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Everest Base Camp Trek in December

Everest base camp December is less crowded, The Himalayas are still at the top of everything that trekkers admire about Nepal. The white diamonds, like shining mountains, are the pride of Nepalese. 8 out of 13 world’s topmost Himalayas lie in Nepal. Among them-Everest, the world’s highest peak also lies in Nepal.

Every year many trekkers visit Nepal just to spend days beneath the highest peak. Walking to watch the magnificent view of Gangetic snow-capped Mountains Himalaya Trekking and Hiking is just amazing. The reasons for trekking could be different for each trekker. The major attractions of the Mount Everest Trekking in Nepal are:

Everest base camp trek Attractions
  • The rustic and colorful lifestyle of the Sherpa people and their traditions.
  • The extraordinary beauty of the panoramic Himalayas.
  • Of course, the beauty of the world’s highest peak- Mt. Everest.
  • Largest national park with flora fauna and endangered wildlife.
  • Swift flowing rivers, waterfalls, calm forests, diverse landscapes, and more.
  • Breathtaking views of Mt Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt Cho-Oyu, and more.
Best Season For Everest Base Camp Trek

Although people travel in several seasons, the altitudes do not suggest so. Altitude sickness may occur to even those who keep trekking very frequently. Despite that, Late Sep-Nov and Feb -May be considered some ideal traveling seasons. However, December is not that bad. But Everest Base Camp Trek in December is a bit tough for people who cannot withstand cold.

However, it was a little colder at Everest base camp December. And the temperature falls somewhere between 7degree C to -6 being the lowest. It might range from moderate to even extreme, but not as much as it will be in January. Out of all the odds, you will likely witness the crisp and clear mountain views in December.

The detailed Itinerary -The Everest base camp December is:
Day 1: Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla(2830 m) and trek to Phakding (2640 m)  

Flight from Kathmandu to Lukla takes about 35-40 minutes. The journey starts with an amazing scenic mountain flight along with picture-perfect views. After a few minutes of walking, you must travel around 3-4 hours to Phakding. Walking past the beautiful terrains, you reach your destination, where you are staying for the night.

Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche bAzar(3440 m) 

Namche Bazar is said to be the gateway to the Himalayas. A 7-8 hour trek from Phakding takes you through beautiful settlements. Namche is the main commercial hub of the Khumbu region. You can explore different types of shops, hotels, restaurants, and more. This will be the destination for day 2.

Day 3: Acclimatization Day in Namche and Everest View Hotel. 

On day three, during our journey to Everest base camp December-we will rest in Namche. It is one ideal place for short hikes. Also, take time to understand the settlements, their culture, and their beauty rather than forcing yourself. This region has a Sherpa museum too to explore the cultural heritages. and hiking to Everest view hotel and Spending night back to Namche.

Day 4: Trek from Namche to Tengboche(3867 m)

The next day, you start your trek to Tengboche. It is a (5 hour walk) from Namche that takes you past beautiful terrains. Your trial will encompass several monasteries, prayer flags,

Stone inscriptions and more. Explore Tengboche monastery and cultural routes. You spend your night at Tengboche.

Day 5: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche(4260)

This incredible journey from Tengboche to Dingboche takes around 6-7 hours. You walk past wonderful diverse terrains, sweeping views of the region providing spectacular Himalayan vistas. Your destination for today is Dingboche. You spend your night at Dingboche to rest out all the tiredness of the day.

Day 6: Acclimatization Day in Dingboche 

Walking into mountain regions and hike few hundred meters for altitude rest, refresh and energize as much as possible for the journey. Visit nearby areas, blend into people, and know about their culture and lifestyle. Visit famous landmarks to take the best pictures and uniquely update your social media.

Day 7: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche(4930 m)

A walk of around 4-5 hours takes you from Dingboche to Lobuche. The journey gives you the best views of the trains and the Himalayas. Although the trek can be tiring, the Snowclad Mountains remove all the exhaustion.

Day 8: Trek from Lobuche to Gorak Shep (5170 m)- Everest Base Camp(5364 m)-back to Gorakshep 

Your sleeping destination for today will be Gorakshep, but you will walk to the most important point of the trek. The most awaited day for which you have traveled has arrived. You will walk around 7-8 hours today, but you will not feel fatigued. Dwarfed by the highest peak in the world, you are about to witness unexplainable beauty. The beautiful vibrant base camp and lively atmosphere add beauty to it. You walk back to Gorak Shep for a beautiful sleep.

Day 9: Hike to Kalapathar (5545 m)and trek to Pheriche (4240 m)

Although the returning days are near, you are about to explore the highest point of this trek. Today you are going to the Kala Patthar-viewpoint of Everest. You are about to witness the incredible beauty of Everest. The best panoramic views are seen from Kala Patthar. But then we start our journey back to Pheriche. We walked for around 7-8 hours to finally return to Pheriche.

Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Namche

Following the same trail, we walk past the rugged terrains that take us to Namche. You can explore beautiful vistas along the way. You are about to make memories for yourself to spread smiles with your friends. It is a 4-5 hour trek to reach Namche, where you are staying overnight for today.

Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla 

A 4-5 hours trek from Namche takes us to Lukla. We experience beautiful downfalls, so we feel less tired. You walk past incredible settlements and beautiful scenery. We are going to stay at Lukla overnight. Enjoy the Nepali food and their culture while you are here.

Day 12: Back flight to Kathmandu

The last day is the flight back to Kathmandu. Book your flights as early as possible. Due to altitude reasons, there are chances of flight cancellations. You can enjoy the rest of your day sightseeing in Kathmandu or just rest in your hotel room.

What to Bring?

Trekking to such a higher altitude-obviously your safety comes first. You should never compromise your health over anything. You should be very well prepared for the colder seasons. Despite many teahouses providing you with blankets, they might not always support you. Bringing your sleeping bag is essential. Good woolen hats, socks, gloves, and a down jacket are required.

If you do not have your gear and do not travel more often-I suggest you hire some. Hiring gears are cheaper. However, if you are a person who loves traveling, spending some pennies on good gear won’t be the wrong investment. Never forget to carry some sunscreen as the sun is always there even if it won’t look so.

Getting there and away

You can travel alone or book one of your holidays through Happyland Treks. Everest Basecamp Trek December is quite risky. So I suggest you be with your friends or a trekking agency who can be responsible in an emergency. What you can do is you can fly to Lukla from Kathmandu and hike from there. Also, you can complete your whole journey in a day by helicopter. If you have plans like prior, book your flights early in the morning, so they might not be canceled or postponed.

Food and Accommodation for Everest base camp trek in December

December is one of the seasons where very few people try to travel to EBC, Nepal. Therefore, it is not that tough to manage accommodations. In addition, you are more likely to get the best service at cheaper rates. You will be provided with basic facilities, and everything will be charged.

Additionally, you will have limited choices in the case of food, which will be expensive too. Including charges to bring goods to that altitude makes things expensive, and that is okay. Daal-Bhat is authentic Nepali food served with pickles, fresh vegetables, and salad. Despite that, you can get momo, chowmein, pasta, noodles, and meat. For your treks, you can carry snacks like chocolates, fast food, protein bars, etc. Do not forget to carry and drink enough water. If this feels overwhelming to be managed by a single person, you can always rely on Happyland Treks for the best trekking journey.

Altitude Sickness

Every person trekking at high altitudes can have altitude sickness. Altitude sickness can hit any person even if you have been 50 times in high mountain, and 51 times you might get altitude. So make sure your health is good and make sure to take care enough of yourself, especially in the high mountains.

Rest well during trekking or hiking.
Drink plenty of water and keep hydrated. (4-5 liters a day)
A Person may benefit from consuming a high-calorie diet.
Be with a guide and be honest about your situation. They might help you better.

Everest Base Camp December FAQs

Which month is best for Everest Base Camp Trek?

The best time to visit the Everest Basecamp trek is either late May to mid-Sep. Late Sep-Nov and Feb -May are considered ideal months for perfect weather and good visibility.

How cold is Mount Everest in December? 

Although the temperature in December is not as cold as in January, December is not a very busy month with very few people, and the temperature can be very uneasy for some people. It might lower to -6 degrees Celsius.

How difficult is Everest Base Camp Trek in December?

Trekking to EBC is already a tough task despite any season. You need to be physically and mentally fit to trek EBC in December.

Events in December

Nepal is rich in culture, and people celebrate their Jatra and festivals in different months. Traveling during December, you can acknowledge Tamu Losar (celebrated among Gurung, Tamang, and    Magar. It is one lively festival celebrated in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Also, if you are traveling in late December, you might be at EBC on new year’s. Aim to be in Namche on Dec 31st. You can enjoy as much as possible, but alcohol hits harder at altitudes. Remember that.

Everest Base camp December Difficulties  

The Everest trekking route is a challenge because of our trek’s elevation. However, the December season adds some more to it.

  • You will find it very exhausting if you have not already walked at such elevations. It all depends on your stamina.
  • Another challenging aspect of this trek is altitude sickness. You need to acclimate as much as possible to adapt to changing conditions. Also, do not hesitate to walk back if you find it uneasy.
  • A person thinking of traveling Everest should be mentally and physically sound. Make sure you warm up yourself and prepare yourself mentally before your trek.
  • Understand you are traveling to remote areas -which means limited accommodation. Prepare to be comfortable with whatever you get. Make sure you know you will sleep on the bed with 1000s of people sleeping. If you are allergic, carry your bedsheet and a sleeping bag.
  • In case of an emergency, you do not know anyone there. In addition, the limitation of medical facilities makes the trip tougher. So if you need any, carry your own. Also, make sure to travel with professionals from the Happyland treks for extra safety. Learn to communicate well.

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