Best Time to Trek Everest Base Camp Mountain Sherpa Admin on 9th Jan, 2019

Everest Base Camp is the most adventurous and highly popular trekking destination in Nepal. The very first reason is being the abode of the highest peak in the world. The incredible journey to the Everest base camp is more than just a trek.

 

The trekking journey deserves its reputation because of its incredible history, spectacular views of glaciers, stunning views of mountains, and the unique and beautiful Sherpa culture. Despite being a quite challenging and risky trek, it draws thousands of trekkers every year from different part of the globe.

 

The Everest region is filled with dramatic peaks, sheer beauty, extreme passes, unique and interesting people. The experience will be fresh in your memory forever. The mesmerizing views of highest peak base camp and trekking up to Kala Patthar to enjoy the classic view of Mount Everest is once in a lifetime breathtaking trekking experience.

 

But, before you plan for such an adventurous and unpredictable journey to EBC, you should know well about the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp. The difficulty of EBC trek is different based on the time around the year. The difficulty is also based on one’s body and adaptation to the environment.

Let’s talk about the best time to trek Everest Base Camp:

The weather condition goes adverse, and it gets extremely cold with the increase in elevation. There are certain times around the year when the weather goes stable making it perfect for trekking to the base camp.

 

It is essential to know about the weather pattern before you plan a trek to EBC. You need to consider a few things before deciding the best time to trek Everest base camp. These considerations are weather conditions, number of visitors, and the availability of the guided tours.

 

The trekking route is quite during the rainy and winter season but you won’t be able to get clear views of mountains because of the inconsistency in weather condition.  If you wish to enjoy the best views of Mount Everest, you can go during the peak season, i.e., Spring and Autumn. But the trek route will be quite crowded during these weather.

 

 

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Overview of seasons in the Everest region and how they affect the Everest Base Camp Trek:

Everest Base Camp in Spring Season (Peak Season)

Maximum Temperature: 15-degree Centigrade

Minimum Temperature: -10 Degree Centigrade

Sunshine hours: 7 hours

Wind Speed: 14 KM/hr

The Spring season in Everest region falls from early March to late May. This season is considered as the best time to trek EBC because of the warm sunny days. You may experience some winter rainfall, but the atmosphere remains quite dry with clear views during most of the days.

The trekking trail gets fairly crowded as it is the peak season to go for the trek in Everest region. You will also meet other mountaineers who will be attempting to climb Mount Everest as it even the best season for Everest Expedition. You can also enjoy the beautiful rhododendron flower blooming in the forest on the trek route in this season which is also one of the major highlights of this trip.   

The time between March to May before monsoon is probably the best time to trek Everest Base Camp and Everest expedition. The temperature during the day is quite warm, and rainfalls are quite low which gives you unobstructed views of the surrounding mountains on the trail.

You can pick this season to go for EBC trek as whole weather is quite stable and dry which makes the trekking quite enjoyable with the increasing temperatures, bright sunny days and cloudless sky.

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Everest Base Camp Trek in Summer Season(Low Season)

Maximum Temperature: 20-degree Centigrade

Minimum Temperature: -5 Degree Centigrade

Sunshine hours: 5 hours

Wind Speed: 16 KM/hr

 

The Summer and Monsoon season falls from June to August in the Everest region, and the weather situation goes hot and humid during this period. The sky is covered with clouds which blocks all the mountain views. It is not recommended to go for EBC trek during this season.

 

The flight to Lukla often gets delayed and canceled due to the adverse weather. The trail gets slippery, the soil loosens, and there are high chances of landslides,  falling boulders, trees, rivers, and streams. The Everest region gets frequent rainfall and cloudy days during the monsoon season and is not recommended as the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp.

 

The trail observes very few numbers of trekkers during this time of the year. The damp and clouds spoil the views and excitements of the journey, and the lack of stunning Himalayan views is the real issue while trekking to EBC in this season.

 

You can observe the beautifully carpeted greenery on the trail at the end of this season. Also, this season can be the best time to trek for botanist and photographer as the lush green vegetation of Everest region makes this time perfect for capturing and enjoying the all-natural beauty of this region.

Everest Base Camp Trek in Autumn Season

Maximum Temperature: 10 to 12-degree Centigrade

Minimum Temperature: -10 Degree Centigrade

Sunshine hours: 7 hours

Wind Speed: 14 KM/hr

 

The Autumn season falls between late August to early November in the Everest region. You can enjoy the crystal clear views of mountains covered with white snow during this season. Though it is not the warmest season of this area, the temperature of the surrounding is quite moderate during the day time. Also, the night is not as cold as like during winter.

 

The chances of rainfall in this season remain quite low. And the dry day makes the trekking in the Khumbu region quite easier. The mild weather, green valleys, brighter sky and warm days make the trek more enjoyable than any other time of the weather. The night gets a bit colder, but it is a small price to pay for such an amazing and pleasant experience.

It is undoubtedly the best season to trek to Everest Base Camp, and the trekking trails are quite crowded during this time. So, the prices can be expected to be slightly expensive as well.

Everest Base Camp Trek in Winter Season

Maximum Temperature: 5-degree Centigrade

Minimum Temperature: -15 Degree Centigrade

Sunshine hours: 7 hours

Wind Speed: 14 KM/hr

 

The winter falls between the month of December to February in the Everest region. The region remains coldest in these months and is quite tough and challenging to trek during this time. The freezing temperature, high winds, and occasional heavy snowfalls often make the situation adverse for trekking.

 

However, there is still the option to trek to base camp as the temperature during the daytime are comparatively comfortable, and the sunny sky gives beautiful views of the mountains. The trails observe very less number of people during the winter. One of the major drawbacks is the extreme drop in temperature during the night time during winter.

 

Many routes to the base camp also get closed due to heavy snowfall, and the trekking duration can get longer than in high seasons. So, there remains less choice to choose the route to reach EBC.

 

Final Words

The Spring season, i.e., from March to May and the Autumn Season, i.e., from September to November is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp. There are various other factors that you need to consider along with the weather while trekking to EBC.

 

You need to be familiar with altitude and its effect on the body if you don’t want to face any complication. Also, learn about the weather forecasts of the Everest region and meaning of the charts you take with yourself on the trekking.

 

However, the weather in the Himalayas can get unpredictable at any time especially when you are at high altitudes. Hence, you should always be prepared for every weather even in the peak season. I hope this article helped you in planning to decide the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp.

 

If you want to trek to Everest Base camp trek or any other trekking expeditions in Nepal with the reliable and trustworthy Sherpa guides, please feel free to get in touch with Mountain Sherpa Trekking. We employ the real, honest and experienced Sherpas for all our trekking expeditions to help our clients fulfill their wishlist.

 

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