December is the first month of winter season after beautiful autumn season. Trekking in Nepal in December is still doable and best month to experience culture and mountains.
The weather and climate on the first two weeks of December are good enough to have clear mountain views. From late December to till February, the days are dry, clear and sunny. But, expect snowfall in high altitude mountain area during December.
Trekking during December is possible and will be excellent on whole month. You can trek to popular trekking areas on the first two weeks of December. But, after first half of the month, the snow starts to fall heavily on higher altitudes above 4500m. So, trekking to low altitudes is wiser.
December Trekking Tips
- Dress in layers – As you rise up, the temperature goes down so bring warmer cloths. The weather changes frequently in Mountains so be careful about winter winds.
- Bring some warm fleece, jacket, socks, cap and good trekking shoes.
- Always hike with a registered guide, he/she will be your friend in need. In Mountain area anything can happen. Save yourself from the risk of winter season.
- Bring a good camera, the weather is good to view Mountains and landscapes.
- Go trekking to high passes or high altitudes on the first half of December.
- Always consider low altitude treks and hikes if you are Trekking in Nepal for the first time.
- Drink adequate water, eat warm food.
Treks to Consider during December in Nepal
If you are planning a trek during December in Nepal, you may consider low altitude treks below 4200m. Trekking to Base Camp or high passes are not highly recommended during December. Here are some treks that are best for cultural and natural experience.
- Everest View Trek
- Poon Hill Trek
- Langtang Valley Trek
- Chitwan Chepang Hill Trek
- Around Kathmandu Trek
- Pikey Peak Trek
- Ghandruk Trek
- Mardi Himal Trek
What is the weather be like in December for Trekking in Nepal?
The weather and temperature varies place to place in Nepal. The climate at low elevations is warmer during December whereas at higher altitude, it may be cool. You experience a great variation of weather during your trekking holidays in Nepal in December. Generally, the temperature of Kathmandu remains 2 degree Celsius to 12 degree Celsius in average. But, at higher altitudes, it may fall to zero degrees.
What Trekking Clothing is needed during December in Nepal?
As this is colder season, so bring the warmer cloths comfortable to wear. But, during the day, it may be warm so a trouser, trekking shorts will be good. During the night, wear warm fleece, longer trousers and jacket. Bring warm sleeping bag even though most of the tea houses offer blankets.
Is Trekking Accommodation on the Trail open during December in Nepal?
Yes, trekking accommodations during December will be open on the trekking trail. But, due to heavy snowfall by the end of the December, some tea houses remain closed at higher elevations above 5000m. Always consult your guide for pre-booking of tea-house and be confident.
Are Trekking Permits Available in December in Nepal?
Yes, trekking permits and Tims are available during December. You can get permits from Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Do I need travel insurance for Trekking in December?
Yes, travel insurance is highly recommended while trekking in Nepal. We don’t know where and when what happens, so we should be careful about the precautions during trekking. So, for your safety and claiming, if anything happened, you should have travel insurance.
Recommended Equipment Lists for December Trekking
- Duffel or Rucksack Bag
- Down jacket
- Sleeping bag
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection
What to Wear in Nepal in December?
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers/sandals)
- Gaiters for hiking in winter
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens
- Waterproof shell outer
- Under Garments
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants
- Waterproof shell pants (preferably breathable fabric)
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper Jacket
- Waterproof shell Jacket
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees
- Headlamp with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags- for keeping items dry inside trekking bag
- Day pack
- Trekking poles
- Water bottles
- Ear plug (optional if you can’t sleep listening to snores of your group members)
Toiletries and Personal Hygiene
- Quick drying towel
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Multipurpose soap/ hand wash
- Face and Body Moisturizer
- Wet wipes
- Tissue / Toilet roll
- Anti-bacterial hands wash
- Feminine Hygiene products
Extra / Luxuries (Optional)
- Trail Map/ Guide Book
- Sleeping bag liner
- Pillow case