The month of March starts warming up with heating sunlight. If you are thinking to do the Everest base camp trek in March, it is absolutely the best decision. It is a dry season so getting a flight to Lukla, also will have more chances.
The Sunrise early morning and sets let so the days are longer. You have more time to explore and enjoy nature doing the Everest base camp trek in March.
There is no need to worry about rain because it is not a monsoon season. But there should be some drops in the evening sometimes with a couple of hailstones. You better start walking earlier and reach earlier to the lodge. Also, you don’t need to care much traffic as this is the beginning of the season. There should be some Everest climbers and carrying some climbing stuff with Yak, mule and porters.
Everest Base Camp Trek Weather In March
Everest base camp with tents and prayer flags
Being in the northern hemisphere, Nepal is affected by the Bay of Bengal coming winds over the Himalaya. Beside of this effect, the altitude also affects the weather in the Everest base camp trek in March.
The temperature starts to rise on the day and night in March. Though, it will be still cold at night in the higher altitude which has been given below.
|Location and Altitude||Average|
|Maximum Temperature||Minimum Temperature||Precipitation|
|Namche Bazar (3436meters/11361ft)||4°C||10°C||-3°C||30|
|Gorak Shep (5180meters/17000ft)||-6.5°C||0.9°C||-14.5°C||8|
You even may face with some snowfall at the beginning of March while you trek to the Everest base camp.
- Everest base camp trek
- Gokyo lake trek
- Everest view trek
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek In March
- Experiencing a short adventure scenic flight to Lukla
- Exploring the Sherpa culture, tradition and lifestyle in different beautiful Sherpa towns
- Majestic Himalaya from the highest mountain in the world
- Visit an old historical Tengboche monastery
- A big Khumbu glacier
- Unblocking 360 degrees Mountain View from Kalapatthar including Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Pumori, and a Tibetan mountain Changatse
- Colourful tents of the climbers at the base camp
- Beautiful valley, river, waterfall, vegetation, and wildlife including some endangered animals
- Blooming colourful rhododendron at the lower area
- Sunny days with clear skies which offers an unreal view of the mountains
- Chances of rain are very rare most of the days
- The temperature increase every day
- Clear visibility for taking a flight to Lukla
- Sunshine most of the time during the day
Trek Equipment for Everest Base Camp Trek In March
Main bag for the equipment
Every time the question comes “what to bring for the Everest base camp trek in March?” As regular wearing for the mountain trekking, Everest base camp also needs some regular trekking gears while trekking in March.
The temperature is not very cold so you don’t need to have heavy and very warm equipment. Here is a list that what you should pack for the Everest base camp trek in March.
- Thermal layers: As you go higher, the temperature will be cold in the morning and night so it is good to wear them. Especially when you hike to Kala Patthar early morning and there will be windy.
- Trekking shirts: Take some pairs of trekking shirts (half and full sleeves) which you need to wear while you walk and change fresh one in the lodge after sweating.
- Trekking trousers: Bring some pairs of trekking trousers (half and full sleeves) which you can wear during the walk and change in the lodge.
- Trekking boots: Bring the nice quality of boot which fits for your feet and be sure if it is comfortable to walk with ankle support.
- Sport shoes and sandals: Sport shoes are recommended while you stay at the lodge. They keep your feet warm. And sandals need you when you go to the washroom at night and at the time of the shower.
- Trekking socks: Bring some pairs of warm trekking socks with you. Always wear fresh socks in the higher elevation. They seem dry in the morning with frozen sweat and become cold after a while.
- Sun hat: As you go higher, the rays of the sun become hard although you may not feel with chill temperature. To protect from heat, you need to wear a sun hat and be sure if it has the neck support.
- Woollen hat: Normally, it won’t be freezing in the lower area so you may not need a warm hat. But when you go higher, you need to use them. There will be windy and the wind can affect the head. To protect the head and ears, you need to have a warm hat.
- Gloves: If you have a pair of glove, it helps you to keep your fingers warm. Especially, you need gloves for the base camp and Kala Patthar hikes.
- Sunglasses: Mountains are very shiny and it may be snowfall sometimes. You must-have sunglasses with you to protect your eyes from snow-blind.
- Head Torch: Access of electricity is only up to Tengboche for the first 4 days. There are solar powers after this place so while you hike from your room to dining and going to the bathroom at night, you need to have a head torch. There are even running power whole night but sometime they might have a problem. Also you need this to hike early morning to Kala Patthar.
- Trekking poles: You might not need to use trekking poles if you are fit enough. But with some long descend; you may have knee pain so it helps you. The ground surface at the begging of March may have ice if it is wet, trekking poles help to pass them.
- Buff: March is a dry month and there are numerous of Yak carry the climbing equipment while you trek to the base camp. They make dusty the trail so, you need to use buff for the dust. Also, it protects your neck from cold up in the higher area.
- Fleece jacket: The fleece jacket is your third layer up in the higher elevation. This keeps you warm but it doesn’t block the wind. You need to wear wind stopper if it is windy.
- Down jacket: Down jacket is not compulsory while you are in the lower area. It is useful on over 4000 meters and for the base camp and Kala Patthar hike.
- Duffel bag or Rucksack: Duffel bag or rucksack is the most important to put all your trekking gears. The bag should be the 60-70L size.
You need to pack sun lotion, lip balm, cold cream, shop, shampoo, quick drier towel, baby wipes, and some other daily uses things.
Crampon and gaiters are recommended for the high passes trek.
Everest Adventure Treks:
- Everest high passes trek
- Cho la pass trek
- Renjo la pass trek
Everest Base Camp Trek Viewpoints
View from Everest view hotel
All the time after Namche Bazaar offers stunning views of the Himalayas. But there are several viewpoints from where you can see eye-catching magnificent views. These are the viewpoints from where you can see an amazing view that you should not miss.
Everest View Hotel
The Everest view hotel is situated at 3,880m elevation above sea level. You will visit this place while you have an extra acclimatization day hike from Namche Bazaar. You will hike about 2 hrs from Namche to this place passing one high airport 9Syangboche).
This is on the hill station so you will have an open view from here. You will see Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Taboche, Thamserku and some other high mountains from here. Beautiful Sherpa villages, valley, green hills, and other attractions can be seen from this place. After enjoying the view from here, you will hike back to Namche Bazaar again.
Tengboche hill is at 3,868m above sea level. After one day trek from Namche Bazaar, you reach here so it is one of your night staying place in the regular itinerary. This hill is surrounding by forest all around but has an open area in the middle.
One of the highlighted to visit here is an old historical Buddhist monastery in the evening or morning. You will have an unblocking view of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam and many other white mountains.
This is the hill you climb while you have the second day acclimatization day rest in Dingboche. This hill is also popular as Nagarjun hill so the altitude of this hill is over 5000m. You don’t need to go to the top for the view so walking around 2 hrs from Dingboche, you can see a beautiful view.
You will see one new mountain from here that you never see from other places during the Everest base camp trek. Mt. Makalu (5th highest mountain in the world) from Makalu Barun region, can be seen from this hike. With Makalu, you can see Mt. Amadablam very close and many other big mountains all around you.
Kala Patthar is one of the best places to see all Everest Himalaya during the Everest base camp trek in March. You may have little struggle to climb this hill from Gorakshep. This is the highest altitude that you will visit in your whole trek. The altitude of this hill is 5,545m above sea level.
It takes around 2 hrs. To climb to the top of this hill and it will be pretty cold. But once you reach the top, you forget all the struggling. If you can’t hike to the top, don’t worry you will have the great view even hiking about a half an hour from your lodge towards Kalapatthar. So It is highly recommended to visit this viewpoint.
- Everest base camp trek
- Everest view trek
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Other Popular Treks in Everest Region In March
Of course, the classic Everest base camp trek is one of the most popular trekking in the Everest region. There are plenty other trekking trails beside this that you can do as shorter or longer and adventure Everest trek in March. Here is basic information of these routes from the Everest region which doable treks in March.
Gokyo Valley Trekking
Gokyo lake, Gokyo Ri and Mt. Cho-Oyu
Gokyo valley trek is also known as several other popular names. People call this trek as Gokyo lake trek and Gokyo Ri trek. There are 5 main beautiful high Himalayan lakes so people call this trek as Gokyo lakes trek. You will have one of the greatest views of Mt. Everest from the 5th lake from bottom to the top of its north face.
There is a hill station (Gokyo Ri) which is located at 53,60m. You can see 360 degrees Everest Himalaya including Mt. Makalu from here. Because of this viewpoint, people call as Gokyo Ri trek for the Gokyo valley trek.
Everest View Trekking
If you don’t have enough time or think that you are not able to do Everest base camp trek in March, Everest view trekking is perfect for you. This trek is also known as Everest panorama trek. Everest view trek leads until Tengboche hill so this hill is one of the best places to see the most beautiful mountain (Amadablam) in the Everest region.
There is no chance of having a problem of the altitude sickness doing this trek in March. Colourful blooming rhododendrons welcome you with unreal mountain vistas doing the Everest panorama short trek.
Everest High Passes Trekking
Everest high passes trekking is also known as the Everest 3 passes trek. This trek includes 3 major high passes in the Everest region. Kongma La pass is one of the highest passes then Cho La pass and Renjo La pass trekking.
Everest high passes trekking in March is doable but early March should be much snow sometimes. You need to have Well equipment, physical fitness, and well acclimatized for this trekking.
Cho La Pass Trekking
Cho La pass trail
Cho La pass trekking connects to the Everest base camp trek and Gokyo lake trek. You can do this trek either from Gokyo side or base camp side. Doing this trek from the base camp side has less climb then from Gokyo valley.
You need to be careful while you will be walking near the pass area. Rocks are falling after the sun heat so highly recommended to cross the pass before 9 am. You will have an experience walking on the biggest glacier along this trekking trail.
Renjo La Passes Trekking
Everest, Makalu and Lhotse from Renjo top
Renjo La pass trek is one of the easiest pass among three high passes in the Everest region. Though, it has a long descent after the pass if you cross Renjo La from the Gokyo side. Crossing from Lungden, you need to climb a long hill.
Renjo La pass hill offers one of the best views of the Everest Himalaya. You will see Mt. Makalu also with all high mountains from Everest massif. Crossing Renjo La is not that risky but if there is ice after the pass, it may little slippery so need to walk carefully. You have the chance to explore with a beautiful hidden valley (Thame) during the Renjo La pass trekking. And also there is one of the oldest Buddhist monasteries among the three oldest monasteries from the Everest region. You can visit reincarnated monk in this monastery in Thame.
Quickest Way Too See Everest In March
Everest base camp helicopter tour and the Everest mountain flights are the fastest way to see Everest and base camp.
Everest base camp helicopter tour takes you to very close to the base camp so you can see well the base camp and colourful tents and big Khumbu glacier. The helicopter will land near Kala Patthar so you can have some good shots of Everest Himalaya from here. Everest base camp helicopter tour is one of the best options to explore massive Himalaya within a few hours if you don’t have enough time to trek in March.
Everest mountain flight is about 2 hrs flight with a plane. The plane flies from the Kathmandu airport and lands back after the scenic flight. This flight offers lots of mountain views but it does not go closer to the base camp and the glaciers.
Doing the Everest base camp trek in March is safe and worthy. So there is no need to worry about the weather, temperature, and any other risks. There are hundreds of trekkers doing Everest base camp trek in March.
The forest looks amazing with colourful flowers and the base camp with lots of beautiful tents so trekking in March to the base camp even can be one of the best month. So book your Everest base camp trek in March now without any confusion.