Can you trek to Everest Base Camp in April?

  • Last Updated on Feb 26, 2024

Everest Base Camp, a familiar name around the globe, especially to those who seek adventure. This iconic site, perched at an altitude of 5,364 meters (17,598 feet), serves as the launching point for those daring souls seeking to conquer the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest. The iconic journey follows in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, and numerous early pioneers of Mount Everest, guiding you from Lukla to Base Camp. 

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The route to the Everest Bae Camp Trek begins on the banks of the Dudh Koshi River and continues via Sagarmatha National Park to Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorak Shep, and finally Everest Base Camp. Namche is the primary trading point in the Everest region and is well-known as an acclimatization point. The journey to Mount Everest is not merely a physical trek; it is a spiritual odyssey that tests the limits of human endurance and resilience. What better way to embark on this journey than in April?

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April falls within the spring season in the Everest region, which is considered one of the best times for trekking due to relatively stable weather conditions and clearer skies. Spring in the Khumbu Region casts a spellbinding allure on trekkers with its enchanting fiery red rhododendron forests, singing birds, temperate weather, and breathtaking view of the snow-capped peaks. Temperature varies from 14°C (57.2°F) to -10°C (14°F) during April. Due to the moderate temperature, you can get views of the Himalayas in their full glory, covered with snow, before the summer heat and monsoon rain melt them away.

You must be careful though, as the temperature dramatically varies with the altitude. In April, temperatures in lower regions such as Namche and Lukla tend to soar, while they drop significantly as altitude increases. At base camp, the minimum temperature can plummet to -10°C, while Lukla may experience maximum temperatures reaching 14°C.

How’s the Food and Accommodation? 

 April is certainly one of the peak seasons to trek Everest Base Camp. Expect to encounter a multitude of trekkers, mountaineers, and adventurers along the journey, making advance booking of accommodations an absolute necessity. Familiarize yourself with the teahouse accommodation system along the trail. These are basic lodges that provide meals and shelter. The rooms are primarily twin-sharing with attached bathrooms up until Namche; as you keep ascending, it will be on a shared basis.

As for food, the ovo-vegetarian diet emerges as the most advantageous option for treks, as it eliminates potential sources of contamination from dairy and spoiled meats. Additionally, it promotes the intake of eggs. Eggs play a vital role in maintaining optimal physical condition during your trek: they help prevent muscle loss and facilitate the repair of broken-down muscle proteins, ensuring you stay in peak shape throughout your journey. During your treks, there are tons of options for breakfast from pancakes, and porridge to omelets and bread. But for lunch and dinner, Dal Bhat Tarkari, a well-balanced meal combined of Lentils, Rice, Vegetables, and Pickless is the most optimal as it offers a steady source of energy, preventing sudden drops in energy levels, making them perfect for long treks. Their gradual energy release sustains trekkers through the demanding trails of the EBC.

Why in April though? Why not other months?

Close your eyes and imagine trekking in the Himalayas. What did you see? Colossal snow-clad mountains? Smiles from trekkers passing by along rocky trails? Turquoise lakes and streams? Trekking through emerald hills? The sight of Red Pandas or the Lophophorus? Fiery red rhododendron blossom groves? Whatever it may be, wouldn't it be lovely if you could see it all unfold before your very eyes? Now, imagine this: April not only offers everything you desire but also hosts the Nepalese New Year festivities.

Apart from the consequence of being a peak season, April overcompensates with its jaw-dropping landscape, pleasant weather, and glimpses of endangered mammals and birds. Now, imagine stepping into this breathtaking landscape yourself, with April offering the perfect opportunity to witness it all. Why not turn this vision into reality and embark on your adventure this April? The wonders of the Khumbu Region await your exploration. 

Challenges you may face during your trek to EBC in April

  • Trekking to Everest Base Camp poses several challenges, influenced by various factors such as the unpredictable weather, duration of the journey, and altitude of the hiking route. The rugged and steep terrain contributes to the difficulty of the hike.
  • While rainfall is rare in April, it's wise to carry an umbrella or raincoat for light showers. In case of heavy rain, taking a break until the weather improves is advisable, although substantial rainfall is unlikely during this month.
  • April's popularity attracts crowds to the Everest region, compromising the solitude of the trekking experience and reducing lodging options along the way.
  • Altitude sickness is a constant risk at high altitudes of up to 5545 meters above sea level, regardless of the month. Adequate hydration and acclimatization are crucial preventive measures.
  • The journey to Everest Base Camp demands endurance, particularly for those unaccustomed to long hikes. However, with proper preparation and perseverance, the trek is achievable. Engaging in cardiovascular exercises several months prior to your hike can enhance fitness levels and readiness for the journey ahead.

Alternative Routes to the Everest Base Camp 

Everest Base Camp offers some of the less popular routes but is equally beautiful as the classic EBC trek. April is quite a popular month so if you prefer serenity and want something more than just reaching the base camp, then these routes might interest you.

Everest Base Camp Trek with Helicopter Return

If you find yourself short on time or facing specific constraints that make the Everest Base Camp trek challenging, consider choosing the helicopter return option. This itinerary offers a shorter and more accessible journey, still allowing you to experience the beauty of the Everest region adequately.

Everest Base Camp Trek via Gokyo Lake

The Gokyo Lake trek stands as a timeless and revered adventure, celebrated for its awe-inspiring vistas of towering peaks and the majestic Ngozumpa Glacier, the largest expanse of ice in Nepal's Himalayas. Embark on a journey to the Gokyo Lake, Gokyo Ri, Kala Patthar, and ultimately to the Everest Base Camp. This route showcases dramatic landscapes featuring glaciers, turquoise lakes, and awe-inspiring mountain vistas. A great trail to trek in, especially during April.

Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Pass Trek

The Gokyo Lakes and Renjo La Pass trek presents an ideal alternative for travelers seeking secluded trails and pristine vistas in the Khumbu region. Renjo La Pass (5,360 m/17,585 ft) stands as one of the high passes in the Khumbu region, situated near the border with Tibet. Unlike the popular Everest Base Camp Trek, this route guides you through the breathtaking Gokyo Valley and over the lofty Renjo La pass. This adventurous trek promises a unique off-the-beaten-path experience and awe-inspiring mountain panoramas.

Everest Panorama Trek

The Everest Panorama Trek offers a condensed yet immersive journey through the lustrous Khumbu region, allowing trekkers to capture the very essence of the region without enduring the challenges of high-altitude trekking. Specifically tailored for those with limited time or certain constraints but still yearn for that Everest experience.

Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri

It was in 1953 when two renowned figures Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa had taken the same route for the Mt. Everest expedition forever cementing the trail’s legendary status. This 21-day-long expedition showcases the true essence of the Khumbu Region. This trek commences with a drive from Kathmandu to Junbesi via Jiri, then trekking up to Lukla instead of taking a flight to Lukla like every other itinerary. Further, this trek covers Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Ri, Cho La Pass, Kala Patthar, and ultimately the Everest Base Camp. 

What to Pack?

Since the weather is moderate during April, excess layering like in the winter is not required. Some of the necessary gear and items that you should have on board are:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sun Hat or Beanie
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
  • Tinted Sunscreen with SPF 50+
  • Moisturizer
  • Mosquito Repellent Cream
  • Lip Balm
  • Blister Kit
  • Waterproof and windproof outer shell jackets and pants
  • Long-sleeve shirts
  • Trekking pants and shorts
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Hiking Socks
  • Balaclava
  • Well-fitting hiking boots with ankle support
  • Casual shoes and sandals
  • Water Bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Wet Wipes
  • Power bank and extra batteries.

Reaching Everest Base Camp has become the goal of thousands of avid trekkers from all over the world. There is a sense of grandeur that comes with trekking through an area considered a Mecca for climbing and mountain enthusiasts. 

April presents an exquisite fusion of climate, scenery, and serenity, providing a chance to behold the majestic spectacle of beauty unfurling in the Everest region. Why not transform this dream into reality and set forth on your Everest expedition this April?


What is the temperature like in April?

Temperature varies from 14°C (57.2°F) to -10°C (14°F) during April. At base camp, the minimum temperature can plummet to -10°C, while Lukla may experience maximum temperatures reaching 14°C.

What are the accommodation options along the Everest Base Camp Trek route in April?

Everest Base Camp Trek is a teahouse trek where you will reside in some of the loftiest villages in the world. Lukla, Phakding, and Namche offer rooms with attached bathrooms and have star-rated property but above Namche Bazaar, the only options are guesthouses.

What are the altitude sickness risks during the Everest Base Camp Trek in April, and how can it be mitigated?

Altitude sickness is primarily influenced by elevation rather than seasonal variations. Therefore, while the weather may be pleasant during April, altitude sickness can still occur regardless of the time of year.

What are the transportation options to and from the starting point of the Everest Base Camp Trek in April?

  • During Peak season, like in April, the flight to Lukla is operated from Manthali, Ramechhap due to a surge in air traffic. The Manthali/Ramechhap airport is about a 5 to 6-hour drive away from Kathmandu.

  • You can opt for a Helicopter ride from Kathmandu to Lukla or vice versa if driving to Manthali is inconvenient.            

What are the chances of rain or landslides during April?

Ever-changing weather in the Himalayas always creates a slight chance of rain. However, this slight possibility of rainfall should not be a concern during the trek. Regarding landslides, the likelihood of occurrence in April is less than 5 percent. Nevertheless, it's important to acknowledge that nature's unpredictability means nothing can be guaranteed.

Benjila Dhital

Benjila Dhital

Benjila has been an integral part of the Nepal Nirvana Trails as she writes passionately and learns about new spots, people, cultures, and languages. With a Bachelor's Degree from the reputed college NATHM in Bachelors of Tourism and Travel Management lately, she has been engaging in authoring web content and familiarizing new locations with the tourist out there.