Are you looking for best destinations to have snow fun activities like building a snowman and snowball fight is what the youths often love to do during winter in Nepal. Basically, snowfall happens on the mountain area but if it rains heavy, it would be snowfall even in Kathmandu and its surrounding.
Annapurna Base camp, Lantang valley, Poon hill, Upper Mustang, Manang, Everest Base camp are some popular trekking destinations for snow fun.
Here are some popular hill stations near Kathmandu valley where snowfall is quite imminent in the winter season.
The most popular hillside of the current time is Chandragiri because of easily access from Kathmandu, Cable Car and being at an elevation of 2551 meters high from sea level. During the winter season, it ocassionally get snowfall. There is snowfall at the moment of the rainfall on January 24th 2018. So, many youths are traveling to Chandragiri to enjoy the snowfall and panoramic views of Himalayas surrounding Kathmandu.
Phulchowki is the nearby hill station just 20 kilometers away from Kathmandu valley. It is located at an altitude of 2762 meters above sea level and offers the grand view of the Kathmandu valley with a backdrop of the Himalayas to the north. It is the popular hill station for Mountain biking, hiking and bird watching. This is one of the few places in Kathmandu valley that gets snow during winter time.
For Phulchowki hiking, you will just have to walk few hours through dense sub-tropical forest to reach the top of the hill. At the top of hill, there is a shrine of Phulchowki Mai and you can have an amazing views of Kathmandu valley and spectacular Himalayan ranges. Be ready for your snow fun activity at phulchowki because it only last for couple of days on the northen side of the hill after snowfall.
Shivapuri is another popular hill station nearby Kathmandu that can be reach within few hours drive or walk from Budhanilkantha Temple. It is the destination for regular hiking or biking for short holidays. During winter season, there may be ocassional snowfall. So, being near to Kathmandu, this could be the best place to enjoy the natural vista, rhododendron forest walk and snow activities.
All time popular destination for stunning Mountain views, sunrise and sunset, Nagarkot is situated at an altitude of 2175 meter above sea level and it is located at 32km east of Kathmandu. Travelers can reach Nagarkot within one and half an hour drive from Kathmandu. During the winter season, there might be snowfall and one can enjoy snowfall along with the breathtaking views of Mountains like Mount Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Manaslu and many others.
Kalinchowk is a popular place for day hiking and pilgrimage tour as there lies Kalichowk Bhagwati shrine. Nowadays it is popular among the youths for a day out and snow activity. Kalinchowk lies at an altitude of 3700 meters above sea level making it perfect place for snow fun during the snowfall season.
For Kalinchowk trip, you need to drive 6 hour from Kathmandu via kuri bazaar and charikot followed by a 5 kilometers long hike to Kalinchowk hill. From the top, you will have spectacular views of Mountains like Ganesh Himal, Shisha Pangma, Langtang and Gauri Shankar along with temple Kalinchowk Bhagwati.
Outside Kathmandu Valley
Daman is one of the popular place for snowfall in Nepal localted just 75 kilometers southwest of Kathmandu valley in Makwanpur district. It has gain its popularity among the families, youths and business houses to enjoy the beautiful nature, surrounding villages, stunning himalayas and local dishes. Other than beautiful views, you can also witness waterfalls, springs and green hills that make your mind peace and ease.
During the snowfall season, Daman attracts lot of domestic tourists every year. It is situated at an altitude of 2322 meter above sea level so offers the best views from the view tower and travelers can enjoy the snowfall everywhere. There are lots of hotels, resorts and small lodges that provide the accommodation services and activities. Catch a bus from Kalanki or Pharping to reach Daman. Three days program is the best to explore in and around Daman during the winter holidays.
Far to Kathmandu, nearby Pokhara, Poon hill is a popular trekking and hiking hill station to enjoy snowfall every winter season. Poon hill lies at an elevation of 3210 meter above sea level that offers the best mountains views along with glimpses of cultural villages, rhododendron alpine forests and landscapes. Being a popular trekking destination and easy access from Pokhara, poon hill is crowded by both foreign and local tourists every year all year around.