A Quick Guide on Weather and Climate of Everest Base Camp

If  you are planning the Everest base camp trek, then knowing the weather of Everest region is most. Weather and climate of himalayas are unpredictable. And most importantly if the weather if perfect, you will get the best views and trek will be less difficult. 

Spring (April – May)

Daytime temperature: 15 degrees Celsius 

Night time temperature: -1 degree celsius 

Wind : 11km/h

Average Precipitation: 7mm

Sunshine hours per day: 9

One of the most suitable seasons to travel to EBC is spring. As a result of the generally sunny, clear, and cloudless weather, the summit is much more visible. The tent guesthouses are again up. It provides visitors a place to stay and eat in authentic Tibetan style. The base camp is now completely open. Despite not being as warm as summer, the temperatures are still comfortable.

Monsoon Season (June – September)

Daytime temperature: 22 degrees Celsius

Nighttime temperature: 4 degrees Celsius

Wind: 10km/h

Average Precipitation: 170mm

Sunshine hours per day: 7-8

While some regions in the west are less wet during the monsoon season. The area around Mount Everest experiences high rainfall at this altitude. The monsoon season brings much higher rainfall to EBC than the rest of the year. The area can become muddy and difficult to navigate despite the high temperatures, reaching as high as 22 degrees. Hence, if you are planning to do the Everest Base camp this season, it might not be a good plan.

Autumn (October – November)

Daytime temperature: 17 degrees Celsius

Nighttime temperature: -8 degrees Celsius 

Wind : 22km/h

Average Precipitation: 2.5mm

Sunshine hours per day: 9-10

After the monsoon rains, the autumn season in Nepal is another fantastic time to travel to EBC. The skies are once again clear, and the surroundings are still as lush and verdant as ever. Highs of up to 17 degrees are warmed by bright sunshine. But strong chilly winds that can still blow can still feel cooler sometimes. Now that the thicker clouds have dissipated, the base camp can clearly see the mountain’s summit.

Winter (November – April)

Daytime temperature: -5 degrees Celsius

Nighttime temperature: -15 degrees Celsius

Wind : 7-8km/h

Average Precipitation: 5mm

Sunshine hours per day: 7-8

At EBC, winter is the coldest season of the year, though January has the lowest average temperature at -10 degrees Celsius for the entire season. Despite this, there is hardly any rain, and the winds have somewhat subsided, bringing with them clear skies and bright sunshine that may still make a trip worthwhile. Even though it is winter, there is frequently little snow in the area of EBC, making it possible to reach the base camp with ease even in January.

From late December, it is not recommended to trek, but yes, you can shorten the itinerary with Everest base camp trek with helicopter return to avoid the extreme cold.  

Best Time to Visit Everest Base Camp for Different Travelers

Even in the coldest of winter, it is possible to travel from Lukla to Mount Everest Base Camp with relative ease. The best months to travel to EBC are April through May. The autumn months of September through October are also good options. The weather is bearable, and there is little rain. 

Trekking to EBC is most enjoyable in April through May and September through October. This will be the peak tourist season in Nepal. So the Everest Base Camp trek will cost you very high. So for a cheap EBC tour, it is preferable to travel from November to February. There are fewer tourists. The winter season is actually the most suitable time to travel if you’re on a tight budget because tour prices are lower.