Here comes the best season to climb the Everest Base Camp…
Starting off the spring in Nepal, March is one of the most popular times for trekkers to reach the Everest Base Camp.
Are you planning to come here in March?
Then you are in for a treat.
The spring flowers start to bloom and cover the slope at the lower altitudes. You will not be able to take your eyes off the wonderful scenery of the greenery, flowers, mountains and the clear blue skies.
The weather will be warmer than in the winters and very pleasant. The days start to get longer so you can enjoy your expedition leisurely.
Come with us to get the best experience of trekking to Everest Base Camp in March.
Table of Content
- Why trek Everest Base Camp in March?
- Everest Base Camp Weather in March
- Packing List
- Tips for Trekking in March
- Alternatives to Everest Base Camp Trek
Why trek Everest Base Camp in March?
Here are the reasons why you should be trekking to Everest Base Camp in March.
It is the season!
March is the season for trekking in Nepal. The temperature grows warmer, and the new buddings grow in the trees.
Being the pre-monsoon season, the sky is clear. You can get a crisp and clear view of the beautiful mountains.
The chances of snow is low because the humidity is low. It is the most pleasant time of the year.
Rhododendron along your way
Rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal. Knocking on the spring season, rhododendron starts to bloom this month.
The different species of rhododendrons blossom from the elevation of 1,200 meters to 3,600 meters. The red of rhododendrons with the green of the alpine forest makes the view irresistible.
You can enjoy the different colors and species of rhododendrons along your way. Imagine the white snow-filled mountains with the way full of greenery and reds.
What are you doing? Just book your ticket already!
Less crowd than Autumn
March is the season for trekking but many of the trekkers come during the autumn season. So, compared to the autumn, March is less crowded.
Another huge pro of coming to Nepal in March is the festival Holi.
The festival of colors, Holi is enjoyed to welcome the arrival of spring. It also has a lot of significance like devotion, equality, compassion, and modesty.
You can enjoy the festival with dry colors or colored water, dance, campfire etc.
Another interesting thing about the festival is the drink made of weed. Yeah, seriously! The cannabis is grounded and mixed in milk with different flavors and spices.
One more reason to come to Nepal in March. 😉
Everest Base Camp Weather in March
March announces the start of spring season. The temperature keeps on warming up and the day starts to become longer.
But, it is still cold at night at the higher altitude. You should take warm but light clothes like down jacket to keep yourself warm at night. And yes, don’t forget a sleeping bag.
The highest temperature measures up to 8℃ (46℉) and the lowest can drop down to -14℃ (7℉).
The weather is dry so it is not that prone to snow. Yet, there could be light rain for the arrival of spring at the lower altitude. So, be prepared.
- Rain cover for your backpack
- Sun Hat
- Lip Balm
- Trekking Shoes
- Trekking Trousers
- Trekking Tops
- Trekking Poles
- Warm Socks
- Thin Insulating Gloves
- Warm Cap
- Down and Fleece Jackets
- Sleeping Bag
- Trash Bag
- Thermal Flask
- Water Purifying Tablets
- Personal Hygiene Kits: Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Shampoo, Sponge, Towels, Toilet paper.
- Washing Powder
- Medical Kit
- Notebook and Pen
Tips for Trekking in March
Book in advance
As March is the popular season for the trekkers, you should book for the trip in advance. Even though it is less crowded than in the autumn, you should better book it in advance for your convenient time.
If not, you might have to pay more for the whole trip or maybe you can’t get to go at all. So, secure your place and flight for the trip by booking in advance.
Do not overdo yourself
When there are many people trekking alongside you: your competitiveness arises. You need to walk fast than that person or even more.
This is a good thing for the motivation to walk but not when it crosses the limit. Understand, everyone has a different pace of their own.
Do not try to travel to higher distances at once, you can get altitude sickness. Just walk on your pace by hydrating yourself enough.
Pack your favorite snacks
You will need energy while walking for hours. Dal Bhat will give you long hours of satiety but unless you are Nepali, you might get bored of it pretty soon.
So, stock your backpack with your favorite snacks. Granola bars, chocolates, and cheese are good sources of energy.
Keep the area clean
Every year, the trekkers leave tons and tons of trash along the way to the Everest. This pollutes the environment and even the main water source of the Sherpas.
The pollution is a serious issue at the Everest. Please keep the area clean. Take a trash bag with you and bring everything back.
Let’s do this for nature, the people living there and the other trekkers after you.
Alternatives to Everest Base Camp Trek
Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek
Gokyo Chola Pass Everest Base Camp Trek is more advanced and exciting than the normal pass. This 14 days travel includes the usual sights along with an added bonus: Gokyo!
This trek contains the walk to highest freshwater lakes called: Gokyo Lakes. These clear turquoise lakes will live you stunned with its beauty.
The main highlight of this trek is the steep climb up Gokyo Ri (5357m) to view the panorama of Mt. Everest, Mt.Lhotse, Mt. Cho Oyu, and Mt. Makalu. So, this trek is for the people with high stamina.
Jiri to Everest Base Camp
This is the “Classic Everest Trek” route is for the ones who have more time to spare and want to go to a different trail.
This trail is not much busy as many people take the flight to Lukla. The 18-days trek starts from Kathmandu and goes through Jiri.
Alpine forests, suspension bridges, Sherpa villages, and glaciers will welcome you on your way to the Everest Base Camp.