Everest Base Camp Trek December, January, February

  • October 09, 2018
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Trekking in the Everest Base Camp during winters can be exciting and fun. Mostly the trekking trails are empty. This is perfect for all trekkers that love solitude. However, the low temperatures in the winter months of December, January, and February make trekking in these months less popular amongst the majority of trekkers.

But, there is no climate that you can’t adjust to with proper practice and great trekking equipment. These months also the months where the weather is the most beautiful for mountain viewing. Besides, the places of accommodation are almost empty. This opens up the opportunities for getting discounts as well.

Due to snowfall in the months of December, January, and February, you might find some trekking trails not open. Therefore, it is important for you to get in contact with a trekking agency and a guide who can facilitate your trek. If you can do that, then the winter trek in Everest will be a lot of fun.

Main Attractions of the Everest Base Camp Trek in December/ January/ February

Quiet Trekking Trails

One thing that some trekkers don’t like is the huge amount of trekkers who come to the Everest region in peak season. This makes it very difficult for a person who enjoys trekking in solitude. But trekking in the winter months is beautiful if you are someone who enjoys peace and tranquility while trekking. If you are an experienced trekker, then doing the winter trek in the Everest Base Camp will be all the more fun. It will give you a chance to get in touch with nature like never before.

Empty Accommodation

It will be extremely easy for you to find accommodation in the Everest Base Camp region during the winters. Most tea houses, lodges, and hotels don’t have a lot of customers. This will make it easy for you as you won’t have to deal with making early reservations as in peak trekking seasons.

Wonderful Scenic Views

The awesome viewing of the mountains takes place in the months of December, January, and February. In these months there is virtually no cloud cover. Days are sunny and you very rarely encounter partially cloudy days.

This also gives you opportunities for taking stunning photographs. As there will be less number of people and great scenery, your photographs will be stunning.

Celebrating New Year in the Mountains

During the end of December and start of January, there are two major festivals. They are Christmas and New Year. Coming to trek in the mountains in the winters will be your opportunity to celebrate these festivals up the mountain. If you come with your group, you will have plenty of opportunities for camping and have fun. Your celebration of these two festivals will be something special.

Weather of Everest Base Camp in December/ January/ February

Trekking to Everest Base Camp during winters is not as popular as some other seasons. This is because of the fact that during the nighttime, the temperature can get quite low. Let us now take a look at the temperature and precipitation in each of these months.

Everest Base Camp Trek Temperature in December

Place

Elevation

Average Temperature

Minimum Temperature

Maximum temperature

Precipitation (mm)

Lukla

2829 m/ 9281 ft

4°C

-1.8°C

9.8°C

9

Namche Bazaar

3436 m/ 11,361 ft

0.5°C

-6.5°C

7.6°C

10

Dingboche

4483 m/
14,708 ft

-1°C

-11°C

7°C

2

Lobuche

4910 m/ 16100 ft

-7.7°C

-16.4°C

1.1°C

4

Gorak Shep

5180 m/ 17000 ft

-8.9 °C

-17.8°C

0°C

3

During the month of December, the amount of precipitation is the lower than the months of October and November. Therefore there is less number of days when the conditions are going to be overcast in December. Merely 1 days of overcast conditions are going to be observed in Lukla, Lobuche, and Dingboche. On a similar note, around 3 days of partially cloudy conditions will be seen in Lukla in September.
Everest Base Camp Trek Temperature in January

Place

Elevation

Average Temperature

Minimum Temperature

Maximum temperature

Precipitation (mm)

Lukla

2829 m/ 9281 ft

2.8°C

-2.8°C

8.5°C

18

Namche Bazaar

3436 m/ 11,361 ft

-0.8°C

-7.9°C

6.4°C

16

Dingboche

4483 m/
14,708 ft

-1°C

-14°C

6°C

4

Lobuche

4910 m/ 16100 ft

-9.7°C

-18.3°C

-1.1°C

10

Gorak Shep

5180 m/ 17000 ft

-10.9°C

-19.6°C

-2.1°C

8

As you trek higher up the altitude, the possibility of cloudy conditions decrease. Thus there will be around 2 days of partially cloudy conditions in Lukla in January. This figure is slightly higher than around 0.8 days of partially cloudy days in Lobuche and Dingboche in January.

Everest Base Camp Trek Temperature in February

Place

Elevation

Average Temperature

Minimum Temperature

Maximum temperature

Precipitation (mm)

Lukla

2829 m/ 9281 ft

4.3°C

-0.8°C

9.4°C

30

Namche Bazaar

3436 m/ 11,361 ft

0°C

-6.1°C

6.1°C

8

Dingboche

4483 m/
14,708 ft

-2°C

-15°C

5.1°C

6

Lobuche

4910 m/ 16100 ft

-8.8°C

-17°C

-0.6°C

10

Gorak Shep

5180 m/ 17000 ft

-10.1°C

-18.3°C

-1.8°C

6

All of the months in the winter season are clear terms of the conditions of the sky. You might encounter at a maximum of 1 day when the conditions are overcast in Lukla on February. On the upper regions of the trek, there will practically be no overcast conditions to block the view of the mountains.

Packing List for Everest Base Camp Winter Trek

The following is a list of items you will need while trekking to the Everest Base Camp in September/ October/ November:

Clothing

  • Clothing needs to be multi-layered, high-quality and comfortable. Make sure that your clothing is windproof so that it can deal with cold harsh wind that blows in the mountain regions during winters. These are all the clothing you will need:
  • A Base layer of clothing, which you will need only during the higher altitude of the Everest region.
  • On top of it will be an insulation layer
  • You will wear the outermost layer on top of the insulation layer. This layer of clothing will protect you from all the cold in the high altitude regions.
  • You will also need underwear, trekking trousers and shorts, trekking shirts, and Waterproof Shell jacket and trousers.

Headgear

  • You will need a hat, a beanie, and a neck gaiter for the protection of your head during the Everest Base Camp trek. You can pack extra ones to deal with the cold.

Gloves

  • Two types of gloves- inner and the outer layer will be the best option for you. The inner gloves can be used during moderate trekking temperatures and the outer one when the temperature gets lower. In the winters, you might want to wear both the inner and outer gloves from the start of your trek.

Footwear

  • Hiking boots that are sturdy and comfortable will be indispensable while trekking. There might be occasional snow in the winters. Make sure that your trekking boots are snow and waterproof.
  • Trekking shoes and sandals will come in handy when you want to roam around the teahouses. But as the days are quite shorter during winters, you can avoid roaming after your trek. This will also help you conserve energy as the body loses energy without any physical activity in the cold of the Everest region.
  • You will also need hiking socks, thermal socks, and gaiters while trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Backpack

  • A large spacious backpack of 50 - 65 liter where you can fit all the necessary belongings for your trek is a must. Make sure that the backpack has various compartments where you can locate items better.
  • If you hire a porter to carry your backpack, you will still need a daypack which you will carry and contains items that you will regularly use.
  • Also, carry a rain cover for your bag.

Others

  • Sleeping bags, trekking poles, sunglasses, and moisturizers are other items that will be important for you to have while trekking.
  • Water bottle, pee funnel, basic first aid kit, toiletries, and towels will help you maintain personal hygiene.
  • Camera, books, and chargers will help you pass your free time easily.

Tips for trekking to Everest Base Camp in December/ January / February

There are a few things you need to consider while trekking to Everest Base Camp in the winter months. I have tried to enlist some of them.

Hire a Guide/ Porter

No matter which month you are traveling in, you should have a guide or porter by your side. Having a guide and/or a porter is all the more important in the winters. Some trekking trails are not open to trekking in these months due to heavy snow. As you might not know which trails these are, you should definitely hire a guide to avoid such problems.

During the winter, your body loses a lot of energy to surrounding cold. Thus it becomes important for you to preserve all the energy you can. Loss of energy is one of the biggest reasons that people suffer from altitude sickness. Hiring a porter will assist you with maintaining the high energy levels you will need for trekking.

Don’t Forget to Bargain

When you are in the tea houses in the Everest region during winters, you should bargain for a discount. As the tea houses are not full of people, you are bound to get a discount for your accommodation if you ask for one.

You can also ask for extra blankets and quilts to make you feel comfortable and warm as there will be plenty of unused blankets in other unoccupied rooms. In peak trekking seasons, these places would generally charge you some money for charging your devices. But the possibility of this happening in the winters is also quite low.

Contact a Trekking Agency

Many trekking agencies in Nepal have been working in this field for a long period of time. All registered trekking companies will have licensed guides. Further, very good trekking companies also have a good track record of evacuating trekkers in an emergency. So contacting a travel agency in Nepal will help you feel secure while trekking in the Everest Base Camp in the winters.

Other Treks in the Everest Region in December/ January/ February

Everest Panorama Trek

Everest Panorama Trek is a light trek in the Everest region. This is perfect for you if you are unsure if you can go the whole distance while trekking to Everest Base Camp.

Everest panorama trek takes place in the lower regions of the Everest Base Camp like Lukla and Namche Bazaar. These places are low in altitude and the temperatures are also not all that low. You will spend some time learning the culture and viewing the awesome mountains of Everest region from Tengboche Monastery.

Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

If you are unsure if you can cope with the temperature of the places of high altitude in the Everest Base Camp trek, you can try out the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek. This trek starts from Jiri. It is located at a lower altitude. From the low altitude, you will slowly trek to high altitude regions of the Everest Base Camp trek. This will get you used to the temperature of the high altitude of the Everest Base Camp.

In the normal EBC trek, you would take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. This doesn’t give you enough time to acclimatize to the cold of the mountains. But Jiri to Everest Base Camp does. The scenic views of the mountains that you get in the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek are the same as that of the regular Everest Base Camp trek.

Everest Luxury Trekking

If you are unsure if the tea houses and lodges will provide you with insulation against the cold in the Everest region during winters, Everest Luxury trekking is the one for you. During this trek, most of your accommodation will be in a 3-Star hotel or greater. These hotels are warm and heating facilities are also available.

So in the Everest Luxury trek, you will stay in the best available lodges and hotels of the Everest region. So after you have trekked, you won’t have to bear the cold of the night in the mountains. As you will go on a  regular trail to Everest Base Camp, you won’t miss out on the views of the mountains as well.

Conclusion

Trekking in the Everest Base Camp region in the winters is definitely a challenge. You might have to bear the cold of the cold wind that blows while and after trekking. That is why you have to make all the necessary plans to complete this trek beforehand. You should get all the right gear, make necessary contact with a trekking agency and choose the trek which you are the most comfortable with. If you do that, the solitude of the mountains will treat you. The majestic views of in the months of December/ January/ and February in the Everest Base Camp will mesmerize you.

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