February is almost the end winter in Nepal but the weather is perfect for lowland tourist destinations like Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan national park . Temperature may fluctuate between 0 - 26 degree centigrade during the month. Days are mostly sunny and warm outside with clear view of Himalayas. This is perfect for day hikes and short treks. Camp fires and barbeque makes the chilly nights’ memorable. Migration or movement of birds and animals coming out to bask in sun make it easy to see them in Chitwan national park.
Chinese New Year and Spring festival holiday falls in 4 – 10 February this year, 2019. This is towards the end of winter with warm and sunny days for tours, hikes and short treks.
If you are not going on a big treks in the Himalayas, it is perfect time to travel to Nepal.
Kathmandu Chitwan and Pokhara are the most popular tourist destinations of Nepal. Nepal’s peak tourist season is set focusing on trekking and traversing high mountain passes. It snows in the Himalayas but these three destinations are far lower than the snowline and temperature are moderate to travel. The snow over the Himalayan peaks and its layers of mountains make the scenery even more beautiful. Similarly this is when colorful birds migrate to Chitwan national park all the way from Siberia. The low grass and need of sun makes it possible to see more wildlife down in Chitwan national park. Chitwan is at the elevation of 150 m above the sea while Pokhara is 800 m.
It is also possible to do short trek and day hikes during the end of February. The most accessible and beautiful short trek to do during Chinese New year and spring festival holiday is ‘Ghorepani / Pun Hill Trek’. Ghorepani / Pun Hill is accessed with just about an hour’s drive from Pokhara. The highest place to spend night in the trek is Ghorepani at 2,800 m. There may be snow at higher elevation which makes it even more beautiful. Trekkers need to be in shape with previous experience of walking. Similarly hikes to Australian camp, Astam Bandipur to Ramkot and Changunarayan to Nagarkot could be planned from a day to 3.
Short 4 days trek from Pokhara is the best trek to do during the month of February or during the Chinese New year holiday. This short trek could be customised for 3 days or longer with detour of more pristine villages.
This walking holiday is combination of day hikes based on the popular tourist destination towns like Pokhara, Nagarkot and Bandipur. Drive or fly to to the base town and do a easy to moderate day hike with comfortable and rejuvenating resorts to come back to.
Nepal is the birth place of Buddha and Buddhist philosophy. Foothills of the Himalayas have places where great spiritual masters got different levels of consciousness and enlightenment. Those meditation caves still radiates great vibration for practitioners. Buddhist pilgrimage tour of Nepal visit Lumbini – the birthplace of Buddha (UNESCO Heritage Site) and other important archeological sites related with Buddha. It also visits ‘Patan’ the oldest existing Buddhist city in the world with Nepalese monasteries dating back to 6th century AD. The Chinese New year holiday 2019, is perfect time to visit Lumbini as February is peak tourist season for the lowland.
I had a 10 day holiday in Nepal recently and my trip included Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara and Nagarkot. I spent great days thanks to a planned tour by Rabi. Airport pickup, accommodation, transfer to cities, tours to cities, guides, routes everything was well planned. Guides were helpful, knowledgeable, flexible and friendly at each location. I highly recommend them! Kadir S
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