If you’re making plans for trekking in Nepal in January, here are some facts and recommendations you might want to know. Our tips will surely help you make the most out of your winter trek trip.
December, January and February are the coldest months here in Nepal. Now, you definitely have figured out that the weather is going to get to the coldest point as the temperature drops to its lowest in January.
Yes, when we’re talking about trekking we’re talking about mountains and higher altitudes. It’s a commonly known fact that the temperature drops gradually as we gain altitude.
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January Weather Condition
So, how is the weather up there in January?
Freezing cold! Literally.
In January, it is the coldest. The temperature in the mountains can drop down to -30 Degrees. Wind chills make it feel even colder. The weather might change by hours. Possible avalanches occur this time around. Heavy snow can block passes.
However, we’re not summiting the Mount Everest, so no worries.
It is safe and ideal to consider trek passes at altitude below 4000 meters.
Weather-wise, Autumn and spring are considered best seasons for trekking in Nepal. So why trek in January (the midwinter)?
Nothing worthwhile comes easy.
Of all seasons, winter offers the best view. Mountains are covered with sparkling white snow. It does not rain and the sky is clear. Less crowd, so no photobombs to your perfect picture. Easy and economic accommodation as the tea houses and lodges are not much occupied.
Most of the tea houses and lodges in higher altitudes stay closed as people move down to the valleys where it is less cold. However, plenty of these places stay open at places where we recommend it is best to trek in Nepal in January.
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Best Trekking Trails in Nepal in January
If you’ve just made a new year’s resolution to trek the highest trails. Don’t hurry, you can put it aside for later months. It is very difficult and risky to trek the higher routes like Manaslu, Langtang Gosaikunda, Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and Annapurna Circuit in winter.
Here, the weather is not harsh. The nights are cold and the day is sunny and warmer.
Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking
An ideal destination for trekking in Nepal in January. Ghorepani Poonhill is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal for short trek throughout the trekking seasons.
Ghorepani Poon hill trek is a five-day trek to the maximum elevation of 3210 meters.
Ghorepani Poon Hill trek in January will serve you the best of all seasons. This short trek has so much to offer you in terms of beauty. Throughout the trek, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) the most beautiful mountain will always be by your side.
Without any spoilers, let’s just say that this trek will bring you right to your present. You can enjoy the beautiful views and peaceful environment and forget the rest. This trek is simply meditative.
Be sure of the storage space on your mobile phones or cameras to take back home all the captured moments.
Highlights of the trek
- View of beautiful sunrise from Poon Hill
- Beautiful panoramic view of the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri himalayan range
- Beautiful side view of Mount Machhapuchhre (Fish-tail)
- Magical view of the mountains that turn golden with the morning and evening rays of the sun
A short and easy seven-day trek up to the elevation of 3870 meters. This is another recommended trek rout for your January trek in Nepal.
This trek route lies in Khumbu, Everest region but we are not going higher up the Everest Basecamp. It is very difficult and risky to trek such heights in this month.
It sure is going to be a thrill to reach the infamous Lukla airport. From Lukla, the trek starts till Tengboche village lying in the lap of Ama Dablam.
Along the trek route, you will come to places where you can get the most beautiful viewpoints of the mountains. The mountains like the Everest, Ama Dablam, Thamserku and many more will amaze you.
Highlights of the trek
- Explore the rich and diverse Sherpa culture
- Sherpa village and Buddhist monasteries
- Explore the beautiful Tengboche village surrounded by snow covered mountains
- Visit one of the biggest Buddhist monasteries
- Spectacular views of the Mount Everest up close and many other high mountains.
Here is a list of the equipment that you will need to carry for a comfortable hike. However, it is not advised to carry a bag heavier than 7 kilograms. This is only to make it easier for hike.
A lot of hiking equipment is available for rent in Pokhara too. And you can buy almost everything in Kathmandu as well.
Toiletries and Personal Hygiene
- Tissue / Toilet roll
- Anti bacterial hands wash
- Wet wipes
- Multipurpose soap/ handwash
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Quick drying towel
- Feminine Hygiene products
- Light thermal bottoms
- Under Garments
- Lightweight cotton pants
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof shell pants (preferably breathable fabric)
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper Jacket
- Waterproof shell Jacket
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Sun hat or scarf
- UV Sunglasses
- Warm head gear or a hat
Foot and Handwear
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm hiking socks
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens
- Waterproof shell outer
- Gaiters for hiking in winter
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers/sandals)
- Lightweight gloves
- Warm insulating jacket
- Sleeping bag
- Day pack
- Duffel or Rucksack Bag
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees
- Water bottles
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Trekking poles
- Large plastic bags inside trekking bag, to keep your things dry
- Day pack
Extra / Luxuries(Optional)
- Pillow case
- Trail Map/ Guide Book
(Note: this List is given for reference purpose only)
Highlight of the Trek
- Beautiful snow covered mountains
- Crisp and clear blue sky
- Beautiful night sky
- Less crowd
- More peaceful
- Better choices for accommodation
Trekking in Nepal in January is an interesting choice. Firstly, it is quite challenging due to the weather and Secondly, it might be a lot peaceful than the usual trekking seasons.
Most difficulties you might face will be related to the weather. Apart from the weather, you will be able to enjoy the hospitality and extra discounts that you might receive in the tea houses.
The surrounding and the cultural life is a lot normal and at peace. You will be able to enjoy the socio-cultural life in their true form. The pseudo-cultural display will be sparse.
Trekking in lower altitudes and shorter treks are highly recommended in January. But if you like winters and love to explore the snow-capped mountains and the chilling adventure, definitely go for it.
The best trekking season doesn’t matter while trekking to the higher altitudes. The weather in the Himalayas can be pretty unpredictable. So, it is best to be prepared. Flight schedules may differ and flight delays may occur due to the weather conditions. Just to be on a safe side, please be prepared with extra days on your side.
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