Everest Trek weather during March
March is the beginning of spring and rainfalls and snowfalls are rare in the mountain. This makes the sky clear with the visibility of the Himalayas from a distance with a splendid view of the mountain.
However, the temperature started to rise in the lowlands and a bit of change can be felt in the Himalayas as well. This change in the temperature is a high possibility from the second half of March, with humidity in the city.
Hiking during the day will be easygoing with the magnificent view. As day temperature keeps on increasing and will remain between 5°C to 10°C, with a decline as we hike higher. Apart from this, the night temperature will be between 5°C to -8°C.
Everest Base Camp during March will be negative in temperature and snowfall might be possible at night. So, you still need to pack well with warmer clothes for the night and early morning.
The crowd in the Trail to Everest Base Camp Trekking in March
March begins the spring season and is the best time for trekking and peak climbing. This makes the trail busy with trekkers and expedition groups. Hotel and tea houses are fully operated and trekkers will be seen everywhere. So, prior booking of the hotels is highly recommended.
As there are limited numbers of overnight camps in the mountains, trekking with an experienced local guide and through the local agency is highly recommended. They will make sure your stay throughout the trek will be in a decent lodge.
This option helps you to trek at your own pace exploring the vegetation and local culture when your lodges are booked earlier by the agency.
Another best tip to trek in March is to book your trip earlier, as due to the high trekking season, finding an earlier flight can be another difficult task. This time of the year remains busy with domestic flights and for Lukla getting a flight is another challenge.
As the weather in Lukla keeps on changing, so earliest flights are highly recommended (Both ways). Sometimes, a couple of flight only operates due to poor visibility and unpredictable changes in the weather.
Alternative trekking route in Everest during March
The Everest base camp trek can be diverted into different areas of the Everest region during March. This is the best time for trekking when all the lodges and tea houses are fully operated after the winter break.
You will have multiple choices to divert your trail during March. Although there will be a possibility of snowfall at the high altitude mainly at night. For adventure lovers, Short Everest Three Passes Trek can be the real experience. This will be combined with three high passes trek of the entire region.
Yet another experience can be joining Everest with Ama Dablam Trek. This is another fabulous trail to follow. Starting with Ama Dablam, adding just a couple of days extra on your trip you can enjoy Everest and Ama Dablam Base Camp Combo Trek.
Some of the more off-the-beaten-path can be Gokyo and Chola Pass Trek joining with or without the base camp. This will take you to the highest existing glacier in the region.
For Peak climbers, March is blessed with numerous easy-going peaks to climb. This includes Island Peak and Mera Peak. This is the time when you can join an expedition group training yourself by ascending some peaks before heading towards the Mt. Everest Expedition.
Food and Accommodations during the month of March
Accommodation in the base camp trail will be from standard to basic depending upon the altitude. Due to high restrictions related to the conservation of the Himalayas, there are countable numbers of lodges and tea houses.
Some will have luxury rooms to stay in and others with basic. These changes in accommodation solemnly depend upon the budget of trekkers. Above all, all the rooms will have two beds with thick mattresses, bed sheets, pillows, and a tea table.
Sharing a room is very common during the month of March, so it is highly recommended to have a group of two while trekking if you don’t want to share your room with someone unknown, and prior booking of the lodges is highly recommended.
Everest Travel Tips for March
Lots of trekkers miss accomplishing their dream of being at the base of the highest mountain on earth. This is all because of basic carelessness. For first-time trekkers, it is very important to know some of the basic tips before following their dream of Everest Base Camp.
The first and foremost tip for the base camp trek is to follow the perfect itinerary. There are different itineraries for the base camp trek, and trekkers prefer to customize the trip to make it shorter.
If you are a first-time hiker at such an altitude, there is more possibility that you will face altitude sickness.
So, better follow the regular Everest Base Camp Trek of a 12-day base camp trek from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
Guide and Porter
Guide and Porter play a vital role in any of the high-altitude treks in Nepal. They are the one who helps trekkers to acclimatize well, taking them to the nearby hill and descending to a lower altitude to sleep.
They are the one who helps you to understand local culture and tradition and will take you to places that solo trekkers will never be able to go.
Local guides are familiar with the trail and are to the local tea houses and lodges as well. During the season, they help in arranging the best available lodges to stay in. As they are well trained with high altitude symptoms, their expertise will be an asset for any trekkers. So, hiring a Guide and/or Porter is highly recommended for Everest Trek.
Book your trip always through an authorized trekking agency in Nepal. They are legal institutes to operate any trekking-related business.
Prior booking of the trip will benefit you in many ways, this will help you to get an early flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and vice-versa. Further, booking of the hotels and lodges are made early, helping you to trek in more relaxing ways.
Obtaining Trekking Permits is also easy when you book a trip earlier.
Packing list for Everest Base Camp in March
March is not the coldest month in Nepal, however, in the high-altitude night-temperate might be below -5°C and the day remains fair enough to trek under the sun.
Some of the must-need basic stuff for the Everest trek in March are:
- A good quality sleeping bag
- Warm Down Jacket
- Fleece Wind Stopper Jacket
- Trekking trouser
- Full sleeve t-shirt
- Trekking Poles
- Water bottle
- Woolen cap and gloves
- Sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses
- Hiking socks
- Trekking Shoes
- Waterproof bag
- Medical Kit
- Water purifying tablets/liquid
- Toiletries (soap, shampoo, tissue paper, wet wipes, Moisturizers, sanitizers, toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.)
Permits for Everest Trek
The Everest region is one of the most popular regions for trekkers and hikers. Every year thousands of trekkers prefer to be at the base of the highest mountain on earth. This entire region is listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Holding numerous highest mountains and preserving the unique bio-diversity of the highest region, the Everest region has been declared as the Sagarmatha National Conservation Area.
Trekkers need two different permits to enter the Everest region i.e., Sagarmatha National Conservation Area Permit and Pasang Lhamnu Rural Village Development Permit. For detailed information, please check Required Permits for Everest Base Camp Trek.
Highlights of Everest Trek in March
Everest Base Camp is not a mere trekking trial to be in the highest base camp on earth. It is a heritage, a living heritage to explore the preserved culture and the nature of the Himalayas.
Trekking during the month of March is blessed with numerous highlights. This is followed by the best weather conditions; the temperature is neither too cool nor warm and the sky remains clear for the magnificent views of the Himalayas.
Trails are clean and the forest remains green with different flowers. This greenery attracts different Himalayan birds and animals and there will be a high possibility to see them from a closer distance.
Apart from this, March is a month after the harsh winter, so all the hotels and lodges in the mountain remain open to welcome trekkers. There will be sufficient places to stay and numerous choices on the food menu.
Moreover, the day temperature will be fine not exceeding 10°C and the night might go at -8°C at the high altitude only.
There isn’t any possibility of snowfall during the day, however, at night, there is less possibility of snowfall. If it does, it will be few.
As you reach higher, the clouds remain clear with high visibility and the ranges of the Himalayas will be fascinating. The sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas will be never missed.
Possible flight changes for the Everest region in March
In the context of Nepal, tourism flourished mainly in two different seasons i.e., Spring and Autumn, February to May is regarded as Spring.
During this time of the year, the only airport in Kathmandu remains busy with international and domestic flights due to the increase in the number of travelers, both local and international.
For Base Camp Trek, the only short way to trek is taking a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and descending the same way to Kathmandu from Lukla. This, shorten the number of days and is the most popular trail as well.
Due to the high air traffic government of Nepal, every year both Spring and Autumn shift the flight route to Lukla from Manthali airport, which is in Ramechap district.
Now, to reach the Manthali airport, you will have to drive from Kathmandu at 2 AM, and will take around 4 hours to reach. This drive is for both ways.
These flight changes are notified by the Ministry of Aviation, considering the air traffic, and are normally informed at least 2 weeks before any changes. For further, details please contact an authorized trekking agency in Nepal i.e., Discover Altitude.
Festivals in Nepal during the month of March 2024
March which is Spring is another popular month in Nepal that is full of celebration. This is the time to bid farewell to winter and welcome summer.
Holi Festival: Holi is a popular festival celebrated all over Nepal. This is a single-day festival of colors. For information, visit the link below:
Ghode Jatra: Ghode Jatra is a popular festival celebrated in Kathmandu city and the history of the festival is related to the local myth. This is the day when the Nepal Army performs a horse race in Thudikhel to ward off the demon Gurumapa.
Must Do before you travel for the Everest Trek
March is the busy trekking season in Nepal, so getting to Everest Base Camp won’t be easy. Make sure you follow some of the basic tips for a hassle-free trek:
- Trek through the authorized local agency in Nepal
- Take a registered local Guide
- Book your trip earlier
- Book your Kathmandu-Lukla-Kathmandu flight before your arrival
- Book your lodges and tea house before your trip
- Make your mindset ready to travel to Manthali airport at 2 AM
- Keep a reserved day to make sure you might need to acclimatize in the mountain
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