Nepal is one of the best countries for trekking. Every year thousands of trekkers visit the country to explore and enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas. The country has a variety of topography, climate, and ethnicity. Trekking in Nepal can be done throughout the year. Spring and Autumn are usually known as the best season to trek in Nepal. However, you can trek in the Himalayas in any season with the right equipment. Here you’ll learn about trekking in Nepal in February.
Many people think trekking in Winter is not possible, but that is not true. You can trek in Nepal in winter with the right equipment, planning, and the best trekking destination. The months in Winter are December, January, and February. The best month in Winter for trekking is February. The day by day the temperature of the region gets warmer as February is the last month of Winter.
Trekking in Nepal in February has its own advantages more than a disadvantage. Since February lies in the off-trekking season of Nepal, the trekking routes are usually less crowded and you can enjoy nature and trek in peace. The accommodation en route and at the destination is empty so you don’t have to worry about not getting it. You have to trek in the snowy route so be careful while walking. The day in this month is still short so you need to start your trek early in the morning.
Weather and Temperature
In Nepal, February is the last month of the year. The temperature gets warmer day by day. However, the climate is similar to January, cold, and dry. The temperature during the day is around 10 degrees celsius and during the night the temperature falls down to 0 degrees to negative. Talking about the visibility of the mountains, you won’t see any in the morning due to fog and clouds. But in the daytime, you have an incredible view of snowy mountains. You need to have some extra days because the flight might be delayed due to bad weather.
Why trek in February in Nepal?
Trekking in the last month of winter has more merits than demerits. The higher trekking routes this month are still snowy which might be a bit challenging. The weather is still cold so you need to pack your gears carefully. Except that you will find the trek in Nepal more pheasant. Some of the benefits of trekking in Nepal in February are mentioned below.
Trek on a less crowded trail
February is the off-season for trekking in Nepal so you will merely find any trekker along the route. You can trek in the lap of the Himalayas and enjoy the natural beauty with comfort and solitude. Trekking in February is the best decision for those you love to be a part of nature without any disturbance from others. popular trekking destinations of Nepal are overcrowded during the peak season of the year. But February is the best time to experience the trek on some of the best trekking destinations in peace and calm.
February is the best month for trekkers with a limited budget. Everything from transportation to accommodation can be cheaper than in other months. Starting from the flight you will get the ticket at a very low price. The food during the stay could save you a few dollars. Traveling to Nepal during this month could save a lot of money.
If you are traveling in Nepal in the month of February, it is better to plan your travel during the major festival of the month. Maha Shivaratri and Lhosar are the major festivals of Nepal in February. Maha Shivaratri is the biggest festival for Hindus. The Hindu followers celebrate the festival for overcoming and conquering the darkness and ignorance in the world. Millions of devotees from Nepal and around the world visit Nepal just to witness the festival of the holiest Hindu temple of the world, Pashupatinath temple.
Lhosar is the Tibetan New year day which is celebrated for nearly 14 days. The first 3 days are considered the most important days. This festival is celebrated throughout the country however if you are in the Himalayan region, visit monasteries. And if you are in Kathmandu visit Swayambhunath and Boudhanath to witness the huge celebration of Lhosar.
Some destinations to trek in November
Ghorepani Poon hill is one of the easy and short treks of Nepal which offers spectacular views of the Annapurna range. Without any long difficult trekking days, you get an opportunity to witness the famous mountains. In other months, the route is packed with trekkers, but during February there will be absolutely fewer trekkers. You will be trekking through the incredible Rhododendron forests and wonderful landscape. In this trek, you get a chance to witness the culture and lifestyle of the Gurung and Magar. Poon hill is the vantage point of this trek which offers a picturesque sunrise view. It is situated at an elevation of 3210m.
Jomsom Muktinath Trek
Jomsom never gets cold however it gets a bit chilly in February. This month you don’t have to trek at high altitudes to get amazing mountain views. Muktinath is the major attraction of this trek. It is popular as a well-holiest site. Every year thousands of Buddhist and Hindu pilgrims visit this pilgrimage and spiritual site. In February, the weather in Jomsom is clear and peaceful. Gurung and Thakali are the major settlements of this region that have their unique lifestyle and culture. Jomsom Muktinath trek is on this list because it offers amazing mountain views during February.
Chisapani Nagarkot Trek
Chisapani Nagarkot trek is the shortest trek of 3 days near the capital city of the country, Kathmandu. It is a low-altitude trek and does not need any trekking experience. This trek can be done in any month of the year including February. The trek begins with the drive from Kathmandu to Sundarijal( starting point of trekking). You will be trekking to Chisapani from Sundarijal which takes about 4 to 5 hours. Then after an overnight in Chisapani, you will be trekking to Nagarkot to have the amazing mountain views. It is the vantage point that offers a picturesque view of sunrise and sunset. On the 3rd day, you will be trekking to Changunarayan temple and driving back to Kathmandu.