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Everest Base Camp Trek in March

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most exciting base camp adventures in the world. This classical trekking route in Nepal takes you to the magnificent Himalayas of the Khumbu region. If you are considering this once-in-a-lifetime experience, then you might be wondering what might be the perfect timeframe for the exploration. Although Himalayan explorations in Nepal are most ideal during the peak seasons, spring and autumn, the Everest Base Camp Trek in March offers astonishing prospects that you have never seen before.

Nestled between the end of the winter and the peak of spring, allurements of this month simply outshine others. March houses the climatic conditions of the autumn for a comfortable trekking experience and offers the spectacular landscapes of the spring season. This month, which rings the bell for the awakening of the blooming season, takes you on an unforgettable journey across the breathtaking Himalayan region that is slowly molding from snow blankets to the fur of lush bloom.

Everest Base Camp Trek in March- Trek Overview

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Your exciting Everest Base Camp Trek in March kick starts with a heart-throbbing scenic flight from Kathmandu (1,350 meters) to Lukla (2,800 meters). Then, after landing at Lukla you will commence your trekking adventure and follow the banks of the Dudh Koshi River to reach Phakding (2,610 meters).

You will then move along with your ascending charming trails heading toward the Sherpa Capital, Namche Bazaar (3,445 meters). After enjoying acclimatization day at Namche you will continue to further elevation jump points of this trek like Tengboche (3,850 meters), Dingboche (4,350 meters), Lobuche (4,950 meters), and Gorakshep (5,160 meters), the last settlement in this trekking route.

The further part of this journey will take you to the goal of this exploration, Everest Base Camp (5,364 meters), and the vantage point of the Khumbu Valley, Kalapatthar (5,554 meters). After concluding this exciting trekking adventure at the base of Everest, you will then retrace your steps all the way back to Lukla on the same route for a flight back to Kathmandu.

Why Everest Base Camp Trek in March?

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Ideal Climatic Conditions

During your Everest Base Camp Trek in March, you will be greeted with the most favorable climatic conditions in the spring season. Due to bits of winter still lingering around during the first part of the month, the freshness is simply outstanding.

The temperature of the trekking region in Everest hovers around 12°C to 18°C during the month of March. So, you will be able to enjoy an incredible trekking adventure in mild temperatures like autumn. The daytime temperatures at the trekking trails are warm and during the evenings and early mornings, refreshing cool breezes make the experience refreshing.

However, as the temperatures at the alpine altitudes can drop upto -10°C during night. So, make sure to pack different sets of layers for a comfortable exploration.

Clear Mountain Views

The Everest Base Camp Trekking route rewards the explorers with stunning views of the Himalayan peaks like Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Nuptse, Pumori, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, and other incredible peaks. So, naturally, you would want the month with the best visibility to relish the magnificent views of these Himalayan gems during your exploration.

March the dark horse of the spring season offers the most spectacular views of these grandeur peaks. Thanks to a stable climate and lower precipitation, you will be able to see the incredible Himalayan vistas of the region, as far as your eye can reach.

Scenic Landscapes

There might be hardly anyone who is not familiar with the bloom spring season brings. The visuals are especially stunning on the Himalayan region that comprises sub-tropical to alpine regions.

Most people choose the spring season for its enthralling colorful trail and opportunity to encounter the magnificent flora and fauna of the Himalayan region. However, this exciting trek in March introduces you to a unique phenomenon of the natural cycle.

During your Everest Base Camp Trek in this month, besides the natural allurements of nature’s peak season, you will also encounter the magical moments of nature’ transition. The snow-clad landscapes slowly start to wither away as the bloom of spring gradually extends it territory. This incredible phenomenon of nature in the Himalayas can only be witnessed in this month.

Less Crowded Trails

The start of March officially ends the reign of the winter season. The winter slowly starts to disappear in the background leaving stage to the nature’s ally. However, as the transition process isn’t immediate, the bits of peak Himalayan season are still left around at the corners.

So, the temperature unlike the peak autumn month of October can be slightly chilly during March. Most trekkers avoid this starting month of the spring season aiming for slightly warmer weather conditions. That’s why the trekking trails are less crowded than in the latter months of the season.

You will able to enjoy a serene exploration opportunity on the isolated trail. This also adds more room to your interaction with locals as well as exploration of highlights where you normally would have to be considerate of the crowd behind you.

Wildlife Encounter

You will have more chances of encountering Himalayan flora and fauna in this season than to moderate crowds. Unlike getting spooked by the mainstream crowd, the endangered wildlife of the region are roaming close to the trekking trails relishing the spoils of the peak season.

Also, the migratory birds looking for a warm nestle flock from all around the world to Nepal. So, this starting month of the spring season also offers an incredible opportunity for bird watching as well.

Incredible Photography Opportunity

Thanks to the diverse landscapes of this trail comprised of lush forested regions, high hills, wide pastures, and glacial moraines, the photography prospects of this month are quite extensive. On top of that, the wildlife and birdlife of the Himalayan region that are enjoying the warmth after a long winter are more visible during this starting month of spring.

Your close encounter with these incredible species of the Himalayas will create spectacular photogenic opportunities. If you are a landscape photography enthusiast, the perfect shots of the pristine peaks across the stunning colourful visuals of the blooming season will also be something magical.

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Difficulty of Everest Base Camp Trek in March

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The Everest Base Camp Trek has been labeled a moderately difficult trekking adventure. Thanks to the milder hurdles along the trekking route, even a complete beginner can partake in this exploration.

You won’t have to overcome any technical regions on this route and won’t need any kind of mountaineering gear. However, this is still a high Himalayan exploration that takes you to the remote and secluded part of the Himalayas. So, you will still need to prepare well to overcome the challenges in this exploration.

In this highest base camp trekking adventure in the world, you will start your trekking adventure from Lukla (2,800 meters), after Kathmandu to Lukla flight. Then moving along your gradually ascending trail, you will reach the highest point at Kala Patthar (5,554 meters). So, there is risk of altitude sickness is high if a proper acclimatization process is not followed.

Similarly, the total trekking distance you have to cover in this exploration is 130 km (80 miles). So, you will trek for about 6-7 hours on average during your adventure. The experience can be exhausting if you haven’t trained properly for the expedition.

Is This Trek Suitable for Me?

Reaching the foothills of the tallest snow-clad peak on earth is a dream of many trekking enthusiasts. If you are fond of Himalayan trekking, you certainly do have this iconic exploration on your bucket list.

So, if you are worried whether moving along with this classical trekking route in the Himalayas might be right for you or not. Rest assured, the trekking trails are not as draining or as strenuous as a mountain expedition.

This is also a fully guided expedition, your guides will take care of you and all your logistic details. You will also receive porters who will significantly reduce your baggage weight. Thus, you will have a comfortable time following the exciting trails that don’t have any technical demands.

There are also no age restrictions in this trial and if you have a basic fitness, that is more than enough. The success percent of Everest Base Camp Trek sits at 95% to 97%. If you make the right preparations and train properly, then the success rate certainly pushes all the way to 100%.

Training and Preparation for Everest Base Camp Trek in March

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Although the minimum recommended period for the high Himalayan trekking adventure ranges from 4-8 weeks, you should design your preparation based on a thorough physical assessment. If you do a proper physical assessment, you will be able to create an effective training plan working on your weak points.

You can either consult a professional trainer or do some practice hikes for a better understanding of the areas that you have to improve for the trek. During your Everest Base Camp Trek in March, you will reach a significant altitude pulling off long hours of trekking.

So, the major focus of your training should be on the strength and endurance part. If you want to make the experience even more comfortable and include exercises that can improve the overall acclimatization process during your trek, you should also include cardiovascular/stamina exercises in your training.

Strength and Endurance Training Exercises: Push up, pull up, deadlift, squat, bicep curl, calf raise, leg extension, overhead press, tricep dips, bench press, upright row, glute bridge, etc

Cardiovascular/Stamina Exercises: Running, swimming, cycling, dancing, rowing, jumping rope, high knees, jumping jack, mountain climber, lunges, aerobic, etc

Permits for Trek

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For your Everest Base Camp Trek in March, you will need to acquire three permits. These permits are mandatory for the exploration of the Everest region as you will trek across protected and restricted areas.

  • Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit
  • Sagarmatha National Park Permit
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card

As you go deeper into the restricted areas of the Khumbu region during your exploration, you will need to get the Khumbu Rural Municipality Permit. This permit costs approximately US$ 25 and you will have to get it at Lukla or at Monjo checkpoint.

Sagarmatha National Park Permit on the other hand gives you access to freely explore the protected areas of the Himalayas, this permit costs around US$ 30. This national park permit can be acquired from either the Tourism Board Office at Kathmandu or Monjo.

Finally, the TIMS Card is a helpful tool that lets authorities keep track of your trail. As it registers checkpoints in your trekking route, the authorities can swiftly take appropriate measures in case of emergencies. This permit costs approx. US$ 17.

What Kind of Accommodation Can You Expect in March?

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The month of March marks the beginning of the spring season. So, the teahouses/lodges during the trekking period start preparing to receive the mainstream guests for this month. As you will be the first wave of guests after the long winter, the accommodation facilities are spacious and peaceful as well.

If you are the lucky first batch after winter, the teahouses may also provide a few more extra amenities in your honor. Generally, during your Everest Base Camp Trek in March, you will spend 11 nights at the teahouses in the Everest region and 3 nights at Kathmandu.

You will be able to enjoy luxurious services and amenities during your stay at the hotel in Kathmandu. Whereas, the teahouses/lodges along your trekking trail offer a standard level of services. As Everest is a mainstream trekking region in the country, you can also enjoy a luxurious mode of trekking experience for extra cost.

Food and Beverages

One of the best things about doing trekking adventures in Nepal is the exploration of the unparalleled delightful delicacies that are hard to achieve in a single itinerary plan. During your Everest Base Camp Trek in March, you will be able to enjoy wide culturally diversified tasty, and healthy dishes.

Your exciting Himalayan exploration will introduce you to the wide range of regional items that represent different cultures/traditions in the country like Dal Bhat, Gundruk, Gundruk, Dhindo, Chapati, Thukpa, Shyaphale, Chhoyela, Bara, Momo, Chowmein, etc. Besides that, you will also be able to enjoy other Asian and Western dishes like Pakoda, Paratha, Tingmo, Samosa, Pizza, Spaghetti, Macaroni, Steak, Soup, Curry, etc.

**Note: Vegan and vegetarian food options are also available at the lodges/teahouses on the trekking trail. The chefs also take personal requests if you want to exclude any ingredients from your meal**

Beverages

In the beverage line, the drink diversified range is in close competition with the food menus. From traditional buttermilk, Tongba, and Chhyang to juice, cold drinks, and hard drinks, you will be able to relish a wide range of refreshments during your trek.

However, we don’t recommend bottled water and canned juice during this trip due to the environmental hazards they bring. You should also avoid drinking alcoholic drinks in your trek as they complicate the acclimatization process.

Also, don’t forget to consume 3-4 liters of water at least during each day of the trek. You will lose a significant water proportion of your body during long hours of trek, so it is necessary to maintain a healthy level. Meeting the hydration quota during each day of your trek will also help you keep altitude sickness at bay.

What About Health and Safety?

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Your safety and well-being is our first and foremost priority. So, your Everest Base Camp Trek in March will managed and led by an experienced and government-licensed guide. All of our guides are exceptional leaders in their respective fields and are also trained for first aid as well as altitude sickness-related responses.

During your Himalayan exploration, your guide will check your physical conditions throughout each single day. Your guide will check how well you are acclimatizing to the rising altitudes and your overall general health.

Thus, in case of any kind of health issues, your guide will coordinate with the head office to make a proportional decision. We can also arrange the oxygen bottles if any of the guests feel like they need them.

Cost of Everest Base Camp Trek

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The cost of the Everest Base Camp Trek standard package can range somewhere between US$ 1,300 to US$ 5,000. The cost of your package depends on the duration of your trip, explorations of nearby highlights around the region, and the level of services and amenities.

Exciting Nepal has brought the best value and exciting package for this incredible exploration, 14 Days Everest Base Camp Trek at just US$ 1,350. This is the most ideal trekking package that doesn’t miss out on any exploration of the region and comes at the best market value price. When it comes to the integrity of the services and customer satisfaction, it is our core business module and we don’t compromise on anything. So, we guarantee a safe and remarkable trekking experience in this classical trekking route of the Himalayas.

Your trekking package cost will include all general expenses like accomodation facility at Kathmandu (2 nights) and in the trek, all land transportation, domestic flight (two way), cost of guides and porters, government expenses, and our official service costs.

The expenses like international airfare, insurance, visa, tips, and personal nature expenses (snacks, drinks, laundry, charging, etc) are not covered by your trek cost.

What to Pack for Everest Base Camp Trek in March?

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It is not possible to enjoy a high-altitude Himalayan exploration without proper layers and the right gear/equipment. During your Everest Base Camp Trek in March, you will traverse across diverse climatic zones, the lower trails are relatively warmer while night temperatures can hit minus degrees at alpine altitudes. So packing the right layers to tackle the climatic barrier is significant to make the experience.

Similarly, you will trek on remote rugged trails of the Himalayas for long hours. Gear and equipment that can assist you in reducing the difficulty level will certainly contribute to the overall enjoyability of the exploration.

However, as the weight limit for porters is 15kg per trekker, make sure to pack light without excluding the essentials.

Packing Suggestion for Everest Base Camp Trek

For Head and Upper Body

  • Sun hat/ brim hat
  • Woolen/knitted hat, beanie
  • Light gloves
  • Insulated or heavy woolen gloves
  • Neck scarf
  • Tshirt, shirt
  • Sweater
  • Insulated vest
  • Lightweight jacket, fleece jacket
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Down jacket for minus degrees

For Lower Body and Feet

  • Cotton pant
  • Hiking shorts
  • Windproof/waterproof trousers
  • Heavy woolen or insulated trousers
  • Socks of several thickness layers
  • Trekking boots
  • Waterproof gaiter
  • Sports or training shoes
  • Crocks or sandals

Personal Hygiene/Toiletries

  • Toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Small mirror, nail clipper
  • Sunscreen cream, body lotion
  • Bar soap, shampoo, oil
  • Wet wipes, tissue, and toilet paper
  • Foot powder
  • Deodorant
  • Insect repellent
  • Santizier
  • Water purification solution
  • First aid kit
  • Personal medication
  • Female hygiene products

Gear/Equipment

  • Trekking poles
  • Ankle support
  • Sleeping bag
  • Duffle bag
  • Backpack/daypack
  • Sunglass (UV protection)
  • Headlamp
  • Camera, binoculars
  • Universal charger
  • Map, compass
  • Journal, magazine
  • Rain cover

**Note: Bring enough cash changed to local currency for snacks and other shopping during the trek. The ATMs along the route can be unreliable at times**

Some Helpful Tips for Trek

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  • Always follow the guidelines and suggestions of guides and porters, they are familiar with the region like the back of their hand
  • Stay hydrated and acclimatize properly
  • Eat a balanced diet to fuel yourself for long hours of trek, even if you feel a loss of appetite at higher altitudes
  • Make sure to train properly within the recommended period, your comfort level is determined by the preparation you make
  • When ascending to higher altitudes, pay proper heed to any kind of symptoms that are related to altitude sickness
  • If you are facing any difficulties communicate with your guide immediately
  • Don’t consume cigarettes and alcohol during the trek, not only you are at risk under the influence at higher altitudes, but it also makes acclimatization harder
  • Seek insider tips from forums or experienced trekkers
  • Learn basic first aid skills and pack altitude sickness medications
  • Lastly, take your time and enjoy the exciting exploration

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Mr. Subash K.C ventured into the tourism industry after completing his studies in Management Stream in 2001 at Tribhuvan University. Mr. K.C, born and brought up in the Lalitpur district, is keenly interested in exploring the different trekking routes. Getting the opportunity to work in the tourism industry helped him gather insights about trekking across Nepal. In addition, he also learned about customer care and group management.
By leading solo and group trekkers himself, he started collecting data about many trekking destinations in Nepal. He creates an enriching experience for national and international travelers through exceptional hospitality.

Apart from managing trekking and tours, Mr K.C also handles client inquiries, accommodation reservations, arrangements of transportation and flights, and other logistics. Recognizing the importance of personalized service, he proactively takes care of clients' needs and requirements. He is fluent in English and excels in organizing treks, tours, and adventure sports in Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan.

He is highly committed to promoting responsible tourism and prioritizes client satisfaction by providing top-notch service through his well-organized company. He believes that through responsible traveling, we can protect the natural environment and promote sustainability. He has expanded his knowledge by traveling to various countries worldwide, such as India, Bhutan, Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Thailand, China, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, USA, Japan, UK, Canada etc and is passionate about exploring more destinations.

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