The country has several wonderful trekking destinations that modify from one another in terms of topography, cultural prominence, and landscape. Every year thousands of trekkers and travelers visit the country to get pleasure from its several natural, cultural, and ancient hallmarks. Among all of the trekking destinations of Asian countries, the region of Everest is taken into account as the foremost known. And also the Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most generally done trekking journeys liable for an oversized portion of revenue generation within the business enterprise sector of the country. One would suppose that trekking to the bottom camp of the world’s tallest top is some things that need a lot of effort and cash, however, that can’t be a lot farther than reality.
Everest Base Camp Trek (EBC) is one of the most popular trekking in Nepal, and even in winter, a trip to EBC is possible, though it is going to be cold there. Despite being in the middle of the Himalayas, the world’s highest mountain range. In the winter especially when there is snow on the ground, this trek becomes hazardous, with extremely low temperatures at night and harrowing winds that can sting your face.
Spring and Autumn season is the picking season for Nepal-based Everest Base Camp Trek but throughout the year Everest base camp trek is possible. In the main season, the time and weather are favorable for the trekkers to trek toward Everest. Everest base camp trek in winter is the best time for those trekkers who want to take the challenge to trek Everest in difficult conditions. Everest base camp trek in monsoon gives vibrant views of the snow-capped mountains, marvelous views of snowy landscapes, dramatic landing at Lukla airport, and many more. Well Nepal Treks is one of the old and most lending trekking companies in Nepal, resides at Thamel Kathmandu, and offers the best quality service at a reasonable price for Everest base camp, and much more trekking.
December, January, and February are the months of the winter season in Nepal. During this season, the temperature of the days is higher than the night becomes cold and reaches a temperature below freezing point. The snow-capped mountains with clear blue sky look spectacular. In December the temperature will generally be around 4 degrees and the average minimum temperature at night is around -14 degrees C. In the mid of this season, the temperature dropped below freezing at night throughout the Everest region. The days are quite sunny while trekking you can feel warm. At this time the winter weather is at its peak. It is quite windy, so you have to face the challenging wind chill. There are a few sunny, clear, and bright days. However, if you insist on trekking if January is your only free month, it is possible to trek with the proper guidance and preparation. The temperature at this time falls between 4 degrees C to -17 degrees C.
Why do Everest Base Camp Trek in winter?
- Easy Accommodation
During the peak season (autumn and spring) of the trek on Everest, there are hard to find accommodation in the tea house and lodges. A large number of people around the world visit Everest base camp during spring and autumn creating a scarcity of accommodation in the Everest region. But in the month of December, January, and February you can get accommodation easily with your requirements. This is the off-trekking season so you can find a few numbers of trekkers on the trails.
- Peaceful Trails
December is the first month of the winter season in Nepal, and this is the off-trekking season for the Everest base camp trek. In this season less number of people visit EBC. Due to less number of trekkers on the trails, you can interact with nature by taking a large amount of time. On the trails, you can enjoy the natural sceneries in a peaceful environment.
- Easy Flight Tickets
In the winter season, you don’t need to worry about getting a sent a Lukla flight. Because of less number of people, you can easily get the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
- Get Discounts
Off trekking season is the best season in case of service and price. Tea house and lodges of Everest trails provide quality service at a reasonable price and offer some discounts which fit your budget. You can get quality service which is often high in comparison to the peak season of Everest Trek. You can get discounts on Flights, food, drinks, and accommodation.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek
- Excursion to various Sherpa Villages and Settlements.
- Nepalese food and lifestyle of Himalayas.
- Climb past the Khumbu Glacier and Everest Base Camp.
- Sunrise views over Mount Everest.
- Lukla’s take of and landing experience.
- Magnificent view of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Mount Makalu, Mount Lhotse, and many more mountains.
- Sherpas culture and Sherpa village experience.
- Lifetimes experience of Mount Everest base camp and Kala Patthar.
- Hiking up to the Base Camp of the highest Mountain in the world.
- Exploring the Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site.
Permit Required for Everest Base Camp Trek
Naturally, to preserve the beauty that surrounds Mt. Everest and the other mountains in the Himalayan range, the Government of Nepal imposes permit entrance fees.
All National Parks in Nepal need a permit, and the Sagarmatha National Park is no different. When you compare the cost of the permits to the overall cost of your trip to Nepal and the Everest region, the amount is relatively small and is an investment in the future of this beautiful area with its snow, forests, ice, pastures, and culture.
For the Everest Base Camp (EBC) Trek you need the below entrance permits
- Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit
- Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit
Mount Everest Base Camp Trek facts
- Trip type: Trekking in Nepal
- Trip duration: 14 Days
- Trip Starting/ending point: Kathmandu
- The Maximum altitude reached: 5644 meters (Kala Patthar)
- Minimum altitude: 1400 meters (Kathmandu)/ 2600 meters (Lukla)
- Trip Grade: Moderate
- Trip Activities: Aircraft flight, trekking, and side hikes from acclimatization point
- Group Size: 1 to 12 Persons per group
- Contact details: Nepal Mobile +9779851136944 -24 hrs available on Whats App, & Viber
Why is it Difficult for Everest base camp Trek in the winter season?
- Altitude Sickness
Everest base camp trek is the high altitude trek. You need to travel above 5300 meters to conquer the Everest Base Camp. So traveling toward a higher elevation makes the risk of altitude sickness problem. If you follow some rules then you can avoid the risk of altitude sickness. Walk at your own pace continuously but do not try to follow the pace of the others. Our trek exports help you each and every moment of your trek. If you find some difficulties then consult with our trek expert.
- Shorter days
The days of the winter season in the Everest Region are shorter. If you start your trek lately then you can find it difficult to reach your destination on that day. So you need to start your trek as early as possible. The fewer hours of the day makes more pressure on you to reach your destination early.
Best time for Everest Base Camp Trekking in Nepal
The trek will be done at any time of the year and is accessible to try and do throughout the year. The Himalayan country Nepal primarily experiences four main seasons- time of the year (September to December), spring (March to May), winter (the finish of December to February), and summer (June to August).
Day-wise Itinerary of Mount Everest Base Camp Trek
Day 01: Kathmandu arrival
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport, you are welcomed by our company representative then, you are transferred to the hotel. Evening Brief meeting with your guide and tour manager. Overnight at hotel Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and Trek to Phakding
After breakfast, you will head towards Tribhuvan Domestic airport to fly for Lukla. It is about 35 minutes above the great green and white mountains. After you reach Lukla airport our other team member will meet you there and help with your packing and other arrangement and then you will head through the beautiful village of Lukla till you reach speaking. Overnight at Lodge, Phakding.
Day 03: Trek from Phakding To Namche Bazaar
After breakfast, you will be walking through a beautiful pine forest, along the Dudh Koshi River. You will arrive at the check post and entrance to Sagarmatha National Park. Then we pass through the last village for sale and follow the trail through the forests and bridges until we reach the confluence of the Dudh Koshi and Bhote Koshi Rivers. After a final steep climb of about two hours, you get first sight of Mount Everest peering over the Lhotse-Nuptse ridge. From there we still need to hike about 1.5 hours to reach Namche Bazaar, a gateway to Mount Everest and the main trading center of this region. Overnight in Lodge, Namche Bazaar.
Day 04: Namche Bazaar Acclimatization
Today is an acclimatization day especially programmed taking care of your health. This day is a rest day and you can explore Sagarmatha National Park or Namche Bazaar and Khumjung Valley. it offers you internet, coffees, shops, a restaurant, a bakery, and others where you can hang out and feel better for the next day’s hike. Overnight in Lodge, Namche Bazaar.
Day 05: Trek Namche Bazaar to Tengboche
After breakfast in Namche, you start your trek towards Tengboche enjoying the superb view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and a close-up view of Thamserku. Enjoying wildlife like pheasant, musk deer, and a herd of Himalayan Thar, through alpine forests, Dudh Koshi River, you reach Phunki Thenga where you will have lunch. Then the trail steeps up through the pine forests before you reach Tengboche. Tengboche is a great place for close-up views of Ama-Dablam, Nuptse, and Everest and the biggest Buddhist Monastery in the Khumbu region which we will visit too. Overnight at a lodge, Tengboche.
Day 06: Trek Tengboche to Dingboche
After breakfast, you will gear up for our day hike to Dingboche. You will pass through several Chortens and Mani walls and small villages. The place where you stop for lunch not only serves delicious food but also allows a fantastic close-up view of Mt Ama Dablam. From here onwards, the walk is fairly moderate as you enter the Imja Valley to the Lobuche River. You will descend into the river and begin the steep climb of the day up to Dingboche. On arrival at Dingboche, you will see the beautiful array of fields enclosed by stone walls to protect barley, buckwheat, and potatoes from the cold winds and grazing animals. Enjoy an overnight stay at Lodge, Dingboche.
Day 07: Dingboche Acclimatization
Rest and Explore at Dingboche.
Day 08: Trek Dingboche to Lobuche
Trek Dingboche to Lobuche while watching the towering mountains on the way.
Day 09: Trek Lobuche to Gorakshep, walk to EBC & Return to Gorakshep
After breakfast, you continue your journey through Khumbu Glacier to Thangmariju from where 360-degree views of mountains can be observed. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, you catch your first glimpse of Kala Patthar, a grey-green knoll beneath the mount Pumori and you will be at Gorakshep finding snow-capped mountains bright all around us including Mt. Everest. Finally, you are at your destination. Mountaineer’s tents stand out in bright colors against the monotony of grey surroundings. Nuptse, Khumbuste, and Pumori are the mountains that can be viewed from the base camp. You will explore Everest Base Camp and click on some pictures. Overnight at Lodge, Gorakshep
Day 10: Early Trek Kalapatthar and Trek to Pheriche
The morning after breakfast we trek to Kalapatthar for the best view of Mount Everest and to observe the sunrise. After breakfast, we trek to Pheriche. Overnight at Lodge, Pheriche.
Day 11: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar
Trek Pheriche to Namche Bazzar retracing the same route. Overnight at the lodge, Namche Bazaar.
Day 12: Trek Namche to Lukla
After Breakfast, you head to Lukla where you had started your real hike. The trail descends steeply downloads so you need to walk slowly and under control, our shaky legs continuously battle the rocky terrain. Way down through Sherpa villages noticing impressive faith in Buddhism and the culture of prayer stones and prayer flags, you feel completely different views. Upon arrival in Lukla, you stretch those aches and sore body parts and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. You experience the culmination of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back safe and sound with a smile on their faces. Overnight at Lodge, Lukla
Day 13: Fly Lukla to Kathmandu
After breakfast, you fly back to Kathmandu and do some shopping for gifts, memory, collections, and some traditional items, and they all rest at a single venue, Thamel. There will be a small party upon the successful campaign. Overnight at Hotel, Kathmandu
Day 14: Final Departure
Free till the final departure. Drop at the airport as per the flight schedule.