The most classical and spectacular trekking in Khumbu Region in Nepal. This Exquisite Everest Base Camp Trekking lures myriad of tourists to this region every year. They flock in order to experience the Sherpa Kingdom and witness breathtaking snow peaks including Mt. Everest 8848meter, the top of the world.
This legendary and adventurous journey begins from Kathmandu. Trekkers used to use the trail via Jiri to get to Everest Base Camp in the past. Still, some of the trekkers love to use the same trail. But, now, the majority of the trekkers choose to fly from Kathmandu to Lukla Airport. This airport is also known as Tenjin Hillary Airport.
Trekkers take a short flight from Kathmandu to Lukla airport. This is 35 minutes scenic flight. Lukla airport is recognized as the most dangerous airport in the world. However, experienced pilots identify the route and land the planes very safely. But, sometimes, the flights get interrupted due to bad weather condition. It continues even for 3-4 days in some cases. So, those who are planning to go to Everest Base Camp are recommended to have some spare days before flying to another destination after the trip.
We are equipped with a professional team, we head to Phakding. Phakding is located at a lower elevation than Lukla. Gradually, we enter into Sagarmatha National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some popular and endangered species of flora and fauna including musk deer, Derow, Ghoral, and Himalayan Thar as well as red-billed chough, impheyan pheasant, blood pheasant and yellow-billed chough are native to this park. Alpine floras like Oak, fir, and rhododendron are very dense.
After crossing a steep trail, we get Namche Bazar. Namche Bazar is the capital of Khumbu region. It is also a popular trade and tourist hub. Sherpa Cultural Museum, Hotel Everest View, view of Thamserku and Tibetan market are dominant in Namche Bazar.
Tengboche is another prime highlight of Everest Base Camp Trekking. The holy monastery and its serene premises lure trekkers to spend few more days around here. Witnessing magnificent mountain peaks during the trek, we get Gorakh Shep. We climb Kalapathar the next morning. Kalapatthar is the highest point of this trekking. This popular vantage point offers the most astounding views of the tallest mountain in the world. Then, we head to Everest Base Camp and celebrate some more astonishing views of the mountain.
We descend along the trail to Lukla via Tengboche and Namche. Finally, we catch a short flight to Kathmandu from Lukla.
And now, the question is How is the weather condition of the Everest Region during each different month in a year? How do we find the best month to travel to Everest Base Camp? How do we prepare for the trekking in different seasons of the year? What are the equipment and checklist do we have to prepare?
These questions are very common among the trekkers who are planning to make a trip to Everest Base Camp. Yes, it inevitable to know the weather condition and other basic things before heading to the mountain for a trip. Let’s see what happens traveling in different months of the year in Everest Base Camp.
Trekking to EBC in January is feasible. January is the coldest month but that can be dealt with by having good gear. Daytime temperatures are not as cold as you might think in winter. During the daytime, the sun is shining. But the weather condition of the Everest Region is hard to predict. If it is snowfall, it will be more complicated to travel to a higher elevation. Mostly, during January we have snowfall in the mountain of Nepal. High mountain country can throw any kind of weather at you so you need to be prepared for all conditions.
The trail and the lodges are less crowded during January.
At night the lowest temperature might reach -20C but it will not be as cold in the lodges even though bedrooms are unheated (unless you stay in a luxury lodge perhaps). A warm down jacket is very useful in the higher lodges at night and in the morning and as a safety margin while trekking.
January is mid of winter.
It is possible to trek to EBC in February. The weather condition is very similar to in January in the mountain in Nepal. Sometimes, there may be heavy snowfall and we have to return back without the accomplishment of our trip.
The temperature varies from 4°C to -15°C. However, it is unpredictable. The sun, the wind, the cloud, and the snow. February is the end of winter and we do not really feel cold even in the mountain.
Those who love less crowded trail can find Everest Base Camp Trekking perfect during February.
Temperature is ideal since it begins to get warmer. The trail is relatively less populated. The temperature grows from 7℃ on sunny days to min -12℃. Sometimes, it may vary. March is the beginning of Spring.
Trekking in April in Nepal is the perfect season. The new blossoms begin to flourish. We hear the sweet melodious chirping of birds. Most significantly, the entire hill is blanketed by flowering rhododendron. The temperature grows about 17 to 25-degree centigrade and will lower down to 10 to 15 degree centigrade in morning and night.
May is the beginning of Summer. The temperature gets more in May than in April. The flowers are in full bloom. The environment is pleasant. the mountain views are astonishing. The down jacket that protects you from -1 degree Celsius will be sufficient.
June already brings monsoon in Nepal. Sometimes, we have downpour even in the mountains. The trials become muddy and difficult to cross the passes. However, some trekkers love to do Everest Base Camp Trekking during June. The temperature varies from 18-30 degree Celsius. The daytime will be hot and evening and night will get colder.
Nepal has a huge monsoon in July. The weather is hot and humid.
As the weather condition during this time is not too cold. And even the trail is not crowded. So, the solitude lovers love to travel to Everest Base Camp in July.
The temperature grows up to 15°C during daytime. At night the average minimum temperatures drop down to around 2°C.
August is the ending of Monsoon in Nepal. The weather gets colder gradually. August is colder than July. This is the beginning of Autumn. The environment is pleasant and we will have magnificent mountain views of the Everest region.
The average temperature is between 16°C. to 2°C.
September is a pre-winter month in Nepal. The weather is moderate. September is one of the best months of the year to travel to Everest Base Camp. The sky is normally clear and we can witness magnificent Mountain View.
The temperature is not so cold in the Everest region. But the trail gets much too crowded. So, prepare for the suitable trekking gear.
October has somehow had already invited winter in Nepal. October is relatively colder than September. We have beautiful weather during October in the Himalayas. The views will be stunning.
This is also a busy season for trekking in Nepal and the guesthouses and the trail are crowded. It is hard to find good accommodation. So, prepare accordingly.
At the end of November, Nepal has winter. Before mid of the November, it is okay to travel in the mountain. We may have sometimes heavy snowfall in the mountain. Prepare down jacket and sleeping bag which protects from – 15 degrees C.
Those travelers who love snow, really, love to travel to Everest Base Camp.
December is the mid of winter in Nepal. This is off season to trek in the Himalayas. The weather gets too cold and we have a huge snowfall. The flights are disturbed. However, the adventure enthusiasts love to travel to Everest Base Camp during December.
The average temperature is between 5 degrees C to -18 degrees C.