• Last Updated on Jan 31, 2023

Trekking in Nepal in January

Trekking in Nepal in January can be a great experience as the weather is generally clear. However, it is important to be prepared for colder temperatures at higher elevations, as well as the possibility of rain or snow in some areas.

Many popular trekking routes in Nepal can be undertaken in January, including the Annapurna Circuit, the Everest Base Camp Trek, and the Langtang Valley Trek. It is important to choose a trek that is suitable for your fitness level and experience and to make sure you are properly equipped with warm clothing, good quality shoes, and other necessary gear.

Some of the high-altitude treks are closed in Nepal due to the coldness and snowfall, however, most of the treks are open and We at Outfitter Himalaya suggest some of the best treks that are doable in January.

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Benefit of Trekking in Nepal in January

Less crowded

The month of January is the offseason for trekking in Nepal. So, there will be fewer trekkers on the trekking trail. So, you can walk at your pace and have enough time to take photographs on a trek in January.

Better Rooms Available

Only a few people go trekking in Nepal in January. So, there will be plenty of lodges and rooms available on the trekking trail. So, you can find better rooms and services on the lodges on trekking in January.

Discounted Prices

You get discounted prices on international flights, hotel rooms, and even trekking in Nepal in January. Since January is the offseason, we also offer discounts.

Suggestion for Trekking in Nepal in January

Have adequate equipment

You need adequate equipment to do trekking in Nepal in January. There might be snowfall on the trail, and you should be prepared for that. You need enough warm clothing and good trekking boots to trek in January.

Recommended Trekking in Nepal in January

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek: 10 Days

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is a popular short trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal that can be undertaken in January. It is known for its stunning mountain views, including a panoramic view of the Annapurna range from Poon Hill, and it's passing through beautiful rhododendron forests.

The trek typically takes about 3-7 days to complete, depending on your pace and the route you take. It involves hiking through the Annapurna Conservation Area, passing through small villages and farmland, and crossing several small passes. The highest point on the trek is Poon Hill, at an elevation of 3,210 meters.

Himalayan View from Poon hill on Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek

The weather in January is generally clear and dry, with daytime temperatures ranging from around 10°C to 20°C. However, it can get colder at higher elevations and there is a possibility of snow, so it is important to be prepared with warm clothing and good-quality shoes.

The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is suitable for trekkers of all fitness levels, as it is relatively easy and does not require any technical skills. However, it is important to be in good physical condition.

Mardi Himal Base Camp Trek: 12 Days

The Mardi Himal Trek is a popular trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal that takes you through beautiful forests, pastures, and villages, with stunning views of the Himalayas. January is a good time to go on this trek, as the weather is generally clear and dry at this time of year. The temperature during the day can be warm, but it can get cold at night, so it's important to bring warm clothing. The trek can be physically challenging, so it's important to be in the good physical condition and to acclimatize properly to the high altitude.

Himalayan View on Mardi Himal trail

There are several different routes you can take on the Mardi Himal Trek, ranging from 4-7 days in length. The trek starts from Pokhara and follows a route through the Mardi Himal Base Camp, with several options for detours and side trips along the way. You'll have the opportunity to see a variety of landscapes, including forests, pastures, and alpine terrain, as well as stunning views of the Annapurna range and other peaks.

To go on the Mardi Himal Trek, you'll need to obtain a trekking permit and hire a guide or porter. It's also a good idea to bring a good quality backpack, sturdy hiking boots, and warm clothing.

Dhampus Sarangkot Trek: 08 Days

The Dhampus Sarangkot Trek is a shorter, easier trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal that combines cultural sightseeing with stunning views of the Himalayas. January is a good time to go on this trek, as the weather is generally clear and dry at this time of year. The temperature during the day can be warm, but it can get cold at night, so it's important to bring warm clothing.

Dhampus-Sarangkot-trail

The trek starts from Pokhara and follows a route through the villages of Dhampus and Sarangkot, with several options for detours and side trips along the way. You'll have the opportunity to see traditional Nepali village life and to visit cultural sites. The trek culminates at Sarangkot, a hilltop viewpoint with stunning views of the Annapurna range and other peaks.

Chisapani Nagarkot Trek: 03 Days

The Chisapani Nagarkot Trek is a popular trek in Nepal that takes you through beautiful forests and villages, with stunning views of the Himalayas. January is a good time to go on this trek, as the weather is generally clear and dry at this time of year. The temperature during the day can be warm, but it can get cold at night, so it's important to bring warm clothing.

Chisapani-Nagarkot Trail

The trek starts from Sundarijal, a suburb of Kathmandu, and follows a route through the villages of Chisapani and Nagarkot, with several options for detours and side trips along the way. You'll have the opportunity to see traditional Nepali village life and visit cultural sites such as temples and monasteries. The trek culminates at Nagarkot, a hilltop viewpoint with stunning views of the Himalayas and the Kathmandu valley.

Helambu Trekking: 10 Days

The Helambu Trek is a popular trek in Nepal that takes you through beautiful forests, pastures, and villages, with stunning views of the Himalayas. January is a good time to go on this trek, as the weather is generally clear and dry at this time of year. The temperature during the day can be warm, but it can get cold at night, so it's important to bring warm clothing.

The Helambu Valley

The trek starts from Sundarijal, a suburb of Kathmandu, and follows a route through the villages of Helambu, with several options for detours and side trips along the way. You'll have the opportunity to see traditional Nepali village life and visit cultural sites such as temples and monasteries.

Langtang Valley Trek: 12 Days

The Langtang Valley Trek is a popular trek in the Langtang region of Nepal that takes you through beautiful forests, pastures, and villages, with stunning views of the Himalayas. January is a good time to go on this trek, as the weather is generally clear and dry at this time of year. The temperature during the day can be warm, but it can get cold at night, so it's important to bring warm clothing.

The trek starts from Syabrubesi and follows a route through the Langtang valley, with several options for detours and side trips along the way. You'll have the opportunity to see traditional Nepali village life and visit cultural sites and monasteries.

The Langtang Valley

To go on the Langtang Valley Trek, you'll need to obtain a trekking permit and hire a guide or porter or join a guided Langtang Valley Trek with a trekking company. You also need to bring a good-quality backpack, sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, and other essentials such as a water bottle, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

Everest Panorama Trek: 11 Days

The Everest Panorama Trek is a popular trek in the Everest region of Nepal that takes you through beautiful forests, pastures, and villages, with stunning views of the Himalayas. January is a good time to go on this trek, as the weather is generally clear and dry at this time of year. The temperature during the day can be warm, but it can get cold at night, so it's important to bring warm clothing.

View from Tengboche on Everest Panorama Trail

The trek starts from Lukla and follows a route through the Solu-Khumbu region. You'll have the opportunity to see traditional Nepali village life and to visit cultural sites such as monasteries. The trek culminates at Tengboche, a hilltop viewpoint with stunning views of the Everest range and other peaks in the region.

Conclusion

The above are only the most popular treks in Nepal that are suitable to do in January. However, there are many other treks and tours: Chitwan Jungle Safari, Bardia Jungle Safari, Pokhara Tour, Glimpse of Nepal Tour, and Spirit of Nepal Tour, which are best to do in January.

Let us know your timeframe, place of interest, and several people, then we can offer you the best suitable trek and tour in Nepal for January.

Arjun Rijal

Arjun Rijal

Hello, Hi & Namaste from the Himalayas !!!

I am Arjun Rijal, Founder Director of the Outfitter Himalaya Holidays P. Ltd & working as a travel planner/consultant for Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet Travel. I love hiking, trekking, and traveling.

I have been in most of the trekking regions in Nepal, that include Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base camp, Annapurna Circuit, Manaslu, and Langtang. I also have travelled to Bhutan, India & planning further travel to many other countries in the world.

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