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Best time to travel to Everest Base Camp

Author: Catherine Go

Updated this article on Aug 04, 2014

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Mt. Everest is reputed as the highest mountain in the world, but the height of this peak is decreasing day by day due to the global warming. The official height of the Everest is 8848.13 meters above sea level, but it is 8844.43 meters above sea level in 2005 according to the latest survey. Every year, lots of people from all over the world come here to visit this greatest mountain which belongs to the Himalayan ranges. The best time to travel to the Mt. Everest is from April to May and from September to November or we can say in spring and autumn. 

 

The Mount Everest is located at the border between Nepal and Tibet. Its northern part is located in Tingri County in southwestern Tibet. There are two Everest base camps on opposite sides of Mount Everest, namely South Everest Base Camp in Nepal and North Everest Base Camp in Tibet. The best place to view the Mt. Everest is at the EBC in Tibet. At the Everest Base Camp in Tibet, travelers can see the magnificent northern face of this highest peak on the earth.

 

Many experienced mountaineers also choose to climb the Mt. Everest from the north side as it is more challenging than the south side. Tibet EBC is located at an altitude of 5,545 metres (18,192 ft) and is used when climbing via the northeast ridge. The North Base Camp has vehicle access (at least in the summer months) through a 100km road branching to the South from the Friendship Highway near Shegar. Climbers typically rest at base camp for several days for acclimatization to reduce the risks and severity of altitude sickness. In fact, the "tourists Base Camp" is located about half-way between Rongbuk Monastery and the actual climbers Base Camp at the foot of Rongbuk glacier.

 

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To get a better understanding of the best time to go to Tibet, let’s see the below monthly temperature of Everest Base Camp in Tibet. Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler, while the days are generally warm. 

Monthly Temperature of Eeverst Base Camp 

Months

Jan.

Feb.

Mar.

Apr.

May

Jun.

Jul.

Aug.

Sept.

Oct.

Nov.

Dec.

Max Temperature°C

4

4

7

10

15

17

16

16

17

12

7

4

Min Temperature°C

-17

-15

-12

-5

0

5

8

6

2

-7

-12

-15


Its winter generally starting from January to March will be bit colder but you can see the Mount Everest really clear and great. Actually, the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. It is really unpredictable. The temperature could be as high as 20° C and as low as -15°C. 

 

From April to May, even mid-June, it is really the greatest time to go there because it is not as cold as in winter and also you will be able to see the peak very clear and sometimes lots of mountaineers for April and May is also the best time to climb the Everest. 

 

From mid-June to August, it is summer and also the monsoon season there when it receives lots of rainfall. During the monsoon season, the Mt. Everest might be covered by mist and disppoint you if you are eager to see its real appearance. However, it is very cool in this season in Tibet and you can enjoy good weather in other parts of Tibet. So summer is actually the best time to visit Tibet though it is not the best time to visit the world’s highest peak. 

 

everestThen from September to November, after the monsoon passes and before the harsh winter moves in, there is a small window of opportunity available to view the best state of the Mt. Everest. In this season, there will also be much more climbers than in spring. 

 

If you are interested in a trek from Tingri to Everest Base Camp, the best time extends from mid-September to May. From early September when the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are favorable to do Everest base camp trek.

 

Since 2010, a visit to the North Base Camp in Tibet requires a permit called Alien’s travel permit from the Chinese government, on top of the Tibet entry permit required to visit Tibet itself. At this time such permits must be arranged via Tibet travel agencies as part of a package tour that includes hiring a vehicle, a driver and a guide. Tibettravel.org can help you arrange it perfectly, so what you should do is to pack up your bags and come to Tibet at the best time.  

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