Winter Trekking in Everest Base Camp
Winter Trekking in Everest Base Camp
With the elevation of 8,848 sq.km, Mount Everest is the highest mountain peak in the world situated at the Mahalangur part of the Himalayan. It is situated at the border of Nepal and Tibet. Winter trekking in Everest Base Camp is one of the exciting and thrilling adventure trips you can ever experience in your lifetime.
The trail of Mount Everest is 1500 miles long. Mount Everest is called Sagarmatha in Nepali; Sagarmatha is a Sanskrit world, which means “mother of oceans.” Everest is known to be 60 million years old. Mount Everest allures local and experienced travelers. Everest lies on number one in terms of the trekking destination of Nepal. Every year more than 5000 people trek to Everest. Trekking to Everest is one that will be the best decision of your life. Along with visiting the highest mountain in the world, you will also get to observe the local Nepali lifestyle and see the rare birds and animals. You will be thrilled to adventure through Khumbu’s best natural, cultural, and Himalayan facets. With every step you will take toward Everest, you will see the magnificent views of the mountain peaks decorate the skyline. The path to Everest is adorable, which is filled with a forest filled with rhododendron groves. The magnificent view of the mountains of Everest massif is superb. Everest trek falls on the moderate level trek. People of any age with the healthy physical and mental conditions can trek to Mount Everest. Winter season is the best time to trek to Mount Everest as the real beauty of the mountains is when covered with snow. The main winter seasons of Nepal fall in December and January. The trail is not crowded as people do not prefer to trek Mount Everest in winter. There is low precipitation in the winter season, so; you can get a clear and picturesque view of the mountains. Although winter is the driest and coldest season, the day is quiet, sunny and warm. Places at the lower altitude like Luka, phakding, Namche, and Tengboche during the day is warmer whereas the nights are moderate cold and sometimes little snowfall can happen. But places at the higher altitude like Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep days are warmer, and nights are moderate.
Gearing up for winter trekking in Everest Base Camp
The Everest region is one of the coldest places on the earth. For trekking to mounts Everest in December, you might need some gearing up.
- The most important thing while trekking to Everest in winter is warm clothing. You might need some waterproof and windproof down jackets.
- Since you will be walking in higher altitude, to prevent altitude sickness, mental preparation with proper acclimation is very important.
- For trekking in cold, your body losses more calories, so you must take healthy food in the proper amount.
- You must pack the toiletries and first aid box in case of an emergency. For the cold weather, especially during harsh wind, you need lip balms, sunscreen lotions, and pair of warm socks, winter gloves, and hats.
- You must have a pair of trekking shoes, the route to Everest is not easy, and your regular shoes may cause pain in your feet.
- Since Mount Everest trek is a long trek you need more comfortable and spacious clothing.
- You have to be physically fit; you might upgrade your physical fitness by doing yoga, exercise, and swimming.
Advantages of trekking EBC in winter Season
- In winter the air is dry and low precipitation. You will get to enjoy a clear view of the mountains and the sky.
- There are very fewer trekkers in winter seasons so; you will get to enjoy the trek without any crowd and disturbances.
- You can have the beautiful experience with solitude with nature.
- This season is very advantageous for people taking the flight, as a flight can be canceled frequently depending on the weather, but during winter season, this problem doesn’t arise.
- You can find the lodges and hotels very quickly as this is the off-season plus you can get special treatment.
- Sometimes you might have to wait for a few days to catch a flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in months flooded by trekkers. In January, the tickets will be available in plenty.
- Due to the few numbers of trekkers, you will get plenty of opportunities to click beautiful pictures of mountains and places.
- You can enjoy the fantastic snowfall.
- In this season, one of the important festivals of Sherpa people uphaul and hail falls, so you can enjoy the Nepali festival.
- You will get an excellent view of places like Kala Patthar, Khumbu Glacier, and Namche Bazaar. In January, these places offer some of the best scenarios in the world.
The disadvantage of trekking Everest in winter
- Due to the heavy snowfall, the risk of snow storm arises, which closes the path of the Gokyo trail and Mera Peak.
- Due to blizzards and hurricanes, you might have to fall back, or you might have to stick there.
- In winter seasons, the days are comparably shorter, so you will not get enough time to visit the places.
- Some of the people might not be able to bear the temperature as temperature might fall to 30 degrees Celsius in the night.
- This trek is the highest trek in the world, so many people might have the problem of altitude sickness.
- Cold Weather might affect some people.
Things to consider while trekking Everest in winter
- You must avoid the consumption go alcohol as it dehydrates your body and increases the risk of altitude sickness.
- You should maintain good connections with family members or group friends and let them know if you are uncomfortable with anything.
- Take as much information as possible, as you will get to try out many options like you can take a helicopter tour to Everest to save time. You can also explore different routes for trekking to Everest.
- You might need SPF sun cream with sunglass to protect your eyes and face.
- As it is winter seasons, so always are aware that trail might turn in difficulty.
- Always have the medical and first aid kit with you.
- You have to carry your water bottles with you because Dehydration can occur quickly and cause irritation, headache, and rashes in the upper region.
- You may find some water station, but this water is not very pure and can cause many harmful diseases, so you should carry some water purification tablet during the trek.
- The most important and the basic thing is you have to have insurance which covers the emergency package.
- You can make the permit to trek to Everest in Kathmandu.
What makes Everest base camp difficult in winter?
The Everest region is one of the coldest places in Nepal. The cold is a major difficulty while trekking Everest in winter. You have to walk uphill in 5-6 hours a day. But the trail is not so bad; you will not have a problem while walking. Along with the low temperature, another problem you bit be facing is the oxygen level decrease as the elevation increase, so; you must consult your doctor before trekking Everest in winter. As mentioned above, dehydration may occur because of impure water. It is quite difficult to find pure water. Due to white snow, 80 % of the sun reflects, so there is a high chance of getting burn quicken.
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek in winter
- You can enjoy the remarkable aerial view of a fabulous Mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla.
- You will get sweeping views of apex peaks from Kala Patthar is beyond your imagination from all the directions.
- You will get to view the majestic, snow-capped mountains like Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Pumori on clear days.
- Trekking to the footsteps of Everest, the highest mountain in the world is a dream come true experience that you would proudly explain to your near ones.
- You will be speechless to see the dazzling sunrise views from Kala Patthar are once in a lifetime experience.
- Getting insights into the local culture and their lifestyle very closely, inhabited mainly by Sherpa and enjoying their festival.
- Adventuring and Challenging off-beaten snowy trails and lush green forest are eye-catching.
- Picturesque villages of Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lukla, Gorakshep, and Lobuche are what heaven feels like.
- Exploring renowned Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and observing some rare birds and animals.
- Visit the Tengboche Monastery (the largest monastery of the Khumbu region).
- Swinging suspension bridges over the Dudh Kosi River and Imja River will be another perk of this journey.
- Trails decorated with prayer flags and wheels, the main stones will astound you.
Day 1:- Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 2:- Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley.
Day 3:- Kathmandu to Lukla flight
Day 4:- Phakding to Namche
Day 5:- acclimation day at Namche bazar
Day 6:-Namche to Tengboche
Day 7:- Tengboche to Dingboche
Day 8:- Dingboche to Lobuche
Day 9:-Lobuche to Gorakshep
Day 10:- Gorakshep to Pheriche
Day 11:- Pheriche to Namche
Day 12:- Namche to Lukla to Kathmandu
- The airport picks up and drops by car or van (by private vehicles).
- Two nights’ accommodation and breakfast at Kathmandu.
- Flight fee from Kathmandu to Lukla.
- Best available room for accommodation at the best hotels.
- All medical kit.
- Well experienced guide and porter to carry your bags.
- All the tickets for sightseeing.
- Sagarmatha national park fee
- Trekking permit
- Lunch and dinner at Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Tips to the porter.
- Travel insurance.
- Personal trekking equipment.
- Beverage and such as coke Fanta and mineral water.
- Laundry, phone calls, internet, heater, the charger will be not provided.
- Tourist visa to Nepal
- Personal expenses such as bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.
- Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu than the scheduled itinerary.
Thus to conclude, trekking Everest in winter is not so difficult thing to do If you are physically fit ad can bear the cold. Although you will have to make a little adjustment, the fun you will have is unexplainable.
You can get a clear view of the sky and the high snow Peak Mountains. The conditions are going to cold, but if you have adequate warm clothing, you will feel nothing. Instead, you can enjoy the whole route by yourself and enjoy the natural and scenic beauty of Mount Everest. There are both advantages and disadvantages while doing this trek. Be well prepared and checklist the important equipment you need before you head out. So Everest Base Camp Trek in December is feasible and doable.
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