Everest Base Camp trek in April

April is undoubtedly the best time to explore the serene beauty of Mt.Everest (8848m). April marks the spring season in Nepal. The trekking route of the Everest region cherishes greenery all around in April. While the landscapes are vast and bright, the trekking route also becomes less strenuous in April.

Everest Base Camp trek in April is also more exciting because of the moderate warm temperature and clear views. The spring season in Nepal starts just before the monsoon, which leads to the chances of minimal or no rainfall in the Everest region. The lesser the chances of rain, the more unobstructed the sight becomes. As you witness the mesmerizing views of the snow-capped Himalayas, you are sure to feel that adrenaline rush down your spine throughout your journey.

Are you aware that the Everest trekking trail covers the area of one of the UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites– Sagarmatha National Park? This means that you may spot many rare wild habitats on your journey to the mighty Everest. Altogether, April is one of the best times to opt for the thrilling Everest Base Camp Trek.

Are you ready to set out for the Everest Base Camp Trek in April? Read more to plan your trip in an exciting way by learning about weather, accommodation, food, costing, and all the necessary information. We are here to make your Everest Trek memorable at a reasonable price. Book your trip with us and gather memories of a lifetime!

Major Highlights of the Trek

  • Trekking in April offers travelers with a comfortable trekking environment since the greenery of spring season helps in the regulation of abundant oxygen and reduces the chances of altitude sickness.
  • The warm and moderate temperature around the Everest region makes trekking easy, fun, and memorable.
  • Spring season starts before monsoon, which means that the very less chance of pre-monsoon rain provides travelers with the opportunity to witness clear views and landscapes.
  • Try experiencing the mesmerizing panoramic views of mountains from your during your flight to Lukla airport
  • Experience the breathtaking beauty of Mt.Everest from one of the closest vantage points, Kala Patthar (5555m).
  • Since spring is a season where everything blooms, so you may get to explore the rare habitat and wildlife around UNESCO listed World Heritage Site- Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Opportunity to exchange culture and traditions while you pass through the Sherpa community during your journey.

 

Weather Conditions Around Everest Base Camp during April

April is the time when spring blooms happily in Nepal. The spring season in Nepal starts right after winter and ends before the monsoon. The days are warm and moderate, while evenings can become a bit windy sometimes. Also, the minimal precipitation with the dry environment makes April one of the most suitable seasons to trek in Everest base camp. During April, the temperature rises to a maximum of 25°C and lowers up to a minimum of -15°C. The sunny afternoons and comfortable temperature attract a massive number of tourists in April.

Besides the weather, another significant aspect that affects the trekking journey is the wind rate in Nepal. However, the wind speed is also very average, i.e. 14 km/hr(roughly eight mph) during April in the Everest base camp trail.

But, as you start to elevate upwards, the temperature starts getting unpredictable and drops down dramatically. As you move upwards from Lukla to Dingboche, the altitude rises to an approximate height of 4500 meters. The higher you go, the more the temperature starts to decline.

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The temperature around the Everest Base Camp region in April

Lukla 

Elevation: 2,829 m/9281 ft

Max Temp: 16°C

Min Temp: 5°C

Average Tem: 10.5°C

Precipitation/Rainfall (in mm): 48

Namche

Elevation: 3,463 m/11,361 ft

Max Temp: 13°C

Min Temp: 5°C

Average Tem: 6.8°C

Precipitation/Rainfall (in mm): 31

Dingboche

Elevation: 4,483 m/14,708 ft

Max Temp: 8.5°C

Min Temp: -7°C

Average Tem: 0.7°C

Precipitation/Rainfall (in mm): 13

Dingboche

Elevation:  4,483 m/14,708 ft

Max Temp: 8.5°C

Min Temp: -7°C

Average Tem: 0.7°C

Precipitation/Rainfall (in mm): 13

Lobuche

Elevation: 4,910 m/ 16100 ft

Max Temp: 5.8°C

Min Temp: -9.5°C

Average Tem: -1.8°C

Precipitation/Rainfall (in mm): 10

Gorak Shep

Elevation: 5180 m/ 17000 ft

Max Temp: -1°C

Min Temp: -9°C

Average Tem: 5°C

Precipitation/Rainfall (in mm): 10

Reasons to Trek around the Everest Base Camp in April Unobstructed Views

The clear skies in April are perfect for sightseeing and photographic moments. Whereas, if you plan to trek in other seasons, there are higher chances of cloudy, rainy, stormy, or obstructed views. Trekking to Everest Base Camp in April lets you enjoy the panoramic views of beautiful mountains on your way while being able to capture exquisite photographs of mighty Mt.Everest.

In April, the snowfall of winter deposited on the mountains provide a mesmerizing view of snow-capped mountains. April is undoubtedly one of the major trekking seasons.

Irresistible Trekking Route

When you make your way through the trails of Everest Base Camp in April, you would be astonished to witness the beauty of wildflowers and rare habitats. The flowers bloom, and the rare species of birds and animals roam around the trail to welcome all the visitors.

If you are a solo traveler, you are sure to meet fellow travelers in your way. Moreover, the warm and lively hospitality of people is sure to make you feel valued and loved.

Wander around UNESCO World Heritage Site

On your way to Everest Base Camp, you will come across UNESCO listed World Heritage Site, Sagarmatha National Park. It is home to many rare wildlife. The lush vegetation of the national park attracts lots of wild animals.

This region is separated to conserve wildlife in that area. Rare animals and birds like snow leopards, foxes, Himalayan Tahrs, Danphe, etc.reside in this region.

Least Precipitation

The month of April falls in spring and is praised for minimum precipitation around the Everest Base Camp region. The minimal amount of rainfall means distinct views, clear skies, and warm temperatures. Overall, there are no weather obstacles if you trek to Everest Base Camp in April.

Cultural Exchange

Nepal is a traditionally rich country with diverse communities co-existing in peace. Every nook and every corner of Nepal hold cultural significance. The community that resides around base camp region are usually Sherpas. Sherpas are well known for their humble nature and their authentic cuisine. There are many festivals that fall in April- Ghode Jatra and Chaite Dashain being some of the most popular festivals among others.

 

Food and Accommodation in the Everest Base Camp during April

It is very crucial to know about food and accomodation availability before you set out for a trek to Everest Base Camp. April is the peak season for trekking. So, there are high chances that the guesthouse or homestays around the region would be booked. It is always an excellent idea to let your travel operator manage your food and accommodation. That way, you would not have to worry about not finding a proper place to stay or have any issues related to food.

However, if you are a solo traveler, here is what the average outline of daily expenses would look like:

Normal Guestroom: $2-$6

Average meal cost: $5-$10

Hiring a guide: $25-$35 a day

Do not forget to try the local dish of Nepal- Daal Bhat in your journey. Also, carry some protein bars, chocolates, and some granola bars with you. They will maintain your energy level during the trek.

How difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek in April?

The duration of Everest Base Camp Trek varies from one itinerary to the other, but generally, it takes 12-16 days. On average, trekkers walk for 7 to 8 hours per day throughout the trek. The trail leads travelers through an elevation of above 4,000 meters that fluctuates as you start getting closer to the base camp.

You would not require any technical skills as such to trek to Everest Base Camp. But, the way is quite sloppy and steep, and some may find it difficult to walk through.

Kaala Patthar (5,555m) is the highest vantage point of the trek. The trail consists of many altering sections that make the journey thrilling and challenging.

If you plan on adding some more adventurous memories to your trip, try an alternative way through Chola pass and Gokyo lake route. This path is a bit difficult and requires additional days into your travel itinerary.

There are no risks of avalanche or snowfall as April has pleasant weather for trekking. The wind speed during April is also quite normal in the Everest Base Camp region, so you need not worry about weather or temperature playing spoilsport anywhere.

The rapid exposure to low amounts of oxygen at high elevation adds risks of Mountain Sickness. To avoid altitude sickness, it is suggested to not trek more than 600 m of altitude at any day throughout the trek. Hence, Everest Base Camp Trek in April is arduous in difficulty.

 

Some Necessary Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek in April

  •  Plan your trip early and book your trip in advance
  • Choose an experienced travel operator
  • Don’t miss out on your important documents and identifications
  • Carry your essential health aids with you
  • Get proper training(if necessary) before you set off
  • Always start early on your trek
  • Acclimatize often and stay hydrated
  • Watch out for the signs of altitude sickness
  • Stay with your pack if you are traveling in a group
  • If you are traveling alone, hire a guide and a porter
  • Carry protein bars and chocolates to re-energize yourself
  • Pack light, pack smart
  • Take with you a thermos and some water purifying tablets
  • Carry a power bank or a solar charger with you
  • Stay well equipped and wear warm as well as comfortable clothes

Consider These Things Before you Set Out for Everest Base Camp Trek in April

Travel insurance

The purchase of travel insurance will get you prepared and assured both economically and mentally. Before you decide to explore the higher altitudes of Nepal, it is better to get yourself a travel insurance that covers at least 5000 meters of the helicopter rescue operation.

The risks of accidents and illnesses are unpredictable in higher altitudes. So, get yourself an excellent insurance package that covers helicopter evacuations and flight cancellations cost.

Travel Permits

You would require the TIMS(Trekkers’ Information Management System) permit to trek in Nepal. It would cost you around 20 US$ for the local permits, which are issued by Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu/Monjo, or you can opt out for Sagarmatha National Park permit, which would cost you roughly around 30 US$.

Stay on route

It is always the best idea to hire an experienced guide who can help you explore the peaks in safer ways. The guides can also help you with the knowledge on rock climbing, how to walk on icy pathways, techniques of using the rope knots, and any other dangers that can be prevented.

Always try to travel with a guide. If not, at least trek with someone from the community who has been to the peak before. Follow their instructions and stay on route. Don’t overlook their advice. Know that they have been there before and know how things work.

Acclimatize often

The trek to Everest Base Camp is a challenging journey in itself since you would be traversing through high altitudes and difficult trails. Therefore, proper training routines like cardiovascular exercises, yoga, and stretching practices are essential to boost your fitness and stamina.

Acclimatization is another way to keep up with your physical and mental well being. Acclimatize often, and stay hydrated to experience the pleasure of your journey in a healthy way.

Altitude sickness

Altitude sickness is common for the trekkers in the trail of Everest Base Camp. Always watch out for the symptoms and reach out for help if you feel suffocated or have difficulty in breathing. Himalayan Rescue Mission runs health posts at Pheriche and Namche that provides emergency medical services to the trekkers. Altitude sickness can have severe consequences if not treated on time.

 

Packing Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek in April

Clothes

  • Sweatpants/ Sweatshirts
  • Windcheater/ Waterproof jackets
  • Down jackets and fleece jackets
  • Trekking pants and trekking poles
  • Woolen gloves, caps, and socks
  • Trekking boots
  • Raincoat
  • Thermal inner wears

First Aid

  • Water purifying tablets
  • Energy Bars
  • Anti-nauseating medicines
  • Hydrating beverages
  • Insect repellents
  • Any other medications (if necessary)

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Sanitizer
  • Moisturizer
  • Toothpaste/ Toothbrush
  • Light-weight towel
  • Sunscreen

Important documents

  • Passport
  • Required Permits
  • Necessary identifications
  • Travel insurance

Others

  • Phone with a local sim card
  • Camera
  • Water bottles/ Thermos
  • Power bank/ Chargers/ Solar chargers

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Conclusion

The Everest Base Camp Trek in April is an adventurous journey in the Himalayas. Come, book with us and experience the glory of traversing through beautiful snow-capped mountains in the lap of Himalayas.

Let us guide you through the tranquil and serene picturesque beauty of nature. The thrilling Everest Base Camp Trek in April is the best time to explore the beauty of Himalaya. We would be more than pleased to make your journey memorable.

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