Mount Everest Trek in Nepal is the ultimate dream of trekkers from all around the world. Being the highest mountain of the world with an altitude of 8848m, the Everest brings out a sense of excitement and thrill to many wanderers of the world. While it might be tempting to take the leap but booking the trip to Everest at a wrong time could cause serious issues limiting you to meet the expectation of your dream trip. Before we cover the best time to trek to Mount Everest, it is important have some understandings of the Everest region.
The Everest is situated in the north eastern province of Nepal containing vast glaciers, deep valleys, isolated settlements, icefalls, and some of the highest mountains. Trekking to Everest is a life changing experience that many travelers look forward to gain once in their lifetime. Our travel experts from CoreTreks are experienced and licensed mountaineering trainers who has successfully equipped thousands of climbers and accomplished hundreds of guided tours to Everest Base Camp.
Many perceive the climb as harsh and dramatic which can only be done after years of experience in mountaineering, which is simply not true. While it does require some level of physique, determination and experience, it is still doable for an average hiker with the help of a short training session.
Timing the trip correctly should be your major priority while planning the trip. There are times when thin air of high altitude causes challenging and adverse weather conditions with extreme cold. This is why it’s important to understand the weather patterns and Mount Everest trek season when planning your trek in order to ensure that you get the most out of your trip.
Our past trekkers suggests that, “Self-care should be your foremost priority.” Which connects to the safety measures of mountaineering such as self-rescue, walking technique on ice and glacier, camping on glacier, navigation and more that are uniquely taught by our professionals at CoreTreks so as to avoid any injury or harm to your physical abilities.
There are a few considerations which must be taken into account before deciding the best time to trek to Mount Everest. Weather conditions, traffic on the trials, availability of a professional guide and trainings for unforeseen circumstances should come first on your radar. Followings are some major deciding factors to time your trip correctly:
Let’s start by clearing out the most common misconception that summer time is the best time to trek to the Everest base camp, it is not. While it might make sense in a way, the large periods on either side of summer i.e. February – May and September – October is the best time for Everest base camp trekking. We refer to them as peak seasons i.e. the spring & the autumn:
The spring: February, March, April, & May
Due to moderate temperature and dryness from February to May, the spring season is without a doubt the most popular season for trekking to Everest base camp. The region is vibrant and welcomes you with rich vegetation and blooming rhododendrons all over the place.
You might experience occasional snow shower during early spring but other than that you should have an amazing trek and yet another lifetime experience.
As you might have expected, the best always comes with a price. Now we are not referring to the actual Everest base camp trek cost, but the routes filled with many climbers, summiteers, and their guiding crews since most Everest summits occur during these months.
The autumn: September & October
Right after the end of summer when day and night just start getting colder, the early autumn is the next in our list of best time for Mount Everest trek. Due to clear skies with uninterrupted views of the Himalaya and wonderful vistas, the months, September & October are popular trekking time in Nepal.
The days are warmer compared to nights which makes it ideal for climbing high altitudes without a huge risk of altitude sickness.
Expect occasional rainfall but that should not be an alerting factor as the Everest region is pretty unpredictable. However, continuous rain will not occur and the skies remain clear most of the time.
Traffic on the trials:
If you want to avoid crowds and high traffic on the trials then there are two options that we recommend. Either choose to trek during the winter months or pick some less well-known routes to the Everest, for instant the Gokyo Valley Trek to the Everest Base Camp.
Keep in mind that if you decide to go during the winter, be sure to invest in proper gears designed for winters. If you need some inspiration on what you should be packing for the trip, we have made a list of trek packing list.
Therefore, this wraps up the best time to trek Everest Base Camp and you now should have a clearer understanding. We advise that you stay away from the monsoon months of June, July, and August. Most trails will be wet and slippery making it unfavorable for trekking and the gloomy weather will limit the views of beautiful mountain peaks.
Go for the peak season as we mentioned above and you will experience a stable weather with moderate temperature and clear skies.
How many days does it take to trek Mount Everest?
Before anything, you should realize that climbing Mount Everest is one of the biggest adventures in the world. If you are amongst the adventure-seekers you might be wondering how long it takes to climb the Everest.
Well, the answer is, it depends. While it could take two months on average for the longest expedition, generally it takes 2 weeks to trek to Everest Base Camp. There are various possibilities to route your trek in the Everest region and each of them comes with their own unique itinerary.
Visit our Everest Region Treks to find out which one suits you the most with their detailed description.
How much it cost to trek Mount Everest?
Again, it depends. The cost of Mount Everest trek is based upon different variables such as trip difficulty, group size, duration of the trek, transportation and more. However, the price table below from CoreTreks will give you an overview of the cost to trek Mount Everest:
|Everest Base Camp Trekking
|Everest Gokyo Valley Trek
|Everest Three Passes Trek
|Everest Panoramic Trek
|Everest Base Camp Heli Tour
|Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri
|Everest Base Camp Trek and Return via Helicopter
|Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak Summit
|Everest Base Camp Trek with Lobuche Peak in Nepal
|Mera Peak Climbing in Nepal
Note: CoreTreks provides customization options to any of the trips above. To learn more please feel free to contact one of our travel experts who will guide you through the process.
How hard is Everest Base Camp trek?
There is no doubt that the trek to Everest is one of the most challenging activities in Nepal. Only a few individuals make it atop the mountain, for the most it will be a trek to the Base Camp. However, trek to the Base Camp is no lesser experience than climbing the summit.
Since there is no road in, the only way to experience the Himalaya is by trekking through Khumbu Valley from Lukla airport unless you can afford to book a helicopter.
With that being said, there is no reason to panic and worry as the journey to Everest is very achievable and thousands of visitors every year get to gather their life time experience while in Nepal.
The Everest Base Camp trek certainly requires no prior experience and technical expertise. But once you go further from the camp, it gets highly challenging and without an in-depth mountaineering training, it would not be possible.
How far is Base Camp to the summit of Everest?
The distance from Everest Base Camp to the summit is 36.5 kilometers or 22 miles.
The main Base Camp of Everest is situated at an altitude of 5,335m and high camps are at 6,100m, 6,500m, 7,400m and 8,000m respectively. The Everest summit is at 8,848.86m/29,031 ft.
Trip to Base Camp usually takes a week. If you are planning to go for the summit, then you will spend the next 3 to 4 weeks going up and down, camp to camp to establish required food, fuel, and acclimatization days.
Can a normal person trek Everest Base Camp?
Before you start any trekking, you need to be sure if you meet the physical fitness requirement for the trip. You dream vacation could turn into a nightmare if you start feeling too exhausted. The good news is that you only need to be reasonably fit to trek to EBC.
Even if it might seem like you need to be extremely athletic, it is certainly not the case. We consider someone to be reasonably fit if s/he can walk around 4 to 6 hours with enough breaks in between the trek. Children to elderly, it is equally fun for everyone.
However, you suffer from any diseases related to heart, lung, knee or ankle, we suggest that you follow up with your doctor before deciding.
Apart from the above concerns you are good to go. With enough days to acclimatize with the high-altitude environment and a professional guide, EBC trek can be accomplished without any hassle.
Why CoreTreks is best for you to trek Mount Everest?
CoreTreks is a leading agency when it comes to trekking and touring in Nepal. Hundreds of successful expedition to Everest has enabled us to shape our packages with efficient timing to get the most out of the trip.
Providing you with the most reasonable cost for package, 5% of the profit generated from our company is directly contributed for the improvement and development of Himalayan people.
We offer everything that one requires to make sure that they witness the best of Nepal. If you want more or less than the default packages, you can even customize them in order to fit your needs.
Our licensed travel guides with over 10 years of experience in the field are trained to take focus on safety of the trekkers. They will make sure to equip you with everything that is required for the trekking to be a lifetime experience.
At CoreTreks, we believe that local expertise is crucial for a successful travel. Being a well-established agency in Nepal that is manages by local experts, we possess a strong professional relationship with our stakeholders, government bodies, local agencies, insurance companies as well as 5 star hotels to ensure high-quality accommodation.
Major Attraction of Everest Region:
Sagarmatha National Park, UNESCO Site
The world’s highest national park ranging from an altitude of 2,900m to 8,848m, Sagarmatha National Park is located at northeast Nepal. The park is often also referred to as Everest National Park. Extending up to 1,148 square kilometers (443 square miles), the national park is home to various species including some endangered ones. Furthermore, the park features some of the rarest flora and fauna, glaciers, valleys, and pleasing view of the horizontal snowy space.
The followings are some noticeable facts about the park:
- Sagarmatha National Park was established in 1976 with a total area of 1,148 square kilometers.
- It is the highest national park in the world.
- Pine forest with blooming Rhododendron and Lophophorus (the national bird of Nepal)
- Himalayan Thar, Musk Deer, Snow Leopard, and Red Panda
Flight to Lukla Airport: One of the most adventurous flight in the world
Lukla Airport, also known as Tenzing Hilary Airport is situated at Khumbu in Solukhumbu District in Nepal. Since the airport is relatively smaller and situated at a high altitude, flight to Lukla is often referred to one of the most adventurous flight in the world. One can experience the marvelous views of the snowcapped Eastern Himalayan Range during the flight. It is the first stop of almost every trip to the Everest. The trek starts once you reach Lukla.
Facts about Lukla Airport:
- The official name of the airport is Tenzing Hilary Airport
- The airport is at an elevation of 2,845m
- Runway of the airport is 527m by 30m with 11.7% gradient
- The airport was built in 1964
Namche Bazaar: The gateway of Mt. Everest
Namche Bazaar is a Himalayan town of the Everest region and is the only place where one can trek towards the Everest Base Camp from. The term ‘Bazaar’ means ‘shopping market’ in local language. So, the town is full of restaurants, pub, trekking stores, as well as clothing shops.
Apart from being a market place, Namche Bazaar is a perfect example on how tourism can help develop the country immensely. The headquarters of Sagarmatha National Park lies here where one can get all the information regarding the park.
Situated at an altitude of 3,440m, the place is quite expensive considering the limited means of transportation. It serves as a very useful stop for visitors who might be missing some essentials for the trek.
Some interesting facts about Namche Bazaar are:
- Opportunity to experience warm Sherpa hospitality and Buddhist culture
- Mesmerizing scenery of landscapes with stunning mountain views
- It is the first acclimatization point of most Everest region trek/climb
Experience Sherpa Culture
Majority of the inhabitants in the Himalayan region of Nepal are Sherpa, which means ‘easterner’ referencing to their origins in eastern Tibet. They are considered as skilled and brave mountaineers in their local terrain. Trek to Mount Everest is a great opportunity to experience the culture and tradition of the community.
Professionally, Sherpas are renowned mountain climbers, with superior strength and endurance capabilities at high altitudes. Some facts about Sherpas are as follows:
- The Sherpas are Buddhist celebrating Lhosar as their major festival
- Tenzing Norgay Sherpa along with Edmund Hilary were the first ones to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953
- Sherpas are found mostly in hilly and Himalayan region of Nepal
- They are widely known for their mountaineering skills and adopting strengths at high altitudes
Teahouses: Your accommodation
Teahouse is one of the best highlight of your trip to Mount Everest. It is a popular form of accommodation for trekkers in the region that has been utilized from long ago. Teahouses offer private rooms, sun-terraces, hot showers, exotic cuisines, beer brought in from down-country, and much more. The availability of such accommodation gives you the flexibility to adjust your trip and travel lightly.
Here are some facts about teahouses in Everest region:
- A convenient means of accommodation and shower facilities
- Twin-shared rooms with charging facilities for electrical devices
- It is a great opportunity to socialize with the local and meet with other fellow trekkers from all around the work
So why visit Nepal in 2023?
Upon success of Nepal Tourism Year 2011, the Tourism Board of Nepal introduced Visit Nepal Decade (2023-2033) Campaign which was announced in 2023. The campaign was to be held from 2023 to 2033.
After the earthquake in 2015, the mainstream media publicized Nepal an utterly devastated country but failed drastically to inform the general public that major cities were almost intact including Kathmandu. Only 12 of 75 districts were affected by the earthquake. Due to that, in 2016 the inflow of tourists plummeted significantly with half as much as that of 2015.
2017 was the start of tourist inflow with the motive to help the country through recreational and supportive purposes. The earthquake caused delay in construction compelling Nepal government to push forward the 2018 campaign to The Visit Nepal decade (2023-2033).
The Visit Nepal decade acts as a backbone to support the fragile economic conditions of a large number of families in rural areas. While most of the affected properties have been recovered, rural parts of Nepal are still recovering from the damage caused by the incident.
CoreTreks as an established travel agency in Nepal aims to put forward a contribution towards the situation by highlighting the attraction of Nepal to visitors from all over the globe. We offer the best touring and trekking services in Nepal including Mount Everest Trekking package. Our travel experts are always ready to answer any queries regarding to the topic. Feel free to reach out in order to tailor your trip with the help of our professionals.