Nepal Trekking in Winter 2024-2025

  • 2023-10-12
  • by Amrit Chhetri

December, January, and February are known as the winter season in Nepal. Winter is an excellent season for a shorter trek in Nepal and lowers the elevation trek in Nepal. The temperature is colder in the winter season, but if you prepare well, you can enjoy in winter trek in Nepal. For trekking in Nepal, spring season and Autumn season is the best season. Still, in winter trek in Nepal also, there are some adjustable trekking packages like Everest View Trek, Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek, Annapurna Panoramic Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek, which are famous for a short and easy trek with low elevation Trek.

Nepal offers a range of trekking options during the winter season, although the conditions can be more challenging compared to other times of the year. Here are some important things to consider for winter trekking in Nepal:
  • Weather: Winter in Nepal (December to February) brings cold temperatures and potentially heavy snowfall in higher altitude regions. The temperatures can drop below freezing, especially at night and at high elevations. It's crucial to be well-prepared with appropriate clothing and gear to stay warm and safe.
  • Popular Winter Treks: Some popular winter trekking destinations in Nepal include the Everest Base Camp Trek Return Helicopter, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Langtang Valley Trek, and Upper Mustang Trek. These treks offer breathtaking landscapes, cultural experiences, and stunning views, but keep in mind that certain routes may have limited teahouse availability due to the offseason.
  • Required Permits: You'll still need to obtain the necessary permits for trekking in Nepal during winter. The permits required depend on the specific trek and region you choose. For instance, the Annapurna region requires an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) card. The Everest region requires a Sagarmatha National Park Permit and TIMS card.
  • Preparation and Gear: Winter trekking requires careful planning and suitable gear. Make sure you have warm clothing, including thermals, down jackets, hats, gloves, and sturdy waterproof boots. Layering your clothing is essential for temperature regulation. Carry a reliable four-season sleeping bag suitable for low temperatures. Additionally, consider carrying crampons, trekking poles, and other equipment necessary for icy or snowy trails.
  • Accommodation and Facilities: Since winter is the off-season for trekking in Nepal, you may find fewer tourists on the trails and quieter teahouses. However, it's important to note that some teahouses and lodges in higher altitudes might be closed or have limited services during winter. It's advisable to check the availability in advance or bring your own camping equipment if necessary.
  • Safety Considerations: Winter trekking in Nepal requires careful attention to safety. The weather conditions can be harsh, with the risk of snowstorms and avalanches in certain areas. Ensure you have a well-planned itinerary, trek with an experienced guide or porter, and stay updated with weather forecasts. Be prepared for potential route changes or delays due to weather conditions.
  • Physical Fitness: Trekking in Nepal, especially during winter, demands a good level of physical fitness. The cold temperatures and challenging terrain require endurance and strength. Prioritize regular exercise and prepare yourself physically before attempting a winter trek.
Remember, winter trekking in Nepal offers unique experiences and breathtaking views, but it requires proper preparation, caution, and adherence to safety guidelines. It's advisable to consult with experienced trekking agencies or local experts who can provide the most up-to-date information and guidance for your chosen trek.

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Nepal Trekking in Winter - Winter Treks in Nepal

Nepal is one of the most preferred tourist destinations for many reasons, like Trekking in Nepal, Nepal Tour Packages, Nepal Pilgrimage Tour, Nepal Adventure Tour, Nepal Yoga Tour & Trekking. It has some of the fascinating and incredible Mountain View, which appeals to the worldwide traveler. Among the most popular adventures that are pretty renowned in Nepal is trekking. People have so much to love being engaged in a lifetime unforgettable memory that they can become proud of. Being the ultimate tour destination, Nepal has been involved with excited people that reckon the place and country are full of fascinating vibe over the years.

Nepal Trekking got the limelight because of heavy demands and the incredible rush of people's interest in taking trekking to another level. Trekking is one such sport or activity where there is always a risk involves as a mountain climb and reaches the top of the mountain is never an easy task to implement. However, trekking has been a favorite outdoor sport wherein Nepal has enough popularity simply because of foreign country's influence and acceptance. It makes the high octane trekking gets its due credit. People that closely follow the trekking are thrilled to involve Nepal trekking and experience the excitement that it is renowned for.

The medium best and recommended season to go for trekking is in winter. Winter Treks in Nepal, you have plenty of time to take part in mountain climb or involve in popular mountaineering. Nepal trekking has been the most crowd puller as interested trekkers can participate in what would be a thrilling experience for them. There will be some unavoidable hurdles and challenges that trekkers will have to counter. A higher altitude of mountain climb can take lots of guts and determination to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Though it requires the seasoned and vast skills of trekkers, it is no harm to experience what it means to get involved in an exciting phase of life.

Nepal Trekking in the winter season is the best time to do trekking in some packages. Winter Treks in Nepal, you will experience snowfall, tough for anyone to use to the condition. But it has the best time to take part in trekking as you can have a great experience in dealing with all the circumstances you might face during trekking. Moreover, the Winter season has the backing of the global traveler as this time of the year, people come to Nepal and engage with enjoyable trekking activities.

Highlights of Winter Trekking in Nepal

  • Snowcapped Himalayan view.
  • Fewer crowds in popular trekking routes in Nepal.
  • Get some discount in the hotel.
  • Enjoy in snow/icefalls.

Most Popular Winter Trekking packages in Nepal

Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek

Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek is in the Annapurna Region, which is the north-central part of Nepal. Ghandruk Ghorepani Trekking is one of the most popular trekking in Nepal within Annapurna Region Trekking, which is suitable for those who have a short period and want to end up with Himalayan Asia Treks. One of the essential highlights of this Ghandruk village, Ghorepani village, is to make a climb on Poon Hill (3210m), possibly the most spectacular mountain on Earth. When the sun rises, it touches the snow-capped summits with the breathtaking panoramic view of the Himalayan giants, Dhaulagiri (8,167m), Fishtail (6997m), Annapurna (8,091m), Annapurna II, South II, Nilgiri, Tukche, Dhampus peak, Butterfly mountain and Himachali and all-mountain range of Annapurna region along with a maze of other peaks, there gradually appear, just like something magical.

Short Itinerary of Ghandruk Ghorepani Trek: 

Day 01:Arrival.

Day 02:Kathmandu (1320m) to Pokhara (914m - 7 hrs).

Day 03:Drive to Nayapul and trek to Tirkhedhunga (1577m - 6hrs)

Day 04:Trek to Ghorepani (2855m - 6hrs).

Day 05:Trek to Poonhiil (3180m.) and Trek to Ghandruk(1900m - 8hrs).

Day 06:Trek to Nayapul(1113m - 4hrs) Drive to Pokhara.

Day 07:Drive or fly to Kathmandu.

Day 08:Departure.

Everest View Trek

Easy trek to the Mount Everest region is a classic Himalayan mountain trek to give you many incredible views and plenty of rewards. Our Everest Easy Trekking or Short Everest Trek or Everest View Trek offer is famous in Nepal because of its ability to provide you with a close view of the world's highest mountain peak. The complete Short Everest trek or Everest View Trekking involves an ultimate combination of the unique culture of the local Sherpa people and high mountain ranges belonging to the entire Himalayan region with our experienced trekking team.

Short Itinerary of Everest View Trek:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Trek Preparation and Sightseeing Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square.

Day 03: Flight to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2610m - 4hrs).

Day 04: Trek to Namche Bazaar (3440m - 6hrs).

Day 05: Acclimatization day at Namche Bazar.

Day 06: Trek to Tengboche, (3867m - 6 hrs)

Day 07:Trek to Khumjung village (3789m - 5hrs).

Day 08: Trek to Monjo (2835m - 5hrs).

Day 09: Trek to Lukla.

Day 10: Lukla fly to Kathmandu, End of the trek. Dinner with a cultural program.

Day 11: Departure.

Tamang Heritage Trail

Tamang Heritage Trail adjoins the well-established Langtang valley trek. The Tamang Heritage Trail is one of the newest trekking routes in Nepal and was created by some NGO who worked hard and with villagers to improve local trails. Village vistas with Himalayan backdrops are staggering, and homestay in select villages enables a fascinating peek into the local culture.

Facts of Tamang Heritage Trail

Trip Name: Tamang Heritage Trail

Trek Duration: 17 Days

Best Season: Feb- Jun Sep- Nov.

Trek Grade: Moderate.

Accommodation: Hotel, camping, or tea house

Group Size: Min. 1 to 16 pax in one group.

Min. Altitude: 2229m

Max Altitude: 3165m

Mode of Travel: Ground transport.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner will be provided in the trekking route.

Start in: Syabrubesi

Ends in: Syabrubesi

Short Itinerary Tamang Heritage Trail: 

Day01: Arrival.

Day02: Trek preparation and Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu.

Day03: Kathmandu- Syabrubesi (1503m/8hrs).

Day04: Trek to Briddim (2229m/5hrs).

Day05: Trek to Timure (1762m/4hrs).

Day06: Trek to Thuman ( 2338m/4hrs).

Day07: Trek to Nagthali (3165m/5hrs).

Day08: Nagthali viewpoint.

Day09: Trek to Tatopani (2607m/4hrs).

Day10: Trek to Gatlang (2238m/6hrs)

Day11-12: Trek to Syabrubesi

Day13: Drive to Kathmandu.

Day14: Departure.

Detailed Itinerary Tamang Heritage Trail: 

Day01: Arrival.

Welcome by our representative. Transfer to the hotel. Fresh in hotel and free time. Give itinerary and short briefing about the program—overnight in Kathmandu.

Day02: Kathmandu City Tour and preparation for Tamang Heritage Trail.

After taking breakfast in the hotel, your guide will receive and transfer to Kathmandu city Tour. We visit Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath Temple. The rest of our time is for shopping near your hotel—overnight in Kathmandu.

Meal: Breakfast.

Day03: Kathmandu- Syabrubesi (1503m/8hrs).

After taking breakfast, our team will come to the hotel to pick up and transfer towards Syabrubesi. On the way from Kathmandu to Syabrubensi, trekkers can explore good views of Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang and the brief glimpse of village life in the Himalaya. Overnight Syabrubesi.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day04: Trek to Briddim (2229m/5hrs).

After taking breakfast in Syabrubesi, our treks start towards Briddim. Finally, we reach Syabrubesi to the check post located above the steps that lead to the Bhotekoshi suspension bridge. After leaving your details, cross the bridge and then on a trail that climbs briefly before following an easier gradient to the village of Wangel(1633m).

There is a water pipe in the village center, take the trail, opposite the line that climbs between houses. You will enter mixed pine and rhododendron forest after roughly 30 min. You can descend and walk-up village around to a trail above the town and then walk down—overnight in Briddim.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day05: Trek to Timure (1762m/4hrs).

In Briddim, there is farewell and taking breakfast, a short trek to Timure, there are simple teahouses. Descend through Briddim to Lingling (1737m) and then continue to the Bhote Koshi. Follow the new road route beside the river for 2 hrs to Timure. The village past the Gompa and traverses through the forest above Lingling. Overnight in Timure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day06: Trek to Thuman (2338m/4hrs).

After taking breakfast, we trek towards Thuman. Retrace yesterday route to the bridge near the hot springs (1650m), just over 1 hour from Timure. You spotted the bridge the day before as before you descended to the river trail. Cross the bridge and climb narrow switchbacks for 2 hrs to terraces and the village Dalphedi (2317m). The trail climbs more gradually from Dhalphedi to a ridge to the south of the village. The trail descends some rough stone steps and then traverses a rock face before turning west and providing the first views of Thuman. Overnight in Thuman.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day07: Trek to Nagthali (3165m/5hrs).

After taking breakfast, we move towards Nagthali. The trail is sometimes a step, and there is no reliable water source, so make sure you pack enough supplies. Next, climb a well-established route that leads up to a series of terraces and pastures before reaching the forest above Thungmen.

We can see a rhododendron, juniper, pine, and oak forest that attracts birds. The trail switchbacks up to a small derelict chorten (2870m) and climbs up. There are few trees on the top of Nagthali, and you should easily spot some Gompa and simple teahouses. Overnight in Nagthali.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day08: Nagthali viewpoint.

To the north of the Gompa, nestled against the forest, is a small stone meditation hut for Buddhist hermits who visit from Tibet. The trail swings again and stays on the top of a narrow ridge offering views of the Ganesh Himal and Chilime valley below.

During the winter months and just after dawn, a red panda can be spotted in the forest along this ridge. The track then climbs and away from the woods and onto an open hillside of dwarf azalea bushes. Finally, we should reach a rarely used Kharka with a small stream. Again, this eerie forest section ascends an easy gradient to a magnificent viewpoint (3720m) of countless peaks in Tibet, the Ganesh, and Langtang Himal. Take some time to back to Nagthali. Overnight in Nagthali.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day09: Trek to Tatopani (2607m/4hrs).

After taking breakfast, we move towards Tatopani (hot water). The trails head southwest over the edge of the plateau. When you descend, you will notice the small village of Brimdang (2848m), where there is a large chautara above a stone stairway. The hot springs of Tatopani are ahead, marked by many prayer flags in some trees. Overnight in Tatopani.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day10: Trek to Gatlang (2238m/6hrs)

After taking breakfast, we trek towards Gatlang. From the center of Tatopani, follow a rough stone-paved trail, which descends to a single farm building before flattening out to an easy gradient. The trail steepens again before entering Gonggang (2227m). Finally, the trail climbs to Chilime village (1762m), an old wooden Gompa. Along the route are larges chorten decorated with beautiful Mani stones. Overnight in Gatlang.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day11-12: Trek to Syabrubesi

From Gatlang, head up to the dirt road above the village and follow it east for 4 hours to a small pass, Rongga Bhanjyang (2187m) above Syabrubesi.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day13: Drive to Kathmandu.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day14: Departure.

Meal: Breakfast.

What to pack in winter in Nepal?

It relies upon the action you will do in Nepal during the journey. Notwithstanding, on the off chance that you are going on a trip than doing convey these things:-

  • Cap
  • Warm fleece or manufactured cap that covers your ears.
  • Balaclava – lightweight
  • Ear-muffs
  • A neck hotter
  • Gloves
  • Warm glove
  • Shell gloves or gloves waterproof
  • Shirts
  • Light and campaign weight warm tops
  • Wool coat
  • Wool Wind-Stopper coat (discretionary)
  • Waterproof shell coat
  • Down Jacket
  • For ladies, engineered sports bra, no cotton
  • Climbing shorts
  • Engineered Boxers for men-convey a couple
  • Shell gasp
  • Trekking pants, ideally with a flash on the knee (convertible jeans)-
  • Hard Shell pants-Waterproof/breathable
  • Cotton pants (free pants/khakis this is for lower height)
  • Engineered liner socks
  • Heavyweight socks
  • Lightweight socks
  • Climbing gaiters

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