Planning a trip to Nepal this holiday season? Wondering what would be the best places to visit in Nepal during December? Or January? To be honest, winter Nepal isn’t considered the best season for trekking- the thick snowfall makes the higher Himalayas trek impossible. But Nepal is definitely much more than the Base Camp trek. Nepal winter trekking is fun and challenging.
There are still so many beautiful places you can evade the winters season in Nepal . The mid-low (5 degrees to 15 degrees ) temperature and dry land would make your prop over the places as Pokhara and Lumbini just amazing.
So stop being pensive, there are still many great places to visit in Nepal during winter. So pack your bags and get ready to explore the amazing winter this year.
Pokhara in winter
For all the seasons around the year, Pokhara is the best place to visit. The temperature is still warm during January and the scenes are even better. With no rainfall, the lake in Pokhara looks even more prodigious and the caves are also dry. You can see that discern the clear sky and glittering mountains. Some places like Sikles and Australian Base Camp also experience mild snowfall to enhance your winter experience.
Besides sightseeing, winter Nepal is also the best time for adventure as paragliding, hot balloon flight, and skydiving Pokhara is just 200 km away from Kathmandu. You can find direct flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara. On the other hand, you can also hire local or private buses, or get the tourist buses for Pokhara. Contact us here and book your Pokhara trip.
Chitwan, known for its deep forest wealth also has lakes, temples, and museum. You can go for the Jungle safari to spot the rare and endangered species (as rhino and Bengal tigers). This all year tourist destination gets more beautiful during winter. The places is also known for its unique cuisine- iconic spicy fried goat served with rice, momos, sukutikhaja set, and others. Chitwan during winter Nepal is a lot more fun and welcoming.
Besides jungle safari, Chitwan is also a place for Birdwatching, Boating, Camping, and luxury tourism. Chitwan is just 5 to 6 hours seven hours drive from Kathmandu. Contact us here and book your trip
Mardi Himal trek in winter
Sad about not being able to trek to Everest or Annapurna camps? Here’s the compensation- Mardi Himal trek. This beautiful range in Annapurna region itself is possible during winter as well. Along with the light snowfall, you can make your way through the cultural villages, camping sites, and many other exciting sights. Being a short and easy trek to the foothill of the Himalayas, this trek has been the latest trend with Nepal tourism.
For Mardi Himal trek, you can drive to Pothana from Pokhara and then trek to the forest camp. Contact us here and book your Mardi trip.
Mustang in winter
This isolated village named “kingdom behind the Himalayas” is the great places to visit during winter. You can get closer to the local culture and unique lifestyle in Mustang. Unlike the upper Mustang, Lower Mustang is only for winter visitors. From August to early winter you can enjoy many cultural festivals- Tiji being the most important one. You can also go for a short trek, enjoy camping and jeep rides through mountains. Winter is also a time for Orchards visit in Mustang.
For Mustang, you can find flights, buses or jeep from Kathmandu or Pokhara (Jomsom is 20 minutes airtime from Pokhara).
Kalinchowk of Dolakha:
No Nepalese would love to miss the light snowfall and cable car experience during winter over Kalinchowk. And it is equally favored by the tourist as well; the place is near to the capital, affordable and gives amazing winter experience. With no doubt, this religious spot (the place has a temple of goddesses) is the quickest possible escape from the city- 132 km away from Kathmandu.
And with the view of the clouds forming below your feet, this high altitude destination is definitely a winter paradise.
Poon Hill in Winter
Poon hill is one of those trekking destinations which looks equally prodigious all season. This epic viewpoint in Nepal is among the best short trek. With the freezing temperature, the high Himalayan trek is not possible in winter. So for the Mountain View from a higher altitude, this is the best choice.
Though the trek experience is enhanced by Rhododendron during spring, the land becomes more beautiful during winter. Poonhill is only 3 to 4 days trek from Pokhara and 5 days from Kathmandu. Contact us here and book your Poonhill trip during winter Nepal.
Lumbini, a Buddhist pilgrimage site has famous Ashoka Pillar (built by the great emperor of India), beautiful garden full of flowers, the temple of Maya Devi (Mother of Lord Buddha) and a bathing pool. Many countries such as India, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, France, Myanmar, Japan, Germany, etc have constructed their won Monastries (vihars) in the place. You would love to spot the one made by your country. And the luxurious lounges will just enhance your winter experience in Lumbini.
Not just sightseeing, Lumbini is a great places to know about Buddhist tradition and practice some Meditation. Located in the southwest of Kathmandu (in Rupandehi district), Lumbini is 9 hours drive from the capital.
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