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Everest Base Camp Trek in December

Everest Base Camp Trek in December

The Everest Base Camp transitions from autumn to winter in the final month of the year. The autumn, one of the busiest hiking seasons, to winter may have you wondering, “Is the Everest Base Camp trek doable in December?” The answer is absolutely “YES.”

Despite the fact that the temperature at Everest Base Camp drops below zero ℃ during the month of December, rainfall in the Everest region is extremely low. This guarantees a clear view of the mountains and splendid photography.

If you enjoy traveling in relatively quiet areas or times, the fact that the trekking trails are not crowded this month might tempt you to come here. Also, the hotels and lodges along the trail are empty, so you won’t have to share a room with others.

Peaceful Hiking

There might be people who don’t like to hike in surroundings where trekkers are everywhere. And if you are one of these people, a trip to Everest Base Camp in December might be ideal for you.

During the month of December, the tranquility of the Everest region is exceptional. The limited trekkers also means that the pictures you want to capture will not be interrupted by the sight’s people.

Low Rainfall

Many people are put off by the idea of their trips being interrupted by rain. Rain means you’ll have to wait an extra day or two for scenic views. Besides, who wants to trek on slippery trails? In this regard, December is a fantastic month.

Awesome Views

If you are visiting Everest region, there is no way that you’ll compromise with the views of the gorgeous Himalayas. And if you’re planning a trip to Everest Base Camp in December, you won’t have to make any compromise. The Himalayan mountainous views are simply amazing.

Nepal in December

Alternative Treks in December

1. Gokyo Ri Trek

If you are visiting the Everest region for trekking, you should consider doing the Gokyo Ri trek as well. The clear weather in December will provide excellent views of the Gokyo region, including its magical lakes. Another trek worth considering is the Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Pass Trek.

2. Everest Base Camp Helicopter Trip

The cold December may tempt you to skip the Everest region entirely. But, the Heli trip in the Everest might make you want to think about it. With the Everest Base Camp helicopter trip, you can avoid trekking in the Everest region while still visiting the Everest Base Camp.

You will travel to and from the Everest region in a single day. And all in a helicopter. Isn’t that wonderful?

3. Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek

If you are unclear whether you will be able to acclimatize to the December cold or altitude of the Everest region, the Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek will guarantee that you do.

This is a long trip to the Everest region, with small altitude gains every day. If you have close to 3 weeks of trekking days, you can do this trek.

4. Everest Panorama Trek

Everest Panorama Trek is ideal for those looking for a short trek in the Everest region. You will visit Namche Bazaar and Tengboche Monastery.

So, if you want to avoid the cold winter at Everest Base Camp in December, this might be the perfect trek for you.

Everest Base Camp Weather in December

The weather in the Everest area is undoubtedly cold in December. But if you’re properly prepared for cold temperatures, December is a lovely time to trek to Everest Base Camp. And the fact that guest houses and hotels along the trail are open.

In December, the chances of cloud covering the mountains are very low. It should come as no surprise that some of the most captivating images of the Everest region are taken in December.

Everest Region

General FAQs Everest Base Camp Trek in December

How difficult is it to find accommodation in the Everest during December?

In December, it is relatively easy to find accommodation in the Everest region. Most guest houses and hotels are empty because this is not the peak trekking season. As there are fewer people, you can have many of the tea houses’ mattresses to yourself.

So, if the winter is a concern for you, the availability of blankets and mattresses that you can have with you is a thought that many people rejoice. And, more importantly, it will provide you with all of the warmth you needed.

Do I need a porter if I have a guide?

Yes, you might. Guides and porters are two different people serving different purposes along the trek. In winter, your body loses more energy due to cold. So, carrying all of the weight on your shoulders will use up more energy.

Letting a porter carry your backpack mean that the amount of energy lost while trekking is very low. If you suffer from altitude sickness, the fact that there is someone to carry your load will come much-needed relief.

Is it necessary to have travel insurance when trekking in the EBC in December?

Certainly, yes. travel insurance is strongly recommended all year. It’s a great way to get immediate help if you get altitude sickness or your belongings are stolen along the way.

You never know when you may bump into troubles when you’re on your trip. Having travel insurance for the Everest Base Camp trek is one of many ways to ensure a risk-free trip.

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Final Say

The winter in the Everest region may make you fearful of trekking in the area. However, if you talk to many travelers who trekked to Everest Base Camp in December, they will tell you that it was one of the most amazing treks they have ever done.

Moreover, if you have carefully read this article, you will notice that there is nothing to be concerned about in terms of accommodation, hiring a guide or the weather. So, as long as you plan in advance, you should be able to complete the Everest Base Camp trek in December.

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