Dare to dream to stand at 5364 meters above sea level at the base camp of Mt. Everest. Though spring and autumn are the best time to be there, we can do this Everest base camp trek in December as well. December is the starting of the winter season, actually one the best time to do this base camp trek as the winter offers the crystal-clear blue sky and relatively fewer trekkers on the route, which means no need to worry about the popular season trekkers crowd. Though it gets colder at night and morning and evening the daytime is a pretty cool temperature to hike from one place to the next. Celebrating Christmas and New Year on the mountain next to Mt. Everest could be an extraordinary way to celebrate the festival and welcome the new year. Here below are some tips to prepare for the Everest base camp trek in Winter
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Some Tips on Everest Base Camp Trek in December
Gear to prepared
The month of December is the starting month of the winter season in the Himalayas thus having the appropriate gear is a must to complete the journey to the base camp of Everest. We recommend having a good sleeping bag and down jacket which can bear -15 degrees. A well-insulated trekking boots, Woolen cap, mitten gloves, thermal under gear, Wind stopper pants, and jackets. Trekking trousers, sun cream, and sunglass are most on this winter trekking to the Everest base camp.
Accommodation on the Base camp trek
All the way to the base camp of Everest, there are lots of teahouses with various facilities. Normally all teahouse has a cozy dining hall and twin-bedded room to stay in. Don’t accept any heating or warmer room at all while on the entire trek. Normally the dining room gets heated in the evening time. Due to the temperature below zero degrees expect frozen water, and some snow on trails while on the December hike to the base camp.
Can we do the Everest base camp trek in December?
Yes, you can do this Everest base camp trek in December. Actually, it is one the best time to do it if you are from a colder region and normal cold is not a big issue to you.
Trail conditions in winter
The trekking routes to the base camp of Everest don’t go over the high passes and normally the routes are gradual ups and downs, thus a relatively straightforward and safe trail to hike all around. We can expect some snowfall towards late December which normally goes away in a few hours in a day.
Temperature- Everest base camp trek
Expect the temperature below zero degrees for a few nights at a higher elevation and be prepared accordingly once you decide to do this Everest base camp trek in the month of December. The daytime temperature could go as high as 5 to 15 degrees and the nighttime temperature can drop down to –15 degrees at a higher elevation
Pros and Cons
The best thing to do the Everest base camp trek in December is the clear sky with great mountain profiles around. You won’t meet the popular trekking crowd of the busy trekking season. The only cons of winter trekking to Everest is that it gets colder at night. Having great gear on colder nights is not an issue to stop the trekkers to go on their journey in winter.
Food and Drinks
We can have Nepalese and mixed food items available on this trek to Everest base camp. Nepali meals like rice, vegetable curry, and lintel is the best while on trek. Besides that, you can have meals like noodles, items from potatoes, etc. You may wish to try Pizza or cakes at some places. It is always better to have properly boiled drinking water than plastic bottled water on the trek.
The flight to Lukla is one of the most exciting half-hour flights to Lukla to start the journey to the Everest region. Normally twin otter or Dornier 228 planes land at the Lukla runway which is just 527 meters long on an 11.7% gradient. The flight to Lukla depends on weather conditions and it is better to have some extra days in a pocket to deal with any un prediction weather situation.