Nepal, home to the world's tallest peak, Mount Everest, standing at 8,848 meters, is a renowned destination for trekking and hiking. Many travellers from each corner of the globe visit Nepal to taste the adventure and experience the natural and cultural wonders. But some travellers mistakenly believe that the only times of year to trek in Nepal are during the Spring and Autumn seasons. Yeah, they are the ideal seasons for a stunning experience but the Winter season is also the perfect time to view the clear sights of incredible Mountains. Some best winter treks in Nepal will leave trekkers awful for some moments and provide unforgettable memories.

Winter in Nepal starts in December and continues until February. Trekking in Nepal during winter offers distinct advantages, including clear weather, outstanding mountain views, peaceful trails, and cool temperatures ideal for trekking. The landscape undergoes a remarkable transformation, revealing views that are eccentric to the winter season and unlike those seen in spring and autumn. Nepal's winter trekking is a spectacular journey, traversing through glacial lakes and crossing winter grasses and amazing snow-covered trekking trails.

However, trekking in winter can be physically demanding due to snowfall and unpredictable weather conditions, and also presents mental toughness and basic fitness. With adequate preparation and packing the warm clothes and essential equipment for winter treks in Nepal, the journey will be safe and enjoyable, making it suitable for all age groups to experience the wilderness of the Himalayas.

With snow on the ground and astounding clear views of the mountains, the views you offer are often not seen even during the peak season. If you are a photographer, then this is a great time to capture the perfect shots of clear sights, snowy landscaping and God-gifted nature. In addition, Nepal Winter treks are one of the adventurous but rewarding experiences that let travellers test their limits, unveiling the breathtaking scenery of the highest mountains and the cultures and traditions of the local people.

Get ready to take on the challenging cold to experience Nepal’s wonder differently. Here are the best-selling treks during the winter season. Take a look.

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1 Everest Panorama Trek

Everest Panorama Trek is one of the perfect treks that lets travellers indulge in the beauty of the Everest region only in a short time frame. Perfect treks for all age group who wants to view Everest once in a lifetime due to some regions it is not feasible to make their trip to base camp. However, the Everest short trek is an ideal option to embark on in winter which offers clear views of spellbinding mountains.

The trek takes you to the famous destination of Khumbu regionNamche Bazaar the gateway to Everest Himalayas and Everest View Hotel. From there, travellers get to witness the magnificent scenery of Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku and many more. Everest Panorama Trek is one of the easier to access and less physically demanding than another high-altitude trek. During the Winter season also, the trek can be easily accessible. Indeed, Everest View Trek is a great package offering a complete Himalayan grandeur experience in a few days.



  •  Experience a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla – one of the most dangerous airports in the world.
  •  Explore the vibrant markets, taste the popular yak cheese, and buy some unique souvenirs while roaming Namche Bazaar.
  •  Marvel at the close sights of the mesmerizing world's tallest Mount Everest (8848m).
  •  Revel in the spectacular view of the tallest mountains in the world, including Ama Dablam, Lhotse, and many more.
  •  Enjoy a delicate meal with surrounding views of the high Himalayas at Everest View Hotel.
  •  Learn the cultures, traditions and lifestyles of the Sherpa people.

2 Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the shortest and most rewarding adventure in the Annapurna region which lets travellers soak into the beauty of nature. The journey takes you up to the elevation of 3210m and provides an incredible view of various majestic peaks, such as Hiunchuli, past Annapurna South to Annapurna I (8,097m/26,566ft) Gangapurna, Khangsar Kang, Annapurna III, and Machhapuchhare from popular vantage point – poon hill.

This is one of the famous treks done in winter to capture the beauty of snow-covered landscapes and the clear sights. Additionally, Poon Hill Trek is renowned for its glorious sunrise views over the world’s top ten mountains. Don’t miss out on the decisive easy walking adventure in Nepal.



  •  Witness glimmering sunrise and sunset views over the majestic Himalayas from Poon Hill.
  •  Be amazed at the views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapucchre, Hiunchuli, Nilgiri, and Mardi
  •  Ascend and descend the popular stone stairs of Ulleri village.
  •  Experience the amazing hospitality that Gurung people offer during a stay
  •  Traverse through the lush forests, sprinkled Gurung settlements.
  •  Immerse yourself into the rich cultures and lifestyles of local inhabitants.

3 Mardi Himal Trek

Explore a unique and adventurous trek to Mardi Himal grants a captivating journey through the lesser-explored terrain of the Annapurna Region, alluring travellers with its spectacular scenery and untamed beauty. Seized by the magnificent splendour of the Annapurna massifs and embellished with the prominent scenery of Mt. Machhapuchre (6993m), Mount Mardi rises to 5587 m, enthral all the adventurer and promises an amazing experience through the Mardi Himal Viewpoint Trekking.

The snow-covered trails from forests to the Charming Gurung Settlements and the glorious base camp of Mardi Himal, offer an unforgettable experience filled with cultural assortment, rich biodiversity, majestic Himalayan vistas, and exciting terrain.



  •  Relish the spectacular views of the mountain ranges covered with snow like Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Machhapuchre, Gangapurna Himal and Mardi Himal.
  •  Walk through enchanting rhododendron forests, small villages, green forests, fast-flowing Seti rivers and Lwang waterfalls.
  •  Capture a glimpse of wildlife such as Musk deer and Lhopophorus,
  •  Immerse in the local culture, cuisine, and warm hospitality of Gurung, Chhetri, Brahmin, and Tamang communities.
  •  Offers a more peaceful and personal trekking experience compared to other popular routes such as Poonhill and Annapurna Base Camp.

4 Langtang valley Trek

Another rewarding Langtang Valley trek you can relish during the winter season takes you through the rich forested trails of Langtang National Park. This trek proffers spellbinding views of Langtang Lirung (7,345m), Gang Chenpo (6,388m), Naya Kanga (5,846m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966m), Kimsung (6,781m), and Yansa Tsenji (6,575m). You’ll encounter several glaciers, including the beautiful Lirung and Kim Sung glaciers. Additionally, visit the sacred lake Gosainkunda, which remains largely unfrozen even in harsh winter. Light snowfall in the region doesn't hinder the trek but instead enhances the fantastic views.

The Langtang Valley Trek is one of the safest treks in the high-altitude region of Nepal during the winter seasons because there are fewer chances of snowslides or altitude sickness caused by high altitude. This makes the Langtang Valley Trek one of the more popular winter treks in Nepal and also top 10 trekking places in Nepal.



  • The closest trekking route from Kathmandu.
  • Within a short time, get closer to the stunning Himalayas peaks.
  • Indulge in the rich cultures and lifestyles of the Tamang people.
  • Be awe-inspired by the astounding views of snow-capped mountains and glaciers including Langtang Lirung(7234m/23733ft).
  • Capture various endangered species like Red Panda, Snow Leopard, Cloud Leopard, monkey, and more.
  • Visit Langtang National Park – the first National Park of Nepal located in the Himalayas.

5 Pikey Peak Trek

The Pikey Peak Trek is a lesser-known route in Nepal, offering travellers a unique perspective on the Khumbu Valley. Since Pikey Peak Trek is a lesser-travelled trail, it will empower trekkers with a chance to witness the Sherpa culture closely. The best trek for the winter season -Pikey Peak Treks presents a more excellent opportunity for deeper social interaction.

However, it is one short trek in the Everest region, making it ideal for those who don’t have much time to explore. The snow level is comparatively high during the winter, and the trail will be a bit challenging but the 360-degree view of the Everest Himalayas from the summit is worth watching. Pikey Peak is one of the amazing havens to enjoy beautiful mountain scenery and glimmering sunrise and sunset.



  •  Short and accessible trek in the Solukhumbu district.
  •  Suitable for novice trekkers or trekkers short on time.
  •  Spectators the breathtaking views of eight-thousand mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga
  •  Wander through lush rhododendron forests and charming Sherpa settlements.
  •  Interact with friendly mountain people from different communities and get insights about their daily lifestyles in remote areas.
  •  Mesmerized with the captivating landscapes alongside the snow-capped mountain views.
  •  Peaceful trekking route with great scenery.
  •  Explore Thupten Choling monastery.

6 Tamang Heritage Trek

Tamang Heritage Cultural Trek is an enchanting voyage into the heart of Langtang Valley -the hidden gem of Nepal situated near the Tibetan Border. Indulge in the rich cultural experience of especially Tamang people with the magnificent natural wonders of the Langtang Valley throughout the exploration of the Culturally enriched Tamang Heritage Trek.

Most of all, this trail during winter brings a different scenario that will amaze every trekker. Tamang Heritage Trail en route offers a clear majestic view of the Langtang range, Gosainkunda range, Ganesh Himal, and many more during winter. Gearing up with essential clothes and trekking equipment, the trek to Tamang heritage will be one of the most enjoyable journeys that will be set for a lifetime.


  •  Suitable for families and individuals with a basic level of fitness.
  •  Walk in the tranquil trails following the lush forest and village settlements.
  •  Explore the untouched natural beauty of Nepal.
  •  Witness the incredible Mountain Views from Nagthali, including Tibet Peak, Langtang II, Ganesh Himal, and Paldor Peak.
  •  Get a chance to capture wildlife creatures such as monkeys, Musk Deer, Himalayan Thar, and many others.
  •  Explore the Kyangjin Gompa and visit a local cheese factory
  •  Experience the warm hospitality which reflects their culture, and traditions.

7 Jomsom Muktinath Trek

One of the best treks for winter seasons is Jomsom Muktinath Treks takes you to the unique landscape in the Mustang Region. The region is popular for its desert landscape. Nepal boasts some of the most sought-after trekking destinations Jomsom Muktinath Treks, drawing trekkers with their combination of natural splendour and rich cultural heritage. These destinations are perennial favourites for adventurers seeking unforgettable experiences amidst breathtaking landscapes and vibrant traditions.

Jomsom Muktinath trek offers a chance to visit the holy pilgrimage site Muktinath Temple, which lets travellers enhance their journey with spiritual experiences. Explore the Kaligandaki River Gorge, renowned as the world's deepest, where breathtaking villages, stunning vistas, and rare wildlife create an unforgettable trekking experience.


  • Hop on a scenic ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Enjoy a Mesmerizing flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Witness the World’s deepest gorge at Kali Gandaki River
  • Visit the popular pilgrimage site Muktinath Temple at an altitude of 3800 meters
  • Relax your body with Natural hot springs at Tatopani
  • Watch the Sunrise over the Annapurna mountains ranges at PoonHill View Point
  • Religious destination Muktinath for Hindus and Buddhists

8 Rara Lake Trek


Escape the crowded trail and make your way to the magical and memorable trek to Rara Lake Trek popularly known as the "Queen of Himalayan Lakes". Elevating at 2290 meters - this amazing trek to Rara Lake promises to astound with the assurance of tranquillity, undefiled landscapes, and the rich flora and fauna of Rara National Park.  The mesmerising peaks of the Himalayas enhance the sights to one side and the pristine waters of Rara Lake appending their contemplative presence on the other.

It is one of the treks that can be done in the winter season granting for an eccentric and sterling Nepal trekking experience along with the typical culture of different ethnic groups. Immerse yourself in the incredible wilderness of Rara Lake by undertaking this unbelievable trip around the sanctuary of the deepest lake in Nepal.


  •  Enjoy a scenic flyover from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and Jumla.
  •  Stand right behind the deepest glimmering Rara Lake of Nepal.
  •  Marvel at the astounding sights of a pristine lake nestled within a circle of snow-capped peaks.
  •  Explore the Rara National Park with the protected unique flora and fauna.
  •  Evince the agile natural beauty of Rara Lake Trails.
  •  Make your experiences better through amazing encounters with endangered wildlife and medicinal plants.
  •  Get stunned by the unique and largely untouched culture of the locals.
  •  Witness the Karnali River, Nepal’s longest river along with imposing mountain peaks and stunning dense forest.

9 Everest Base Camp Trek

For those who are more decisive, treks to Everest Base Camp remain an option during the winter season. It will be an exciting journey across the Khumbu valley witnessing the magnificent scenery of stunning peak Mt. Everest. During this time, the trail will be less crowded and get enough time to interact with locals.

Though trekking will be a bit challenging task in the winter season after the accomplishment, the views in the Everest region are unparalleled during this season. The clear skies offer incredible views of the world's highest peaks, including Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Mt. Makalu (8,463m), and of course, Mt. Everest. Snow-covered peaks, enlivening glaciers, and frigid water bodies create winter surroundings in the Everest region that are truly exceptional.


  •  Make your way to the base camp of the world’s highest Mt. Everest – Everest Base Camp.
  •  Captivate aerial views of the glimmering Himalayas during Lukla flight.
  •  Experience the wilderness of Everest region passing through Sagarmatha National Park.
  •  Discover Namche Bazaar, the gateway and popular tourist hub of the Everest region.
  •  Delve into the lively culture and tradition of the Sherpa people.
  •  Visit the oldest and most famous Tengboche Monastery.
  •  Witness the astonishing sights of the Khumbu glacier and Khumbu icefall.
  •  Be amazed at the spectacular vistas of Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and many more.

10. Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the best winter treks in Nepal which requires a moderate level of fitness. For beginners, trekking to Annapurna Base Camp may be challenging because of the rugged and snowy terrain. The Annapurna trekking trail takes you through a variety of landscapes and cultures, spectacular Himalayan flora and fauna, a rich mountain perspective, terraced fields, and Magar and Gurung villages rich in history and tradition and finally to the base camp of the tenth highest Mt. Annapurna (8091m).

The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) Trek in the winter is a great choice since there is less traffic on the trail, clear sunny skies, and a moderate day temperature. Although, in winter, you might have to walk in snow and heavy ice patches. Later the views of surrounding peaks such as Annapurna Base Camp (4,130 m). Surrounded by Annapurna I, Annapurna South, Baraha Shikhar, Hiunchuli, Machapuchhre, and Annapurna III, will leave you awe-struck and provide the best memories of a lifetime.

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  •  Walk through a lush green forest, and an alpine forest, and discover a variety of flora and fauna.
  •  Spending the day hiking through the Manang Valley's yak pastures, grazing meadows, and farmlands.
  •  Witness the dazzling natural waterfalls, glacial lakes, and rivers, as well as deep Georges.
  •  Spectators the vistas of some of the world's most awe-inspiring snow-covered mountains, including the Annapurna range, Thorong Peak, Manaslu, Gorkha Himal, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri, and Capuche etc.
  •  Discover the religious significance of this ancient sacred temple – Muktinath Temple, which is admired by both the Hindu and Buddhist communities.
  •  Make your way to PoonHill- the most well-known viewpoint for witnessing the sunrise.
  •  Experience Pokhara's natural beauty.

When is the winter season in Nepal?

Winter in Nepal begins in December and lasts until February. The coldest month during this season is January. Nepal has four different seasons: Spring, Summer/Monsoon, Autumn, and Winter. Spring, from March to May, and Autumn, from September to November, are the most ideal times to trek in Nepal. During these seasons, temperatures are at their lowest. As the sun rises, the daytime temperatures become perfect for hiking and trekking adventures.

But most of the trekkers desired to challenge themselves by embarking on a winter season. With proper preparation and the right gear, the winter season is full of joy and astounding scenery of nature. It is one of the perfect trekking seasons which undoubtedly provides a life-changing experience.

Advantages and Disadvantages of trekking in Nepal during the Winter season


  •  Enjoy the seclusion of the trail as the landscape alters into a snowy winter wonderland.
  •  Feel the serenity while trekking as the trail has fewer travellers on it.
  •  Enjoy a walk on a sunny and clear day with the majestic backdrop of snowy Himalayan peaks.
  •  Witness the freezing glacial lakes surrounded by magnificent Himalayas, crafting unique photographic moments for adventurers.
  •  Basic to luxurious accommodation options will be available.
  •  Revel in the awe-inspiring clear views of Mountain ranges.
  •  Interactions with local people can be more genuine and immersive.
  •  Due to the off-peak season, the cost of accommodation, food, and sometimes even flights can be lower.
  •  Overcoming the cold and navigating snowy trails can be a rewarding test of endurance and resilience.


  •  High-altitude regions can experience cold temperatures, often dropping well below freezing, especially at night.
  •  The risk of hypothermia increases, particularly if trekkers are not well prepared with proper clothing and gear.
  •  Trails can be covered in snow and ice, making them slippery and risky.
  •  Shorter daylight hours mean less time for trekking each day, which can make it demanding to cover planned distances and reach intended stops before nightfall.
  •  The cold can aggravate the symptoms of altitude sickness, making it more unbearable and certainly more dangerous.
  •  The combination of cold weather, difficult trail conditions, and the need to prepare additional gear (like heavier clothing and sleeping bags) can make trekking physically more demanding.

Suggestions for winter trekking in Nepal


Winter trekking in Nepal can be a rewarding experience, offering majestic views, fewer crowds, and a distinctive challenge. However, it requires thorough preparation due to the extreme cold and potential hazards. Here are some tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable winter trek in Nepal:

  • Choose the right trek including Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Langtang Valley and more which offer well-maintained paths and ample accommodation options.
  •  Detector weather forecasts regularly and be prepared for unforeseen weather changes.
  •  Dress in layers to manage your body temperature in the winter season such as a moisture-wicking base layer, an insulating middle layer, and a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
  •  Wear sturdy, insulated, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots.
  •  Bring a sleeping bag rated for temperatures at least -10°C (14°F) or lower.
  •  Make sure to acclimatize your body even in the winter season to overcome altitude sickness risks.
  •  Stay hydrated throughout the trekking by drinking plenty of water.
  •  Make sure to carry a first aid kit, including medications for altitude sickness, pain relievers, and any personal medications.
  •  Respect local customs, traditions and culture.
  •  Ascend slowly and take a break for a while en route.
  •  Pack your bags with high-energy snacks like nuts, chocolate, and energy bars to maintain energy levels.

People asked :

Is it possible to trek solo in the winter season?

Solo trekking during the winter season is not recommended, hiring a professional guide and porter is mandatory for trekking to higher altitudes in Nepal. However, they ensure your journey is safe and enjoyable as guides are experienced in every season.

Will the trails be crowded during winter?

No, because the winter season is the off-season in Nepal for trekking so trekking trails are much less crowded compared to the peak seasons of spring and autumn.

What to pack for winter trekking in Nepal?

Winter trekking requires more gear and equipment to pack as the temperature drops down as you ascend high-altitude regions. So, carry these items such as a heavy parka jacket, Gore-Tex pants and gear, Snow Gaiters, full waterproof hiking boots, a  -20 rated Sleeping bag, Micro Spikes, Warm hat and gloves especially.

Why trek during the winter season?

Winter can be one of the ideal times for trekking in Nepal, despite the colder temperatures and occasional snowfall, numerous trekking routes at lower and higher altitudes offer incredible mountain views, delightful landscapes, and rich cultural experiences.

Is there any risk while trekking in winter?

The main risks during winter are chilling cold weather, which can lead to hypothermia if not dressed properly, and icy trails, which raise the risk of slips and falls. Less crowded trails mean fewer instant resources, so preparation and caution are essential.

What cultural aspects should I be mindful of while trekking in Nepal?

Showing respect for local customs and traditions is essential. Dressing modestly, seeking permission before photographing individuals, and being attentive to local etiquette, particularly when exploring temples and monasteries, are important practices.


Whether you opt for a winter expedition along Nepal's renowned trekking route or a strand of astonishing day hikes through Nepal's untamed terrain, the thrill of winter trekking is captivating, although physically challenging. Yet, the indulgence of observing the amazing landscape embellished with snow and icy lakes is a remarkable experience in its own right.

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Mr Ram Sharan Adhikari is a Managing director of Eternal Himalaya Adventure, Trekking exerts in Nepal. Eternal Himalaya provides exceptional trekking experiences in Nepal’s majestic landscape as well as Tibet, Lhasa, Mount Kailash tours and Bhutan tours. Additionally, we invite travellers to experience the beauty of Nepal Himalayas, cultural immersion, and memorable adventures. Eternal Himalaya offers high-altitude trekking, city tours, hiking, mountaineering, helicopter tours, mountain vistas, and cultural encounters to fulfil travellers’ dreams of inspection and the creation of lifetime memories. send us your feedback!