Everest Base Camp Trek in May

If you are planning to trek to Everest Base Camp in May, the weather will play a key role. While the first half of May falls under spring and the crowds are high, the month’s end will start bringing monsoon rains. But the intensity of rain is not as high as in June to affect your trekking experience. May is still a good month to do this popular Himalayan trek

Everest Base Camp Weather in May

Get this view while trekking from Lobuche in Everest Base Camp trek in May.
The temperatures in Lobuche are much colder than in the rest of the locations in Everest Base Camp.

May is just a few weeks away from monsoon, which could last well into October. Compared to June, May is a favorable month for trekking, as the weather is relatively warmer and clearer.

Despite the increase in thunderstorms, you will find the temperatures comfortable while trekking to Everest Base Camp in May. The cloud build-up typically starts in the afternoon. In Lukla (2,860 m) and Namche Bazaar (3,440 m) the average temperatures in May vary from a maximum of 4°C to a minimum of -2°C. It gets much colder in Lobuche (4,950 m), where the mercury fluctuates between -2°C and -9°C.

For a seasonal overview, check out our guide on the best time for a trek to Everest Base Camp.

Why Trek Everest Base Camp in May

Flowers of all colors bloom on the route to Everest Base Camp in April.
Watch beautiful flowers bloom on your Everest Base Camp trek in spring.
Encounter teahouses in Dingboche while trekking Everest Base Camp.
Teahouses will begin closing down at the end of May as the rain approaches.

There are many reasons why trekking to Everest Base Camp in May is popular:

  • Warm weather: Though the frequency and intensity of rain increase as the month progresses, May is still considered a warm and pleasant month in the Everest region.
  • Spring bloom: The views are not just limited to peaks when trekking to Everest Base Camp in May. Along the route, you will also get to see the generous gift of spring: flowers of all colors including primroses and irises, and songbirds adding to nature’s melody.
  • Rest stops: Though some lodges might close if rains get heavier, plenty of teahouses along the route remain open in May. This means less stress when it comes to finding food and accommodation.
You can see small buddhist stups while trekking Everest Base Camp.
See small stupas in Deboche in the stunning snowy landscape while trekking Everest Base Camp.

With rainfall starting to increase in May, it is best to stick to the tried and tested routes to Everest Base Camp, especially if you are a first-time trekker.

  • Classic Everest Base Camp Trek: This is the standard trekking route, which an overwhelming majority of trekkers choose. The trek starts from Lukla. The main points on the route are Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Deboche, Dingboche, Lobuche and Everest Base Camp. It will take you around 16 days to complete this trek.
  • Everest Base Camp Trek via Jiri: If you want to explore a culturally rich part of the region before joining the main trek at Lukla, you can start your trek earlier from a place called Jiri. Between Jiri and Lukla, you will encounter streams, monasteries, farms and villages and get insights into the culture and traditions of local communities.

Everest Base Camp trek in May can be a lovely experience. It is not yet monsoon proper, so the route to the Everest Base Camp is still easy to navigate despite rain showers. And if it rains, it will only add another layer of drama to the stunning visual spectacle unfolding before your eyes. Reach out to our travel experts in Nepal who can help you choose the ideal trek to suit your budget and interests.

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