Spring and autumn are the preferred time to trek to the Everest region, however, Everest Base Camp trek in December is still possible. With the necessary gear, it is no doubt one of the best times to be there.
The trek to Everest Base Camp starts from Lukla. It takes about 45 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Lukla–a gateway to the Everest region.
The temperature in Everest Base Camp in December goes below zero degrees. However, the precipitation in the Everest region is very low. This promises for a clear view of the mountains and some awesome photography.
Table of Contents
- Weather detail – Everest Base Camp Trek in December
- Advantages of trekking Everest Base Camp in December
- Trekking trail options to the Everest Base Camp
- Recommended treks in the Everest region during December
- Tips for Everest Base Camp trek in December
Weather detail – Everest Base Camp Trek in December
December is the beginning of winter and coldest month in Nepal. In the higher altitudes, the temperature falls below 0℃ in winter. The Everest region is very cold during mornings and nights.
At night, the average temperature is around – 14℃. Yet, the temperature ranges from 15 degrees- 20 degree Celsius during sunny days.
Even though it is very cold during mornings and nights, you can enjoy a pleasant weather during the day.
Advantages of trekking Everest Base Camp in December
Everest region has almost no rainfall during December, although you may see some snow.
The weather is pretty predictable in the Everest region during December. So, you need not worry about abrupt changes in the weather during your trek.
Winters usually have the clearest views in Everest Base Camp, the sky is crystal clear with pin sharp view of the surrounding.
You will thank yourself for making this wise decision once you are on the trail.
Since it is the off-season for trekking in the Everest region, you will not find few people trekking there.
You will have enough space and time to enjoy the spectacular view and take some amazing pictures too!
More options for accommodation
During this time, you will find more lodges to choose from. And the best part is that you won’t even have to bargain for a good price.
You will have easy accommodations and meals at a much cheaper price!
You will easily get flight tickets from Kathmandu to Lukla or vice versa this time of the month.
You need not struggle to book the flights at all. Except, when the weather is cloudy and unfavorable for flights.
Trekking trail options to the Everest Base Camp
Allow us to usher through some popular trekking trail options to the Everest Base Camp for December.
Classic Lukla to Everest Base Camp trek (13-14 days trekking)
The classic Lukla to Everest Base Camp trek is the most popular. It’s the most direct route from Lukla to the 18,192-foot peak of Kalapatthar and the best view of Mt. Everest.
This route takes you through the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park which eventually ends at the Everest Base Camp.
As you trek up the valley from Lukla, sky-touching peaks, such as Cho Oyu, Nuptse, and Lhotse surround you. You climb the Namche hill to the town of the same name(Namche bazaar), where you’ll have another day or two to acclimatize.
Then it’s on to the largest monastery in the Khumbu region at Tengboche (12,664 feet), the holiest mountain to the Khumbu Sherpas.
From Tengboche, you will travel to Dingboche(14,436 feet). Here you might spend another night for acclimatization process.
After a few days on the trail, you will reach Gorak Shep at 16,995 feet. During this trek, you will cross a lot of loose rock and glacier moraine. From here you will trek to the Everest Base Camp and then hike back to Gorak Shep.
After a night at Gorak Shep, the next morning you will hike up Kala Patthar at 18,592 feet to see the sun rise over the Everest.
Next stop is a descend back to Dingboche. From there you’ll retrace your steps back to Lukla and fly back to Kathmandu.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp (19-21 days trekking)
For those who want to extend their EBC trek, there is no slower way to go than trekking from Jiri. On this Jiri to Everest Base Camp trek, you need to add 5-7 days to the basic Everest Trek.
The trails, until you get to Lukla, is very quiet and secluded. This gives you a chance to see the local life and the Sherpa culture. And this route has some of the most spectacular views.
Tumlingtar to Everest Base Camp (21-23 days trekking)
It begins with a short flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar in Eastern Nepal.
It starts in the lowlands and ends up at Lukla, adding around 5-8 days to the Classic Base Camp trek. We can arrange this trek for you.
As you head from here to Lukla, the trail passes through Brahman/Chhetri villages as well as others.
Gokyo Over Cho La Pass (17-18 days trekking)
This is the most popular alternative route to the classic Everest Base Camp Trek. Gokyo lakes trek is a longer but a very beautiful circuit to the Everest.
The views of the Everest region from Gokyo lakes is something out of dreams. The village of Gokyo is one of the highest settlements in the world. It offers extraordinary views of the turquoise Gokyo lakes, Cho Oyu and Makalu (27,838 feet).
From Gokyo, you cross over Cho La pass and descend down into Lobuche, where you rejoin the classic EBC trek route.
Recommended treks in the Everest region during December
Everest Panorama Trek
Can you not bear the cold winter? Do you have less time for the Everest Base Camp trek? Then, Everest Panorama Trek is the ultimate choice for you.
It is the perfect trek to explore the beautiful villages of the Everest region and see Mount Everest in a short time.
This trek follows Lukla- Phakding- Namche bazaar- Tengboche route.
Gokyo Valley Trek
Gokyo Lakes trek is another suitable trek destination in December. And is adventurous as well. It is a completely off the beaten track in a rustic location.
This is a moderate trek and you can walk into at any time of the year.
You will pass through delightful valleys, crystal clear emerald lakes and the world’s biggest ice glacier – the Ngozumpa glacier.
On this trek, you will witness the extreme view of huge ace range located between Cho Oyu and Gyachung in Khumbu region.
Tips for Everest Base Camp trek in December
- The days are shorter so you need to start early.
- Most of the routes are not open so it’s better to hire a guide to help you trace the right path.
- Since it is very cold during the day and night, be ready with warm clothes. Dressing in layers is the key.
- It is advisable to learn about the local communities. You can interact and learn about their culture.
What are the Guide/porter options for the trek to Everest Base Camp?
We have classified the options as follows
- private guide + porter
- private guide + no porter
- no guide + no porter
- porter/guide(combined person)
- small group tour with guide + porter or yaks
You can also arrange for both a porter or a guide in Lukla after arriving. Or, you can book beforehand.
What is the option for buying and selling trekking gears in Nepal?
There are dozens of shops selling knock-off gears in Kathmandu. And even a few sell branded goods at a fixed price.
You can rent items for less than a dollar per day and return them when the trek is over. Most shops will also buy used gears so make sure to keep your receipts to get a better price for your gears.
You can ask your guide for a recommendation to help you locate the best rental shop for you.
Trekking to Everest Base Camp in December is possible and doable. You will have no problem with accommodations, food or the service during this time.
Everest Base Camp in December witnesses a low number of trekkers. Hence, it is an excellent time for those who enjoy peace and solitude.
The only thing that you need to consider is the temperature. If you are fond of the winters, you should not have any problem.
Well, if you are not a big fan of the winters but still waiting to explore the EBC in December, it is possible too. Be sure to support yourself with the necessary trekking gear and equipment.
If you have any further question or queries, please feel free to contact us.