Best time to trek Everest Base Camp
This might surprise you but the trek to Everest Base Camp has been done successfully in every season. But every destination has its best time for scenery, weather, etc. The best seasons to do the Everest Base Camp trek are Spring (March-May) and fall (mid-September- November). The weather during this season is warm and fine. The sky is clear and you can see beautiful scenery without any haze. Apart from high seasons, we have been conducting Everest Base Camp treks in other winter and rainy seasons as well. They are different perks of trekking Everest Base Camp on off-seasons.
- Spring (March-May): The season of spring is considered the best time to trek Everest Base Camp. The weather is super fine and perfect for high-altitude trekking. Not only the weather, but the amazing views of landscapes and colorful rhododendron forest also add perfection to the adventure. However, the best season with beautiful weather has some drawbacks. The trail is usually heavily crowded with other fellow trekkers. Also, the weather window for climbers who want to climb Mount Everest opens in the spring season.
- Monsoon (June-August): Monsoon is less favored for Everest Base Camp trek as the trail becomes muddy and slippery. Aside from the lower region, the upper Himalayan region experience less rainfall. So it is possible to do the Everest Base Camp trek in monsoon season too. However one should be extra careful during monsoon. One mistake can inflict heavy damage.
- Fall (September- November): After spring, the fall season is considered another best time to trek Everest Base Camp. The months of fall from September to November also offer moderate temperatures, clear skies, and less chance of problematic rains or snowfall. It gets a little chillier in the fall than during the springtime. But that’s a fair trade for the mesmerizing views of the surrounding peaks that you get to see during this season. Also, you may get to experience light rainfall in the early days of autumn. But the views after those unannounced rainfalls are threats to keep an eye on.
- Winter (December-February): As long as you are well prepared for the cold weather, winter is a good time for a snowy adventure. You get to treat yourself to excellent mountain views and clear skies. All you need to do is gear up properly. Also, winter is just the right time if you want to avoid hustling for space with other travelers. Since it is considered off-season, the Everest region gets fewer visitors during the winters. Furthermore, Nepal’s tourism industry has introduced many winter sports in recent years. Sports like ice skating and skiing in Gokyo lake Mera peak are the new attractions in Nepal’s winter wonderland.
Everest Base Camp Trek safety and precautions:
The answer is: safe. It is safe to do the Everest Base Camp trek. The trail of EBC is full of waypoints so that no one can lose their way. There are lots of small settlements and tea houses with beautiful, kind, and hospitable local Sherpa people. Notable places like Lukla, Namche Labouche, Gorkashep, etc offer you decent accommodations and food along with internet and a hot shower for little cost. Although the trails and terrains are quite adventurous and challenging, you will have our professional team leader and assistants to guide you through this vast wilderness in the Himalayas. We recommend that any trekkers avoid alternate trekking routes in search of shortcuts as this has been one of the major factors for getting lost. Below are some normal safety tips for any trekkers:
- Avoid alternate or shortcuts
- Carry basic first-aid kits specially designed for high-altitude trekking that includes bandages, paracetamols, anti-diarrhoeal tablets, water purifying tablets, acetazolamide tablets
- Solar-powered phone/tablet chargers ( not necessary but recommended)
- Protective clothing and gears, antiseptics, insect repelling lotions, sunscreen lotions, proper sunglasses, sun-hats, etc
- Always walk with a group or follow a group if you are a solo trekker.
- Avoid too much consumption of alcohol and junk foods
The highest point attained During Everest Base Camp Trek: The highest altitude attained while doing Everest Base Camp Trek is 5,545 m above sea level at Kalapatthar. Kalapatthar is the most famous viewpoint in Everest Region. From Kalapatthar, trekkers can see close-up and beautiful panoramic views of different peaks including Mount Everest, Pumori, Lhotse, and more than 30 other peaks.
Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty
Everest Base Camp trek is graded as challenging or difficult. Once a wise person said, " difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations". Just like the quote, Everest Base Camp is difficult but it is heavily rewarding. The trek requires your complete physical and mental abilities. Being a physically demanding trek, we recommend our guests and trekkers prepare their bodies for tough terrain, low oxygen concentration levels, high altitudes, and long walks ( average walking time per day is 6 hours ). Work on your stamina, agility, and endurance. And this trek won't be difficult anymore. To ease your trek, even more, hiring a porter to carry your duffle bag or backpack would be a good idea. A porter will carry a maximum of 13-17 kg. You can keep your daytime personal belonging in your small backpack and carry them and let the porter carry other stuff. This way, you can ease your back, legs, shoulders, etc.
Acclimatization in Everest Base Camp Trek
The chances of getting high altitude sickness while doing High altitude trekking are always high. Especially above 3000 m, the oxygen concentration in the atmosphere decreases by 15- 30 %. For a body to function properly, this amount of oxygen is not enough. Trekkers get tired easily and are prone to muscle weakness, and loss of breath due to low oxygen concentration levels. But this is normal at high altitudes and is not considered altitude sickness. If the symptoms go beyond that like loss of breath, severe headache, very weak muscles, faster heartbeat rate, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting then one must be seriously concerned. These symptoms can be avoided if your body is acclimatized properly to changing climatic and altitude variables. So we have allocated two days for acclimatization in Namche and Dingboche.
Altitude sickness is common in high-altitude trekking and is preventable. But ignoring symptoms of altitude sickness may cause your brain severe damage and even death. So don't ignore any symptoms. If you feel any inconvenience in your body, immediately inform your guides and let them handle the situation. Our guides are well-trained professionals and know how to avoid risk in such conditions. They are provided with oxymeters to check the oxygen levels in your body occasionally so that high altitude sickness can be avoided.
Also, our itineraries are designed to ease anyone willing to do a high-altitude trek without any problem and risk of high-altitude sickness.
As a preventive measure, we recommend avoiding too much alcohol consumption and drinking enough water. ascend slowly and take a rest in between the ascends. However, you need not worry about any of these as our well-trained guides can handle the situation and take care of your health. The safety of our customers is the main priority of Adventure Altitude Treks and Expedition agency. To descend immediately is the first and main cure in case of High altitude sickness,
Places of Interest in Everest Base Camp Trek
Lukla: The first place people think of the Everest region is the Tenzing-Hillary airport at Lukla. Considered one of the most adventurous and dangerous airports in the world, flying through clouds and in between high hills on a twin otter gives anyone a sense of great adventure. The landing and taking off is crucial. Just a little miscalculation can trigger fatal consequences. Because of the short airstrip and high hills surrounding the airport, only small-sized twin otter that carries a maximum of 16-18 passengers are allowed to land. Also called the gateway to Everest, Lukla offers you all of the services needed including wi-fi, communication networks, a french bakery, cafes, pubs, etc.
Namche Bazar: One of the most exciting places while doing the Everest Base Camp trek is Namche Bazar. Allocated as one of the acclimatization places, Namche offers you all the necessities and luxury. From the highest placed Irish pub to delicious German and French bakeries, almost every famous cuisine is served. With the fusion of traditional Sherpa culture and modern necessities, lots of fellow trekkers and climbers enjoying pubs and bars, Namche gives you a vibe of some ancient paradise.
Dingboche: Another beautiful place where many trekkers stop for overnight stays is Dingboche. Providing an amazing view of high mountains from the front porch and backyard, you can enjoy a morning hot coffee to an evening meal staring at the world's mightiest Mount Everest. Accommodations offer standard twin beds and electricity. Wi-Fi and hot showers are available on demand. Local Sherpa food and culture are something that should not be missed.
Gorekshep: The final resting point during the Everest Base Camp trek is Gorekshep. Situated at an altitude of 5,100 m from sea level, Gorekchep provides a clear and close-up view of Mount Everest and other surrounding peaks. Gorekshep is a junction between Kalapatthar and Everest Base Camp. Hike to Everest Base Camp and then back to Gorakshep for an overnight stay. Next day, early morning hike to Kalapatthar, return to Gorekshep and continue your journey towards Lukla.