Everest Base Camp Trek in February

everest base camp trek in february

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most famous trekking destinations in the world today, unbiased of the season. Going up to the closest point towards the world’s highest mountain is equally thrilling and adventurous.

No wonder the feeling of achievement!

The most popular time for the Everest Base Camp Trek is October. But, because it is one of the most popular destinations, spring and autumn being a peak season. The route often gets overcrowded. You might not be happy with the traffic there. Also, you could have a difficult time getting proper accommodation if you do not secure early bookings.

Personally, winters are the best if you do not want to be bothered by the crowd. Trekking in winter of course challenging, but the benefit is definitely worth it. Winter rewards you with one of the most adventurous and pleasant time to trek, especially February. It is one of the best months to go EBC trekking as the month marks the end of winter in Nepal. While many avoid trekking during winter, I simply enjoy the peace, extra facilities at tea houses, clear skies, an easy bargain at local shops and cheaper accommodations.

The most beautiful thing about this season is the clear morning blue skies and golden evenings. As winter ends and the spring knocks, you can spot unique wildlife while passing through the lush forest. Since the weather is relatively dry there is less chance of snow or shower. But you will get a better glimpse of the Himalayan range this season.

February mornings and evenings are definitely going to be colder than ever. But with proper jackets, winter gear and a reliable Sherpa guide, you will have a great time. Honestly, Everest Base Camp trek in February will give you an incredible winter experience.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek in February

The most important part of trekking in February are open routes, easy accommodation at hotels and tea houses. A peaceful stay enjoying the ethnicity and culture of the place. Along with the trail, the scenery is spectacular and you might even get a glimpse of the wildlife on the way.

  • The base camp trekking to the world’s highest Mount Everest (5,380 m)
  • Less crowd and peaceful environment everywhere
  • Selective rooms to a nicer hotels/tea houses due to less crowd
  • Clear blue skies in mornings and evenings
  • Frozen lakes and snow-capped mountains
  • Cold mornings and nights but a great challenging and exciting day-trekking
  • Namche Bazaar (3,450 m), gateway to Mount Everest
  • The famous Tengboche Monastery (3,867m)
  • Gorak Shep (5,164 m)
  • Morning hike to the highest point of the trek to Kala Patthar (5,545 m)

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Weather Conditions during February at Everest Base Camp

In Nepal, December to the end of February is winter. Early December through January is the time where it gets the coldest and temperature goes below zero with freezing mornings and evenings. The temperature will definitely sink but the skies are clearer.

As Everest Base Camp lies at a higher elevation, it will get colder in February. This is the time when winter begins to transition to spring. This opens the gateway to a lot of trekking routes. With proper gear, training and advice from our guides February has to be the best time of the year. As the humidity is lower and the outdoors are pretty dry, you will be able to view clear blue sky with clear snow-capped mountain view. The temperature gradually increases during the day but it might get a bit windy in lower regions.

The temperature at the Everest Base Camp is pretty cold. It can go below zero to minus 20 degrees in the morning and nighttime. This can be easily tackled with proper gear, but the experience you gain during this month is spectacular. The cold may not affect you that much, as you will be indoors during the night and will be hiking during the day. If there is a lot of snowfall and if the tracks are all covered with snow, there will be a warning and the trekking might get stopped but this happens in extreme cases only.

The higher altitude stations include Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep. So it is advised to stay in your guest houses or tea houses at this time and only trek at daytime. -20-degree sleeping bags and other necessary warm clothing and gear will be of great benefit.

Recommended Everest Region Treks for February

If you prefer the winters more than the humid and hot summer and would love to explore the Everest region, there are some popular trekking routes to the popular Everest region.

Gokyo Lake- ChoLa Pass- Everest Base Camp

Gokyo Lake-ChoLa Pass-Everest Base Camp trekking is one of the most adventurous and fruitful trekking in Everest region. The trekking route has gained its popularity and has become one of the most popular trekking routes to Everest Base Camp.

The trip starts from a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla where you trekking on foot begins to Phakding. You will then trek to Namche Bazaar and acclimatize there for a day and proceed to Dole, Machermo, Gokyo, and acclimatize in Gokyo for a day. Then you will hike to Gokyo Ri and trek to Thaknak. After Thanknak, you will trek to Cho La Pass and Dzongla and Gorak Shep. On the 11th day, you will trek to Everest Base Camp and back to Gorak Shep. Then your trekking begins to Kala Patthar and to Dingboche, Tengboche, Namche, and back to Lukla.

This trek will give you an experience of the biodiversity of the local people living in the Everest region. The lush forest of rhododendron and pine forest trails also includes wildlife such as red panda, musk deer, snow leopards and mountain goats. The famous Tengboche monastery will make your journey spiritual and religious.

The famous Gokyo Lake in the Khumbu region, on the base of the Gokyo Ri peak which is at 5357 m, is equally breathtaking. The up-close view of the majestic Mount Everest from Kala Patthar is unrealistic. The feeling of being at the base of the world’s highest mountain is one of the lifetime achievements you will preserve and feel proud of for the rest of your life.

Highlights of the Trek

  • Best up-close and panoramic view of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest
  • Traditional and cultural Sherpa people and their lifestyle
  • Tengboche Monastery and other Buddhist Monasteries along the route
  • Climbing the highest point, Kala Patthar (5,545 m)
  • Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Ri (5,357 m)
  • Cho La pass (5,430 m)
  • Everest panoramic view from Syangboche and Kala Patthar

Everest Panorama Trek

everest panorama trekking

The short vacation you’ve always dreamed of to the footstep of the highest mountain in the world and to experience its up-close panoramic view is Everest Panorama Trek in the Khumbu Region. Along with the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, you will also get a magnificent and spectacular view of mountain peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and other Himalayan ranges along the trekking route.

The Everest Panorama trek also gives you the experience and opportunity to explore the rich and diverse culture of the local people. You can visit the Sherpa villages and Buddhist Monasteries along the way which is a great way to explore the culture of the Sherpa people in the region.

This supplementary trek ensures you the experience to view the mountain peaks and experience the cultural and religious tour to the Everest region.

The Everest Panorama trekking starts from a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and then you start your trek along the Dudh Koshi river, highest trade center Namche Bazaar, and end at Tengboche village. You will get chance to visit the famous Tengboche Monastery and get the spectacular view of the Everest panorama on this luxurious Everest Panorama trekking.

Highlights of the Trek

  • Short trek in the footsteps of the Mount Everest
  • Up-close panoramic view of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest
  • Traditional and cultural Sherpa people and their lifestyle
  • Highest trade center, Namche Bazaar (3,438 m)
  • Crossing of Dudh Koshi river
  • Tengboche Monastery, one of the famous monasteries
  • Panoramic view of series of mountains such as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse and Ama Dablam

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek in February

If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime classic experience in trekking Everest Base Camp, Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is the best route to go in February. The first climbers who first summit the Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, used this same trail for their historic first ascent of the Mount Everest.

The Jiri to Everest base camp trekking route in February is challenging and it takes a lot of determination and strength. This route is designed to make the journey as comfortable as possible in terms of acclimatization and rest. The route is full of lush forests, greeneries, glacial rivers, traditional villages, and famous monasteries.

The trip begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jiri in the eastern part of the country. From Jiri, your adventurous journey of trekking begins. You will be exploring the biodiversity of Sagarmatha National Park. The magnificent view of the majestic mountains all around you is overwhelming. And because it is February, it is a lot more peaceful.

Some of the peaks you will get to view are Mount Everest, Nuptse, Thamserku, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Mt. Kwangde. These glorious peaks are across the Himalayan range along with the famous trade center Namche Bazaar.

Highlights of the Trek

  • Best view of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest
  • Best route for acclimatization and moving towards the base camp with an ease
  • Traditional and cultural Sherpa people and their lifestyle
  • The famous Monasteries along the trekking route
  • Climbing the highest point, Kala Patthar (5,545 m)
  • Everest panoramic view from Syangboche and Kala Patthar

Tengboche Trekking

A short trek to Khumbu region at the doorsteps of Mount Everest is the perfect place for winter vacation. Enjoy the thrills and get the trekking experience with a touch of a religious tour to the famous Tengboche Monastery in this Tengboche Trekking.

The Sagarmatha National Park also known as Khumbu region is home to Sherpa, Tamang, Magar, Tibetan and other ethnicities and they are mostly Buddhists. So this trekking will be an excellent way to experience their lifestyle with the Buddhist religion,tradition, and cultures up close.

With minimum daylight in February, trekking is done only for few hours and rest of the time you will get the chance of getting the warm hospitality and daily rituals of the local people. You’ll also visit the monastery and see the monks. This will provide a peaceful and solitary experience.

Highlights of the Trek

  • Up-close view of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest
  • Traditional and cultural Sherpa people and their lifestyle
  • Highest trade center, Namche Bazaar (3,438 m)
  • Dudh Koshi river and valley
  • Tour to the famous Tengboche Monastery
  • Himalayan range such as Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Changtse and Ama Dablam

Why is Everest Base Camp Trek in February the best?

Winter season starts from early December and lasts till February in Nepal. For the winter trekking lovers, the best month would be February as the daylight will increase and the temperature gradually starts to increase at daytime. The winter trekking is done only when the sun is up.

Besides the temperature, it is off season so the trekking route and places to stay will not be overcrowded as in peak seasons. These are the main points which make Everest Base Camp Trek in February the best time.

The misconception about the possibility of winter trek is quite common. Yes, the weather is harshly cold but it is not impossible. In fact, it is challenging and equally rewarding. With proper gear, training and guides, this time of the year is the best time to trek to the Everest Base Camp.

Besides, you won’t be trekking in the mornings or evenings when the weather is below zero (minus 5 to minus 20 depending upon the altitude).

Not only is it doable but it is the best time of the year to get better glimpse of clear blue skies, frozen lakes, snow-capped mountains, and to get the best chance to spot wildlife in lush forests in the hilly region.

Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek in February

Everest Base Camp in February is one of the most daring and challenging treks. The weather is drastically changing with gusting winds and freezing cold mornings and evenings. So you will have to be extra careful. Precautions never harmed anyone.

Even though February marks the end of the winter, the mornings are still quite chilly and the evenings are just as cold. Proper gear and clothing do help a lot. Find our previous written post on 15 important tips for Everest Base Camp Trek.

Here are some tips for Everest Base Camp Trek in February.

Less Daylight

During the winter season, the days are shorter than the nights. You will be trekking during the day and as it gets colder in the mornings and evenings. So you will need to be extra careful while selecting your route and time of trekking. You will need to start early so that you can reach the final destination of the day.

If you are trekking in the month of February, the daylight is a bit more as compared to December and January. If you plan your trek to start early and reach the destination at midday, you will be able to rest and get prepared for the next day inside a warm and cozy guest house/tea house.

Check and Review your Gear and Equipments

On a normal trekking season, normal hiking boots and a pair of trekking poles are sufficient for your trekking journey. But things change in the winter season. The routes are mostly covered with snow and a normal hiking shoe isn’t a good idea. There are a lot of different gears and equipment for the winter trekking. Be sure to be prepared or consult a professional beforehand.

You will need good trekking poles, winter hiking boots, crampons, layered jackets, winter layered inner clothes, gloves, harness, and other important gears and equipment. Most importantly choose the right gear according to different situations.

Get a good porter

With all the gear, equipment, and clothing for this trekking so you will need a good porter to carry your loads. Even a simple load of a crampon can drag you. It is mostly because of the altitude where there is less oxygen. Also, we are not accustomed to the altitude and strength exercise like weight lifting.

Get the best Professional Guide

Hiking in the regular season is easy as there are a lot of groups that you will pass on the way. This is different in winter trekking as there are fewer groups and less traffic on the route. The route is mostly covered with snow and it might be a bit challenging to find your own way.

An experienced professional guide will let you through the right way and will also enlighten you with the surroundings describing each monument and characteristics of the place you are passing by.

They will have a better idea and understanding of the region and rules and regulations of that area. They also help you communicate well.

Hydrate your body now and then

Hydrating your body in any trek is the most important part that should not be skipped or ignored. If you stay hydrated, you will have no problems regarding the high altitude sickness. Since this is the winter trekking, you will have less thirst and you will not feel like drinking much. You should be conscious of it and keep yourself hydrated.

What to Wear for Everest Base Camp Trek in February?

Choosing the right clothing is also one of the most important parts while preparing for any trek. If you are especially planning for EBC trek in February, you will definitely need some extra clothing. It would be wise not to invest in good quality insulating clothing.

Here’s a checklist guideline of things that you might require for Everest Base Camp Trek in February:

Head and Hands

  • Big sun hat
  • Warm woolen headgear or a hat
  • Polarized UV sunglasses
  • Bandana or scarf
  • Waterproof and windproof gloves

Jackets

  • Synthetic insulated jacket
  • Waterproof shell jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Windstopper jacket

Clothing:

  • Thermal innerwear
  • Merino Base Layers
  • Convertible winter hiking pants
  • Warm hiking undergarments
  • Moisture-wicking tops

Footwear

  • Winter hiking gaiters
  • Woolen hiking socks
  • Winter hiking boots
  • Hiking sandals

Equipment List

Here is a list of equipment that you may need for this trek. However, this is only a generalized idea of what you might need. Please make your personal list of what you may need.

If you do not wish to call all the equipment from your home country, you can buy all of the equipment at Kathmandu around Thamel, unless you have a particular brand in mind which isn’t available here.

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene

  • Tissue or toilet paper
  • Sunscreen and other creams
  • Moisturizer and antibacterial sanitizer
  • Shampoo and conditioners
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Wet wipes
  • Quick drying towel
  • Feminine hygiene products

Accessories

  • Trekking Poles
  • Crampons
  • Sleeping bag
  • Headlamps and extra batteries
  • Insulated winter water bottle
  • First aid kit
  • Extra plastic bags (to store your garbage on your way and another to keep your things dry)
  • Waist bag for small items

Additional Recommended Items

  • DSLR Camera and extra batteries
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Personal polar blanket and pillow case (For better hygienic stay)
  • Maps of route and mountains
  • Your personal documents

FAQS

Is it possible to trek Everest Base Camp in February?

Yes, certainly. In fact, it is a lot interesting. But it is again a personal choice. It is the end of winter so it will not be difficult for you to trek in February. It will definitely get cold but it is doable. With proper gears and equipment, guides and training, you can trek to Everest Base Camp in February. Personally, it is my first choice.

How difficult is to trek EBC in February?

It is quite difficult than the peak season. The morning and evenings are going to be extremely cold ranging from minus 5 to minus 20 degrees. You will need to be properly insulated and trained to achieve this goal. You will have to walk early in the daytime and reach your destination at midday. The air is thin at the base camp so you will need to walk slowly and take care of your health while on the way. If you get any signs of high altitude sickness, do tell your guide to help you. However, it is equally rewarding to trek during February. It is a lot peaceful.

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About Author

Mukti is is the founder and CEO of Himalayas on Foot. He started Himalayas on Foot in 2008 after working as a trekking porter, guide and then a sales manager for a decade.

He has done most of the treks in Nepal such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Poon Hill, Langtang Trek, Annapurna Circuit, etc. Apart from Nepal, he has also travelled to Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Finland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, France and USA.

Mukti was also secretary of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) for the year 2015-2017. TAAN is an umbrella association of trekking agencies in the Nepal.

He speaks fluent English, Japanese and Nepali.

Mukti is friendly and he is the one who answers most of your trip questions. So if you have any inquiry about our trip, don't be shy. Write to us.

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