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Best Trekking Destination in Nepal in January

Best Trekking Destination in January

January is the coldest month in Nepal. Many people do not choose treks during this time for many reasons. They fear the extreme cold at high altitude. For personal safety, they rather postpone their trek for Spring or Autumn.

Many high altitude trek route covers with snow and you will have difficulty to reach base camps. The temperature in the mountains can drop to -30 degrees. The wind chills make trek even more difficult.

But it’s not the end of your dreams. You can choose lower altitude treks in Nepal. With proper preparation, you will face less problem on your tour. It is safe and ideal to trek passes at an altitude below 4000 meters. There you will feel cold but not that freezing cold.

Despite cold, you will have the privilege of walking in peaceful trails. And enjoy the peaceful surrounding. As the tourist flow during this time is least, you do not have to compete for space.

Reasons to trek Nepal in January

  • Trails are less crowded and peaceful
  • The surrounding is clear- you will have amazing mountain views
  • It rarely rains- you can trek in dry surrounding
  • Beautiful night sky
  • More choices for accommodations.

Here are 9 Best Trekking Destination In January:

1.Gokyo valley

Famous Gokyo lake.

Highlights:

  • Trek to Gokyo lake
  • Visit the mountainous settlements
  • Soaring view of Mt. Everest
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Adventurous walk

Gokyo valley is an exotic gateway to the Khumbu Himalayan region in Nepal. Trekking in Gokyo valley blesses you with the sight of Ngozumpa glacier. One of the biggest glacier in Nepal’s Himalaya. You will witness the huge ice range located between Cho You and Gyachung in Khumbu region. On this trek, you walk across the river bank of Dudh Kosi.

The trek proceeds after you drop at Lukla Airport. On walking, you pass through Namche Bazar- a Sherpa hamlet, and different monasteries. Amazing glaciers, ridges, and icefalls keep you entertained on the chilly January weather.

During this trek, you get chance to witness giant peaks over 8000 meters. Some are Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu. You get chance to climb Gokyo Ri (5357m) to get amazing mountain views.

It is a less crowded trek in comparison to Everest Base Camp Trek.

2. Langtang- Gosaikunda- Helambu

Helambu Trek

Highlights:

  • Diverse flora, Fauna, and wildlife
  • Not much far from Kathmandu
  • Inspection of the simple and typical lifestyle of Sherpa people
  • Visit yak farms and cheese factory
  • Kyanjin Gompa visit

Langtang valley lies in the north of Kathmandu valley and is a southern border of Tibet. It is among the popular and ideal trek.

You can walk through the Yak herds on Alpine meadows. Across the route, you pass different short peaks, glaciers at low altitudes. Exotic villages along the route welcome you.

En route you encounter many monasteries, and vibrant Tibetan- Buddhist culture. You enjoy the crisp environment and panoramic mountain views. Langtang, Gang Chhenpo, Naya Kangri, Dorje Lakpa, Hiunchuli, Manaslu, Ganesh among them.

The trek to Langtang either proceeds through Dhunche or Syabrubesi. On the walk, you can visit Gosaikunda and other such exotic lakes resting in the lap of snowy peaks. During January, the lakes are blanketed in a dense ice- a splendid sight to look at.

Also, you can visit Helambu, an ethnic Sherpa village in the Langtang region. You can get insight into Potato plantations in the mountains region. The place is famous potato plantation spot in mountains of Nepal.

The weather will be quite cold at this time. But enough preparation will keep you alive and be moving.

3. Everest Panorama Trek

Highlights:

  • Tengboche Monastery Exploration
  • Trek to the Everest Base Camp
  • Spiritual existence of Sherpa people
  • Sagarmatha National Park Visit

Among the easy and famous trek of the region. This is a short trek but offers a deeper insight into the Sherpa lives and their culture. This is a perfect trek for all those who do not have enough time to spend for longer treks.

The trek leads you to the historic Tengboche monastery (3,867m). Alongside with mountain views. Lhotse, Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kongde among different mountain ranges of the region. En route you get to interact with the local denizens of Namche Bazar, Khumjung village. These people are the live example of mixed cultural settlements in Nepal. They belong to Tibet and Nepal at the same time.

Since the trek is famous worldwide, many tourists come to spend time in the land of vista. So, the place is a bit crowded in comparison to other trekking spots in Nepal. But no worries! January is the ideal time for you to trek the region as very few tourists visit the place during this time. You can enjoy the surrounding and the moments in peace.

Not to miss place is Solukhumbu- a gateway to Mt. Everest. The ethnic stone-housed villages relieve you. Also, the warm hospitality of the locals entertains all along the trip.

4. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Annapurna Region
Sunrise from Ghorepani.

Highlights:

  • One of the famous treks
  • Stunning view of Pokhara valley
  • Eye-catching view of Dhaulagiri mountain, so near
  • Called as Photographer’s paradise
  • Close insight into the lives of Gurungs and Magars

It is famous as a winter trek as the climate and the surrounding temperature is favorable for treks. So it can be the best trekking destination for you in the chilly January days. You will have fun strolling under the lap of great snow-capped vistas.

This route surrounds you with the majestic landscapes, lush forests, terraced slopes. Wonderful culture of ethnic people like Gurungs and Magars is fun to look at. The hike takes a moderate level of fitness to complete, and the largest elevation is 3,210.

The trek starts from Nayapul, moves along the ethnic Gurung’s settlements. And ends at the Poon hill- a vantage point for Annapurna sunrise and sunset. The place offers a mesmerizing view of the surrounding environment, the lush forests. The exotic settlements of ethnic peoples and sea of hills too.

The panoramic view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri is a bonus after your trip. Also, Churen Himal, Himchuli, Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre Himal. Kali Gandaki gorge is not to miss site in the route.

6. Mardi Himal Base Camp

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek

Highlights:

  • Sunrise and sunset view
  • Stunning terraced fields
  • Local homestay facilities
  • Amazing mountain views

It is a peaceful trek in the east of Annapurna Base Camp. Rests on the lap of Fishtail mountain.

The trek passes through stone-built villages, lush forests of Rhododendron. The spectacular view of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, Fishtail mountains is on the way. The high camp blankets in thick snow during January. So, we recommend you for low camps at lower altitudes. It is quite peaceful and easier to accommodate during this time.

The trek starts from Phedi- a short drive from Pokhara. You will encounter many typical villages of Brahmans and Ghales.

7. Khopra Danda Trek

Khopra trekking
Khopra trek

Highlights:

  • Off the busy trekking trail
  • Complete wilderness
  • Brilliant mountain sceneries
  • Khopra ridge and Khayer lake
  • Yaks and yak cheese factory

It is a pristine trekking route in Annapurna region. It connects you to the Annapurna Base Camp, but through the shrubs route. You pass through the forests of Pines, Himalayan Bamboo, and Rhododendron. This exotic and virgin trek route gives you best trekking experience.

It will be bliss walking in an unexplored environment. Passes through the settlements of Magar, Tamang, Rai, Brahmins, and other ethnic groups. You will have amazing experience interacting with them.

The trek commences from Nayapul, a short drive from Pokhara city. Across the route, you walk through Poon hill to Ghorepani and uphill to the Khair Lake.

8. Dhulikhel- Nagarkot

Highlights:

  • Scenic views of Kathmandu, Naldum valley, Dhulikhel, Banepa
  • Himalayan panorama: Mt. Everest, Dorje, Gauri Shankar, Langtang ranges
  • Pristine countryside view
  • Lush farms, forests of pines
  • Age-old Newari town of Banepa

It is a short trek in the rims of Kathmandu valley from the Kavre district. This exciting trek passes through the dense hardwood forests. Also, terraced farms of rice and barley. En route you pass through different typical Tamang inhabitants of the place.

Across the route, you can stop by an ancient city of Panauti, full of Newari art and history. There you can interact with the locals and know about their daily life stories.

The uphill trek route is shaded so you will have cool environment while walking. Since, January is the dry season you do not have to fear of rain and leeches.

The 7-8 hours trek commences from Dhulikhel passing through the ancient town of Banepa. The trek stops at Nagarkot, the popular hill station in the valley for best sunrise views. From Nagarkot, you can drive to Kathmandu or check in to finest hotels in the place.

9. Sundarijal – Chisapani trek

View of mountain from the Chisapani

Highlights:

  • popular treks from Kathmandu
  • Clean and cool surrounding
  • Diverse flora and fauna
  • Chisapani lake
  • Enticing sunrise view
  • Many waterfalls, rivers, and rivulets

It is one of the shortest treks from Kathmandu. It commences from Sundarijal- village about 25 km from Kathmandu. The trek starts uphill to Mulkharka. Leads inside the lush forests of Rhododendron and other hardwood trees.

The trek presents spectacular mountain views, typical hill settlements of Newars and Tamangs. En route you pass through different waterfalls, massive boulders, caves, rivers. Mountain views: Jugal, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Range.

During January the climate is a bit cold and humid so the walk will be chilling. But adventurous inside the dense forest of Shivapuri National Park.

Tips for Trekking in Nepal in January

  • The days are quite shorter. It is better to start early and reach your trekking destinations before dark.
  • Since, dense snow clusters high altitude treks, it is better to choose low altitude treks.
  • During January the night temperature falls below 0 degrees in the high hill. So, you need to carry extra clothing to prevent cold.
  • We recommend hiring an authentic tourist guide. So, you do not get off-track in cold.

Planning a trek in January in Nepal and need help?

Are you planning to visit Nepal during January? Or, planning to go on treks during your holidays in Nepal? We, here at Magical Nepal are awaiting your mail. Feel free to contact us. We promise to design best travel itinerary to meet your needs.

About Author

Pradeep is the co-founder of Magical Nepal. He has trekked to almost all the trekking places in Nepal. He has been to Everest base camp more than eight times. He is the one who mostly answers your queries by giving the personal touch and experience.

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