With sunny days, non-existent rainfall, and empty trails, December is one of the most underrated months to do the Everest Base Camp Trek.
Weather for Everest Base Camp Trek in December
December is the driest month in the Everest Region. But to be fair, it is usually a tight competition between December and November. Parallelly, you are also looking at the month with the highest number of sunny days. Also, given that winter rains/snow hasn’t started yet and summer monsoon is a distant memory, there is very little snow on the ground. In a lot of ways, December is one of the best months to trek to Everest Base Camp.
Evening and nights are chilly, but the daytime temperature is fantastic. But please remember that daylight is shortest in December. And given that temperature will plummet quickly after sunset, you have to plan your days conservatively.
|Lukla (2,860m)||Namche (3,440m)||Lobuche (4,950m)|
|Max Avg Temp||12° C||9° C||-1° C|
|Min Avg Temp||0° C||-4° C||-13° C|
|Precipitation||5 mm||5 mm||2 mm|
|Precipitation Days||1.2 days||1.2 days||0.5 days|
|No. Sunny Days||27.1 days||27.1 days||28.1 days|
|Sunrise (Dec 15)||6:40 am|
|Sunset (Dec 15)||5:05 pm|
Hazards, Gear and Planning Tips for EBC Trek in December
In addition to the usual Environmental Hazards and Altitude Illnesses that the Everest Base Camp Trek poses, you need to be careful about the temperature and possibility of snow. These factors are especially relevant if you are trekking in the latter half of December when snow is more likely, and temperature can be an issue. A good down jacket is a must, and a four-season sleeping bag can be a welcome addition. This is, of course, in addition to the usual gear that you might want to consider for a trek like this.
Three High Passes of Everest in December
December is one of the better months to do the treks that involve high passes. While you need to be on a lookout for snowfall during the second half of December, you will generally find that the clear weather makes the high passes enjoyable. We highly recommended having an experienced guide, microspikes, and a few extra days. It is also essential to factor in the fact that daylight is shortest this time of the year. What this means is that you need to start real early during the day you are doing the passes and waste no time to get to camp. It is also advisable not to attempt the passes if clouds are building up.
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How crowded is the Everest Base Camp Trek in December?
December consistently sees around 6% of annual trekkers in the Khumbu. In 2018, approximately three thousand trekkers entered the Everest Region in December. What this means is that you will have just enough company to keep things exciting but not so many that it starts to feel like a circus. The second half of December, with Christmas and New Year, usually sees a lot more people on the trail than the first half.
Lukla Flights in December
Hotels in Everest Region in December
Hotels in the Everest Region either start closing or winding down operations from mid-November onwards. However, at least a few lodges will remain open through the winter in every village. Price, unfortunately, doesn’t fluctuate much in the Everest Region even during the low months. However, lodge owners are more willing to talk and cook you local delicacies now that they have more time.
Attractions in the Everest Region in December
December is excellent for stellar mountain views and beautiful sunsets. It is also an excellent time to see the national bird of Nepal, Himalayan Monal, congregate in huge flocks around villages. Gokyo Lake is starting to freeze, so feel free to give ice skating a go!