Nepal weather & when to go: February
Winter in Nepal sees high pressure weather dominating, so the weather in February is settled and dry. Daytime temperatures can be pleasantly warm, particularly as the month draws on, so it's a good time of year for sightseeing. Temperatures drop quickly once the sun goes down though, so you need warm clothing for evenings and early mornings.
February's weather in detail
February is low season in Nepal with fewer visitors, but spring is on the way and the temperatures are slowly picking up, especially across the south and centre of the country. Days are typically clear and bright and it's not too hot, with temperatures in Pokhara and Kathmandu a pleasant 20°C. The narrow streets and buzzing markets of Kathmandu will be more manageable in the comfortable temperatures and prices for accommodation tend to be very reasonable.
At high altitude there's often snow. Lakes are frozen over, flights to places like Lukla can be disrupted and sometimes high level lodges get snowed in. Teahouse trekking on lower level trails is still perfectly practicable, but you need to be well insulated against the cold. Daytime temperatures are typically around 5°C with minus temperatures expected during the night. It's a good time of year to explore the flat plains of the Terai region that runs down the border with India and includes Chitwan National Park, the holy city of Janakpur and the Koshi Tappu Reserve with its excellent bird watching.
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Nepal is synonymous with mountain trekking and boasts some of the most impressive, challenging hikes in the world, but there’s so much more to this land-locked, Himalayan country then trekking. Culture and religion are the bedrock of Nepal and our Ancient Cities of Nepal itinerary delves deeper into the country’s rich, ancient heritage.
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Key Festivals & Religious Ceremonies
Tibetan new year is celebrated by Nepal's many Tibetan exiles with three days of dancing and feasting. Boudha in Kathmandu, Sherpa communities and Tibetan settlements around Pokhara are particularly good places to experience the rituals and celebrations.
Thousands of monks gather at temples dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva across Nepal. Pashupatinath in Kathmandu is the epicentre. There's a huge fair with dancing sadhus and snake dancers and fervent worship. Many pilgrims bathe in the holt waters of the Bagmati River.