With the festival moods around December and January tends to be an interesting month. Christmas preparations begin and after a week or less of Christmas, it’s the New Year period, spreading love and happiness, new resolutions, holidays and vacations, family get together etc. This period has got all the celebration and enjoyment feel around.
Christmas is a national holiday in Nepal. Most of popular cities across Nepal are decorated with Christmas ambiance. New Year itself is a great reason for many to celebrate and the atmosphere itself shows the celebration vibes.
In Nepal after the busy tourist months of September, October and November referred as autumn season, surprisingly December receives fewer tourists comparatively. Start of winter season may be a factor and Big Expeditions Groups can be carried out on similar level as autumn season but Nepal offers a lot of other activities which can be a perfect Christmas and New Year Trip with your family, friends and loved ones.
The ever charming Kathmandu Valley is sure to provide you a special experience. Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, the three culturally and historically rich cities are sure to keep you hooked. One can enjoy the mythical UNESCO Heritage sites which are designed to give the visitors a deeper understanding of the sacred traditions and culture of the valley. Several short hikes outskirts of Kathmandu Valley are a delight with popular routes including Nagarkot, Changu Narayan, Chisapani, Shivapuri etc.
Also people who are dreaming to see the world’s highest mountain, Mt. Everest in their upcoming Christmas can live their dreams and make it for real. An hour Everest Mountain Flight will allow you to encounter some of the world’s highest mountain from your aircraft window seats. Even as you’re flying on a plane, you will have to look up to its mighty face to see the top. If you are more interested to have that majestic views with hiking, then trek to foothills of the world’s highest mountain is always possible. Winter might hinder few trekkers but on the positive note, the weather is still beautiful and clear, the trails are less crowded and the mountains as beautiful as it ever were.
On the other hand, Annapurna regions provides great hikes such as Ghorepani Ghandruk Loop, Mardi Himal Base Camp, Khopra Danda , Annapurna Base Camp or the classic Annapurna Circuit. Factors such as accessibility, comfortable Tea Houses, culture, people and the Annapurna ranges has made this region a trekker’s favorite. One of these hikes would be a perfect Christmas and New Year Trip for you as well. Similarly, the Tibetan influenced Langtang region can be explored in the meantime as it’s easy but an amazing trip where you can encounter valley of pine forests, rushing mountain streams, rugged rocks and glaciers below massive snow capped peaks.
Ranulph Fiennes correctly said: “There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”.
And if you wish to do a winter Trip in Nepal, then appropriate clothing is a must. During a fine day in winter, the temperature ranges between 9 to 12 degrees while the temperature in the morning and nights may reach below 0 to -15 or -20 degrees depending upon the altitude and the weather. So, appropriate additional clothing during these periods will actually be a very good idea.
It is cold month in the Himalayas of Nepal as it starts from late November to till end February. March onwards Nepal welcome the popular spring season. January 7th 2018, Kathmandu Valley experienced the coldest day in seven years with temperature plummeting to zero degree Celsius.
If you are already planning for a Christmas and New Year Holiday in Nepal, then please let us know or celebrating the holiday period with a gathering of family, friends, and loved one at your home is always a great way to celebrate !!!