Top Winter Treks in Nepal for the Beginner
Trading Crowds for Crystal Clear Views: Winter brings a refreshing change to the trekking scene in Nepal. Gone are the throngs of tourists, replaced by serene solitude and clear skies that offer unparalleled vistas of the snow-capped Himalayas. Only the crunch of your boots on the snow breaks the silence as the crisp mountain air enlivens your senses. Let's find the best winter treks for beginners.
Mardi Himal Trek (Winter Trek)
This 3- to 4-day trek offers a breathtaking panorama of the Annapurna range, including the majestic Machhapuchhre. Relatively easy and perfect for beginners, the trek leads you through rhododendron forests and traditional villages, culminating in stunning views of the Mardi Himal. Mardi Himal is one of the most popular destinations in Nepal during the winter for domestic as well as foreign visitors. The 3-day Mardi Himal winter trek starts from Kalimati siding after a 3-hour drive from Pokhara. To book and learn about the trek, connect with us by WhatsApp at +9779813952417 or by email. If you are in Kathmandu and have an extra 4 days, then we can arrange this trek from Kathmandu by taking a 25-minute flight to Pokhara.
3 day short mardi himal trek itinerary.
- Day 01: Pokhara drive to Kalimati and trek to Rest Camp.
- Day 02: Rest Camp Trek to High Camp.
- Day 03: High Camp morning visit to Mardi Viewpoint and trek back to Siding. Drive to Pokhara.
Ghorepani Poon Hill (Winter Trek)
This classic 4-day Ghorepani ghandruk trek is a favorite among trekkers of all levels. Witness the sunrise paint the Annapurna peaks in golden hues from the iconic Poon Hill. Immerse yourself in Gurung culture and enjoy the warm hospitality of local teahouse owners. Nowadays, jeep drives are possible up to Ghorepani from Pokhara, so for those who want to do a drive tour to Ghorepani, it's possible with us. If you want a 2-day drive-and-trek tour, which we have listed on our trip package as "Poon Hill on Wheels," you can pick this one. We have listed another 4-day Ghorepani Ghandruk Circuit Trek, which is a more popular tour package for families, solo travelers, budget travelers, and also for luxury travelers. Another customized 3-day Ghorepani-Gandhruk trek is also possible, so let us know your interest and we will create the best winter tour plan for you.
3-day short Ghorepani-Gandhruk winter trek itinerary
- Day 01: Pokhara drive to Ulleri and trek to Ghorepani.
- Day 02: Morning visit to Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani.
- Day 03: Tadapani trek to Ghandruk and drive to Pokhara.
Khopra-Danda Trek: 5 to 7 days
This off-the-beaten-path gem offers stunning views of the Dhaulagiri range and the Annapurna South. The Khopra Danda Hike goes through diverse landscapes, including rhododendron forests, alpine meadows, and glacial lakes. Enjoy a unique cultural experience in the village of Khopra. Khopra Danda, also known as Khopra Ridge, is a moderately easy and short trek in Nepal's Annapurna region. This hidden gem is gaining popularity for its stunning viewpoints and relaxed atmosphere compared to busier treks like Mardi Himal and Ghorepani. The distance ranges from 55 to 60 kilometers, depending on the chosen route. The highest point of the Khopra Ridge trek is 3,640 meters (11,942 feet), with the optional Khayer Lake sitting at an impressive 4,600 meters (15,091 feet). Most itineraries, including ours, don't include Khayer Lake due to the longer distance involved.
The short Khopra Danda trek starts at 495 USD, but the cost varies based on the duration and number of participants. Many inquire about the easiest route, but we find all suggested paths to be comfortably manageable. 7-Day Khopra Danda Adventure: Our 7-day itinerary showcases the most breathtaking viewpoints in the Annapurna foothills, including Muldai (Dobato), Khopra Danda itself, and the iconic Ghorepani Poon Hill.
5 Days Khopra Danda Tatopani Trek Itinerary
- Day 01: Pokhara drive to Ulleri - Banthati and Trek to Ghorepani 2875M 4 hours of walking.
- Day 02: Ghorepani Trek to Upper Chistibung (3000 m, 5 hours walk).
- Day 03: Upper Chistibung Trek to Khopra Danda (3640 m, 3 hours walk).
- Day 04: Khopra Danda trek to Tatopani (1250 m), 5 hours walk.
- Day 05: Tatopani drive to Pokhara (815 m) in 4-5 hours by private jeep.
Winter Wonderland: Embrace the magic of winter with snow-dusted landscapes and crisp mountain air. Winter trekkers require proper gear like warm jackets, hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, gloves, sturdy boots, crampons, and gaiters. Don't worry about lugging equipment; Kathmandu has you covered with rental options! We offer customization, group discounts, and early booking incentives for your perfect Khopra Danda experience. Indian hikers enjoy special discounts on trekking permits.
While winter offers a unique experience, Khopra Danda shines all year round. Spring and autumn provide vibrant landscapes and comfortable temperatures, while the monsoon season is a photographer's paradise with lush greenery and cascading waterfalls. Ready to explore? Contact our tour experts today to craft your Khopra Danda escape, any season you choose! Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara or by road to the gateway to your Khopra Danda adventure.
Khumai Danda Trek: 2 to 3 days
Experience Majestic Annapurna Views on the 2-3 Day Khumai Danda Trek: This moderate trek offers breathtaking panoramas of the Annapurna range and the iconic south face of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Starting from Pokhara, Khumai Danda is a popular winter destination for Nepali trekkers and nature lovers seeking a scenic challenge. It's essentially a shorter version of the week-long Machhapuchhre Model Trek, with locals currently expanding teahouse options for a more comfortable experience.
Reaching an elevation of 3245 meters, Khumai Danda provides stunning vistas, while the sunrise viewpoint at Korchan Danda sits at 3700 meters. While a 2-day trek can be challenging for most, a 3-day itinerary offers a more relaxed pace. Be aware that, due to limited teahouses and facilities, peak season requires pre-booking accommodations. Spring explodes with vibrant rhododendron flowers, making it another fantastic time to explore. Even the monsoon season reveals a wildflower paradise, ideal for photography enthusiasts. Ready to embark on this captivating journey? Contact us for further details and our 3-day Khumai Danda trek itinerary.
3 Day Khumai Danda Trek Itinerary
- Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Hemja and hike to Hile Kharka (2160m) via Ghachowk
- Day 2: Trek from Hile to Khumai Danda (3245m)
- Day 3: Morning visit Korchan Danda (3700m), trek back to Ghachowk and drive to Pokhara
Annapurna Base Camp Trek: 5–7 Days
Trek through the Annapurna Sanctuary, a protected area known for its stunning beauty. Witness Annapurna I, Annapurna South, and Machhapuchhre up close. This 5-day, short trek requires a bit more physical fitness than the Annapurna Base Camp Trek via Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking and Tadapani.How is it possible to do the ABC trek within 5 days? We are talking about the shortest version of the ABC trek, which starts from Jhinu Danda after taking a jeep drive from Pokhara. How about the short ABC trek from Kathmandu? Simply take an early morning flight to Pokhara, which takes about 25 minutes, and then join a group or a private tour to ABC with the guide and porter.
The total distance of the short Annapurna Base Camp trek is about 64 km excluding the drive, and the Annapurna Base Camp maximum elevation is 4130 m. Which is the best trek route in Annapurna? After Ghorepani Poon Hill, Annapurna Base Camp is the most popular short trek in the Annapurna region. Winter is another great time to trek to ABC, but we need to have proper trekking gear, and Day Tour Nepal will help you buy and rent the gear for this trek. We will take care of all the ground transportation, guides, trekking maps, trekking permits, accommodation, and meals for the trek. Let us know your travel dates.You can find the 5-day ABC trek plan on our webpage, but here we are suggesting a 7-day Annapurna Base Camp Trek Itinerary Plan.
Annapurna Base Camp 7-Day Trek Itinerary
- Day 1:Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1.5 hours) and trek to Ghandruk (4-5 hours)
- Day 2:Trek from Ghandruk to Chhomrong (5–6 hours)
- Day 3:Trek from Chhomrong to Dovan/Himalayan Hotel (5–6 hours)
- Day 4:Trek from Himalaya to Annapurna Base Camp via Machapuchare Base Camp (5–6 hours)
- Day 5:Trek from ABC to Bamboo (5–6 hours)
- Day 6:Trek from Bamboo Jhinu Danda (Hot Spring) (4-5 hours),
- Day 7: Jhinu Danda drives to Pokhara.
Nepal Winter Tour Packages:
Nepal offers more than just breathtaking treks in the winter. Experience the thrill of driving and playing in the snow at Kalinchowk in Dolakha, a popular winter destination. Enjoy traditional hot meals and witness the vibrant local festivals that celebrate the season. There are many spots, such as Daman, Ranikot, Pikey Peak Dhap, and Jiri, where people go to play with the snow. We are suggesting two short and sweet packages, which are the most popular winter packages in Nepal. Keep in mind that the below tours are just suggestions for a short time period, but we are here to create tailor-made tour packages based on your request.
Kalinchwok Drive Tour.
Kalinchowk, which is 145 km from the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu,. Kalinchwok viewpoint is a beautiful hill station and a popular tourist destination known for its stunning views of the Himalayas, such as Annapurna, Mt. Gaurishanker, Manaslu, and many other of the world's tallest mountain peaks. The Kalinchowk tour package from Kathmandu is a great way to experience the natural beauty of Nepal and learn about the local culture. The drive from Kathmandu is scenic, and after reaching Mude Bazzar during the winter, there will be plenty of snow and beautiful mountain ranges from Khari Dhunga. 2-day Kalinchwok Drive tour package is one of the most popular winter tour packages in Nepal for Nepali and Indian nationalities. Many people from India come via the Sinduli Bardibas Highway and stay a night in Charikot Bazzar during the winter.
2 Day Kalinchwok Snow Tour
- Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Kalinchwok.
- Day 2: Morning Kalinchwok: explore and drive to Kathmandu.
5-Day Nepal Winter Tour Package.
The 5-day standard tour package is one of the most popular tour packages in Nepal with Day Tour Nepal. The same 5-day Nepal tour package itinerary is also perfect for the winter vacation. The tour starts in Kathmandu Valley and goes to Pokhara to see the mighty snowy mountain peaks. You will not be able to play with the snow in Pokhara, but after Pokhara, our itinerary covers Nagarkot in Kathmandu. In Nagarkot, there will be snow, and it's a perfect destination for the local people to play in the snow. This tour package is perfect for all people, and people find it a great family tour for a short break in Nepal. Follow the link for more details about the 5-day tour itinerary and tour cost.
5-Day Nepal Winter Tour Package
- Day 01:Welcome to Nepal, Kathmandu
- Day 02:Kathmandu–Pokhara by Drive.
- Day 03:Pokhara Sunrise and Pokhara City Tour.
- Day 04:Pokhara Fly Kathmandu (25min) Kathmandu sightseeing: Nagarkot.
- Day 05:Final Departure
Winter Everest Base Camp Trek: Memories that Last a Lifetime
For those considering the Everest Base Camp trek in winter, it is important to note that it requires a high level of fitness and experience and should only be undertaken with proper preparation and a qualified guide. But we have another way to see Mount Everest from the Namche Bazzar Everest View Hotel. The 5 to 7 days trek in the Everest region is another popular trekking package during the winter season. Beginners can join on this trek, and the maximum height of this trek is 3880 m.