It is the month of trekking in Nepal!
Aha! Are you planning to trek to Everest Base Camp in April? Well, This is the time!
Spring and Autumn are the best times to trek Everest Base Camp.
April is the dry season when you can enjoy the clear views without caring much about the snowstorm.
Different colored mountain flowers are in full bloom covering the lush green valley. You can see the animals and birds who come out to bath in the warm sun.
There will be fellow travelers, luggage carrying yaks and donkeys to accompany you to the base camp.
Green plants, colorful flowers, white mountains, blue sky… Do you need any more reason to come here?
Why trek Everest Base Camp in April?
If you are still not convinced to trek in April in Nepal, here are the reasons why you should.
One of the best season!
There is nothing to ponder about while trekking in April in Nepal. It IS the season for trekking!
The weather is warm and pleasant in April.
Spring in full swing, the lush green valleys, exotic mountain flowers… The scenery is priceless. You’ll be stupefied.
You will need a lot of memory on your phone or camera for the snaps.
Rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal is in full bloom on the hills along the trail in April.
Rhododendron blooms from the elevation as low as 1,200 meters to as high as 3,600 meters. From beautiful shades of white, yellow and reds, rhododendron fills the mountain trail. Contrasting with the green valleys, it is a sight for healing.
Packed with lots of nutritional properties, you can eat this sweet and sour flower. Either fresh, dried, pickled or juiced, rhododendron softens the bones. So, you can eat it when a fishbone is stuck in your throat!
Great to look, great to eat.
So, did you book your ticket yet?
Not as booked out as in Autumn
April is popular for the travelers so there will be other people along your journey. But, it will not be as booked as in Autumn.
But we would still advise to book it as early as you can.
Nepali New Year
With over 60 ethnic Nepal celebrates 9 New Years. But the national New Year falls in mid-April (Usually either 13th or 14th).
This is the day for outings, picnics, celebration, and parties. Nepalese people love dancing and parties.
At New Year’s Eve of 2017, DJ Paul Oakenfold hosted a party at the Everest Base Camp!
You can experience the Nepali way of parties and celebrations.
Everest Base Camp Weather in April
April is the spring season in Nepal.
The temperature becomes warmer and the days become longer. You can get more than 7 hours of bright sunlight.
The maximum temperature records to 10℃ (50℉) and the minimum temperature at the base camp records -7℃ (19℉).
The air is dry, so there are barely chances of snow. The sky is mostly clear. However, the spring showers may occur at the lower altitude.
The wind blows at normal speed, around 15 km/hr.
You should carry light clothing for the day and light down jackets for the nights. A Zero-degree sleeping bag would be enough as you will also be given blankets at the lodge.
- Sleeping Bag
- Down and Fleece Jackets
- Rain cover for your backpack
- Trekking Tops
- Trekking Trousers/ Shorts
- Trekking Shoes
- Trekking Poles
- Sun Hat
- Warm Cap
- Warm Socks
- Thin Insulating Gloves
- Lip Balm
- Water Purifying Tablets
- Water Bottle
- Personal Hygiene Kits: Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Shampoo, Sponge, Towels, Toilet paper.
- Washing Powder
- Medical Kit
- Mobile phone
- Portable charger
- Notebook and Pen
- Trash Bag
Tips for Trekking in April
As April is warm, you might be hot after walking for hours. Take a water bottle with you and drink frequently.
We would not suggest you to buy water bottles during the trek as it might cost as high as ten times. Carry the water purifying tablets with you.
We also discourage the consumption of alcohol and meat during your expedition.
Walk at your pace
Do not feel intimidated by other people’s walking speed or their stamina. This is not a race.
Just walk comfortably at your own speed and enjoy the sceneries along the way.
Some people overdo themselves and get sick the next day. They might even get altitude sickness by ascending to a higher altitude in short time.
It is usually advised to ascend 1000m in 4 days. If you get altitude sickness, descend immediately.
Even though it is not packed as in the Autumn, we would still advise you to book everything in advance. It is better to be safe.
If you book at the last moment, you might have to pay more. Also, pre-booking flight tickets are much cheaper.
So, did you book your tickets? 😉
Keep it clean
After 65 years of expeditions by thousands of tourists every year, pollution in Everest has become a major issue.
Every year, tons and tons of trash is extracted from the Everest. The main water source of Sherpas is polluted.
Let’s keep the environment clean. Please bring back the trash with you.
Alternatives to Everest Base Camp Trek
Everest View Trek
Everest View Trek is perfect for the people who have less time to spare for the trek. You go through a different route and reach the highest of 3956 meters.
You can watch the panorama of different mountains: Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse. Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Ama Dablam and Thamserku.
You can enjoy the alpine forest, rivers, and even visit the famous Tengboche Monastery.
Gokyo Lake Trek
Gokyo Lake Trek is the 11-day expedition to Gokyo valley.
The main charm of this trek is the world’s highest freshwater lake, Gokyo lakes.
Gokyo lake consists of 6 freshwater lakes. This clear water lake is of utmost importance to the Hindus and Buddhists.
You can also enjoy the view of largest glacier in Nepal, Ngozumpa.
You will have to climb to Gokyo Ri (5,357m) to enjoy the view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Makalu.