Nepal in Winter - Weather, Top Places, Activities, Festivals

With over 10 wildlife sanctuaries and multiple picturesque valleys, Nepal is one of the places that attract tourists throughout the year. Winter is widely considered as the best season to visit this landlocked country, as one can experience the charisma of the mountains here. The snow-capped mountains with some sunshine make this a perfect place to hang out and experience the beauty of nature. Here are some of the facts and information you should keep in mind while you visit Nepal in winter.
Winter months in Nepal: November to February

Weather of Nepal in Winter

Highest Temperature: 18 Degrees C
Lowest Temperature: 2 Degrees C

Best Places and Things to Do in Nepal in Winter

There are no limitations to the number of beautiful places present in Nepal. With such a variety, Nepal is one of the best places to visit during this season. Here are some places you should visit during winter.

1. Pokhara

The view of Phewa Lake
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The lake Pokhara offers tranquillity, beauty, and the best experience of hiking. This place is one of the most beautiful places in the country. The glorious mountain ranges with the beautiful lake are the main attraction of this place.

2. Kalinchowk

The view of the mountains from Kalinchowk
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With the best views of the mountain valleys and ranges, the Kalinchowk is the best place to experience the snowfall. With multiple restaurants present here, this place is usually crowded during winter. Make sure you visit Kalinchowk if you are visiting Nepal in winter.

3. Kathmandu Valley Trek

The Kathmandu Valley is one of the best places to visit in the continent
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The Kathmandu Valley Trek is one of the most popular treks in the country. The mild temperatures and the best view of the Himalayas attract many tourists. If you are planning to visit the city of Kathmandu city and then Nagarkot, then make sure you don’t miss this amazing valley and the trekking experience it provides.

4. Everest Panorama Trek

The Everest Panorama Trek gives you an experience of a lifetime
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If something that brings Nepal into the news, it is the Everest. However, it is very difficult to catch up with the adverse conditions during winter. However, if you are a nature lover and Everest is your dream destination, you can opt for the Everest Panorama Trek. Along this trek, you can have a look at the monasteries and villages which host a plethora of historic stories.

5. Poon Hill Trek

People capturing the sunrise from Poon Hill
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The Poon Hill trek offers the best view of the sunset and sunrise in Nepal. It is one of the most popular treks to experience and is the “once in a lifetime” opportunity for many travellers. The temperatures along the Poon Hill Trek can get adverse sometimes, hence make sure that you are well equipped with warm clothes and suitable gear.

Festivals and Events in Nepal in Winter

1. Tihar (October 25- 29)

The Tihar Rangoli.
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One of the most important festivals, Tihar is celebrated for three days. Each day, a different deity is worshipped. On the first day, with offering prayers to crow, the messenger of the bringer of death, the second-day prayers include offering prayers to dogs, who are believed to be Yama’s custodian, and during the third day, the people offer prayers to Laxmi, the goddess of wealth. The scene of the third day is often associated with colourful lights and oil lamps.

2. Chhath (November 2)

Chhath is one of the most important festivals in the Terai region. The devotees fast and offer foods and prayers to the sun by gathering at the river banks. The best place to witness the Chhath is at the Terai regions and at the Rani Pokhari tank at Kathmandu.

3. Maha Shivaratri (February 21)

The Pasupatinath Temple during Maha Shivaratri
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One of the most important festivals in the Hindu community, the Maha Shivaratri stands for the “night of Lord Shiva”. Devotees offer prayers to Shiva and fast on this day. Later on, they visit the temples to offer their prayers. Kathmandu is the best place to witness the functioning of this festival. If you are present at Kathmandu during the months of Maha Shivaratri, make sure to visit the Pashupatinath Temple to witness Sadhus offering prayers. Sadhus consuming Bhang, a drink made by mixing milk, spices, herbs, and marijuana are common during this festival. 

Reasons to Visit Nepal in Winter

Nepal is one of the best places to visit during the winter season. The mountains along with many trekking facilities provide the best experience to a traveller. The antique villages, monasteries, and mountains have a story to tell. Make sure you visit this beautiful country during winter.

If you are planning to visit Nepal in winter, then make sure to have a view of the majestic Himalayas and have an awesome trekking experience. Along with witnessing the beauty of Nepal, make sure you involve yourself in the festivals that make Nepal unique from others.

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