Heaven is myth Nepal is real. Mount Everest Base Camp is the gateway to this heaven which has its different versions of the weather. So, there are few things to be considered before you decide to Everest Base camp trek into this majestic sheer beauty of Himalayas which dramatically changes its temperature and rainfall timings. The Himalayas are surely beautiful 12 months a year but as they say, a smile compliments a beautiful face and so, weather compliments beautiful scenery. Therefore, one needs to consider the weather before they plan to trek. Nepal isn’t just full of natural diversity but also rich in culture. That is why we recommend you to consider the Nepali calendar of festivals so that; you could enjoy the glorious Himalayas along with the sheer beauty of tradition and customs of Khumbu zone.
Since Mount Everest is located in the Northern Hemisphere, its changes in climate condition correspond to the European seasons. This climate is profoundly affected by the two main climate forces of the earth: wind coming from the Bay of Bengal to the south and the wind coming from the main Asian continent to the north. Therefore, we suggest you to consider some information before deciding the time of the year to embark on this trek.
The Everest Base Camp Trek runs through the Khumbu region of Nepal, typically starting at Lukla and ends at the Everest Base Camp. While the higher sections of the region are known for extremely cold and adverse weather conditions, there are times throughout the year where the weather stabilizes and tends to be very mild, making it great for trekking. It is important to understand the weather patterns of the region when planning your trek to ensure you get the most out of your time spent in the area. Taking into account of the weather, February to May is the best time for trekking but here is the few information about the weather along with the months you might want to ponder:
February – May: Spring months are the most popular in the region as a whole. You might also experience some occasional snow showers if you begin your journey at the end of the winter but fortunately, the weather is most likely to be steady and arid at this time. This climate is the most privileged one for trekkers and climbers. But, this affluence comes at a price! For the ideal weather, the routes are the busiest and the hotels, teahouses are at their fullest to charge. And the good news is, this season is the peak time for the daring and adventure enthusiasts to conquer the Everest. So, you may come across some interesting and lifelong friends during this trek, at this season. Another plus point is Everest region is the liveliest at this time with the routes edged by the beautiful rhododendrons.
September – November: Clear days are major of this popular trekking period. Although colder days (and colder nights) are to be expected. A peculiar snowstorm is known to hit the region during this time so be sure to pack correctly and embrace safety cautions. An added bonus of trekking during this time is the option to choose some other less known routes in the area that still offer amazing views but without the hustle and bustle of the more popular routes. The Gokyo Lakes Trek to the Everest Base Camp is a perfect example.
December – January: The region during this period can best be described as being very cold but still able to have trekked. The days will be shorter and there is a lot more snow, thus routes that involve crossing big passes like the three passes trek are usually closed. The weather will be fairly stable and dry, meaning it is entirely possible to trek the classic route to Everest Base Camp in these months. Expect temperatures as cold as -30°C at night higher up the route so be sure to bring the correct gear. If the cold doesn’t bother you and you want to avoid the crowds, trekking at this time may be just right for you. Why not even consider a Christmas Everest Base Camp Trek as a festive alternative to the more typical Christmas activities?
June – August: This season comprises of heavy rain and nothing more! The monsoon is in full swing during this time of year as the warm, moisture-laden water from the Indian Ocean causes rapid downpours. The routes tend to very empty with only high-altitude die-hards braving the rains. Slippery trails, leeches and the lack of mountain views seem to be sufficient in backing off the trekkers. There are a few areas, called rain-shadows that provide good trekking conditions even during the monsoon months. The Annapurna Circuit is a good example of one of these rain protected areas.
No matter what the weather is, the majestic beauty stays the same. The major point is to be able to see it or not due to weather conditions. Hope you pick the best time in accordance with the information provided above and enjoy in the vicinity of nature. Also, capture the gorgeous sight of soul touching the absolute beauty of the Himalayan Trek that you will cherish throughout your life.