Nepal is the most adventurous, spiritual and cultural country with something fascinating for everyone. The country is popular for its Himalayas including the eight highest mountains of the world. In adventurous sports, the country offers different activities like hiking, rafting, jungle safari, mountaineering, bungee jumping. However, trekking is always the most demanding and popular activity offered by the country. You can have the majestic view of mountains and breathtaking trail route. People from all around the world visit Nepal to trek in its iconic country.
December is the beginning of the winter season in this country. The month is an excellent month for trekking. The weather is lovely with dry and sunny weather during the day. However, in mountain region temperature can drop significantly at night. Trekking in December is possible for the whole month in Nepal. The first half month is more comfortable and safer for trekking. However, you can trek at a lower altitude, below 4000m even after the remaining half a month. Everest, Annapurna, and Langtang treks are possible this month. Let’s discuss the top 5 treks in December which you can do in the Himalayan country.
Everest Base Camp trek is about the trek to the base camp of the tallest mountain in the world. This trek takes you from Kathmandu to the Everest Base Camp through the iconic and paradoxical route. The trek starts from the altitude of 1400m of the capital city to 5380m of Everest Base Camp above from sea level. This trek is expected to see some of the tallest peaks of the world, glaciers, valleys, unique culture, waterfalls, rivers, forests of the Khumbu region and many more. Tengboche monastery is the spiritual hub of this trek. The trek offers spectacular views of Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and may throughout the way. Kala Patthar, the best vantage point, provides the majestic view of Everest up close. This can be a rare experience of your life.
Everest Base Camp is the lifetime experience that you don't want to miss. It’s a bucket list name that encourages thousands of trekkers and hill-walkers to visit Nepal. The panoramic views of mountains and epic struggles is what you’ll accomplish in this trek. This is the moderate level of trekking which can be done by newbies. December has become popular among trekkers as it offers fewer crowds but the end of December is dangerous due to high snowfall and trail blockade.
Trekking in EBC in December provides the clear and picturesque views of mountains. The temperature will be -14degree Celcius on average and might fluctuate from -15 to -20 degrees. Therefore warm and comfortable gears are a must. In December, there won't be crowds, so you can enjoy the serenity and peacefulness and more options of accommodation. The dry weather brings a clear blue sky with zero probability of rainfall. However, there is the possibility of some snowfall so be well prepared to tackle the cold and the unpredictable weather.
Close view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Machhapuchhre mountain peaks,
Kali Gandaki, the deepest Gorge,
Various species of flora and fauna.
Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) is one of the most popular and all-time demanded trek in Nepal. The trek offers a package of majestic views of mountains, culture, and wildlife. It is one of the easiest and shortest treks in Nepal. Also, ABC passes through Machhapuchhre Base Camp. So, you can visit two base camps in a single trip, you won't get this chance anywhere else in the world. ABC is located 4130m above sea level. This trek takes 7days to 12day, depending on the length of walking a day and your itinerary. You can go straight to the ABC or take a detour to Ghorepani Poonhill or take a smaller detour to Ghandruk or both. The trek is not so difficult for the skilled and experienced trekker and hikers. However, any physically fit person can easily reach uphill. Normally you have to travel 5 to 6 hours a day in the high altitude areas.
It provides iconic landscapes, wildlife, unique culture, amazing people, lovely forest and many others. You can view the massifs up close to Annapurna along with Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri and Mardi. The trek in the entire Annapurna Range in the foothills is a beautiful experience.
Trekking in ABC in December is an amazing adventure. The weather brings clear skies and majestic views of mountains without any visible obtraction. The average temperature will be -5℃ in base camp in December. If you love a peaceful environment, December is the best moment for you with fewer crowds and beautiful weather and views.
Breathtaking views of majestic mountains
Village settlements of Tamang and Gurungs
Beautiful dense forests
Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is one of the classic Himalayan treks with an ancient trade route. This trek is an easy and accessible Annapurna region trek. The trek can be easily completed in 5 to 6 days. Poon Hill trek starts from Nayapul with a one and half drive from Pokhara.
The vantage point of this trek is at the altitude of 3210m at Poon Hill. Sunrise and sunset from this vantage point is what you shouldn't miss. This trek is suitable for all seasons and months. Trekking in Ghorepani Poon Hill in December is as amazing and exciting as other months. The weather might be a bit colder in the morning and night but there is nothing hot tea can't fix.
This trek provides the beautiful view of Nepal’s Himalayas and the authentic taste of Gurung and Magar culture and traditions. Similarly, the temples and monasteries along the way can give the religious tranquility of this amazing country. The trek provides a pleasant environment and landscape. The one who loves nature and beautiful landscapes will be a lifetime experience.
Majestic view of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and many others,
Beautiful vegetation of Sagarmatha National Park
Diverse flora and fauna
Culture and tradition of the lifestyle of local Sherpa
Everest is a dream destination for several travel enthusiasts. So Everest panorama trek provides a closeup view of mountain Everest. you get to experience the magnificent view of Mount Everest from the Everest View Hotel. It is one of the easy and exciting treks of Nepal of 11 days. The trek offers the beautiful vegetation of flora and fauna. The varieties of flowering plants, non- flowering plants, birds, animals, butterflies, insects, and many other endangered animals and plants. Namche Bazaar is one of the major attractions of this trek. It's a gateway to the Himalayas at the altitude of 3440m. After that, you can hike to Tengboche, which is known as the spiritual hub. Because it has the oldest monastery of the Khumbu region and you can witness the locals performing daily rituals and prayers.
December is the pre-winter in Nepal. However, trekking in Everest Panorama trek is one of the safest ways to observe Everest’s beauty. This trek is usually safe and comfortable in this month with fewer crowds. The dry and clear sky provides a wonderful view of the mountains without any obstruction of visibility.
Stunning view of some of the highest peak in the world
Beautiful forests, rivers, flora, and fauna of Manaslu region
Larkya La pass, the highest point on the trek
Mix culture of Nepalese and Tibetan (mostly Sherpas)
Manaslu Circuit Trek is one of the best and most popular treks in Nepal. It will take you around the Manaslu Conservation Area and lead to the stunning view of the eight highest mountains in the world. It's a 14 days trek with wonderful natural views and amazing people. The trek starts from Soti Khola and ends at Beshi Sahar. Unlike the Everest Circuit trek, this trek usually sees fewer people on the route. It is a difficult level trek and needs more physical fitness than other treks but the outcomes of this trek are mesmerizing.
The circuit takes you from the lowlands of terraces of rich and millet, through the gorges of Budi Gandaki with beautiful waterfalls. The suspension bridge in the Manaslu trek will be an unforgettable experience. At the altitude of 5167m, you will be at Larkya La pa, usually covered with snow and ice is one of the tough ways to pass.
December is the starting day of winter in Nepal. The early days of December are a great time for trekking in Nepal as it gives clear mountain views and fewer crowds. The days in this month are usually warm and sunny, but nights can be comparatively colder. Therefore you need to be well prepared for possible coldness and unpredictable weather possibility. The warm clothes and necessary gear need to be taken by the travel agency or trek expert. Though it's December or any other month, the people of Nepal will welcome you with their heartwarming smiley faces.