Nepal, the home to the Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain is the ultimate trekker’s hub. Since December in Nepal marks the beginning of winter season in Nepal, many high passes are all covered with snow. Yet, Nepal in December Weather is awesome. With proper preparations, Nepal December trekking is absolutely possible. Nepal temperature in December is below zero in higher altitude.
Especially the low altitude treks in Nepal where days are sunny and warm are the best places to visit in December. It’s, in fact, the most beautiful time of the year for the short and easier treks. Trekking in December offers a prodigious mountain view as the whole Himalayan vista is covered with thick snow. And as the sky is often clear during the day, the views are clear and spectacular. Here is basically everything you need to learn Nepal in December Weather and Trekking in Nepal in December
Nepal in December Weather:
As a result of diverse geographical features, the climate of Nepal varies from one place to another. Living in the valley like Kathmandu and Pokhara in December can be warm and fun while the climate in the mountains starts getting worst. Since December is the beginning of winter, it’s still better than January, the day time temperature remains above 10 °C. In the north, the average temperature of the day can be 2°C to 10°C but the temperature in the night declines to sub-zero degrees.
Sometimes the trekking trails are all covered with snow, making it hard to climb. But with the right preparation, December trekking is fun. As the winter in Nepal is dry, the sky remains blue and there is very less cloud. Nepal in December Weather is harsh but the fun is worth it.
Highlights of Nepal December trekking:
- If you enjoy snowfall as I do, no time could be better
- Since December is the off-season for trekking you will enjoy a lot of discounts on the trail
- Since mountains are covered with snow all around, they will look their best
- You can add other adventure sports like paragliding, bungee jumping, mountain flight, skydiving, etc along with trekking
- Since it’s the month the paddy harvesting, you can enjoy volunteering in people’s fields
Best places for Nepal December trekking:
Mardi Himal trek:
Sad about not being able to trek to Annapurna or Everest Base camps? You can compensation the loss with Mardi Himal trek. This beautiful trekking route in Annapurna region is possible during winter as well. Along with the light snowfall, you can trek through the cultural villages, camping sites, and many other exciting sights. Being a short and easy trek to the mountain foothill, it has been the latest trend with Nepal tourism. Nepal in December Weather makes Mardi Himal trek difficult.
For Mardi Himal trek, you can drive to Pothana from Pokhara and then trek to the forest camp.
This isolated village famed as “kingdom behind the Himalayas” is the prodigious places to visit during winter. You can get closer to the unique local culture and 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 set for a short trek, enjoy camping and go for the jeep rides through mountains. Winter is also a time when you can visit beautiful Orchards visit in Mustang.
For Mustang, you can find flights, buses or jeep from Kathmandu or Pokhara (Jomsom is 20 minutes airtime from Pokhara).
Poon-hill Ghorepani- trek:
Poon hill is one of those trekker’s hub which looks equally prodigious all the seasons. This epic viewpoint to Poon hill 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. Nepal in December Weather makes Poonhill covered with snow and thus the fun is doubled.
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.
Trekking in Nepal in December is a great experience with the right choice of gears and clothing. Unlike the peak season, the trails are peaceful and you can enjoy all of the nature and hospitality of local peoples by yourself. And Nepal in December Weather is dry, you can also enjoy the warm sun during the trek. Lower altitude trek is quite prodigious during December. But as the climate in the high altitude is unpredictable, it’s best to avoid those treks.
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