Everest Base Camp Region Trek for All Seasons
Typically, Everest Base Camp Trek occurs through the Khumbu region of Nepal, starting at Lukla and ends up at the Everest Base Camp. Even though the upper sections of the region are known to be cold with unfavorable weather conditions, there are periods throughout the year where the weather calms and be very mild, which makes it great to go for the trek.
The Everest region is filled with challenging trails, unpredictable risk, huge mountains, enchanting scenery, and mesmerizing experience. Still, it will all be a myth if you go there in the wrong season.
Therefore, it is vital to know the types of weather in the regions when planning the trek, if you want to enjoy the trek to its fullest. You need to consider a few things like weather conditions, busyness routes, and the availability of guided tours when deciding to trek to Everest Base Camp.
Below are the seasons described to help you know which time would be better for you to trek to Everest Base Camp.
1. Spring Season (Early March to Late May)
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The time between March to May is considered to be the best time for Everest Base Camp Trek due to the warm sunny days. Mostly, the atmosphere will be dry, and you can get unobstructed views of mountains, but if you catch the end of the winter season, there might be occasional snow showers.
As it is the best season, you can expect more crowd on the trekking trails, which will also increase your chances of meeting other mountaineers attempting to climb Everest.
Furthermore, you will get to witness the forest of Rhododendron, which is one of the major attractions of the trek. Due to the warm weather, lots of climbers come for the Everest expedition summit during this season.
The weather during this season is warm and sunny; the sky will be so clear that you can enjoy the enchanting scenery without any disruption.
Also, due to the warmer weather, many trekkers prefer to go on their light clothes in this season. However, don’t forget to bring warm clothes, even though the days are warmer and longer, the mornings and nights are still cold.
2. Autumn Season (Late August to Early November)
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During this season, trekkers can expect to get the crystal clear view of mountains full of snow, which makes it another season that is best to aim for Everest Base Camp.
Although it is not the warmest season, the temperature will be quite excellent that even the nights won’t be as freezing as it is during winter. The temperature might be between 20-degree Celsius to -10-degree Celsius.
This is also the season when lots of people come to trek to Everest Base Camp as you get the most transparent view during this time of year. Due to the time being post-monsoon, there won’t be any rainfall until December when the cold of winter waterfalls, which makes the trek much safe and comfortable.
However, there have been lots of cases when the snowstorm hits the region, so be sure to pack accordingly. Also, you can choose the routes that are rarely used, which offer great views with less hustle than the famous routes. One such route is The Gokyo Lakes trek to the Everest Base Camp.
In short, mid- September to end November is the best time for Everest Base Camp Trek, especially for trekking and hiking.
3. Winter Season (November to January)
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The months from November to January are the coldest time in Nepal, and it is, even more, colder at higher altitudes. However, for those who can handle cold, then you can get extra layers of warm clothes and join the trek.
Besides, the weather is dry, and the trek can go smoothly, so the only challenge is cold. Also, you get to have this great experience at a low price compared to peak times.
You might have probably guessed it, but there will be very fewer mountaineers and trekkers during these times. There will continuously be the blow of the jet streams in the Northern Hemisphere going towards the South from December to February. This is the cause of the numerous changes in temperature like colder temperature, winds, and more massive snowfalls in this area.
The day temperature can be dealt with without any issue. However, the night gets colder day by day and might be challenging to deal with. Moreover, the nights are also longer during this time, so it might take longer to reach Everest Base Camp.
Thus, this season is only for those trekkers who are good at handling colds, and it is not recommended to those sensitive to cold.
4. Monsoon Season (June to August)
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The months from June to August is monsoon season in Nepal; it can get very wet during this time. Mud, parasites, and lack of proper mountain view discourage trekkers to trek during this season, so the trail will be very less crowded.
During this time, trekkers mostly prefer to trek on the rain shadow area of Nepal like Mustang. So, Upper Mustang Trek can get a bit crowded in this season.
Monsoon is the least recommended season to go for Everest Base Camp Trek as the season is wet, much risky of the landslide, floods, and various other natural disasters. During this time, It becomes very uncomfortable for trekkers, and you can’t get a proper view of the majestic mountains that trekkers die to see.
Therefore, the best season for Everest Base Camp trek is during the Spring season, i.e. from March to May and the autumn season, i.e. from September to November.
Even though the trek during this time can be very comfortable, you need to keep a few essential tips in mind. You need to train before you aim for EBC as it is a magnificent walk through the world-famous trail to the world’s peak. You also need to get the right gear and get prepared for any circumstances.
Most importantly, our body gets dehydrated much faster in higher altitudes, so don’t forget to drink at least five liters of water throughout the day.
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