In Nepal, winter begins with December, so many believe that trekking should not be done during this month/season. Mostly, the ones who have not experienced the beauty of trekking in December says this. However, trekking in December is one of the most beautiful experiences you will have in your life.
The weather here is delightful during the day from December to February. The days are dry and sunny, but the nights in the mountain region can be very chilly.
Even in the winter season, it is very rare for snowfall at an altitude of 4000m. However, above that altitude, you will experience snowfall. Still, you can find a lodge and accommodation.
Spring and autumn seasons are famous for trekking in Nepal. However, trekking in December offers its unique rewards. As the snow falls only at higher altitudes during this season, the temperature is very comfortable for trekking in lower elevations. Also, you can enjoy bewitching views of snow-capped mountains.
The only challenge to trek during December is that the morning and nights are freezing, and sometimes the weather might go bad, and you might have to return from the mid destination. So, we have enlisted five of the best places in Nepal where you can trek in December.
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Everest Panorama Trek is an easy trek where you will get to see the beautiful view of the majestic mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku and many more. This delightful trek begins with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, one of the most beautiful airports in the world.
You will walk also get to see the beautiful rhododendron forests and river banks, after which you will reach the renowned traditional settlement of Sherpa people, “Namche Bazaar.”
Namche Bazar is a gateway to the world’s highest peak and one of the major attractions of the Everest Panorama Trek, which lies at an altitude of 3,440m. In this town, you will get to experience the beauty of nature and the cultural aspects of the Himalayan region.
During EBC trek, you will get to witness the majesty of the world’s tallest mountain- Mt. Everest. Also, you can visit one of the highest national park in the world- Sagarmatha National Park and enjoy its lush green vegetation.
You can not only get along with nature but also the cultural part of the Himalayan region, as you will be visiting the highest Buddhist monastery in the Khumbu region- Tengboche Monastery.
Besides, you can learn about the unique culture, traditions, and lifestyle of the local Sherpa people even during the winter season as unlike the Everest Base Camp Trek, Everest Panorama Trek can be done all year round.
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Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is done around the Annapurna region. This is one of the ideal trekking routes in December. During December, the weather is clear, and the surroundings are excellent, from where you can witness the breathtaking ranges of Himalayas.
During this season, the Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri range appear even more attractive. You can trek to Ghorepani Poonhill throughout December.
On your trail, you will get to witness dense forests and massive vegetation with the outstanding views of the mountains and landscapes. Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to visit beautiful Gurung villages where you will meet the warmest individuals.
Similarly, you will get to observe the sunset and sunrise from Poonhill, which you will never forget. As the sky will be clear in winter, you might also see the starry sky of Annapurna.
Mostly, the trek begins from Nayapul, followed by crossing a river called the Modi Khola on the way to Hile. The trail will then lead you to the captivating Ghorepani Village.
This village is a Gurung settlement that is very rich in traditions. The next day, you will reach Poon Hill after a few hours of walk. From the Poonhill viewpoint, you can witness astonishing sceneries of the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. It is amongst the most incredible views on earth.
After the Everest and Annapurna region, Langtang is the renowned trek of Nepal. This trek lies in the nearest Himalayan region from Kathmandu. The trail will lead you to the numerous parts of the Langtang region.
In this trek, you will witness the second largest national park in Nepal- Langtang National Park, which is home to more than 250 species of birds and various flora and fauna.
Generally, the trek begins from Syarubesi. You will be hiking over lower parts of the valley, leading past many villages and lands during the trek. You will also be going to one of the major highlights of this trek, Tianjin Gompa.
Likewise, you can also climb up Kyanjin-Ri and admire the stunning view of Mt. Langtang and many other Himalayan ranges. Also, you will get to see towering waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, and glaciers.
Besides, you will get an opportunity to explore the rich culture of the Tamang people along the trail. And, you get to see the unique architecture and houses that Langtang is famous for.
During December, the weather is warm and sunny in the Langtang region. You will get the chance to see an unobstructed view of mountains, and the possibility of the sky being clear is more than 80%.
This trek is mostly ideal for people who want to trek to the mountains with very less crowd and enjoy the natural beauty of Nepal in a short period.
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Annapurna region is very famous among trekkers as it is one of the most visited trekking areas in Nepal. For those wanting to trek to Annapurna Base Camp during December, it is recommended to do in early December rather than late December. Comparatively, there are very few people during this time, and you can also easily find the accommodations.
Yet, some adventurers prefer it to trek during late December, which is fine if you can handle cold and are well-prepared. However, you need to be well-prepared for the nights as the nights can be very harsh during this time in Annapurna.
Mostly, the mountains are clear, and the Annapurna mountain looks very mesmerizing during this time. The snow-capped summit will take your breath away. You might also experience snowfall.
Many trekkers prefer to go to Annapurna during December, mostly due to the clear view you get of the mountains. If you can handle cold and are prepared, you can experience the best trekking here.
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Kathmandu Valley Trek can be done throughout the year. Still, the ideal time to visit Kathmandu is during the winter season. Kathmandu is amongst the most gifted cities in the world.
At first sight, you might see Kathmandu as the city filled with dust, noise, and chaos; however, when you start to warm up to the city, you will start noticing the beauty the place is. The weather is beautiful, the charm that nature gifted is indescribable, and most of the people are amiable.
Even the winters are not very cold. The sky is clear, and you can get some incredible views of the mountains. This trekking offers you the chance to experience the traditional Nepali culture as well as beautiful landscapes.
You can visit Namo Buddha (a Buddhist Monastery), see the beautiful sunrise in Nagarkot, or hike to Chisapani. Besides, there are several things to do in Kathmandu. We assure you that in this city, you won’t get the chance to feel boredom.