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Which month is best for Everest Base Camp Trek

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Everest Base Camp Trek Overview

The Everest Base Camp trek needs no introduction as it is one of the world’s most coveted pursuits in the Nepalese Himalayas. Trekking in the vicinity of Sagarmatha National Park, this trek takes to the scenic landscapes, beautiful Sherpa villages, ancient Buddhist monasteries, friendly Sherpa people and their culture, and the iconic Everest Base Camp, and vantage point Kalapatthar.

The eastern Nepalese Himalayan belt encompasses a chain of towering snow-capped peaks above 8,000m. It contains the fascinating world’s highest Mt. Everest (8,848.86m), Mt. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), Mt. Lhotse (8,516m), Mt. Makalu (8,481m), and Mt. Cho Oyu (8,188m), and many more. Everest Base Camp trek is on many traveler’s bucket lists but the query here is Which month is the best for Everest Base Camp Trek? Thus, Himalaya Trip has presented this article to provide meaningful insights for trekkers to select their preferred months and plan their Everest Base Camp trek

Everest Base Camp Trek Monthly Temperature Chart

MonthsMax (℃)Min (℃)Avg. Day(℃)Avg. Night(℃)Rain (mm)
April13– 510-540
Everest Base Camp Trek Monthly temperature chart

Above table is Everest Base Camp estimated temperature chart, depending on the weather and Lower of the trek is warmer.

Everest Base Camp Trek video

Which month is best for the Everest Base Camp Trek?

All months have their specialties and each month’s highlights are briefed below:

Everest Base Camp Trek in January

  • The coldest months for the trek
  • Heavy snowfall
  • Less crowded
  • Spectacular panoramic mountain views
  • Wear thick warm layer clothes

Everest Base Camp Trek in February

  • Cold but clear blue sky
  • Less crowded
  • Peaceful trekking trails
  • Accommodations are reasonable
  • Wear thick warm layer clothes

Everest Base Camp Trek in March

  • Welcomes Spring season
  • Longer days and pleasant weather
  • Blooming Rhododendron flowers
  • Stunning mountains in the backdrop
  • Festive season-Gyalpo Lhosar (Sherpa New Year)
  • Wear light warm layer clothes

Everest Base Camp Trek in April

  • Peak season of the trek
  • Highly crowded 
  • Blooming colorful Rhododendron flowers
  • Fantastic and clear views
  • Warm weather in the lower regions
  • Pack accommodations
  • Cost slightly higher
  • Wear light warm layer clothes

Everest Base Camp Trek in May

  • Warm and favorable weather
  • Longer sunny days
  • Blue skies and awesome clear views
  • Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon event (May 29)
  • Meet Everest expedition trekkers
  • Numerous tent camps at the base camp
  • Occupied accommodations
  • Wear light warm layer clothes

Everest Base Camp Trek in June

  • Monsoon begins
  • Frequent rain, wet slippery trails
  • Greenery and scenic landscapes
  • Awesome scenery 
  • Chance of getting leeches
  • Carry an umbrella, wear raincoats and light warm layer clothes

Everest Base Camp Trek in July 

  • Slight to heavy rainfall
  • Lush greenery but beautiful scenery
  • Wet slippery trails
  • Cloudy and slightly cold weather
  • Flight cancelation chances high
  • Carry an umbrella, wear raincoats and light warm layer clothes

Everest Base Camp Trek in August

  • Slight rainfalls
  • Slippery and wet trails
  • Lush greenery
  • Cloudy sky and no clear views
  • Flight cancelation chances high
  • Carry an umbrella, wear raincoats and light warm layer clothes

Everest Base Camp Trek in September

  • Autumn season begins
  • Comfortable trekking trails
  • Blue skies and clear views
  • Beautiful scenery and scenic landscapes
  • Magnificent mountain views
  • Wear light warm layer clothes

Everest Base Camp Trek in October

  • Warm and pleasant weather
  • Beautiful scenery and greenery
  • Perfect visibility of mountains
  • Mani Rimdu festival (based on lunar calendar)
  • Crowded and occupied accommodations
  • Wear light warm layer clothes

Everest Base Camp Trek in November

  • Slight warm but pleasant weather
  • Perfect and clear views
  • Moderately crowded
  • Mani Rimdu festival (based on lunar calendar)
  • Wear light warm layer clothes

Everest Base Camp Trek in December

  • Winter season begins
  • Cold weather and dropping temperature
  • Clear and beautiful views
  • Less crowded
  • Easy availability of accommodations
  • Costs are reasonable
  • Wear thick warm clothes

Everest Base Camp Trek Monthly Weather Chart

JanuaryColdSnowfall, Less crowded, good view
FebruaryColdLight snow, Quiet trails, Pleasant views
MarchSlightly WarmClear views, Blooming Rhododendron flowers, Gyalpo Lhosar
AprilSlightly WarmPeak season, Pleasant temperature, and views
MaySunnyBright day, Good views, Tenzing Hillary Marathon
JuneWarm, Slight RainLush Greenery and awesome scenery
JulyWarm, RainyBeautiful scenery, lush greenery
AugustMostly cloudy, RainyGreenery but no clear views
SeptemberWarm, Slight RainBlue skies, Clear views but crowded
OctoberWarmPerfect visibility, Highly crowded, Mani Rimdu festival
NovemberSlight WarmPerfect and Clear views, Mani Rimdu festival 
DecemberColdChilling cold but clear views
Everest Base Camp Weather Chart

Above weather chart is estimated. The effect of current global warming, sometime we have different weather that estimated.

How to get to the Everest Base Camp Trek in different month?

Kathmandu to Lukla flight is the best option for the Everest Base Camp trek. During the months of January to March and the second half of May months to December, the flight operates from Kathmandu Airport.

In the months of April and the first half of May months, the flight operates from Manthali Airport, Ramechaap due to air traffic in Kathmandu. During these months, take a 4-hour drive from Kathmandu to Ramechhap and then take a flight to Lukla.

Lukla Flight Operation Table Everest Base Camp Trek

MonthsFlight Operates
January to March, May(16-31) to DecemberKathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu
April and May (1-15) and October , NovemberRamechhap-Lukla-Ramechhap
Lukla flight schedule at different month

What to do in case of flight cancelation during the Everest Base Camp trek?

There is an alternative option of Kathmandu to Lukla by helicopter which costs around USD 500 per person in case of flight cancelations from (Kathmandu to Lukla or Lukla-Kathmandu).

Festivals or Events different month during Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek in Gyalpo Lhosar 

Gyalpo Lhosar marks the New Year of Sherpa ethnicities which lasts for two weeks. It falls in the month of March. According to the lunar calendar, it falls in the month of Falgun Shukla Pratipada, (the second day of the waxing moon). Mainly they celebrate it for 3 days. Sherpa people celebrate this festival grandly by preparing a special drink called Changkol. They take part and perform in various cultural performances, prepare a tasty dish called ‘Khapsey’, wear traditional dresses and jewelry, and visit the monasteries. Don’t forget to attend this festival, if you are here around the month of March.

Everest Base Camp Trek in Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon-May 29

Tenzing Hillary Marathon which is held every year on May 29 is one of the interesting events in the Everest region. It is one of the toughest Marathons organized at such a high altitude. This event has garnered international recognition and participants from different nations take part annually. The marathon starts from Everest Base Camp (5,364 m) and ends at Namche (3,440 m). To participate in this event, some criteria must be fulfilled. Witness this grand event during your EBC trek if you are around the last month of May.

Everest Base Camp Trek in Mani Rimdu Festival (October/November)

Mani Rimdu is a very important Buddhist festival celebrated in the Everest region which falls in the month of October or November as per the lunar calendar. This is a 19-day-long festival especially organized in the monasteries of Tengboche, Thame, and Chiwong. This festival is celebrated to mark the establishment of Buddhism by Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava. A huge crowd of Sherpas gathered around the monasteries to celebrate this festival. A series of thirteen acts encompassing religious ceremonies, dance, and drama are performed with great joy. Masked dances, prayers, and feasts are the prime attractions of this festival.

Everest Base Camp Trek Map

Everest Base Camp Trek Map
everest base camp trek map

Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trek different month

The weather is generally warm in lower regions but as you climb higher to the Everest Base Camp, it gets colder. Thus, we recommend packing light but warm clothes. During winter (December, January, February), it is cold in the lower regions too, so pack accordingly and summer (June, July, August ) is raining season, you expect some rain. you need to pack rain clothes. Spring (March, April, May) and Autumn ( September, October, November) is average level of temperature which is warm temperature and clear visibility. The packing list is mentioned below:

  • Trekking boots (If new boots are purchased, “break them in” to avoid blisters) and spare laces
  • Hat (Warm), scarf and gloves
  • Trousers (Warm trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
  • Running shoes, sandals, or thongs (To wear in the camp at night or when your boots are wet).
  • Shorts and trousers
  • Wool-blend socks, liner socks, and underwear (three pairs)
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece jacket
  • T-shirts (two or three) and a long-sleeved shirt with a collar (a long-sleeved – shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sunburn.)
  • Laundry soap powder or bar
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen (SPF 20+) and lip balm
  • Sunglasses
  • Pocket knife
  • Iodine, water-purification tablets, or filter
  • Insect repellent ( for lower elevation)
  • Stuff sacks
  • Earplugs
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping back and silk liner
  • Water bottle
  • Torch (flashlight), spare batteries and bulbs
  • Duffle bag
  • Crampon
  • Down jacket or down vest
  • Camera, memory card, and battery charger( spare batteries)
  • Books and magazines
  • Trekking poles
  • Quick-drying camp towel
  • Day pack (This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirements for the day e.g. toilet items, cameras, towel, soap, chocolate bar, etc.)
  • 2-4 large plastic bags: to separate clean clothes from dirty ones
  • Personal medical supplies

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