Top 10 Places to Visit in Winter
 
31 May, 2022
 Trekkers Nepal  224 Views

One fine morning you open your phone and start scrolling through your social media page. You see beautiful pictures of your friends traveling to some gorgeous places and having fun playing with snow, hiking, and doing so many exciting outdoor activities. Now, seeing all these obviously is going to make you feel like going for a trip too. But where? Nepal is a small country with beautiful Himalayan mountain ranges, outstanding natural beauty, rich history, cultural magnificence, and myriad landscapes. So, do not worry about where to go this winter for spending quality time with your family cause we got you.

Best Places to Visit in Winter in Nepal

Well, there are many many amazing places in Nepal to visit but we got the below-mentioned list of places for you to visit especially in winter. Whether your goal is to experience snowfall or trek to a viewpoint or just relax and observe the beauty of nature in the chilly winter having some local cuisine, this list will tell you exactly where to be. Let’s get started with this list of the top 10 places to visit in winter when you are in Nepal.

1.Kalinchowk

Title Description
Location Dolakha
Specialty Kalinchok Bhagwati Temple

Fun winter activities such as hiking, trekking, and skiing

Time 7 hours drive from Kathmandu
Cost USD 25 per person for a 1-night stay

Where is it?

Kalinchowk is a 150 km wide hill station at an elevation of 3842 meters situated in the Dolakha district. Additionally, Dolakha is situated in the northeast of Kathmandu.

Why is it famous?

Kalinchowk is famous for Kalinchok Bhagwati Temple (a Hindu goddess shrine) and other fun activities like hiking, trekking, and skiing (during the winters).

Things to do at Kalinchowk:

  • Visit Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple
  • Trekking and Hiking
  • Skiing
  • Sunset watching
  • Try local meals, millet brew, fresh cheese, and more.

How to reach?

You can travel to Kalinchowk by taking a local bus from Kathmandu to Charikot, Dolakha. Then you can take another bus or Jeep from Charikot to Kuri village, Kalinchowk. Once you reach Kuri village you have entered Kalinchowk however if your destination is the Kalinchowk Bhagwati Temple, you need to walk through a steep hill holding on to the man-made stairs. Or, you can just take a cable car ride to the temple directly.

How much cost?

Your expenditure depends upon your stay duration, type of accommodation, and means of travel. For one person, around USD 25 is enough for 1 night’s stay at Kalinchowk if she chooses an average lodging, food, and local traveling means.

2.Ghorepani Poon Hill

Title Description
Location Myagdi
Specialty Viewpoint for Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range

Snowfall

Time 5 hours trek from Tikhedhunga
Cost Starts from USD 200

Where is it?

Poon hill is a popular hill station with an altitude of 3,210 meters situated in the Myagdi district of Gandaki province.

Why is it famous?

Poon hill is famous for the superb view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range.

Things to do at Ghorepani Poon hill:

  • Trekking and Hiking
  • Observing the beautiful Annapurna mountain range
  • Observing the stunning Dhaulagiri mountain range
  • Sunrise, Sunset watching
  • Camping

How to reach?

To reach Ghorepani Poon hill from Kathmandu, you can choose to catch a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. After that, you can travel to Tikhedhunga by any local transport. Once you reach Tikhedhunga, you have to trek to Ghorepani which can take around 5 to 6 hours.

How much cost?

Your expenditure depends upon your stay period, type of lodging, and means of travel. The starting price for a short trip to Ghorepani Poon hill is around USD 200.

3.Phulchowki

Title Description
Location Godawari, Lalitpur
Specialty Panoramic view of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Ganesh, and Manaslu.

Religious purposes,

Hiking

Time 4 hours hike from Godawari
Cost USD 20 per person

Where is it?

Phulchowki is a splendid hiking trail offering antique beauty and a panoramic view of mountains situated in Godawari, Lalitpur.

Why is it famous?

Phulchowki is famous for Phulchowki Mata Temple, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh, and Manaslu mountain range view, and its amazing hiking route.

Things to do at Phulchowki:

  • Visit Phulchowki Mata temple
  • Trekking and Hiking
  • Observing the majestic panoramic view of mountains like Dhaulagiri, Ganesh, and Manaslu.
  • Camping

How to reach?

To reach Phulchowki, you can take a bus from Kathmandu to Satdobat. Once you reach Satdobato, catch a local microbus and travel to Godawari. After you reach the Godavari, you can hike upwards to Phulchowki hill.

How much cost?

Your visit to Phulchowki will be short as it’s just a one-day hike. USD 20 will be enough for you to travel and spend the day at Phulchowki.

4.Chitwan National Park

Title Description
Location Chitwan
Specialty Jungle safari,

Birdwatching,

One-horned rhino

Bengal tigers

Kayak,

630 species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals,

Exotic Tharu cuisine.

Time 50 minutes from Bharatpur airport
Cost Nepalese: Nrs. 150

SAARC countries: Nrs. 1000

Other countries: Nrs. 2000

Where is it?

Chitwan National Park is a wildlife conservation center with an area of 952.63 km2 located in Kasara, Chitwan.

Why is it famous?

Chitwan National Park is famous as a huge conservation point for630 species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. Additionally, some of the most popular species in Chitwan national park are the One-horned rhinoceros, Bengal tigers, Asian elephants and crocodiles.

Things to do at Chitwan National Park:

  • Jungle safari,
  • Birdwatching,
  • Kayak,
  • Observe 630 species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals,
  • Experience exotic Tharu cuisine, and culture

How to reach?

You can fly from Kathmandu to Bharatpur airport. After that, take local transport from Bharatpur airport to Chitwan national park. The flight duration from Kathmandu to Chitwan is only 20 minutes. Likewise, Traveling from Bharatpur airport to Chitwan national park will take only 50 minutes.

How much cost?

Nationality Cost
Nepalese Nrs. 150
SAARC countries Nrs. 1000
Other countries Nrs. 2000

5.Bandipur:

Title Description
Location Tanahun, Gandaki
Specialty Panoramic views of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh, Langtang, and Manaslu.

Famous traditional wooden craved water taps called ‘Tindhara’ (water taps),

Raniban forest Camping,

Religious places like Bindyabashini temple, and Thani Mai.

Time 2 hours and 30 minutes from Pokhara
Cost USD 120 per person for a one-night stay

Where is it?

Bandipur is a small remote yet lovely village in the Tanahu district of Gandaki province.

Why is it famous?

Bandipur is famous for ‘Tindhara’a set of three traditional wooden craved water taps, peaceful ambiance, and natural beauty. Besides, it is also an ideal place for camping as there is a huge forest called Raniban full of green woods.

Things to do at Bandipur:

  • Panoramic views of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh, Langtang, and Manaslu all around Bandipur.
  • Famous traditional wooden craved water taps called ‘Tindhara’ (water taps)
  • Raniban forest Camping,
  • Religious places like Bindyabashini temple, and Thani Mai.

How to reach?

From Kathmandu by road, you can drive to Bandipur by following the route of the Prithivi highway. This will take only 4 hours. Likewise, you can also travel to Bandipur by flying from Kathmandu international airport to Pokhara airport and then trekking or choosing a ride. With a cab, you will reach Bandipur from Pokhara within 2 hours and 30 minutes.

How much cost?

Traveling to Bandipur will cost you around USD 120 per person for a one-night stay.

6.Chandragiri Hills:

Title Description
Location Chandragiri, Near to Thankot
Specialty Lovely view of green woods through the Cable car,

Marvelous view of Annapurna mountain range,

View of the entire Kathmandu valley,

Jacuzzi, and an infinity pool with your friends or family members.

Time Only 43 minutes from Tribhuwan international airport through a taxi
Cost USD 100

Where is it?

Chandragiri is a famous hill station in Chandragiri, Thankot.

Why is it famous?

Chandragiri is famous for its majestic serenity, wide resort place, and staycation.

Things to do at Chandragiri:

  • Observe the Annapurna mountain range,
  • View the entire Kathmandu valley,
  • Jacuzzi, and an infinity pool with your family members.
  • Travel through cable car looking over thick green woods

How to reach?

Chandragiri from Kathmandu international airport is only 19.1 km far. If you travel via cab following the Ring Road and Tribhuvan Highway route, you will reach Chandragiri within 43 minutes.

How much cost?

For one night stay at Chandragiri hills, it will cost around USD 100 per person.

7.Nagarkot

Title Description
Location Bhaktapur
Specialty Striking sunrise and sunset, beautiful scenery of Mount Everest, paragliding, cycling, hiking
Time 50 minutes from Tribhuwan international airport
Cost USD 150

Where is it?

Nagarkot is a beautiful village in Bhaktapur, Nepal situated at an elevation of 2,175 meters.

Why is it famous?

Nagarkot is famous for its clear sight of mountains and multiple butterfly species. Besides, there are so many yoga retreats, resorts, and cycling routes.

Things to do at Nagarkot:

  • Observe all 8 snowcapped mountain ranges
  • Hiking
  • Watch sunrise and sunset
  • Enjoy a jacuzzi and look over the mountains and stunning landscape
  • Paragliding
  • Cycling

How to reach?

To reach Nagarkot, just take a taxi or a local bus. From Kathmandu airport, it will take only 50 to one hour of the time period to reach Nagarkot.

How much cost?

For one night’s stay at Nagarkot, it will cost around USD 150 per person.

8.Kakani

Title Description
Location Nuwakot
Specialty Kakani strawberry farm

Mountain gazing

Hiking

Local cuisine and rice brew

Time 3 hours from Tribhuwan international airport
Cost USD 150

Where is it?

Kakani is a small village at an elevation of 2,030 meters in the Nuwakot district that supplies a massive amount of strawberries in Kathmandu valley.

Why is it famous?

Kakani is famous for greenery, peaceful ambiance, chilly climate, traditional farmhouses, authentic local cuisine, and mountain view.

Things to do at Nagarkot:

  • Hiking
  • Visiting Kakani strawberry farm
  • Mountain gazing
  • Cycling

How to reach?

You can reach Kakani traveling through any local bus. It will take only around 1 and half hours to reach Kakani from Balaju, Kathmandu.

How much cost?

For one night stay at Kakani, it will cost around USD 150 per person.

9.Mardi Himal

Title Description
Location Annapurna region
Specialty Mountain gazing

Hiking

Trekking

Camping

Time At least 7 days trekking from Pokhara (Depends upon your tour package)
Cost USD 500

Where is it?

A wonderful place destination for trekking, camping, and mountain gazing, Mardi Himal is a 5587-meter tall mountain under the fishtail (Machapuchare) mountain.

Why is it famous?

Mardi Himal is famous for its ease, beauty, and convenience while trekking and camping.

Things to do at Nagarkot:

  • Mountain gazing
  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Camping

How to reach?

Take a flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara airport. Once you reach Pokhara, trek to Pothana and Pothana to the forest camp. Once, you reach the forest camp you will reach Mardi Himal in no time.

How much cost?

For a trip to Mardi Himla, it will cost at least USD 500 per person.

10.Ilam

Title Description
Location Ilam
Specialty Tea testing,

Tea farm visit,

Horse riding,

Hiking,

Time 1 hour (Kathmandu to Bhardpur airport + Bhadrapur airport to Ilam)
Cost USD 150

Where is it?

Ilam is a gem travel destination in Ilam District, east Nepal full of diverse topography, everchanging weather, and lovely green tea states. It is situated at an elevation of only 800 meters.

Why is it famous?

Ilam is famous for Himal is famous for its tea estates. The whole distinct is 80$ covered in tea fields all across. The temperature of Ilam is always moderate never too hot nor freezing cold. Therefore, Ilam is also a great place for eastern culture.

Things to do at Nagarkot:

  • Tea testing,
  • Tea farm visit,
  • Horse riding around the tea state,
  • Hiking,
  • Photoshoot in cultural dress across Nepal

How to reach?

Take a flight from Kathmandu to Bhadrapur airport. Once you reach Bhadrapur airport, get an auto-rickshaw or a microbus to Ilam.

How much cost?

For a trip to Ilam, it will cost at least USD 150 per person. However, the expenditure also depends upon the type of lodging you choose for your stay.