Winter Treks in Nepal: The Best 23 Treks

Winter treks in Nepal

Nepal is a Himalayan country and you might expect the country to get covered in a blanket of snow in winters. December, January, and February are winter months in Nepal. Well, Nepal does get covered in snow; however, winter treks in Nepal is possible and enjoyable.

Here in this blog, you will get to know where to trek according to your preference.

Despite being the less popular season for trekking, the popularity of winter treks among erudite travelers is rising. With proper winter gear you can enjoy winter treks in Nepal; but difficult to experience the joy of trekking in seclusion in the popular trekking season.

Nepal has something for everyone. Regardless of being a novice, experienced or intrepid trekker all can enjoy trekking in winter. Trekkers just need to know what kind of experience they are searching for and which trekking routes to take accordingly.

Best winter trekking trails in Nepal are said to be those below 4000m. Enjoying the warm winter trekking in the lower regions of Nepal or being adventurous and trekking in the higher region is up to you.

The Himalayas or snowy mountain views allure trekkers to Nepal but the warm Nepalese hospitality leaves an impact persisting long, even years after visiting Nepal.


Highlights of Nepal Winter Trekking

  • Bask in the joy of trekking in seclusion; ‘Yes’ you will get to keep the trail to yourself
  • You don’t have to compete to book a spot in a tea house; on the contrary, you can easily get a single room for yourself
  • Expect off-season discounts while trekking in winter in Nepal
  • Look forward to better services in tea houses than in the popular trekking seasons
  • Winter weather is mostly stable so enjoy one of the best views of the blue sky against verdant hills and snowcapped mountains

Temperature and Weather in winter

Winter starts in December and lasts up to February. In the mountain region of Nepal, winter months are usually dry with occasional rainfall or snowfall. Daytime is pleasant and warm with sunshine but mornings and nights are cold where the temperature plummets and also drops below freezing point.

Elevation Max/Min December January February
1000m Min 6 5 8
Max 23 22 24
1500m Min 3 2 7
Max 21 20 22
2000m Min 1 0 4
Max 20 18 20
2500m Min -2 -3 2
Max 18 16 18
3000m Min -4 -6 -1
Max 16 14 17
3500m Min -6 -7 -4
Max 14 13 14
4000m Min -8 -10 -7
Max 10 12 12
4500m Min -10 -12 -8
Max 10 10 10
5000m Min -18 -20 -15
Max 6 5 8

 

Everest Region Trek in winter

Tengboche Monastery in Everest region

Trekking to the base camp of the world’s highest mountain, Everest brings a sense of accomplishment. Everest attracts thousands of trekkers every year, so while trekking in the Everest region during the high season crowd is inevitable. Spring and autumn are the best seasons mostly due to pleasant weather. However, winter trekking in Nepal which spans over December to February shouldn’t be overlooked;

Winter trekking in the Everest region of Nepal is enjoyable and you can expect the least crowd. Trek to the Everest Base Camp or hike to the nearby Gokyo lakes or else take a helicopter tour. Trekking to the high passes might be challenging in the winter season but this may fall under the choice of intrepid trekkers.

 

Everest View Trek

Overview

  • Trip duration: 12 days
  • Highest Elevation:  3880 meters
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice Trekkers

A novice trekker will enjoy an Everest View trek in winter. Novice trekkers are advised to trek not more than 4,000 meters. Take a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. Start your trek through the Sherpa villages of the Everest region starting from Phakding. Take the first glimpse of Everest on the way to Namche. Enjoy your stay at a bustling Sherpa town of Namche Bazaar, where you will be spending a day acclimatizing.

Walk to the Everest View Hotel (3880m) which overlooks wonderful views of Everest, Ama Dablam, and others. Hike back taking the same route after a visit to Tengboche.

Take a helicopter tour of the Everest region. Enjoy the bird’s eye view of Everest from the comfort of a helicopter. You will be flying parallel to the snow-capped mountains and flying above the winter snow land will be an experience of a lifetime.

If you want to enjoy the best of both worlds then trek to Everest Base Camp and fly back in a helicopter.

Highlights

  • See the highest mountain in the world, Everest in front of your eyes
  • Walk past Sherpa villages and get a glimpse of their daily lives
  • Get a sneak-peek into rich Sherpa culture and traditions
  • Enjoy the stunning aerial view of the Everest region when flying back via helicopter

 

Everest Base Camp Trek

Mount Everest Base Camp

Overview

  • Trip duration: 14 days
  • Highest Elevation: 5550 meters
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Experienced Trekkers

Everest Base Camp Trek in winter is chosen by veteran trekkers. You can experience the pleasure of walking to the base camp of the tallest mountain on earth, Everest in seclusion. During popular season Everest region becomes very crowded and it becomes tough to enjoy solitude. Winter months are quite in the Everest region; you can fuel the adventurer inside you and also keep trails to yourself.

Fly to Lukla from Kathmandu. Take the route of Lukla, Phakding, Namche Bazaar to Tengboche and trek even higher. Hike as high as Kala Patthar at an altitude of 5550 meters via Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and Everest Base Camp. Kala Patthar offers the best views of Everest and it shines like gold during sunrise and sunset.

You can either trek back or choose to fly in the helicopter. You will be enjoying the best of both worlds if you wish to fly in a helicopter.

Highlights:

  • Standing at the Everest Base Camp in winter
  • Bask in the beauty of Mount Everest from the vantage point of Kala Patthar
  • Get firsthand experience of mountain culture of Sherpas and enjoy their warm hospitality
  • Crossing many bridges festooned with prayer flags and spinning prayer wheels along the way

 

Gokyo Lakes Trek

Overview

  • Trip duration: 11 days
  • Highest Elevation: 5,360 meters
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starts/Ends: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Experienced trekkers

Gokyo Lakes Trek is a challenging as well as a rewarding trek. It takes you to one of the best viewpoints of the Everest region. After an adventurous flight to Lukla, you will be trekking to Namche Bazaar via Phakding. Enjoy a day acclimatizing in the lively town of Namche Bazaar. Explore the town and its coffee shops, bakeries, restaurants.

If you wish to see Mount Everest and its neighboring mountains, then do a hike to Hotel Everest View. The hotel offers astounding views of Mount Everest, Ama Dablam, Nuptse, Lhotse, among others.

Continue your trek from Namche Bazaar to Dole and Macchermo. After waking the moraine trail of Nzogumpa glacier, the longest glacier of Nepal you will reach Gokyo Valley. Watch the awesome Gokyo Lakes and bask in its beauty. Hike up a small hill above Gokyo known as Gokyo Ri which has the best views of the Everest region. From here you can see peaks over 8,000 meters including Mount Everest, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

Enjoy unparalleled panoramic vistas of Gokyo and trek down to Lukla via Dole and Namche Bazaar. With memories to cherish, fly from Lukla to Kathmandu and board an international flight back home from Kathmandu.

If you want to shorten the trek by few days then you can use a helicopter to fly in and out of Lukla, the gateway of Everest trek. This way you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Experience the joy of trekking and enjoy the aerial view of the Everest region from the comfort of your helicopter.

Highlights

  • Watch the stunning Gokyo lake
  • Savor the awe-inspiring views of Cho Oyu, breathtaking frozen Gokyo Lakes
  • See the longest glacier of Nepal, Nzogumpa Glacier
  • Experience Sherpa hospitality and get a sneak-peek into their daily lives
  • Trek through fascinating Sherpa villages of Khumbu region

 

Pikey Peak Trek

Overview

  • Trip duration: 9 days
  • Elevation: 3640 meters 
  • Difficulty: Easy/ Moderate
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers or experienced trekkers (any)

A short trek in the Everest region with the awe-inspiring views of Everest is Pikey Peak Trek.  Also, this trek is described as the best place to view Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary. You will find monasteries, stupas, and gompas in this region showing the presence of Buddhism. Take a sneak peek into the daily lives of locals and experience their warm hospitality.

Highlights

  • Pikey Peak has the best views of Mount Everest as per Sir Edmund Hillary
  • Enjoy the magnificent views of mountains like Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, and others
  • Get to know about the ancient Tibetan Medicinal Therapy at Thutungchheli monastery. 

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Annapurna Region Trek in winter

Annapurna Base Camp Trek in winter

Walk in one of the most loved trekking regions of Nepal, Annapurna. The trail of Annapurna treks passes through dense forests, alongside and over meandering rivers, quaint villages. Wake up to the picturesque landscape. Watch mesmerizing sunrises in the mornings and sunsets in late afternoons over the Himalayas.

Get an insight into the local mountain culture of the Annapurna region. Trekking in the Annapurna region is flexible and you can choose from a variety of trekking routes as per your trekking style in the Annapurna region. 

Those who wish to go on an easy trek in winter can opt for Poon Hill Trek, Panchase Trek, Khopra Danda trek among others. If you are up for adventures with winter trekking in Nepal then go for hikes such as Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, and Jomsom Muktinath Trek. 

 

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Overview

  • Trip duration:  11 days
  • Highest Elevation:  4130 meters
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers, experiences (any)

While trekking to Annapurna Base Camp, you will be walking in the shadows of many high mountains in the world. This classic trek will take you to the base camp of the 10th highest mountain in the world, Mount Annapurna (8091m).

You will get to watch many beautiful sunrises and sunsets during this trek. On your hike through quaint mountain villages, the cultural diversity and warm hospitality of locals make this trek special.

After arriving at Kathmandu, fly to Pokhara. Your trek starts from Ghandruk and follows the trail through Chhomrong, Bamboo, Deurali to Annapurna Base Camp. Bask in the grandeur of Annapurna Base Camp with glaciers and Annapurna Massif. After visiting Annapurna Sanctuary trek via Bamboo, Jhinu Danda, to Matque. Drive back to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the close-up views of Annapurna Massif and astounding views of mountains like Fishtail Peak, Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Hiunchuli, Gangapurna, and others
  • Annapurna Sanctuary, rich in flora and fauna
  • Hike to Ghandruk- the village of valiant Gurkha soldiers
  • Explore Gurung Museum filled with antique cookware, tools, and others
  • Rejuvenate your tired muscle with a dip in the hot spring at Jhinu Danda

 

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal

Overview

  • Trip duration:  9 days
  • Highest Elevation: 4500 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy /Moderate
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu 
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers, experiences (any)

Take a slightly off the beaten path trek by hiking to Mardi Himal. If you are thinking where is Mardi Himal? Well, Mardi Himal lies just below Peak Fishtail and a 5200-meter col sets Mardi Himal apart from Fishtail Peak.

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the adventurous ridge-line trekking amidst stunning Himalayan views. The spectacular mountain views offer ample photographic opportunities.  

Your Mard Himal trek starts from Kande near Pokhara. You will be trekking from Kande, Forest Camp, Badal Danda to High Camp, where you will be acclimatizing for a day. A ridgeline walk offers breathtaking Himalayan views. Continue your trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp and trek to Sidhing via Low Camp. Drive to Pokhara from Sidhing and then take a flight to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Live the fun of trekking in seclusion unlike popular trekking trails of Nepal
  • Extraordinary ridgeline trek filled with adventure with this trek offering close-up views of Fishtail, Mardi Himal, Annapurna South, and others
  • Stargaze at night from Badal Danda
  • The trek is yet to get commercialized; so make most of it!

 

Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra Danda

Overview

  • Trip duration: 10 days
  • Elevation:  4,500 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers

Khopra Danda Trek is a great way to enjoy the majestic beauty of the Himalayas in the Annapurna region with less-crowd. The khopra trek route is recently opened to uplift the economic condition of the neighboring villages. Enjoy a hike through alpine meadows and green pastures with mountain vistas while boosting the local economy.

After arriving in Kathmandu, take a flight to Pokhara the next day. Drive to your trailhead, Kimichi and start your trek to Ghandruk. You will be trekking to Khopra Danda via Dobato. Watch an amazing sunrise from Muldai Viewpoint and take a thrilling walk on Khopra Ridge. Enjoy a hike to Khayer Lake which is the highest point of your trek. Walk to Swanta village and Ghorepani followed by an early morning trek to Poon Hill to watch a popular Himalayan sunrise. Drive to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu.

When you go trekking with our company, ‘Third Rock Adventures,’ USD 200 of the trip cost will go to KEEP, the organization working for the welfare of underprivileged guides and porters.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the enthralling panoramic views of Himalayas with less-crowd
  • See two of the highest mountains in the world Dhaulagiri (8,167m) and Manaslu (8,156 m)
  • Watch an amazing sunrise over the mountains including Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Nilgiris, among others from Khopra Ridge
  • Hike to high mountain Khayer Lake which is considered a holy lake by Hindus

 

Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill

Overview

  • Trip duration: 7 days
  • Elevation: 3210 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy/ moderate
  • Starts/Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice / Experienced Trekkers (any)

Poon Hill Trek or Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek takes you to the foothills of Annapurna range. It is perfect as a family trek as well as an introductory trek for the beginners.

Your trail passes through perfectly carved terraced farmlands filled with crops that sway with a gentle breeze. You will be sharing your trail with mules and horses. On this trek, you will get to experience the joy of walking amidst natural beauty while the local cultural experience enriches your travel. 

After your arrival in Kathmandu, take a flight to Pokhara. A few hours drive from Pokhara lies Hile your trailhead. Trek to Ulleri followed by Ghorepani and Tadapani via Poon Hill.  Enjoy the panoramic view of the Himalayas from Poon Hill along with a spellbinding sunrise. Carry on your trek from Tadapani to Kimichi via Ghandruk. Drive to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Poon Hill trek is a classic low altitude short trek in the foothills of mountains in Nepal
  • Visit quaint villages dominated by Gurungs and Magars and get a firsthand experience of their mountain culture and tradition
  • Hike up to the vantage point of Poon Hill 3,210m high to watch the mountains including Dhaulagiri, Fishtail, Annapurna Massif, Gangapurna, Hiunchuli, and others.
  • Explore Gurung museum and get an insight into their local culture and traditions

 

Khayar Lake Trek

Khayar Lake

Overview

  • Trip duration: 11 days
  • Elevation: 4,500 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice Trekkers

Khayar Lake Trek is a perfect trek for someone who wants to deviate from the popular trekking trail and walk off the beaten path for a few days. Enjoy the trek which passes through dense forest. The trek is an amazing way to get closer to nature and enjoy the local hospitality. Walking on a ridge to Khopra Danda along with a hike to Lake Khayar at 4,500 meters will be etched in your memory forever.

Your trailhead, Nayapul lies a couple of hours drive away from Pokhara. Trek to Ghorepani via Tikhedunga. Hike to Poon Hill to watch a breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas. Enjoy the panoramic views of the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri.

Walk on a thrilling ridge line and watch the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri range in front of you from the Muldai viewpoint. Hike to the sacred Hindu Khayar Lake and bask in its serenity and calmness. Witness the astounding views of Annapurna South and Fishtail from here. Walk down to Ghandruk village, followed by a trek to Nayapul where your trek ends. Drive or fly back to Kathmandu with lots of trekking memories.

Highlights

  • Enjoy fantastic views of tall mountains including Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Hiunchuli, Dhaulagiri, and Nilgiri.
  • Get an insight into the local culture and enjoy mountain hospitality of Gurung and Magar communities
  • Ridgeline trek to Khopra Danda
  • A hike to Khayar Lake which resides at a height of 4,500m the highest altitude attained during the trek

 

Dhampus Sarangkot Trekking

Overview

  • Trip duration: 3 days
  • Elevation: 1600 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts/ Ends: Pokhara/ Pokhara
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers

With Dhampus Sarangkot Trek, you can get closer to the Himalayas even on a tight schedule. Your trek starts from Phedi of Pokhara and will be walking through the Dhampus village inhabited by the Gurung community. You will be hiking to Sarangkot via Naudanda. Sarangkot is famed for its breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range.

Highlights

  • Trek with the gorgeous views of mountains in a short period
  • Hike through beautiful hillside settlements
  • Devour the stunning sunrise over mountains including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri from Sarangkot
  • Enjoy Nepalese hospitality and get a glimpse of Gurung culture in Dhampus villages

  

Panchase Trekking

Overview

  • Trip duration: 4 days
  • Maximum Elevation: 2500 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts/ Ends: Pokhara/ Pokhara
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers

Panchase Trekkingis a short trek in Annapurna regions which overlooks the Himalayas but is less touristy than other treks of the Annapurna region. Before committing to the classic treks of Nepal, take this as your test trek and figure out if you enjoy trekking or not!

If you take the official trekking route of Panchase Trek, your trail route passes through Bhadure and Bhanjyang. Further, you will reach Panchase Peak the highest point of your trek and will be returning down to Bhanjyang and then back to Pokhara.

In your trek of 3 to 4 days, you will be walking through dense jungles that will take you to the panoramic views of Himalayas. Enjoy uninterrupted views of mountains like Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, and others on a clear day.

Highlights

  • Bask in the outstanding views of snow-capped mountains over 8000 meters like Fishtail, Annapurna, Manaslu, Lamjung Himal, and others.
  • Rich flora and fauna of the Panchase region are one of the highlights of this trek. You can find 125 species of orchids in this region. 19 species of animals including common leopard, fox, spotted deer, common langur, and rhesus macaque are found here.
  • Listen to the chirping of birds while trekking as 260 species of birds resides here.

 

Sikles Trekking

Overview

  • Trip duration: 8 days
  • Elevation: 3056 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers

Take a path less taken with Sikles trekking near Pokhara. It will take you to charming villages in the Nepalese countryside which is less touristy. Walk on the trail rich in flora and fauna and enjoy the scenic views of the Annapurna range. On this trek, you will get to see mountains including Lamjung Himal, Fishtail, Annapurna IV, Annapurna II, Manaslu, and others.

After your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be driving to Pokhara. You will be taking the trekking route that passes through Lamachaur, Ghale Gaun, Tara Hill Top, Sikles, Lamakhet, Kalikasthan and finally, ends in Begnas. Drive back to Pokhara from Begnas. In this trek, you will be attaining a maximum height of 3056 meters at Tara Hill Top.

Highlights

  • Easy, short and less touristy trek in the lower region of Annapurna
  • Bask in the scenic views of the Himalayas including Annapurna range, Manaslu and Lamjung Himal
  • Enjoy a local experience in the charming villages- Sikles and Ghale Gaun
  • Get a glimpse of the rich tradition and culture of the Gurung ethnic group in Sikles village         
  • Ghale Gaun is known for its rich Gurung culture and warm hospitality. Local homestay here helps the community to increase their economic standard while giving foreigners an insight into the local culture.

 

Jomsom Muktinath Trek

Jomsom Muktinath

Overview

  • Trip duration: 8 days
  • Elevation: 3,760 meters
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers, experiences (any)

On Jomsom Muktinath Trek, you will get to see the geographical variation of Nepal. Initially, you will see snow-capped mountains against lush green hills. Gradually, you will notice a changing landscape. Sparsely green hills against snowy mountains appear. Kagbeni can’t go unnoticed which lies on your way to Muktinath from Jomsom.

Kagbeni lies in the confluence of two rivers Kali Gandaki and Jhong. A river flowing through dreary hills but the river basin has beautifully carved farm with green and yellow crops. A stay in the rustic village of Kagbeni transports you to the medieval times and you can get a glimpse of Tibetan culture.

You will attain the highest altitude of your trek in Muktinath which is situated at an elevation of 3,760 meters. Muktinath holds religious importance for both Hindu and Buddhist devotees. The literal interpretation of Muktinath is the place of liberation.

You will be flying to Pokhara from Kathmandu and driving to your trailhead. The trailhead lies a few hours drive away from Pokhara. Your trek route starts from Tatopani and you will continue to trek to Kalopani and Marpha. Further, you will be trekking to Muktinath via Jomsom and will be driving back to Pokhara. You can either fly or drive back to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Views of mountains like Annapurna South, Nilgiri, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche will mesmerize you
  • If birding fancies you then you can do in the village of Ghasa famed for bird watching
  • Experience rich Tibetan culture
  • You will see locals selling ammonite fossils collected from the Kali Gandaki River which has religious importance in Hindu culture.
  • Don’t forget to try juicy Apples of Jomsom and local apple brandy

 

Muldai Trek (Muldai Hill Trekking)

Overview

  • Trip duration: 8 days
  • Elevation: 3640 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers

Dodge the crowded trail of Poon Hill Trek and take off-the-beaten-path with Muldai Trek. Muldai viewpoint is situated north of Ghandruk in the Annapurna region. Enjoy the best views of snow-capped Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri ranges with this trek.                                                                      

After your arrival in Kathmandu, you will be driving or flying to Pokhara. Trek to Ulleri and continue your trek to Dobato via Ghorepani. Further, you will be trekking from Dobato to Muldai Peak in the morning and basking in the astounding Himalayan views. Your trek continues to Ghandurk which finally ends in Nayapul and you will be driving back to Pokhara. Drive or fly back to Kathmandu and board your international flight back with loads to beautiful memories to cherish.

It’s best for those who wish to enjoy the mountain view with fewer crowds. From Muldai ViewPoint you can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of majestic mountains including Dhaulagiri, Fishtail Lamjung, and Gangapurna.

Highlights

  • Witness one of the best views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri range from Muldai and Poon Hill
  • Catch the awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range
  • Your trail is lined with oak, pine and rhododendron trees
  • Walk under the shadow of tall mountains like Annapurna South and Dhaulagiri
  • Stay in quaint villages and experience warm local hospitality

 

Hot Spring Trek (Jhinu Danda)

Overview

  • Trip duration: 10 days
  • Elevation: 3210 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu 
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers, experiences (any)

With Hot Spring Trek Jhinu Danda, you get closer to the Himalayas and can bask in its beauty, in a short time. Start your day with a beautiful sunrise and end the day with a mesmerizing view of the sunset. Walk on the trail that passes through a forest filled with rhododendron trees. The natural beauty of the region allures the tourists while they take back memories of warm and friendly locals.

Your trek starts from Nayapul near Pokhara. Trek to Ghorepani via Tikhedhunga. Wake up early and hike to Poon Hill to watch an awe-inspiring sunrise painting the sky in different hues especially shade of pink and orange. Enjoy the 360 views of the Himalayan range from Poon Hill 3,210 meters.

Carry on with your trek to Jhinu Danda via Taddapani. Dip into the natural hot water spring at Jhinu Danda. Hot spring is a favorite spot of trekkers to relax after a tiring trek. Trek to Nayapul from Jhinu Danda and drive or fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the astounding views of mountains including Fishtail, Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, and Nilgiri.
  • Watch the panoramic views of mountains and a memorable sunrise from Poon Hill 3210 meters high. For a better view, you can climb up the watchtower at Poon Hill.
  • Relax and rejuvenate your tired muscles in a natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda.

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Langtang Region Trek in winter

Langtang region is near Kathmandu so the travel distance to the trailhead of a trek shortens. Marvel at the natural beauty of the region filled with rare flora and fauna. Watch the astounding views of snowy mountain ranges and verdant hills. Get to know about the local Tamang culture which dominates the region and you will find the influence of Tibetan culture.

The lower region of Langtang with picturesque views is perfect to go on short treks while the higher region with dramatic views is apt for longer treks. Go on Langtang valley trek or Langtang Gosaikunda if you feel like rising to a challenge. Else stick to treks in lower regions like Tamang Heritage Trail or Helambu Valley Treks among others.

 

Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang Valley

Overview

  • Trip duration: 11 days
  • Elevation: 4984 meters
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers, experiences(any)

Langtang Valley lies closest to Kathmandu. On your Langtang Valley Trek, you will be trekking to some of the awe-inspiring places which look straight out of an adventure tale. You will get to enjoy trails passing through dense forest and opening up to dramatic views of mountain vistas. Enjoy your stay in local villages dominated by Tamangs sharing similarities with Tibetans.

After arriving at Kathmandu, take a drive to Syabrubesi which is your trailhead. Trek through Lama Hotel and Langtang Village to Kyangin Gompa. You will be acclimatizing in Kyangjin Gompa and ascend Tsreko Ri if you wish to savor the panoramic Himalayan views. Descend to Lama Hotel and follow the route of Thulo Syabru to Dunche. Hop into a four-wheeler from Dhunche and drive back to Kathmandu.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the panoramic views of snowcapped mountains and frozen glacier from the highest point of your trek Tserko (4,984m)
  • Bask on the amazing views of mountains including Langtang Himal, and neighboring Tibetan peaks
  • Encounter the animal which dwells in high altitude a yak
  • Don’t forget to try yummy Yak cheese in a cheese factory at Kyanjin Gompa
  • Visit Langtang National Park which features rare animals including Red Pandas, Musk Deer, and Assamese Monkey.

 

Tamang Heritage Trail

Tamang Heritage Nepal

Overview

  • Trip duration: 9 days
  • Elevation: 2380 meters
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers, experiences (any)

Tamang Heritage Trailtrek you will get to know about the Tamang ethnic group of Nepal influenced by Tibetan culture. It is a low altitude trek with wonderful views which you can enjoy in winter. The trail passes through dense jungles and features breathtaking views of Langtang Himalayas and neighboring Tibetan peaks. Go on a trek with a sense of purpose. On Tamang Heritage Trail you will be trekking in the Langtang region which was badly affected by the devastating earthquake of 2015. Along with the joy of trekking in this region blessed with the natural beauty, you will be contributing to the local economy.

After your arrival in Kathmandu, drive to Syabrubesi, your trek begins from Syabrubesi. Carry on your trek to Gatlang and Tatopani. If you want to take in a dip in natural hot spring then it’s available in Tatopani. The trail takes you to Thuman and Briddim and finally, the trek ends in Syabrubesi. Moreover, you will be driving back to Kathmandu from Syabrubesi.

Highlights

  • Directly contribute to the local economy of the area which was badly hit by the earthquake
  • Enjoy the stunning views of the Himalayan range including Ganesh Himal and Langtang range comprising many peaks.
  • Get an insight into the local Tamang culture and know about their lifestyle
  • Soak yourself in a natural hot spring at Tatopani which is believed to possess healing qualities including pain relief.

 

Helambu Valley Trek

Overview

  • Trip duration: 7 days
  • Elevation: 3650 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts/Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers

Enjoy the Helambu Valley Trek in the lower hilly regions of Nepal overlooking wonderful views of Himalayas. The trailhead of this trek lies in Kathmandu. Walk past grassy meadows, lush forest, choppy rivers and watch spectacular mountains in front of your eyes. It is a culturally enriching trek as you will get to closely observe Tamang and Sherpa culture along with their lifestyles.

After your arrival in Kathmandu drive to Chisapani which is the starting point of your trek. Take the trekking route from Chisapani Kutumsang, Tharepati, Melamchi Gaon, to Tarkeghyang. The hike from Tarkeghyang to Timbu will be the last leg of the trek. Drive back to Kathmandu from Timbu. 

Highlights

  • Watch the views of snowcapped peaks including Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and Gauri Shankar.
  • Enjoy the majestic views of Gauri Shankar, Dorje Lakpa, and neighboring snow-capped mountains from Tharepati Pass.
  • Get to know Tamang and Sherpa culture and get a sneak peek into their daily lives

 

Langtang Gosaikunda Trek

Langtang Gosaikunda

Overview

  • Trip duration: 15 days
  • Elevation: 4,460 meters
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers, experiences(any)

On the trail of Langtang Gosaikunda Trek, you will get to meet pilgrims. Gosaikunda Lake is one of the holy Hindu lakes and attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. Along the way, you will see Langtang valley along with its mountain vistas and high altitude holy Lake Gosaikunda. Get ready to see mountain culture of ethnic groups including Tamang, Lama, and Sherpas influenced by Tibetan cultures.

After reaching Kathmandu, drive to Syabru Besi. Take the route through Lama Hotel, Langtang valley to Kyanjin Gompa. Enjoy the incredible views of Himalayas from the Kyanjin Gompa. Further, take the trek route of Lama Hotel, Thulo Syabru, Sing Gompa, Lauribina to reach Gosaikunda Lake. You will attain the maximum height of this trek, 4,460 meters at the scenic and magical Gosaikunda Lake. Trek from Gosaikunda to Gopte, Tharepati, Gul Bhanjyang, Chisopani, and to Sundarijal - where your trek ends.  Drive back to Kathmandu from Sundarijal.

Highlights

  • Enjoy the stunning views of snowcapped mountains including Langtang, Yala Peak, and Lirung
  • Witness several holy lakes including Gosaikunda
  • Know about the lifestyles of locals influenced by Tibetans and their Buddhist culture
  • See diverse flora and fauna in Langtang National Park

 

Winter Treks in other Regions of Nepal

Nepal is filled with many hilltops overlooking the picturesque views of Himalayan ranges. Besides the popular treks, there are many less trodden trekking trails leading to awe-inspiring views. Some such trekking trails, that deserve special mention and can be hiked in winter, are Kalinchowk Trekking, Balthali Village Trekking, Barpak Village Trek, and Pikey Peak Trek.

 

Kalinchowk Trekking

  • Trip duration: 7 days
  • Elevation: 3700 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers

Trek to Kalinchowk is easy and lies close to Kathmandu. You will be walking on a ridgeline while enjoying the picturesque landscape of verdant hills and snowy mountains. While some fearing heights are nervous to walk on the vertiginous ridgeline some are thrilled and enjoy the adventurous hike. Kalinchowk Bhagwati temple lying on hilltop attracts many Hindu pilgrims every year. 

Fly to Kathmandu and take a day to explore the city. The next day, take a drive from Kathmandu to Charikot. Your trekking trail takes you to Charikot, Campsite, Kalinchowk temple, Kuri and finally to Charikot. You will be driving back to Kathmandu from Charikot.

Enjoy your stay at quaint Kuri Village which is located right below the hilltop temple of Kalinchowk Bhagwati. The village serves devotes arriving for pilgrimage tour as well as the trekkers with warm hospitality. If you fancy trying local liquor then try a local millet-based alcoholic drink called, Tongba.

Highlights

  • Bask in the picturesque views of mountains including Langtang Himal, Gauri Shankar, and Ganesh Himal
  • Temple of Kalinchowk Bhagwati resides on the highest point of your trek
  • Experience camping in an easy trek lying close to Kathmandu

 

Balthali Village Trekking

  • Trip duration: 3 days
  • Elevation: 1750 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers

Choose Balthali Village Trekking if you want a comfortable hike in the lower hills near Kathmandu. Experience the rich countryside culture and daily lifestyle of the locals while enjoying warm winter days. Walk through forest ridges and terraced fields. This trek will be a good way to introduce hiking to your kids.

A drive from Kathmandu will take you to Panauti. You will be trekking from Panauti to Balthali village. Explore the Balthali village for a day and hike to Namo Buddha. Further, hike to Dhulikhel from Namobuddha and drive back to Kathmandu.

Namo Buddha holds a special place in Buddhism. Prince Mahasattva went on hunting and encountered a weak and starving tigress with her cubs lying on the ground. The tigress could have lost her life if something wasn’t given her to eat immediately.

Since he couldn’t find anything to feed the tigress he offered himself. It was Lord Buddha who was once born as Prince Mahasattva. There is a shrine depicting the same event on a black stone slab.

Highlights

  • Visit the sacred place where Lord Buddha sacrificed his life for a starving tigress and her cubs
  • Explore the monastery of Namo Buddha
  • Gets a glimpse of the daily lives of Tamang and Newari people residing in the region
  • Enjoy the spectacular views of mountains like Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gaurishankar and others

 

Barpak Village Trek

  • Trip duration: 5 days
  • Elevation: 1,900 meters
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu/ Kathmandu
  • Recommended For: Novice trekkers

Barpak Village Trek gives you a chance to make a difference and contribute to the local economy. Barpak was severely affected by the devastating earthquake which struck Nepal in 2015. The villages are reviving and your trek to Barkpark village will directly benefit the local economy. Walk in the Gurung villages, get an insight into their local culture and enjoy the local hospitality.

Your arrival in Kathmandu is followed by a scenic drive to Barpak the next day. Explore the village of Barpak, which was the epicenter of the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in 2015. Follow the trekking route of Laprak, Gumda, Machhakhola to Sotikhola. Take a drive back to Kathmandu from Sotikhola. It is an easy trek to do in the warm winter season that will take you to wonderful views of the snowy mountains.

Highlights

  • Watch the stunning view of mountains including Manaslu, Himal Chuli, and Buddha Himal from the View Point
  • Witnessing the amazing view of River Daraundi tumbling through a dramatic gorge in the woods is one of the highpoints of this trek
  • Explore the villages and experience the local hospitality of Gurung
  • Walk in the Gorkha village of late VC captain Gage Ghale who received the honor of Victoria Cross Medal in second world war

 

Kathmandu Valley Trek

If you have already done Kathmandu City Tour and wondering if trekking is possible in the hills of Kathmandu valley? Well, the answer is ‘Yes.’ You will see picturesque views of snow-capped mountains and verdant hills during the Kathmandu Valley Trek. Hiking in Kathmandu Valley gets overshadowed by popular treks in Everest and Annapurna region with dramatic views. But still trekking in Kathmandu Valley has its own charm.

Warm winter is the best time to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Kathmandu valley. Go on a day hike to Champa Devi which is the 3rd highest hill of the Kathmandu Valley. Walk through the lush green forest with pine trees to the hilltop temple overlooking panoramic views of mountains. Enjoy astounding views of snowcapped mountains including Langtang Lirung, Gauri Shankar, and Dorje Lakpa.

Take a popular one day hike to Phulchowki, which is located 14 km southeast of Kathmandu. Enjoy the hike on the thick forest filled with oak and rhododendron trees. It is one of the popular places for birding as well.

A short drive from Kathmandu will take you to Godawari, the trailhead of your hike. Hike up to the temple of Pulchowki Mai. Enjoy the view of Kathmandu valley along with the Himalayas. On a clear day, you can see mountains like Annapurna and Gaurishankar.

Enjoy a multiday hike in the Kathmandu Valley with Chisapani Nagarkot trek. The hike starts from the Shivapuri National Park of Kathmandu. Walk through the dense jungle and enjoy the stunning views of mountains like Ganesh Himal, Langtang Himal, Jugal Himal among others. Chisapani is a small settlement of ethnic groups like Gurung, Brahmins, and Sherpas.

On your second day of Chisapani Nagarkot trek, trek to scenic hilltop settlement of Nagarkot from Chisapani. Watch the majestic views of mountains like Manaslu range, Langtang range, Ganesh Himal and others. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset over the Himalayas from Nagarkot. Do you know that Nagarkot is one of the vantage points from where you can spot the highest mountain in the world, Everest?

 

Winter Trekking Packing List

Check out the packing list for trekking in winter in Nepal which will help you have a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

Hats/ Caps: Lightweight fleece or wool cap/hat, Heavyweight fleece or wool cap/hat,  Light balaclava, 

Base-Layer insulation: Wear sports boxer jock underwear to avoid chafing, Long sleeve jersey

Mid Layer: Fleece vest, Fleece pullover, Fleece jacket, Insulated vest or soft-shell jacket as per your preference

Jackets: Waterproof and windproof down jacket resisting temperature from -10 °Cto -20 °C, Puffy insulated jacket

Gloves: Waterproof shell mittens or gloves with insulated liners, Lightweight wool or fleece gloves

Pants: Windproof and waterproof hard-shell pants with full-length zippers on sides

Footwear: Warm socks, Insulated trekking boots, High gaiters, 

Essentials: Map of the trekking region, Trekking poles, Water bottles and use water bottle insulations to prevent water from freezing up, Headlamp with extra batteries, High energy snacks, Sunscreen,  Sunglasses, Snow goggles, Toilet paper, Sleeping bag resisting temperature ranging from -30 °C to -40 °C, Crampons, Quick-drying towel, Wet wipes, Daypack, Waterproof Duffle Bag or Rucksack Bag

Medicine: Keep a small, personal first-aid kit that has basic medicines and other items.. Anti-headache pills, Anti-diarrhea pills, Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide, Aspirin, First-aid tape, and plasters (Band-Aids), Cough and/or cold medicine,  Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin, etc., Avoid sleeping pills during the trek as they are a respiratory depressant, Skin-blister repair kit, Wondering which are the best winter trekking trails in the foothills of the mountains of Nepal? Read more to know!

 

Conclusions:

Trekking in Nepal in the winter season is safe and enjoyable. Morning and nights are cold but the daytime is warm and pleasant with sunshine. A trek in the lower mountain region of Nepal will be enjoyable in winter.

However, if you fancy trekking at a higher altitude then you have to gear up to face harsh weather. High passes might be covered in heavy snow so it is advisable not to cross high passes during winter, especially after a heavy snowfall.

A skillful and experienced guide adds value to your Himalayan adventure. Despite the increase in solo or independent trekkers we urge you to trek with an experienced guide from a reliable company.

Winter trekking in Nepal with a guide is essential. Busy trekking trails of Nepal are less frequented in winter. God forbid, if anything happens, days might pass without you receiving any help. Mitigate unnecessary risk by taking a guide and enrich your Himalayan trek. A skilled guide with the knowledge of the wilderness and first aid training will be advantageous on a trek.



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  • Author: Anjali Kansakar
  • Posted on: Sun Mar 22, 2020

About Author

Despite being a management graduate, our writer Anjali Kansakar chose to pursue a career in writing. Following her passion for writing, she wrote for web magazines and NGOs before joining Third Rock Adventures writing team. She enjoys traveling, loves to see new places and enjoys putting her experience into words. Her love for traveling has taken her to the hills and mountains.


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