Nepal is an enchanting country with four beautiful seasons. Every season has its own charm. Trekking in different seasons lets you see different beauty of the mountains. Still, trekking in spring and autumn is one of the best. But we also consider winter season, specially the months of January to be one of the suitable season to trek. Watching the sunrise over the snow capped mountains is a feast to your eyes. There is a notion that snow is a major hurdle while trekking in winter. What if we provide you treks with larger trails which make it easier to trek in the colder seasons? Keep reading to know about the best treks in January you can opt for.
The treks we mention have larger trails which pass through the local settlements. Trekking in winter can get dangerous, so these treks pass by the villages making it safer. A lot of treks consist of remote trails which make trekking in colder seasons riskier. So, here are our safe picks for the best treks in January trekkers will love.
Duration: 11 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 glory of Mt. Everest. The majestic panoramic beauty of the Everest ranges and its cultural aspects is amazing. 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 panda and floras and faunas. Similarly, visit to the Tengboche and Khumjung monastery to see the local’s religious side. The amazing 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 trek is suitable in January because the snow highlights the beauty of the Himalayas. Watching the sunrise and sunset over the snow filled mountains is refreshing.
Duration: 10 Days Price: $780 per person Trip Grading: Moderate Maximum Elevation: 3,210 meters
Annapurna region is one of the best trekking destinations of Nepal. This beautiful venture is a blend of nature and tradition. The Annapurna mountains, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu and others are visible in this trek. Also, the ethnic Gurung and Magar settlements give you gist of the ethic life. You’ll pass through Tikhedhunga, Ghorepani, Tadapani and Ghandruk experiencing the cultures. From Poon Hill the views of the Annapurna massif is mind blowing. As this is one of the easiest treks, the winter season won’t affect the trails. You begin from a drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Then initiate the trekking from Nayapul. Pokhara is one of the highlight of this trek because this city of lakes is a relaxing place. The lakes, mountains, heritages and night life are a must.
Being one of the easy level treks, everyone can attempt this trek. Even though it is easy, the views are over the top. As you reach the top, the Annapurna ranges greet you in its full divinity. You will sure enjoy this trek with its natural and cultural beauty.
Duration: 10 Days Price: $750.00 per person Trip Grading: Moderate/Easy
One of the less crowded treks is 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 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 culture is eminent in the lifestyle of the locals and in the temples.
This trek is best in January because the Himalayas and glaciers are in its 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.
Duration: 08 Days Price: $740USD per person Trip Grading: Moderate/Easy Maximum Elevation: 3210 Meters
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of the easiest and 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 vintage 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 and is in a time crunch this trek is the best.
This trek is best in all the seasons. With the different seasons you get the variety of this trek. In January you can enjoy the mountains filled with snow and the wonderful landscape.
Duration: 03 Days Price: $330 per person Trip Grading: Easy Maximum Elevation: 2195 Meters
This 3 days trek is perfect if you’re looking for a short gateway. From Sundarijal you start your trek. 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 hike towards Nagarkot also known as the hill station of Kathmandu. Nagarkot known for the sunrise and sunset you get to see clear. Here you can see the beautiful Himalayas such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh and Jugal to name some.
If you’re looking for quick refreshment from the busy schedule, this is perfect for you. Only three days of trekking and everyday you walk along and wake up to the marvelous Himalayas.
Nepal Hiking Team is ready to provide you your short gateway to the mountains. We have treks for all 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 Himalaya with warm people.
Balaram Thapa, an executive director at Nepal Hiking Team had a long journey before making NHT one of the revolutionary tour operators in this competitive field of Tourism. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism from Tribhuwan University in the year 2000.
He started his career as a trekking support staff in 1998 and gradually earned a status of trekking leader. He has trekked several trekking routes such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Everest, Kanchenjunga, Mustang, Makalu, etc. Thus has immense knowledge about the trekking routes of Nepal. Alongside this, he has also organized several tours to Bhutan and Tibet as a tour guide. He has traveled to Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Italy promoting Nepal’s tourism.
After earning lots of experience in this field, he wanted to explore his own business ideology. He along with his brother- Ganga Raj Thapa start their own company, Nepal Hiking Team in 2009. He is friendly and works side by side with the staff inspiring and motivating them. He is an expert travel consultant and handles all the concerns of travelers regarding their trip. He inspires people to travel new and unique destinations and implement the same ideology on himself as well.
He started his journey 22 years ago and has immense experience in this field. His passion for traveling has made his 22 years of working journey, a precious phase of his life. And he plans to continue doing this and add more years in it.