Trekking in Nepal in February
February falls near the end of the winter season in the country. It is off season for trekking in Nepal during this month of the year. But this doesn’t mean you can do trekking in Nepal in February. Most of the popular trekking routes are open. Teahouses in the trekking route are ready to provide services.
The temperature is perfect during the day time. It is still cold in night and morning time of the day. You will find clear skies in day time which will enable you to have great views of the mountains. Since it is end of the winter season the temperature during the day will start to get warmer. The biggest concern weather wise will be the fall of temperature during the night time. There might be delay in flight as well due to poor weather condition.
Trekking in Nepal in February has its own advantages. The trekking routes are less crowded as it is off season for trekking. You will also easily get the accommodation as per your wish. The trekking route will feel like it’s your private trek in the country. Most of the trekking routes will still be covered in snow. You will need to start your trek early as the days are still shorter during this time of the year.
Weather in February
February is the last month of winter in Nepal. The climate is similar to January. You expect it to be dry and cold. The average temperature during the day time is around 10°C and during the night time is around 0°C. February is one of the driest months of the year. The visibility in the morning time will be poor due to the fog. You will find that the grass and trees will be covered in dew in the morning time. The sky does get clear during the day time giving you opportunity to have great views of the mountains.
If you are planning to do trekking in Nepal in February then your biggest concern will be cold climate. You will to prepare well the winter trekking gears. You will also need to have few extra days of trekking so that you can deal with the setbacks caused by the delay in flight due to poor weather condition. The days are still shorter in February which means you will need to start your trek early.
Festivals in Nepal in month of February
Losar Tibetan New year
Losar is celebrated throughout the country. It is the Tibetan New year day. Losar is celebrated for nearly 14 days. The first 3 days are considered to be important ones. On the first day people clean their house and prepare various kinds of special dish. The second day is the main New Year day. On the third day people get together and have feasts. You will find monasteries decorated with new prayer flags. Many traditional dancing ceremonies are held. People visit different monasteries for prayer. In Kathmandu to busiest places in Losar are Swayambhunath and Bouddhanath.
Shivaratri is one of most important festival of Hinduism. On this day Hindu communities worship god Shiva. The day is celebrated for overcoming darkness and ignorance in life and the world. People observe whole day and night fasting on shivaratri. The worship of God Shiva is starts in the night by offering beal leaf, chanting mantras and pouring water on the Shiva Linga. Pashupatinath temple is the busiest places in the country. People visit the temple in million to worship and provide donation.
Best trekking destination in Nepal in February
February falls in the end of the winter season. Trekking in winter season has its own adventure and experience. Most of the popular trekking destination are open in winter season. The following are the best destination for trekking in Nepal in February:
Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular trek in Nepal taking you to one of the world highest base camps. Since it is winter season the trekking routes are covered in snow. Moring time is foggy which means morning visibility will be very poor. You will have great views of the mountains as the skies are clear during the day time. There might be a delay in flight due weather conditions so you will have to have extra few days of trekking. Also prepare your winter gears well to deal with the cold climate. If you have short time and still want to reach to the base camp of Mt. Everest, you can still do that with Mount Everest Helicopter Tour.
Chisopani Nagarkot Trek is close to the capital city of Kathmandu. The trek takes you to the Shivapuri national park. You will have the opportunity to see wildlife present in the national park. This trek will also allow you to experience the culture and tradition of people living in the village area. From Nagarkot you will have great views of langtang range. Nagarkot is famous for sunrise view.
Sarangkot Dhampus trek is another trek which is very close to the major city. It is one of the easy level of trekking. The trek give you an opportunity to observe the life style of people living in the village area. You will also be able to have great views of Annapurna range. The view of Pokhara with Fewa Lake is another magnificent view to be experienced. Being close to the big city makes the trek safe in case of any emergency situation.
Langtang Trek takes you to the langtang valley located north of kathmandu valley. This trek also lies inside langtang national park. In this trek you will be able to observe the culture and tradition of tamang people living in the area. The valley is surrounded by langtang range. The landscape around this region is majestic. You will enjoy every moment of your trek. This trekking area is also easier to access as it is very near to the capital city off the country.
Highlights of Trekking in Nepal in February
- Losar Tibetan New year
- End of winter season
- Proper winter trekking gears required
- Clear skies during the day time
- Trekking route covered in snow
- Great views of mountains
Things to take care for trekking in Nepal in February
Winter season is still not completely over. So the main concern for trekking in month of February is still the cold climate. The following are the concerns for trekking in Nepal in February:
- Cold climate during the night time
- Poor visibility during morning due to fogs
- Delay in flight due bad weather condition
- Bad weather condition in the mountain region
If you want to have trouble free trekking experience of trekking in Nepal in February then you will have need to take care of the following things:
- Prepare warm cloths to deal with the cold climate during the night time
- Bring proper winter trekking gears
- Carry water bottles to keep yourself hydrated
- Prepare few extra days of trekking to deal with any setbacks in trekking schedule due to delay in flights
- Keep yourself updated about the weather condition to avoid risky bad weather during the trek
- Hire well trained and experienced guide to have good leader for the trek
February is one of the best month to have great views of the mountains. Spring season is around the corner. It is still off season for trekking in Nepal which means the trekking routes are less crowded. If you are planing to do trekking in Nepal in February then you will have to prepare yourself well for cold weather condition.
Nearly all the popular trekking areas are open. You wont have any difficulty in finding accommodation, guide, trekking gears etc for your trek.