Winter, I think is a unity of great beauty and power. It is pure magic with cool, crisp air outside and snuggling up in a warm bed with your loved ones. Staying inside, sheltered from the wind, families come together making food, playing games and comforting each other.
One can best appreciate all the natural beauty of Winter by being outside, properly dressed, of course. The cold air caressing across your face, making the cheeks and nose pink like garden-fresh daisies. Winter provides a feast to the senses. You can see, feel, and even – sometimes hear winter. The cold enveloping you, the mystic fog, surrounding voices transport you to a world of feelings. Going out for a hike and then coming home, shucking off all your gear and sitting down before a fire with a warm drink while watching and listening to your favorite music is very comforting.
It is also one of the best times to travel to Nepal. Booking a trip away will allow you to reflect on another year gone by and get ready for the excitement of what a fresh start the new year can bring. Being in such a naturally beautiful place among the highest mountains of the world will be an unforgettable experience.
Nepal with its clear, sunny skies and mild temperature in many places should perhaps make you consider coming to Nepal in winters. Nepalese climate varies enormously between the Terai, the mid-hills, and the high Himalayas. The average daily temperature from the mountains to Terai is 17 degrees to 12 degrees with Kathmandu having 10C (51F), Pokhara having 12C (55F), Everest Basecamp having minus 7.2C(19F) and Chitwan having 23C (74F). The mountainous northern side is colder and the terai side is warmer in the winters.
Travel Tips for Travelling in Nepalese Winter
CLOTHING: - Travelling to Nepal especially through the mountainous region entitles you to pack warm clothes. It may be bugging to pack bulky winter clothes making ‘’your travel light’’ go haywire. So pack your winter travel bulky clothes in compression bags or cubes to create space for other items, So normally pack innerwear’s which can be worn for long, as the outer layer can only be seen. Moreover for Expeditions and trekking one can hire warm clothes along with gear. Light warm clothes are enough while traveling to Terai Nepal to be among the wildlife, elephants, tiger and rhinoceros.
FOOD: - Eating right and staying hydrated is very important in winters so you should drink hot beverages like ginger with hot lemon and aromatic, flavorful locally grown tea. Eat body-warming foods like thupka (noodle soup) and hot tasty momos which are a popular food in Nepal. Momos and thupkas are available everywhere. You can get many varieties of momos like jhol momo, c momo, kothey momo, sadhadako momo and water momo.
These items of soupy noodles and hot steaming momos are especially body warming and awaken your taste buds with its unique taste. Indulgence with warm soups, thukpa, momos and hot teas will make you feel warm, healthy and hydrated. There are varieties of other Nepalese cuisines you can taste once in Nepal.
SKINCARE: - The air in the winters are normally dry and one may end up having dry chapped lips, and dry itchy and flaky skin. So pack in moisturizer and Chap Stick for the trip. Cleansing and moistening will be essential for smooth and plump skin in dry and cold weather.
WELLNESS:- The cool weather and the natural beauty and freshness of the air are perfect for yoga and meditation. So you should include in your travel plans to visit various meditation centers Nepal has to offer and give rest to your mind with peace and tranquility. The air of the mountains and the quietness of the places due to their altitude is a perfect place for your spiritual quest.
COVID ALERT:- Nepal is now open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. All incoming tourists must take a mandatory COVID test upon arrival in Nepal at their own cost in coordination with the respective local agency. The tourist can continue with their itinerary if the report is negative. Domestic airlines including Buddha Air has been actively participating in forming COVID-19 protocols for overall passengers safety in airport and even during flight.
FLIGHT STATUS: It is always necessary to plan your stay in Nepal by booking and checking the flight status for which website and mobile app are available. Weather is a primary factor that causes flights delay and can be frustrating sometimes. In winter, the weather of Kathmandu, along with other major cities is often foggy.
Staying comfortable is a common feeling in winter but instead of being wrapped up in blankets, it is better to be shielded by warm jackets, scarves, gloves and woolen hats to explore. An excuse to use the fireplace is perhaps the most beautiful thing about winter but traveling to distant lands will bring together people from different places around the fireplace with a lot of stories to share. If you like being with yourself you can snuggle up with a book with hot tea topped with whipped cream after exploring the naturally beautiful place or sit in meditation in the soulful quietness of these holy mountains.