What Is the Weather Like On the Everest Base Camp trek?
When thinking about the weather on the Everest Base Camp trek - think ‘change’. There are weather patterns throughout the year which affect the Everest Region and so it’s important to plan accordingly, and to select your trip date based on the best possible trekking weather for you!
If you’re trekking with us, we’ve done a lot of the thinking for you - we only run trips to Base Camp when the weather and the trekking is at its best. We run most of our trekking season during March/April/May and September/October/November which are some of the most moderate times to visit EBC. If you want to know more about the best time of the year to trek to Everest Base Camp - Click Here!
1.What is the Weather like on the Everest Base Camp Trek in the Summer?
The Summer weather in the Everest Region (June to August) is influenced by the Indian Monsoon which brings frequent rainfall and cloudy days. You might find solitude during this time but clouds and rain generally obscure the peaks and it’s not a good time to visit the Everest region.
Nepal comes out of monsoon season at the end of August, so early September will still be a bit rainy, but things warm up and dry off by the end of September. You will see temperatures getting close to 20°C (68°F) on the trek in September. Don’t be fooled though - the temperature does drop considerably during the night, so you will still need to bundle up!
2. What is the Weather like on the Everest Base Camp Trek in the Spring and Autumn?
Generally, the Spring and the Autumn months make for the best possible Everest Base Camp trekking experience. The days in Spring are warm and clear, and temperatures are comfortable throughout the Autumn months. You will often see trekkers in T-shirts and shorts during these months, and you’re more likely to meet some future summiters as the Spring in particular (May especially) has some of the best weather for going all the way! We also run some trips in the Winter months, which is a great time to go - but it’s definitely a bit colder. When November comes around, the temperature can drop to -10°C (14°F) in the evenings.
3. What is the Weather like on the Everest Base Camp Trek in the Winter?
Winter weather (Nov to Feb) is dominated by the southward migration of the northern hemisphere jet stream which brings high winds, cold temperatures, and on occasion heavy snow falls. Winter can be a great time for trekking as the trails are really quiet and there is something challenging about reaching Everest Base Camp in the coldest time of year.
Day temperatures are comfortable with sunny skies generally prevailing, although it can get well below freezing - even as low as -20°C (-4°F) near Everest Base Camp.
If you’re looking to trek during the colder months, late Autumn or Winter will be a good fit for you. October/November are particularly good months to complete the Everest Base Camp trek as some of Nepal’s biggest festivals take place during this time. If you want to learn more about the festivals in Nepal, you can do that here or here!
I hope that answers your question of ‘What Is the Weather Like On the Everest Base Camp trek?’ Whatever the weather, whatever time of year you go, it's a very real and extreme challenge - but one that is achievable, unforgettable, and so worth it!
If you’ve got more questions, or just want to chat about trekking, give us a shout on 02920003216 or via email at email@example.com
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Allie Kenny Treen