Nepal, the home to the world’s highest mountain is the ultimate destination for trekkers all around the world. Nepal weather January is fun and exciting. Since January in Nepal means the coldest month of the year, many high passes are covered with snow and thus many trekking trails are closed. Yet trekking in Nepal in January is fun with proper preparations. Especially the low altitude regions are sunny and warm can be the best places to visit in Nepal in January.
It’s, in fact, the best time for easier and shorter treks. Trekking Nepal weather January offers a stunning mountain view as the whole region is covered with thick snow. As the sky is often clear, the views are clear and prodigious. Here is everything you need to know about Nepal weather January including Trekking in Nepal in January.
Nepal weather January:
Being the coldest month of the year, the average temperature during January falls below 15°C. There are the chances of occasional rainfall in the lower region and snowfall in the upper region. Usually, the mountain region has a much colder night than the daytime. Sometimes, the night temperatures can reach low as -20°C in the upper region while the days still remain warm. Nepal weather January is freezing and fun.
Sometimes the overall trekking trails are covered with snow and you need specified gear to face such climate. The un-insulated walls of tea house makes it even colder if you do not have the thick sleeping bag. The climate is rather cold and dry while the sky remains blue and there is very less cloud.
Highlights of trekking in Nepal in January:
- Just like me, if you find the snowfall sweet and romantic, no time could be better
- Since January is the off-season for trekking; you are going to get a lot of discounts
- As the mountains are all covered with snow, they will look better than any other time of the year.
- You can add the adventure sports like paragliding, skydiving, mountain flight, etc along with trekking
- You can enjoy your begging of the year in one of the world’s most beautiful place
Best places for trekking in Nepal in winter:
Mardi Himal trek:
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. Mardi Himal trek is even more fun due to Nepal weather January.
For Mardi Himal trek, you can drive to Pothana from Pokhara and then trek to the forest camp.
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).
Poon hill is one of those trekking destinations which looks equally prodigious in all the seasons. 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.
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. Nepal weather January makes Kalinchowk way more fun.
And with the view of the clouds forming below your feet, this high altitude destination is definitely a winter paradise.
Trekking in Nepal in January is a great experience with the right gears and clothing. Unlike the peak season, you can enjoy the beauty of nature and hospitality of local people all by yourself. And as the month is dry, you can enjoy the warm sun during the cay time. Nepal weather January makes lower altitude trek fun. But as the climate at high altitude is always unpredictable, it’s best to avoid those treks.
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