Everest Base Camp Trek in May

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Everest Base Camp Trek in May is considered is one of the best choices for trekking. As the humid and warm temperature melts all the snow, one can walk fearlessly of being slipped. May is a transaction month for spring and summer which offers the blend of two seasons at the same time.

The blanket of greeneries, wildflowers, views of the Himalayan panorama welcome the tourists making the journey beautiful and enjoyable. Spring brings charm to everyone. The flower blossoms, lustrous green vegetation, rhododendrons bloom, and distinct flora and fauna make your journey to Everest delightful.

And since May is the last month of this splendid month of Nepali spring, you wouldn’t want to miss out on so many by not visiting the Everest region in the month of May. Your fellow travelers who will be there in plenty will also enhance your trekking experience in May.

During your journey to Everest Base Camp, will experience warmer temperature, fairly stable and crisp weather conditions, crystal skies, and magnificent sceneries of gigantic world Class Mountains, and some are above 8000 m witnessing Mt. Everest, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Traversing via different settlements of the Himalayan Sherpas, one can explore plenty of chances to explore amazing and uncommon culture, traditional values, and the way of living. During the acclimatization day at Namche, you can observe these all even deeply.

Getting Everest Base Camp in May is possible via different routes and means. One can get there either using a helicopter or hiking from either Lukla, Jiri, or Salleri. Several other high passes treks and alternatives to EBC are also available.

Pikey Peak Trek, Everest High Passes Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo Lakes, Gokyo Lakes Trek are some of them. In this article, I have included some of the highlights, weather conditions, reasons, trek difficulties, itinerary, gears and equipment, and tips for Everest Base Camp Trek in May.

Everest Base Camp Trek in May: Highlights

The ultimate highlights of the Everest Trek in May are enlisted. 

  • Short but scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Lukla and vice versa.
  • Hike at the foothills of world-class peaks of the Everest region.
  • Walk passing torrential rivers, dazzling waterfalls, and lustrous greeneries of Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Explore Namche- the largest trade hub of the Himalayas
  • Witness the culture, tradition, warm hospitality, and daily life of the people in the Himalayas.
  • Spectacular mountain views with astonishing sunrise and sunset from the popular vantage point-Kalapatthar
  • Explore different monasteries, chortens, prayer flags, Mane walls, and prayer wheels throughout the trip.
  • Have a scenic view of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Pumori, Cho Oyu, Ama Dablam, and Khumbu Glacier-the largest glacier of Nepal.

Everest Base Camp Trek in May: Weather Conditions


It is a perfect choice to Trek Everest Base Camp in May. The days are brighter and sunny, the mornings are crystal clear but afternoons can be a bit cloudy. Groups of clouds can assemble in the evening sky, right after a bright sunny day causing a thunderstorm.

Although, there is a lesser possibility of precipitation and snowfall. The Everest region is drier in early May. However, there are chances of little showers while trekking at the end of May.

The end of May marks the beginning of Monsoon. So, there are chances of variable weather conditions.

The crystal atmosphere in May offers the perfection of surrounding vistas. The distant mountain vistas are clearly visible which seems spectacular. Although it is the end of the spring, still one can see bright rhododendron blossoms in the dense forest.

The trekking trails are full of trekkers and you can meet the mountaineers as this is a peak month for climbing Everest and other peaks.

An average temperature of Everest Base Camp Trek in May is presented below.



Average Temperature

Minimum Temperature

Maximum temperature

Precipitation (mm)


2,860 m/9,383ft





Namche Bazaar








4,410 m/14,464ft







4,910 m/16,105ft






Gorak Shep

5,181 m/16,994ft






Everest Base Camp Trek in May: Why to trek?

  • Since the temperature is favorable, you will feel comfortable enough to walk with light trekking gear and clothing.
  • Amusing weather circumstances, fewer chances of precipitation, bright sunny days
  • Crystal skies, stunning mountain views, and landscapes
  • Chances to interact with the mountaineers, fellow trekkers, and other crew
  • Observe authentic Himalayan lifestyles especially of the Sherpas
  • The mostly clear skies mean a fewer chance of flight cancellation while getting into/from Lukla
  • Colorful hills, plenty of windflowers distinct flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park
  • Chances to observe Dumje, a masked festival is celebrated in various places like Junbesi of Solukhumbu and Tengboche, Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, and Pangboche of Khumbu region.

Everest Base Camp Trek in May: Trek Difficulties


Trek Distance and Duration

Everest Base Camp Trek covers more or less 130 kilometers spending 9 walking Days, 2 active rest days, and 3 days on arrival, departure, and flight from Lukla to Kathmandu. You need to walk 10-15 kilometers a day on average.

To cover this distance, one needs to walk 6-7 hours per day on average. Walking this distance per day in the Himalayan section can be a bit challenging for those who are novice trekkers. Some preparation beforehand makes the journey comfortable and enjoyable.

Altitude Sickness

Kalapatthar-5545m is the most elevated point of Everest Base Camp Trek. Being a high-altitude trek, Altitude Sickness is one of the major challenges of this trek. This can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, and fitness level.

The body may dehydrate soon if you don’t drink sufficient water as May is a hot month; hence you need to be extra careful.

Staying hydrated, maintaining your own pace, and keeping plenty of time for acclimatization purpose helps you to be escaped from altitude sickness.

Food and Accommodation

May is one of the peak months for trekking Everest. Numerous travelers march towards the same destinations a limited number of teahouses and lodges become full early. You might have problems finding places for accommodations and eateries. So prior booking is recommended.

A possibility of Rainfalls in Late May

May is the transition month of spring and summer. Nepal receives a lot of downpours in the summer months. So, unexpected rainfall may cause difficulties in your trip to Everest. You need to carry extra gears that waterproof to make the journey convenient and enjoyable.

Everest Base Camp Trek in May: Suggested Itinerary




Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft)


Day 2

Fly Kathmandu to Lukla (2,860 m/9,383ft) and trek to Phakding (2,652 m/8,700 ft)


Day 3

Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft)

Namche Bazaar


Day 4

Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar, a sidewalk to Everest View Hotel (3,962m/12,995ft)

Namche Bazaar

Day 5

Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,860 m/12,660ft)



Day 6

Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche (4,410 m/14,464ft)    


Day 7

Acclimatization day at Dingboche and side trip to Nagarjun hill (4,900m/ 16,076ft)


Day 8

Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4,910 m/16,105ft)            


Day 9

Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5,181 m/16,994ft) to EBC (5,364m/17,594ft) and return Gorakshep     


Day 10

HIke to Kalapatthar (5,643m/18,514ft) and Back to Pheriche (4,371 m/14,340 ft


Day 11

Periche to Namche Bazaar (3,440m/11,283ft)           


Day 12

Namche Bazaar to Lukla (2,860m/9,383ft)   


Day 13

Fly back to Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft)     


Day 14

Final departure



Everest Base Camp Trek in May: Gears, Equipment and Clothing to pack


Head and Hands

  • Big sun hat
  • Polarized UV sunglasses
  • Scarf or bandana
  • Waterproof and windproof gloves (optional)


  • Windcheater jacket
  • Waterproof shell jacket
  • Down jacket (for the higher elevations)


  • Thermal innerwear
  • Convertible hiking pants
  • Hiking undergarments
  • Moisture-wicking tops
  • Loose comfortable T-shirt
  • Long sleeve shirt


  • Normal socks
  • Warm hiking socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Hiking sandals
  • Hiking gaiters (optional)

Toiletries and Personal Hygiene

  • Face masks
  • Moisturizer
  • Antibacterial sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Sunscreen cream
  • Shampoo and conditioners
  • Tissue or toilet paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Quick-drying towel
  • Feminine hygiene products


  • Trekking Poles
  • Sleeping bag (Holy Mountain Treks provides  to its clients)
  • Headlamps and extra batteries
  • Insulated water bottle
  • Extra plastic bags (to store your garbage along the way and to keep your things dry)
  • Waist bag for small items
  • First aid kit

Miscellaneous but Recommended Items

  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Spare batteries for your camera and other electronics
  • Maps of route and mountains
  • Personal documents
  • Polar blanket and pillowcase (for personal hygienic stay)

Everest Base Camp Trek in May: Extra Tips

  • Hire a professional trekking guide and porter from an authorized  trekking company
  • Decide if you want to go with a group/guide
  • Read the terms of service
  • Prepare for flight delays
  • Pick an itinerary with at least 1 or 2 acclimatization days
  • Expect a flight diversion to Ramecchap
  • Expect rough bathrooms
  • Prepare for cold and rain
  • Bring Snacks but don’t carry too much
  • Keep Batteries close to your body
  • Bring cash with you; mostly smaller amounts
  • Take your time; there is nothing to rush
  • Ring a card deck, book, and any other games you like to play
  • Be physically and mentally prepared for your trek

Final Words

Everest Base Camp Trek in May is one of the most hiked destinations of Nepal. Although it is possible to trek in the foot of Everest throughout the year with the right preparation, autumn and spring are the most trekked seasons. 

Are you dreaming to trek the Everest region in May? Holy Mountain Treks is here to assist you in each step from planning to organize the journey to the Himalayas.

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Krishna Sapkota

Krishna is a content writer and tour guide of Holy Mountain Treks. As a guide and a writer, he has paid a visit to almost all the touristic destinations in Nepal. He has also been to major Trekking termini in Nepal. By means of his personal knowledge and experiences, he responds all your interrogations, creates blogs, articles and develops itineraries for your trips.

Krishna has been working in tourism sector since 2017, as he was running his Masters' degree. Afterward the accomplishment of his graduation, he is fully keen in this industry.

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