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Weather of Everest Base Camp

Author: Sanjib Regmi (Himalayan Trekkers)01 Jan 2020
Weather of Everest Base Camp

If you are planning to make it to the Everest Base Camp in 2020 / 2021 or beyond, weather is an important factor to consider.

Although Everest Base Camp is one of the most famous trekking routes that attracts thousands of travelers, the pleasure experience depends entirely on the weather and the temperature there within.

Located at an altitude of 5500 meters (the maximum altitude we reach), the weather in the Himalaya region is very unstable and therefore unpredictable. One moment you would be blazed by the scorching sun, the next moment you would look for shade because of snowstorms or snowfall.

The climate of Everest Base Camp is considered a mountain plateau climate and it is cold almost all year round. However, the temperature and climatic conditions in some seasons are pretty satisfied with additional benefits.

EBC weather and Seasonal Facts

Nepal has 4 seasons - summer, spring, winter, autumn. The weather varies during these seasons and that also applies to the surroundings of Everest Base Camp. Humidity, wind, snowfall, rainfall affects the trekking paths of EBC in different ways. We are going to try to elaborate a little bit.

Summer in Everest Base Camp

As in other regions of Nepal, summer in Everest Base Camp is warm with the hottest temperature and months. The following attributes will further clarify the essence of the weather in EBC during the summer.

Temperature:

During the day, the temperature of EBC can rise to 20 degrees Celsius to 25 degrees Celsius.

Day  20 to 25 degrees C or 70 to 90 degrees F.

Night  - 5 degrees C (min) or 5 degrees F

Wind:  4-6 mph

In case of rainfall, you will feel a temperature drop. Rainfall during the night can even be colder to -5 degrees Celsius.

Preparations:

If the summer season is only viable for you, we advise you to prepare accordingly. Waterproof jackets and pants, trekking shoes with a firm grip, many extra pairs of socks, warm clothing and even a sleeping bag.

Spring in Everest Base Camp

Spring in Nepal is the brightest season. This season starts from the end of February to the end of May. This season is definitely the best time to head to EBC.

Temperature:

The daily temperature in Everest Base Camp during the spring season ranges from 12-20 degrees.

Day  12 to 25 degrees C or 59 to 77 degrees F.

Night  - 8 degrees C (min) or 17 degrees F.

Wind:  4-6 mph

The temperature is around 12 degrees in March, 15-16 degrees in April and peaks up to 20 degrees in May. At night, a temperature drop to -8, sometimes experiences the highest noted drop.

Preparations:

You must wear gloves, trekking shoes, warm waterproof jackets. Tag along with summer goggles, hats for a more pleasurable hike.

Winter in Everest Base Camp:

The months of December, January and February mark the winter season in Nepal and EBC is extremely cold during this season. Even the tea houses, lodges or guest houses can be closed during this time of the year.

Temperature:

The average diurnal temperature of the EBC region during winter is about 8 degrees. The lowest noted temperature is – 15-degree centigrade. However, normally it is eclectic between -5 degrees to -12 degrees.

Day -15 to 8 degrees C or 0 to - 5 degrees F.

Wind: 8-12 mph

Preparations:

Very warm clothing is mandatory during this season. Other things we recommend to prepares include sleeping bags, moisturizers, perfumes, lip balms, winter gloves.

Fall in Everest Base Camp:

Autumn / Fall includes September and November. This time of year is characterized by great, vivid views. This season is another peak time to travel to EBC, given the fantastic weather, vibrant views and comfort while traveling.

Temperature:

The temperature during autumn throughout the day will be between 12 to 20 degrees. The sun won’t be as warm as in summer. The night time temperature reaches as low as -7 degrees during the end of November but it generally is between 3 degrees to -5 degrees.

Day 12 to 20 degrees C or 53 to 68 degrees F

Night - 7 degrees C (min) or 20 degrees F.

Wind:  5-7 mph

Preparations:

Prepare warm clothing, gloves, lotions and moisturizers during this season. If you are not a fan of bathing at low temperatures, we recommend that you also bring perfumes or body sprays!

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