Mt Everest seen from Nepal trek in December

Nepal in December

Nepal has been the safest and stable destination to travel after the pandemic. Despite the Ukraine - Russia war and the Middle East crisis, Autumn 2024 had a significant increase in tourists. With warm and sunny days, December is best for tours and short treks in the Himalayan foothills.
December is the beginning of winter in Nepal. However, the weather remains fantastic with clear sky, dry and sunny days and comfortable temperature for trekking. By December, crowds of the popular trekking trails of Everest and Annapurna thin out. Minimum Temperature of high altitude drops below – 10℃. With proper preparation, the first half of December is the best time for popular treks. The month is known as shoulder season for the Nepal tour of Chitwan, Pokhara, Lumbini and Bardia. Number of Buddhist pilgrims increases in the Lumbini which remains dry and warm. December is the best time for short treks in Nepal. The movement of domestic and Asian tourists brings back the tourist season for a brief period during Christmas and New year.

Quick travel tips for December

  • Prepare to walk in snow in the higher elevation of short treks.
  • Christmas and New Year time sees a brief tourist season rush.

December weather in Nepal

Average weather around the major tourist area of Nepal

Place Max Temp Min Temp Rainfall Rain day
Kathmandu 20.2℃ 3.7℃ 13.2 mm 1
Pokhara 20.7℃ 8℃ 22 mm 1
Chitwan 22℃ 8℃ 18 mm 1
Namche 7℃ -6℃ 39 mm 1
Jomsom 5℃ -12℃ 21 mm 2

Nepal Tour for December 2024

Unlike Tibet and Bhutan, Nepal is open throughout December and January.
December is the best time for Nepal tours, hiking and short treks. While the trekkers in the popular trails start to decline because of increasing cold, tours of hill stations, valleys and tropical jungles become more popular. Sky in December is super clear, comfortable temperature for hiking or short treks and the chance of wildlife sighting in Chitwan and Bardia national park increases. No of Buddhist pilgrims increase in Lumbini and Buddhist sites around Kathmandu.

Here are best Nepal tours for December 2024

Nepal Trek in December 2024

Nepal trekking in December

Early December is best for popular treks to Everest base camp and Annapurna base camp. December is dry and sunny with comfortable temperature for a trek. The major crowd starts to head back making the trail less crowded. Only drawback is colder nights. Minimum average temperature of Everest base camp trek will be – 10℃ with the coldest -17℃ at Gorekshep in December. Similarly average minimum temperature of Annapurna base camp trek will be – 4℃ with the minimum -10℃ at base camp during December.

Here are recommended Nepal treks for December 2024.

Nepal Travel tips for December

  • Pack the best for the cold. Pack warm clothes in layers for short treks. You need down jackets for trek to base camp.
  • Carry hot bag / flask to warm your sleeping at night.
  • While trekkers thin out in the main trails, it is still season for short treks and tropical destinations like Lumbini, Chitwan, Bardia and other Buddhist sites.
  • If you are travelling around Christmas and New year, book your logistics in advance as it is a brief trekking season again.

Short ABC trek for November

Short Annapurna Base Camp Trek in December

DURATION : 6 days from Pokhara
USD 420
Transport | Permit | Guide | Breakfast | Lodge

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Gentle walking holiday for December

Nepal holidays with gentle walking and luxury resorts or boutique hotels are the best for the month of December. This will allow you to be in more surreal hill station towns and walk comfortable distances to feel the nature and culture of the Himalayan foothills. Our gentle walking holiday includes series of hikes around Kathmandu and Pokhara combined with flying and driving. The moderate temperature and maximum number of sunny days in December makes it the best moth for this walking holiday.

Gentle walking Holday

Gentle walking holiday in Nepal for December

December is best for Buddhist pilgrimage tour of Nepal and India

The Buddhist pilgrimage sites are mostly in the tropical regions of Nepal and India. This makes the winter months of December to January best time to go on a Buddhist tour.

Buddhist tour of Nepal and India

12 days tour starts at Varanasi, India and visits Pragbodhi cave, Gidherkut (vulture peak), Jetavana monastery, Vaishali along with the four Buddhist sacred sites ending in Kathmandu, Nepal.
7 days tour of 4 sacred Buddhist sites, starts from Varanasi, India and end in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Himalayan view in December

The crisp sky, warm and sunny days guarantee the Himalayan view more during winter tour of Nepal. The moderate temperature is perfect for hiking and short treks in the Himalayan foothills and the tropical Terai regions.

Nepal Holiday with us:
  • Support local company.
  • Expertise over 20 years.
  • Cost effective Treks.
  • Cultural immersion experience.
  • High quality services.
  • Eco friendly & sustainable practices.

December Tour Review

Well looked after and a great holiday!

I, along with my wife arranged a 10 day ­holiday in Nepal with Rabi in December. Our tour included Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara and Bandipur with all surrounding attractions.
Rabi was very prompt in replying and sending itineraries to suit our needs. He was so good in looking after our comforts in our hotels. He made sure to visit us everyday while we were in Kathmandu and even accompanied us as guide in Kathmandu and in Bandipur. He was very polite and got an in depth knowledge of everything about the history. We did not have enough time and energy to go around to all the places he intended to take us around.
- SelvaSan - Australia

- Tripadvisor

Trekkers on the way to Ghorepani in Annapurna region.

Short Everest Trek 8 days

Best for December
If you are limited with time and still want to get the feel of Sherpa land and see Mt Everest, this trek is for you. A short trek of 5 days could be planned based in comfortable Hotels (luxury trek). 

Nature and wildlife tour of Nepal

December - April is also best time for nature and wildlife tour of Nepal. The tour could be customized as
wildlife photography tour as well.

Everest sightseeing flight.

Everest sightseeing Flight

The 1 hr. fixed wing Himalayan sightseeing flight is the best way to see Mt Everest and other peaks east of Kathmandu.
USD 250 230 till September
  • Window Seat
  • Everest View
  • Airport

Only USD 280 !
Helicopter tour of
Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Heli Tour

Short treks in Nepal

Treks for December & January

The mountainous landscape of Nepal with Himalayan frontier provides perfect ground for dreamlike trekking. Check out other short treks in the Himalayas of Nepal.

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