Everest Base Camp Trek in March

The month of March is the beginning of the spring season in Nepal. The pristine foothills of the majestic Mt. Everest (8848m), is one of the most trekked routes in the planet. Everest region truly comes to life in the spring season with active and green landscapes.

The moderate to warm temperatures make the Everest Base Camp trek in March an ideal adventure. The up-close view of the snow-capped mountains of the Everest region will overwhelm you. The pre-monsoon periods means there will be minimal rainfall in the region and the mountain views are unobstructed.

The trail also passes through the UNESCO listed World Heritage site of Sagarmatha National park. You can spot rare wild animals including snow leopards, Himalayan Tahr, among others. The warm temperatures are ideal for trekking in the daytime. Overall, March is a perfect time for the exciting Everest Base Camp Trek.

Want to know more about the Everest Base Camp trek in March? Read further to learn more about the weather, food, accomodation, essential tips, and other necessary information before you start your trek. We are offering this trek package at a reasonable cost. Book your trip now!

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Major Highlights of the Trek

  • Observing the bustling atmosphere of the Everest Base Camp
  • Awe-inspiring sunrise from the Kala Patthar(5555m) on the backdrop of the pristine snow-capped mountains
  • Up close view of the snow-capped mountains, including Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt Ama Dablam, Mt. Nuptse, and others
  • Walking through UNESCO world heritage site of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Opportunity to explore the rare wildlife along the trail
  • The warm hospitality of the local people in the teahouses and the path
  • Exploration of the culture and traditions of the Sherpa people

Weather Around the Everest Region in March

March is when the transition from winter to spring gets completed in Nepal. The days are warmer, but the mornings and nights are still chilly in March. The temperatures in the region can dip below zero degrees until mid-March.

The stable weather and minimal precipitation is one of the advantages of the trek. The day time temperatures are perfect for trekking. Wildflowers like rhododendron bloom along the trails making for a beautiful scenario.

However, as you move up in elevation, the temperatures get unpredictable, especially in and around the Base Camp area. The temperatures can dip below 0 degrees during mornings and nights.

During the day time, the temperatures warm up, making for a satisfying trekking experience. The temperatures around the Kathmandu valley ranges around 20°C to 26°C.

The temperature around the Everest Base Camp region in March

Place Elevation Maximum temperature Minimum temperature Average temperature Precipitation (in mm)
Lukla 2,829 m/9281 ft 2.7°C 1.8°C 7.2°C 37
Namche 3,463 m/11,361 ft 9.6°C -2.6°C 3.5°C 31
Dingboche 4,483 m/14,708 ft 8°C -11°C -1°C 4
Lobuche 4,910 m/ 16100 ft 2.1°C -13.3°C -5.6°C 9
Gorak Shep 5180 m/ 17000 ft 0.9°C -14.5°C -6.5°C 8

Food And Accommodation along the Everest Base Camp Trek in March

The food and accommodation around the Everest Base Camp trek in March are pretty basic. There is a lot of influx of trekkers in the Spring season, and hence, there is a high chance of the teahouses getting packed. The tea houses generally provide twin sharing rooms, a pillow, and a warm blanket along with basic food services.

You need to pre-book all the services to be safe from any hassle. Shared toilets and generally squat in style. There are facilities of Wi-Fi and a hot shower at lower elevations, but these facilities get limited in the higher elevations.

In March, the trekkers’ inflow is maximum, and hence, you might need to wait in a queue to get your meals. For breakfast, you can get a variety of toasts, with boiled eggs. There are hot beverages, including tea (mint tea, butter tea, rhododendron tea, etc.) and coffee.

For lunch and dinner, the local Nepali staple food of “Dal Bhat” gets served. “Dal Bhat” consists of rice, dal, lentils, spinach, meat, and pickles. There are some western and continental cuisines like pizza, burgers, and pasta available but in a limited variety.

Also, you can carry protein bars, granola bars, Snickers, and energy drinks that will energize you during the trek.

Why Trek the Everest Base Camp in March?

Incredible mountain views

The Everest Mahalangur range of mountains are in great visibility in March. The sky is clear of clouds, and you can get the most beautiful pictures of Mt. Everest and surrounding mountains.

March is the start of the spring season that coincides with the peak trekking season in Nepal. The snow deposits of the winter snow provide an incredible sight in March. The spellbinding views of the sunrise and sunset are the highlight of the trek.

Lively trekking trails

The peak trekking season starts in March and lasts till May. The paths of the Everest Base Camp trek are lively and have a bustling atmosphere in March. The wildflowers including rhododendron bloom over the hills painting in red and pink.

Even if you are a solo traveler, bustling atmosphere of the region provides you the experience of group trekking. The vibrant atmosphere will liven up your spirits.

Minimum precipitation

The month of March has less chances of rainfall and you can trek without any obstruction. The unobstructed views of the mountains will make you fall in love with the place. Overall, the weather conditions do not play spoilsport and you can trek freely in the Everest region.

Cultural exploration

Many festivals get celebrated in March, including Holi, Ghode Jatra, Chaite Dashain, etc. The colorful festival of Holi is extremely fun, with people putting colors all over each other. The cultural song and dance adds to the joyful atmosphere.

Ghode Jatra is a unique festival dedicated to horses where they get worshiped. Chaite Dashain is another festival with great religious importance and celebrated by Hindu devotees.

Rare wildlife spotting

The Everest Base Camp trek in March is perfect for wildlife spotting as animals become active in the region. The green vegetation of the Sagarmatha National Park attracts a lot of wild animals of the area.

Wildlife spotting of rare animals like snow leopards, Himalayan tahrs, Danphe, foxes, and others will enthrall you. The Sagarmatha National Park works for the conservation of the natural habitat in the region.

How Difficult is the Everest Base Camp Trek in March?

Everest Base Camp Trek duration ranges from 12-14 days or more based on the itinerary. The trek duration varies from 5-8 hours per day on an average. The high altitude trek moves above 4,000m in an up and down path.

Technical climbing skills are not required but there are some steep sections along the trail. The highest point of the trek is at Kalapathar (5,643m). The trails move up and down constantly, and some severe and steep challenges can make individual sections quite challenging.

If you love some added adventure, you can take the alternative Chola pass and Gokyo lake trek route. This route is a bit challenging and requires a couple of days extra on your schedule.

The risk of Acute mountain sickness is always present in such high altitude treks. For safety, you should not climb more than 600m in elevation at any given trekking day. Overall, the Everest Base Camp trek is challenging or strenuous in difficulty.

Some Essential Tips for the Everest Base Camp Trek in March

  • Start early on your trek
  • Get a proper training regime
  • Hire a guide and a porter
  • Pack your stuff adequately
  • Acclimatize properly and hydrate regularly
  • Book your tour in advance
  • Carry snacks like protein bars, snickers, granola bars, etc
  • Get yourself a solar charger
  • Carry water purifying tablets and a thermos

Various Side Trips in the Everest Region

You can take the various side trips in the Everest region as well. These trips vary in difficulty level and facilities but are equally adventurous. The multiple side trips in the Everest Base Camp trek are:

EBC with Chola Pass Gokyo Trek

EBC with Chola Pass Gokyo Trek is the off the beaten adventurous trek which combines the regular Everest Base Camp trek with the pristine Gokyo valley and Chola pass (5420m) route.

The trek is a unique opportunity to trek the remote landscapes of the Everest Base Camp. If you love some added adventure in the Himalayas, then the trek is perfect for you.

Gokyo Lake With EBC Trek

Gokyo lake and EBC trek is a challenging trek perfect for adventure seekers. Gokyo Lake with EBC trek is a thrilling trek that takes us to the highest mountains, turquoise Gokyo Lakes, and the longest glacier in the world.

The remote Beautiful Sherpa settlement with a unique lifestyle and traditions is the highlight of the trek. We also climb the stunning Gokyo RI. Trekkers need to maintain the right level of physical and mental fitness to complete this trek.

Everest Three High Passes Trek

Everest Three High Passes trek is an incredibly challenging trek with long strenuous walks. Trekkers have to cross through the three high passes of the Everest region and arrive at Mt. Everest Base Camp. The three High Passes in the Everest region are Kongma-La Pass (5,540 m), Cho-La Pass (5,335 m), and Renjo-La Pass (5400 m).

You can also climb the higher elevation of Gokyo RI, Kalapathar, and Chukung RI before arriving at the ultimate destination of Everest Base Camp. It is one of the hardest treks in Nepal. The High Passes Treks are only for physically fit and stable trekkers.

Premium Everest Base Camp Trek

Premium Everest Base Camp Trek is a combination of hardcore trekking with a luxurious Everest Heli trek package. The premium EBC trek takes you through the rough Himalayan terrain, lush landscapes, and the traditional Sherpa settlements.

A chartered helicopter takes you from Kathmandu to Lukla. You will also stay at the luxurious accommodations of the Yeti Mountain Home and Everest View hotel. You will return to Kathmandu on a chartered helicopter from Gorak Shep or Lukla Direct to Kathmandu early in the morning as depart for your home.

The trek provides you of adventures with a dash of luxury. The trek is perfect for trekkers with a short holiday schedule.

Regular EBC Trek vs. Heli EBC Trek

The regular EBC trek takes you through the pristine landscapes of the Himalayas in the Everest region. The trek starts with an adventurous flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. The trek then passes through the well-trodden paths of Phakding, Namche, Lobuche, Dingboche, and Gorak shep to arrive at the Everest Base Camp.

Trekkers generally take a hike to Kala Patthar to observe the beautiful sunrise. The trekkers then return through the same route to reach Lukla from where they take a flight back to Kathmandu. The regular Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most loved trekking routes in the world with hundreds of visitors all round the year.

The Heli EBC treks, on the other hand, combines the trekking adventure with luxury. The luxurious helicopter ride takes us up above in the sky from where we can observe the pristine Himalayas in all its glory. Trekkers then start their trekking journey through the same route as the regular Everest Base Camp trek.

You will return to Kathmandu on the scenic mountain helicopter ride one more time. The trek is perfect for those trekkers who have a short schedule on their hands and want to take a luxury tour along with hardcore trekking.

Things to Consider While Trekking Everest Base Camp In March

Fitness and Stamina

The Everest Base Camp trek is a high altitude and challenging trek that requires a great deal of fitness and strength. Thus, a good training regime, including cardiovascular activities like cycling, swimming, hiking, and others, is essential.

Acclimatizing at regular intervals and hydrating regularly also keeps you in good physical and mental shape in the Everest Base Camp trek.

Guide/ porter

While the trek to Everest Base Camp is well marked and a guide is not necessary, a guide can enhance your trekking experience in the mountains. A guide helps you navigate the trail and provide essential information along the Everest Base Camp trek.

This will allow you to get soaked in the local culture and tradition. A porter carries your luggage, making it easier along the mountains. Some guides also work as porters, as well.

Travel Permits

The TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) permit is essential for trekking in Nepal. The local permits cost around USD 20 and gets issued at the Nepal tourism board in Kathmandu or Monjo, Chubu region. The Sagarmatha National Park permit is available at Monjo or Kathmandu, and costs around USD 30.

Altitude sickness

The altitude sickness is another essential factor to consider during the Everest Base Camp trek. The altitude sickness poses a great challenge and a potential threat for trekkers.

There are Himalayan Rescue Mission’s health posts at Pheriche and Namche that provides consultation and medical services to trekkers. The altitude sickness is a serious issue and can turn fatal if not treated well.

Travel insurance

All the trekkers require good travel insurance coverage before trekking the Everest region. Accidents in the high altitude region are quite common. The risk of altitude sickness is always present, and you might need also need a helicopter evacuation if the conditions get severe.

The helicopter evacuations cost anywhere between $5000 to $10000. An excellent travel insurance package covers all these costs along with flight cancellation costs. Hence, all trekkers trekking in the Everest region must get a good travel insurance package.

What to pack for Everest Base Camp Trek in March?

You will need to pack appropriately for the Everest Base Camp Trek in March. The essential items you need to pack are:

Clothing

  • Trekking shirts
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jackets
  • Thermal wears
  • Waterproof trekking pants
  • Down jacket
  • Woolen trekking socks
  • Woolen gloves
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Trekking boots
  • Raincoat

First Aid

  • Anti-nauseant medication
  • Rehydration salts
  • Mosquito and insect repellent
  • Water purifying tablets

Toiletries

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Toilet paper
  • Sunscreen
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Sanitizer

Important documents

  • Passport
  • Necessary Permits
  • Travel insurance

Others

  • Camera
  • Phone
  • Local SIM card
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Solar chargers

Conclusion

The Everest Base Camp trek in March is a stunning adventure in the Himalayas. The pleasant atmosphere and the soothing climate make for a great trekking experience. You can observe the beautiful snow-capped mountains in all its glory.

Walking the foothills of the Himalayas and staying in the teahouses is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The exciting Everest Base Camp Trek in March is the perfect time to trek the Himalayas in the tranquility of nature.

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