March is the first month of the spring season. The spring is the second busy trekking season in Nepal, so it is a perfect time to trek to the Everest base camp in March. It starts getting warm in the mountain, so there will be a tolerable temperature in the Everest region in March. Although, the first week of this month will be cold and will drop a few snowfalls sometimes.
Trek to Everest Base Camp in March
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Everest Base Camp Weather and Temperature in March
March starts the dry season, so it starts haze in the lower region. But, it will be clear up in the mountain. So, You will have a wonderful time on the Everest base camp trek in March. It will be a clear blue sky with shiny bright mountains in March.
It will be an adorable temperature in the Everest base camp in March. So, it is one of the best times to trek to the Everest base camp with a perfect temperature. March leaves winter behind and welcomes spring, so it will be still a bit colder up there in the Everest base camp. Everest base camp trek starts from Lukla, So the minimum temperature in Lukla will be 2°c, and the coldest temperature at the base camp will be -15°c in March.
EBC Trek Highlights in March
Scenic Flight to Lukla
About a half an hour adventurous short scenic flight to Lukla, and a landing at an airport with a short runway can be a great experience from the Everest base camp trek in March.
Natural UNESCO World Heritage Site Sagarmatha National Park
The trekking trail remains inside the Sagarmatha national park, which is a natural UNESCO world heritage site in Nepal. You can see green vegetation, wildlife, waterfalls, streams, rivers, blooming rhododendron and other natural resources during the EBC trek in March.
Traditional Sherpa Settlements
Sherpa is the original residence of the Khumbu region. They are famous as mountain legends in the world. You can see different beautiful Sherpa towns with typical buildings along the Everest base camp trek in March.
Buddhist Monasteries and Other Monuments
There are numerous historic ancient Buddhist monasteries on the EBC route. Tengboche monastery is one of the best to visit during the EBC trek in March. Besides the monasteries, there are lots of other Buddhist monuments in the Everest region. You pass some Mane walls, Mani rocks, prayer flags, prayer wheels and stupas along the way.
Unreal mountain Views from Stunning Viewpoints
There are several unblocking viewpoints along the base camp trail, from where you can see magnificent mountain views during the March Everest base camp trek. You have the first look at the world’s highest mountain from Top Danda right before reaching Namche Bazaar on the second day of the trek. Everest view hotel and Nangkar-Tsang hill are the other beautiful viewpoints before the base camp.
You can see superb views of Thamserku, Khangteka, Kusum Kangaroo, Amadablam, Peak 38, Nuptse, Lhotse, Everest and Tawache from the Everest view hotel. Nangkar-Tsang hill is only the place from where you can see Nepal’s 4th highest mountain Makalu during the Everest base camp trek in March.
Kalapatthar is the best hill station to see the nearest view of Mt. Everest. Besides a close-angle view of Everest, you can see 360° Everest Himalayas from the Kalapatthar.
Everest Base Camp with Colourful Tents
Spring is the climbing festival, so lots of climbers summit Everest in spring. You can see lots of colourful tents in March, which are set up for the summiteers. The base camp in March looks like a mini mountain city with lights in the evening. The massive Khumbu icefall looks amazing from here, which is crossed by the climbers before reaching camp I from the base camp.
The beautiful Khumbu glacier is also one of the highlights of the Everest base camp trek in March. It is one of the biggest glaciers in the Everest region. The Khumbu glacier has been extended from 4400 meters to over 7000m of altitude. It has ice underneath and has been covered by stones and sands.
Meet Lots Everest Climbers
There are a few hundred climbers and famous climbing leaders on the way. You can meet them and share your Everest experience with them during the March EBC trek.
Walking Through Beautiful Valleys
You walk through beautiful valleys to reach the base camp. First of all, you follow Dudhkoshi valley from Phakding up to Phunkitengka and then follow Imja valley after Tengboche until Dingboche. After Dingboche village, you head towards the Khumbu valley. The first valley is in the lower region with lots of trees, but the upper two valleys are open and above the tree line. So you can see all the time high snow-capped mountains from the upper valleys.
Rewards of Everest Base Camp Trek in March
Clear Weather and Tolerable Temperature
It will be crystal clear weather in the Everest region in March, so you can beautiful views at this time. The mountains look bright from the viewpoints and also from the walking trail.
There will be blooming flowers in the forest and close to the walking trail in March. Lots of colourful flowers including the Nepali national flower rhododendron decorate the forest in the Everest region at this time.
Fewer Chances of Lukla Flight Cancellation
It won’t be cloudy and rainy days in March, so there will be fewer chances of the Lukla flight cancellation at this time. You can get a regularly scheduled flight, but it might be a bit windy during the day.
Meet Lots Friendly Trekkers
It is a busy trekking season, so there are lots of trekkers on the Everest base camp trekking trail in March. You can meet many friendly people from different countries and share your experience with them.
Everest Base Camp Trek Challenges in March
There might be some challenges during the EBC trek in March. But, it may not be a serious difficulty. Altitude sickness, accommodation, flight to Lukla, traffic and more challenges, that you might face during the March Everest base camp trek.
Difficulties to Get Earlier Flight to Lukla
The Lukla flight tickets have been booked in advance a few months earlier because of the high season. Lots of trekkers try to trek in March because of the nice weather and temperature this month, so the flight tickets to Lukla might be reserved a few months earlier for March.
It will be windy days in the last hours of the day in March, so the Lukla flight can be affected or wobble during the flight time if it is a late schedule. It may be dusty while walking on the Everest base camp trail in March.
Some Snowfalls and Hails Drop
There might be some snowfalls in the higher region and hails drop in lower areas in March. Snowfalls can be any time of the day but hail drops in the late hours during the day mostly.
There are so many trekkers on the trail because of the high season, so the trail will be crowded with lots of people. Lots supply needed for many people at this time, so you see so many porters, yak, Jokpe and mules for the supplies. They might make the walking trail more crowdy. The crowd can make the walking hours longer.
Accommodation Can be Occupied
There are hundreds of trekkers every day on the Everest base camp trail in March, so it can be difficult to get accommodation in some places. Tengboche, Lobuche and Gorakshep have limited lodges, so accommodations might be occupied in these places quickly.
Altitude sickness can be a serious challenge in the Everest base camp trek in March. Altitude sickness is caused by less oxygen in the air and high atmospheric pressure at high altitudes. It can be very dangerous, but it is not a sudden thing. You will know the symptoms earlier. It does not affect all trekkers, and might not be a serious problem if you be careful.
Tips for March Everest Base Camp Trek
- Book Lukla flight ticket in advance
- Start the trek earlier in the morning
- It might be windy with some hails in the lower region, so try to reach the camp around 3 pm if late
- Take a wind stopper and backpack cover with you for the day because you need them if it snows
- Stand on the safe side if you meet porters, yak, Jokpe and mules on a narrow surface during the walk
- Slow walk at a comfortable speed prevents altitude sickness
- Drink at least 3 litres of clean water and more hot drinks every day
- Cover your head and ear well if there is a cold wind
- Use Buff to control dust on the trail
- Hire guide and porter
- Take enough Nepalese rupee
- Do not go far alone from the camp in the dark
- Book accommodation for the next day at least one day earlier
- Do not use any sleeping medication if you can not sleep well in the mountain
Equipment for Everest Base Camp Trek in March
Everest base camp trek in March will be tolerable temperature, but there will be cold at night and morning in the Everest region. You need to have warm trekking gear and other essentials for a trek in March to the EBC.
- Rucksack or Duffel bag for trek equipment
- Daypack for valuables, water bottle, daily snacks, light jacket and change for the day
- Sun hat and warm hat
- Head torch
- Sun lotion (SPF 50)
- Long and short sleeves trekking shirts
- Fleece jacket
- Windproof jacket
- Thermal layer
- Down jacket
- Windproof trouser
- Half and full trekking pants
- Good quality trekking boots with perfect grips
- Extra shoeless if the boot is old
- A few pairs of trekking socks
- Warm gloves
- Wet napkins
- Moisturizers cream
- Lip balm
- Extra camera battery
- Multi-use power socket
- Battery charging power bank
- NCELL SIM card with internet data
- Water sandals and sports shoes
- Quick dryer towel
- Trekking poles
- Gaters for leg
- First-Aid kit
Other Available Trekking Trails in Everest Region for March
High passes treks such as the Everest high pass, Cho La pass and Renjo La pass might have lots of snow at the beginning of March. So, it can be slightly difficult to cross, but the last week of this month should not be a problem.
Gokyo valley trek in March can be an alternative trek if you do not like a big crowd on the base camp side. The Gokyo valley trekking can be done on similar days as the EBC. You can enjoy the views of beautiful lakes, glaciers, valleys and stunning Everest Himalayas from this region.
If you do not have enough time for the base camp or are scared of high altitude, but are interested to see the world’s highest mountain, you can go for the Everest view trek. The Everest panorama trek up to Tengboche is the shortest trekking package in the Everest region for March. You can see magnificent views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, peak 38, Amadablam and other high mountains from this trek.
Short Everest Base Camp Trek in March
Don’t you have enough time to follow a regular Everest base camp trekking itinerary in March? Or Don’t you want to trek back on the same route, that you follow on the way up? But, you must be interested to reach the base camp. Well! You have an option, that you can do a short Everest base camp trek in March.
A short trek to the Everest base camp is for 8 or 9 days, which you can do in March. The helicopter return trek is the shortest package to the EBC in March. You follow the same itinerary as the regular one from Lukla to the base camp, then fly out from Gorakshep directly to Kathmandu on a helicopter after visiting Kalapatthar.
March is the first month of the spring season and it is a perfect time to trek to the Everest base camp. Clear weather and favourable temperature are the best part of this month to visit the EBC. Blooming flowers makes it more beautiful in the region in March. The decorated base camp with lots of colourful tents looks more attractive than normal at this time, so the Everest base camp trek in March can be a lifetime adventure experience for you. Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries about the trip.