Have you ever traveled to a place as a winter destination?
Would you consider visiting Nepal in the chilly months?
February is slightly coming close so here we're going to discuss some beautiful trek that can be done during this time of year.
Winter is one of the best time to hike in Nepal as the trails are quiet and with snow-capped mountains, it's a beautiful time of year to explore.
In the winter season, especially in early February, you'll find empty trails, empty mountains, empty tourist sites and empty tea houses, it's awesome. You'll feel like the trekking trails are your own personal playground.
The best parts of the trekking in Nepal in February is experiencing the perfect solitude on the majestic landscapes of the world.
Nepal is home to the world's highest mountain in the world. During the summertime, snowy peaks just disappear. But in winter, from early January onward the mountains turn white and snow line drops lower. Walking through these snowy trails will provide you a totally unique experience that most people get ever.
Winter in Nepal falls from December to February. February marks the end of the winter. Days start to get longer and temperatures tends to rise with clear skies. But nights and mornings are still cold and freezing at higher altitude.
Temperatures at higher elevation are always above freezing during winter. During February, the average temperature during the day tends to be around 8℃ whereas the nights are very cold around 0℃.
At this time, the temperature might range from 4℃ in sunny days to -15℃ in cold night at high mountain region.
Thus, depending on your trekking destination and altitude day and night temperatures can be determined. In February, you can 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.
Nearly all our treks are available through the winter seasons. But it is still cold at the higher elevation and high snowfall may cause to close down many high passes. So, you need to opt for a low-altitude trekking in Nepal in February. Despite this, there are some best treks that are still accessible in February.
Everest Base Camp trek is all time popular for trekking enthusiasts all over the world. During February too, this trek is the best choice for many of us.
Everest region is a part of Solukhumbu district. 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.
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 its unique culture and traditions.
The major highlights of EBC trek are Tengboche Monastery, Khumbu Glacier, amazing view from Kala Patthar, and Everest Base Camp.
Everest Base Camp trek in February is possible but not easy and warm like as autumn and spring season. During this month, once the sun goes down it's really starting to get cold. But, the days are just fine on the trail. As you'll generate adequate body heat while trekking.
Despite this, Everest Base Camp trails transform into a beautiful frost and snow-covered wonderland in this month.
Also, during this time, you'll have a clear weather and great views of snow-capped mountain including Mt. Everest, Mt. Amadablam, Mt. Nuptse, Mt, Lhotse and many other mighty Himalayas.
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is yet another famous trekking in Nepal in Annapurna region. To get the best views of Annapurna Himalayan range February is the best time. But you also have to face the challenge with cold.
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, trek comes across via different villages like Ghandruk, Dhampus, Chhomrong and ascend towards Machhapuchhre Base Camp. Throughout the trail, you'll get a glimpse of Magar, Gurung, and Brahmin culture.
Upon the arrival at base camp, you'll get the 360-degree Himalayan view. During February in Annapurna region, it tends to be very clear with no haze. But, evenings and mornings get colder as higher the elevation.
The massive benefit of trekking in February in Annapurna Base Camp will be weather conditions. As the daytime temperatures might be 20 degree which is quite pleasant.
During this time, the trekking trails are really quiet. You can give full attention to people and scenery.
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.
Langtang Valley trek is quite an easy trek that passes through beautiful Langtang valley with green fields and hills. The trail in this trek goes up and down hills. Although, trekking in this region is possible throughout the whole year. But trekking in February has own benefits.
Trekking in February in Langtang Valley trek afford you the chance to experience the coldest weather. The off-the-beaten trail of the valley is accompanied by snow-capped mountain and Himalayan glaciers.
The trek takes you via terraces, over bridges, past rivers, forests, over rocks and with stunning views every step of the way. The major highlight of this trek is to visit Kyanjin Gompa. Here you'll get a chance to learn about the Tibetan influenced Buddhists culture.
Langtang valley trek offers the best opportunity to explore the rich Tamang culture. Their culture, lifestyle, and language are close to Tibetan culture.
Ghorepani Poon Hill trek is short and low elevation trek so it is perfectly suitable for trekking in February.
This short trek starts from Nayapul and takes you to the southern part of Annapurna massif. While trekking, you'll walk via lush green forests in Ghorepani area.
From Ghorepani village, it'll take 45 minutes and you'll reach viewpoint of Poon Hill. Here you'll get the 360-degree view of all Himalayas of Annapurna ranges. You'll get mesmerized when you see the sunrise view from the top of the Poon Hill.
Majority of the people in this region is Gurung, Magar, and Thakali ethnicity. Thus, you'll get a wonderful opportunity to learn about the mix-culture and traditions of the local people.
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 stars
Mardi Himal Trekking will be a perfect alternative for trekking in Nepal in February. It is an easy and interesting trek that takes you at the maximum altitude of 4200 m of upper viewpoint.
This is newly discovered trekking trail in Annapurna region. This trek takes you to Mardi Himal base camp via the remote off-beaten trails
Along the trail, you may get the glimpse of beautiful valleys, mixed local culture, and amazing mountain views. You'll be enchanted by the captivating views of famous majestic mountain 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 clear and excellent views of stunning landscape including thickly covered snowy peaks.
During the trek, you'll also introduce to the culture of Gurung people who is very famous as Gorkha army.
The trekking trails of Nepal is actually cheaper in winter because it's offseason. Hotel rates drop, the price goes down in everywhere 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 the reasonable prices the trekking gear too. Beside this, you'll also get some offseason rates.
February is one of the driest months of the year. During late February, the daytime temperatures tend to rise. You'll have sunny skies on the whole trek and even at 4100 m, you'll feel comfortable only wearing the base layer.
Another best reason for traveling during this 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 round, it's really easy to meet people and learn about the places.
Nepal is a safe and friendly country, you don't have to worry about the negative, scary things that can happen in the rest of the world.
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.
During ABC trek, during February you should be very careful while walking from Bamboo to Fishtail camp as there is the high risk of avalanche. If you hire a guide they'll lead you throughout the trail and give you useful information. Hiring a local guide will make your trip safe, adventure, and wonderful.
Training means it doesn't require heavy squats, deadlifts or high-intensity cardio sessions. Stair climbing with a 5 to 7 kg load two or three times a week would be a really good training. The important thing is to go at a slow at your own pace. So, that you can acclimatize and don't get altitude sickness problem as you go higher.
A dry day and freezing night in Nepal during trekking in Nepal in February requires well equipment. Before heading different trekking trails of Nepal, you need to be well prepared. Here is a list of what you need to arrange before trekking in Nepal in February:
Each trekking trail is beautiful in its own way and even fresh snow adds a certain degree of magic.
I'll assure you that trekking in Nepal in February in one of the above destinations will be your one of your favorites trek in your life.
Thus, if you're well prepared with correct gears then there's nothing stopping you from trekking in Nepal in February.
Get ready!! Now it's time for an adventure.