Khumbu, Nepal: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Khumbu, Nepal? If you're planning to go to Khumbu, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Khumbu, Nepal

Based on the climate and weather in Khumbu, the best time to go is October. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Khumbu, Nepal by month

January

January in Khumbu is frosty. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits below 0 F (10+ below zero C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Coveralls
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Neck gaiter
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Waterproof boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • High performance gloves
  • Thick pajamas
  • Insulated boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Umbrella

February

February here is frigid. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • High performance gloves
  • Thick pajamas
  • Waterproof coat
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Waterproof boots
  • Coveralls
  • Insulated boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Neck gaiter
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Multiple layer jacket shell

March

March in this region can be brisk. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost most days. It rains or snows sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thermal undergarments
  • Gloves
  • Umbrella
  • Insulated boots
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Waterproof coat
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Very heavy socks
  • Fleeces
  • Scarf
  • Waterproof boots
  • Sweaters

April

April here can be very chilly. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost most days. It rains or snows occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Sweaters
  • Waterproof coat
  • Scarf
  • Waterproof boots
  • Gloves
  • Insulated boots
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Fleeces
  • Very heavy socks

May

Traveling to Khumbu in May, you will notice that it is brisk. Expect it to rain or snow a bit less than half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy socks
  • Heavy jacket
  • Gloves or mittens

June

Traveling to Khumbu in June, you will notice that it is relatively cool. Expect it to rain or snow about half of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C). There is frost 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat
  • Socks
  • Waterproof boots
  • Umbrella

July

In July, Khumbu can be chilly. Temperatures routinely are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Khumbu, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. There is frost occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof luggage

August

August in Khumbu is chilly. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Jacket or coat
  • Rain coat
  • Standard footwear

September

September in Khumbu is pretty cool. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C). There is frost a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Warm pants or jeans

October

Traveling to Khumbu in October, you will notice that it is cold. Expect it to rain or snow once in a while.

Daytime temperatures are in the high 40s F (single digits C). There is frost about two thirds of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Heavy socks

November

November in Khumbu can be brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thick pajamas
  • Insulated boots
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Neck gaiter
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Coveralls
  • High performance gloves

December

December in Khumbu can be brisk. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). There is frost almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Neck gaiter
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Coveralls
  • Thick pajamas
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • High performance gloves
  • Insulated boots

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Khumbu, Nepal

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Khumbu, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there. Khumbu is at a very high altitude, and may result in altitude sickness.

For that reason, you will want to pack strong altitude sickness prevention products and treatments.

  • Consider asking your doctor about Diamox
  • Oximeter to check blood oxygen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Ginko biloba or other supplements (ask your doctor)
  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and M
  • A SIM card that works in Khumbu
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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