21/05/2018 Articles

When is the best time of year to trek to Everest Base Camp

What time of year is the best time to trek to Everest Base Camp?

The trekking trips to Everest Base Camp are split over 2 seasons per year.

You have March/April/May, which is a superb time to go or you have September/October/November which is also a good time.

We do offer trips at other times of the year, especially winter but ideally the best weather windows for trekking to Everest Base Camp are the Spring and Autumn.

So which is better? Both times of year are great and both have different experiences and positives. In the spring,  the climbing teams are at Everest Base Camp, so it's a very busy place. It's great seeing how a real expedition goes on and you meet some great people. You can also hang out at base camp amongst the masses of tents and prayer flags. Especially around March and April where there's a great atmosphere while you're there. It's not like you get in the way or anything as for the most part, people are always happy to chat because for them, they are just relaxing at base camp before the climb before they set off on their climbing rotations on the mountain.

Then you have the autumn months which is different as Nepal normally comes out of monsoon season at the end of August and is noticeably warmer. September can be a bit challenging early on with some rain but towards the end of September, it's just great. The temperature during the day gets to around 20c. Once the sun goes down the temperature does drop considerably and once you hit November, it does drop to -10 in the evenings. It's a very cool time to go as you have also got the festivals in the autumn. Kathmandu and the mountain regions have numerous festivals and it's great to see and experience. It's such a good energy. You also have the Mani Rimdu festival which is at Tengboche Monastery along the Everest route. That's normally in November but does change every year. That's a 3-day festival experience which is something else for sure! So those are the two best times to trek to Everest Base Camp.

If you want even more detail on the best time of year to go to Everest, check out an article I wrote some time ago about this HERE

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