Nepal is a true paradise for mountain trekking and one of the most unique adventures. This beautiful country has five seasons. Spring, summer, monsoon, autumn, and winter. Find out when is the best time to trek everest base camp below.
I will also share travel tips for Nepal and recommendations for the Everest Base Camp tours. It will be helpful, so keep an eye out! (I lived in Nepal for 10+ years and trekked Everest Base Camp in 2017. So, don’t hesitate to ask if you have any other questions that haven’t been covered here)
Nepal has eight of the top ten highest peaks of the world, some of which can only be reached on foot. The main one being the Everest Base Camp which sits at 6648m and elevation summit at 8848 m. EBC trek runs through the Khumbu region of Nepal, typically starting at Lukla and finishing up at the Everest Base Camp.
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December, January, and February
These three months is winter season in Nepal so expect very cold days. Meaning -20C/-4F to – 30C/-22F. This type of weather can block the trail with snow and higher up with no visibility.
If you have no option but to trek to Everest Base Camp these months, set aside extra days for delays as the weather conditions can be more challenging.
March, April, and May
Nepal is in full Spring/Summer mode during these 3 months. This makes it the best time to trek Everest Base Camp (second best). Spring brings warm weather and spectacular rhododendron blooms as well.
Pre-monsoon season May is traditionally the warmest month to visit Everest Base Camp. Having said that though, nobody can 100% guarantee the weather in any month except this is the forecast based on science. It can be cloudier in May too and it can still snow in Everest Base Camp in May!
Based on my experience of trekking Everest Base Camp, I would say April is one of the best times to climb EBC. The reason being is April is right bang in the middle of the summer season (30 degrees), sunny and dry most of the time also. You can expect sunshine for 6 to 7 hours a day which makes trekking a lot easier.
Note: You can see Everest from far at the various trail stops but not from the Everest Base Camp itself! Make sure you trek up to Kala Patthar for that incredible close-up view of the Everest. I suggest waking up for sunrise trek/sunsets trek to Kala Patthar.
June, July, and August
These 3 months are called the Monsoon also knows as rainy seasons in Nepal. The monsoon rains (mostly at night) bring landslides, and clouds often obscure mountain views.
It also means it is the low season for trekking. Hence things should be cheaper but it is not the best time to trek Everest Base Camp.
September, October, and November
Monsoon season cleans up the landscape with its rain and now in Autumn season things look particularly lush and vibrant. With this season you can expect clear blue skies, warm days, better and clearer views of the majestic mountains, less heat haze, and less cloud. It is not always the case but the weather trend usually follows this pattern.
These three months are the peak and best time to trek Everest Base Camp. The weather can be crisp, but with fairly stable conditions, good visibility, and temperature at Base Camp getting up to about -6°C you will have the best climate to climb EBC.
During these months, you may also meet many climbers on the trail starting Everest Expedition as the Everest summiting window is roughly from 1-20 October. You will also find Nepal’s biggest festival Dashain also falls during late September and October. It is the 15-day long celebration with thousands of animals sacrifices when Durga the Goddess of Victory won over Evil. It is best to book your Everest Base Camp tour beforehand as locals may be heading to their families to celebrate.
Bonus Tips for Everest Base Camp
Recommended Everest Base Camp trek tours
From Kathmandu: 1-hour Panoramic Everest Flight
Most wanted Everest Base Camp Trek
Kathmandu: 14-Day Everest Base Camp Trek
Mount Everest: 15-Day Base Camp and Kalapathar Trek
Everest Base Camp with Helicopter
If you don’t want to be restricted with seasons, a helicopter tour can be taken any time as long as the weather is good outside of the monsoon/rainy season. Meaning you can see Everest and all the mountains range on the rest of the three seasons. Layer your clothes, book in advance and you will be amazed by the crystal clear mountain views.
Helicopter or trekking on foot, you will never forget the mesmerizing view of the world’s tallest mountain Mount Everest.
Recommended Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tours
Everest Base Camp: 3 Hour Helicopter Sightseeing Tour
From Kathmandu: Private Everest Base Camp Helicopter Tour
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Few handy words
Hello – Namaste
How are you – K cha? (informal) , Tapailai Kasto cha? (formal), Sanchai (fine and well)
How much – Kati ho?
How many- Kati wota?
Food – Khana
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16 thoughts on “When is the best time to trek Everest base camp”
Everest is my dream vacation. Having this info, I can eventually pre-plan a trip. I hope to go there some day. Everything I’ve read and seen about Everest is beautiful.
Ever since I have gotten into rock climbing and mountaineering, I thought it would be fun to visit Mt. Everest. Not to try and climb it but to at least make it to base camp and enjoy the view. Maybe someday!
Wow, that’s a dream trip! ❤️ It’s on my bucket list. Thanks for the tips ?
For now, no I don’t have any. I would love to visit Everest and touch the snow, for myself.
I’d love to throw this one on my bucket list. I also read your other blog about it and its so helpful to plan it. thanks!
This is the ultimate bucket list item. You really incredibly brave and adventurous… well done to you!
Wow! This looks like it would be quite the adventure. I hope one day I can experience it.
It would be so amazing to see Everest! Such an incredibly beautiful place. Thank you for sharing more of it’s goodness with us!
I bet this would be an amazing trip! I think I need to add this to my list of places to visit!
I want to try the Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Tour! Sounds fun and also it’s a different angle at the sky! So cool isn’t it? Hope to do it soon!
Oh wow! What an amazing experience! I want to try the Everest Base Camp with Helicopter Tour! I did a similar one at the Iguazu Falls in Brazil, it was incredible.
I wanted to experience trekking the base of Mt. Everest when I was younger, but I guess it is too late now. I have such high regard for people who were able to reach the summit! Probably a helicopter tour would be the closest I can get to making my dream a reality.
It’s never too late Kristine.
On September 2019, I got a chance to do the EBC trek. As it was sponsored I accepted the offer and did successfully.
And the fun fact is This was the first trek of my life.
If a guy like me who did not have any prior experience of trekking did it then I think anyone can do it.
I’ve never been to Nepal, but this is definitely on my bucket list! Especially reading your article and reminding me of all of the natural beauty! Saving this Pin!
Trekking Everest base camp sounds like a great thing to do. Never been to Nepal but that sounds like a great place to visit someday.
Really great article on Best Time to do Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek.
By the way I also got the chance to do the EBC trek on September of 2019 and I remember it all.