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Best Time to Hike Everest Base Camp

Hiking to New Heights: Introducing the best season for the Everest base camp

The Everest Base Camp is located in the heart of Nepal’s Khumbu region. The weather conditions in the Everest region are unpredictable due to the high altitude. The best times to hike to Everest Base Camp are during spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). These seasons offer favorable weather with clear skies, beautiful scenery, and majestic mountain views.

Hiking to Everest Base Camp must be the biggest dream for those who love to do adventure. It is situated in the magnificent Himalayas and serves as the gateway to climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain peak in the world, located in Nepal. Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular destinations for trekking in Nepal. This article provides detailed information on the temperature and weather conditions during different seasons at the Everest Base Camp.

Everest Base Camp Temperature

The temperature in the Everest region differs based on the specific month of the year and various weather conditions. Due to the high altitude, the base often experiences cold and low temperatures. In spring (March to May), the daytime temperature remains around 25°C with the nighttime temperature dropping to -25 °C. During the monsoon season, the maximum temperature ranges from -20°C to 25 °C, and the minimum temperature ranges from -3 °C to -5 °C. Additionally, in autumn (September to November), the daytime temperature ranges from 12 °C to -20 °C, with the nighttime temperature ranging from 3 °C to -7 °C. In the winter season (December to February), the daytime temperature ranges from -10 °C to -8 °C, whereas the nighttime temperature remains from -7 °C to -15 °C.

Here is the tabular format which shows the maximum and minimum temperatures in the Everest region: 

MonthsMax Temperature Min Temperature
May15 °C0°C

Here is a graphical presentation of Temperature of Everest Base Camp in different months:

The weather during the Everest Base Camp Hike/Trek

The weather at Everest base camp is unpredictable and changeable, varying throughout the year due to high altitude and mountainous terrain. The major factors affecting the Everest region’s weather are rainfall, temperature, wind, and waterfalls. The best season to hike Everest Base Camp are spring and autumn, as the climate is favorable and suitable. Detailed information about the weather conditions in different seasons of the year for hiking Everest Base Camp is explained below:

1. Spring season (March to May):

This month of the year is a popular time to hike to Everest base camp. It is a comfortable time for hiking as there are suitable weather conditions. Additionally, Clear skies, beautiful natural views like mountain ranges, blooming rhododendrons, and melting snow will bring more charm to the hiking. People who love to climb Mount Everest also visit more in March as it offers the best weather conditions.  You can enjoy the view of waterfalls, and, snow-capped mountains.

Pros of Hiking in Spring Season

  • This season offers favorable and consistent weather conditions with clear skies, long days, and moderate temperatures.
  • You can enjoy the natural beauties, such as blossoming rhododendrons, and hillsides filled with colorful wildflowers, along the trails. 
  • You may have the opportunity to see birds, butterflies, and other wildlife.

Cons of Hiking in the Spring Season

  • The trails can get crowded, especially in this season.
  •  It might be difficult to find accommodation in teahouses.
  • There is a low possibility of getting tickets to Lukla.
  • As it is a peak season, there will be difficulty in finding experienced guides and porters.  

2. Autumn (September to November):

Autumn is another best time of the year to hike Everest base camp as the weather conditions are predictable and consistent. The skies are regularly clear, and allowing you to enjoy the breathtaking and mesmerizing views of Mount Everest and other peaks. The hillsides are covered with golden hues of changing foliage and blooming flora, and the trails are less muddy. Consequently, there is also a lower risk of landslides compared to other seasons. You can expect to encounter more trekkers on the trails and at teahouses. Therefore, it is advisable to do pre-booking for the trip.

Pros of Hiking at Autumn Season

  • The skies are clear, and additionally, you can see the majestic views of mountain peaks such as Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, and Kongde Ri.
  • This season is drier than any other, which reduces the risk of landslides and avalanches.
  • You also have the chance to experience the major festivals of Nepal – Dashain and Tihar.

Cons of Hiking at Autumn Season

  • The weather can be unpredictable towards the end of November.
  • The days are shorter, so there is less chance to explore more about the Everest region.

3. Summer (June to August):

Summer is the off-season to go hiking at Everest Base Camp as it coincides with the monsoon in the region. The weather is not consistent, with frequent rainfall, heavy clouds, higher humidity, and poor visibility. The trails become more slippery and muddy, and there are also risks of landslides and avalanches. However, despite the heavy rainfall, this season offers lush greenery in the Everest region, with beautiful scenery of blooming flowers, vibrant vegetation, and waterfalls. There are fewer crowds, and teahouses and lodges are more available, providing a peaceful and serene hiking experience.

Pros of Hiking in the Summer Season

  • The days are longer in the summer season, so you can enjoy and explore more natural beauties, such as wildlife, diverse flora, and fauna, and blooming wildflowers.,
  • You can enjoy the sights and sounds of flowing waterfalls and experience the refreshing, and fresh air.

Cons of Hiking in the Summer Season

  • There will be heavy rainfall and strong winds, and the trails can become muddy and slippery, increasing the risk of falls and injuries.
  • There is also a high risk of avalanches and landslides during this season.
  • Furthermore, leeches can be found on the trails during this time

4. Winter (December to February):

The winter season in the Everest region experiences below freezing temperatures. The weather conditions are harsh, with heavy snowfall, and the trails are fully covered in snow, creating slippery and unstable conditions. Snowstorms, blizzards, strong winds, and cold temperatures result in low visibility.

Pros of Hiking in the Winter Season

  • Hiking is peaceful and quiet, as the trails are not very crowded.
  • You can see the mesmerizing view of snow-covered trails, a foggy environment, and frozen lakes.

Cons of Hiking in the Winter Season

  • This season has harsh weather conditions with extremely cold temperatures, strong winds, and challenging weather conditions.
  • The hiking trails are slippery and icy.
  •  The days are shorter in comparison with other seasons so there will be less chance to explore natural beauties.  

The weather in the Everest region is unpredictable and inconsistent. Before planning your Everest Base Camp trek, ensure that you are fully prepared with safety measures. Trekking in the Himalayas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that leaves you with unforgettable memories. Even if the weather at the base camp is not consistent, you can make your trek perfect with proper gear and equipment. So, it’s crucial to be fully prepared while packing.

Packing Lists to Hike Everest Base Camp

  • Bag (Duffle or Rucksack)
  • Rain protection or Raincoats
  • Warm clothes and sleeping bags
  • Sturdy and comfortable boots
  • Water Bottle and Thermos
  • Personal requirements (Towel, first aid)
  • Crampons

Make sure to arrange a complete packing list for the Everest Base Camp trek. Pack manageably to ensure your safety and comfort in the challenging Himalayan weather conditions. It will be beneficial for you if you consult with experienced guides, hikers, and trekking agencies. You can get extra guidance on particular gear and equipment needed for the Everest Base Camp.

Best months to hike Everest Base Camp

1. March, April, May

These months are the best for hiking to Everest Base Camp, as they have favorable weather with clear skies and moderate temperatures. The blooming panoramas, which include rhododendrons, and wildflowers, create an attractive environment. The trails are less muddy and slippery, making trekking safer. The time is capped by lively occasions such as Holi, and, lhosar, which provide cultural experiences. 

March marks the beginning of the trekking season, and as a result, there are a lot of crowds on the trails to Everest Base Camp. It is also the best month for climbers attempting to ascend Mount Everest. In April, the weather conditions are better than in other months, with warm days, minimal snowfall, and low rainfall. By May, those who can’t withstand cold temperatures can go hiking to Everest Base Camp, as the weather becomes less severe in the morning and evening.

 2. September, October, November

These months are considered the best months for hiking to Everest base camp, as this time of the year offers consistent weather conditions with moderate temperatures and low rainfall. This makes it an ideal time for trekking, as the way to Everest base camp is dry and visible. The hillsides are covered with blooming landscapes and majestic, beautiful sceneries. You can easily get access to Lukla flights.

September is the beginning of the trekking season. In late September, the major festival of Nepal, Dashain, starts. During the month of October, you can have the opportunity to enjoy the festival with local vibes along the trial. In November, the weather is cool with clear skies, providing excellent visibility and the opportunity to see breathtaking mountain panoramas.

Weather Conditions of Major Destinations in the Everest Region  

Everest Base Camp is the major destination for many hikers and climbers. There are also other best places to visit in the Everest Region. Some of the major attractions near Everest base camp are:


Lukla is a popular village to visit in the Solukhumbu area of Nepal, at an altitude of 2860 m, (9,383 ft.). It is known for Tenzing- Hillary Airport, popularly known as Lukla Airport. Lukla is accessible by small, fixed-wing, STOL helicopters, and aircraft.

 The airport has a challenging runway, which is of short length and is built on a sloping hillside, making it the main attraction for foreigners.  The airport has become a crucial transportation hub for trekkers and climbers heading to the Everest region.  

 During March, April, October, and November, more numbers of visitors visit Lukla. The skies are regularly clear and there is a less rainfall during this time. The maximum temperature reaches 12.4 °C, and the minimum temperature drops to -9.2 °C for the year. Hence, the November and April months are the best times for visiting Lukla.

Here are the maximum and minimum temperatures of Lukla in different months:

MonthsMax TemperatureMin Temperature
April7.8 °C-1.8°C
May9.8°C2.1 °C
December3.5 °C-5.4°C

Here is Graphical representation of Maximum and Minimum Temperature of different month in Lukla:

Namche Bazaar

 Namche Bazaar is located in the Khumbu region of Nepal at an elevation of around 3500 m, (11,319 ft.). It serves as the main stop-off point for hikers and trekkers heading for the Everest base camp.  Namche is a dynamic Sherpa town with a variety of attractions such as shops, lodges, and restaurants. You can see the majestic views of mountain peaks from there. As well as you can learn about local culture and explore different Sherpa museums.

Namche is the popular trekking trail on the Everest base camp hike mainly for acclimatization and relaxation before starting an uphill trail.

Namche Bazaar is attractive in the spring. The temperature ranges from 10 to 18 degrees Celsius in this season. The hills and jungles are covered in golden hues, flora, fauna, blooming rhododendrons, and colored wildflowers. The weather and temperature are consistent and favorable during this season. This season offers majestic Himalayas views and a fresh environment. The maximum temperature remains at 9.8 °C and the minimum temperature of -11.9°C for over a year.

The maximum and minimum temperature of Namche Bazaar is shown below:

MonthsMax TemperatureMin Temperature
December0.7 °C-7.9°C

Here is the Graphical representation of minimum and maximum temperature of Namche Bazaar:

Tengboche Monastery

Tengboche Monastery is located in the Khumbu region of Nepal, at an elevation of 3, 867 m, (12,687 ft.). Positioned along the primary trekking route from Lukla to Everest Base Camp, this monastery is renowned for its colorful festival of Mani Rimdu. From this monastery, you can see the panoramic views of Mount Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam (mother of the mountain), and Thamserku.

The best time to hike Tengboche Monastery is April, May, September, October, and November. Furthermore, In these months, there would be mild temperatures, you can enjoy the breathtaking views of the Himalayas. As September and October are dry seasons, it makes an ideal time for trekking. The maximum temperature reaches 14°C and minimum temperatures of -13°C for the year in Tengboche Monastery.

Here is the maximum and minimum temperature of Tengboche Monastery is in the table below:

MonthsMax TemperatureMin Temperature
December 3°C-10°C

Here is the Graphical representation of maximum and minimum temperature of Tengboche Monastery:


Kalapatthar is located in the Everest region of Nepal at an elevation of 5643 m, (18, 373 ft.). Additionally, you can observe close unobstructed views of mountains: Everest, Nuptse, Changtse, and Lhotse.  Early morning and evening can be the best time to visit Kalapatthar to see the mesmerizing view of sunrise and sunset on Everest. So, many hikers hike to Kalapatthar early in the morning to see a majestic sunrise over Mount Everest.

Kalapatthar is recognized for its strong winds, especially in the evening and afternoon. The temperatures can be very cold as it is situated in higher altitudes, temperatures can drop rapidly. However, sometimes it reaches below freezing. Kalapatthar offers panoramic and close views of peaks such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku.

The best month to hike Kalapatthar is September to November and March to May. During this season, the temperature remains from 10 – 20°C in the daytime, where it drops to -10 °C at nighttime. This period of the year has warm and moderate temperatures with clear visibility with consistent weather conditions furthermore,  you can enjoy the majestic and clear views of sunrise and sunset.

Gokyo Lakes

 The Gokyo Lakes is a famous lake of Gokyo with a stunning view of Mount Everest at 4700-5000 m, (15400-16400ft) above sea level. The sparkling, pristine, blue, and green waters are the main attraction of Gokyo Lakes.

Gokyo lakes are best to hike during spring as the weather is relatively mild. The sky is clear, the days are longer and moreover you can explore the natural beauties and the view of shiny mountains along the trail makes it extra memorizing.  The maximum temperatures remain -10.1°C and the minimum temperatures of -18.7°C for the year in Gokyo lakes.

The maximum and minimum temperatures at Gokyo Lakes in the different month is below in tabular format:

MonthsMax TemperatureMin Temperature
September2.9°C-2.5 °C
December-6°C-14.3 °C

Here is the Graphical representation of maximum and minimum temperature of Gokyo Lakes:

These are the major destinations in the Everest region, and it’s your time to turn your dream into reality. Explore the detailed information about the Everest Base Camp itinerary that covers these destinations, and begin an incredible adventure.

Weather Conditions at Everest Base Camp in Winter Season

This season begins in December and ends in February. The weather conditions are extremely cold and harsh. The weather conditions during this month are described below:

  • The temperature at Everest Base Camp in this season can drop as low as -30°C or even lower.
    Freezing temperatures are unfavorable, and you need to prepare for them. Make sure to have safety measures in place, such as warm jackets, sleeping bags, and sturdy boots.
  • There will be heavy snowfall and accumulation in the Everest region. So, trails are hard to navigate.
  • During the winter season, this region has strong winds, especially at high altitudes. In the same way, you need face masks, goggles, and gloves.
  • Heavy snowfall, blizzards, and foggy conditions cause poor visibility during this season.
  • The trails are icy and slippery, so traction such as crampons or micro spikes are necessary.
  • Especially, in this season, you need to manage extra safety measures such as a waterproof jacket, fleece, or warm mid-layers, skin products, and a first aid kit.

If you plan to hike the Everest Base Camp in the winter season, you need to prioritize necessities while hiking. You need to consult with seasoned guides or trekking organizations that offer regular information and guides in trekking the Everest Base Camp.


When it comes to hiking Everest base camp, choosing the right month/ time can make all the difference. The best time of the year to go hiking to Everest base camp is spring (March, April, and May) and autumn (September, October, and November).Similarly, you need to prepare fully with all the safety measures and necessities. 

With a success rate of 98% in guiding trekkers to the Everest base camp, we ensure an extraordinary trip in the heart of the Himalayas. So, are you trekking solo or looking for a group? Even if you are seeking a solo or group trek, we have the perfect options for you.  Additionally, If you are looking for a group trek, check out our available Everest base camp dates and be a part of this adventurous journey.

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