There is always a time when the best can be experienced in anything. Similar goes to trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. You can enjoy the excellent vistas of the Himalayas with the blossoming nature in a festive vibe during spring. What is more alluring than the trail decorated with perfect weather and an excellent view of Mt. Everest?
So anyone who wants to unleash the magic of Mt.Everest with spring delights can join us this coming spring season of 2024.
The spring season falls in March to April. Nature gets alive and freshness is in the air after the bitter cold of winter. The vegetation starts its new fresh life making the scenic attractive. The days get longer and the nights shorter. The temperatures will be warm and pleasant providing clear blue skies and unobstructed vistas of the Himalayas of Khumbu region. The day will offer beautiful scenery of mountains while the nighttime is even more beautiful with sparkling stars. The trail will be decorated with colorful blossoms of Rhododendrons – the National Flower of Nepal.
Hence the months of March, April, and May 2024 will be the perfect time for you to embark on the lifetime journey to Everest Base Camp enjoying the decorated trail by Rhododendrons with Himalayas vistas on the backdrop.
How will the Weather and Temperatures be During the Everest Base Camp Trek in Spring?
The month of March marks the beginning of the blossoming spring. The temperature will gradually rise however it will be still quite cold at the beginning of March. The temperature will get warmer day by day. The weather will be stable with clear skies and a few clouds.
The days get longer and comparatively warmer in the middle of the season. The temperature will be moderate neither too cold nor too hot. Since it is the dry season, there is no possibility of snow. The month of May is the warmest as the monsoon will be moving forward north from India causing warmer temperatures and cloud coverage. So the weather could be unpredictable and due to global warming, there could be drizzling rainfall. Hence we recommend packing rain gear compulsorily for Everest Base Camp Trek in spring.
On average, the maximum temperature will be around 15 C during the day and it will drop to -14 C at minimum during the night time. In early spring it will be cold during the morning, late evening, and night so we recommend wearing clothes in layers.
Further, you can check our other blog Best Time to Everest Base Camp Trek to know the weather and temperature of the other three seasons to suit your weather preferences.
How Blossoming Will be Nature During Everest Base Camp Trek in Spring?
Nature gets alive and vibrant after the dread of winter. The vegetation blossoms with new freshness. The trail to Everest Base Camp will be decorated by Rhododendrons – the National Flower of Nepal.
The vibrant shades of Rhododendrons from deep red, and pink to white and purple add stunning contrast to the Himalayan landscape. Moreover, the other alpine wildflowers and meadows will come to life adding beauty to the overall landscape. The diversity and vibrant flowers and vegetation will attract wildlife so you will witness various species of butterflies, birds, and other small animals. The greenery of nature with clear blue skies and snow-capped mountains at the backdrop will be the most stunning landscape to relish during the trek to Everest Base Camp in spring.
How Vibrant is the Culture During the Everest Base Camp Trek in Spring?
Nepal is rich in culture and festivals. Many festivals fall in the spring season that will add color and culture to your journey to Everest Base Camp. You will get the opportunity to be the part of celebration. Moreover, you will witness the Sherpa culture and their daily lifestyle while hiking to Everest Base Camp. You will visit monasteries and witness the religious ceremonies and rituals.
Holi - The festival of color and water is celebrated at the end of March. People will play with colors and water dance to the song and enjoy the arrival of spring. The whole nation will be painted with different colors adding vibrancy experience to your journey to Everest Base Camp.
Nepali New Year – We, Nepalese people follow Bikram Sambat (BS), not AD. So our new year falls in mid-April. There will be a national holiday in the country with parades in many places. People will exchange good wishes and there will be gatherings with lots of food and drinks. The atmosphere of the nation will be festive and vibrant.
Buddha Purnima – It is an important event for mainly Buddhist people at the full moon of May. They celebrated the life of Lord Buddha and his teachings. The devotees offer special Puja and hold processions highlighting the philosophy of Lord Buddha.
Your exposure to these vibrant festivals and experiencing the culture and cuisine of Himalayan Sherpa makes your trek to Everest Base Camp in spring culturally rich.
What are the Major Events in Everest During Spring?
- Everest Expedition and Everest Marathon in Spring
During your trip to Everest Base Camp in spring, you will meet many other climbers, and mountaineers who will be climbing the Mighty Mt.Everest. You will see porters carrying heavy loads to facilitate the climbers during their stay at the base camp of Mt.Everest.
Mount Everest is the top of the world. Everyone dreams of climbing the Mighty Mt.Everest as it stands high in the world. People called it by different names such as Sagarmatha in Nepali which means “Goddess of the Sky” and Chomolungma in Tibetan meaning “Goddess Mother of the world”. Both the names reflect its vagueness. The Everest Expedition is carried out in the spring season of every year as the season favors the weather for climbing.
Mount Everest can be climbed from Nepal or Tibet side. The southeast route from Nepal is technically more accessible so many climbers conquered the highest point from this route. It was the route used by history makers Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay who made the first ascent of Mighty Mt.Everest on 29th May 1953.
Similarly to mark the history of the first summit, every year Everest Marathon is held around the vicinity of Mount Everest in May. It is considered to be one of the highest and toughest races in the world. People from all over the world join to experience the adventure and thrill of running at high altitudes.
Hence you can also witness the Everest Marathon during your trek to Everest Base Camp in spring. Hear the bravery stories from climbers and mountaineers at the dining hall of the teahouse.
What will be the Difficulties During the Everest Base Camp Trek in Spring?
Crowd and Alternative Routes
The fall season is the best time of the year. For this reason, many trekkers embark on their journey to Everest Base Camp hence you will witness crowds on the route to Everest Base Camp. Similarly, the Everest Expedition and Everest Marathon fall in the spring hence more climbers and participants for the events and expedition will be heading to their destination more crowd.
Trekkers will follow the traditional Everest Base Camp Trail. So if you want to avoid the congestion on the route, you can take a different route to reach Everest Base Camp. You can choose Salleri to Everest Base Camp Trek. The trek will take a scenic jeep drive to Salleri – the District Headquarters of Solukhumbu and a trek to Lukla exploring the virgin culture and landscape of the lower Solukhumbu region. The other alternative is Everest Base Camp Trek and Fly Back Helicopter in which you trek to Everest Base Camp and fly out enjoying a thrilling helicopter ride from Gorakshep to Lukla.
If you want to explore Khumbu Valley more then you can add Gokyo Lake and Cho-la Pass to your itinerary making it Everest Base Camp and Cho La Pass Trek. You will witness the highest freshwater lake in the world – Gokyo Lake and trek to Everest Base Camp crossing the altitude of 5420 m – Cho La Pass. The Everest Base Camp and Cho La Pass Trek will reward you with breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, glaciers, and freshwater lakes.
If you are an experienced trekker, you can choose Everest Three Passes Trek – a compact package of adventure and thrill. You will encounter variations in a scene from Sherpa villages, wild fauna, glaciers, lakes, and high passes to Everest Base Camp in this single trek.
Note: In the early spring, the route to Everest Base Camp will have few trekkers hence you can avoid the crowds by trekking early in the spring enjoying the peaceful trail to Everest Base Camp.
The fight for Lukla from Kathmandu is dependent on weather so many times, the flight gets delayed or even canceled due to bad weather. Moreover, many trekkers and climbers tend to book the flight hence during the peak season, the flights won’t be available so get them in advance as soon as possible.
Everest Base Camp is a high-altitude trekking in the high Himalayas of Nepal. When you ascend more than 2500 m, you are likely to get altitude sickness due to a lack of oxygen in the atmosphere. The higher you ascend, the higher the chance of acute mountain sickness. To avoid it, you need to follow some precautions. They are:
- To stay hydrated is most important so drink plenty of water.
- Ascend slowly and steadily so that your body adjusts to the changing atmospheric pressure.
- Take an acclimatized hike – “Climb High, Sleep Low”.
- Avoid the consumption of caffeine, alcohol, and smoking as they make you dehydrated.
- If you feel any symptoms – “Descend, Descend, and Descend”.
Generally during the peak season, the teahouses and lodges get fully packed so if you are traveling alone without a guide, you might not get a room at the teahouses. It’s recommended to hire trek guides when you trek to Everest Base Camp. They will assist you in getting the accommodation and other amenities during your journey to Everest Base Camp.
What Should be the Packing for the Everest Base Camp Trek in Spring?
You need to pack various essentials for Everest Base Camp Trek in spring. You need to bring proper gear and equipment. The clothing will be in layers so you need to pack the layers by layers of clothes ranging from thermal, and warm to heavier jackets. The essentials you need to pack are:
Essentials for the Upper Bart of the Body
- Warm Hat and Sun Hat
Essentials for the Body Part
- Thermal shirts and pants as Base layer
- Fleece jackets, trekking pants as Middle layer
- Gore-Tex jackets, hardshell pants as outer layer
- Neck Warmer
Essentials Trekking Gear and Equipment
- Duffel Bag
- Rain Cover
- Sleeping Bag and liner
- Trekking Poles
- Water Bottle
Essentials Trekking Footwear
- Trekking Boots and socks
- Hand and Face Towel
- Energy Bars and Snacks
- Dry Bags
- Portable Charger and Adapter
- Toilet Papers
- Water Purification Tablets
- First Aid Kit
These are the essentials that you need to prepare and pack for Everest Base Camp Trek in spring. You can check out our blog for detailed information regarding the packing list for the Everest Base Camp Trek.
The Mighty Mt.Everest is open to welcome all trekkers all year round. You just need to choose the best time to enjoy and experience every moment beautifully. The fall season - 2024 is the best time to embark on the lifetime journey to Everest Base Camp. The blue clear skies with few clouds and long and warm days with rhododendron-decorated trails provide you the mesmerizing panoramic vistas of the high Himalayas of Nepal. The region's vibrant culture and country make your trip to Everest Base Camp even richer and more memorable.