Everest Base Camp Trek in December

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
Everest Base Camp Trek in December
At a Glance
  • Duration15 Days
  • Difficulty Level Challenging
  • Places to Visit Everest Region
  • Max Altitude 5,545m/18,192ft.
  • Group Size 1 - 15
  • Starts Lukla
  • Ends Lukla
  • Best Season DECEMBER

December Everest Base Camp Trek Highlights

  • Witness breathtaking, crystal-clear views of Everest and surrounding peaks.
  • Experience the magic of less crowded peaceful trails and pristine winter landscapes.
  • Enjoy cozy nights in authentic mountain tea houses with local hospitality.
  • Witness the Milky Way that illuminates the winter landscape which is simply magical.
  • Challenge yourself with an extreme high-altitude winter adventure.
  • Capture stunning photographs of snow-capped Himalayan giants including Everest, iconic Ama Dablam, Lhotse, Nupse, Thamserku, and many others.
  • Find your solitude in the profound silence and serenity of the mountains.
  • Bond with fellow trekkers and locals over a warm chimney and hot drinks.
  • Witness the raw beauty of nature in its most untouched winter state.
  • Earn the bragging rights of conquering Everest Base Camp in winter.

Trek to Everest Base Camp in December - The Perfect Time to Go

Freezing temperatures and extreme dryness may prevent some adventurers from pursuing Everest Base Camp Trek in December. However, those who take up the challenge for an Everest Base Camp trek in December will be rewarded with one of the most dreamlike and serene experiences in the Himalayas. In December the winter conditions create an entirely different trekking environment, making prominent EBC look like a less-trodden untouched valley.

December provides you with serene paths and clear views under the bright blue heavens. Trekkers trekking during this month of the year can have a magical mounting view of the surrounding mighty peaks free from cloud obstructive clouds. Due to the extreme chill factor, there will not be many trekkers like in the peak season time, so you can enjoy great tranquility and solitude without any disturbances.

Securing accommodation on the way to Everest Base Camp is usually very competitive during the peak trekking seasons. In December you will enjoy worry-free access to ample accommodations. Tea houses that are typically overcrowded with trekkers in peak season sit mostly vacant during this winter's extreme chill.

December trekkers will have abundant room choices, discounted off-season rates, and exclusive access to amenities like hot showers, a hot chimney, and battery charging. With fewer guests to accommodate, the teahouses will provide enhanced hospitality and comfort. Despite December being peak winter and very cold, finding shelter any night keeps December adventurers at hearty ease.

The night sky view will be spectacular filled with glittering stars unhindered by artificial light. The chilling air and profound stillness fill a mystical atmosphere. Extra preparedness with gear is very important to combat the extreme cold during this time of year. 

However, those who venture here in December relax in the magic of the Everest region to its most natural form. If you are seeking the most serene and solitary time to trek to EBC, a December Everest Base Camp Trek promises adventure, beauty, and the ultimate test of perseverance.

Why Everest Base Camp Trek in December is GREAT?

Everest Base Camp Trek in December certainly offers a unique adventure experience. Despite the trek being challenging due to extreme cold and being an off-season journey, the experience is magical. The month of December without a doubt delivers spectacular views, true solitude, and absolute serenity. 

Here's why December is considered the perfect time to do EBC Trek:

  • Crystal-Clear Skies: It is said that December delivers the clearest skies with unhindered views of the majestic mountain peaks and surrounding landscapes.

Spectacular Vistas:

  • During the day: Delivers open deep blue sky with outstanding views without clouds.
  • At night: A clear night sky with abundant glittering stars, one of the most incredible views one could imagine.


  • Peaceful Trails: You will experience the raw beauty of Sagarmatha National Park without the maddening crowd of trekkers. It’s indeed a beautiful experience to walk in the peaceful trails of the world’s most popular trekking destination.
  • Exclusive Care:  With only a few trekkers on the trail you will receive more personal attention from the teahouses and your guides. Since in the peak season, the high demand for service takes away this personal attention.
  • Pristine Winter Paradise: With fewer people on the trail and less activity the winter landscapes offer a picturesque scenery that looks pristine. One would not imagine that this place could be so overcrowded in the peak season time.
  • Great Photography Opportunities: Trekking in December offers you a great opportunity to capture the Himalayas in their winter glory.

Experience Solitude:

  • Witness the deep silence of the mountains with serenity. Experience mindfulness.
  • Connect deeply with nature, wilderness, and your surroundings
  • Witness the most beautiful night sky, the beauty of which can’t be compared with anything else.

For those prepared for extreme cold, December offers the true magnificence of the Everest region. As the beauty and silence unfold before you, the bitter cold fades away. Since not many people trek to EBC during winter you will discover solitude and peace of mind. 

Are you ready to challenge yourself and discover the winter magic of Everest Base Camp

Also, check WHY TREK TO EVEREST BASE CAMP and Everest Base Camp Trek all year around.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu Airport, The Capital City (1,400 m / 4,593 feet)
  • Day 02:Fly to Lukla (2,800 m 9,186 feet) and Trek to Phakding (2,600 m/8,530 feet)
  • Day 03:Trek to Namche Bazaar (3,450 m / 11,318 feet) - the Capital of Khumbu Region
  • Day 04:REST DAY - Acclimatization Hike
  • Day 05:Trek to Phortse Village (3810 m / 12,500 feet) - the most picturesque village.
  • Day 06:Trek to Dingboche (4,350 m / 14,271 feet)
  • Day 08:Trek to Lobuche (4,910 m / 16,108 feet)- higher than Mont Blanc
  • Day 09:Trek to Gorak Shep (5,164 m /16,942 feet) and Trek to EBC (5,360 m/17,585 feet)
  • Day 10:Morning walk to Kala Patthar (5,545 m /18,192 feet) and trek to Pheriche (4,240 m/13,901 feet)
  • Day 11:Trek Back to Namche Bazaar (3,450 m/11,318 feet) via Tengboche Monastery (3,860 m/12,664 feet)
  • Day 12:Trek back to Lukla our Final Destination @ 2,840 m/9.317 feet
  • Day 13:Mountain Flight to the Capital City of Kathmandu
  • Day 14:Contingency Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 15:Trip Ends - Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport

Everest Base Camp Trek in December Detailed Itinerary

Once you land at the Kathmandu airport, our office representative or your Trek Leader will meet you. They will take you to your hotel in the city. Kathmandu is Nepal's busy, chaotic capital city. However, it has its own appeal and local culture to discover amidst the traffic and noise.

Your hotel is located in the popular Thamel neighborhood, at the heart of Kathmandu. Thamel is a hub for tourists, with its colorful streets, shops, and restaurants. After you check in, you can take some time to explore this fascinating area on your own before the welcome dinner.

Later, you will have a Trek briefing that gives you details on what to expect while on trek in the mountain in winter among other things. This will also be a chance to get acquainted with the others in your group as well. Shortly after the briefing WELCOME DINNER will be organized in one of the fabulous local restaurant at Thamel. 

  • Altitude: 1,400 m / 4,593 feet
  • Accommodation: 3 Star hotel
  • Meals: Welcome Dinner
  • Distance: 6 km
  • Transport: Airport Pickup

In winter (the trekking off-season), all flights to Lukla will operate from Kathmandu airport itself. The flight time duration to Lukla from Kathmandu is a little longer than from the Manthali Airport - It's a thrilling 35-minute flight.

Upon arrival, we'll have some time to take in the excitement of flights departing and arriving at this high-altitude airport. Shortly after, we'll start our first day's trek towards Phakding, just a 3-4 hour peaceful hike through the Dudh Koshi Gorge.

As we set out, you'll get your first glimpses of the Everest region's villages and landscapes. We'll pass through charming Sherpa settlements, seeing how the locals live amongst the towering peaks. Lush green valleys, the raging Dudh Koshi River, and farmlands cling to mountainsides under the wide blue skies.

After taking in the views all afternoon, we'll stay overnight in the village of Phakding. In the evening, your leader will brief you on the coming days of the trek over dinner. You can also swap stories with your group beneath the starry night sky.

  • Altitude: 2,800 m 9,186 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 35 min Flight - 4/5 hrs. Walk
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 7 km
  • Transport: Mountain Flight

We’ll start our second day early and head for Namche Bazaar - the bustling capital of the Khumbu region. At 11,000 ft, this lively town sits surrounded by towering peaks and thin air.

After breakfast in peaceful Phakding, we have a pleasant 3-hour walk ahead through rural villages. We’ll stop for lunch in Jorsale, the last settlement before the landscape changes.

Today’s trek features five thrilling high-suspension bridge crossings over rivers and waterfalls. The most iconic comes just before the Namche climb that is going over the Hillary Suspension Bridge. We’ll pause to admire the phenomenal views of plunging gorges and soaring cliffs.

Then we’ll steadily ascend to avoid altitude sickness. It’s not about speed - focus on acclimatization and enjoying each step. The efforts will pay off when we finally enter the vibrant Namche Bazaar. We’ll settle into this luxurious town with a relaxing hot tea and the view. 

  • Altitude: 3,450 m / 11,318 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9 km

Adjusting to high-altitude environments is vital for safety, comfort, and fully enjoying your Himalayan adventure. The process of acclimatization allows your body to gradually adapt as you explore mountains with less available oxygen.

On our rest day in Namche Bazaar, we’ll do an easy 1.5-hour hike up to Syangboche airstrip - the world’s highest runway at 12,000 ft! This stunning walk helps your body acclimatize while rewarding you with unbelievable scenery.

We’ll visit the Everest View Lodge, where over hot drinks you can be mesmerized by the first close-up views of the tallest peak on Earth, Everest. Besides Everest, you will see ample other iconic peaks like Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Thamserchu, etc. Nearby, witness vibrant Tibetan Buddhist culture and the realm of the woolly mountain yaks. From the vibrant green hills rolling into the distance to the mighty Himalayan giants, this corner of the Khumbu is simply enchanting.

  • Accommodation: At Namche Bazaar
  • Meals: Inclusive

Leaving Namche, we'll hike uphill till we get to the end ridge of the town. Soon the trail levels out, winding smoothly between two colorful Buddhist shrines with perfect views of the dramatic peaks of Thamserku and Ama Dablam.

After passing through the small village of Khyangjuma, we'll tackle a steep climb up to Mong La. Here we'll diverge from the main trail to explore the serene lower Gokyo Valley instead.

The walk to Khyangjuma is beautiful, with Thamserku and Ama Dablam dominating the horizon ahead. At Mong La, we will have lunch with magnificent mountain panoramas. Shortly we will drop down sharply into the Gokyo Gorge towards Phortse Tanga and ascend the forested trail to Phortse. If we're lucky, we might spot graceful musk deer here too.

Unlike other villages, the terraced settlement of Phortse is uniquely picturesque. Cradled within the mighty Everest landscape, it's an unspoiled gem that charms with its fields, vistas, and dramatic natural setting - a true beauty amidst Himalayan peaks and valleys.

  • Altitude: 3810 m / 12,500 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6 Hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 8.9 km

After breakfast, we will say goodbye to the most picturesque village of Phortes. Today we will take the less traveled High Altitude Trail, considered one of the most scenic in the region. We'll walk above breathtaking valleys and in full view of the Himalayas' giants, before dropping down into Pangboche. We will continue with our hike further to Somare for Lunch and then hike to the mesmerizing settlement of Dingboche.

  • All through today expect non-stop panoramas, with frequent wildlife sightings adding to the magic. Graceful musk deer, nimble mountain goats, and countless exotic birds inhabit these high mountain slopes.
  • After Pangboche village we'll stop for lunch in Somare, where views stretch uninterrupted to the horizon. Then just an easy walk farther to Dingboche, where the valley opens wide to reveal its full magnificence.
  • The clarity of the high mountain air unveils new details of the many unnamed peaks now surrounding us. After acclimatizing here, we’ll be ready to venture even closer to the world’s highest summits.
  • Altitude: 4,350 m / 14,271 feet
  • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
  • Walking Hour: 6/7 hours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Distance: 9.5 km

In the Everest region, the extreme altitudes demand proper acclimatization before proceeding higher. Without gradually adjusting to decreasing oxygen levels, even the hardiest of adventurers risk developing severe altitude sickness.

By allowing the body to adapt over time, acclimatization safeguards health while enhancing overall vigor at higher elevations. Well-acclimatized hikers feel less fatigued, sleep better, and think more clearly.

The next morning after reaching Dingboche, we’ll hike partway up Nangkartshang Peak. This short excursion boosts our acclimatization by a few hundred vital meters, stepping us closer to the heights we’ll soon be exploring.

You will have a 360-degree mountain view including Island Peak and MAKALU (the world’s 5th highest mountain) and many more. 

    With trees behind us, we’ll take our time adjusting to the harsh, yet hauntingly beautiful high-altitude landscape. Rocky trails wind gradually upwards, showing us views of the Cholatse, Lobuche, and Pumori peaks.

    After climbing high up to Thugla Pass we’ll pause at this solemn spot - a memorial plateau honoring climbers lost on Everest and other Himalayan giants. Hundreds of memorials, cairns, and strings of prayer flags form a moving tribute amidst the icy crags.

    Continuing higher leads finally to Lobuche, our second last stop before Everest Base Camp. At the foot of towering Lobuche Peak, this tiny settlement marks the launching point for tomorrow’s triumphant finale. As EBC itself edging closer we feel the adrenaline rushing. Though nights here in December are bitterly cold, stars blaze brighter than anywhere on Earth as we are ready for the crown jewel of adventures to come!

    • Altitude: 4,910 m / 16,108 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 5 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Distance: 8 km

    Today’s 3-hour trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep is extraordinary, crossing rocky, undulating terrain under the surrounding majestic peaks. Surrounded by Pumori, Lingtren, Nuptse, and the supreme peak - Everest herself - Gorak Shep stuns.

    Remember it's December - so will start casually and walk to Gorak Shep and walk to EBC after a quick lunch. Make sure you are very well equipped with warm clothing because it is going to be extremely chilly. After we get back from our EBC hike we will enjoy hot tea with a lit chimney at the teahouse. 

    Here drinking water, insulated rooms, and the flushing of western toilets can be a problem at this time of year. WE HAVE NO OPTIONS BUT TO ACCEPT AS IT IS. 

    • Altitude: 5,360 m/17,585 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Distance: 12 km in TOTAL

    Today we will wake up early to summit Kala Patthar. It’s a tough climb, but reaching the top at 18,192 feet brings once-in-a-lifetime Himalayan vistas in every direction. From here, Everest’s magnificence will surpass your wildest dreams.

    Gazing at golden light spilling across the world’s highest peaks, we’ll feel a profoundly peaceful and rewarding moment together. Having now achieved two iconic milestones - Base Camp and Kala Patthar’s summit - the celebration is in order!

    Descending close to 1,000 meters, we will spend a night at Pheriche village and restore our energy far from the thinning air and harsh elements. Exhausted but victorious, our small community will recount tales of hardship, glory, and the beauty of the region in the the midst of WINTER.

    • Altitude: 5,545 m /18,192 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 8/9 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Distance: 14 km OVERALL

    Retracing steps to Pangboche brings us back amongst trees, cleaner air, and normalized breathing - a welcome relief! From a high ridge in Thyangboche, we'll look back with a profound sense of achievement at the epic trail to Base Camp.

    We’ll make a special visit to the centuries-old Tengboche Monastery, the spiritual heart of the Khumbu region. Chanting monks fill its serene courtyard with otherworldly calm, framed by sacred peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kangtega, Thamserku, Cholatse, etc. This powerful place perfectly blends Himalayan nature and Buddhist devotion.

    Heading down the valley again, each bend reveals new angles on peaks now familiar. We’ll overnight in Namche Bazaar once more before our final day. It is time for celebaratin now.

    • Altitude: 3,860 m/12,664 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Distance: 16.5 KM

    Leaving Namche we will retrace our trail back to Lukla for our final night in the Everest region.

    Since it's our last night we will have dinner together with all our Porters, assistant guides, and your Trek Leader. 

    This event will be followed by dancing and giving thanks to our crew with the culture of Tipping.

    • Altitude: 2,840 m/9.317 feet
    • Accommodation: Teahouse Lodge
    • Walking Hour: 7/8 Hours
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Distance: 16 km

    We will have a scenic flight back to Kathmandu that will be 35 minutes.

    Flying out of Lukla Airport is seriously Thrilling.

    • Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
    • Walking Hour: 35 min. FLIGHT
    • Meals: Breakfast

    When trekking in the Everest region, having contingency days is vital. The Himalayan climate frequently brings harsh conditions like heavy snow, strong winds, or thick cloud cover. These can delay schedules and disrupt routes.

    Contingency days act as a buffer for such weather disruptions. They also allow for extra rest and acclimatization time if needed. With the high risk of altitude sickness, having this flexibility improves safety as well as the overall trekking experience.

    Contingency days provide essential breathing room - a safety net enabling one to navigate the extreme terrain with greater confidence. They make last-minute changes due to weather or other factors much less stressful.

      Depending on your flight schedule airport transportation will be provided. in Nepal, your airport reporting time is usually 3 hours prior to your flight. Your leader will be there to assist you to at the international airport.

      • Accommodation: HOME
      • Meals: Breakfast
      • Transport: Airport Transfer
      What's Included
      • PERMITS: All essential permits required from the Government and local authorities to legally trek in the region are procured.
      • PICKUP AND DROPS: Roundtrip airport pickup and drop-off facilities for both domestic and international flights are included in the trek package.
      • ACCOMMODATION IN KATHMANDU: Three nights of hotel accommodation in Kathmandu at a three-star twin-sharing hotel on a bed and breakfast-basis.
      • WELCOME DINNER: A traditional Nepali-style welcome dinner at a local restaurant in Kathmandu.
      • SIGHTSEEING: A half-day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu's two most sacred UNESCO World Heritage sites with entrance fees paid.
      • TAXES: All applicable local and national government taxes are covered.
      • TRANSPORTATION: Roundtrip PRIVATE VEHICLE transportation between Kathmandu and the Manthali Airport for the flight to Lukla.
      • DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: Domestic flights TO and FROM LUKLA.
      • EQUIPMENT: Essential trekking gear such as sleeping bags, fleece liners, PrimaLoft jackets, rain ponchos, yak tracks, trekking poles, etc are provided.
      • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
      • DRINKING WATER: Properly filtered and boiled water for drinking is provided each morning and evening. Trekkers are advised to carry reusable water bottles/bladder bags that can hold at least 3 liters.
      • GLORIOUS FOOD: All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with hot beverages are provided throughout the trek duration.
      • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
      • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
      • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
      • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
      • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
      What's Excluded
      • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
      • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
      • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
      • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
      • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
      • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
      • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
      • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
      • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
      • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
      • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
      Essential Trip Information

      Challenges to Consider on the Everest Base Camp Trek in December:

      Trekking to the Base of the world’s highest mountain, Everest Base Camp is already a challenging adventure. Conversely, doing an EBC trek in the freezing temperatures of December will surely add extra difficulties.

      Below we have listed a few challenges to consider while Trekking to EBC in December.

      • Extreme Cold Temperature: Cold temperature is the most significant challenge which will drop below freezing, especially at night. We recommend everyone be well-equipped with high-quality warm gear.
      • Frozen Water: Freezing of water is a very common issue in winter in the Everest region. Water resources freeze quickly making everyday life difficult like flushing the toilets, no water for the morning wash, availability of drinking water, etc.
      • Closure of Teahouses: Since December is off-season time many teahouses and shops close due to harsh winter conditions. Due to this, there is a possibility of having access to limited facilities with food choices, teahouses, internet, etc. which can be challenging
      • Frozen Toilets: Since most teahouses now have western toilets due to high demand, these toilets and the entire plumbing systems will freeze in an extremely chill environment. This is something the trekkers have to cope with, however, they have an alternative to the LONG-DROP TOILET facility.
      • Altitude Sickness: It is believed that there is a higher chance of altitude sickness in extremely cold weather conditions.
      • Short Daylight and Demanding Trails: In December our trekking time is limited due to short daylights. Furthermore, the morning frost and ice make the trails slippery and dangerous. However, it’s not an everyday occasion.
      • Limited Medical Facility: At this time of year most Health posts may close resulting in fewer or no people and resources available in case of emergencies.
      • Physically and Mentally Challenging: The extremely cold temperature and high altitude make this Winter Everest Base Camp trek challenging. To cope with such an environment and harsh conditions one requires strong determination. 

      All these challenges make the December Everest Base Camp Trek an extreme and strenuous adventure. However, despite all these challenges the winter views are surprisingly amazing. No wonder the December EBC trek is getting so popular these days.

      Is it possible to trek to Everest Base Camp during December or January?

      Yes, we can trek to Everest Base Camp in December or January despite the challenges of the winter months. While it will be extremely cold with temperatures dropping below freezing, and some lodges and tea houses along the trail will be closed, the trails are still accessible. The main advantage of trekking this route during December-January is that you will have clearer skies and views of the Himalayan peaks compared to the busier spring and autumn months.

      However, you need to be prepared for the brutal cold and the strong wind chill factor. Frozen water sources can also be an issue, so bring enough water bottles or bladders for your water supply.

      While trekking to Everest Base Camp in December and January requires an extra level of preparation and tolerance for freezing temperatures, the crystal-clear skies, snow-covered trails, and chance to see the Himalayas at their stillest often make the challenges worthwhile for adventurous trekkers.

      Wind Chill Factor and Temperature at EBC during December: What to Expect.

      The winds on Mount Everest are notoriously brutal, and the wind chill factor at Everest Base Camp during December makes conditions feel even more extreme. In December, temperatures at Base Camp typically range from -20°C to -30°C.

      However, with winds regularly whipping across the mountain at speeds over 50 mph, the windchill factor feels more extreme. For example, at an actual temperature of -20°C followed by 60 mph winds, the windchill factor to a human body feels like -55°C out. This deep bone-chilling cold takes away heat from any exposed skin almost instantly, making way for Hypothermia.

      So December trekkers have to take major precautions against these bitter winds by wearing appropriate gear. For details on Packing appropriate gear for winter trekking in Everest Base Camp - CLICK HERE. This intense windchill during December at Everest Base Camp makes it an incredibly harsh environment that tests the limits of the human capacity for withstanding extreme cold.

      December Everest Base Camp Trekking Routes and Itinerary:

      There are multiple routes you can take while trekking to Everest Base Camp depending on your time frame. Furthermore, anybody can customize the itinerary in accordance with their time and preferences. However, classic routes and alternative routes are the basic forms that most companies and individual trekkers still use. These two basic forms of routes can be used while trekking to Everest Base Camp in December as well.

      Classic Route:

      The classic route is straightforward and starts from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. In this Classic route you either go via Tengboche monastery or you can divert via Phortse Village. This Classic route typically takes 14-16 days. However, you will not be deprived of your acclimatization days along the way. It is still a gradual ascent with enough days to acclimatize and relax.

      Alternative Routes:

      Next are alternative routes where you can include other popular valleys. There are trekkers who would like to include a cherry on top. When it comes to alternative trek you can either add Gokyo Lake via Chola Pass or you can add Thame Village and Gokyo Lake with Renjo Pass and Chola Pass. Nonetheless, going over these passes in December sometimes can be hazardous and impossible with the snow. But including Gokyo Lake is possible since you can go via Phortse Village without having to worry about going over the Chola Pass.

      Maximum and Minimum Temperature on the Route to EBC in December:

      The temperatures provided below are general guidelines that may vary and are subject to change every year depending on certain conditions and of course the unusual pattern due to CLIMATE CHANGE


      • Located at 2,860 meters (9,383 feet)
      • Average December temperature can be typically around 4 to 8 degrees Celsius (about 39/46 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Coldest average temperatures drop to -2 to -4 degrees Celsius (about 29/24 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Warmest average temperatures reach up to 9 to 12 degrees Celsius (about 48/53 degrees Fahrenheit)

      Namche Bazaar

      • Located at 3,440 meters (11,286 feet)
      • Average December temperature can be 0.5 to 5 degrees Celsius (about 33/41 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Minimum average temperatures in December are around -6.5 degrees Celsius (about 20 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Maximum average temperatures are around 7 to 10 degrees Celsius (about 44/50 degrees Fahrenheit)

      Phortse Village

      • Located at 3810 meters (12,500 feet)
      • Average December temperature can be 0.5 to 4 degrees Celsius (about 23/39 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Coldest temperatures average around -7.5 degrees Celsius (about 18 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Warmest temperatures reach an average high of 5 to 8 degrees Celsius (about 41/46 degrees Fahrenheit)


      • Located at 4,360 meters (14,301 feet)
      • Average December temperature can be -5.1 degrees Celsius (about 23 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Coldest temperatures average around -13 to -15 degrees Celsius (about 8/5 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Warmest temperatures reach an average high of 3 to 7 degrees Celsius (about 37/44 degrees Fahrenheit)


      • Located at 4,928 meters (16,164 feet)
      • Average December temperature can be -7.7 degrees Celsius (about 18 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Low temperatures can drop to an average of -16.4 degrees Celsius (about 2 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • High temperatures average around 1.1 degrees Celsius (about 34 degrees Fahrenheit)

      Gorak Shep/Everest Base Camp

      • Located at 5,164 meters (16,942 feet)
      • Average December temperatures can be -8.9 degrees Celsius (about 16 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Coldest temperatures average around -17 to - 25 degrees Celsius (near 0 degrees Fahrenheit)
      • Maximum temperatures average around 0 to 2 degrees Celsius (32/35 degrees Fahrenheit)

      The average daily wind speed along the route is typically between 12-19 kilometers per hour or around 8-12 miles per hour.

      How to Keep Ourselves Warm in the Evening during our December EBC Trek?

      Staying warm in the evenings will be critical during a December trek to Everest Base Camp as the temperatures can drop quite drastically after sunset. Your accommodation at the mountain teahouses and our staff will provide some key comforts to keep you warm:

      • Dining halls at all open teahouses have a chimney with a warming fireplace lit by the hotel staff in the evening. Trekkers can sit by the fire chatting, playing games, and dining with hot drinks to stay cozily warm.
      • Our trekking guides and assistant guides will provide all guests with a HOT WATER BAG for you at night. This hot bag stays warm for many hours allowing you to cuddle up with it at night. Additional blankets are also added to beds as the staff are accustomed to the needs of winter trekkers.

      Thermal innerwear for sleeping is highly recommended on December EBC treks as well. Pack your long johns to sleep comfortably. Wearing a warm winter cap even while sleeping makes a difference too.

      While the conditions may be quite cold, with the extra efforts and provisions arranged by both the teahouse hotel staff and our own crew, staying warm through the nights is manageable. 

      Everest Base Camp Trek in December FAQs

      • Selecting Nepal Pyramids Trekking Company as your adventure partner in Nepal will undoubtedly be an excellent decision for several reasons: Why Nepal Pyramids Trekking and Climbing?

        1. We are a locally owned and operated company with extensive knowledge of the region. Our team consists of experienced guides and staff well-versed in the culture, terrain, and trekking routes of Nepal.
        2. Safety is our topmost priority. We are renowned for our commitment to stringent safety standards. We provide well-maintained equipment and our guides are trained in first aid as well as emergency protocols.
        3. Nepal Pyramids offers a diverse range of trekking packages tailored to suit your preferences and fitness levels. Whether an avid trekker or a novice, we can customize an itinerary as per your requirements.
        4. We are devoted to sustainable and responsible tourism. We strongly focus on minimizing the ecological impact of all our treks while supporting local communities.
        5. Along with quality services, we provide competitive pricing making trekking in Nepal accessible to a wide range of travelers.
        6. Reviews and testimonials from our previous clients offer insights into our reputation and the experiences of those who have trekked with us.
      • Finding places to stay on the way to Everest Base Camp can be difficult during the popular trekking seasons when many travelers visit. In December, there are usually plenty of rooms available in tea houses and lodges. These accommodations are normally very full with trekkers during peak season times but sit mostly empty when it is very cold in December. However, due to harsh weather conditions, many lodges and shops will remain closed until the next Spring season. So to say only limited lodges will be open to cater to the few winter trekkers visiting the region

        People trekking in December enjoy several benefits: no long lines, lots of choices for rooms, cheaper off-season rates, and more exclusive access to nice amenities like hot showers, fireplaces, and places to charge devices. Since there are fewer guests, the tea houses and lodges can provide better service and comfort. 

      • The Everest Base Camp Trek in December is in reality very fascinating. It delivers you breathtakingly clear skies which you don't find at any other time of year. During the day, a mesmerizing deep blue sky remains untouched by even a wisp of cloud as the mighty Himalayan peaks stand out sharply against the gentle winter sun.

        At night, freezing temperatures transform the sky into a glittering expanse of shimmering stars.

        December also brings tranquility.

        A trek to Everest Base Camp in December promises a uniquely serene experience. Due to the bitter cold during this off-season, you will hardly see any tourist trekking in the region. Without overpopulated tourists, the tranquil stillness envelops the majestic slopes and valleys. You will enjoy absolute serenity and solitude at this time of year. The lack of visual disturbances from colorful tents and clothing allows the valley to showcase its magnificent natural brilliance without interruption. December offers a perfect opportunity to experience the dreamlike peace, thrill of solitude, and enchanting beauty for which the Everest landscape is renowned. Away from the annoying activity of the trekking high season, one can fully appreciate the calming arms of glorious Mother Nature.

      • Yes, trekking to Everest Base Camp (EBC) in December, which is the peak winter season in Nepal, can be quite challenging:

        • Temperatures will be quite cold, often dropping below freezing at night and even during the daytime, especially at higher elevations. Proper layering and warm gear (jackets, hats, gloves, etc.) are essential.
        • There is a higher chance of snowfall and ice/snow on the trails which can make them slippery and difficult to traverse. Crampons may be required in certain sections.
        • With fewer daylight hours, you need to make sure to start and end hiking early. It gets dark around 5 PM.
        • Many teahouses along the route are closed for winter. Accommodation options become more limited.
        • Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains. Winter storms or heavy snowfall could happen unexpectedly, making the trek more strenuous.
      • Yes, flights do operate to Lukla in December. However, there are fewer flights in the winter months compared to peak trekking seasons. The number of flights drops to just a few per day. This also means seats get booked up quicker in advance usually by the locals who, to escape the harsh winter, would fly back to a city like Kathmandu. Some airlines stop their Lukla flights entirely in the winter, especially later in December. However, airlines like Summit Air and Tara Air continue to operate almost all through the years.

        Furthermore, due to Short daylight, the number of flights may only be 1-2 flight cycles to Lukla.

      • There is a 15-kilogram baggage limit on all flights to Lukla Airport. This 15 kg weight should include your duffel bag and your daypack together. All airlines must follow this weight restriction. There are also limits on how much weight porters can carry while trekking in Nepal. Even though December is extremely cold and you'll need warm gear, it is best to pack light with only essential items for the trek. The cold makes traveling difficult, so carrying less will help. To see suggestions on what important gear and clothing to bring, please click on the links provided.


      • Since many teahouses and lodges at Everest Base Camp are closed in December due to the harsh winter conditions, food options can become quite limited compared to the more popular trekking seasons. Their supply lines are also impacted by the cold and snow.

        However, despite the reductions in lodging and supplies, trekkers will still be able to find nourishing meals along the Everest trail during December treks. The few open teahouses will provide simple Daal Bhat (rice and lentils), noodles, eggs, porridge, and other staple meals. While menu variety goes down, essential foods remain available through the efforts of the hard-working local staff who remain in the mountains year-round.

        So while fancy dishes or imported foods are off the table, basic energy-providing meals can still be arranged. The food options may be basic, but no client will be left hungry!

      Why Choose Nepal Pyramids?

      Nepal Pyramids is here to craft your Nepal dreams into reality. We assure you a trip extraordinarily out of the world with quality service and value for money. We propose comprehensive flexible packages with unbeatable price - without any hidden cost.

      • Team of Local Experts
        Team of Local Experts

        Our team of local experts is the driving force behind our success. With their passion, experience, and commitment, our team of local experts ensures that we all are not just participants but integral contributors to the growth and well-being of the community we serve.

      • Safety is our Prior Concern
        Safety is our Prior Concern

        Safety is our foremost concern at our Travel company. We prioritize the well-being of our adventurers above all else. We provide top-notch equipment and conduct rigorous safety checks to ensure every trek is as secure as it is adventurous.

      • Travel Sustainably
        Travel Sustainably

        Sustainability is at the heart of our mission. We ensure that the beauty and integrity of the destinations we explore are preserved. We believe in responsible tourism that contributes positively to the environment and the livelihoods of the local people.

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        Nepal Pyramids takes pride in making your journey hassle-free from start to finish. With our efficient services, expert Group Leading, and attention to detail, you can leave the hassles behind and focus on creating lasting memories during your travels.

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