The main trekking season in Nepal typically runs from October to mid-May, offering comfortable daytime temperatures and clear skies for much of the time. Daytime temperatures vary from 59°F to 95°F in the Kathmandu Valley, gradually decreasing from there with altitude. Different seasons provide distinct advantages for trekking:
- Post-monsoon/autumn (Mid-September to November) offers sunny and mild days with clear mountain views, although nights can be cold, especially at higher altitudes.
- Winter (December to end of February) brings clear skies and the best mountain views, with colder nights but pleasant, sunny days and fewer crowds on the trails.
- Pre-monsoon/spring (March to May) features warmer temperatures and blooming flowers, although haze may develop in the afternoons and temperatures can soar in the lowlands.
Snow should be expected at higher altitudes on any departure, and travelers should always be prepared for unpredictable weather conditions in the mountains.
Exodus has been operating Everest tours for over 30 years, providing trekkers with a wealth of experience and expertise. Our award-winning team of local guides is handpicked for their extensive knowledge of the trails, ensuring a safe and enjoyable trekking experience. Each guide is not only qualified in first aid but also undergoes rigorous training to recognize and manage symptoms of altitude sickness, a common concern when trekking at high elevations.
Each guide’s deep understanding of the terrain, weather patterns, and local customs enhances the overall journey, allowing trekkers to immerse themselves fully in the adventure while feeling confident in their guides’ abilities. Whether navigating challenging mountain passes or sharing insights into the region’s culture and history, our guides are dedicated to providing trekkers with an unforgettable and enriching experience in the Himalayas.
As with any trek, appropriate footwear and sun protection are essential. Additionally, duffle bags or soft kit bags are required for the porters to carry on trek, and there are weight limits in place for the regional flights. Check your trip notes and our Everest Region Kit List for more detailed and specific packing information. By ensuring you have the necessary gear and equipment and following packing guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared to embark on the unforgettable journey to Everest Base Camp while staying comfortable and safe throughout the trek.
When embarking on a mountain trek, it’s essential to be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions. The best approach to clothing is to layer up with multiple thin layers rather than relying on a few thick items of heavy clothing. Thin layers are easier to adjust as the temperature fluctuates throughout the day and provide better insulation against the cold.
Nepalis often adhere to traditional dress norms, so it’s advisable for trekkers to dress conservatively out of respect for local customs. This means avoiding sleeveless tops or revealing clothing that may be considered inappropriate in more traditional communities. While shorts are generally acceptable for both men and women, they should be modest and reach to just above the knee. For women, a skirt or trousers are preferable options, particularly in areas where traditional attire is more common.
Altitude sickness prevention measures include acclimatization days built into the itinerary, gradual altitude gains, and experienced guides trained to recognize and manage symptoms of altitude sickness. Additionally, trekkers are advised to stay hydrated, ascend slowly, and listen to their bodies.