December is the official start of winter in Nepal and the end of the peak trekking season.
In December the mountain views are still very good. During the day it's getting cooler in the shade but still warm in the sun. During the night the temperatures are beginning to drop. By mid to late December snow can often fall and block trekking routes.
For the most part at 2,000m expect day time temperatures of 16+ degrees and temperatures at night around 4 degrees.
December trekking tips
- Dress in layers keeping in mind winter winds could arrive any day
- Even if it's sunny bring some warm fleece and jacket for the evenings
- Try to plan any passes or base camps for the first half of December
- Consider lower altitude treks from this list if you are not experienced
- Always remember that the weather can change hourly in the mountains
Most treks are possible in early December but it's not advisable to end up at a base camp or pass past mid-December as snow or ice could block a route. The main throngs of trekking tourists are largely gone now so there's no crowding.
December means the start of winter in Nepal. However don't rule out the beginning to mid portions of the month as quite often the peak season hangs on for a week or two. From mid-December on winter has often arrived in full force with freezing winds and snow in the mountains. Expect large variations in the temperature from 21 degrees down to freezing and below towards the end of the month. Naturally temperatures drop the higher up you go but the views are pristine. Do make sure your guide calls ahead on a regular basis if you are trekking in later December weeks to make sure about weather conditions - many guides do not do this for fear of cutting a trek short.
* weather temperatures and conditions change as you go up in altitude or descend. Likewise there are variations depending on the trek. Always expect passes and base camps to have more extreme conditions. The temperatures listed here are only used as rough indications.
Since publishing my guidebooks we've been keeping an accurate record of both GPS data for trails and the weather to try and help trekkers make decisions.
The following information is correlated based on real trekking guides and trekkers who were in the following areas. The weather data is broken down into the year of the trek, weeks in the month and a note on what a guide or person experienced in terms of weather. We've used EBC, ABC and the APC for weather examples as they cover the widest range of areas.
EBC = Everest Base Camp. ABC = Annapurna Base Camp. APC = Annapurna Circuit. WK = Week.
* Blank years or weeks just means the guide or data is/was not available. It may also mean we've not had the time to update the data here (we have a lot of data on all treks). We are trying to keep this information as accurate as possible. If you are looking for specific data you may contact us, however you can best support this site by purchasing a guidebook first.
Trek / DateEBC
December 2015WK 2: Snowing from Tengobche to EBC but fanstatic view of mountain ranges
WK 3: Light Snow from Thugla to EBC. Nice mountian views but cloudy during day.
WK 1: Great views, but cold.
WK 2-3 Very cold but good views
Trek / DateABC
WK 4: Snowing from the Derulai to ABC but clear view of mountain.
WK 3: Good views but snow at night.
WK 1-2 Good views with some cloud
WK 4: Heavy snow
Trek / DateAPC
WK: 3 light snow, good views.
Cold but clear views all the way.
WK 1-2 Good views no cloud
This historical climate/weather data may be useful to some but do remember that that the weather can change on an hourly basis in Nepal.
The weather is warm and sunny during the day so bring trekking shorts, but bring trousers and warmer clothes too. Stopping for lunch may get a little chilly if sitting around for long. A warm fleece in the evenings and longer trousers along with a jacket are advisable. Bringing a warm sleeping bag is a good idea though many tea-houses will have blankets.
he weather is warm and sunny during the day so bring trekking shorts, but bring trousers and warmer clothes too. Stopping for lunch may get a little chilly if sitting around. A warm fleece in the evenings and longer trousers along with a jacket are advisable. Bringing a warm sleeping bag is a good idea though many tea-houses will have blankets.
Just like accommodation all restaurants will be open in December with full menus available in the first half of the month.
Do read my guidebook trekking in Nepal to understand about restaurants when trekking you may not be allowed to stay in your accommodation if you eat elsewhere when trekking!
Yes, trekking permits are available year round in Nepal including December. Permits are available in both Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Yes you definitely need travel insurance when trekking in December. ,Although the weather should be good accidents can still happen. It is officially winter so a freak storm could hit and leave you stranded. It's happened before, so get insurance.
Do read about getting proper travel insurance for trekking in Nepal.
Do read my full article on when is the best time of year to go trekking in Nepal for a full overview which it makes it easy to pick the best season to go trekking. Meanwhile here's a monthly breakdown.
Again, if you are trying to make plans it'll be easier to read when is the best time of year to go trekking in Nepal first, then the monthly breakdown.
The above information should give you a brief outline and understanding about trekking in Nepal in February.
I've compiled more detailed articles on the specifics of trekking in Nepal below.
You will find them to be a great place to thoroughly research your trip to Nepal, be sure to bookmark them so you don't forget!
|You might find my following free guides helpful:|
My guide on trekking in Nepal
|Check out my guide on equipment & gear needed for trekking in Nepal|
|Check out my list of treks to do in Nepal complete with maps||Check out my guide on how to travel overland into Tibet for a lot more!|
|How to choose a trekking guide in Nepal||My Day by day account of trekking to Everest Base Camp in the off season (winter)|
|Check out my How to travel overland into Nepal guide||Check out my country Guide to Nepal|
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