Trekking in Nepal in December

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Trekking in Nepal in December offers the best views of the mountains and surroundings. The days are dry, sunny, and warm. There is less probability of sweaty and gets you sunburns.

The evenings and early mornings are chilly. The nights are cooler and there is occasional snowfall in the higher elevations.

No wonder trekking in Nepal in December is appealing to thousands of trekkers and adventure seekers. The trekking trails are less crowded this time of year.

There will be fewer trekkers in comparison to November and October. Because winter is considered the off-season, you will have no trouble getting a bed at teahouses.

You are less likely to be in the snow in December at an altitude of 3500 m. above the sea level that altitude and you will experience snowfall. Still, you can find a few lodges for accommodation.

Trekking in Nepal in December offers sharper views of the mountains and a clearer sky. There is less humidity. However, one must be careful to trek in December. Sometimes the weather can be bad, and you might have to return from the mid destination.

Most of the Annapurna, Everest, and Langtang treks are possible this month. But some of the popular trekking areas such as  Upper Mustang, Annapurna Circuit, Everest High Pass, Upper Dolpo, and Simikot may get closed down due to heavy snowfall.

Trekking in Nepal in December: Highlights

  • Expect cool temperature and crystal skies Stunning views of snow-capped mountains.
  • Sunny winter days are great for trekking with stunning views of snow-capped mountains.
  • Crowd-free trekking trails with negligible chance of rainfall.
  • Wide vegetation and beautiful landscapes.
  • Great choices of accommodation and food.
  • Changed sceneries: Grey valleys, green forests, and white pinnacles at the same time.
  • No fear of scorching sunlight even in the midday.

Trekking in Nepal in December: Weather conditions

Winter remains from December to Late February in Nepal. Therefore December of course is one of the coldest months in Nepal. The climatic conditions vary due to its geographical diversity.

As the country situates from 59m to 8848.86m above sea level, you may witness great changes in temperature within a single day.

The plains of Terai remain moderately cold witnessing 10-15 degrees Celsius in the daytime whereas 5-7 degrees Celsius in the nights and early mornings. However, in the Himalayan regions, the temperature declines to sub-zero degrees.

Although the chance of precipitation is rare, trekking can be affected by snowfall in higher altitudes.

The days generally remain dry and sunny with the best views of the entire panorama. Trekking higher elevated journey will be adventurous as trekkers need to walk in the snow lands for some days.

Trekking in Nepal in December: Where can you Trek?

Everest View Trek

Trip duration: 8 days

Max altitude: 3,860m

Minimum temperature: -7 °C

Trip Highlights

  • A short, still scenic flight to and from Lukla-Tenzing Hillary Airstrip.
  • Rare sceneries of  Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and their neighboring peaks.
  • Diverse flora and fauna along with lustrous vegetation in the Sagarmatha National Park- a UNESCO Natural World Site of Nepal.
  • Famous trading hub- Namche Bazaar and several other small Sherpa settlements.
  • Cultural uniqueness, a distinct lifestyle, and traditions of local Sherpa people.
  • Explore Buddhist monuments as monasteries, chortens, mani walls, and prayer flags.
  • Airy suspension bridges, deep rhododendron woods, pine and fir forests.

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Trip duration: 7 days

Max altitude: 3,210m

Minimum temperature: -3 °C

Trip Highlights

  • Wow, places of Pokhara to explore. More than half a dozen lakes, a couple of natural giant caves, David's fall, hike to World Peace Pagoda, number of Hindu temples.
  • Astonishing views of Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Machhapuchre and Lamjung Himal
  • Spectacular first rays of the sun over giant peaks.
  • Poonhill: Well-known, a heavenly site with the magnificent sights of the entire Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs.
  • Visit Charming villages of different ethnic groups as Magar and Gurungs.
  • Completed in short time spam. A great outing from Pokhara city.
  • Ghandruk village: One of the largest Gurung village reveal their culture and way of living.
  • Great experience of homestay.

Langtang valley trek

Trip duration: 11 days

Max altitude: 4,350 m

Minimum temperature: -2 °C

Highlights of the trek

  • One of the shortest trek from Kathmandu Valley. Begin the journey after driving just 122 kilometers from Kathmandu.
  • Spectacular Mountain views such as Ganesh Himal, Langtang Lirung, and Langtang II.
  • Visit culturally enrich settlements of Syabrubesi, Reimche, Ghoda Tabela, and Langtang village.
  • Explore Langtang National Park, witnessing diverse flora and fauna.
  • Scenic landscapes, rural settlement, and a wide variety of vegetation
  • Explore the Tamang culture, traditions, and lifestyles.
  • Yala Cheese Factory: Learn the process of making world-famous Cheese.
  • Pass several alleys, chortens, monasteries, mane walls, prayer wheels and flags.

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

Trip duration: 3 days

Max altitude: 2170m

Minimum temperature: 0°C


  • Short and lower elevated hike- suitable for any trekkers regardless of their age and fitness level.
  • The chirping birds in the silence of dense jungles make the milieu melodious and captivating.
  • Cost-effective journey with the perfect views of Langtang, Ganesha, Dorje Lakpa, Manaslu, and Jugal Himal.
  • The views are best in December with favorable weather conditions.
  • Spectacular view of sunrise from the Nagarkot vantage point.

Royal Trek

Trip duration: 9 days

Max altitude: 1,730m

Minimum temperature: 3°C


  • Follow the footsteps of once Prince Charles did in the 1980s
  • Visit Pokhara and explore different natural, religious, cultural, and historical monuments
  • Lower elevated journey with the spectacular views
  • Diverse flora and fauna in the silence of dense jungles make the journey milieu melodious and captivating.
  • The temperature and atmospheric conditions creating a comfortable environment for trekking

Tamang Heritage Trail Trekking - 10 Days

Trip duration: 10 Days

Max altitude: 3,870 m

Minimum temperature: 0°C

  • Trek amid green valleys witnessing the snow-capped mountains.
  • A newly developed and an off the beaten track experience, which highlights an ancient lifestyle combining it with picturesque scenery and healing baths in natural hot springs
  • Along with wilderness experience trekkers explore traditional Tamang villages, unspoiled and virtually untouched culture, life, crafts, and nature
  • Panoramic Mountain views of the nearby peaks full of snow seem dazzling

Day Hikes in and around Kathmandu Valley-1 to 4 Days                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Travelers having a short time in Nepal and eager to explore hamlets around Kathmandu valley can choose amid several day hikes. Hiking around Kathmandu makes you free from the hectic hassle of Kathmandu valley.

Champa Devi Hills Hike - 1 Day

Dhulikhel Nagarkot & Changunarayan Hike - 2 Days

Sundarijal, Chisapani & Nagarkot Hike - 3 Days

Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel & Namobuddha Hike - 4 Days

Changunarayan Nagarkot Dhulikhel Hike - 2 Days

Chandragiri, Chitlang, Markhu & Kulekhani Hike - 2 Days

Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Namobuddha Hike - 3 Days

Jamacho Day Hike - 1 Day

Nagarkot Changunarayan Hiking- 1 Day

Trekking in Nepal in December: Equipment checklist

One of the most frequently asked questions while trekking Nepal in December is what should I pack? Many people often get worried that the Himalayas of Nepal is filled with snow, low unbearable temperature, and strong winter winds.

In picking your equipment, one needs to be careful enough. Your backpack should properly packed, light, and must include multipurpose clothing items. And, it always includes sufficiently warm clothing, especially during winter (December to February) months.

Here is a list of essential trekking equipment that you need to carry on your trek in December.


Sleeping bag (although most of the trekking agencies offer)


Down jacket

Duffel or Rucksack Bag


Light balaclava or warm fleece hat

Sunglasses with UV protection

Sun hat or scarf


Camp shoes (sneakers/sandals)

Thick, warm wool hiking socks

Hiking boots with spare laces

Gaiters for hiking in winter

Thin, lightweight inner socks


Waterproof shell outer

Heavyweight gloves or mittens

Lightweight gloves

Lower Body

Waterproof shell pants (preferably breathable fabric)

Fleece or wool pants

Lightweight cotton long pants

Under Garments

Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms

Upper Body

Fleece jacket or pullover

Light and expedition weight thermal tops

Waterproof shell Jacket


Fleece Wind-Stopper Jacket


 Basic First Aid Kit

Trekking Bags/Duffel bag

Large plastic bags

Day pack 

Water bottles  

Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries

Trekking poles

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Multipurpose soap/ hand wash

Quick-drying towel

Face and Body Moisturizer


Tissue / Toilet roll

Wet wipes

 Feminine Hygiene products

 Anti-bacterial hands wash

Extra / Luxuries (Optional but recommended)


Trail Map/ Guide Book


Sleeping bag liner (although most of the trekking agents provide)

Pillowcase (although most of the teahouses offer)

Trekking in Nepal in December: Trek Difficulties

Trekking in the high altitudes above 4000m may be more challenging in late December. Early December might be compatible with most trekking routes. Trekking may be affected by heavy snowfall and the trails may get slippery due to the fresh snow.  

Trekking Everest Base Camp, Everest High Pass, Gokyo Lakes, Annapurna Base Camp, Annapurna Circuit, Dhaulagiri Circuit, Upper Mustang, Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Makalu Base Camp, Manaslu circuit, Tsum Valley, Tilicho Lake, Upper Dolpo, Humla Valley are possible but need sound preparation beforehand.

Trekking in December is reasonable and you will get to enjoy your journey. Since there are some high altitudes involved in these trekking routes, you must always be extra careful.

There are probabilities of getting altitude sickness. Some places are remote and far from civilization. And if something happens to you, or the weather gets bad, you might be in huge trouble. The emergency helicopters would not be able to land properly or get to your location in time.

Besides its challenges and difficulties, trekking in Nepal in December can be one of the best experiences.

Trekking in Nepal in December: Useful Tips

Although the hills and mountain regions are chills in the early mornings, late evenings, and nights, you shall have a favorable atmosphere in the daytime which is warm and sunny. For a comfortable, enjoyable, and successful journey, here are some useful tips to follow.

  • In case you are a beginner hiker, then you can trek in the lower altitudes.
  • Since December is in winter, you need to prepare yourself for cold and snowfall. Thus, you need to dress up in layers.
  • The days are shorter during winter so start your journey early.
  • If you are trekking over an altitude of 2500 meters, you need to be aware of the symptoms and precautions of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)
  • Bring a good thermos and a cover for your water bottles to keep the hot water last warm for a longer period.
  • Having warm feet is important when trekking in winter. So, you need to carry sturdy boots for trekking in the snow.
  • You need to stay hydrated. So, you have to drink plenty of water while on the trail and always keep full bottled water with yourself.
  • Re-check your equipment list and make sure you have brought good winter gears.
  • Trekking in the high altitude places and high passes during wintertime should be extra careful as the trails will be fully covered in snow and it will be hard to navigate.
  • During December, you shouldn’t go trekking on your own. Hire a guide or go with an experienced group of people. You never know when you may encounter bad weather in the Himalayas.

Final words

Since December is the start of winter in Nepal, you may not encounter snowfall in the lower altitudes. Thus, the routes at lower altitudes are ideal for trekking.

You will see the dazzling mountains standing tall at a distance. These mountains are snow-capped and incredible. Yes, trekking in Nepal in December is possible.

It is a rare chance to encounter rainfall during December. The skies look crystal, the surroundings are sharper and everything looks more beautiful. You would better avoid trekking to a higher altitude in late December.

Although it is doable, the weather could get worse suddenly, and you might be in trouble. It is therefore suggested to pack a sleeping bag with at least -20 degrees C capacity if you are trekking to the mountainous sections of Nepal.

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Krishna Sapkota

Krishna is a content writer and tour guide of Holy Mountain Treks. As a guide and a writer, he has paid a visit to almost all the touristic destinations in Nepal. He has also been to major Trekking termini in Nepal. By means of his personal knowledge and experiences, he responds all your interrogations, creates blogs, articles and develops itineraries for your trips.

Krishna has been working in tourism sector since 2017, as he was running his Masters' degree. Afterward the accomplishment of his graduation, he is fully keen in this industry.

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