Top 5 winter Treks in Nepal
Top 5 Winter Treks In Nepal
Being the Himalayan country, Nepal offers numerous exciting and adventurous trekking to passionate trekkers around the globe. Trekkers can pick up the particular trekking trip to suit their interest, time frame, and budget.
Among various trekking trails in Nepal, some can be done all around the year and some require favorable weather condition. Similarly, all treks cannot be done during the winter season in Nepal. Basically, longer and adventurous trekking cannot be accomplished during the winter season. It is because of heavy snowfall and chilling cold weather in the mountain. There is the threat of avalanches and heavy snowfall in winter in the Himalayas.
However, some adventure enthusiasts love to do trekking in Nepal Himalayas during winter. It is not recommended to do longer and adventurous trekking in winter in Nepal.
According to the elevation of the treks and the weather condition during the winter, We have proposed top 5 winter treks in Nepal.
1. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Trekkers can do Ghorepani-Poonhill Trek even in Winter in Nepal. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is the most popular trekking trail in Annapurna region trekking. This treks takes us to Poonhill, a popular viewpoint in the Annapurna region and offers us an opportunity to capture mesmerizing mountain panorama including Annapurna massif, Gangapurna, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal. We also will celebrate the magnificent sunrise from Poonhill.
We can do Ghorepani Poonhill trek in winter because the weather is not much cold like in other trekking trails and we generally do not have heavy snowfall in winter. This trekking trail is below 4 thousand meters.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trek begins from Nayapool after 1.30 hrs drive from Pokhara. If we are beginning this trek from Kathmandu, we need to either drive or fly to Pokhara first. Then, we begin our trekking through lush forest and traditional settlements. We finally get to Ghorepani and climb Poonhill. We experience stunning sunrise and mountain panorama and trek back to Nayapool via Tadapani and Ghandruk.
2. Everest View Trek
Everest View Trekking trail is located in Everest region. We begin Everest View Trek after our short and scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. We trek to Namche via Phakding and begin to experience Sagarmatha National Park. We need to buy Sagarmatha National Park and Location entry permit before we begin Everest View Trek.
Everest View Trek offers us an opportunity to witness the mightiest Mt. Everest without being at Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar.
Namche, the capital of Khumbu region is one of the major attractions of Everest View Trek. We can observe the classical Tibetan market, Sherpa Cultural Museum, European standard of facilities like luxurious hotels and restaurants etc.
We climb to Everest View Hotel and capture astonishing mountain panorama with a stunning sunrise. This includes entire Everest mountain panorama including the top of the world, Mt. Everest.
Then, we backtrack to Lukla via the same trail and take another short flight to Kathmandu.
3. Chisapani-Nagarkot Trek
The nearest trekking trail from Kathmandu valley, Chispani-Nagarkot Trek is one of the best winter treks in Nepal. This trek takes us to two different viewpoints: Chisapani and Nagarkot. These both viewpoints are popular for witnessing stunning mountain panorama and sunrise.
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek begins from sundarijal or alternatively from Nagarkot. We trek via Shivapuri National Park and experience some unique and rare species of flora and faunas. We also meet friendly people and their traditional settlements. Our trek via lush forest takes us to Chisapani first. We capture mesmerizing Langtang, Lirung, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu and we further trek to Nagarkot.
Nagarkot is hill station located closer to Kathmandu which is popular for incredible sunrise and mountain view including Mt. Everest. We finally drive back to Kathmandu from Nagarkot to end our Chispani-Nagarkot Trek. `
4. Dhampus – Australian Camp- Sarangkot Trekking
Dhampus – Australian Camp- Sarangkot Trekking is popular trekking near Pokhara which also can be done during winter. Dhampus – Australian Camp- Sarangkot Trekking is to witness unbelievable Machhapuchhre and Annapurna massif. This trek also offers us an opportunity to have insights of traditional lifestyle of ethnic people.
Dhampus – Australian Camp- Sarangkot Trekking begins from Phedi or Ghattekulo after 1-hour drive from Pokhara. Then, we trek via lush forest and picturesque traditional settlement and get to Dhampus.
Dhampus is a beautiful village facing to alluring Machhapuchhre and other mountain peaks in Annapurna region. Then, we hike up to Australian Camp and capture more fascinating mountain panorama and sunrise. Finally, we trek to Sarangkot and experience breathtaking sunrise and mountain include Annapurna-I, Annapurna-IV, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Gangapurna, Himchuli, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu. We trek back to Pokhara to end our Dhampus – Australian Camp- Sarangkot Trekking.
5. Ghandruk Circuit Trek
Ghandruk Circuit Trek is a doable trek even in Winter in Nepal. Ghandruk Circuit Trek takes us to the largest Traditional Gurung village in Nepal and offers an opportunity to witness fabulous mountain panorama. We also experience Gurung culture and lifestyle at the same time. Dhampus, Pothana, Landruk, and Ghandruk are the major viewpoints in this trekking.
Ghandruk Circuit Trek begins either from Phedi or Kande. I begin it from Kande, it links to Australian Camp and if it begins from Phedi, it passes via Dhampus. Then, we get to Pothana which is a popular traditional village for stunning sunrise and mountain panorama.
We further trek to Landruk. Landruk is a fascinating Gurung village with their age-long tradition. It is also a popular viewpoint in the Annapurna region. We can see the mighty Annapurna South from Landruk.
Finally, we trek to Ghandruk. We visit Gurung Museum, German bakery and also taste organic food items. Along with this, we witness mesmerizing Machhapuchhre and trek back to Nayapool.
6. Helambu Trek
Culturally important, Helambu Trek is one of the closest short trekking trails from Kathmandu Valley. This short trekking can be one of the best choices for winter trekking in Nepal.
Helambu Trek takes us to a beautiful traditional Tamang village where one can explore unique Tamang culture and civilization.
Helambu Village is also popular as one of the finest viewpoints for capturing stunning mountain panorama. We can witness Langtang. Lirung, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and several other alluring mountain peaks from Helambu Village. Similarly, the Helambu Trekking trail offers us magnificent views of landscapes and the terraced fields.
Helambu Trekking Trail covers some part of Shivapuri National Park and Langtang National Park too.
Helambu Trek is both culturally and naturally important. We get an opportunity to have both natural and cultural diversities in Helambu Trek.