Best Time and Season to Visit Everest Base Camp Trek - 2020

Thinking about visiting during the best time to Everest Base Camp Trek? Well, you are in the right place! For you to witness the dramatic panoramas at the Sagarmatha National Park in the Himalayan region, we will give you an insight into all the seasons during the year so that it will be easy for you to decide when to visit the foot of the tallest mountain in the world.

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Frozen River Trek in 2020, Ladakh

Even though you can expect the weather to be unpredictable on the higher regions of the trek, the primary seasons in the Himalayan region tend to be Winter, Spring, Monsoons/Summer and Autumn. Although, our tip would be to go during the spring months (February to May) and autumn months (Late September to November) These months are considered as the best season to visit Everest Base Camp.

These months generally have greater visibility, longer sunny days and overall an appropriate condition for trekking to the Everest Base Camp. You will also have an advantage of exchanging compelling stories with a lot of trekkers from all over the world and some of them might even become your close companions after the exhilarating 15-day trek. All in all, the unusual and uneven yet astonishingly stunning trek is surely worth completing once in your lifetime. 

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Available Group Departure for Chadar Trek 2020:
January:
SOLD OUT: 12,19,23,29, Jan and 1st Feb and 3rd Feb
Very Few Slots left:
10,13,18,24,25,26 in January
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11,14,15,16,20,21,22,31 January 2020 
2,3,7 February 2020

Quick Facts:
Temperature: -5 to -15 degrees (during the day) and -20 to -30 degrees (during the night)
Trekking Distance:  62 km
Maximum Altitude: 11,123ft
Difficulty Level: Difficult 
Airport: Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport, Leh
Chadar Trek Cost: Starting from ₹19,500. (Prices are Dynamic and are subject to availability of slots)

Highlights of Chadar Trek 2020:

- Ladakh has always captivated visitors with its magical charm and beauty. Be it the picturesque mountain peaks, azure lakes or the challenging trekking trails, this scenic valley is known for all. While during the summers, the region adorns the most vibrant colors of nature, during the winters it is embraced with heavy snowfalls that cut off the entire region from the rest of the world. Explore this serene place with our Ladakh Tour Packages and gift your loved ones a memorable journey that you can cherish for a lifetime.

- Nestled deep within the whirly passages of the snow-clad mountains, this frozen river also entices thousand of trekkers from different corners of the world. 

- Popularly known as the 'Chadar Trek' due to the formation of the thick blanket of the snow, it is considered as one of the challenging as well as tricky treks in the world. 

- In some places, there may be cracks in the ice and when this happens, the only way to continue with the trek is to hike through the snowy rocks and boulders beside the river. 

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About the Destination:

Ladakh is the home to numerous natural wonders, but the most precious gift bestowed upon this magical land is the Chadar Trek. The ultimate thrill of walking upon the frozen waters of Zanskar River in extremely low temperatures sets this trek apart in the list of extreme adventures. Adding grace to the beauty of Ladakh with its unique adventure experience, the Chadar Trek 2020 has the kind of charm that is second to no other adventure.

The frozen Zanskar River trek is actually a connecting link between the villages of Zanskar Valley and the town of Chilling in Ladakh and acts as the only and the most stable way of staying connected to the rest of world for the people here in the months of extreme winter. Passing through the deep valley, the frozen river is bounded by huge walls of mountains on both sides, making a person feel like walking amidst high castle walls. Frozen Waterfalls, flowing green river on the trek, the cold temperatures and the warm smiles of the local Ladakhis who are going by their normal day are the elements that make the Chadar Lake and in fact, all of Ladakh a beautiful paradise to visit. 

Located in the midst of two great mountain ranges of the world, the Himalayas and the Karakoram, the land of Ladakh is blessed with many of its own mountain ranges, like that of the Zanskar. And with all the amazing mountains, glaciers and rivers, one of them better served frozen, Ladakh is never short of surprises to leave you spellbound.

About the Chadar Trek:

Chadar Trek in Ladakh takes the element of trekking and adds its own element of extreme adventure in the form of walking on a thick sheet of ice. The river Zanskar freezes over in the months of winters in Ladakh, creates a kind of sheet of ice on it, hence the name “Chadar”. After arrival in Leh, you will be visiting the market of Leh for some shopping before getting checked by the government officials on your fitness for the rather challenging trek in the Himalayas. The adventure of Chadar Trekking 2020 is planned in such a way that you will be covering a distance of almost 65 kilometres by trekking. 

You will get a transfer to Shingra Yokma from Leh via Chilling and Tilad Do for your first taste of walking on the sheet of ice. You will also get acclimatized with the sub-zero temperatures here, as well as figure out where is the best place to plant your foot on the ice. The Zanskar frozen river trek has taken its form because of the extreme temperatures, and so it is extremely important that you take ample time and precautions here. The next day will be the last day for you to opt for the physical wild card exits. 

After this, the trek leads to several points on the way as you move on the Chadar Frozen River Trek, taking you to Tibb Cave, and the Naerak, where you will see the village and mighty frozen waterfalls, while the turquoise green water of the river flows right by you. As you turn around and make your way back, you will encounter Tibb Cave, Gyalpo and finally Shingra Yokma, from where you will go back to Leh and bring the experience to an end the next day. All the while through this trek, you have gone from a minimum elevation of 10,400 ft to 11,123 ft above sea level, and have gained a lot of more attributes on the way.

Who Can Go:
- Experience of trekking or good fitness level.
- The climber must be fit and have sufficient stamina to cover 5 km of distance in 45 minutes without a stress.
- The climber should be able to carry a 10 kg backpack.
- Heart problem, high blood pressure, asthma, and epilepsy cannot be reconciled on this mission. The climber must not have the conditions mentioned above.

Tips for Chadar Trek:

1) Prepare your mind first: This is a difficult trek that comes with a lot of extremities. From the weather to physical requirement. Train your mind to expect and accept the sub-zero level. Do bear in mind that there is a life which exists there as well; for centuries Chadar is used as the only way to commute to Leh during winters. Your mental strength will signal your body to withstand the cold climb.

2) Be Warm: Next is to keep oneself warm as the temperature falls severely on this trek. To keep going and not be deterred by the weather conditions, use 4 layers for the Torso that includes a jacket and a wind sheeter which is waterproof and has a fleece lining. For the bottom, a base layer, thermal underpants and waterproof pants with a fleece lining, should suffice. Make sure your fleece and jackets have zips down the front so that you can unzip them as the day grows progressively warmer.

3) Keep a woollen cap and gloves (a must): Essentially you need to sleep well during the night to keep you fresh for the next day of the trek. Keep an insulating water bottle to keep your sleeping bag warm during the night. Use Silk liner inside your bags to keep it warm enough.

4) Footwear: Hiking shoes + Gumboots At occasions, trekking on the Chadar involves wading through knee-deep cold water. Though hiking shoes are highly recommended, gumboots help keep your shoes and feet secure from the icy cold water. It is practically impossible to dry anything at Zanskar trek in Ladakh, so gumboots are a compulsory and crucial addition to the footwear.

5) Expect sweet pain: The Chadar is a glossy, slippery sheet of ice and will never let you walk carelessly. But no matter how careful one is, everyone falls and slips more than once on the Chadar. If you fall, just get back up by rolling on your knees and keep walking with confidence. Gumboots might give you shoe bites, but you’ll get used to it as you walk.

6) Observe and keep moving: The locals can give you firsthand training on how to cross the lake on your foot. On closer observation, you would notice that they walk fast and take Penguin like strides on the ice. As you watch them, you will learn their ways of manoeuvring around on the ice blanket and learn when it is wiser to wait than to carry on or the reverse.

7) Keep your electronics warm: Extreme cold climate can ruin electronics. Hence keep them warm by keeping them safe by tucking them into your pockets closer to your body it will keep them warm and long-lasting.

8) Protect your fingers and toes: In sub-zero temperatures, fingers and toes are the most exposed and can be frozen resulting in bad pain when camping. Carry waterproof woollen socks and gloves. An extra pair of socks would help as they gather moisture while wearing gumboots.

9) Warming pads: Warming pads are very helpful for those who feel cold sooner than others. These are exothermic pads to be slipped in your gloves and socks. They release heat and keep you warm for up to 10 hours.

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Do's and Don'ts On Chadar Trek

Do’s of Chadar Trek

It’s always good to plan for an additional day to accommodate any unforeseen conditions like bad weather, broken bridges, flight delays, casualties that may arise.
- One should inform one’s family before coming for this trek, so in case of an emergency, they can come for help.
- The temperature extensively drops down in the region. Therefore, it is advisable to keep warm clothes and shoes at hand. The shoes must also be waterproof.
As there won’t be any pharmacies on our trek, please do carry required medications and a first aid kit, in case of any bruises or cuts
The area of this trek has hardly any shop to stop for food or drinks, hence it is advisable to carry water and energy giving food like energy bars and other eateries to be had at regular intervals. We also travel with plenty of water
- Always take note of the weather reports and avoid getting caught in any sort of natural ravages.
Trekking in the Frozen River is certainly a difficult task and thus, one should not try to be over-smart. Following the tips and guidelines is a must to carry out this trek safely.
It is advisable to consult an expert trekker before backpacking a heavy backpack might slow down your trekking speed.
- While visiting the monasteries and other religious sites, abide by the instructions and guidelines laid by the authorities.
- Abide by the instructions given by the trek leader or instructor in order to enjoy a safe and sound trekking


Don'ts of Chadar Trek
Since you will be trekking in an eco-friendly zone, make sure you do not litter the vicinity and carry your leftovers back.
Flowy and frilly clothing might hinder your movement. It is better to avoid such type of clothing.
- Do not rely on sports or casual shoes as they might compromise grip on the snowy surface.
The wonderful waterfalls should not be contaminated by the use of shampoos and soaps. Thus one should avoid using them. The local habitat tribes use this water for drinking purpose so one should keep it as clean as one expects its drinking water to be.
When meeting monks or other locals on the way, pinpointing is not advisable as they make take offence.
- Respect the serenity of the shrines and thus one should never disturb the monks or prayers in the monasteries on the route.
Avoid heavy meals during the trek as it leads to tiredness.
Avoid: Denim or jeans clothing, Soda and alcoholic beverages, Plastics of all kind, and Tobacco
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Everest Base Camp Trek in January

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Everest Base Camp Trek in January

January is one of the coldest months for the Everest Base Camp Trek. Although a lot of snow will be dumped on the trail due to heavy snowfall, it is very much possible to reach the base camp. You will have to be careful and layer up properly with warm clothes as it gets pretty chilly up there.

There is an advantage of trekking to EBC in January- you will witness a very less number of trekkers, which means less obstruction for viewing the stunning panoramas in the Himalayas!  The average temperature during the day is 4 degrees Celcius and it may drop to - 18 degrees Celcius by night. 

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Everest Base Camp Trek in February

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February marks as the end of winters in the Himalayas even though it is pretty chilly up there. The sky gets a clear blue colour and the trails are still less crowded. The teahouses and mountain lodges will also be emptier, quieter and more economical, which would give you a true sense of adventure in the mountains. Booking flights to Nepal during this time will surely save you some bucks.

The average daytime temperature goes up to 4 degrees Celcius and during the night, it might dip down to -15 degrees Celcius. For these many reasons, you can consider this month for visiting as the best time to Everest Base Camp. 

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Everest Base Camp Trek in March

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Everest Base Camp Trek in March

From this month, spring season commences with the celebration of Holi in the country. As the weather starts to get balmy, the ice starts to melt away and the days seem longer. You will be able to see the beautiful sights of Rhododendrons starting to bloom along the trail, with a backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan ranges.

The average temperature during the day is around 7 degrees Celcius and the night temperature can be around -12 degrees Celcius making this month a favourable one to trek. 

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Everest Base Camp Trek in April

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Everest Base Camp Trek in April

April is also a great month to plan the EBC Trek. It is warmer at the lower elevation and moderately chilly at the higher altitude. With such a fascinating spring season in the lofty mountains, the flora is also in full bloom. The days will be sunny and it will be neither too hot nor too cold.

In the trails bustling with a lot of trek enthusiasts, you will be able to meet and interact with several of them see numerous tents on the way for the base camp. Although the day temperature on an average is 10 degrees Celcius, at night it drops down to -5 degrees Celcius. 

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Everest Base Camp Trek in May

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Everest Base Camp Trek in May

May is the time when spring ends and summer starts. By taking advantage of this favorable weather, a lot of experienced trekkers try aiming for the Everest Summit. It gets warmer day by day which makes it easier for them to attempt for the summit. As for the base camp, it is a very favorable time to easily finish the trek.

It is the best season to visit Everest Base Camp Trek for those who cannot bear much cold. With longer sunny days, the average temperature goes up to 15 degrees Celcius and at night it gets cold at 0 degrees Celcius. 

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Everest Base Camp Trek in June

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Everest Base Camp Trek in June

June is the month when monsoon clouds start to hover over the Himalayan region. The beginning of June is still acceptable to plan your trek but as the days move forward, frequent showers start and make the trails wet and sloppy. It is not recommended to trek for the base camp during this time of the year as the risk of slipping on the trail increases.

There are even chances of avalanches, landslides, snowfall and the pesky leeches which could keep you from reaching the base camp within the stipulated timeline. The average temperature goes up to 16 to 17 degrees Celcius during the day and may reduce to 0 degrees Celcius.

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Everest Base Camp Trek in July

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Everest Base Camp Trek in July

The weather in July is still heavy with rainfalls and the air is a lot more hot and humid. Although it is not impossible to go on this trek during this month, there are chances that the flights from Kathmandu to Lukla get canceled due to an overcast.

Because of the everyday rains as well as humidity, the trails get muddy and you have a higher risk of slipping through the risky trails. The temperature averages around 18 degrees Celcius during the day and up to 2 degrees Celcius at night.

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Everest Base Camp Trek in August

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Everest Base Camp Trek in August

By August, the rains and humidity start to recede and the skies slowly start to clear up. Yet, we recommend not to plan your trek in this month as the trails will still be soaked with mud, slippery and risky. You will also not be able to enjoy spectacular views because of the frequent overcast.

The still-surfacing landslides and leeches are at a high recurrence which would be the main reasons to disrupt your hike. The sky will be usually murky, making your excitement for the trek shrink. Just like July, the average day temperature remains at 18 degrees Celcius and around 2 degrees during the night.

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Everest Base Camp Trek in September

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Everest Base Camp Trek in September

The autumn season prevails generally from mid-September. For the people who are waiting eagerly for the monsoons to end, now is the right time to plan out your Everest Base Camp Trek.

The crisp air and bright blue skies along with a clear view of the lofty mountains make the scene more alluring while trekking. The average minimum temperature at night grows colder up to -10 degrees Celcius. During the day, the maximum temperature can get as high as 17 degrees Celcius. 

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Everest Base Camp Trek in October

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Everest Base Camp Trek in October

This month showcases the most enjoyable scenes of the snow-capped mountains, trails surrounded by different shades of lush greens and overall pristine surroundings. There is also the most important festival in Nepal carried out during late-October and September.

It is the 15-day long Dashain (similar to Dussera in India) celebration when they celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga over evil by sacrificing several animals. For these reasons, this month is visited the most for the best time to Everest Base Camp by the trekkers.

So, be ready to engage with different trek enthusiasts as well as the humble locals on your way to Everest Base Camp.  The average temperature generally lies at 12 degrees Celcius during the day and -10 degrees Celcius at night.

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Everest Base Camp Trek in November

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Everest Base Camp Trek in November

On the verge of arriving winters, the starting of November can still be an option to trek to the Everest Base Camp. Although this month won’t be as temperate as the spring or autumn season, you can still enjoy fewer crowds and the quietude during this trek.

The cold winds start to cover the whole Himalayan region with temperatures dropping to 6 degrees Celcius in the daytime and -10 degrees Celcius at night.

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Everest Base Camp Trek in December

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Everest Base Camp Trek in December

Nepal in December becomes a winter wonderland for the people who enjoy an uninhabited environ during their voyages. The trails will be usually empty with a few trekkers peppered across the thick white sheets of ice.

You will have to be extra careful while trekking in this month as the sub-zero temperatures at such high altitudes can get the best of us. The temperatures drop to 4 degrees Celcius during daytime and -18 degrees Celcius during the night. 

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03 May 2017
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Having trekked in the Sahayadris for over 4-5 years now and after doing two himalayan treks in the previous season, I wanted to do a more challenging trek. So finally I decided to climb the base camp of the highest mountain in the world. The majestic mountain range had been in my bucket list for many years. Now seemed to be the right time, and so I set off in search of the "Everest". I always thought how difficult could it be to climb mountains, after all, it just takes putting one step ahead of the other. I was wrong, it indeed turned out to be more difficult than I imagined. This is due to the rarefied air in the atmosphere, that makes breathing difficult. Even a nominal gradient while ascending seems to be a task. But thankfully I wasn't hit by any symptoms of AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ) which makes the mountaineer's job tremendously difficult at high altitudes. On the trek, it was the promise of some awesome photos, that helped me carry through many steep climbs. But, the sheer beauty of the barren mountains with clear blue sky in the backdrop and the ferocious Dudh Koshi River inspired me not to give up but to keep climbing. During the climb of Kala Patthar, I learnt the importance of balance and concentration, even when you are exhausted beyond limit. On the Kala Patthar summit day, I set out at 4 in the morning, climbing through the mountain with a 50-70 degree gradient; sub zero temperatures, chilly winds and freezing weather. It was total dark and the only thing I could see through my head torch was the next step. From this moment till 6 am in the morning, I only thought about the awesome feeling of summiting and achieving my goal. As the air was thin, I concentrated on breathing properly and adequately and took synchronized baby steps. And, finally at 6:30 am I reached the Summit (5643m)! The view of the sunrise on Everest was just spectacular and the feeling of having summited, exhilarating!! The Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar expedition made me realize that to achieve a goal, it is important to believe in your own efforts and strength (Both Physical and Mental).But more than that, we should be grateful towards the ecosystem around and factors beyond our control which play an equally important role in our journey to achieve anything.
30 July 2018
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Trekking the adorable Himalayas is always a must on the “to do” list of an avid trekker. After trekking over the Sahyadris and taking a few treks in Karnataka I decided to place my foot on the Himalayan Mountain Ranges. Going through the various options from Chadar, Sandakphu, Roopkund, Hampta Pass, etc. I finally narrowed down to the Everest Base Camp. The very thought of following the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay thrilled me to the core. The sight of having a close encounter with the highest point on earth just pushed further my excitement levels. After a series of e-searches and consulting with other fellow trekkers, I finally made up my mind to enroll for the 14 day EBC Trek with Thrillophilia. The EBC Trek was by far my best trek so far. Though the thin air made the ascent difficult and more challenging, I am glad that I was able to complete the trek. The amazing view of snow clad mountains, the vast greenery and above all the company of similar fun-loving folks made the trek a memorable one. Kudos to the team at Thrillophilia. The trek was not only organized well but the pricing was also reasonable. All the questions, concerns, doubts and apprehensions I that had were properly attended by the travel consultant at Thrillophilia, Miss Madhuri Mathur despite some of them being repetitive. The representatives Mr. Subid Sahoo and Mr. Nitish Singh as well as the trek Guide Mr. Bijay along with his assistants were all friendly and helpful. I will definitely suggest my pals to go for this trek. I wish to do it again sometime soon. Cheers, Vignesh
20 October 2014
Excellent
A good trek at a very reasonable price is what I need to say about this trek first of all. I had a comfortable and good stay at the base camp. The camping was a great fun and I enjoyed to the core. Heard that this was the most challenging trek of Nepal and so I decided to try this out. This was obviously challenging but I could make it out till the end. it was just out of the world experience
23 September 2015
Excellent
The mountains were brilliant and nice, the clear sky after the summer monsoon had dusted away the dust and we hence got a chance to have a clear view of the whole peak and the adjacent places. The days we spent at the camp base was cooler even though it could have been more long.
10 May 2015
Excellent
Everest Base Camp Trekking In Nepal is one of the best camp trekking that I have ever taken. Everest has been in my wish list of places to trek for so long. When it did finally happen, I was getting sceptical. However, thanks to the organizers for making this whole process a smooth one for me. I am so glad and happy to have actually taken this trek. Also, visiting Nepal was a splendid experience. Viewing Everest from Nepal is the best part of this trip. I just wish I can do this again soon.
05 March 2020
Superb
Thrillophilia has the best operator in the market. The trek guide was professional and was friendly. The tea house's stay was comfortable and we trekked in November and the terrain was covered in snow and the guide guided us well how to trek in the snow without having much trouble. The experience was amazing and would love to book for other treks as well.
18 February 2020
Excellent
It was an all-inclusive package from Thrillophilia and everything was arranged properly. They had informed us about the insurance and rest of the permits and guide and stay is being arranged by them. It was a great experience.
01 March 2020
Excellent
I want to go there in the month of May and was sceptical about it, as I had heard it was not the best time to go for it but after a talk with Oshin from Thrillophilia, I had my doubts cleared and finally, I had trekked in May and it was the best experience I had and will definitely go for difficult treks every year.
12 March 2020
Excellent
My experience of trekking there was thrilling and exciting. We had a group of 6 people and all of them are experienced trekkers. We had trekked with no so much difficulty and the trek was nicely coordinated.
06 September 2019
Excellent
We were preparing for the Everest Base Camp for a year now and never had a chance to go for it due to its long duration and after a year we had booked it for the month of April which was the best time to climb the mountain and we had the best experience there with an amazing group.

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