Best Trekking Destinations in Nepal in February

The Himalayan country Nepal is amazing all year round. You can come for visits in any season. The variations of land topography, climatic condition, and ethnic diversity make Nepal a lucrative place for the visit. In February, the temperature is cold but you should not overlook the views it provides.

Spring and Autumn mark the best trekking seasons in the Himalayas. But winter trekking also offers a great trekking experience in Nepal. The best part of trekking in February is you can get the spectacular view of mountains under the clear sky. You can walk in perfect solitude to the amazing landscapes.

People usually fear before planning treks in February because of the cold. With proper preparation, you’ll be ready to face the cold, storms, and snow in the Himalayas. Walking in a peaceful trail with amazing mountain views on your side. You will find a different experience than most tourists never get. All your way you will find empty trails, empty mountains, tourist sites, and tea houses. What else do you wish for? Then such a surreal experience.

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Weather Conditions

February marks the end of winter and the beginning of Spring in Nepal. The days tend to get longer and the temperature rises with crystal clear skies. But nights and mornings are still cold and chilling. The temperature falls to freezing point at a higher altitude except in the daytime.

The temperature of day and night varies with the destination and altitude you choose to trek. Kathmandu valley is pretty hot during days and not too cold during night. While on the high hill, days are humid and nights chilly.

But in mountains, the temperature dips down to 0 degrees at night and averages 10 degrees in the daytime. If you are planning to make the best of your vacation, you need not worry. With proper preparation, you can get the best memories of all.

Highlights of February Treks

  • Snow covered mountains
  • Clear blue skies
  • Crowd-free trek routes
  • More choices for accommodation
  • Spectacular mountain views
  • Dry trails, need not worry about leeches and earthworms.

If you plan to go on treks during February we recommend three different treks. Taking into consideration your time, health condition, and interests.

Everest Base Camp trek

Everest Base Camp trek

It is the all-time famous trekking destination in the world. People plan to travel the place even in February because of the charisma of the majestic Mt. Everest.

In this trek, you will walk through the forests of Pines, the Dudh Koshi river on your sideways. Several monasteries and chortens, and local Sherpa habitations along the route. Sagarmatha National Park is not to miss place during the trek.

Also, you tour to Tengboche Monastery, Khumbu Glacier, Gokyo lake. Kala Patthar and Everest Base Camp are notable spots.

During the day the trail is fine walking, but at night temperature may fall below 0 degrees. You have to carry warm clothes for the night. Despite the cold, the trek is a walk inside the fancy land covered in frost and snow.

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek

It is an adventurous trek on the lap of the Annapurna range for around 15 days. Though it is cold during February, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek can be an adventurous destination for you. You pass through different villages like Ghandruk, Dhampus, Chomrong. You encounter locals of Magar, Tamang, and Brahmin origins in those villages.

You can walk past the hidden mountain villages, lush forests of Rhododendron. Also spectacular mountain peaks all the way. Along the route, you will meet hospitable and welcoming locals in the neighboring villages.

The circuit is famous for its diverse birds and animals. The icy view at the Annapurna Base Camp will leave you spellbound. You can enjoy free hot baths in the natural springs at Jhinu Danda.

The clear sky, serene surroundings, and captivating mountain peaks! What else do you want in your life?

The nights can be a bit sizzling but you can overcome with enough preparations. If you allow, we like to plan a lifetime adventure for you.

Langtang Valley trek

Langtang Valley trek

It is around 7 days trek to the northern mountainous rims of Kathmandu. The trek takes you to the remote yet, amazing villages. Beautiful Helambu valley, terraced fields, rivers, forests, and reefs go with you.

Gosai Kunda, Vairab Kunda, Saraswati Kunda blanketed in heavy snow adds beauty. You will visit Kyanjin Gompa- a lively place of Tibet-influenced Buddhist culture.

To add memories, you will walk aside snow-capped mountains and glaciers. Yow will tour Langtang National Park, a place of amazing birds and animals. Among those found in the park are musk deer, monkeys, national bird “Danfe”.

The place has plenty of flora and fauna all year round. And a few medicinal herbs too.

Mardi Himal Trek

Mardi Himal Trek

It is one of the short (around 6-7 days) and breathtaking trips in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is a less known trek among tourists. The trails are much more peaceful. The trek extends the up-to-the height of 4200 meters. The foothills of Mardi Himal Base Camp and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail mountain). The route passes through the winding remote trails. Also, you will observe the typical Gurung settlements of the Annapurna region.

During this time, the crisp weather offers you the most scenic views of the surrounding landscapes. Majestic mountains. The snow-covered Mardi Himal, Annapurna south, and Machhapuchhre are much clearer.

There are many tea houses and lodges at your services in that remote terrain. They are cheap and peaceful during this time.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

It is the short and low elevation treks in the Annapurna region which is easier and suitable for all ages. The greatest elevation of the trek is 3,210 meters (no risk of altitude sickness). It is popular for its alluring sunrise/sunset view. Exotic trek routes, and spectacular mountain views.

The trek starts from Nayapul- an hour’s ride from Pokhara. and ends at the Poon hill a vantage point of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. On returning, you can either walk the same route. Or you can walk to Ghandruk village to end the trek at Dhampus Phedi.

The trek route passes through typical ethnic villages- of Gurungs and Magars. Along the route, you will pass through gorges between the high Alpine hills and forests of rhododendron.

Sundarijal-Chisapani-Nagarkot Trek

Sundarijal Chisapani Nagarkot Trek

It is one of the popular, easy and short- 3 day treks around the Kathmandu Valley. Also called Kathmandu Rim Valley Trek you can feel real peace away from the hustles of the city. The trial is one of the most exotic routes around the valley. It passes through cool shades of dense hardwood forest.

The trek starts from Sundarijal. Proceeds through the serpentine alleys inside the dense forest. The trial is cool, passing through many waterfalls, rivulets, and the Bagmati river. En route, you see dispersed Tamang settlements, gorgeous Himalayan views, extensive pastures.

Chisapani and Nagarkot offer an ethereal sunrise and sunsets. Picturesque views of the countryside. Since February is the dry season the trail is dry and covered with tree leaves. You need not fear leeches and earthworms.

Short treks around Kathmandu

Short treks around Kathmandu

There are many short treks around Kathmandu valley. You can enjoy the nature and rural countryside not far from the city. These treks range from an hour’s trek to 4-5 hours trek depending on your time and health condition.

Many amazing treks around the valley give you relaxation from the hustles of the city. Changu Narayan- Nagarkot. Budhanilkantha- Shivapuri. Chandragiri hike, Dhulikhel- Namo Buddha -Panauti trek. These trials are easier than mountains or high hill treks.

You can walk in the meadows drenched in dew drops in early mornings. While the days are warmer and moderate, it’s fun walking in tree shades. In these short treks, you get an opportunity of spectacular mountain views.

Typical countryside lifestyle is amazing to look at. Across the route, you encounter many temples, monasteries, and stupas. Farmlands, lush forests, and the 360-degree view of the Kathmandu valley.

Tips

  • Always pack and carry relevant trekking gears
  • Since the trails are less crowded, you might miss the route. It is better to go along with licensed guide or agency.
  • Train yourself before you leave. Mountain and high hill tours are difficult and need more energy. You need to prepare yourself for geographical challenges.

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Article by Pradeep Guragain

Pradeep is the co-founder of Magical Nepal. He was born and bred in Nepal and is a seasoned hiker and rider.

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