Winter Holidaying in Nepal


Are you thinking of visiting Nepal in winter? Is winter holidaying in Nepal a good idea?

Many people think of Nepal only as a trekking and climbing destination. From trekkers and climbers’ perspectives, Nepal is good to visit during autumn and spring only as the best seasons. The highest Mt. Everest was also summitted in spring on 29th of May 1953 for the first time by Sir Edmond Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa. It is absolutely true that the best trekking months are September, October, November, March, April and May whereas the climbers consider March, April, May as the best months for mountaineering expeditions. However, peaks below 6,500 meters regarded as NMA peaks and are regulated by Nepal Mountaineering Association for issuing permits. Climbing of NMA peaks can be attempted in both seasons- during spring and autumn.

Then the question comes what can be done in winter in Nepal? There are many short and small hiking trails ideally suitable for both trekking in winter and summer. These trails are fairly easy and good for family and children. Likewise, the trekking trails are not far from the main cities and offer some majestic views of the Himalayan panorama and the villages passing through are rich on their cultural diversity. Generally, a pair of good trekking boots and warm gears are necessary to trek in winter season. Some activities can be associated with small hikes such as Jungle Safari tour, Paragliding, Bunji jump and cultural tours. Thus, we are suggesting some combined itineraries for winter holidaying in Nepal.

  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Poonhill Trek-Chitwan Jungle Safari-Kathmandu: 12 Days
  • Kathmandu-Chitwan Jungle Safari-Lumbini-Pokhara-Kathmandu: 10 Days
  • Kathmandu-Sundarijal to Nagarkot Hike-Kathmandu: 7 Days
Option 1: Kathmandu-Pokhara-Poonhill Trek-Chitwan Jungle Safari-Kathmandu

[Day 01] : Arrival in Kathmandu.

[Day 02] : Kathmandu City Tour.

[Day 03] : Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (884m).

[Day 04] : Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul then trek to Tikhedhunga (1,540m).

[Day 05] : Continue trek Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,860m).

[Day 06] : Trek early morning Ghorepani to Poonhill (3,210m) then to Tadapani (2,650m).

[Day 07] : Further trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940m).

[Day 08] : Trek Ghandruk to Nayapul via Birethanti (1,040m) and drive back to Pokhara.

[Day 09] : Drive to Chitwan National Park.

[Day 10] : Chitwan – Safari activities.

[Day 11] : Drive back to Kathmandu. Finally, join Nepali cultural dinner.

[Day 12] : Departure to home.

Option 2: Kathmandu-Chitwan Jungle Safari-Lumbini-Pokhara-Kathmandu

[Day 01] : Arrival in Kathmandu.

[Day 02] : Kathmandu City Tour.

[Day 03] : Drive to Chitwan National Park.

[Day 04] : Chitwan – Safari activities.

[Day 05] : Drive Chitwan to Lumbini.

[Day 06] : Tour of Temples and Monasteries while staying in Lumbini.

[Day 07] : Drive Lumbini to Pokhara via Tansen.

[Day 08] : Tour of Pokhara.

[Day 09] : Then drive back to Kathmandu, Nepali cultural dinner.

[Day 10] : Final departure.

Option 3: Kathmandu-Sundarijal to Nagarkot Hike-Kathmandu

[Day 01] : Arrival in Kathmandu.

[Day 02] : Kathmandu City Tour.

[Day 03] : Drive Kathmandu to Sundarijal, then hike to Chisapani (2,215m).

[Day 04] : Hike Chisapani to Nagarkot (2,195m).

[Day 05] : Hike Nagarkot to Telkot and drive back to Kathmandu.

[Day 06] : Free day in Kathmandu for shopping, Nepali cultural dinner.

[Day 07] : Then fly out Kathmandu.

There are many other destinations that can be customized within the different itineraries such as Daman, Bandipur, Gorkha, Manakamana Temple, Janakpur, Bardia for safari activities, Koshi Tappu for birding trip. There is yet another exciting activity of Everest sightseeing flight. The flights are available with fixed wings regular flights on daily mornings and also private Heli tour to the majestic Mt. Everest at your preferred schedule. Additionally, visit of the religious shrines like Muktinath Temple, Halesi Mahadev Temple and Pashupatinath is always possible round the year.

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