Nepal is a global phenomenon for beautiful Himalayas. This country is popular for Mt. Everest, the highest mountain of the world. Yet, Everest is only a fragment of the Himalaya’s penchant Nepal offers. There is Annapurna, Langtang and Manaslu ranges. Nepal’s astounding mountains make trekking in Nepal an enthusiastic activity. People from around the world visit Nepal to indulge in the magnetic thrill of hiking. December is an ideal month to enjoy trekking in Nepal. This is one of the drier months and has pleasant weather during the day. December is when winter season begins which means temperature in the mountains drops at night. Trekking in December isn’t as harsh as everyone assumes. It is comfortable and one of the preferred months by the trekkers. Everest, Annapurna and Langtang treks are possible in December. Let’s discuss the top 5 best treks in December which you can conquer with ease.
The first in the top 5 best hikes in December list is the Everest Base Camp. The queen of mountains, Mt Everest is a travel enthusiast’s dream destination. Everest Base Camp situated at 5364m is a long and tedious hike and worthy at the same time. Starting from an adventurous flight to Lukla, 2652m your journey to the extreme begins. This unforgettable trek takes you to beautiful Namche Bazaar, the commercial trading point of Khumbu.
Also, Tengboche Monastery is another beautiful spiritual hub. EBC Trek presents the travelers spectacular views of Everest, Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Changtse and many others throughout the way. Best vantage point is Kala Pathar presenting panoramic view of the majestic Everest massifs up close. Watching the Mt. Everest in front of you is a rare experience. The top of the world staring right back at you, nothing beats this!
Trekking in EBC in December brings clear views of the mountains. The average temperature in the Everest region ranges -14℃. Yet, the weather might fluctuate from 15 to -20℃. The mornings and night are comparatively colder. So, warm and comfortable trekking gears are a must. In December, the EBC trails are far from busy. The fewer crowds entail enjoyment of the Everest’s divinity in peace and serenity. So, you’ll have no hassles with provision of accommodation in the mountains. Yet, there is probability of some snowfall. So, proper trekking gears are a must. The dry weather brings clear sky with zero possibility of rainfall. But, make sure you’re ready to tackle the cold and anything the unpredictable weather brings upon you.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a moderate level trekking journey to the 10th highest mountain. This is one of the popular, accessible and easy high altitude treks. It indulges the trekkers in the unique landscapes, traditions and wild life. More so, the view of the Annapurna massifs up close along with Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri is spectacular.
During the spring season, the trails are decorated with beautiful Rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal. This trek takes you closer to the Gurung ethnicity to learn about their culture. Also, Poon Hill is a famous vantage point which presents the 360 view of the Annapurna massifs which looks prettier during sunrise and sunset. More so, ABC also takes you through the trails to the beautiful Machhapuchhre Base Camp, such a blissful moment to visit two base camps at the same time. Other highlights include hot springs, warm locals and the flourishing bio diversity.
Trekking in ABC in December is a stable adventure. The pre winter’s clear weather brings clear skies and unobstructed mountain visibility. If you’re not a fan of crowds, then December is the best off season time to visit the ABC. Annapurna falls in the shadow region so there is zero to no chance of rainfall. In regards to the temperature, it falls to -5℃ in the base camp.
But be aware of the winter storms at the lower regions around 2300m. So, trekking gears and equipments should be well prepared to tackle anything the weather showers upon us. To avoid such inconveniences, it is better to start early in the day as there is few hours of sunlight in December. Plus, make sure your itinerary is well planned to arrive at the tea house early. To have a comfortable trek, carry a steady and comfortable backpack.
Annapurna Poon Hill Trek is an easy and accessible Annapurna region trek. The days required to complete this trek is 5 to 6 days. Poon Hill at 3210m is the absolute breath taking vantage point to adorn the panoramic view of the amazing Annapurna massifs. This trek is one of the treks suitable for all seasons and months. Because of the easy accessibility of the accommodation plus the astounding natural and cultural beauty, Annapurna Poon Hill Trek lives up to its popularity.
This trek provides the perfect taste of Nepal’s Himalayan beauty. Also the Gurung and Magar settlements throughout the trail provide an ethnic experience of the Nepalese culture. The temples and monasteries along the way showcase the religious tranquility of the country.
Annapurna Poon Hill Trek is all seasons friendly. Trekking Annapurna Poon Hill in December is as amazing in other months. Although the colder weather in the morning and nights can be an inconvenience, but nothing sort of a hot tea cannot fix. Also, as this trek is at lower altitudes it doesn’t get unbearably cold.
The temperature might drop to 0 degrees yet this isn’t a concern. The warm tea houses along the way make up for it. The all season friendly trek makes Annapurna Poon Hill Trek one of the top 5 best treks in December.
Everest Panorama Trek
Everest is a dream destination of several travel enthusiasts. Yet, the long tiring days of walking can be strenuous to some people. So, Everest Panorama Trek provides you the complete divinity of the Mt Everest up close in short as 11 days. Enjoy the complete extravaganza of Mt. Everest, Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse and many others in a matter of days. Everest Panorama Trek is an easy to moderate level trek which can be attained by anyone without prior trekking experience.
You get to experience the magnificence of mighty Mount Everest from the Everest View Hotel. Here, you obtain a picturesque beauty of the Everest up close. Also, you trek to Tengboche at an altitude of 3860m. This is the highest altitude you’ll cover in this trek. From Tengboche you obtain crystal clear views of the Mt Ama Dablam and Mt Everest. Tengboche is also called a spiritual hub of Khumbu region because of the beautiful Tengboche Monastery.
December is a cold month which has the concerns of snow storms. Yet, Everest Panorama Trek in December is one of the safest ways to observe the Everest’s beauty. The highest elevation you need to trek to is at Tengboche 3860m. Below 4000m, the treks are usually much safer and comfortable. There is no chance of extreme weather conditions like snow storms. Plus, the dry weather initiates clearer sky with unobstructed mountain visibility.
Finally on our list of the top 5 best treks in December is Langtang Valley Trek. Langtang valley, the valley of glaciers has always been a traveler’s favorite trekking destination. Since the Nepal 2015 earthquake the Langtang region has seem significant renovations and improvements in the accommodation. Now there is no difficulty of obtaining best available tea houses. The trails throughout the Langtang Valley Trek provide a cultural ride in the Langtang settlements.
Also, Langtang Valley is 19 miles north of Kathmandu which makes access to this region comparatively easier. The major highlight of this trek is the Langtang National Park home to the diverse floras and faunas with the majestic Langtang Lirung decorating the skyline. You’ll see locals of Tibetan and Buddhist origin.
Langtang Valley Trek, this adventure is best around December. The weather is mostly sunny in the daytime. There are higher chances of getting clear views of the Langtang Lirung and surrounding peaks. As it is at a higher altitude, the temperature is colder in comparison to Kathmandu. As Langtang is famous for its glaciers, in December you can see beautiful glaciers, waterfalls and snow filled mountains. December is an off season for this trek which means fewer crowds and availability of good accommodations. Yet, being an off season, the views of Langtang Lirung and the glaciers are as spectacular are ever.
December is considered as one of the colder months. So, people often step out during this season. Yet if prepared well beforehand with appropriate equipments and planned itinerary, then December is one of the best peaceful seasons to trek. Nepal Hiking Team is always prepared for a safe and amazing adventure at any given months. If you think trekking in December is what you want, do pick one from our top 5 best treks in December list.
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.