The Best Time to Go to Mount Everest

best time to ebc

The Tibetan base camp is not as cold or bleak, being more than 3,000 meters lower at 5,200 m, below the snow line, with daytime temperatures above freezing from spring to fall. The weather is on average 12°C (22°F) colder than in Lhasa. 

Though often sunny, and even almost warm in the summer, the temperature drops more than 10°C (18°F) at night. Before you plan your tour, learn about the weather and choose a good time to go.

Best Time to Go—May or October

sunriseMount Everest sunrise in clear day
  • Daytime temperature: 5 °C (41°F)
  • Nighttime temperature: -7 °C (19°F)
  • Wind speed: 4 kph (6 mph)
  • Precipitation/month: 15 mm (0.6”)
  • Sunshine hours/day: 7

Why to Go Around May or October

When camping or hiking the dry season is best. These two periods are ideal time to visit Mount Everest when the ice melts by the afternoon, the daytime temperature is above freezing, and it hardly rains.

These periods have most clear days, giving you the best chance to see the peak of Mount Everest. In clear weather the night sky will show a spectacular view of the stars.

Monsoon Season—June to September

mt.everest camp baseMount Everest in mist in summer
  • Daytime temperature: 10 °C (50°F)
  • Nighttime temperature: -5 °C (23°F)
  • Wind speed: 8 kph (5 mph)
  • Precipitation/month: up to 190 mm (7½”)
  • Sunshine hours/day: 4

Mt. Everest is Usually Covered by Mist in Summer

Summer is a good time to travel other places in Tibet, due to the warmer weather, but it's not the best time to go to EBC, as Mt. Everest is usually covered by mist/cloud

 There's much less chance of seeing the summit, and rainy weather may cause rock/mud slides or flash floods, blocking your way.

Winter Time—November to April

Mount everest summitMount Everest summit China side
  • Daytime temperature: -5°C (23°F)
  • Nighttime temperature: -15 (5°F)
  • Wind speed: 14 kph (9 mph)
  • Precipitation/month: 5 mm (0.2”)
  • Sunshine hours/day: 7

Quiet and Beautiful, but Freezing Cold

Winter in Tibet is snowy, icy, and windy. It's very cold to camp on EBC, tent hostels are struck, and the way to EBC is sometimes shut due to inclement weather. However the icy scenery is quite beautiful in the mostly clear, dry, frigid weather, and it's less crowded.

Harsh Climate

View of Everest from gokyo riView of Everest from Gokyo Ri with prayer flags
  • The lowest temperature on the peak is -40°C (-40°F); with wind chill -60°C (-76°F)!
  • Coldest month: February — average -27°C (-17°F) over 7,500m
  • Warmest month: August — average -20°C (-4°F) over 7,500m
  • Snow line: From 5,300m (17,400 ft) there's snow and ice all year.
  • The death zone in mountaineering is above 8,000m (26,000 ft), where oxygen is insufficient to sustain human life (25% that of sea level). 844m of Everest is in the death zone.

See our Mount Everest attraction page for a weather forecast and more detail on tourism for this mountain celebrity.

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