• Updated on Feb 5, 2023

Trekking to Everest Base Camp during the month of December and January is full of fun and excitement, as December is the last month of the year and January is the first. This is the month of winter and brings snowfall in the hills and the Himalayas, as the lower altitude experience chilling weather and higher with snowfall.

Only a few trekkers are there at the Everest base camp trek during the month of December and January. 

Fewer trekkers prefer visiting the Everest Base Camp during December and January due to winter, however, trekking to Everest Base Camp or the high altitude of the Himalayas is possible during the month of December and January. This is only with some extra gear to avoid chill weather and snowy paths.

Trekkers are wrongly being guided with a narrative that winter in the Himalayas is extremely hard, trails remain closed due to heavy snowfall, all the tea houses and lodges remain closed, etc, but to speak the truth December and January are the best time to trek, Everest, if you want to avoid crowds and explore the snow-covered Himalayas.

All lodges and tea houses remained open, trails are free from a large number of trekkers and the view are majestic.

If you are prepared for minus-degree temperatures and want to avoid crowds of trekkers, then December and January are the best time of the year for Everest Base Camp Trekking.

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Everest Base Camp Trek Weather in December and January

Nepal experiences four different types of seasons, they are Summer (Monsoon), Autumn, Winter, and Spring. December and January are the coldest months of the year and the month with snowfall in the hills and the Himalayas.

December and January are also the finest months for the majestic view, as the sky remains crystal clear with a far-sighted view and splendid Himalayan vista. As the temperature remains cold there will be snowfall mainly during the night.

The weather in the Himalayas is normally unpredictable, as in the lower altitude like Lukla, Namche Bazaar and Tengboche days are warm and nights are cool.

While on the other hand, above 4000 Meters, places like Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, and Everest Base Camp will receive different weather. Here, days will be moderately warm, however, nights might be freezing cold and sometimes can drop below minus degree Celsius.

Nothing to worry about, as all the lodges and tea house has heating facilities with wooden structure to protect them from excessive cold. This makes the room warmer than the outer temperature.

To experience majestic Himalayan views and fewer crowds, December and January are one of the finest times for Everest Trek, as the trail is clear with fewer trekkers, and hotels will have sufficient numbers of rooms to select the best.

The table below is the Weather of Everest Base Camp Trek during the month of December and January, according to the followed day to day itinerary.

Everest Base Camp

Destination Altitude Min. Temperature Max. Temperature

  Lukla      2840M/9318Ft     -1°C 9°C
  Phakding    2610M/8563Ft 
  Namche Bazaar   3446M/11306Ft  -6°C 7°C
  Tengbuche    3867M/12687Ft 
  Dingbuche    4410M/14469Ft   -13°C 4°C
  Lobuche        4910M/16109Ft     -16°C 1°C
  Gorakshep   5164M/16942Ft   -17°C 0°C
 Everest Base Camp   5364M/17598Ft 
  Pheriche  

Trekking Trail in December and January 

Trekking into Everest Base Camp during the month of December and January is a classical journey with fewer trekkers and more freedom from a busy trail. As fewer trekkers visit the Himalayas during this time of the year.

This is so because of Christmas and New year, the two most celebrated holidays worldwide. This is the time when people prefer to spend their leisure time with friends and family.

However, there are large numbers of trekkers visiting Everest during this time of the year as well. It totally depends upon how they want to spend their vacation.

During the month of December and January, Everest Trail is free from crowds and remains clean from Yak and dung. Hotels and lodges normally store all their necessary needs before winter. This makes Yaks (the only means for the carrier to relax in their barns).

Trails remain sunny throughout the day time and you will be able to experience sunlight even in the forest. Throughout the trail, you will be able to have majestic views of the Himalayas and vegetation.

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Can We trek Everest Base Camp during the month of December and January?

Yes, trekking to Everest during the month of December and January is easily possible. Although these two months are winter and will experience snowfall, there is nothing to worry about. As normally snowfall happens during the night and the day remains busy with sunlight.

Hotels and lodges during December and January remain open for trekkers, however, there will be fewer trekkers as compared to other times of the year. So, you will find less crowded trails and hotels and you will have sufficient lodges and rooms of your own to select.

One best things about visiting Everest during December and January is you will be able to board a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu airport easily and back the same way. This is not possible during other times of the year.

During Spring and Autumn, which is a busy time for the Everest trek, all the flight to Lukla is only through Manthali airport which is an almost 4-hour drive from Kathmandu (unless you pay extra for a helicopter).

This makes trekkers start their early drive to Manthali airport at 2 AM, which makes the trek a bit difficult and hectic also from Lukla you have to fly back to Manthali airport and drive back to Kathmandu.

However, during December and January, which is a less busy season for the Everest trek, every day there is a regular flight to Lukla (both ways) from Kathmandu airport.

Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek in December

  • An easy and short flight to/from Lukla-Kathmandu
  • Less crowded trail with selective lodges and hotel
  • Majestic views of the Himalayas with snow-covered hills
  • Clean and comfortable trail
  • Best way to observe frozen lakes and rivers
  • Crystal clear far-sighted views without clouds
  • Wide-range of sunrise view from Kalapatthar upon the Himalayas

Everest Base Camp  food and accommodation in December and January

Everest Base Camp is a moderately challenging trek, however, during the month of December and January, it might be somewhat colder than the other months of the year. This is because winter, December, and January are the coldest months of the year.

Trekkers due to Christmas and New Year visit the Himalayas rarely, so the trail is less crowded. However, lodges and tea houses remain open throughout the year in Everest. Due to fewer trekkers, you will be able to enjoy comfortable rooms with all facilities.

Lodges and tea houses will have mountain-facing rooms with Wi-Fi and a hot shower. Thus, trekking during this time of the year means multiple choices.

Regarding food on the Everest base camp trail, all the lodges and tea houses will have different cuisine which you can select from the menu of the hotel. However, one only thing is they will ask you the time for your food, make sure when they are ready you receive your food.

Due to colder temperatures, it is always recommended to have warm food, instead of being delayed.

Alternative Trekking trails in the Everest region in December and January

Everest is a vast region, blessed with diverse vegetation, floral, and fauna. There are numerous other trekking trails in the Everest region. Trekkers can spend months trekking and climbing the peak.

However, during the month of December and January, which is extreme winter, resulting in snowfall, some of the areas might be difficult for trekkers to visit. This is due to thick snowfall and fewer active lodges to operate.

Despite the weather condition, there are some trekking trails that can be easily done during the month of December and January. This includes Everest Base Camp Trek, Ama Dablam Base Camp Trek, Gokyo lake and Gokyo Ri Trek, Namche Bazaar Trek, and Kalapatthar Trek.

Apart from these, other treks such as Three Pass Trek, Peak climbing, etc are not recommended during December and January.

What to bring for Everest Trek in December and January

Trekking into Everest Base Camp requires some additional gear and stuff, and during the month of December and January will need some more extra. December is the extreme winter in Nepal and in the Himalayas, mainly Everest Base Camp trail, the temperature will descend below minus degrees at night.

Trekkers need to have warm clothes, gloves, woolen hats, jackets, trousers, woolen shocks, and sunglasses to protect from the cool winter temperature and strong sunlight reflection.

Apart from these, a sleeping bag should be good enough with the capacity of a lifesaver -20° Celsius and a crampon to help you hike in the snow and trekking poles as well. However, lodges and tea houses will provide you with a blanket to sleep on.

Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek in December

December is the coldest month of the year and the temperature will decline to -20° during the night. So, mentally you need to be prepared for this harsh weather.

Sometimes, there might be snowfall during the day as well, this might cause you to spend an extra day in the lodges or tea house until the weather gets better. So, makes sure you have at least a couple of additional day (reserved days) apart from the acclimatization day while trekking.

This will help you to trek in a more relaxing way without worrying about the international flight schedule and make sure to have at least a well-experienced guide or a local porter who is aware of the trail and lodges on the way.

During December and January, there will be fewer trekkers and if the snowfall covers the trail, there is a high possibility of confusion about the right trail.

Do I need to have a guide and porter for Everest Base Camp Trek in December and January?

Having a guide or porter for the Everest Base Camp trek is a totally independent choice, however, it is highly recommended to have a guide for the Everest trek during the month of December and January.

As these are the extreme winter season and fewer trekkers prefer to explore Everest Base Camp during this time of the year. And snowfall is very common during this time of the year.

Due to fewer trekkers and snowfall, trails are covered with snow, which makes it difficult for trekkers to locate the exact trail Moreover, in some areas tea houses might remain closed during December and January.

Having a guide will definitely help you guide through the right trail, informing you about the mountains, villages, and stories along with contacting the hotels for the overnight stay. They have all the information about the hotels and lodges, so will help you in booking the right place at right time.

All this makes a guide for Everest Base Camp Trek during the month of December and January the best option, a safe and sound choice for any trekkers.

Festival celebrated in December and January in Nepal

Festivals are very common in Nepal and are celebrated throughout Nepal every month. This is due to diversity in culture and religion. There are 125 different ethnic settlements in Nepal and this community celebrates different festivals.

On the 25th of December Christmas is celebrated in the city areas mainly in Kathmandu and Pokhara where the majority of the Christian community live and New Year on the 1st of January is celebrated nationwide.

Although Nepal has its own official calendar, New Year is also observed with celebrations and parties.

Apart from these, on 8th December 2022, the Udhauli festival is celebrated. This is a popular festival among the Kirat community, it marks the beginning of winter when hilly people migrate towards lower elevations to skip from harsh winter.

Local Kirat community living in Kathmandu gathers in Tudikhel and celebrates the festival with singing and dancing and displaying different cultures and customs related to Kirati.

MagheSankranti is celebrated on 15th January. This is celebrated nationwide by all communities and is a government holiday as well. 26th January is the Saraswati festival, it is a festival related to goddesses Saraswati (goddesses of wisdom).

All the schools, colleges, and universities remain closed and students visit temples and worship goddesses of wisdom.

These are some of the major festivals celebrated in Nepal during the month of December and January.

Kumar Lamsal

Kumar Lamsal

Kumar is one of the Co-founders and Managing directors of Discover Altitude holding 18 years of experience in the tourism sector of Nepal. He has trekked to almost all the popular regions of Nepal and is an authorized trekking and tour guide.

Started his career as a porter to support his study, now holds MPhil and LLB degree, and is doing his Ph.D. in religious studies. He loves traveling to the Himalayas and has deep knowledge about religion, culture, and history.

Kumar is also involved in the teaching sector as a part-timer to deliver his research related to the cultural and religious diversity of Nepal and is the one who mostly answers your queries giving them his personal touch through his decade-long experience.