Places In Nepal You Can Visit During Winter

We know you are keen to trek this winter season, but you are unsure whether trekking this time of the year is good idea. There are both pros and cons of trekking in winter but with proper planning and good knowledge of places you are visiting, you can easily overcome the possible difficulties and make memory of a life time. So, here is a list of places which can be taken out from your bucket list even in chilly winters:

  1. Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)

ABC is one of the most popular trekking destination of all time. Though paths above 3500m will all be covered with snow, you will reach up to 4130m high Annapurna base camp, passing 3700m Machhapuchhre Base camp. Winter can be good time to trek here because of less number of foreign tourist. During good seasons finding a single room is hard for Nepali trekkers as the hotels owners prefer foreigners. The cost may vary from 10-15k or even more depending upon your spending. This trek can be completed in total of 7 days starting from Kathmandu.

2. Langtang Valley Trek

Langtang valley trekking, also called the valley of glaciers trek is located in Langtang national park. Langtang village is slowly recovering from the destruction that was caused by post earthquake avalanche in 2015. In this trek you will find Tibetan village and get to see their lifestyle along with ancient Buddhist monastery and glaciers. This trek takes about 6-7 days to complete. You can combine this trek with Gosaikunda trek and complete both in about 8-9 days.

3. Gosaikunda Trek

Gosaikunda Lake, a Holy lake mostly visited during Janai purnima is located at an altitude of 4280 m. Further up is Surya Kunda located at  an altitude of 4610m. This trek is perfect for those seeking to enjoy a beautiful nature scenic view of Langtang range, Ganesh Himal, Dorje Lakap, Nayakanga,  Langshisa etc. While you are there, do not miss a chance to dive in for a bath to cleanse out our body if it’s not frozen. It’s also known as frozen lake as it stays frozen for about six months a year.

4. Manaslu Trek

Manaslu circuit is the longest route in this list. The whole Manaslu circuit takes about 12 days to complete. During winter completing the whole circuit is not possible. But you can get up to Birendra Lake and Manaslu Base camp at an altitude of 4000m and complete the trek in about 8 days. You will also sense a great taste of hospitality that is difficult to find in any other trekking route.

Enjoying the mountain breeze…. #manaslu #circuit #birendralake #travel #nepal

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5. Ama Yangri

One of the least popular destination in this list which lies in Helambu District. This trek is also shortest among all which can be completed in 3 or 4 days compromising of 2 days bus ride and 2 days trek. Trekking only about 6 hours in those 2 days you can enjoy a lot of time companying your friends and captureing beautiful memories. Reaching the Ama yangri peak you will get upto 3700 m altitude where you can see beautiful view of mount Gaurisankar, Ganesh Himal.

6. Poon Hill

Poon Hill trek is best known for the breathtaking views seen from therein. You can see mesmerizing panoramic view of Himalayas including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and Manaslu ranges . The feeling that the mountains are so close to you and you can almost hug them and touch them…………… That feeling is explainable

7. Mustang Trek

It’s hard to find people who haven’t visited mustang yet. Well, if you are one of they wait no more for next dashain or any occasional seasons when there are lots of visitors. The journey to mustang is very tiring even if you are taking ride on a bus or jeep but the spectacular view that you get to observe will definitely be worthy for your tiring journey. Mustang trek can be elongated from 4 days to number of days depending on your time and thrill for adventure. Muktinath is the religious site of Mustang and there is a belief that you can be relieved (mukti) from your bad habit by quitting at the temple. Jomsonm is one of definite place to visit. The trek gives you isolated feeling that the region is different from other treks of Nepal.

8. Rara Lake

The largest lake in Nepal which is located in Rara National Park In Mugu district. In recent years Rara is among the most visited place by Nepalese beside mustang.  The Rara National Park is one of the best places in Nepal to see wildlife: musk deer, leopards, ghorals, tahr, Himalayan black beer etc.

#Beautiful #Raralake #Nepal

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9. Paach Pokhari (Ramechhap)

As the name suggests this place consists of 5 lakes of religious value. Situated at an altitude of 4510 M, This is the toughest one on the list as you have to carry all the foods and goodies you will need for about 4 days. You can also take a porter if you can afford one as you need to carry tents and sleeping bag. Getting up to Paanch Pokhari will take a lot of climbing the steps, passing by steeply trails with a heavy backpack. There are no hotels on this route, even finding a water source is hard unless you reach a certain destination, so be prepared for that. If you are tough and looking for an adventurous journey this trek will definitely fill your void.

#camping #jattapokhari #ramechhap #paachpokhari

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10. Other Places

  • Mardi Himal
  • Ghandruk
  • Ghale Gau
  • Sailung

So these are our suggestions for trekking destinations for this winter. Next, we will be sharing you some tips for planning and completing a successful trek.

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