December, January and February are winter months in Nepal and therefore are the coldest months of the year. The mountain region, around an altitude of 3353m, has an alpine climate with considerably low temperatures in winter as expected. On a positive note, the Everest Base Camp trail is much quieter during this time. The lakes are frozen and snow makes the surrounding landscape remarkably photogenic.
During this time of the year, all of the mountain ranges become covered with snow and thus provide beautiful vistas. You will feel like you’ve stepped into a winter wonderland. In the winter it doesn't rain, so the temperature is bearable in the low land. However, during this time of year there will be heavy snowfall in the high-Himalayas.
Temperatures are typically much colder during this time of the year, though the mountain views make the trip worth it. This is an excellent time to visit Everest Base Camp if you want a challenging, secluded adventure. Other Everest region treks also become less crowded due to peoples’ worries about the weather, including Gokyo Valley Trekking, and Everest Panorama Trekking.
Generally, Everest Base Camp weather during December, January and February are very cold i.e. freezing cold at night and in the early mornings. Generally, high altitude treks like Everest Base Camp Cho La Pass Trek are not recommended during this time of the year. However, both daytime and nighttime temperatures are bearable, and it’s possible to hike EBC during this time. But keep in mind, you need to be well prepared with proper gear and equipment. Even when winter is at its most severe, it is compensated with the bright sun and brilliant views. The lower areas, averaging around 2000 meters above sea level, have a milder climate and you won’t have to worry too much about inclement weather.
Windchill factor will make you feel much colder than the temperature suggests. Nepal's winter weather can range from freezing cold and frosty to warm and sunny. The average temperature during these months is 17 °C. Sunny days can bring temperatures reaching about 25 °C whereas early mornings and nights drop to -15 °C in areas above 4000 meters. These temperatures are considered extreme by some, but the mountain views are often at their best and reward those who brave the cold. In addition, you also don't have to compete for space along the trails or in the tea houses. You’ll have complete peace and quiet on the trail.
December is the beginning of the winter season. Temperatures drop well below freezing along the majority of the trail at night. Though it’s usually sunny, it can get foggy and misty on the trail, obscuring possible clear mountain views.
Throughout December, daytime temperatures will generally be around 4°C. At night the average minimum temperatures drop down to around -14°C.
In December, expect the sun to shine for an average of 5-7 hours per day. This represents the average numbers of hours in the daytime that the sun is visible and not obscured by cloud.
The average daily wind speed in December is around 12-19 k/hr (about 8-12 mph).
January is the coldest month in Nepal. Temperatures drop below freezing at night throughout the Everest region. Generally, during the daytime it is quite sunny and while trekking, you’ll stay warm. Nepal's severe winter weather is at its peak in January. It is quite windy, so you've to face the challenging windchill. There are few sunny, clear, and bright days. So, sometimes visibility can be a problem due to the foggy and cloudy weather. However, if you insist on trekking or if January is your only free month, it is possible to trek with the proper guidance and preparation. Don’t hesitate to reach out to ask us for advice or for a guide.
Throughout January, daytime temperatures will generally reach max 4°C. At night the average minimum temperature drops down to around -17°C.
For January expect the sun to shine for an average of 5-7 hours per day. This represents the average numbers of hours in the daytime that the sun is visible and not obscured by cloud.
The average daily wind speed in January is around 12-19 k/hr (about 8-12 mph).
In Nepal, February marks the end of winter seasons just before spring arrives. In February, during the daytime, you can expect warm weather across most of Everest Base Camp.
At the end of the month, the visibility is quite good as well. As a result, trekking enthusiasts begin to make their trips to base camp.
Throughout February, daytime temperatures will generally be around 4°C. At night, the average minimum temperature drops down to around -14°C.
For February expect the sun to shine for an average of 6 to 7 hours per day. This represents the average numbers of hours in the daytime that the sun is visible and not obscured by cloud.
The average daily wind speed in February has been around 12-19 k/hr (about 8-12 mph).
Note: All these available data are an only estimate data based on past forecast data.
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