Everest Base Camp Trek in January
Everest Region Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek in January: Weather, Accommodation, and Guide


January is among the least crowded months of the year in Nepal. As January is the mid-winter, you can enjoy the chilly air and crystal clear sky. You can enjoy the peace and silence throughout the trail. Everest Base Camp Trek in January is possible with some expert preparation. Trekking Everest Base in January is exploring the off-season, you can get the best accommodations choices along with the stunning views of the mountain. Here is everything you need to know about Everest Base Camp Trek in January.


The Everest January weather:

January is the mid-winter season in Nepal. To be honest, it’s among the least preferred month to trek due to the cool weather. Temperatures at base camp drop down to negative. But once you make to the top, you can enjoy the stunning views of the frozen Everest while the crisp mountain air hit your face. You might also ready about Everest Base Camp in December.

During January, the average sunshine hour is only about 6 hours. This means you should make to your destination for the day early in the evening. Lukla, 2,829m has the daily average temperatures of 5 °C. At Namche, the temperatures further drop but it is still above zero degrees. But the night’s temperatures can drop to -10°C.

Even in such difficult circumstances, few adventure freaks walk all the way to Base Camp during January. So let’s see what does this “least preferred month” offers them for the trek:

Everest Base Camp

Why is Everest Base Camp Trek in January exciting?

Less Rainfall: January in Nepal means almost no precipitation.

Frequent Snowfall: If you also joy in playing snowfall fun and romantic, this is the month for you.

Fewer Trekkers: January is considered as off-season in Nepal. There is fewer trekkers on your way. You have chances to enjoy the beauty of nature all by yourself.

Clear Visibility: The chilly wind in January blows all the clouds. This means, you get to trek under the clear sly while enjoying the awesome view of the mountain.

Hence, you can enjoy the stunning views offered in the Everest region in December.

More Budget-Friendly: January is the beginning of the off-season for treks in Nepal. This means the trip operators will offers the huge discounts and package. Also, there are complimentary services, discounts on domestic flights, group discounts, and others.

Nepal is among the most affordable trekking destinations in the world. And due to off-season, Everest Base Camp Trek in January becomes more budget friendly.

Everest region in January Accommodations:

As the winter hits the Everest, finding perfect lodges and tea houses is easy. They remain quiet empty and peaceful, you get to enjoy their hospitality all by yourself. You can get the room of your choice at better prices and enjoy the hospitality. Everest Base Camp Trek in January brings lots of options.

Everest Base Camp Trek in January
Everest Base Camp Trek in January

Trek With or Without Guides:

Having a guide is ideal in January. Since there are fewer traveler on the trails, there is less chance of meeting people. Hence, the risk of getting yourself lost or injured will be high. You will find it hard to arrange all by yourself. A guide ensures that you won’t get lost. S/he will also provide first aid knowledge. 

Also during January trek, you will also need to carry your winter gear along with regular essentials.  Hence, you will need a porter to carry belongings to make your trek easy and comfort. With or without guide Everest Base Camp Trek in January is fun.

Other Recommended Treks in Everest Region

Everest Base Camp Trek with Island Peak

Shivalaya to Everest Base Camp Trekking

Everest Base Camp Cho-La Pass – Gokyo Trekking

Other treks in Nepal in January:

Since the cold weather and snowfall makes the trek to Everest Base Camp hard, you can pick the alternate trekking trail for the month. The best alternate trekking trails for winter in Nepal are:

Langtang Valley trek;

Upper Mustang Trek

Lower Mustang Trek


You can get your perfect Everest Base Camp Trek in January with us here. We will make sure that you have best facilities during the trek.

About Shobita Neupane

Shobita is a co-founder of Travel Diary Nepal. She is a passionate traveler and a content writer. Her favorite quote is Fly so high until your problem looks smaller and the dream seems closer.

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