Are you planning to hike in the Everest region this April but unsure about the best time to start this exciting journey? Do not stress. We got you covered. Trekkers worldwide prefer spring since it is the peak season for trekking around the highest peak. In addition to sating your need for adventure, the trek to Everest High Pass in April offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the local culture as Nepal celebrates its New Year during that time.
The Everest High Pass also referred to as the Everest Three Passes Trek, circles Mount Everest through three high passes in the Khumbu region: Kongma La Pass (5535 m), Cho La Pass (5370 m), and Renjo La Pass (5345 m). Additionally, this trip takes you to the Everest Base Camp (5364 m) and Kala Patthar (5545 m), the highest elevation of the Everest Three Passes Trek, from which you may see an incredible sunrise that illuminates Mt. Everest in a golden hue.
The hike to Everest High Pass is the ideal chance to push yourself beyond your limits by hiking for 3 weeks in one of the most rugged terrains in the high altitudes of the Nepalese Himalayas. Undertaking the trek to Everest High Pass in April makes this arduous expedition more enjoyable with the unmatched natural beauty that spring offers.
You would adore seeing the hike's alluring beauty of the mountains, glaciers, valleys covered with rhododendrons, mountain passes, lakes, and more. The trek to Everest Three Passes is perfect for seasoned and driven high-altitude trekkers. And what better month to get lost in the Himalayan foothills than April, when the sky is at its deepest blue, and the warm sun peeks through fluffy white clouds drifting in the sky?
The sentiments of traversing through the Everest Three Passes, located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sagarmatha National Park, is beyond explanation. However, we've collected a few highlights and valuable information that would help you better plan your trek to Everest High Pass in April. Let's get right into it.
Highlights of the Trek to Everest High Pass in April
Unbeatable spring ambiance in the Everest High Pass region
April is the second month of spring, and by this time, the spring vibrancy would have covered the trail with busting colors of wildflowers and the greenery of the trees in the forest. Once you get to higher altitudes, the lively vegetation will gradually be replaced by white snowcapped mountains and crystal-clear skies. You'd witness the magic of spring the entire time you're on this trek to Everest High Pass in April.
Adding more colors to already colorful trails of the Everest Three Pass Trek blooms Rhododendron, the national flower of Nepal, turning the entire forest into crimson.
Take advantage of April's longer days and shorter nights. You'd have lots of daylight hours (6-7) for hiking. This information is convincing enough to plan a trip to the Everest region right now. Don't overthink it. Take this month as the window of maximum opportunity for your Himalayan expedition.
Weather and Temperature of the Everest region in April
You don't need to worry too much about April's weather or temperature. The atmosphere starts to warm up and stabilize. With fewer clouds in the sky, the days usually become clearer. On a bright sunny day in April, you can enjoy all the mountain vistas with absolute clarity. However, be prepared for the temperature to drop steadily at night in the absence of the sun. The likelihood of gloomy, rainy days in April is extremely low, sparing you from carrying rain gear.
The daytime temperature is usually above 0 degrees Celcius, so you don't have to worry much about the cold while hiking during the day. However, the temperature can drop to -12 degrees Celcius at night, so keep some warm clothes and a sleeping bag handy.
Lesser chances of Lukla flight cancellation
Taking a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla is one of the most incredible flying experiences. The Nepalese Himalayas are beautifully visible from this mountain flight of only 30 minutes, which also lands on an alarmingly elevated runway, adding more thrill to the ride.
Due to bad weather conditions, flights from Kathmandu to Tenzing Hilary Airport in Lukla are typically canceled. Most flights are scheduled for the morning as the sky is more apparent at this time. However, you should consider yourself lucky if you go for the trek to Everest High Pass in April, as the flight is mainly guaranteed to take off due to favorable weather.
Lively Everest hiking trails in April
The Nepalese Himalayas see the most hikers throughout the spring. Since April is Nepal's second spring month, you'll surely see many trekkers with happy faces en route to your destination. It would be wonderful to meet new people with similar interests from around the world and swap hiking tales in tea houses or even on the trail.
Your hosts will, likewise, exude the friendly, welcoming spirit of spring. All these things help to make your Everest hiking excursion a wonderful experience to behold the memories forever.
Passing by the beautiful Himalayan settlement of Namche Bazaar
You probably heard of the infamous Namche Bazar if you enjoy hiking. The entrance to the high Himalayas is this tiny village in the Khumbu region. Despite being 3340 meters above sea level, the town offers upscale lodging and a diverse dining scene. You'd be shocked to discover German bakeries and Irish pubs that high up in the mountains. Most hikers acclimatize here before climbing uphill to the Everest High Pass region and spend a day relaxing on the way back.
April Festivities in Nepal
Most people in the Everest region are the glorious Sherpas, who primarily practice Buddhism as their culture and religion. However, Hindus living in the mountainous region celebrate Ram Navami, which is Lord Ram's birthday.
Mid-April is also when the Nepalese people celebrate their national new year, making it the ideal opportunity to learn about its history and participate in the festivities among natives.
Celebrations like Bisket Jatra, Chaite Dashain, and Dumji are also held in this particular month.
Exploring Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
You pass through various climatic zones on the Three Passes Trek via Sagarmatha National Park. The national park is also a part of the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites. It is home to several rare wildlife, including red panda, snow leopard, Himalayan tahr, musk dear, and more than 118 bird species.
This Sagarmatha journey involves many ascents and descents and crossing several streams and dense forests. Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Thamserku, Kwangde, Kangtaiga, and Gyachyung Kang can be seen throughout the ascent to Everest High Pass.
Three Passes Trek Difficulty in April
Because it involves traversing perilous high-altitude passes, the Everest High Pass trip is difficult. There are several ascends and descents throughout the rocky, steep path, questioning your ability every passing minute. We suggest individuals who have never hiked before take a few short treks or workouts before starting the pass climb.
The High Pass Trek becomes more challenging because of the erratic Himalayan weather and decreased oxygen level in high altitudes. It doesn't take long for the weather to change. Your climb to Everest High Pass would be significantly less difficult in April because of the lovely and consistent spring weather; however, acclimatize well and stay hydrated to combat Altitude Sickness.
Lodging and Fooding Availability in April
The majority of teahouses are fully occupied in April because spring is one of the busiest hiking seasons. The beds in the teahouse rooms can range from 2 to 3 to even 6, and they are usually accessible on a sharing basis. Be ready to share a room with other trekkers if you're a solo traveler. You can use a shared bathroom, but you must carry your own toiletries.
The meals are freshly prepared and primarily include Tibetan bread or white bread toast with eggs and tea/coffee for breakfast, Nepali Daal Bhat (rice, lentil soup, veggies, and pickles) for dinner, and a few choices of soup or noodles for lunch. Avoid meat whenever possible, and bring some snacks to munch on while hiking.
Hurdles you might encounter
Regardless of the preparation, once you're in the wild, you must let nature determine your course of action. Natural calamities like avalanches can occur in exceptional circumstances. You must be ready for the worst. Travel insurance is advised so that you can be securely rescued in the event of any unfavorable events.
The biggest challenge for hikers who aren't used to high altitudes is Altitude Sickness. You should take proper medications, drink enough water, and take rest days to avoid or tackle it.
Occasionally, your trip to Lukla may be postponed or even canceled due to the erratic weather in the Himalayas. It is wise to have a few extra days available.
Things to keep in mind before starting the trek
- Be mentally and physically ready for this challenging hike.
- Your walk will be safer and more comfortable if you hire a guide and a porter.
- Do everything you can to prevent Altitude Sickness. Adequate acclimatization is the key.
- Schedule a couple of additional days, just in case.
- Always choose a reputable travel agency to make your reservations.
You're all set! You now have all the knowledge needed to trek to Everest High Pass in April. If the above factors favor you, schedule a trip with us. The Outfitter Nepal has been in operation for more than ten years. Our top priority is to provide the greatest service, and our satisfied trekkers are evidence of that. Enjoy your trek!
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