Have you ever thought about Nepal as a winter destination? Would you consider visiting during the chilly months despite possible warnings otherwise? Have no fear, there are treks in Nepal for all times of the year. February is coming near so we're going to discuss some beautiful treks that can be done during this time.
The best part of the trekking in Nepal in February is experiencing the perfect solitude on the most majestic landscapes of the world. People tend to think the weather the weather is tougher to bear than it actually is. With just a little preparation, you’ll be ready to face the winter weather in the high Himalayas.
Believe it or not, winter is one of the best times to hike in Nepal as the trails are quiet and with snow-capped mountains, you are always surrounded by picturesque landscapes. In the winter season, especially in early February, you'll find empty trails, empty mountains, empty tourist sites, and empty tea houses. It's an amazing, surreal experience. You'll feel like the trekking trails are for personally made for your expedition, leading you and your crew into the mountains.
Nepal is home to not one, not two, but six of the 10 highest mountains in the world. During the winter, these snow-covered peaks are even more majestic. From early January onward the mountains turn white and snow line drops lower. Walking through these snowy trails will provide you with a totally unique experience that most people never get.
Winter in Nepal is from December to February. February marks the end of the winter and the onset of spring. Days start to get longer and temperatures to tend to rise with clear skies. But nights and mornings are still cold and freezing at higher altitude.
Temperatures at higher elevation typical waver around the freezing point during the winter season. In February, the average temperature during the day tends to be around 8℃ whereas the nights are very cold, around 0℃. During the night, the temperature might range from 4℃ to -15℃ in the high mountain regions.
Therefore, day and night temperatures depend on your trekking destination and altitude. In February, you’ll enjoy the sunshine for 5 to 7 hours a day. All in all, the temperatures are pleasing and still, you can enjoy the sun and trekking in good conditions.
Best Trekking in Nepal in February
Nearly all our treks are available through the winter seasons. But it is still cold at the higher elevation and high snowfall may force many high passes to close down. If you’re coming to Nepal in February, I’d recommend opting for a low-altitude trek. Luckily for you, several of Nepal’s best treks are still accessible in February.
Everest Base Camp Trek in February
Everest Base Camp Trek is an all-time favourite of trekking enthusiasts all over the world. During February too, this trek is a top choice. Everest region is a part of Solukhumbu district. eir exceptional hospitality towards visitors.
The Everest Base Camp Trek in February is possible but not easy and warm like it is during the autumn and spring seasons. During this month, once the sun goes down it's really starting to get cold. But, the daytime is just fine on the trail. As you'll generate adequate body heat while trekking. Like I mentioned earlier, you will have much of the trail all to yourself, as most do not brave the Himalayas during the winter. Despite this, the Everest Base Camp path transforms into a beautiful frost and snow-covered wonderland in February.
The elevations of the region range from the 3300m all the way to the summit of Mt. Everest at 8,848 m. Trail come across with different mountain villages like Lukla, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Khumjung, and Phakding. All these villages are rich in their unique culture and traditions. The entire territory of the Khumbu region is revered as a prime Sherpa settlement of Nepal. All over the world, the Sherpa people are famous for their abilities in climbing Himalayas, as well.
The major highlights of EBC Trek are Tengboche Monastery, Khumbu Glacier, amazing views from Kala Patthar, experiencing Sherpa culture, and of course Everest Base Camp. Overall, during this time, you'll have clear weather and great views of snow-capped mountain including Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Nuptse, Mt, Lhotse, and many other mighty Himalayan peaks.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek in February
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is yet another famous trek in Nepal, situated in the Annapurna region. To get the best views of the Annapurna mountain range, February is the best time. From the very beginning of the trek, the distant views of beautiful Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Machhapuchhre can be observed.
Before steeping at Annapurna Base Camp, we’ll pass through several villages like Ghandruk, Dhampus, Chhomrong and eventually ascend towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp. In these villages, you’ll get a glimpse of Magar, Gurung, and Brahmin culture.
After the emptiness of the trails, the clear skies, and crisp mountain views are the next best bonus of trekking in February. Upon the arrival at base camp, you'll get the 360-degree panoramic view of astonishing peaks.
During this time, the trekking trails are really quiet. You can give full attention to the locals and the scenery that surrounds them. While returning from the trek, you can enjoy a natural hot spring at an awesome Jhinu Danda. Soaking in hot and glorious springs is well worth during the sizzling cold of February.
February in the Annapurna region brings very clear skies with little haze. In the evenings and mornings, the temperatures get colder, particularly in high elevation areas. This can be a challenge, but it’s nothing we can’t overcome with a bit of preparation. To balance it out, the daytime temperatures can reach up to 20 degrees, which is quite pleasant. We’ll help outfit you and prepare you for this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Langtang Valley Trek in February
Langtang Valley Trek is an easygoing trek that passes through the beautiful Langtang Valley with its green fields, rolling hills, and mountain peaks peeking through the background. The trail goes up and down, curving around the hills through Tamang and mixed ethnic villages. Our Langtang Valley Trek offers the best opportunity to explore the rich Tamang culture. Their culture, lifestyle, and language are closely related to their northern neighbours in Tibet.
The off-the-beaten-path trek through the valley brings you face to face with snow-capped mountains and Himalayan glaciers. It takes you around terraced rice fields, over bridges, past rivers, forests, and boulders. Meanwhile, stunning views stay with you every step of the way. A major highlight of this trek is to visit Kyanjin Gompa. Here you'll get a chance to learn about the Tibetan influenced Buddhist culture.
Trekking in this region is possible throughout the whole year, but coming in February has own benefits. The Langtang Valley Trek during this month gives you the experience of a lifetime. The inhabitants of the villages are happy to welcome visitors, as there are very few during this time of the year. Again, the temperatures can drop pretty low during February, but we are happy to help you in your preparation as well as guide you along the way.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek in February
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is short, low elevation trek in the Annapurna region. Not only is it perfectly suitable for trekking in February, but it is also recommended for trekkers of all ages and skill levels. This short journey starts from Nayapul and takes you to the southern part of Annapurna massif. The majority of the people in this region are Gurung, Magar, and Thakali ethnicity. You'll get a wonderful opportunity to learn about the mixed culture and traditions of the local people.
While trekking, you'll walk via lush green forests in Ghorepani area. From Ghorepani village, it'll take about 45 minutes to reach the viewpoint of Poon Hill. Here you'll get the 360-degree view of all Himalayas in the Annapurna range. You'll become mesmerized when you see the sunrise view from the top of the Poon Hill.
The view will be super clear during the day and also you'll have a crystal clear night where you can witness a great mountain views with a starry backdrop. Because the maximum altitude of 3210m is not so high, we won’t be facing any extreme temperatures. If you’re looking for a nice, quick getaway in the winter season, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the right choice. Book with us and we’ll take care of the rest!
Mardi Himal Trekking in February
Mardi Himal Trek is a perfect choice for trekking in Nepal in February. It is an easy, yet exciting trek that takes you up to the maximum altitude of 4200m of upper viewpoint. This is a relatively new trekking trail in Annapurna region, which takes you to Mardi Himal Base Camp after winding through the remote trails. The Mardi Himal Trek is located within the beloved Annapurna region, though it is much less crowded than the more well-known routes.
Along the trail, you’ll enjoy hiking through beautiful valleys, experiencing the mixed local culture, and absorbing the amazing mountain views. During the trek, you'll be introduced to the culture of Gurung people who is very famous as the Gorkha army. You will also be enchanted by the captivating views of majestic mountains including Mt. Annapurna I, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Hiunchuli, Mt. Annapurna II, Mt. Annapurna III, Mt. Annapurna South, and Mt. Macchapucchre.
Though the weather will be cold during this time, you'll get to witness excellent, clear views of the stunning landscape. If you’re looking for a real adventure during the wintertime, we at Sublime Trails will get you sorted and ready to face the mountain.
The best reason to trekking in Nepal in February
The trekking trails of Nepal are actually cheaper in winter because it's offseason. Hotel rates drop, the prices on everything go down and you're pretty much guaranteed a deal wherever you go. During this time of the year, it'll be more easy to negotiate for reasonable prices on trekking gear too. Wandering around Thamel in February, shopkeepers will approach you with prime prices so they can get some business too. It’s a win-win.
Actually, it's not that cold
February is one of the driest months of the year. During late February, the daytime temperatures tend to rise. You'll have sunny skies throughout the trek and even at 4100 m, you'll feel comfortable only wearing the base layer.
More opportunities to catch up with the locals
Another great reason for travelling during the offseason in Nepal is there are so few tourists around. At this time, locals are even friendlier and more open to chatting. When you're the only one around, it's really easy to meet people and have a more intimate experience in the villages. Nepal is a safe and friendly country, so no need to worry about possible negative scenarios that you think could happen. Besides, if you hire a local guide, you are sure to be travelling safe and sound, free from even the possibility of getting lost.
Useful Tips for Trekking in Nepal in February
Hire a Guide
If you're trekking in Nepal in February for the first time, especially in popular trekking trails, you need an experienced guide. If you hire a guide, you don’t have to worry about getting lost on the trail. On ABC trek, especially during February, you should be very careful while walking from Bamboo to Fishtail camp as there is a high risk of avalanche. If you hire a guide they'll lead you through the trail and give you useful information. You’ll enjoy the trek much more if you know exactly which mountain peaks your looking at, and they facilitate a more fruitful cultural experience. Hiring a local guide will make your trip safe, adventurous, and wonderful.
Train yourself before you trek
Training doesn't require heavy squats, deadlifts or high-intensity cardio sessions. Rather, stair climbing with a 5 to 7 kg load two or three times a week would work just fine. The important thing is to go at your own pace. It is not a race, so take your time. It is necessary to acclimatize so you don't get altitude sickness problem as you go higher.
Equipment List for Trekking in February
A dry day and freezing night in February require the proper equipment. Before heading out on the various trails in Nepal, you need to be well prepared. Here is a list of what you need to arrange before trekking in Nepal in February:
Sun hat or warm fleece hat
Light balaclava or scarf
Sunglasses with UV protection
Waterproof shell jacket
Lightweight cotton pants
Lightweight thermal bottoms
Waterproof shell pants
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Waterproof shell outer
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees
Headlamp with extra batteries
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Face and body moisturizer
Feminine hygiene product
Each trekking trail is beautiful in its own way and even fresh snow adds a certain degree of magic. From personal experience, I can assure you that trekking in Nepal in February in one of the above destinations will be one of your favourite treks of your life. Thus, if you're well equipped with correct gear then there's nothing stopping you from embarking on a trip to our beautiful country in February. Get ready!! Now it's time for an adventure.