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Best Time to Travel to Everest Base Camp

January,26 2018 BY Master Catherine Jigme 0 COMMENTS

The Everest Base Camp, the protection zone built for protecting the core area of Qomolangma with altitude of 5,200 meters, is one of the must-sees for any of trip to Tibet. Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. However, it is not as gloomy and cold as you imagine, and the temperature generally features the big temperature gap, cold at night while warm during daytime. It is almost sunny and even warm in the summer time, about 12°C (22°F) colder than in Lhasa.

Best Time to Visit - Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov.
(Or we can say in spring and autumn)

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

Then 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, during April to May.

Visiting and camping Everest Base Camp during these two ideal periods, you will have the most opportunities to see the Mount Everest clearly with panorama view. Besides, for most of the mountaineers, they are also the best time for them to climb the Everest.

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Visit Everest Base Camp at Best Time of the YearOur clients enjoyed a great time at Everest Base Camp in October.

Monthly Temprature for Best Travel Season: 
Apr: Max 10°C; Min -5°C
May: Max 15°C; Min 0°C
Jun: Max 17°C; Min 5°C
Sep: Max 19°C; Min 5°C
Oct: Max 12°C; Min 4°C
Nov: Max 10°C; Min -10°C

Wind speed: 14 km/h
Precipitation/month: 15 mm (0.6”)
Sunshine hours/day: 7

What to Wear and Bring for Traveling EBC at Best Season:
1. Down Jacket, Lightweight long underwear top, Short-sleeved shirts, Waterproof breathable jacket & pants, Running Shoes/Hiking Boots, Socks, Gloves, Hats, etc; 
2. Camera, Sunglasses, Sun-screen, Sleeping bag. 

Winter Time to Travel to Everest Base Camp
(From December to March)

Its winter generally starting from December 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. Why visit Mt.Everest in winter

beautiful sunrise of Everest in WinterBeautiful Sunrise of Everest in Winter Photoed by Ben, one of our clients

Monthly Temprature for Winter Season:
Dec: Max 4°C; Min -15°C
Jan: Max 4°C; Min -17°C
Feb: Max 4°C; Min -15°C
Mar: Max 7°C; Min -12°C

Wind speed: 40 km/h
Precipitation/month: 5 mm (0.2”)
Sunshine hours/day: 7

What to Wear and Bring for Visiting EBC in Winter Season:
1. Down Jacket, Lightweight windproof fleece, Long johns, Fleece lined tracksuit bottoms or down trousers, Running Shoes/Hiking boots, Socks, Gloves, Hats, etc; 
2. Camera, Sunglasses, Sun-screen, Sleeping bag. 

Rainy Season of Everest Base Camp
(From Mid-June to August)

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 to travel 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.

Everest in Rainy SeasonEverest is easily covered by mist and cloud in rainy season.

Monthly Temprature for Rainy Season: 
Jun: Max 17°C; Min 5°C
Jul: Max 16°C; Min 8°C
Aug: Max 16°C; Min 6°C

Wind speed: 16 km/h 
Precipitation/month: 190 mm (7.5”)
Sunshine hours/day: 5

Best Time to Trek from Tingri to Everest Base Camp
(From Mid-September to May)

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.

Tingri to Everest Base Camp Trek Tour

Best Time to Climb the Mount Everest
(April to May; Septmber to November)

Many experienced mountaineers 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 5,200 metres (17,056 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.

Everest Hiking MapA guide map showing the hiking route of Mount Everest in Tibet side.

The best time for mountaineers to climb the Mt.Everest is from April to May and from September to November, which are also the most ideal periods to visit the Mount Everest Base Camp.

Best Time to Visit Nepal Everest Base Camp

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. 

Overall, Kathmandu with agreeable weather is perfect for travel in all seasons. For trekkers, the best season to do trekking in Everest Region is around from Oct to Nov.

Montly Weather and Wind Speed Graphs of Everest Base Camp

Weather and Wind Speed of Everest Base Camp

Travel Time of Mount EverestA climate picture to help you decide when to visit Everest Base Camp

Travel Permit for Visiting Everest Base Camp of Tibet

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. Tibet Vista can help you arrange it perfectly, so what you should do is to pack up your bags, contact our travel expert and come to Tibet at the best time.

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Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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