Everest Base Camp Trek in March – the starting season of trekking in Nepal!
Spring and Autumn (March-May and September – November) are supposedly the best seasons you could do the Everest Base Camp Trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. The Spring not only brings trekkers from all over the world to EBC but also the beautiful flowers, birds, and animals.
And if you are going to be in Nepal in March, then Everest Base Camp is just another one of the best trekking destinations you can opt for in March.
March is my own favorite month for Everest Base Camp Trek. It is indeed a great time to be trekking as the weather is just perfect! With the clearest skies, wonderful visibility, and rare chances of rain (or even snow at altitude) in the late afternoons or evenings.
The best part about Everest Base Camp in March, other than the weather for me would be the quieter trails with uncrowded teahouse lodges and no queues for food.
The weather is absolutely brilliant. With relatively warmer temperatures than winter trekking, March has the most pleasant weather conditions. March is also a dry month and offers the clearest blue skies to give you the most uninterrupted view of the Everest.
This means there will be fewer clouds and humidity and there will be lesser rain and snow. Thus, you will catch the clearest mountain views.
But the weather around the mountains is always unreliable. Prepare yourself for things to do colder and wetter than expected. But on an average, it will still be pretty warm in March. March is distinguished with warmer days and cooler evenings, mornings, and nights.
All you have to do is carry enough warm clothes (hire a porter to help you with the load), and you will be just fine. Don’t miss out on down jackets and the right temperature rated sleeping bag. Come prepared, let’s trek to Everest Base Camp with us this March!
Contact us at Mosaic Adventures and we will customize your March trekking in Nepal as per your availability and requirements.
Table of Contents
- Weather Conditions for Everest Base Camp Trek in March
- So, how is the weather up there at Everest Base Camp in March?
- Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek in March
- Other Recommended Treks in Everest Region for March
- Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek in March
- Everest Panorama Trek
- Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek Via Cho La Pass
- Gokyo Lakes Trekking Holiday
- Everest Three Passes Challenging Trek
- Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek in March
- What to Wear for Everest Base Camp Trek in March?
- Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trek in March
Weather Conditions for Everest Base Camp Trek in March
Basanta Ritu or the spring season in Nepal spans into two months. From Chaitra to Baisakh (mid-March to mid-May), spring is the perfect season to do trekking in Nepal. The temperature is just right – not too cold and not too hot and can get a little windy.
March is a dry season, has really low humidity. This allows for clearer skies and lower chances of precipitation.
This means that March will not only have the best views of the mountains but also will have better weather conditions. The weather remains clear to give you crystal clear views of the grand Himalayas.
The mountains, on the other hand, are still covered in snow. While the valleys are budding with new growth after the depths of winter. The lakes and the snow will be melting at lower elevations too.
Also, the best part about these clear skies, sunny days, and less humidity mean lesser chances of flight cancellation/delay.
So, how is the weather up there at Everest Base Camp in March?
Temperatures can fall down to a minimum of -10 degrees at the Everest Base Camp, to a maximum of 15 degrees during the day.
Everest Base Camp Trek usually starts in Lukla at 2,860 meters (9,383 ft). From there, you should expect cooler climatic conditions and even snow as you begin trekking higher. Always expect passes and base camps to have extreme conditions than the lower and shorter treks.
Besides the climate, the weather at EBC is affected by the elevation. It will be quite cold in the mornings and evenings; the cold again depends on the elevation that you will be at (higher you go the colder it will get). The temperature on an average will range from 5 C inside the tea house to around -10 C outside.
With the sun out during the day, it will be pretty warm. At higher elevations in places like Dingboche, Lobuche, and Gorak Shep, the temperatures can go down to -10 C at nights.
All you have to do is carry enough warm clothes (hire a porter to help you with the load), and you will be just fine. Don’t miss out on down jackets and the right temperature rated sleeping bag and trek to Everest Base Camp with us this March!
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek in March
- Pleasant weather conditions
- Walk to the Base Camp of the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest
- Beautiful view of the snow-covered mountains as soon as you begin your trek
- Crisp and clear blue skies all through your trek
- Take a flight to and from the world’s most extreme airport at Lukla
- Namche Bazaar, world’s highest trading center
- Gorak Shep (5,164 m) is a frozen lakebed covered with sand which sits near Mount Everest and a final stop on the trek to Everest Base Camp.
- Kala Patthar
- Tenzing Norgay Sherpa Monument
- Tengboche Monastery at 3,867 meters
- Beautiful night sky
- The mountain views are best in the winter, with clear weather almost guaranteed
Other Recommended Treks in Everest Region for March
If you think Everest Base Camp trek too challenging, you can opt for a shorter duration/distance trek like the Everest Panorama Trek or an easier one like the Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek. This is a 10-days trek all the way to Thyangboche at 3860m to give you the best view of Everest within the shortest duration.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek in March
If you think the Base Camp from Lukla is too ambitious, you can try this 20-days trek to the Everest Base Camp all the way from Jiri! From low altitudes, all the way down from Jiri, this Jiri to Everest Base Camp Trek is the traditional route to Everest before the Airport at Lukla existed.
This is the path first walked by Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, and many other budding mountaineers. The route dates back to the 1950s and heads eastbound through lush green vegetation to the Lamjura La and Thaksin Do before following the banks of the Dudh Koshi River.
The route begins at a lower altitude than the conventional routes to the Everest Base Camp starting in Lukla. It makes this route especial favorable for February. You will be able to adapt to the increasing altitude better as you have more time and there is a slow and steady climb up to higher altitudes.
The trek eventually joins the more popular route from Lukla and continues on to the lively and vibrant hillside town of Namche Bazar, which offers stupendous views of Kwangde, Thamserku, Nuptse, Lhotse, and Ama Dablam. It then heads up to the beautiful site of Tyangboche where you will experience mesmerizing panoramic views, before climbing on to Everest Base Camp itself, leaving you feeling literally on top of the world!
Everest Panorama Trek
If you don’t have much time in Nepal but you want to experience the glory of the Everest region then the Everest Panorama Trek is perfect for you. If you don’t have a fortnight for the Base Camp and don’t want to miss out on the views; the Everest Panorama Trek will take you into the heart of the Khumbu Region. Alongside, give you the opportunity to experience spectacular mountain views and alpine scenery.
There are still challenging tracks and steep inclines but this is a shorter trek reaching an altitude of 3860 meters. This trek is just a little ahead of the famous Namche Bazar. Thyangboche, home to the ornate Thyangboche Monastery and an idyllic place that offers breathtaking, panoramic vistas of some of the world’s highest and most beautiful mountains.
The trail follows the beautiful, Dudh Kosi, passing under many impressive suspension bridges, loaded with Buddhist prayer flags through thick rhododendron forests.
Do you fancy high altitude luxury?
If you want to do the Everest Base Camp Trek but in luxury mode, then let us at Mosaic Adventure take you into the heart of the beautiful Everest region,. And, help you experience the magnificent views and panoramas of some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, all whilst enjoying the comforts of some superior, luxury lodges.
Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek Via Cho La Pass
If you are here for a real challenge, you can try the Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek, also known as Cho La Pass Trek, or Everest Circuit trek which is one of the most adventurous and challenging 20-day trek around the Himalayas.
The trek follows the Everest Base Camp route, passing through the vibrant town of Namche Bazaar and the spectacular site of Tyangboche where a magnificent Tyangboche Monastery sits amidst a snow-capped mountain panorama.
After reaching Everest Base Camp, the route continues to the summit of Kala Patthar, a spectacular viewpoint to appreciate Everest in all her glory. You will be impressed by the vistas from there, mountains as far as the eye can see, covered in a blanket of snow in March.
We then head out to conquer the Cho La Pass at 5330 meters. Steep inclines and rocky paths await you but your efforts will be rewarded as you walk through a magnificent high altitude mountain pass. If this was not enough, we then carry on further to the glistening waters of the Gokyo Lake, a system of freshwater and sacred lakes, hidden in the high Himalaya.
This trip really has it all, high altitude trekking, spectacular views insurmountable anywhere else in the world, and the beautiful Gokyo Lakes. Plus, the welcoming culture of the Sherpa people and a visit to the iconic Everest Base Camp. You also get the opportunity to summit Gokyo Peak (5483 meters) which offer the astonishing, panoramic views of Cho Oyu, Everest, and Makalu.
Gokyo Lakes Trekking Holiday
If the Base Camp trek is too challenging for you, you can just trek to the Gokyo Lakes this March. Hiding high up in the mighty Himalayas, there is a system of freshwater lakes known as the Gokyo lakes that are immensely sacred and hold important significance for the Hindus and Buddhists. This 15-day trek to Gokyo Lakes takes you to Gokyo, Gokyo Ri through the famous Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and gateway to Everest.
Trekking in this area rewards you with beautiful views of the mountain peaks and the Ngozumpa Glacier, one of the largest in the world. But most importantly of all, it guarantees the best views of the infamous “eight-thousanders” including Cho Oyu, Everest, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar and Makalu, which are clearly visible from Gokyo Ri (5360m).
The trek starts with a breathtaking flight between the mountains to Tenzing/Hillary airport at Lukla and then follows the Everest Base Camp route then heading out to the Gokyo Valley.
Buddhist prayer flags adorn huge suspension bridges and we will pass many stone walls and Buddhist memorial sites. We aspire to reach Gokyo Ri, the world’s highest freshwater lake system.
Everest Three Passes Challenging Trek
As the name suggests, the Everest Three Passes Trek is the most challenging trek you can opt for in the Everest region.
The Three Passes of Everest Region is a challenging one but the rewards are endless! This 22 days trek ventures into the beautiful Khumbu Region, visiting Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar before tackling not just one, not two but three high mountain passes. The sense of achievement you will get from this trek is mind-blowing and the scenery is equally spectacular.
We enjoy time in Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital and gateway to the high Himalaya before increasing the altitude. Thyangboche is a magical resting place for the night enjoying panoramic vistas and is the home to a wonderful, ornate monastery. We head further up, deep into this mountainous region, conquering steep inclines and rocky trails before marvelling at the views from three different passes.
A steep uphill, rocky, and uneven to The first pass then steeply downhill, until we reach the Khumbu glacier then its “up and down” all the way to Lobuche via the Kongma La Pass.
Some pretty spectacular Himalayan peaks from the icy wilderness of the Cho La Pass with uneven tracks, large rocky areas where you will need to climb and jump off the rocks to Thangnak via the Chola-la Pass.
At 5360m on the pass, we will head to Lung Den via the Renjola Pass. Exploring through some “Nepali flat,” steep inclines, rocky trails, we will cross the fifth lake at 4380m.
Enjoy the panoramic views from the Renjola High Pass. with the magnificent views of Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Ama Dablam, Pumori, and many more.
This trip is for energetic individuals who like a challenge, 17 days of walking, endless panoramas and an experience of a lifetime. You will get to see the Gokyo lakes and Ngozumpa glacier and 5 of the world’s “eight-thousanders” and some of the Tibetan mountain range.
Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek in March
If you are still with me, then here’s a bunch of tips I can lead you with for Everest Base Camp Trekking in March.
Take Proper Gear and Equipment
Proper packing is a must for any treks in Nepal. You may find a distinct weather condition in the Everest region. So, you must research beforehand and take proper gear and equipment for your EBC trek. During March do not forget to carry along base layers, water bottles, trekking poles, and many other.
As the weather of Everest region changes in every hour, you must prepare accordingly. It is on your trekking gear and equipment that determines your trek experience.
Book your trip well in Advance
March is the spring month in Nepal which is the second peak season for trekking in Nepal. So, you will encounter a large number of trekkers on the route to Everest Base Camp. You may face difficulty in finding a place to stay and to eat in the night. So, it is always a good idea to pre-book for food and also plan your trip in advance with us. So, we can place make all the necessary arrangements.
Let a Professional Guide you
Everest Base Camp trek is a high altitude trekking and the weather can change frequently. So, it is always a good option to hire a licensed guide for your trek. They will guide in every possible way and also take care of you if in case you get the symptoms of altitude sickness.
Hire a Porter
Also, do not hesitate to hire a porter who will carry your load. This way you can trek freely and enjoy the March weather to the most.
Before you begin the trek, you may feel hiring a porter unnecessary. But as you start to ascend the trails in the mountainside in the sun of March, you will realize the importance of hiring a porter.
Learn How to Hydrate Properly
While trekking to Everest Base Camp in March you will sweat a lot. So, you must not avoid carrying your own bottle, water purification tablets. And make sure you drink at least half a liter of water every hour that you trek.
Although you feel cold as you ascend high you should not stop drinking enough water. Hydration is also a key to prevent altitude sickness.
Other general tips on March Trekking would be:
- Start your trek early
- Dress appropriately for the season. It is absolutely necessary that you have the best hiking clothes for a spring trek. Always better to have more clothes than less.
- Take all the trekking equipment that you may need.
- Hire a porter to share the load. Even if you are somebody who is fit, trekking will demand a lot of mental and physical strength. Carrying a fully equipped bag will get heavy for anyone after an extended duration.
- Take a well-experienced guide and be sure to check in at every stop
- Be sure to spare a few days regardless of the season. Unpredictable weather and unexpected injuries may cause delays.
What to Wear for Everest Base Camp Trek in March?
It will be warm enough to go trekking in a minimal amount of clothes during the day, while the temperatures will drop down to an average of 10 degrees at higher elevations.
Almost all winter equipment can be bought or rented at the shops in Thamel, Kathmandu. So, you don’t really have to bring them from your country. Prices are also almost the same for the branded clothing, while there are many counterfeit branded clothing.
Unless you are picky about the quality, be sure to check for the websites online before you purchase from the shops in Thamel.
Here’s a checklist of essential winter gear to have for trekking in Nepal in March:
- Moisture Wicking Tops
- Thermal Wear
- Merino Base Layers
- Convertible Hiking Pants
- Hiking Undergarments
- Thermal wear
- Gaiters for hiking in winter
- Hiking Boots
- Hiking Socks
- Hiking Sandals
- Down Jacket
- Synthetic Insulated Jacket
- Windstopper Jacket
- Waterproof Shell Jacket
Head and Hands
- Sun hat
- Polarized UV Sunglasses
- Warm headgear or a hat
- Bandana or scarf
Here is a list of items other than your clothing that you may want to tick off your checklist.
Toiletries and Personal Hygiene
- Tissue/Toilet paper
- Mini Personal bathroom set (shampoo, body wash, cream, conditioner, etc)
- Antibacterial Sanitizer
- Wet Wipes
- Wet wipes
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Quick drying towel
- Feminine Hygiene products
- Daypack (for personal valuable items)
- Trekking Poles
- Sleeping bag
- Personal Water bottle
- First Aid Kit
- Extra plastic bags (to store your garbage on your way and another to keep your things dry)
Other Recommended Items
- Trail Map
- Sleeping Bags
Q1. Is March a good time to go for an Everest Base Camp Trek?
A. Yes, March is a springtime in Nepal which means it is one of the best times to do trekking in Nepal.
Q2. How cold will it be?
A. March, isn’t much cold. It is the time when the temperature starts to rise in the lower altitudes. Especially if compared to winter trekking, March is a lot warmer than January and February.
It is also a relatively dry month, so typically, there will be little rain and snow, not to be taken for granted of course. And there are fewer clouds and the humidity is low too so the mountain views are clear and sharp.
I have trekked with a single layer, a t-shirt, and sandals up to 3500m later in the month and here I am!
Q3. Do I need a down jacket and sleeping bag?
A. A sleeping bag and a down jacket is always recommended.
As for sleeping bags, all the guest houses we will be staying at are equipped with a decent bed, mattress, and blankets. If you need additional blankets, we can book for extras beforehand.
So to say, you don’t really need a sleeping bag unless you are hygiene obsessed.
Q4. Should I pre-book online or book the Lukla flight once I arrive?
A. If you are booking your trip with us, just let us know and we will do the needful. As the rates are standard, it really won’t make much of a difference unless you are booking it in the 11th hour.
Q5. Can you also help arrange the TIMS permit and all?
A. Yes, we will arrange for everything legal that you will need for your EBC Trek in March.
Q6. What if I am interested in doing the Gokyo lake detour on the way back to Lukla after EBC? Is it doable?
A. Yes, we can customize your trip in any way as per your requirements. Just let us know where and how you want to do it and we will help you make your March adventurous!