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Trekking In Nepal In December: Everything You Need To Know

Poon hill trek trekking in nepal in december

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Do you want to  trek  Nepal in December? Do you know if trekking in Nepal in December would be a suitable choice? In this article we will clear all your doubts and answer all the questions you have regarding trekking Nepal in December.

When it comes to trekking, Nepal is the place to be. From the world famous trekking destinations to the most remote trails. Nepal provides a wide variety of choices to all trekkers. Trekking in Nepal is at its best in the autumn and  spring seasons, however  winter has its own flair and uniqueness to offer, which makes trekking in Nepal during December quite appealing to many trekking enthusiasts.

Topics Covered:

  • What is the climate like for trekking Nepal in December?
  • Can I go trekking in Nepal in December?
  • What are the recommended destinations for trekking Nepal in December?
  • What are the pros and cons
  • Tips for a better trek in Nepal during December

What is the climate like for trekking Nepal in December?

Clear sky, foggy or frosty and cold mornings are typical features of this season.

Winter int Nepal starts off in the middle of November and continues till late February. This means that you will be in the midst of cold winter while trekking Nepal in December. The temperature drops significantly and it gets very cold throughout the country. However, some parts are colder than others. For example; the plains are moderately cold while the mountains are experiencing temperatures below  freezing point.

It is unlikely that you will see rainfall while trekking Nepal during December, because mid-winter is generally a dry season. Having said that, in the western areas there is light rains brought about by the westerly winds.

Figure: The maximum and minimum temperature in December by altitude.

Altitude 1500m 2000m 2500m 3000m
Month Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max
Dec 5 21 4 20 2 18 -2 16
Altitude 3500m 4000m 4500m 5000m
Month Min Max Min Max Min Max Min Max
Dec -4 14 -6 10 -6 10 -12 6
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Can I go trekking in Nepal in December?

Trekking in December in Nepal despite the cold is quite possible. The weather is perfectly clear and there is no need to compete for space and accommodation along the trail.

The higher altitude areas are freezing cold and covered in snow, so trekking at altitudes above 4500m is not a good idea while trekking in Nepal during December. Also, the high passes remain closed during the harsh weather. The temperature at lower altitudes is comfortable and suitable for trekking.

When you are trekking Nepal during December it is best to make short and moderate treks and avoid the mountains.

What are the recommended destinations for trekking Nepal in December?

Poon Hill Trek

Poon Hill Marga, Histan Mandali 33711

The Poon Hill trek gets very busy in the spring and autumn seasons, but in December the routes are very accessible and more or less devoid of tourists. It is a perfect time to enjoy the beautiful Mountains and surrounding scenery, as the viewpoints are not jam packed with trekkers.

The trek never gets too cold, as it is limited to an altitude of 3,210m. It is a very pleasant experience as the trek does not reach temperatures that are considered too cold or too hot.

Nagarkot-Dhulikhel-Bhaktapur Trek

Nagarkot

These are the best places to visit during your stay in Kathmandu. If you are looking for an easy and short journey for your trek during December at Nepal, then Nagarkot-Dhulikhel-Bhaktapur trek is the best option for you. It never gets very cold in these parts. The climate is clear, sunny and bright during December.

You can take in the glorious history and the skillful traditional arts at Bhaktapur and enjoy the stunning sunrise at Nagarkot. When trekking in Nepal during December at Nagarkot and Dhulikel, you do not have to worry about accommodation, as you will easily find many delightful hotels in these parts.

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Nagarkot dhulikhel trek trekking in nepal in December

Everest Panorama Trek

Khumjung 56000

Trekking all the way to the Everest Base Camp may not be very practical. That is why Everest base camp trek remains fairly vacant in the month of December to February.

If you want to be in the vicinity of the highest peak, then a short Everest panorama trek is a good choice for you.All you have to do is take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla, then trek to Namche bazaar. This trek takes you through the beautiful village of Thame, until you reach the end point at Tengboche. There, you can visit the Tengboche Monastery, the finest monastery of the Khumbu region.

What are the pros and cons of trekking in Nepal in December?

Pros: Winter in Nepal is an adventurous time of the year. With snowfall and a foggy, chilling atmosphere, you can add an element of adventure to your trek in Nepal in the month of December. Also, trekking during this time of the year means that you can experience the spectacular trails of Nepal at a quieter time. The lodging is going to be more available and the hiking more accessible, meaning, it is not going to be over-crowded.

Cons: It goes without saying that trekking during December in Nepal can be unforgiving at times with extreme cold and blizzards. Trekkers should be prepared to fall back, because during the winter there is a high chance of coming across blocked trails. There are times when blizzards have struck in the more favorable climbing seasons, however, it goes without saying that you’re going to be more susceptible to natural disasters in the cold winter seasons.

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Tips for trekking in Nepal in December:

As you get towards higher elevations of the circuit, you need to have a good pair of hiking boots, a warm down jacket, a warm hat and a pair of mittens.

December trekking in Nepal can get a little dangerous if you are travelling solo. The paths are isolated and if you injure yourself, then you may find that help is a long way away. To be safe and prevent such circumstances, travelling with a group or even a guide will be very helpful.

For your trek in Nepal in December, make sure you pack a warm down jacket, thermal inner wears, gloves and hats. All these can be rented for about 100 or 200 rupees. Have a good sturdy pair of hiking boots and gaiters as it prevents stones, pebbles and snow from entering your boots.

Try to make room for a few extra days on your trip, as flight delays and blocked trails may hamper your plans.

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