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?
We’re glad you’re looking to go trekking in the Himalaya! We Evertrek Yetis hold this part of the world very near and dear to our hearts - especially Nepal! We want each and every trekker who comes along with us to have the best possible time on their trekking adventure, so with that in mind - let’s talk dates!
The date you pick for your EBC trek will depend on a few factors. Are you into crowds, or are you looking for a quieter trekking experience? Are you dependent on school breaks? Are you interested in meeting future Everest summiters? Are you into festivals?
That’s a lot to consider, so we’ll make it a bit easier for you - When thinking about the best time to go to Everest Base Camp, one of the first things to think about is the weather!
What is the Weather Like on the Everest Base Camp Trek?
Temperatures in the Everest Region can range from -20°C (-4°F) in the Winter months, to as high as around 20°C (68°F) in the Autumn and Spring. With so much variability, it’s important to have weather in mind when picking a trip date!
If you are looking to trek during the warmer months, we suggest picking a date in the Spring or early Autumn season. During these times the precipitation is limited and day temperatures will be mild to warm. If you’re trekking in Spring and Autumn you will probably see quite a few t-shirts out on the trails! If you are looking for a colder mountain experience, late Autumn and Winter are your best bet. If you’re looking to add that extra bit of challenge to the EBC experience, trekking in the colder months will definitely do it! Day temperatures are still pretty comfortable, with sunny skies on most days, but you will 100% notice the cold at night. Winter temperatures in the Everest region can go well below freezing, and it’s not uncommon to notice temperatures as low as -20°C (-4°F) near Everest Base Camp.
Do you want to know more about the Weather on the Everest Base Camp Trek? Click Here!
When is the best time of year to meet Everest summiters?
Spring is a great time to meet fellow trekkers who are making summit attempts, as Spring has some of the best weather for summit success. Specifically, May is a great month to meet some future summiters.
The summit of Everest might be the windiest place on earth -with hurricane force winds at the summit on over 50% of days during the windiest months. From the middle of October until the start of April the summit is subjected to winds that are almost continually in excess of 74 mph which is equivalent to a Category 1 Hurricane. During the winter, wind chill adjusted temperatures at the summit are as low as -70C (-90F) and exposed skin would be frostbitten almost instantaneously at this temperature. Lower wind speeds and warmer temperatures are what’s needed to make an Everest expedition possible, and there is only a relatively short climbing window in which these conditions are present each year. These conditions can typically be achieved in the month of May, which means that May is the most popular time to trek for those attempting to summit.
When is Everest Base Camp Busy, and When is it Quiet?
The Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular treks in the world, so it’s a safe bet to say that there will be plenty of people around, whether you trek during Winter, Autumn, or Spring. However, there are times during the year where the trek is most popular, and this will help you to determine when you should go.
As mentioned above, Spring (and May in particular) is the most popular time for those looking to summit Everest, so there will be plenty of excitement in the air during this time. If you are looking to meet as many people as possible, hear some great stories, and make connections with those who will shortly find their way to the top, this is the time for you!
If you are looking to do the trip when there are less people about, then consider trekking to Everest Base Camp in the late Autumn and Winter months. As mentioned above, these times are much colder and so the trek takes an extra bit of determination to complete. You will definitely still meet some great fellow trekkers along the way, but it will be a bit quieter than the busy Spring and Autumn months.
When are the Best Festivals in Nepal?
When planning your Everest Base Camp Trek, it’s a great idea to check out any events that might be happening during your trek. We Evertrek Yetis love to get involved in the cultures of the countries we trek to - and this is a great way to do it! Nepal, in particular, has a rich cultural heritage celebrated with many festivals throughout the year. Whichever time of year you go, there is likely to be a festival or two around the corner, but there are some particularly big events in October/November, especially during Dashain. Dashain is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal, and lasts 15 days in total. The festival is essentially a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, and it’s one of the most joyous occasions anywhere in Nepal! If you want more information on this and other festivals, including approximate dates, click here or here!
We hope this article has helped you to decide when is the BEST time to go to Everest Base Camp! Happy trek planning, and please get in touch with any and all questions - we love to chat trekking! In the meantime, check out some of our other awesome articles about the Everest Base Camp Trek below. Whatever time of year you choose to trek to Everest base camp, you will have an unbelievable time and will make some epic memories to have for the rest of your life!
CEO & Head Yeti