due to fewer trekkers on the trails, you can interact with nature by taking a large amount of time. On the trails, you can enjoy the natural sceneries in a peaceful environment ! More details

10. ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK (4130 meters)
There are two best seasons for the ABC Trek in Nepal. March April and May is the first season. September, October, and November is the best season. However, if you love to see the snowy surroundings and want to save a lifetime experience, AlpineTrav Treks suggest you explore the Annapurna base camp in winter (November, December, and January, February). Among various routes, hike to ABC via Ghorepani Poon Hill is the best recommended one ! More details


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