Everest base camp (EBC) Trek
is one of the most desired and destined treks in Nepal that takes you through dense forest, glacial rivers, rivers, streams, ethnic villages, and several Everest three (3) High passes
. Trekking in the Everest region
is the perfect experience of adventure, cultural attachment, natural beauty, and soaring high mountains. Being close to the greatest peak of the world is what everybody loves to do, but not everybody can summit the climb. Standing at the base of the giant peak isn’t impossible now; trekking to Everest base camp
gives you some of the lifetime memories you shall lament upon throughout your life. View from the Kalapatthar is one of the moments you won’t help remembering now and then. March to May and September to November are the most favorable times for doing this trek.
What is the best time for Everest base camp trek?
Weather in the late November and December is dark and cold which can last till late February. The day temperature ranges from 0 to 4 degree Fahrenheit, which worsens in night. Beside the cold and freezing Everest base camp weather
, wind blowing at 8 or 12 mph can be a major challenge. The windy cold temperature at the summit can be -148 degrees. Despite the fall in temperature and increasing risk of mild wind, it is not impossible to make to the base camp of the Everest, but the whole trek can be full with lots of challenges and can be miserable.
What are the challenges of trek in Everest base camp in November and December?
Late November to February are some of the driest months in the country. However, the high altitude areas are prone to snow fall. You must be prepared for such condition. Always be concerned when you see cloud building up. When the snow accumulates at the shady region, it can be quite slippery. You might need trekking poles. The route can be obscured due to heavy snowfall. If it is snowing, crossing the high passes and glaciers can be quite difficult and risky.
The in-room temperature during these months at a teahouse might range between -10 to -150C. It might not snow as much as during December through to February, thus, November should be fine. To sum up, the average temperature in the Everest region is of -60C. But keep in mind that the temperature changes drastically throughout the day.
Strong wind blows during the winter season in winter season in Everest region. As discussed above, the speed of wind can ranges from 8 to 12 mph at the Everest base camp. Around the summit, deadly wind blow in these months. Forceful wind together with freezing temperature surely won’t let your trekking in Everest region
No matter how many times you’ve successfully completed trekking in this area, you shall always be prone to altitude sickness. In its severe form, the altitude sickness can even lead to death. Even in case of mild difficulty not permitting trekking, seeking rescue might not be instantaneous. The situation worsens if you happen to be injured or sick. To avoid altitude sickness, you must trek slow, and take sufficient amount of time for rest and adapting your body with high altitude. It is better to spend the night at relatively low altitude teahouses after your high ascend.
Gears in other seasons are light and your rucksack won’t be filled up with thick winter gears. Carrying sleeping bag, trekking poles, thick woolen hats, gloves, thermal underwear, board or ski pants, heavyweight down jacket, snood, light rain poncho, etc. can surely increase the weight of your rucksack. If it crosses the standard weight threshold, a porter shall charge extra. Or, if you happen to trek alone, heavy rucksack surely isn’t a good news to you.
Tips for trekking to Everest base during winter
The very first suggestion for trekking in winter month is stay dry and warm. The temperature can be real freezing, especially during the night and morning. Also, snowfall and wind can’t be predicted, the weather is unstable and unpredictable. You’ve to see the movement of the clouds and talk to the teahouse owner and guide about the possible weather condition during the day. However, trekking in winter is the best experience to get to see the most breathtaking views of landscape.
You need to give your body sufficient time for rest and adapting to the growing altitude. Don’t hurry to trek soon, you might be victim of any form of altitude sickness. And you cannot afford to be sick or ill in the remote part of the world, especially in the winter season. In addition to these, you have to pay adequate attention to personal hygiene and food intake while trekking in the Everest region.
Mountain Hiking & Trekking Pvt. Ltd
. is a leading trekking agency in Nepal that has been taking trekkers from around the world to the Everest region since its establishment. We are a group of dedicated, dynamic, proactive, and knowledgeable professionals been successful to maintain plenty of treks in Nepal successfully without any issue of security and accident. For any trek in Nepal, or inquiry about the service we provide, do not hesitate to contact us; we shall be pleased to inform you true and correct information. Do grant us an opportunity to accompany you in the one of the lifetime adventure you shall have in the Everest region.