The weather in the world’s highest mountain- Mt. Everest is above freezing which can go near -60°C to even low. Despite having the extreme temperature in the summit, the weather in Everest Base camp is not like that.
However, at the time of winter season and monsoon season, the temperature in Everest Base Camp can also drop to -20°C on average at night. But the problem is not about the extreme coldness in EBC (Everest Base Camp); it’s the hurricane, fog, and heavy snowfall that makes it dangerous.
Visiting Everest Base Camp (EBC) without plan and knowledge about the weather can be very deadly too.
So, here’s some information regarding When to trek/ How to trek and weather in Everest Base Camp.
What is the Weather in Everest Base Camp?
- 1 What is the Weather in Everest Base Camp?
- 1.1 Winter Season in the Everest Base Camp:
- 1.2 Spring season in the Everest Base Camp:
- 1.3 Monsoon/Summer season in the Everest Base Camp:
- 1.4 Autumn season in the Everest Base Camp:
A large number of people travel in Nepal just to trek Everest Base Camp. And more than 35,000 tourists become trekkers after climbing Everest Base Camp within a year. Becoming the highest base camp on earth with 5,364m altitude, EBC trek is also one of the hardest treks in Nepal.
And the first factor that affects the Everest Base Camp trek is the weather. So, here is the list of weather in EBC that shouldn’t be underestimated:
Winter Season in the Everest Base Camp:
Everyone knows that winter means freezing cold which falls on Dec-Feb. Similarly, winter in Everest Base Camp is also the same but it’s way more freezing than normal. But, despite having unstable weather and extreme cold, there are peoples who will trek in Everest Base Camp.
Everest region in this season gets dry and clear aside from morning mist and once in a while-snowfall. Similarly, the temperature at day gets 10°C and at night gets -15°C on average. Likewise, days are shorter and nights are longer compared to other seasons.
However, I’m not saying that it is impossible to do trekking in Everest Base Camp. Like I mentioned above, there are still daring people who take the challenges and do the EBC trek but only in the month of December and mid-February.
December in EBC:
It is the beginning month of the winter season. During morning and evening in the Everest region, it gets very cold. Although, trekkers can enjoy brilliant weather during the day. The sky gets clear as a crystal that provides a sharp view of the surrounding. The average temperature at day is around 15°C and the average temperature at night is around -14°C.
January in EBC:
Similarly, the weather gets colder in the month of January. The temperature reaches 4°C in the day and falls at a minimum temperature of -20°C at night. That’s why January is known as the coldest month of the year and trekkers will experience a lot of snowfall on the way of Everest Base Camp. That is why we recommend you not to take the risk this month.
February in EBC:
It is the last month of the winter season. The weather slightly starts getting warmer in this month. The maximum temperature at day time is 4°C and at night the temperature drops to -15°C. At the beginning of Everest Base Camp trek, trekkers can enjoy a comfortable hike with moderate temperatures. In this month days are brighter with the clean sky providing jaw-dropping mountains peak covered with snow.
Winter season can be an incredible time to trek Everest Base Camp since this season offers you the glorious view of Everest. Very fewer numbers of trekker choose winter season for Everest Base Camp so, that you’ll get a lot of options for accommodations and have own space and time to enjoy the spectacular views. In addition, supers are less expensive than different seasons.
So, what should you know about trekking in winter season at Everest Base Camp:
Best tips for EBC trekking in Winter season:
The first tip for you is “Don’t trek in winter if it’s your first time in Everest Base Camp”.
Well, you may be a hiker or athletic and know about trekking in Nepal also. And yes, you can do the trekking in Everest Base Camp also but there’s a difference between “you can” and “you have”. If someone says that you can trek to Everest Base Camp then they might be true. But, at the time of autumn and spring season only.
Likewise, if you have already trekked in Everest Base Camp then, you will know how you can trek in the winter season also. It means that a professional trekker won’t need a guide.
Spring season in the Everest Base Camp:
Spring season, also known as “Nature season” is the best time to do trekking in Everest Base Camp. The days become warmer to lower altitude area i.e. 3000ft in this season. Whereas, the whole area of EBC gets decorated by lush forests of Rhododendron, pine trees and more.
March, April, and May fall under the season of spring in Nepal. This season provides 7 hours of daily sunlight. The days are warm and clear which means the Everest region starts to get hotter. Similarly, Spring season is the windiest season among all those four seasons. Therefore, trekkers will encounter 38km/hrs of strong wind during the spring season.
Because the temperature in the spring season gets 22°C at day time, it’s the perfect time to leave your house and do trekking in Nepal/EBC. You can see the true color of nature as well as some endangered species in the winter season also.
However, be ready to face the rush hour at this time because you will meet lots of other trekkers also. Similarly, due to limited accommodations in the Everest Base Camp trail, you can see lots of tents also.
Related topic: Where to stay at Everest Base Camp?
March in EBC:
In the month of March, the temperature is perfectly moderate for Everest Base Camp trek and trekkers can experience the warm sunshine. The average temperature rises up to 7°C and falls to -12°C at night.
April in EBC:
This month offers trekkers perfect weather to trek i.e. neither hot nor cold. Additionally, the unexpected possibility of rain is very less during Everest Base Camp trek. The temperature rises till 10°C and falls to 5°C at night.
May in EBC:
The weather remains ideal in the month of May. During the period of May the temperature rises up to 15°C at day and falls at 0°C at night. However, this is the last month of spring, so that trekkers might get an experience of slight rainfall during trek.
Best Tips for EBC trekking in Spring Season:
Spring season is the best weather and most crowded season for trekking in Everest Base Camp. That is why there are lots of tips you should read before trekking in Everest Base Camp. And the first tip is to take a guide with you. Because the guide will handle all the problems like accommodations, meals, and other related terms.
Likewise, due to long information about how you can plan this trek, I will not include here. However, I have made another post about “50 best tips for Everest Base Camp trek” with detail information.
Monsoon/Summer season in the Everest Base Camp:
Monsoon/Summer season is the season of rain, fog, thunder and mist in Nepal that falls on Jun-Aug. Even though the temperature gets 28°C in day-time at Everest Base Camp, it’s still the bad season for trekking. You may ask why?
Because weather in this season can be quite unpredictable and you shouldn’t challenge the weather this season. At the time of monsoon season, the wind blows at 16km/hrs and even more. Similarly, the main thing that affects the trekking is the path. Because, the path will be blocked by snow and there will be no flights due to weather, and you won’t reach any near to Everest Base Camp.
June in EBC:
This month, the temperature rises from 18°C at day time and drops to 0°C at night. Whereas, due to frequent rainfall the trail gets slippery.
July in EBC:
Monsoon season in July indicates the off-season for trekking in Nepal due to rainfall and muddy trails. But trekkers can catch the sharpest view of mountains after rainfall. The temperature rises up to 18degree Celsius at day and falls to 5°C at night.
August in BEC:
It marks the end of the monsoon season. From this month the possibility of rain decreases and trekkers can enjoy the green vegetation along with various kind of flowers. Trekkers can see high flow rivers and waterfalls. In addition, this month offers you a breathtaking panorama view of mountains with dramatic effect of clouds. The average temperature rises up to 18°C at day and falls up to 7°C at night.
Essentially, most of the trekkers don’t plan for Everest Base Camp in this season due to muddy, slippery trails, difficulty to walk, fluffy walk and unpredictable weather.
Autumn season in the Everest Base Camp:
After spring season- the harvest season, autumn is the best season for trekking in Nepal. The rainfall slowly stops at the start of autumn and provides the clear view of the mountains. Every trekker can enjoy 7 hours of sunlight every day. Each month of autumn is neither hot nor cold in the Everest region. The temperature rises at 20°C at day and falls up to -10°C at night.
September in EBC:
Being the first month of the Autumn season- September indicates the end of monsoon and temperature slowly starts to decrease in the Everest region. This month the temperature is unpredictable. Sep month includes little rains with a maximum temperature of 15°C at day and 2°C in the morning. Furthermore, in the month of September trekkers can enjoy wonderful views of the mountains.
October in EBC:
Itis one of the best seasons for trekking as it offers less chance of rain and snowfall. Also, it has the most stable weather conditions. Therefore, trekkers can have splendid views of mountains without fogs and clouds. The temperature in the day time is 12°C and the temperature falls at -6°C at night time.
November in EBC:
Sunny and bright day welcome you in the month of November. This last month of autumn indicates the pre-winter which demonstrates the winter season. So, the temperature rises to 6°C at day and falls to -12°C at night. Every trekker should be prepared with warm clothes during this month. Similarly, the Autumn season has driest months which means weather conditions are all favorable neither hot nor cold. This season is the most comfortable and agreeable for trekking in Nepal.
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