Why Trek to Everest Base Camp Over Christmas and New Year?
Americans, Australians, and Europeans celebrate Christmas and New Year as their main holidays and special events. People receive extensive vacations to enjoy time with family, friends, and loved ones at these special events. They yearn for the naturally gorgeous location to enjoy their holiday most exquisitely. What could be more enthralling and revitalizing than spending the 2023 Christmas and 2024 New Year's holidays on the lap of the Tallest Peak- Mt Everest? Even though 81% of people who live in Nepal are Hindus, you may seek religious tolerance and a great Christmas and New Year's celebration.
Go to Everest to spend Christmas or New Year's Eve somewhere less crowded. What could be a better way to begin the new year? You will have a great time celebrating New Year's or Christmas on Everest, one of Nepal's famous hiking destinations. Since the paths would be less busy on this specific day, you may visit Everest on New Year's Eve and avoid the crowds. The highest peak in the world will be seen up close. You'll get to see the magnificent Himalayan mountain range.
Additionally, you will go through a dense forest. However, it may be chilly and windy while ascending or walking to the top of Mount Everest on New Year's Eve, so remember to pack sufficient clothing. Overall, ringing in the new year near a mountain may be stressful. For New Year's Eve 2024, do something a bit different. So why not start your New Year's festivities on Mount Everest?
Celebrating Christmas and New Year's at Everest Base Camp
It's almost that time of year when you start planning your Christmas and New Year's treks and travels with your families and friends. And with the holiday season just around the corner, you should begin planning your vacation.
During the holidays, many travel to see their families. Some people may decide to travel extensively with their loved ones. Nepal is a flawless choice. Especially for vacationers looking for the best travel experiences with their families and friends on special occasions like Christmas and New Year.
Trekking to EBC on Christmas and New Year's Eve fulfilled the traveler's desire for the holidays in a very unusual way. Although cold, the breathtaking scenery of the mighty Himalayan peaks and the clear sky will take your breath away and motivate you at every turn. You will be able to experience the EBC trip more easily and without interruption from large groups of trekkers at that time, as the trekking track would be calmer and less busy.
A particularly unusual walk allows hikers to celebrate New Year's Eve while taking in the splendor of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak.
Join us to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and the stunning sight of Mount Everest, covered in snow from Kala Patthar and other Everest vintage sites. But your luck will determine if you may see wildlife in Sagarmatha National Park.
For those lucky enough to spend Christmas and New Year in the Everest base camp will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance. Similarly, it will be a special way to celebrate the holidays since it will be awhite Christmas. You may celebrate Christmas in spectacular Himalayan style by visiting the Sherpa communities in Nepal for the holiday festivities. Christmas and New Year's Eve may be honored at the top of the planet.
Benefits of Trekking on Christmas and New Year
We may anticipate fewer trekkers and tourists during this period because winter is the off-season for hiking to the Everest base camp. During the busy months, the Everest base camp is overrun with tourists, making it difficult for those who like a peaceful setting. Their winter month is an ideal season for trekkers and, of course, a great time to celebrate Christmas and New Year. The less busy trails in winter also make it easier to take in the scenery and local culture.
Christmas and New Year trek usually take place in the winter season. This means you will be rewarded with the best breathtaking vistas of the snow-covered mountain summits. You can see the mountains and surrounding scenery without any obstructions. You can witness views of level meadows when trekking to Everest Base Camp. You may also take in the stunning snow-capped summits.
Thus statements especially seem true for locations like Namche Bazaar, Khumbu Glacier, and Kala Patthar. These settlements in the region provide some of the world's most ideal settings in winter.
Additionally, it is the ideal moment to capture the scenery and mountains on camera. The views are breathtaking and clear, but there is also very little possibility of being photobombed by other hikers.
The greatest picture locations are yours to own with extremely few hikers. As a result, you may enjoy yourself more and snap the greatest pictures.
Compared to the high season, the winter season, where Christmas and New Year fall, is less crowded with tourists and trekkers. As a result, plenty of flights with seats are available to and from Lukla. The likelihood of not receiving the flights on time is relatively low. The same holds true for accommodations. Many tea houses and lodges will urge you to stay with them in the winter holidays. Thus, you will receive the owners of the tea house or lodge's entire attention and excellent hospitality.
Observe Other Festivals -
Tamu Lhosar usually falls in December since Hindu and Buddhist holidays are lunar-based and can alternate between December and January. Lhosar is the Tibetan Buddhist New Year. However, several ethnic groups in Nepal observe various Lhosar festivities, some of which last until the end of February. Tamu Lhosar is a festive occasion in Kathmandu observed by the Gurung, Magar, and Tamang people.
A hike to the Everest Base is undoubtedly a remarkable way to spend New Year's Eve. On December 31, try to be at Namche Bazaar or EBC to enjoy Himalayan nightlife. The little town has pubs and restaurants, but remember that alcohol's effects tend to be stronger and more immediate at altitude, so you don't want to blow your January 1.
Difficulties of Christmas New Year Everest Base Camp Trek
Short Winter days
As we said earlier, Christmas and New Year treks take place in the winter season, and the days will be shorter in the Everest region. As a result, you must hike early to get there before it becomes dark and chilly. Less time is spent hiking overall. Hence, you have less time to unwind.
Christmas New Year Everest Base Camp Trek is a high-altitude trek. This means EBC must be conquered by climbing higher than 5300 meters in the winter month. The chance of getting altitude sickness is thus increased while traveling to higher elevations. Altitude sickness can be prevented if a few guidelines are followed. Never attempt to keep up with the others' pace; instead, always walk at your speed. For the anxious ones, our trek professionals are there to assist you throughout the trek. Consult with our journey experts if you have any problems.
Freezing Temperature and Piles of Deep Snow
In the Everest area, December and January are among the coldest months. It might be sunny and cold during the day. However, it is below freezing at night and in the early morning hours. Therefore, if you are not careful and don't have the right gear, you run the risk of getting frostbite.
You will encounter areas with thick snow hovers at higher altitudes. As a result, you could have to navigate deep snow. The pathways may become covered with snow. During these occasions, be careful to adhere to your guides' instructions. Otherwise, you risk getting lost and losing your route to your goal to reach the Everest base camp on Christmas or New Year.
The Route to Christmas New Year Everest Base Camp
Your EBC New Year and Christmas journey begins around 1 week early with the aim of reaching EBC on Christmas Day or New Year. You depart from Kathmandu to Lukla following a 25-minute scenic flight in the early morning. Then, you will go via the Phakding, Namche Bazaar, along with the Sherpa Village, with its distinctive culture and spectacular Mountain View, to reach the Everest Base Camp. The Snow Leopard and the enigmatic "Yeti" both call this region home.
As you travel down the path, you will pass several suspension bridges over the same river; nevertheless, you may occasionally become backed up in yak traffic for a bit.
The route afterward enters the Himalayas directly, passing through the renowned medieval trading town of Namche Bazaar, the Buddhist monastery Tengboche, Dingboche, and finally reaching Everest Base Camp on Christmas Day or New Year's Eve.
The major draw of this trek is, of course, celebrating Christmas Day and New Year in Everest Base Camp (5,364m), which is also home to Mount Everest (8,848m), Kalapatter (5,550m), the Khumbu glacier, and the icefall. Due to its breathtaking natural features, such as fantastic views of the Southwest face of the enormous Mount Everest from a close distance, and other mountains, such as Lhotse (8510m), Nupse (7879m), Pumori (7145m), Amadablam (6814m), Thamserku (6723m), and Kusumkagru (6370m), Everest Base Camp New Year Vacation is arguably one of the most well-known in the entire world. It is also referred to as Kalapathar Trekking for this reason.
Weather and Temperature of Everest Base Camp on Christmas and New Year
The winter season officially starts in December. This month, temperatures in the Everest Base Camp region fall below freezing, especially at night. Moreover, in December, when Christmas is celebrated, the region around Everest Base Camp has daytime highs of 4°C and nighttime lows of -14°C.
January officially starts bringing out harsh winter with frequent snowfalls and bad weather. Still, the environment and mountains are gorgeous, and the sky is clear. January brings chilly temperatures to Everest Base Camp, with daytime highs of 4°C and nighttime lows of -17°C.
Packing List for Winter Trekking up to 5,600 m
Hiking in the winter demands more detailed planning and preparation, more time, outdoor knowledge, skills, and—possibly most easily overlooked—more outdoor experience. Similarly, better judgment and a more careful ascent to the attitude are required throughout the winter.
If you are interested in our Christmas New Year Everest Base Camp Trek, which takes place in the winter season of Nepal, then trekkers must be aware of what they're getting into, check the weather, tell a friend about their plans, and dress in and carrying the proper gear for the season and terrain. Here are our recommendations regarding the Packing List for Winter Trekking up to 5,600 m (the highest elevation of the trek).
Insurance info Day backpack
Flight info Face masks
Pre-arranged visas Rubber gloves
medical certificates, Hand sanitizer
Passport Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
Extra passport photos Unlocked mobile handset
Money Unlocked mobile handset
Clothing (without trekking) Insect repellant Lots of layers First aid kit
Thermal tops and trousers Plug adaptors.
Warm gloves and hats Refillable water bottle
Sunglasses and a sun hat EarplugsShawl or scarf (for temple visits) Sunscreen
Comfortable shoes or trainers Eco-friendly toiletries
Sleeping clothes Money Belt
Underwear Torch Alarm clock
Others Small padlocks for bags
Hiking boots (preferably worn in) Small towel
Spare laces Personal medical items
Wool hiking socks
Warm jacket or coat
Windproof rain gear
Sleeping bag (can be rented for 100 – 200 NPR per day)
Sleeping bag liner
Waterproof backpack cover
First aid kit
Trail snacks (can be bought locally)
Acclimatizing to the High Altitude
Acclimatization, to put it simply, is allowing your body enough time to adapt to the changes brought on by the higher altitude. The air gets increasingly difficult to breathe as you ascend above sea level. Your respiration and heart rate increase and your body alters its internal mechanisms for the environmental shift. One such adjustment is the suppression of non-essential bodily functions. Acclimatization occurs when you give your body enough time to adjust its internal defenses against this rather quick shift in altitude.
Even the greatest hikers in terms of physical condition need to become acclimated. In reality, acclimatization is necessary for everyone who travels to higher elevations, like the Everest Base Camp trek in winter. The only justification for its necessity is to prevent AMS or acute mountain sickness while trekking. According to general data, 84% of trekkers who fly directly to 3860m (Tengboche on the Everest Base Camp Trek is at (3860m), and 50% of trekkers who walk to an altitude greater than 4000m over five or more days get acute mountain sickness. Thus, acclimatization is necessary to avoid difficulties at higher altitudes, no matter how athletic a person is.
Last Minute Booking Available for Christmas New Year Everest Base Camp Trek
Trekking to Everest base camp in the winter is generally considered impossible due to the very harsh weather conditions. Therefore, most trekking organizers do not organize any treks to the Everest base camp in winter.
However, we here offer Christmas New Year Everest Base Camp Trek deals till the end of November. For this trek, you must book at least a month or at least 2 weeks before the festive day, i.e., Christmas Day and New Year.
Booking the trek early helps you and the tour organizer prepare for the journey to Everest Base Camp. The flight to Lukla is the only important issue with last-minute Mount Everest base camp trip offers. Only the early morning hours are suitable for flying since Lukla's weather is highly unpredictable. The primary issue begins here because when you book last minute, you cannot secure a morning flight (morning flights are scheduled in advance).
You will unlikely succeed if you attempt the Mount Everest base camp hike at the final minute in the winter months. Similarly, during the trek, bookings for additional treks like the Luxury EBC trek on Christmas and New Year and EBC helicopter return treks are always welcome. Choose the plan that best fits your needs and budget for Christmas and New Year, and then contact our reservations department for further details.
Note- Trekkers can add extra days to the Everest region at Additional costs.
Alternative EBC packages for Christmas and New Year
To elevate your trekking experience, we provide you our best of two alternative trekking packages at Christmas and New Year.
Everest Base Camp Trek Helicopter Return
The quickest and most memorable way to return from Everest Base Camp is by helicopter return trek package. Instead of walking to the destination back as you would on a typical trip, you will take a flight from Gorak Shep or Everest base camp after celebrating the New Year or Christmas to Kathmandu or Lukla. These packages are a great option for time-constrained tourists. This alternative combines a land trek and an aerial tour into a single journey to and from the Everest base camp.
Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek
You can travel while enjoying extra comfort with a luxury Everest Base Camp trip for your Christmas and New Year's celebration on Everest Base Camp. Stay at 5/4-star hotels like Hotel Ramada Encore and Hotel Malla in Kathmandu, hike through comfortable, opulent lodges, and then take a helicopter flight back to Kathmandu after festive celebrations with your friends and family in EBC.
Our luxury Christmas New Year Everest Base Camp Trek includes a good place itinerary and a fully guided trek. With the best accommodations for the whole trip, our Luxury Christmas New Year Everest Base Camp Trek is the pinnacle of luxury vacations in the Everest area.
Our Christmas New Year Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary
Our itinerary for Christmas and New Year's at Everest Base Camp focuses entirely on reaching the base camp through the trek and celebrating Christmas and New Year's amidst the elevated surroundings of the camp.
Day 1: Fly to Lukla From Kathmandu
Kathmandu Elevation- (1,400m / 4,593ft)
Lukla Elevation- (2,850m / 9,350ft)
Phakding Elevation- 2,610 m (8,560 ft)
Flight Duration- 45 Minutes
Trek total distance- 8.2 km / 5.1 mi
Trek duration- 3-5 hours
Overnight- Warm Tea Houses of Phakding
After picking you up from your respective hotels in Thamel, you will have a breathtaking short flight to Lukla, which just feels like the best start for your Christmas or New Year's celebration. There is just one landing strip at the Lukla Airport, located atop a hill facing a broad, deep valley. The Lukla airport is fascinating, with its tall mountains and amazing landscapes. Even the flight itself is a small experience that further elevates your experience.
The mountainous landscape gets reasonably high and fresh after arriving in Lukla. The journey to Cheplung Village from Lukla proceeds slowly, taking you to Phakidng Village for the day. You must then hike for around 3.5 hours to get here.
Day 2: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Namche Bazaar Elevation- (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)
Trek total distance- 9.4 km / 5.6 mi
Trekking Duration- 5-6 hours
Overnight- Warm Tea House at Namche Bazaar
You will be traveling to the highland town of Namche Bazaar after breakfast in Phakding.
To reach the Bazaar, you travel through various minor settlements, including Jorsale and Monjo, on the way to Namche. The entrance to the Sagarmatha National Park is located near Monjo, which is to the north of Phakding. The pathways go up to Namche and into the national park.
Sagarmatha National Park has a variety of intrinsic values, including its alpine forests, small rivers, and thick woodlands. Wide expanses of cedar and pine provide a pleasant hiking habitat for its trekkers. Namche Bazaar is the commercial hub of the Khumbu area as it is located at an advantageous position. This being said, the famous Bazaar is located on a mountaintop and offers some of the most beautiful views of Thamserku Mountain and Kongdi RI Himal.
Day 3: Namche: Acclimatization and Rest Day
Overnight- Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)
Accommodation- Same Warm teahouse as day 2
Namche Bazaar is an ideal location for acclimatization for the Everest base camp treks and even for other treks and expeditions like Gokyo Valley, Everest climbing expedition, etc.
The views at Namche are breathtaking and lovely. For the acclimatization hikes, you will tour the Syangboche Airstrip after breakfast. It is located atop a hill overlooking the town. Here, you may take in Namche's panoramic vista and the magnificent Himalayan features. Similarly, the views of Mount Everest and other Himalayan ranges may be seen from the windows of the Everest View Hotel. You can also visit the Everest Photo Gallery and the Sherpa Culture Museum in Namche Bazar.
Day 4: Trek from Namche to Tengboche
Tengboche Elevation- (3,870 m / 12,696 ft)
Total Trek distance- 9.6 km / 6 mi
Trekking Duration- 5- 6 hours
Overnight- Coz Tea House at Tengboche
A simple and scenic trip from Namche begins with the Phungki Thanka setup in the Dudh Koshi Valley. You will get a breathtaking view of Mount Everest from this location. You may get to Tengboche by walking along the trail that parallels the exact side of the Dudh Koshi River. The Himalayan Mountains, rivers, and hills may all be seen from the Namche to the Tengboche trail. The settlement of Tengboche is at the meeting point of the Dudh Koshi and Imja Khola Rivers. Rhododendron trees fill the towering hills around the villages. Tengboche is mainly famous for the Tengboche Monastery.
Day 5: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche
Dingboche Elevation- (4,360 m / 14,304 ft)
Total Trek distance- 10.5 km / 6.5 mi
Trekking Duration- 6- 7 hours
Overnight- Warm Tea House at Dingboche
The hiking trail leads to the Imja River through a suspension bridge as it moves towards the Dingboche village from Tengboche. You will also cross the Pangboche along the path. Dingbche is mainly famous as the name of "Summer Valley." It encompasses a kilometer-long wall constructed to shield the village's crops from the icy winds that blow down the Imja Valley. You can see Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Island Peak from Dingboche.
Day 6: Rest day Dingboche
After an acute nation day at Namche Bazaar, we again take another acclimatization day at Dingboche. The best method to explore Dingboche is to take a short acclimation hike o the Nagarjun. Nagarjun (5100 meters) lies atop a hill near the mouth of the Chhukung valley. You can take pleasure in climbing and a strenuous trek here. The Nagarjuna hike is a short acclimation that takes about 3-4 hours to complete. From here, you can see Lobuche East, Lobuche West, Kangtega, Taboche Peak, Thamserku, and Ama Dablam in all their splendor.
Day 7: Trek to Lobuche (4910m): 5-6 Hours
Lobuche Elevation- (4,940 m / 16,207 ft)
Total Trek distance- 8.4 km / 5.2 mi
Trekking Duration- 5 hours
Overnight- Warm Teahouse at Lobuche
Today we will begin our walk toward Lobuche after breakfast. On this part of the walk, the flora is relatively scattered. Trekkers must traverse the ridge line that looks down on Cholatse and Pumori. The hiking is captivating because of the views of Pheriche Village on your left and Nagarshan Hill on your right. Lunch will be served at Dugla. To get to Lobuche, we must hike uphill via the Dugla Pass.
We will show our respect at the Dugla Pass monument to climbers who perished on the Everest Expedition. The time spent in Lobuche is mystical as the place is on the river bank overlooking Mt. Pumori, Lobuche, and the Kong Ma la Pass.
Day 8: Trek from Lobuche To Everest Base Camp Via Gorakh Shep (Christmas or New Year Celebration)
Gorak Shep Elevation- (5,164 m / 16,942 ft)
Trek distance- 10.8 km / 6.7 mi
Trekking Duration- 4 hours +4 Hours
Everest Base Camp elevation- 5,364 m / 17,598 ft
Overnight- Warm Gorakshep Tea Houses
Finally, it is Christmas or New Year's Eve. To prevent altitude sickness, we start today's hike to Everest Base Camp slowly. The Khumbu Glacier, the tallest glacier in the world, may be seen from Lobuche along the trail.
We go from Lobuche for many hours by foot before reaching Gorak Shep, a quiet location with a few tea houses available. The route continues to the top of the border, where we find ourselves at the Everest Base Camp, our ultimate goal for our Christmas and New Year celebrations. The Khumbu Icefall and the Khumbutse and Lingtren peaks can both be seen from here and are breathtaking. We will spend some time at base camp, enjoying the stunning scenery and celebrating the festival and tranquil atmosphere before returning to Gorak Shep.
Day 9: Trek from Gorak Shep to Kala Patthar and Then to Pheriche
Trekking Started- Gorakshep (5,164 m / 16,942 ft)
Kala Patthar elevation- 5,545 m (18,514 ft)
Pheriche Elevation- 4,371m (14,339 feet)
Total Trek distance- 3.2 km / 1.9 mi
Trekking Duration- 3 hours
A morning climb to Kala Patthar will be fun, and another trip highlights. It's a well-known viewpoint popular for its breathtaking panoramic views of Mt. Everest and many other summits. From this vantage point, we can see the sun rising and the closest view of Mt Everest (the tallest mountain of the world), which is quite wonderful. The hue of the peaks changes from silver to golden as the sun rises amidst Mount Everest.
We'll visit Kala Patthar briefly before returning to Gorak Shep and Pheriche.
Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Namche
Namche Bazaar (3,440 m / 11,286 ft)
Trekking Duration- 6/7 hrs
Overnight- Warm Tea Houses of Namche Bazaar
You will begin your Trek back to Namche Bazaar as you awaken to the most amazing sunrise. The route of this Trek will lead you back to the previous pathways you traversed on the 12-day Everest base camp trek. This is a rare chance to examine the various characteristics of this Trek. After that, we'll drive through cultural neighborhoods where we may see the customs and history of the locals.
The return trip is as incredible as the ascending journey when climbing Everest or another high mountain in Nepal. This is because of the decreasing altitude. As a result, many individuals view the return leg of their walk as the most enjoyable. Enjoy the journey home. Additionally, your body will assist you, and the surroundings are spectacular, as usual.
Day 11: Trek from Namche to Phakding and then to Lukla
Phakding Elevation- 2,610 m (8,560 ft)
Lukla Elevation- (2,850m / 9,350ft)
Trek duration- 5/5 hours
Overnight- Warm Tea Houses of Lukla
You will begin the descending trail on your trek from Namchi Bazar, going through some of the most beautiful landscapes. Trekkers will then encounter various paths they previously traveled across suspension bridges and other woodland places. From here, you will travel alongside the Dudh Koshi River, where you can observe incredible natural trails.
The walk on this day is very short and enjoyable, taking you to the trek's trailhead, i.e., Lukla. Afterward, you will relax and have fun with other hikers.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu
Kathmandu Elevation- (1,400m / 4,593ft)
Flight Duration- 45 Minutes
We'll take an early-morning flight from Lukla to Kathmandu after the hike. You'll get one final look at the Himalayan Vista from the air. You can continue to the following site after being taken from the airport to your location.