Every year thousands of people trek in Everest Base Camp throughout all seasons. The purpose of your trek also changes the best time to do EBC. For trekking, the best seasons are Spring and Autumn which fass at the months of March to May and September to November respectively. If you are doing a helicopter tour, you can go anytime in good weather. In the monsoon season. After a rainfall a day before the helicopter tour is the best time to see the mountains and scenery of Everest region, at that time you would see the crystal clear mountain views. Below are the essential factors you need to consider while doing the EBC trek.
Weather and temperature
EBC trek is done at a high altitude of 5380 meters above sea level. Therefore, the region offers extremely cold and adverse weather conditions. The Everest region never has a really warm but there are still dramatic differences in precipitation, temperature and snowfall throughout the year. The climate and temperature of the region in different season are given below:
Autumn is the peak season to trek in the Everest region. In Nepal Autumn is in the months of September to November. In these months you will have a moderated temperature for trekking. The routes in these months are usually crowded. You will get the opportunity to experience and observe the incredible mountain view and the forest of colorful Rhododendrons and oaks. The sky during these months is crystal clear which provides the opportunity to view the spectacular mountains and peaks.
Spring months that are February to May are most popular in the region. You might have a show shower if you are trekking in early spring, but the weather is mostly dry and stable. The weather and temperature of spring is suitable for trekking and high altitude climbing. Most of the Everest summit is done in these months. You will have the best weather conditions. You will have a clear blue sky and little to no rains and a rare chance of snowfall.
The winter in Nepal lies in December, January and February. It is a bad time to trek to Everest Base Camp but it is the off-season. The temperature in these is extremely cold therefore you need to be well prepared for the freezing conditions. You will have an excellent view of mountains as in winter you will have a clear sky. Similarly, you will have a peaceful environment as in these months the region has fewer people on the trail.
Summer in Nepal means Monsoon season which is not an ideal time to travel in Everest Base Camp. you will have wet weather which makes the route slippery and muddy. Talking about the temperature, it is usually warm and it rarely rains all day. So if you want to trek in these months, the rain won’t stop you for a successful summit. The rain will affect you in the lower altitude, since EBC is a higher altitude trek the rain won’t cause any problem. You can do the Helicopter tour, trekking is not your thing. You won’t have a clear mountain view due to fog and clouds.
Nepal witnesses the many Hindu and Buddhist festivals throughout the year. The people in the Everest region are mostly Buddhist Sherpas which is completely different from the Hindu culture of the Hilly region. The festivals in the Everest region usually fall in the months of October or September. Mani Rimdu is one of the important and famous festivals for the Sherpa people. Tengboche Monastery is the most reputed monastery of the area. So, it is better to visit the area during the ritual dance of monks who are dressed in colorful and elaborate costumes.
High season crows and alternative route
Autumn and Spring season are the peak seasons to trek in Nepal. Since the EBC is the most popular trekking in Nepal, the trails are usually crowded at these times. These days, the accommodations are usually packed so you need to book in advance. Trekking alone can be risky and unsafe, therefore it is better to trek with a guide. In the summer and winter, there won’t be too many crowds so you won’t have any difficulty getting a good accommodation facility.
There are many alternative treks for Everest Base Camp where you will see fewer trekkers than in classic EBC trails. Some of the alternatives of EBC. you will have a wonderful glimpse of the landscape, culture and spectacular mountains.