Clear sky, sharp snow-capped mountains, and beautiful landscapes. These are what you get during Annapurna base camp trekking in January.
The Annapurna Base Camp trekking is one of the most famous trekking routes in Nepal. Each year thousands of adventure seekers visit this place. They come here to view the incredible mountains and experience something different.
Most people visit this place in the trekking seasons. And many still think the Annapurna base camp trekking in January is not doable. But it is possible and doable. January is one of the best times to visit the Annapurna base camp.
January is around the middle of winter in Nepal. The higher altitude gets moderate snowfall, whereas the lower altitude is ideal for trekking. Early January is probably one of the best times to visit the Annapurna base camp.
Annapurna base camp trekking in January offers you one of the best views of the mountains. You will feel warm during the day, and cold as the night falls. These areas get little or no rainfall at all in January. Due to this, the skies remain clear, and the surroundings seem even sharper.
A clear sky is what you expect during your trekking to the Himalayas.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1400m)
Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (900m)
Day 03: Drive to Nayapul and Trek Tikhedhunga (1570m)
Day 04: Trek to Ghorepani (2870m)
Day 05: Hike up to Poonhill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2630m)
Day 06: Trek to Chhomrong (2170m)
Day 07: Trek to Himalaya Hotel (2950m)
Day 08: Trek to Annapurna base camp (4130m) via Machhapuchhre base camp (3700m)
Day 09: Trek to Bamboo (2345m)
Day 10: Trek to Jhinu Dada (1780) and relax at a hot spring
Day 11: Trek to Nayapul and Drive back to Pokhara
Day 12: Drive to Charaudi, Rafting, and overnight at the River fun Beach resort
Day 13: Drive to Chitwan and canoe in the Rapti river
Day 14: Jungle safari and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu
Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Trekking in January
Early January is ideal for trekking to Annapurna base camp. The reward you get during this journey is incredible.
Since the higher altitude experience moderate to heavy snowfall, the summit of mountains shine like a diamond.
You will get to view the crystal clear mountains.
The entire area of the Annapurna base camp will be covered in snow.
Imagine getting up in the lap of the mighty Himalayas. Sounds like a fairy tale, but it is exactly what you will get.
You will see the fog early in the morning. The bases of the mountains are covered by fog and the summit by snow.
It feels like the mountains are floating above the clouds.
If this does not bring tears to your eyes, I don’t know what will.
You will walk across lush forests and wide vegetation.
January is near the middle of winter in Nepal. Because of this, the hills are still green, and you will see different flowers blooming all over the terrain.
You will hardly find any insects trying to irritate you as you walk through the woods.
This trek lets you experience the traditional Gurung culture and customs.
The Annapurna region is filled with Gurung settlements.
They are one of the most loving people. They will welcome you and make you feel at home.
You will get to experience the astounding view of the mountains and the landscapes.
Besides this, I love how the Annapurna region gets less crowded in January.
During the trekking seasons, this route gets busy and crowded.
Thousands of trekkers visit this place, and it becomes difficult to find proper accommodation.
But it is not the same in January.
There are fewer people in January; you will find proper accommodation and food throughout your journey.
Since there are fewer trekkers in January, you will enjoy your trek to the fullest.
This region rarely gets any rainfall in winter.
It is another reason to do the Annapurna base camp trekking in January.
Since there is hardly any rainfall, the sky remains clear and the surroundings remain sharper. Clouds will rarely disturb you during your trip, and you can have the best time in the Annapurna region.
One of the major highlights of Annapurna base camp trekking in January is the night sky.
The sky at night gets clear, and you can see thousands of stars.
The sky will be full of stars, and you will never forget such a sight in your life.
Incredible sunrise and sunset are other major highlights of this trek.
Trishuli River Rafting in January
- Free float on steady and calm water
- Cliff diving
- Exciting rapids and streams
- DJ music
- All-night swimming pool access
- Full course dinner and lunch (buffet)
The mighty Trishuli river comes all the way up from Gosaikunda. Later on, it mixes with the Bhote Koshi that originates from Tibet.
This river is huge, and the water trail is fascinating. Rafting in the Trishuli River is an exquisite experience. The water is pure and blue.
There are some exciting rapids and gorges. You can even get off the raft and float alongside the steady and calm water. You will be completely safe as there are enough water ambulances for your service.
Another exciting activity during your rafting is cliff diving. It is an option, but I highly recommend doing it.
Cliff diving gives you a chill the first time, and you will be eager to do it over and over again (do not overdo).
Our rafting representatives are highly professional and have years of experience in this area.
After your exciting rafting experience, you will visit our River Fun beach resort. Unpack your bag in the luxurious room and enjoy the service.
Overnight at the resort.
Chitwan National Park in January
- Jungle safari and animals observation
- Canoe ride in Rapti river
- Crocodile watching
- Tharu cultural dance
- Learn about Tharu tradition
After a pleasant stay at our resort, your destination for today is Chitwan. Chitwan holds the beautiful Chitwan National Park. This national park is enlisted in the World Heritage site by UNESCO.
There is an option of a village tour around the River Fun resort. This tour offers you the experience of traditional settlements and beautiful landscapes.
After having your lunch at the resort, you will not head towards Chitwan. You will reach Chitwan after about 3 hours of drive from the resort. Our hotel representatives will welcome you and take you to your room. Freshen up and get ready to view some crocodiles.
Canoeing in the Rapti river is an incredible experience. The soothing water and peaceful surroundings are excellent after the tiring days.
You will see different birds at the riverbank. Also, you can see the alligators and crocodiles resting beside the river.
After this marvelous experience, you will head back to the hotel where you will experience the traditional Tharu dance.
Do not hesitate to get involved as the Tharu dance is unique and exciting.
You will stay overnight at the hotel.
In the morning you will experience a Jungle safari in Chitwan national park. It is an excellent opportunity to see different animals and birds in their natural habitat.
You can see different animals, including deer, elephants, and wild buffaloes.
One-horned Rhinoceros is the primary attraction of this region. It is unique and rare, and you will rarely see this animal elsewhere.
If you are lucky, you can even see a tiger in these areas.
After Jungle Safari and a pleasant lunch, you will head towards Kathmandu.
Annapurna Base Camp Temperature in January
The Annapurna region gets moderately cold during the daytime. But you can hike comfortably and without the feeling of your fingers getting burned.
However, it can get harsh as the night falls.
The temperature can drop fast, and you will get cold easily.
The temperature gradually decreases as the altitude gets higher. You might experience light snowfall after exceeding the altitude of 3500 m.
The temperature during the day can range from 5 to 10 degrees C. You will feel comfortable walking at such a temperature.
However, at night, the temperature drops below 0 degrees C. And at higher altitudes, it can get up to – 10 degrees C.
One must be careful at such temperatures. Make sure you keep your body dry and warm. And make sure you drink lots of water.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking in January Accommodations
Since the route to Annapurna base camp is less crowded in January, it is easier to find accommodations.
This is a famous route, and you are likely to find a tea house every 30 minutes of walking. You will find a rest house every 2 hours of walking later on this trekking route.
The tea houses are busy and packed during the trekking seasons. And if you do not manage well, you might have to sleep in the dining room.
But in January, you are guaranteed to find a room for yourself.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking in January Difficulties
While there are rest houses every 2 hours, the route to Annapurna base camp is not simple and smooth.
There are harsh ascends and descends. You might get frustrated as you would ascend 500 m and descend another 400 m and again ascend another 500m.
The Annapurna region is a remote place. Although there are plenty of rest houses, the lack of motor roads leads to complicated transport.
Annapurna base camp does not exceed the altitude of 4200 m. But you still have a chance of getting altitude sickness.
In addition to the high altitude, the weather might get worse, and you might have to cancel your trekking.
Also, everything needs to be carried or flown in this region. Because of this, the prices of food and water get high.
I suggest you become a vegetarian throughout your journey. It is highly unlikely that you will get fresh meat out there.
Can This trekking be Done Without a Guide?
Yes, the Annapurna base camp trekking in January is possible to do without a guide. You need basic knowledge, and you must pack well.
Make sure you get a detailed map of Kathmandu or Pokhara. And do not forget to bring a Compass with you.
I would suggest you take a guide with you if you visit this place during trekking seasons. Taking a guide with you helps you find proper accommodations.
But this trekking route does not get too crowded in January. And you will be able to find proper accommodations.
Although this trekking is doable without a guide, I suggest you take a guide with you if you are a solo traveler.
Weather in the Himalayas is unpredictable. It can get bad at any time, and you must be prepared for such an event. You would be safer and more secure if there is a guide with you.
Tips for a successful Annapurna base camp trekking in January
I suggest you get health insurance. Some health insurances cover the emergency helicopter flight even at an altitude of 6000 m.
The days in January are short. Consider the daytime and your walking distance.
Always listen to what the locals have to say. They are the natural habitat of that area and know well about the weather in the Annapurna region.
Drink a lot of water.
Pack altitude sickness medicines. However, I suggest you visit your doctor beforehand. You must always know what medicine is compatible with your body.
Make sure to pack a lightweight sleeping bag. Your sleeping bag must have a capacity of at least -10 degrees C.
You would want to pack water purifying tablets as well.
I suggest you bring a thermos with you. You need to stay hydrated and warm.
Make sure you keep up with your hygiene. You would not want to get sick or infected in these remote parts.
You need to pack all the basic things for trekking. Down jackets, windcheaters, and thermal layers are a must.
Annapurna base camp trekking in January could be a life-changing experience for you. The thrilling and exciting trekking is full of adventure and hard effort. And all your hard work does pay off.
The reward is awe-inspiring. You will see one of the very best views of the Himalayas and landscapes.
Trekking is all about patience, hard work, and hours of walking. Trekking makes you stronger, trekking makes you bolder, and trekking certainly makes you smarter.
Annapurna base camp trekking in January is not so simple. You will face cold temperatures, and you might even face bad weather. But isn’t that the very idea of Trekking?
This journey lets you be yourself and explore the beautiful Himalayan ranges. And rafting in the Trishuli River is an exquisite experience as well. Especially the cliff diving. That part is awesome.
I recommend Annapurna base camp trekking in January to all of those adrenaline junkies like myself.
This will be one of the best experiences you have ever had.
So pack your bags and head off to Nepal this winter.
Make sure to keep the environment clean. You will be visiting remote places in Nepal. Do not leave any garbage around. Let’s keep the places clean so that our upcoming generations can explore these incredible areas. Do not engage in any activities that might harm any living organism and nature.