Are you looking forward to embarking on a trekking journey to the Everest base Camp during February? Here is everything you need to know about trekking Everest base camp in February.
There are two Everest base Camps, one is the southern Base Camp, which is in Nepal and the other is the northern base camp in Tibet. This article pertains to trekking Everest Base Camp from Nepal during the month of February.
The extreme cold of January somewhat subsides during the start of February, however the snow remains throughout the month. The above graph shows the temperature during February of 2017 at Dingboche (4410m). The mean daily maximum temperature is -2 degree Celsius and the mean daily minimum temperature is -15 degree Celsius.
At elevations below 3500m, the mean daily maximum temperature is 7 degrees, while the mean daily minimum temperature is -5 degrees. At such elevations, trekking Everest Base Camp in February on a sunny afternoon can be done in a t-shirt or just a medium fleece.
February is a dry month with an average precipitation of just 18mm at Namche Bazaar and just 6mm at Dingboche.
Sometimes during the night the Everest base Camp temperature can reach as low as -20 degree Celsius. It is freezing cold during the nights and the guest houses do not have central heating. The fire is out after around 8 pm onwards, so it starts getting colder. If you don’t have a proper 4 season sleeping bag or an arctic rated sleeping bag, then passing the night can be very difficult.
Due to extreme weather and cold temperatures, the high passes are likely to remain closed. The weather at Everest can be very unpredictable. If you are Trekking Everest Base Camp during February, then you should be prepared to make more time for weather delays.
The snow covers most of the trail and it can be very slippery at times. Also, the mists of the cold wind and the early morning fog will obscure the view of the mountains.
The chilling winter of February keeps most trekkers away from the base camp, so the tracks will not be as crowded as in the climbing season. Therefore, you can find accommodation easily at your convenience.
Since it is quite dry in February, the visibility is top notch, so you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery and take pictures as much as you like.
If you are properly clothed and well equipped, trekking Everest Base Camp during February will not be difficult at all. Just make sure you pack all the right outfits and equipment.
The cold winds of February draws moisture out of your skin, so in order to prevent dry skin and cracked lips, have lip balm and sunscreen handy.
While trekking the Everest Base Camp in February, be sure to have a 4 season sleeping bag or even an arctic rated sleeping bag because the lodges are not heated, therefore getting freezing cold in the nights.
Trekking in higher altitudesand at low temperatures, you should always be on the lookout for Acute Mountain Sickness. Check for the symptoms; like headache, nausea, vomiting and fatigue. If any of the above symptoms are affecting you, then rest at lower altitudes before continuing your trek.