When is the best time of year to trek to Everest Base Camp?
Over the last few weeks, we have had a few questions around when is the best time of year to trek to Everest Base Camp?
The two most popular times for trekking in the Everest region of the Himalaya are in the spring (March, April and May) and in the Autumn (September, October and November). These are
considered the classic trekking seasons and from our years of experience of trekking at these times of the year, they have the best weather, the best visibility and also the most fun, especially around festival time!
What do the two trekking seasons have to offer you?
The trekking trips with EverTrek that go to Everest Base Camp are split over 2 seasons during the year.
This is the time of year when mountaineers and their expeditions head to Everest with one goal, to stand on the roof of the world. The trails can be busy, but it is also a great opportunity to rub shoulders with the mountaineers en-route to Everest Base Camp and to experience Base Camp in its full glory. There's nothing quite like seeing a mile and a half stretch of expedition tents and prayer flags blowing in the wind with Everest as the backdrop. The weather is usually very clear, especially in the mornings and you may come across the odd snow shower especially early in the trekking season. As for the climbers at base camp, it's not like you get in the way or anything as for the most part, people are always happy to chat because, for them, they are just relaxing at base camp before they set off on their climbing rotations on the mountain.
This is also a very popular time of year to hit the Everest trail. The weather is once again super clear offering stunning views of the Khumbu region's peaks & offers the chance of a quieter experience compared to the spring season. The trail will be marginally less busy but
still expect to meet many fellow trekkers, especially in the Irish pub in Namche Bazaar. You will experience colder temperatures at night compared to the daytime so keep the down jacket handy when the sun drops over the horizon. Whilst trekking during the day, temperatures can get up to 15c/20c so get the t-shirts and the suncream at the ready. It's a very cool time to go as you have also got the festivals in the autumn. Kathmandu and the mountain regions have numerous festivals and it's great to see and experience. It's such a good energy. You also have the Mani Rimdu festival which is at Tengboche Monastery along the Everest route. That's normally in November but does change every year. That's a 3-day festival experience which is something else for sure! So those are the two best times to trek to Everest Base Camp.
So, is there a bad time to trek to Everest Base Camp? Well, the Summer months of June, July & August are the Nepalese monsoon season. This means crazy amounts of rain nearly every day which makes trekking conditions massively unfavourable. Perhaps worst of all is the heavy cloud cover, with obscures the amazing mountain scenery. As you're in one of the most beautiful parts of the planet, this can be very frustrating.
Winter is coming & the winter months of December, January & February are all about one thing, the COLD. Especially at night when temperatures can drop to around -20°C or even colder. Trekking at this time of year is not for everyone and we would only recommend this to experienced trekkers familiar with cold temperatures and high altitude. It is possible to get clear skies especially during the morning and this provides fantastic, uninterrupted views of Mt Everest, Ama Dablam and numerous peaks towering over 7000m.
One MASSIVE plus is that the trail will be less busy and the teahouses quieter, giving a true sense of adventure and remoteness.
So when is the best time of year to trek to Everest Base Camp? Whatever time you trek to Everest base camp, you will have an unbelievable time and have epic memories you will remember for the rest of your life.
We only run our group treks during the spring and autumn months and you can check out the full trip dates HERE but we can run trips at other times of the year if needed
MD & Head Yeti