Nepal has some of the world’s highest mountain ranges like Everest, Dhaulagiri Kanchenjunga and Manaslu. Many high passes are covered with snow during January, so it seems impossible to do trekking in most of the trekking trails nevertheless we can do some lower area trek.
Yet, trekking in Nepal in January is absolutely possible with proper preparations and with best equipment. If you are looking high passes and trek than will need special technical skills or extra equipment to complete the trek.
During January, it is very cold in the high altitudes alpine area. Whereas, in lower altitudes, the days are getting sunny and warm day by day. But, nights will be colder once you cross the 3000m up to.
So you can go for shorter and easier treks in this month if you want to do trek in Nepal. Besides, The fact is trekking in Nepal in January offers you stunning mountain views, especially from a high point. It is a great time to visit the Himalayas of Nepal as there are very few trekkers do it and the sky is often clear.
In popular trekking areas like Annapurna region, many tea houses are open in January but not everyone. As the trail is less crowded, way became silent and a peaceful environment.
January is the coldest month of the year in Kathmandu and environment get brown harsh. In January, the average temperature is 15°C in lower region during the day but at night it will be 1 and even – degree most of part. The climate is fresh and some time it rains very little.
Generally, in the Himalayan region of Nepal, the nights are much colder than the daytime. Sometimes, the sunny day temperatures can reach as high as 25°C and as low as -20°C in less than 24 hours. There is no exact way to determine what will happen the weather and temperature range during the day.
In January, Alpine areas up to 2000m – 3000m the maximum temperature is 2°C and minimum temperature is -6°C with an average temperature of -2°C in the Lukla region. The climate is rather cold. It is dry as it almost never rains in this month but if weather goes bad suddenly it causes snowing too.