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What is the best time of the year to trek to Everest Base Camp

It is possible to trek to Everest Base Camp during every month of the year but there are pros and cons to each season.

Our leader Som Tamang has trekked to Everest Base Camp on countless occasions, his love of the Everest region began when he became a porter at the age of 14 and later a trekking guide. Som currently lives in Cairns, Australia but spends much of the year in Nepal. His knowledge and experience of the mountains is second to none. Call Som now or email Take on Nepal for more information about trekking in Nepal.

The two most popular trekking seasons in Nepal are before and after the monsoon season in Nepal. The monsoonal months of Nepal are June, July and August. It will rain during your trek during these months but it is still possible to trek to Everest Base Camp. The months before the monsoon February, March and April are peak trekking months as are the month after the monsoon which are October and November . Most of our group treks occur during the months of April and October and this is due to optimal weather conditions.

We want our clients to have the best possible experience during their Everest Base Camp trek and for this reason we want to outline the pros and cons of trekking during certain months. January marks the start of the year and this is traditionally off season in Nepal, however this is for many the best time to trek in Nepal. Clear skies and spectacular views of Mount Everest are just about guaranteed. Flights in and out of Lukla tend to be very reliable at that time of the year. The downside is that it is very cold at night. Daytime temperatures and comfortable but as the sun sets the temperature plummets to minus temperatures.

The popular trekking months of February, March and April present with warmer weather and great views during the Everest Base Camp Trek but be prepared for busy trails and trekking lodges, especially during the month of April. This busy time can be appealing for many people but for others who enjoy a quieter trekking experience with great views we recommend the months of December and January.

The months of May and September are often recommended as good months to trek to Everest Base Camp but they are on the edge of both trekking seasons and this can result in rain due to the season starting or ending early. Our advice if you are planning on going during these months would be to book your trek at the start of May or the end of September. The team at Take on Nepal decided to continue offering treks to Everest Base Camp during the monsoonal months of June, July and August, this was as a result of their positive experiences of trekking at that time and also based on great feedback from our trekkers who completed the trek at this time of the year. Walking above the clouds truly is a feeling like no other and the warmer Summer weather makes it a very appealing time of the year for people who have a dread of the colder weather.

Whatever time of the year you choose to trek to Everest Base camp it is important that you’re fully prepared for the adventure ahead of you. You will need to pack appropriately for the climate in which you will be trekking.

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