Nepal In Winter: All You Need To Know Before You Go


5Min to Read | By Himalayan Windows | Feb 12, 2021

Planning a holiday during the winter season in Nepal? Nepal is hit with a good number of tourists during the winter season which begins in December and ends after February. There are some happening places to visit in Nepal during the winter, read this blog to know why you should visit Nepal in winter. 

A man observing a frozen lake in Gosaikunda. Photo Credit: @Hemrajrijal

What is the weather like in Nepal during winter?

You start your trip from Kathmandu which is around 1400 meters above sea level and you experience December temperature between 5 to 17 Degree Celsius and January and February temperature between -1 to 15 Degree Celsius. In the other places like Nagarkot (2100m) or similar region, you see the temperatures -1 to 15 Degree Celsius during December and -5 to 10 Degree Celcius during January and February.

During the whole winter season, Skies are normally clear, with good mountain views.

 

Can I visit Nepal in the month of December?

December is the beginning of winter in Nepal. Temperature is mild but not as cold as the other month of winters such as January and February. December is not as crowded as the Spring (March, April, and May) and Fall season (September, October, and November), so it is the best month of the year for those who love less crowded places and enjoy the clear sunny skies, mild temperatures in most of the tourist places. If you are planning a trip above 3,000 meters above sea level, we suggest you prepare well because it is more challenging due to the cold temperature and snow on the trail.

 

Benefits to visit Nepal during winter

 

Indulge in festivities and the New Year

You can plan to travel to Nepal to celebrate festivals including Christmas and the New Year. One of the best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year in Nepal is Pokhara. The whole vibe of the city especially Lakeside Street changes at the time of Christmas and New Year. People celebrate the festival by performing folk music and dance. Not only the entertainment, but great offers and discounts are provided by the restaurants and souvenir shops. The other local popular festivals that are celebrated during winter are Maghe Shakranti, Saraswati Puja, and Holi.

Experience the mesmerizing view of the great mountains

One of the best things to do during the winter season is to witness the natural beauty, great mountain views, and beautiful landscapes by hiking the well-trodden trails in the mountains.

Great Offers and Discount

The winter is considered a low season for tourism but it does not mean that it is a bad time to go. The winter season still offers great mountain views, natural beauty, and beautiful landscapes. So, you can grab the opportunity to get the offers, discounts, and travel with less crowd during the winter season in Nepal.

 


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5 Best Places to visit during winter in Nepal

 

Chitwan National Park

Experience the most amazing wildlife safari at Chitwan National Park which is located in the tropical Terai region and close to the India border. Chitwan National park is the home of rare wild animals such as the one-horned Rhino, Royal Bengal Tiger, exotic flora and fauna, and different bird species. Chitwan is also the third popular tourist destination of Nepal after Kathmandu and Pokhara. Explore the wildlife and jungle activities in your winter vacation choosing 7 Days Kathmandu Valley, Rafting, and Chitwan Tour.

Bardiya National Park

Bardiya National Park is one of the protected National Parks in west Nepal. Bardiya National Park was established in 1988 as a Royal Bardiya National Park. This national park covers an area of 968 KM Square Meters and it is the largest and less crowded wilderness area of western Nepal.  Check out the recommended winter tour itinerary and things to do at  Bardiya National park safari tour.

Pokhara and Bandipur

Pokhara: Pokhara is one of the popular city and tourism hubs of Nepal for both international and domestic tourists which is located in the Gandaki Province. Pokhara is not only the hub of adventure and leisure, but it is a gateway to treks in the Annapurna region. Pokhara offers much excitement of adventures including hiking, paragliding, bungee, Zipline, boating, and several other adventure activities.

Bandipur: We combine Bandipur with Pokhara as it can be explored while driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Bandipur is the hilltop where you get the opportunity to climb through pristine forest on the historical trail and observe the well-preserved Newar culture along with spectacular mountain views. There are several tour itineraries that can be customized to include Bandipur hilltop.

The Authentic Nepal Tour Itinerary 14 Days can be the best fit to explore the popular tourist destinations including Pokhara and Bandipur during your winter holiday in Nepal.

Kathmandu and beyond

Explore ancient temples and monasteries in the Kathmandu Valley during your stay. Kathmandu valley was once known as “abode the Gods” where Hinduism and Buddhism still co-exist with great harmony. Experience traditional food, stroll through the old Asan bazaar and century-old stupas, and Durbar Squares during your stay in Kathmandu Valley. If you are staying here for a longer time, discover the surroundings of Kathmandu valley by hiking the well-trodden cultural routes in Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Shivapuri, Champadevi, Chandragiri, Namobuddha, etc. These places are suitable and discoverable during your winter vacation in Nepal.

Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha

Lumbini is Nepal’s most popular spiritual place and also the birthplace of Lord Buddha. Lumbini is the world’s most important spiritual site and it attracts Buddhist pilgrims from around the globe.  While exploring Lumbini, you can visit many Buddhist monasteries built by the different international communities including Japan, Vietnam, France, etc. Check out the Nepal Tour Itinerary 10 days that includes the trip of Kathmandu Lumbini Chitwan, and Pokhara.

Lumbini - birth place of lord Buddha Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha

 


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5 Best Winters Treks in Nepal

 

Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trekking Trail

Kathmandu Valley offers several hiking and trekking opportunities to witness the lifestyle of traditional villages and Himalayan vistas. If you are interested in hiking for a day or have a short winter vacation, you may choose the cultural trekking trails around Kathmandu valley. For a day hike, there are several hiking tours through the well-trodden trails near Kathmandu Valley.

Planning your winter trek near Kathmandu valley? Consider Kathmandu Valley Cultural trek. The Kathmandu trek itinerary involves 25 to30 hours to complete 75 Kilometers in four days. This trail is a clean and untouched natural environment, a view of picturesque local villages, the traditional culture of various native communities, also enjoy a view of spectacular mountains and a trek up to 2500 meters above sea level. This trail is fit for any age group of trekkers.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Ghorepani Poonhill is one of the most popular and easy trekking destinations in Nepal which is suitable for travelers who have a short holiday vacation. This trek is doable at any season and fit for any age-group of people. Trek up to Poon hill at an elevation of 3210 meters above sea level and observe the best panoramic view of the Fishtail, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri mountains from a close distance. Depending on the duration of your holiday, you can choose either 9 Days Ghorepani Poonhill trek itinerary or short 3 days Poonhill trek itinerary from Pokhara.

Everest Cultural Trek

Allow for about a week to explore the Everest region on your winter vacation. Trekking up to Everest Base Camp during winter (January and February) is quite challenging because of the high altitude, cold temperature, and snow on the trail. Therefore, itineraries up to Everest View hotel or Tengboches are designed to get an excellent view of Mount Everest and its surroundings. Trekking up to Tengboche or Syangboche (Everest View Hotel) is doable for all seasons and suitable to any age group of people. Check the itineraries of the Everest region cultural trek or Everest View trek to plan the perfect trek itinerary during your winter vacation.

Langtang & Gosainkunda Trek

Trek to Langtang region if you are planning a short trip itinerary with the excitement of the Himalayas. The Langtang trek is one of the less crowded yet rewarding treks in Nepal. The Langtang Valley trek is the most accessible trekking destination near Kathmandu Valley, doable for any season, and suitable for trekkers who have a short holiday vacation. The Gosaikunda Lake trek also falls within Langtang National Park and located at an elevation of 4380 meters above sea level.

Rara Lake Trek

Rara Lake is also another famous trekking destination in Dolpo Region. Rara Lake is the largest Lake in Nepal and located in the Karnali Zone, located at an altitude of 2990 meters above sea level, the lake covers an area of 10.8 sq KM, the average length is 5 KM and width is 3 KM. The maximum depth of this lake is 167m. If you do the longer trek, consider Rara Lake Trek 15 Days trekking through Jumla (2370m), Danphe Langa (3130m), Chautha (2770m), Dhotu (2380m), and finally reach Rara within around a week of time. If you have a short vacation, you may consider taking a flight from Nepalgunj to Talcha Airport, hike for about three hours to reach Rara Lake. For this short itinerary, you can allow about 3-5 days from Kathmandu to explore Rara Lake.

Rara Lake Rara Lake 

Conclusion

We provide authentic and reliable information that can help travelers make the right decision before taking any trips to the Himalayas. On this blog, we have explained how to plan your holiday during the winter season in Nepal and what are the benefits of booking your holiday in Nepal during the winter season (December, January, and February). It is always wise to be aware of weather, altitude, other important things before you board on your flight to have a hassle-free and memorable trip of a lifetime.


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