Mount Everest is not only the tallest mountain in the world, but the most iconic. It’s dizzy heights are renowned around the globe, making it Nepal’s most popular trek.
So, if you’re planning on braving this trek, you’ll need to know when’s best to take on the challenge. And that’s why it’s a good thing you ended up here.
Before we start, you may want to check out Lonely Planet’s guide to Nepal to further aid your preparation for the trek of a lifetime.
Everest Base Camp has a lot of different weather throughout the year.
During November through to January, you’ll find that the temperature is at Nepal’s lowest. Overnight on Everest Base Camp is where you will really feel that cold as temperatures range from -20 to -30 degrees Celsius.
The chill-inducing temperatures you’ll find during these months on the Base Camp are due to the altitude. Ascending from 2,800 metres to 5,300 metres means it only gets colder the higher you go.
For those who prefer warmer (and more bearable) temperatures, September to October will probably suit you more. Although February to May is a clearer season, the period of what we known in the UK as autumn will provide you with the clearest and most stable weather.
If you’re after a more in-depth look at the weather and climate of Nepal and Everest Base Camp, check out Mountain IQ‘s guide.
As you may have already guessed, the peak season for Everest Base Camp is September to October. This is largely because of the weather and the availability of other routes in the region.
Because of the clear days during this time of the year, trekkers are treated to stunning vistas which are half of the reason many people trek Everest Base Camp. There are views during this time of year that you’d have to rely on pure luck to see during other months.
Of course, peak season is just that: the peak. That is, during September to October, Everest Base Camp gets its largest number of visitors. So, you will – without a doubt – have to spend your time on the route with plenty of other people.
Other treks will be ongoing during this time, so you’ll come into contact with quite a lot of humans. We’d say it’s probably worth it if you’d feel more confident during the better weather season.
Of course, some people love to venture off the beaten track and pave their own way when trekking and following their adventurous soul. If you are one of those, there is a chance of a trek to the Base Camp during the off-peak season.
During November to January, the days are considerably shorter and so it will end up taking you longer to trek to the dizzy heights of 5,300 metres. It’ll be harshly cold, particularly in the night as we said earlier but if you have the capacity for it, you should be fine.
Many other popular routes are closed during that period in the year, so it makes November to January less crowded and Everest Base Camp more of your own trek.
June through to August, however, is also another off-peak season in Nepal. The reason this time is because of the monsoon season. The warm air from the Indian Ocean results in the short, sharp rainfall, particularly in the Everest region.
Regardless of how high you are trekking during this time of year, you’ll still have the rain. Mud, leeches and lack of stunning mountain views are all issues when trekking Everest Base Camp in June through to August. We’d definitely say it’s not an ideal time to trek.
While heading off the beaten track and avoiding large groups of people sounds appealing, you must think about it in practice. June through to August is a time of year we really wouldn’t recommend for trekking to Everest Base Camp.
If you do wish to trek in Nepal at that time of year, though, there are other options. You could consider the Annapurna route – one we’d suggest for the monsoon season.
Putting all of the facts and figures we’ve given you into practice, the months of September to October are what we’d recommend for trekking to Everest Base Camp. The nights are not in the massively below freezing zones, like in November to January, and you are guaranteed the best views.
Play it safe for this one is our advice to you.
Mark has trekked extensively in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. He founded Mountain IQ in 2014 with the sole aim to be the best online information portal to some of the most popular mountain destinations around the world. When not writing for Mountain IQ, Mark is out exploring the outdoors with his wife!
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