With the winter almost gone and monsoon yet to arrive, February is the prodigious time for visiting Nepal. Nepal in February welcomes the warmth of spring and reflects the beauty of the mountains to the best. While the mountain vistas are yet covered in the thick layer of snow, the trekking trails are all dry. When you see the world around you covered in a white blanket of snow, you would realize the true beauty of nature. The sky is always clear and the views are more than fantastic. In fact, the views of the Himalayan range are even more beautiful than the peak season of autumn. Doesn’t that sound wonderful? It definitely does.
After the freezing cold of winter, the high-altitude trekking trails are just ready to welcome the new trekkers. While international travelers are yet to arrive in large numbers, you can enjoy nature all by yourself. Also, February in Nepal is a great time for low-altitude trekking, jungle safaris, and mountain biking, and other adventures. February celebrates major festivals like Shivaratri and sometimes Holi as well. So are you ready to explore the best of Nepal this February?
Read on to find out why visiting Nepal in February is the best decision you can make.
Weather in Nepal in February
Even with the slight improvement in temperature, early February is yet the winter season in Nepal. Mid and late February is warm and welcoming with sunny days and chilly evenings. Since February is among the dry months, there is little chance of rainfall and snow. You will get to witness the best skies with excellent views for trekking.
Different regions across the country experience different kinds of climate. The Terai region with the north Indian climate can get hot by February. Here the temperature in Nepal in February can get as high as 30°C. In the lower valley, the temperature ranges somewhere between 4°C to 19°C which is tolerable. The temperatures in high altitude i.e. above 4000 m might go below -5°C. In the Himalayan region, the night can be way colder than the day. This table here demonstrates the detail of temperature in February at the major touristic destination of Nepal.
Although February shows fewer chances of snowfall, it’s good to be informed about local weather before you head to the particular trekking area. It’s important to be prepared before any adventure trip, especially when you’re trekking during the winter. Packing warm clothes in layers and a quality sleeping bag will help you beat the cold winter.
Trekking in Nepal in February
Nepal is popular for its high altitude trekking trails that offer thrilling adventure and majestic mountain views. But most of these trails are difficult to climb during peak winter. Thankfully, trekking in Nepal in February is absolutely possible and exciting. Some parts of the high Himalayas are still covered with snow in February. But experienced trekkers can easily climb to the top. Popular trek like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp is possible with the right kinds of preparation and special equipment (like crampons and axes). Other treks such as Mardi Himal trek, Langtang trek, and Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek is also possible in February. If you want to enjoy the stunning view of Everest without climbing to the base camp, Pikey Peak trek and Everest View trek can be your ideal options.
Similarly, trekking at a lower altitude, especially near the hills of Kathmandu and Pokhara is fun in February. February offers a very clear view even from the lower altitude. Trek in Nagarkot, Sundarijal, and Namobouddha region around Kathmandu is popular. You can also hike around Siklesh village, Dhampus, and Mohare Danda. A lower altitude trek is a great opportunity to explore the local culture and tradition while enjoying the beauty of nature to the best.
Tours in Nepal in February
Besides trekking, Nepal is also known for its excellent sightseeing tour. Did you know that Nepal homes 10 UNESCO World Heritage? Kathmandu valley itself has 7 of those cultural heritages that you can explore within a couple of days. There are many places to visit in Nepal in February that are stunning. You can walk to Phulchowki Hill, Kakani, Champa Devi, Shivapurii, etc for the excellent mountain view. Pokhara, the best city of Nepal is popularly known as the city of lakes. You can visit Phewa, Begnas, and Rupa Lake in Pokhara or enjoy adventurous games like Paragliding and rafting. Pokhara also offers different caves, waterfalls, and cultural heritages. You can celebrate the festival of Shivaratri and Holi while exploring these beautiful cities.
You can enjoy a home-stay experience in the classic Gurung Villages like Ghale Gau, Siklesh, Tangting, etc. Also, you might want to visit Bandipur, a beautiful hill-town located close to Pokhara. Other things to do in Nepal in February include Jungle safari, mountain biking, boating, rafting, etc. Jungle safari tour in Chitwan or Bardiya National Park is also fun during the month of February. Another fantastic tour in Nepal in February can be the Lumbini visit- the place of birth of Gautam Buddha. You can also enjoy excellent sunrise views and volunteer in one of the tea farms over Illam during February.
Are you planning to travel to Nepal in February? Check out these best itineraries
Are you are planning to travel to Nepal in February? Then, it’s wise that you trek with well-planned itineraries. Since trekking in Nepal in winter comes with a lot of risks, especially during high altitude trek, you need to be prepared for the worst. It’s important that you have your keep itinerary flexible and have the insurance to cover the emergency cases. Here are some of our best itinerary for the Best trek in Nepal in February. Click here for more details
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is short and attainable even with the slightest effort and yet, so rewarding. Mount Annapurna, Mount Machapuchhre, and Dhaulagiri are visible in the journey. Annapurna Base Camp Trek begins from Pokhara and takes you into the mountain landscape. Even during February, this is the best trek one can possibly attempt and witness the best of Nepal. Click here for more details
Mardi Himal Trek
Mardi Himal is an unexplored gem in the Annapurna region. Only a few hundreds of trekkers have explored this beautiful Base Camp that is outstandingly positioned deep in the Annapurna region. The trek begins from Pokhara and takes you to a height of 4,500m. Mardi Himal trek is easily achievable within a couple of days and very fun to explore. Click here for more details.
Everest View Trek
Everest View Trek is always a heavenly paradise. Trekking in the Khumbu region is a fun adventure and lifetime memory where you get to witness Mount Everest- the world’s tallest mountain. The trek begins with a flight to Lukla and then takes to the Namche Bazaar. Including Everest, you can get amazing views of a dozen mountain peaks. Click here for more details
Kanchenjunga South Base Camp Trek
This trek is bestowed with a walk through the diverse landscape; culturally rich villages and magnificent mountain views that will make your heart skip a beat. Trekking to Kanchenjunga South Base Camp in February can be a bit challenging, but with the right kind of preparations, it is more than amazing. Click here for more details
You might also attempt other lower altitude trek without any major obstacles in February.
Summing all up, February in Nepal is the last month of winter. As the result, the temperature in almost all parts of the county gets warm and stable. The low altitude trek and all other tours around the country is fun in February. Even major high altitude trek is excellent due to dry weather and an absolutely stunning view. But mountain regions can still be very chilly and you need to be prepared to beat the cold. Flexible Itinerary, warm clothes, and special trekking equipment can make trekking in Nepal in February achievable.
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