Trek To Everest Base Camp in December 2024 : Weather and Temperature

  • Jyoti Maharjan
  • Last Updated on Jul 6, 2024

The trek to Everest Base Camp in December offers many adventurous and exciting surprises filled with beauty and unique surroundings.

While challenging due to the cold weather and high altitude, it provides unparalleled opportunities for adventure and exploration.

This time of year provides trekkers with breathtaking views of the majestic peaks, including Mount Everest, set against the backdrop of crisp, clear skies.

The EBC trek in December is a test of endurance and resilience but offers the rare opportunity to experience the Himalayas in a state of peaceful, wintery beauty, making it a truly memorable and rewarding expedition for adventure experts. 

The rewards of this demanding trek are immense. The sense of achievement from reaching Everest Base Camp, surrounded by the grandeur of the Himalayas, is unparalleled. 

The unique winter scenery, the serene atmosphere, and the clear skies provide an unforgettable backdrop for a journey that is as much about personal growth and reflection as it is about physical adventure.

Trekker in Clear day during the Everest trek in December
Trekker on Clear day during the Everest trek in December

Can we trek to Everest Base Camp in December?

Yes, trekking to Everest Base Camp in December is indeed possible and can be a rewarding experience for those who are well-prepared for the challenges that come with trekking during the winter season in the Himalayas.

Despite the challenges posed by cold temperatures and snowy trails, December offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks under clear skies, creating a picturesque backdrop for the trek.

Trekkers can immerse themselves in the rich Sherpa culture, encountering festive celebrations and warm hospitality along the way. 

However, the trek demands careful preparation with insulated clothing, strong boots, and a gradual acclimatization schedule to mitigate the effects of high altitude.

Snowing during the EBC trek in December
Snowing during the EBC trek in December

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek in December

  • Spectacular Clear Views of Everest and the Himalayas

  • Peaceful and Less Crowded Trails

  • Unique Winter Scenery

  • Rich Cultural Experiences

  • Personal Achievement and Adventure

  • Enhanced Wildlife Viewing

  • Spiritual and Meditative Environment

  • Incredible Night Skies

  • Memorable Tea House Experiences

Challenges of Everest Base Camp Trek in December

December is an off-season month for trekking in Nepal. You might face many challenges and adventures on your trek during this month. Some of the challenges that you might face during your hike are:

  • Extreme cold and harsh weather conditions: Wind chill factors can make temperatures feel even colder, especially at higher altitudes and exposed areas. Snowfall is common in December.

  • High altitude and risk of altitude sickness: There is a high chance of getting altitude sickness. When you reach above 5,000m where oxygen levels are significantly lower.

  • Physical and mental fatigue: Trekking at high altitudes requires mental strength to survive with physical discomfort, weather challenges, and the demands of the trail.

  • Navigation and Trail condition: Trails in December are often covered in snow and ice, making them slippery and challenging to navigate.

Related Article: Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty

View in Everest during the December
View in Everest during December

Weather and Temperature during the hike to EBC in December

Everest Base Camp, located at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet), experiences harsh and extreme weather conditions in December. December often brings clear skies, providing spectacular views of the surrounding peaks like Ama Dablam and Thamserku.

Snowfall is more frequent, adding to the beauty of the famous Tengboche Monastery. The cold is intense, with severe wind chills making it feel even colder. The area is covered in snow and ice, making trekking more difficult and dangerous.

The dry, cold air reduces the likelihood of precipitation, although fresh snow can still blanket the trails, adding to the adventure and beauty of the trek.

Temperature chart of EBC Trek in December

Locations

Day Temperature

Night Temperature

Lukla

5°C to 10°C (41°F to 50°F).

-5°C to -10°C (23°F to 14°F).

Namche Bazar

0°C to 5°C (32°F to 41°F).

-10°C to -5°C (14°F to 23°F).

Tengboche

-2°C to 3°C (28°F to 37°F)

-8°C to -15°C (17°F to 5°F).

Dingboche

-5°C to -2°C (23°F to 28°F).

-15°C to -20°C (5°F to -4°F).

Lobuche

-10°C to -5°C (14°F to 23°F).

-20°C to -25°C (-4°F to -13°F).

Gorak Shep/ EBC

-15°C to -10°C (5°F to 14°F).

-25°C to -30°C (-13°F to -22°F).

Itinerary for Everest Base Camp in December

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2: Fly to Lukla, Trek to Phakding (2,610m / 8,563ft)

Day 3: Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m / 11,286ft)

Day 4: Acclimatization Day in Namche Bazaar

Day 5: Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,867m / 12,687ft)

Day 6: Tengboche to Dingboche (4,360m / 14,300ft)

Day 7: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche

Day 8: Trek to Lobuche (4,940m / 16,207ft)

Day 9: Trek to Gorak Shep (5,160m / 16,929ft), Hike to Everest Base Camp (5,364m / 17,598ft)

Day 10: Hike from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar (5,545m / 18,192ft), Descend to Pheriche (4,280m / 14,042ft)

Day 11: Trek to Namche Bazaar

Day 12 and 13: Trek to Lukla to Kathmandu

Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu

Yak on the EBC Route
Yak on the EBC Route

Food and Accommodation for EBC in December

Accommodation in December

Accommodation on the EBC trek includes various teahouses, homestays, restaurants, and hotels. Rooms usually have twin beds with thick blankets to keep you warm. Some teahouses offer private rooms, but many have shared facilities, including shared bathrooms. Hot showers, if available, often come at an extra cost.

Many places provide free Wi-Fi, though the connection quality can vary. Since some teahouses may close in December, planning your stops in advance is crucial.

Foods

Teahouses and lodges along the EBC route are the main sources of meals. They offer a variety of dishes catering to different dietary preferences, though the selection may decrease at higher altitudes. Fresh fruits and vegetables are scarce and more expensive due to the cold weather and transportation challenges.

Hot meals like soups, stews, and teas are comforting and essential for staying warm. Expect higher prices for food in the winter because transporting supplies becomes more difficult.

By being well-prepared and aware of these factors, you can enjoy a more comfortable and memorable trek to Everest Base Camp in December.

Packing List for Everest Base Camp Hikes in December

Trekking to Everest Base Camp in December is a thrilling adventure that requires careful preparation and the right gear to handle the cold and challenging conditions. Use this packing list to ensure you have everything for a safe and memorable journey.

Here’s a comprehensive packing list for EBC to help you get ready for the journey:

Clothing

  • Base Layers

  • Mid Layers

  • Outer Layers

  • Trekking Pants

  • Headwear

  • Gloves

  • Footwear

  • Accessories

Gear and Equipment

  • Backpack

  • Sleeping Gear

  • Trekking Poles

  • Water bottle for Hydration

Health and Safety

  • First Aid Kit

  • Hygiene

  • Sun Protection

  • Emergency Supplies

Buddhist Stupa with Snow in December
Snow covered Buddhist Stupa in December

Preparation for the EBC trek in December

Preparing for a trek to Everest Base Camp in December requires meticulous planning and preparation. From physical conditioning and acclimatization to gear selection and mental readiness, each aspect is crucial for a safe and successful trek.

Embrace the adventure, respect the challenges, and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas. Before preparing for your hike, you have to do vital training which will help you throughout your voyage. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you prepare:

Physical Preparation

  • Fitness Training: Engage in aerobic activities like running, swimming, or cycling to build stamina. Focus on leg strength through exercises like squats, lunges, and step-ups.

  • Endurance Building: Aim for hikes lasting 4-6 hours to build endurance.Include high-intensity interval training (HIIT) to improve cardiovascular fitness.

Mental Preparation

  • Research and Planning: Familiarize yourself with the trekking route, key points, and altitudes.

  • Setting Expectations: Prepare mentally for cold weather, long trekking days, and basic accommodation.

  • Mindfulness and Relaxation: Practice mindfulness techniques to manage stress and anxiety.

Travel Insurance

The risk of acute mountain sickness increases at high altitudes, necessitating a potential emergency evacuation.

December brings extreme cold, snow, and unpredictable weather, which can lead to accidents or delays.

Medical facilities are scarce and basic in the Everest region, making it essential to have evacuation coverage.

So, getting travel insurance before your hike to Everest Base Camp is important.

Your insurance coverage in many fields, such as:

  • Coverage for medical treatment, hospitalization, and prescription medications.

  • Coverage for trip cancellations due to illness, injury, or family emergencies.

Permits

Trekking to Everest Base Camp in December is an extraordinary adventure, but it requires several permits to ensure your trek is legal and supports conservation efforts in the region. A permit is like the backbone of your trip. You will need two permits while hiking to EBC.

  • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit

This is required for entry into Sagarmatha National Park, which encompasses Everest Base Camp. The permit fee helps fund the conservation and maintenance of the park.

You can obtain this permit from Kathmandu, the Nepal Tourism Board Office, or the Monjo  checkpoint at the entrance to Sagarmatha National Park.

  • Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Entrance Permit

It is required for entry into the Khumbu region, which includes popular trekking routes to Everest. The funds from the permit support local development and conservation efforts.

You can obtain it from a checkpoint in Lukla or at the Monjo checkpoint before entering Sagarmatha National Park. If you are planning on exploring wildlife, then the National Park of Nepal might help you throughout the trip.

Pheriche village in December
Pheriche village in December

Tips for a Successful Everest Base Camp Trek in December

By following the below tips, you can make your trek easier and more successful, allowing you to safely navigate the challenges of high-altitude trekking in winter conditions:

  • Start Physical Training Early: Begin your training well in advance to build the stamina and strength needed for the trek.
  • Plan for Acclimatization: Incorporate rest days into your itinerary to help your body adjust to the high altitude.
  • Pack Smartly and Get the Right Permits: Ensure you have all the necessary gear and permits before starting your trek.
  • Mindfulness, Relaxation, and Focus on the Experience: Stay present and enjoy the journey, taking time to relax and absorb your surroundings.
  • Stay Hydrated Throughout the Voyage: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, which is crucial at high altitudes.
  • Pace Yourself and Eat Well: Maintain a steady pace and consume nutritious meals to maintain energy levels.
  • Respect Local Culture: Be mindful and respectful of the local customs and traditions along the route.
  • Set Realistic Expectations: Understand the challenges and set achievable goals to avoid disappointment.
  • Be Prepared for Emergencies: Carry a first aid kit and know the basic emergency procedures to handle unexpected situations.
  • Go with a Company: Consider trekking with a reputable company like Himalayan Recreation, for better support, guidance, and safety throughout your journey.

Trek to Everest Base Camp in December FAQs

What are the trail conditions in December?

The trail conditions might be snowy, slippery, and icy, especially at high altitudes.

Is the Everest Base Camp Trek open in December?

Yes, the trek is open in December. However, due to the winter season, some higher-altitude lodges and tea houses might be closed.

Is it safe to trek alone in December?

Yes, you can trek alone in December but it’s safer to join a group or hire a local guide, especially in December.

When is the best time to go Everest Base Camp?

People can trek all over the year anyway; spring and autumn are considered the best times to trek to Everest.

What Should I Do If I Feel Unwell?

If you feel unwell or have symptoms of altitude sickness, just move to a lower altitude to alleviate symptoms, or inform your guide and visit the nearest medical post.

Are There Vegetarian or Vegan Options?

Yes, there is a vegetarian or vegan option in most teahouses, hotels, etc., and this is recommended for the trek.

How Can I Enhance My Trekking Experience?

You can enhance your trekking experience by embracing the challenges enjoying the journey and preparing for cold conditions.

How much does the Everest Base Camp trek cost in December?

The cost varies depending on several factors; anyway, you can expect about 900 USD to 2000 USD for the standard packages.

Near Goreak Shep
Near Goreak Shep

Conclusion

The Everest Base Camp trek in December is not just about reaching a destination; it’s about the journey itself. It’s about pushing your limits, embracing the elements, and finding beauty and inspiration in the silence and solitude of the mountains.

The experience fosters a sense of accomplishment and a deeper appreciation for the natural world. It is a journey that stays with you long after you have returned home, a testament to your endurance, spirit of adventure, and love for the majestic Himalayas.

December is a time when the mountain landscape is covered in snow, creating a pristine and almost magical environment. The tranquility of the trails, free from the usual crowds, allows for a deeper connection with nature and the majestic surroundings.

Each step taken in this icy wonderland is a step closer to a profound personal achievement and the thrill of standing at the base of Mount Everest, the highest point on earth.

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So, lace up your boots, pack your gear, and set out on this extraordinary journey. Contact Himalayan Recreation for further information about Nepal trekking.

Jyoti Maharjan

Jyoti Maharjan

Jyoti is our competent team member, a travel enthusiast, and a passionate explorer of the majestic Himalayas of Nepal. With a Bachelor's degree in Travel and Tourism Management from NATHM, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Himalayan Recreation.

She has primarily been working as an exceptional content writer and planner for Himalayan Recreation. Her passion for writing shines through in the travel content she creates. She takes great joy in sharing the beauty and wonders of Nepal's mountains and nature through her writings.

In addition to content writing, she also holds a professional trekking guide license and has guided multiple visitors to various parts of Nepal. Although she was born and raised in Kathmandu, she has developed a deep bond with the mountains. Those high peaks serve as her constant source of inspiration and motivation.

With her extensive travels across different paths in Nepal, she has grown a connection with the mountains and has a keen understanding of their significance to both locals and travelers alike.

When she's not guiding or writing, you'll probably find her on the trails, exploring the breathtaking landscapes and immersing herself in the serenity of nature. As a valued member of our team, along with her expertise, she further brings a genuine passion for travel and the outdoors. Contact me by WhatsApp or Email, I am available online 24/7.

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