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Nepal is an enchanting country with four beautiful seasons. Every season has its charm. Trekking in different seasons lets you see the diverse beauty of the mountains. Still, trekking in spring and autumn is one of the best. But we also consider the winter season, especially the months of January, to be one of the suitable seasons to trek. Watching the sunrise over the snow-capped mountains is a feast for your eyes. There is a notion that snow is a significant hurdle while traveling in winter. What if we provide treks with more extensive trails that make it easier to trek in the colder seasons? Keep reading to know about Nepal’s Best Treks in January you can opt for.
The treks we mention have more extensive trails which pass through the local settlements. Trekking in winter can get dangerous, so these treks pass by the villages, making them safer. A lot of treks consist of remote trails, which makes trekking in colder seasons riskier. So, here are our safe picks for Nepal’s top 5 Best Hikes in January that trekkers will love.
1. Everest Panorama Trek
Duration: 10 days
Price: $1150 per person
Trip grading: Moderate
Maximum Elevation: 3860 meters
With the glory of the Everest region and Khumbu, the Everest Panorama Trek is a complete package. In a short period, you’ll see the full credit of Mt. Everest. The majestic panoramic beauty of the Everest ranges and their cultural aspects is impressive. The trek starts with a sightseeing tour in Kathmandu. Then, taking a flight to Lukla, you begin your journey. You’ll visit traditional destinations like Namche Bazaar, Phakding, Tengboche, and Khumjung village. The generous locals provide the best hospitality. The highlight of this trek is the Sagarmatha National Park, home to endangered animals like Red pandas and floras, and faunas. Similarly, visit the Tengboche and Khumjung monasteries to see the local’s religious side. The fantastic Everest ranges will accompany you at all times of the trek.
As you arrive at the Everest View Hotel, the Himalayas are clear and majestic. The trekking height is only 3860 meters, but the panoramic beauty is serene. This journey is one of the best treks in January because the snow highlights the beauty of the Himalayas. Watching the sunrise and sunset over the snow-filled mountains is refreshing.
2. Annapurna Panorama Trek
Duration: 9 Days
Price: $860 per person
Trip Grading: Moderate
Maximum Elevation: 3,210 meters
Annapurna region is one of the best trekking destinations in Nepal. This beautiful venture is a blend of nature and tradition. The Annapurna mountains, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, and others are visible on this trek. Also, the ethnic Gurung and Magar settlements give you the gist of the ethnic life. You’ll pass through Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani, and Ghandruk, experiencing the cultures. From Poon Hill, the views of the Annapurna massif are mind-blowing. As this is one of the easiest treks, the winter season won’t affect the trails. You begin with a drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Then initiate the trekking from Nayapul. Pokhara is one of the highlights of this trek because this city of lakes is a relaxing place. The lakes, mountains, heritages, and nightlife are a must.
Being one of the easy-level treks, everyone can attempt the Annapurna Panorama Trek. Even though it is easy, the views are over the top. As you reach the top, the Annapurna ranges greet you in their full divinity. You will surely enjoy this trek with its natural and cultural beauty.
3. Langtang Valley Trek
Duration: 10 Days
Price: $750.00 per person
Trip Grading: Moderate/Easy
One of the less crowded treks in Langtang Valley Trek. It is one of the best treks to do in January because of the tranquil glaciers. Langtang valley is also known as the valley of glaciers. So, trekking in January makes the glaciers look divine. The rocky trails are wide and pass by the village settlements. This is in no way a remote trek because you walk through the local villages. The Langtang valley is home to the Langtang National Park, so you’re bound to see animals and birds along the way. Also, there is a Cheese Factory where you can taste and buy as much pure cheese as your heart’s content. Kyanjin Gompa is a major highlight of this trek portraying the cultural side of the valley. The Tibetan and Buddhist cultures are eminent in the lifestyle of the locals and the temples.
This trek is best in January because the Himalayas and glaciers are in their full glory. It is in no way a remote trek because the trail passes through the village settlements. So, you’ll experience the local life and culture of the valley.
4. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
Duration: 8 Days
Price: $740USD per person
Trip Grading: Moderate/Easy
Maximum Elevation: 3210 Meters
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the easiest and most popular trekking destinations. With the Annapurna Himalayas shining bright, the trekkers admire the region. Also, the local villages that you pass by will give you a gist of the mountainous life. There are Gurung and Magar ethnic villages where you can enjoy and relax. Passing through the trails, you will arrive at Poon Hill. It is a vantage point where you can see the panoramic Annapurna ranges. This trek is suitable for trekkers who are looking for easier and short interval treks. With the red and lush rhododendron and maple trees along the trail, this is best for a short vacation. So, for people looking for Annapurna ranges in a time crunch, this trek is the best.
This trek is best in all seasons. With the different seasons, you get the variety of this trek. In January you can enjoy the mountains filled with snow and the incredible landscape.
5. Chisapani Nagarkot Hike
Duration: 03 Days
Price: $330 per person
Trip Grading: Easy
Maximum Elevation: 2195 Meters
Chisapani Nagarkot Hike is a three-day trip perfect if you’re looking for a short gateway. From Sundarijal, you start your tour. You will see several temples and brick houses along the road of Bhaktapur. Also, Ganesh Himal shines bright all the way. Arriving at Sundarijal, you trek to Shivapuri National Park, home to endangered animals. Then, hike to Chisapani with the view of Annapurna panorama and Ganesh Himal in full bloom. The next day you walk towards Nagarkot, also known as the hill station of Kathmandu. Nagarkot is known for the sunrise and sunset you get to see clearly. Here you can see the beautiful Himalayas such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, and Jugal, to name some.
If you’re looking for quick refreshments from your busy schedule, this is perfect for you. There are only three days of trekking, and every day, you walk along and wake up to the marvelous Himalayas.
Nepal Hiking Team is ready to provide you with your short gateway to the mountains. We have treks available in seasons. And, if you’re planning for January, then you’re in perfect hands. These best treks in January are just a click away. Contact us so that you can enjoy your winter in the Himalayas with warm people.