Are you looking to trek the Everest base camp during May? Let’s discover all aspects of the Everest Base Camp trek in May.
Ranked among the 10 best trekking routes of the world, Everest Base Camp is a challengefor both mind and body. Part of the challenge of Everest comes from its unpredictable weather patterns. With increasing global warming the climatic conditions at Everest is often changing. If you are not on the lookout for the volatility of the weather conditions of Everest, then you might find yourself in a rather unpleasant situation.
Throughout Nepal, May is considered as one of the hottest months. The temperature of Everest base camp in May is around 20°C during a hot sunny afternoon, however the nights are still cold at around 0 to 1 degree Celsius.
At altitudes above 3,500m, the temperature slightly decreases, with the average daily maximum temperature being 16 degree Celsius, while the minimum being -6 degree Celsius during the nights.
March to May is considered as spring season at Everest Base Camp. May is also a summer month and the beginning of the monsoon season. The Indian Monsoon winds bring about the moisture and clouds during May. At Namche Bazaar (below 3,500m), the rainfall is 35mm, while at Dongboche, the rainfall is low at 28mm.
May is considered as one of the most unpredictable months at Everest. Previously, May used to be the perfect time for summiting Everest, but due to Global warming, the month has been shifted to April. You are never going to know what the weather has in store for you during this month.
The hot temperature, clouds and haze is brought about by significant heat and moisture rising up from the Indian Ocean. Therefore, when trekking Everest base camp during May, the paths can be covered with heat haze and dust clouds that obscure your view of the mountains.
Keep in mind that from March to May is the peak climbing seasons, so the base camp is filled with tents and is crowded with mountaineers and trekkers from around the world. Accommodation along the route will be a bit difficult to book.
Temperature starts to warm rapidly from May onwards, so one can see a lot of trekkers and climbers out in their t-shirts all the way to the base camp.
As it is pre-Monsoon season, it is usually cloudy at higher elevations, however lower down the track it’s a beautiful view of spring, with newly blossoming flowers and lush greenery. The Everest base camp trek in May is very vibrant as you find yourself in the company of beautiful flowering Rhododendrons.
To honor Tenzing Norgay Sherpa’s and Sir Edmund Hillary’s historical ascent on May 29, the Everest marathon occurs around this time. So, if you are planning a trek to Everest base camp in May, then you can enhance your experience by taking part in the marathon.
May is the start of monsoon season, so trekkers must pack waterproof clothing and rain gear. It is better to carry light clothes that are easy to dry as you will more than likely get wet by rain, rivers or sweat during the trek. It is always windy at the Everest region, especially at higher grounds, so it is important to have a windcheater. Pack yourself a sleeping bag as the nights are cold and the tea houses and lodges along the route do not have heating systems.