Can you Trek in Nepal in January?

The question might arise “is trekking in Nepal in the month of January possible or not?With the correct preparation, yes, trekking in Nepal in the month of January is possible. January is the coldest month of the year in Nepal. Mainly, in higher elevations, the environments are attractively enveloped in snow. Hence, it is an excellent time to witness the attractiveness of the winter world. The temperature in the higher altitudes reduces down moderately. At times you will have challenges to trek to higher elevations. As the routes are mostly surrounded with snow that makes the trails slippery and wet. On the other hand, wind chills make the trek even more challenging. 

Therefore, trekking in the month of January in the higher elevations may be tricky. But, with the correct preparation and determination, trekking in the month of January in Nepal is totally achievable. It is a great time for those who love difficulties and search for adventures. Trekkers who are expert and experienced can go for treks in January in Nepal. 

Seven Best Treks in Nepal in January

Everest Panorama Trekking in January

Highest Altitude: 3,870 meters
Trek Duration: 7 to 10 days
The Everest Panorama Trek is short and not very difficult in the Everest region. This trek provides a stunning vista of Mt. Everest and other eight thousand peaks without arriving at very high elevations. This trek provides a great introduction to Sherpa way of living and their cultures. Everest Panorama trek begins with a scenic 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. 

After that the trail follows to Tengboche Monastery via Lukla and Namche Bazaar. The trial is beautifully covered by fluttering prayer flags and glittering high mountains. January is the ideal time for the Everest Panorama Trek, since you get to see an exceptional vista of mountains. As it is lower than 4,000 meters, the weather will be unbearable. 

Mardi Himal Trekking in January 

Highest Altitude: 3,580 meters
Trek Duration: 5 to 7 days

Mardi Himal Trek is one of the famous trekking destinations in Nepal. It is a rich and diversified trek in the Annapurna region. This is a proportionately new route to the Annapurna region that was officially launched in 2012. The trek to Mardi Himal begins after a short drive from Pokhara to Phedi. After that, the trek carries on to Mardi Himal Base Camp trek

This trek has beautiful forest, rock mountain topography, and numerous base camps. You can experience the magnificent vista of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna South. You can also enjoy the best sunrise and sunset views. The temperature is freezing and there can be heaps of snow on the trail in January. But, the skies are clear and you can see the stunning vista of the entire Annapurna range. 

Gokyo Valley Trekking in January 

Highest Altitude: 5,357 meters

Trek Duration: 8 to 10 days

Gokyo Valley Trek is a typical trek in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It provides a magnificent vista of mountains and Ngozumpa glacier. It is one of the largest glaciers in Nepal. This adventurous trek starts after a 35 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. You will get to climb Gokyo Ri. From Gokyo Ri, You can experience the clear vista of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Manaslu. 

You will cross through the Buddhist monastery with the view of Mt. Everest and other mountains together with the trail. Amazing glaciers,Ridges, and icefalls keep you amazed during the cold January weather. The most exceptional feature is the vista of the enormous ice ridge between Cho Oyu and Gyachung. 

Langtang Valley Trekking in January 

Highest Altitude: 5,000 meters

Trek Duration: 8 to 10 days

Subordinated by the Langtang Himalayas, this valley trek is proportionately a pleasing trek. This trek provides you a chance to discover the beauty of the Himalayas and its people. This Trek takes you to the diverse part of the Langtang region. It begins from Syabrubesi that is 117 km far from Kathmandu. The trail crosses with bamboo forests, thundering waterfalls, and under astounding mountains. 

This diversified trek also introduces the Buddhist culture of Tamang and Sherpa peoples. During this trek, you can experience the spectacular view of Dorje Lakpa, Langtang Ri, and Langtang Lirung. On the other hand you can trek to Tserko Ri at 5,000m – the maximum point of this trek, to see the beautiful sunrise view. You can also visit the ancient monastery of Kyanjin Gompa, located close to Tserko. 

The Langtang Valley Trek passes through Langtang National Park, securing immaculate countryside. Together with the diversified flora and fauna, as well as yak pastures and even home-produced cheese factories keep you accompanied in all round of the trek. During January, Langtang Valley witnesses warm and sunny days. The vistas are often clear and the transparency is more than 80%.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking in January

Highest Altitude: 3,210 meters

Duration: 4 to 5 days

January is the excellent time to undertake the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek. This trek is commonly known as winter trek. This trek takes you to the foothills of the Annapurna region. It is a popular location for spectacular sunrise views. You can experience the spectacular vista of Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri, and other snow-capped mountains also. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek begins with a drive from Pokhara to Nayapul. During this trek, you can encounter substantial landscapes, lush forests, and terraced inclines.

 You can also encounter the amazing culture of ethnic people like Gurung and Magars. This trek is excellent for all trekkers including children also. This trek takes you to a highest altitude of 3,210 meters. It indicates there is a hazard of altitude sickness and also it takes just a couple of days to accomplish the trek. Hence because of the short and mild elevation, Poonhill is an excellent destination in Nepal in January. 

Khopra Danda Trekking in January 

Highest Altitude: 3,660 meters

Trek Duration: 8 to 10 days

Khopra Danda Trek  is the freshly launched trek in the Annapurna region that features the best vista of the entire Annapurna Range. This trek is absolute for families with children since the trails are appropriately made and are simple to walk on. Khopra Danda Trek begins with a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kimchi. The route crosses with a thick rhododendron forest, oaks, bamboos, and pines. This trek provides the excellent vista of snow-capped mountains and green hills. 

Together with the terraced fields, pasturelands, and attractive cultural villages. You can also experience the numerous cultural groups of people living in harmony in this region such as Magar, Tamang, Rai, Brahmins, and other cultural groups. You will have an amazing experience interacting with them. You can see the amazing vista of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Mt. Annapurna South, and other mountains. It also features a stunning view of sunrise over the mountains from Khopra Ridge. 

Sundarijal – Chisapani Trekking in January 

Highest Altitude: 2300 meters

Trek Duration: 3 to 4 days

Sundarijal – Chisapani Trek is the shortest trek and just 25 km far from Kathmandu. The trek starts from Sundarijal. Sundarijal falls inside the boundaries of Shivapuri National Park. This is a location of cool shades, tall trees, attractive streams, and a serene atmosphere. Leaving aside some settlements at the time of the trek, the trail crosses with forest to Chisapani. You can see diverse settlements of Brahims, Gurungs and Sherpas. This trek provides an attractive vista of Mount Jugal, Ganesh Himal, Langtang Range, and several other mountains. 

In January, the climate is a bit cold and humid so the walk will be chilling. But adventurous inside the thick forest of Shivapuri National Park. 

The treks described above in the month of January in Nepal are provided by Himalaya Sunrise Treks & Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. We will be very pleased to be at your service.