TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP

Trekking to Everest Base Camp is one of my favorite things to do. The Everest region has it all, sheer beauty, dramatic massive mountains, amazing people, challenging and an experience that will stay with you forever. The exciting expansive views will leave you memorized. Standing at in the base camp of the world’s highest mountain is an achievement, but the journey getting there and back is the reason you need to have this experience.

Ian & Stuart on the glacial moraine just outside Gorak shep with Kala Phattar and slopes on Pumori in the background.
Ian & Stuart Gray on the glacial moraine just outside Gorak shep with Kala Phattar and slopes on Pumori in the background.

There are two distinct trekking seasons. The best months to trek to Everest base camp are pre-monsoon (late March, April and May) and post monsoon (late September, October and November) It is possible to make the journey in early March and September but we prefer the above for our treks into Everest base camp.

When planning your trek into the Everest region you need to consider the months listed above. You also need to consider the function of our trip. Do you want to be there when base camp is busy and alive with climbers aiming for the summit? Do you want to have clearer sky’s for good photography? You need to consider this in your planning.

The climbing season on Everest is April and May each year. Although the last two years of climbing on Everest have been stopped by a massive avalanche and earthquake. A reminder of the danger and risks of climbing and trekking in Nepal. You should come to Nepal. Nepal is rich in culture, history and the highest mountains in the world.  You might want to watch hundreds of climbers descend on Everest Base Camp in their attempt to stand on top of the world, giving added interest in the timing of your trip to Everest Base Camp. May is traditionally the warmest month to visit Everest Base Camp, helping you if you feel the cold that little bit more. We can never guarantee the weather. This year we ran into a foot of snow in mid April stopping our team making the journey into base camp.

Traditionally you will find late September, October and November will provide better views of the mountains, less heat haze, cloud and clearer views of these world class mountains can be spectacular.  This is not always the case but the trend usually follows this pattern. The weather can be crisp, but clear as you make your way up to the Everest Base Camp. There is always the risk of rain at lower elevations and snow higher up on the trail. Be prepared for all weather conditions and have the right gear.

These are just a couple of things to consider when you plan your trek to Everest Base Camp. For more information about training, preparation and making a safe and enjoyable journey to Everest Base Camp feel free to call us or keep reading our blogs which have years of experience built into our content. We can get you up to speed and ready to go on your own personal adventure to Everest.

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