Best Time to Visit Mount Everest Base Camp in Tibet

There is Everest Base Camp in the north of Mount Everest in Shigatse, Tibet. The camp is designed to protect the environment around Mount Everest and provide a camp for climbers and travelers. It is widely believed that the trip to Tibet without Mount Everest is incomplete. Everest Base Camp is the nearest tourist attraction of Everest for ordinary tourists, it is a land of dream, attracting a large number of tourists every year. Just 19 kilometers from the camp to Mount Everest, the camp is a perfect place to enjoy the magnificent peak of the holy mountain. Because Mount Everest is very high above sea level, the weather and temperature are quite different from other regions.

Best Time to Visit Everest Base Camp in Tibet

Everest base camp is built to protect the core area of Everest, 5200 meters above sea level, and is one of the must-see attractions for any trip to Tibet. Generally speaking, you can travel to Everest base camp from April to February in the following year. However, the best time is from April to June, then the momentum continues to grow from September to October after a brief pullback in July and August.

The best time to travel to Everest base camp in Tibet is April to June and September to October. During this time, it is not so cold in Tibet, and visibility is very high, visitors will have a better chance to see the clear view of the summit of Mount Everest. In addition, stable and good weather and less strong winds make it safer and easier to climb. However, visitors should remember that Mount Everest’s climate is variable. Even within a day, different weather can appear alternately. Therefore, before you go to Everest base camp, it is necessary to pay attention to the local weather changes.

From April to June, the temperature rose mildly and the weather became much warmer. The days begin to lengthen, giving visitors more light, and nights are often not as cold as winter. The period from September to October is ideal for hiking from Tingri to Everest base camp. In the fall, the Everest base camp will have fewer visitors than the peak season, making your trip more leisure and comfortable. In addition, with high visibility and moderate temperature in Autumn, Everest can show visitors their majestic grandeur.

Travel to Everest Base Camp in Summer Time

Summer is a good time to travel to other parts of Tibet, because the weather is warmer, but not the best time to go to the Everest base camp, which is usually covered by fog and clouds. Summer (July-August) is the rainy season at Mount Everest. Strong southeastern monsoon can bring heavy rain, severe snow and ice weather often visit unexpectedly. During this time, there is less chance of seeing the top of the mountain and rainy weather can cause mudslides or flash floods blocking your roads.

In this season, whether you arrive in Tibet at the beginning, middle or end of the month, you are sure to encounter rainfall. However, the summer rain is not as terrible as you imagine. It is neither a continuous heavy rain nor an uninterrupted heavy rain. It is a brief shower or a downpour at night or in the afternoon.

Travel to Everest Base Camp in Winter Time

The winter in Tibet lasts from December to February the following year. Heavy snow in this season can make it difficult to walk, especially to remote or high altitude areas. However, due to high altitude and strong sunshine, the temperature is not as intolerable as you imagine. Winter is a good season for low-cost tourists to visit Tibet. Although it is off season, there are still a lot of Tibetan tour groups you can choose to go to Everest base camp. Roads leading to Mount Everest are generally stable (sometimes closed due to bad weather) except to remote or high elevations areas. If you visit Everest base camp in winter, you will have more opportunities to see the spectacular view of Mount Everest because the temperature between the top and the foot of the mountain drops slightly and there is less fog. If you are lucky enough, you can view Mount Everest and other peaks over 8000 meters at Gawula Pass. And Everest Base Camp in winter is known for its clear sky in the daytime and starry Milky way at night.

Preparation of Travelling to Everest Base Camp

1. Obtain the required travel documents in advance. Travelling to Everest base camp, foreign tourists need to apply for the Tibet Travel permit, the Alien’s Travel permit and the military permit.

2. Bring altitude sickness medicine or oxygen to the low-oxygen Everest area. The elderly or tourists in poor health should undergo a medical examination before going to the Everest base camp.

3. Because of large temperature difference between daytime and night, you should keep yourself warm. Visitors should prepare some winter jackets, down jackets, gloves, hats and sleeping bags. Don’t let yourself catch a cold, which could be dangerous in Tibet. 

4. Bring some necessities, such as lipstick (for dry weather), sun hat(for bad weather), sunglasses (for strong sunlight or snow blindness), and other daily medicines for cold or stomachache, etc. Don’t expose your skin to the sun, which can cause sunburn.

5. Know the road and weather conditions of Everest base camp in advance, so as not to encounter bad weather when departure.

6. As for winter accommodation, tents at Everest base camp will be dismantled in accordance with local regulations. But visitors can choose to spend the night at the Rongbuk temple at the foot of Mount Everest, or to go to Tingri County, where there are hotels, hostels and family inns you can choose.

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