Winter is one of the most beautiful seasons to explore nature. During winters, there is no tension of sweaty and tiring long days. The warm food during the winters hit differently. Especially in the Himalayas and the high region, the temperature fall adds so much to nature.
The tiny cozy houses in the higher areas are worth exploring. Viewing the snow-layered mountains and the sunset and sunrise along the White Mountain view is really very mesmerizing. Spectating the view of the sunshine through the snow, which lights up the entire place, is only possible during the winters.
While some people stay home and snuggle in their blankets, some go out and explore the beautiful changes winter brings into nature—hiking and trekking during the winters in so much more fun.
Ascending the mountains makes the body warm and helps fight the falling temperature. One must have heard that spring and autumn are the best seasons to trek and tour in Nepal, but during the winters, trekking in Nepal is like finding a hidden gem.
Only the people who have experienced trekking during winters in Nepal know how beautiful and better the trekking experience becomes. Yes, there are destinations in Nepal that offer trekking during the winter season.
Pros and cons of trekking in Nepal during the winter season
The best advantage of trekking during the winters is that the crowd is significantly less and hence one can connect more deeply to nature, and the view is undoubtedly the very first reason for winter treks.
A few disadvantages could be the challenge of adjusting to the cold temperature and other challenges the season brings; also, sometimes, due to high snowfall, the paths could be blocked.
Below listed are some of Nepal’s best-rated and fun winter trekking destinations
Everest View Trek
As the name of the trek suggests, this trek takes you on a journey to view Mt. Everest. The trek allows spectating one of the closest views of Everest. The leading destination of this trek is the Khumbu valley which is famous for its kind people, magical view, suitable accommodation, and flavorful food.
Also, this destination is less crowded during the winters, which helps you to connect better to nature. This place is quite well built so as to serve the significant number of tourists visiting it every year.
The trek can last as long as 9 to 12 days, depending upon your choice. Overall, it is a perfect destination to involve yourself in a challenging yet relaxing trek.
Everest Base Camp Trek
This trek is one of Nepal’s old classic treks. Most of the trekking packages in Nepal incorporate accommodation and spending a few days in the Everest Base Camp. During the spring season, most of the tourists undergo this trek as it is trendy for both its view and accommodation.
However, this trek is as easy in winter as it is during the spring and dry seasons. The low temperature during the winter and the snowfall adds up to make the trek challenging.
However, if one has prior trekking experience and proper clothing and equipment, the trek is entirely possible. Eventually, with increasing height, your body accommodated the temperature.
Many decide to challenge themselves with this trek during the winters, and the winter view from the camp is mind-blowing. The snowfall, along with the Mountain View, makes this trek worth every single challenge.
Gokyo Lake Trek
During the winters, this trek gets magical due to the fact that during the winters, the three elements, snow, mountains, and the icy water of the lake, incorporate together and hence show the beauty nature has to offer—all shades of blue and white merge in together in the landscape.
The entire trek seems as if you are in a winter wonderland along with other trekkers. Throughout the journey, the mountain scenes follow you along your way.
The frozen lakes make the view better, along with the trees and landscapes. Winter here brings energy and positive vibes.
Pikey Peak Trek
Pikey Peak Trek is not such a popular trek in Nepal but is still one of the best. This trek package involves a not-so-traveled path in the trekking journey, which ensures fewer crowds and more fun.
This trek includes a way that involves a very different experience to that of the route to the Everest Base Camp. However, this path is quite near to that of the Everest Base Camp. This trek allows exploring the local culture very closely as the hike does not involve touristy feels.
It feels as if you are one of the locals living in the valley. If you crave to experience a different lifestyle and want to look in detail into the life of people in the Himalayas, this package is your ideal one. However, there is no compromise in the view from the valley as it is equally magical and mind-blowing.
Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna base camp trekking package is Nepal’s another classic trek after the Everest. This trek allows you to explore the flora and fauna available in this region. Along the way, one can be able to spectator a huge amount of various types of vegetation, even during the winters.
Many rare animals are viewed in this region during the winter. The season also gives an advantage of fewer crowds and more exploration. Indeed this trip will connect you to nature forever. The path during this particular trek is less risky and primarily unblocked.
The view of the Annapurna and Machhapuchre from here is crisp and clear. This place looks super beautiful in winters due to the snowfall and the small huts’ habitation. The full view of the town settlement from this camp shows you how small we are and our problems in life.
Extra tips for trekking in Nepal
Make sure you don’t wear cotton clothing layers as they take a lot of time to dry, unlike the synthetic ones.
Make sure you carry warm clothes so as to protect yourself from the cold and not fall sick during the trek.
Drinking plenty of water throughout the trek, even during the winters, is very important.
Avoid eating non-vegetarian food as it takes much effort to digest and may cause bloating.
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