As beautiful as snow may seem, having snow almost all years make Mount Everest one of the harshest place in terms of weather in the world. The mountain is always covered with thick snow all seasons, above 8000 meters. The Mount Everest Temperature is never normal. The most deadly hurricane winds blowing as fast as 280-290 km/h makes Everest even the deadliest mountain in the world.
Only around the month of May, such hurricanes are calm opening a way for climbers to reach the top in a very short window.
Mount Everest Temperature According to Season
Mount Everest, lying at an altitude of 8848.86 meters and 28° north of the equator follows the northern hemisphere seasonal pattern.
June to September are mostly cloudy due to the Indian Monsoon. The harshest and coldest months are December and January, during which even reaching the base camp seems impossible due to snow blizzards.
For trekkers months between March-May and October-November are considered ideal, during which temperature and climate are also moderate.
1. Winter Weather at Everest: (From November to February)
Even in the cities and most places, winter seasons are feared by most people. Common cold, joint ache, headache are common during winter seasons. Now imagine the condition of the highest mountain in the world. Most of Mount Everest death cause during this season.
Most people living near Everest shift towards near cities and take their Yaks to a warmer place to avoid harsh temperatures in winter.
However, November can be an exciting month to trek to Everest as winter is just starting and views are as astonishing as it gets.
2. Spring Weather at Everest: Pre Monsoon season
March is one of the ideal months for trekkers to reach Mount Everest because the Mount Everest temperature is a little warm in March. This might be the only season when wearing a t-shirt or vest while trekking seems sane enough.
Infrequent rains during pre-monsoon provide the best clear and sharp view of mountains and hills, which is a heavenly experience for any visitors.
3. Monsoon Season Everest
The monsoon season officially starts in June and lasts until September. These months are most affected by the Indian Monsoon which brings heavy clouds causing frequent rainfall making the trekking (during this season) not so ideal.
Sometimes the rain lasts for weeks before you can even see the sun. However, the weather is not as harsh and cold as winter.
4. Fall Weather at Everest: Post Monsoon
After the monsoon ends, the fall season starts and lasts only for a month or two until harsh weather takes over again. The end of September to Mid-of December sees the best weather, where the temperature is mild and days are relatively sunny with the best view of Everest.
Even the trekking routes become full of surprises and relatively easy than another season. Clear days, comfortable weather makes the journey faster and easy.
Trekking is almost impossible in the winter season. However, people do trek in the monsoon when the traffic is the lowest but the days and nights are dominated by rains almost all months, sitting Everest even from the Base Camp might be uncertain during this season.
Temperatures at Everest Summit and Base Camp
At the summit of Everest, the coldest days are from mid of December to January where temperature can go as low as -60°C. The average temperature is around -37°C making it one of the coldest places.
While at the Base Camp, the temperature can go a little higher, but only compared to Summit, averaging only -17°C during winters.
Spring months are relatively the warmest month in the base camp whereas the summit never sees the temperature above freezing point or doesn’t come as close to -10°C.
- Coldest average Summit Temperature: -41ºC
- Warmest average Summit Temperature: -16ºC
- Highest recorded Wind speed on the Everest: 175mph+, equivalent to Category -5 hurricane
This makes the Everest summit the windiest place on the planet.