Among people who visit Nepal for a holiday, Trekking to Everest Base Camp is one of the most popular activities. Passionate hikers from all around the world visit Nepal to trek to the Everest Base Camp for a lifetime adventure. Trekking to the footstep of the world’s highest peak (8,848 meters) is a milestone to the daring climbers.
October is the end of monsoon in Nepal. It offers almost guaranteed clear weather in Nepal. Because of the perfect climatic conditions, Everest Base Camp trek in October is just perfect.
Not only the white snow and rugged landscape define mountains. Crystal clear eye-catching sceneries of fantastic views of Himalaya’s ranges also welcomes you.
Deep blue sky over your head, soft breeze of wind accompanies you throughout the journey! You will have a perfect trek. What else do you desire of?
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Highlights of the trek
- You’ll begin with sightseeing of Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal
- October is the season of festivals in Nepal. So, you may experience cultural celebrations
- An adventurous, yet beautiful flight to the Lukla airport
- Eye-catching scenic views of the beautiful Himalayas and surrounding landscapes.
- Immersing into culture and traditions of red-cheeked Sherpas
- Visit famous Buddhist monasteries like Tengboche and Pangboche Monastery
- Hiking to Kala Patthar-5,643 m (the perfect viewpoint of Mt Everest)
- Remarkable panoramic view of the entire Mount Everest
- Walk through a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site(Sagarmatha National Park)
- Visit the footstep of the Mt Everest, world’s tallest mountain
- Witnessing the beauty of tough mountain trails, waterfalls, and swift-flowing rivers
Everest Base Camp Temperature in October
October offers you perfect temperatures for the Everest Base Camp trek. The temperature is moderate. Days are warm. Nights are colder, yet the temperature is bearable.
While trekking in mountains, the average temperature decreases as the altitude increases. In October, it is neither too cold on the higher elevation nor too hot at the lower elevations. The daytime temperatures are the most pleasant for the trekkers.
Average daytime temperatures will reach highs of around 14°C. Sunny days can bring temperatures reaching about 20 °C. The least temperatures drop down to around -6°C during the night. The temperature in a cold morning can drop to -10 °C in an area above 4000 meters.
Temperatures at the summit are always below freezing. Places such as Gorak Shep (-0.7℃) as well as Lobuche (-1.7℃) have temperatures below freezing in average. Despite the low temperatures, windchill is amongst the biggest issue faced by the trekkers.
Everest Base Camp Weather in October
Bad weather can hit anytime in mountains. The weather of Mount Everest is amongst the extremes. Yet, the weather is stable and clear during October.
Autumn season arrives after the monsoon. The monsoon rain clears the atmosphere. It washes away the dirt and dust, leaving the weather clear and dry. Thus, the Everest Base Camp weather is super fantastic during October.
Traveling after monsoon means there is little chance of rainfall. Thus, clouds may not affect your marvelous views. The weather during the Everest Base Camp trek will remain constant most of the time. However, light rainfall may accompany your trip for short durations.
Fresh air quality improves visibility at the viewpoints like Kala Patthar. The favorable weather in October polishes the mountain vistas. Also, a beauty of the lush forests increases.
In October, you may see little rain or snowfall (in higher altitudes) which will not hinder your trek. The precipitation in this month is least in the year.
Trek with your full energy. With determination and a proper backpack, you should have no difficulties during the trek.
Accommodation and Food
During the Everest Base Camp trek, you will be accommodating in various lodges. The available lodges and teahouses will provide you rooms and foods. There are ample accommodations in EBC trek routes.
Since October is the main season to trek, the teahouses may be already occupied. Thus, you may have difficulty in finding places to stay. In some cases, even when you get rooms, you may have to share it with other travelers (same gender).
Because of the crowd, you may have to stand in long queues for your meals. In many places, they provide comfortable bed sheet and blankets. But we recommended you to carry your own sleeping bag.
You will get abundance of tea houses serving best meals. But, you may have to compete with fellow trekkers for comfortable stay. So, it is best to pre-book for the room and food before you start to march towards the destination.
Why Everest Base Camp Trek in October?
The month of festivals in Nepal
Nepal is rich in culture and traditions. Varieties of festivals that Nepalese people celebrate have the significance of their own. Dashain & Tihar being two of the most celebrated festivals in Nepal falls in October.
Festival means a time of celebration, delights, and togetherness. Traveling a long way, people return to their home villages. Families unite. This creates a joyful and homely environment in the country.
Also, you can be a part of the Hindu festivals if you’ve decided to trek in October. Memories that last for a lifetime are little. The feelings of receiving blessings of tika (red vermilion, rice, and yogurt) on your foreheads from the aged Sherpas is wonderful.
You can experience the glory of Nepalese culture and festivals. Don’t miss the joy while mountain swings along with you on the large swings.
October is the best time to trek because of its moderate temperature and weather. You will not experience the chilling cold of snow covered winter world. Unlike in winter, you will feel the warm sun rays of summer.
Least chance of rainfall means you should not be afraid of terrifying slippery monsoon trails. Bright sunny days improve the visibility. Also, you can walk in light clothes. This makes your trek far more pleasurable.
Great climatic condition means you don’t have to rush so early in the morning or the evenings. You can have more to enjoy with the Himalayas.
Eye-Catching Scenic Views
Enjoy the sceneries and catch your breath!! Chained ranges of dramatic mountains dominated by Mount Everest and craggy hills.
The peaceful environment relieves all your stress and takes you back to nature. I bet, each view that your eye photographs will leave an imprint on your mind and soul.
The diversified scenery is a hallmark of the Everest Base Camp trek in October. Settlements of Sherpa people and the Buddhist monasteries along the route allures you. Green grasslands and the herds of cattle (Yaks, Mules, Himalayan Goats, etc) are lovely.
The views in October are surprising and most scenic in the whole year because of the clear weather. This is the reason why the month is the best month to trek in Nepal.
A ‘NO’ to snow means a ‘YES’ to diverse vegetation. Sagarmatha National Park is a home of diverse alpine vegetation. While trekking along the park, you will bump into various lush trees. Also, wonderful rhododendron forests spread colorful smiles.
Sagarmatha National Park celebrates the world’s diverse flora and fauna. You will walk the trail past rhododendron and oak forests inside the park. The interconnection of the Sherpa culture and the ecosystem is a major highlight of the park.
In the lower altitudes, various crops like Paddy, Millet are grown. Also, there are various grazing lands at the footstep of hills. You can also see the cattle grazing on the bushy plants that grow over irregular hills.
The Everest Base Camp trail is one of the most beautiful trails for trekking. October is the peak season to trek Everest Base Camp. So, the trails are busy with lots of local and international tourists. ‘NAMASTE!’ and warm smiles are the greetings you receive the most. This creates a happy and cheerful atmosphere along the trail.
Tips to trek in October
Starting early means you have more time to spend with nature. You will reach your destination for the day early. Also, you will have more time to enjoy the sunset views in the evening.
The weather in this month is stable. Yet, bad weather can hit any time of the month in the Himalayas. Thus, starting early is the best thing to do.
Arrange a proper guide
Trekking in the Himalayas is not easy. Especially if you are a beginner, you may not be familiar with trekking in rugged landscapes. So, you may need a well trained and experienced guide. An experienced guide has approximations of the trek routes and time in exact.
Book teahouses earlier
October is a peak season to trek. So, most of the lodges and teahouses are already occupied during October. So, pre-booking places for accommodations can simplify your travel.
Carry a comfortable backpack
Trekking becomes the most pleasurable if you are more comfortable. First of all, prepare yourself mentally for the trek. Physical comfort involves your dressings, shoes and the weight you carry on your back. Thus, arrange a comfortable backpack before going on a trek.
Difficulties during Everest Base Camp Trek in October
Difficulty in finding lodges and teahouses
Even though there are plenty of lodges and teahouses on the trek route, they get easily occupied during October. So, you might have difficulty in finding teahouses for accommodation.
Along with this fact, you may have to stand in queues for foods. You may have to share a room with other trekkers. (of the same sex)
There are altitude variations while ascending or descending the Everest Base Camp. If you haven’t traveled in the mountains earlier, you might get altitude sickness in the EBC trek.
The Trail Itself
Everest Base Camp trek is a rough trail. The trail may seem long and tedious to those who are not used to hike or travel long distances.
Obstacles in every step of craggy and rugged mountain trails are daring. The trails are narrow at some places. The moving Yak herds or the loaded mules may push you off the cliff.
Be careful and confident. Nothing can lessen your passion to complete the trek.
Packaging list for EBC trek in October
- Light Sleeping Bag
- Trekking boots (waterproof)
- Trekking shirts
- Trekking trousers
- Jackets (Down and fleece)
- Trekking Poles
- Solar Torch
- Water bottles
- Water purifiers
- Trekking socks
- First aid medical kit
- Portable Altitude Chamber and Oxygen
- Trek duffle bag
- Trekking Map
Trekking to Everest Base Camp, the footprint of world’s highest peak Mount Everest (8848 m) is the dream of many. But very few dare to take the challenges and win every difficulties to meet their dream. And, for this October is the best time to execute your trekking plans.
With determination, comfort and proper guidance, you can be one amongst those few.