Everest Base Camp Trek In October
Everest Base Camp Trek In October
If you want to explore the world’s highest mountain at its best, you should opt for Everest Base Camp Trek in October. The month of October in autumn seasons are considered the best for the trek as the weather conditions become favorable during this time, providing you with good visibility and a suitable atmosphere for trekking. October is the peak season for trekking in Nepal. Because of the suitable weather conditions, clear sky and mountain views, lush forests, and stunning landscapes all the trekkers aspire to see Everest in this autumn season.
This season, being the peak season invites travelers from all over the planate to the Everest Base Camp. Trekking in October will give you a chance to bond with fellow trekkers. You can learn about other’s cultures and make new friends from all over the world.
Trek to Everest Base Camp is possible throughout the year, however trekking in October has its own perks. Here are some reasons why:
One of the parts about trekking to the Everest Base Camp in October is the pleasant weather conditions. During the day, you will get to walk clear mountain views with warm and pleasant weather. Unlike the nights of winter, it is bearable cold in October in the Everest region. So, for trekking in October, you do not need to pack thick and heavy clothing for the rain gears.
And this month is the dry month with very fewer chances of rainfall or snowfall. So, you do not need to worry about slippery paths, insects and unbearable temperatures in the month of October.
Nepal Biggest Festival Time
In Nepal, Dashain and Tihar, the two biggest festivals, in October. This is the best time of the year when families meet, celebrate and have fun. Travel in Nepal at this time will offer you a chance to be part of the big festival, Dashain and Tihar celebrations. You can also get to enjoy the local culture and delicacies that are specially prepared at this time of the year.
The Mountain Views
You come to the Everest Base Camp to experience the stunning views of Mount Everest. The month of October is the season that shows the crystal clear views of the world’s highest mountain.
Since Autumn comes after the monsoon season (Jun, July, and August), the rain clears the atmosphere and brings in the clear skies and fresh atmosphere. And, the less humid surrounding offer you the sharpest of the views of everything around you. So, you may enjoy the alluring views of the mountains and surrounding Himalayan peaks.
The Lower Everest Region, October is the time of harvest so you will get to encounter local sherpa peoples busy in their farmlands.
Flora and Fauna
In the month of October, flora, and fauna of the Khumbu region look extraordinary at this time. Because of monsoon rain and the warm sun of autumn, the diverse flora and fauna come into life with a new charm and natural beauty.
In the lower Everest regions, you will get a chance to see paddy, millet, etc farming. As you ascend on the trekking paths, you will walk past diverse pastures, lush forests of rhododendrons and oaks trees. The entire trail is home to a range of alpine vegetation that you will get to see on your route to Everest Base Camp Trek.
Greetings and Smiles
This month has moderate temperatures with the pleasant surrounding many tourists prefer to trek in Everest Base Camp. So, during your October trek, you don’t need to trek alone. You will find many trekkers from all around the world on the trail. Other trekkers greet you with a smile and ‘Namaste!’ along the trail.
October days are sunny with a temperature range of 12°C-16°C (53.6°F-60.8°F). So, you can walk on warm and sunny days in the Everest region.
At night, however, the temperature drops to 2°C to -5°C (35.6°F-23°F) at this time of the year. Considering it is near Everest, this is not extremely cold temperature. This is a bearable temperature but it is better to carry sleeping bags that can withstand -20°C (-4°F) so that you can sleep warm.
Please note that the weather conditions in the mountains are not stable at any time of the year. Due to the change in wind patterns and clouds, the temperature and weather conditions may change every hour. When you prepare for the trek, you should take this into consideration.
The main reasons why trekkers choose Everest Base Camp trek in October is the stability of the weather than in winter and summer season. Although the Himalayas weather usually remains unpredictable, the weather of the Khumbu region remains quite stable in October with lesser clouds obstructing visions.
This month is also one of the least humid months all around the year. So, there are fewer chances of fog accumulating around the mountains that may disturb the mountain views. You also do not need to worry about trekking in the rain or snow as the chances of rainfall and snowfall is very less in October.
The trail of Everest Base Camp, you can find many tea houses that offer accommodation and food services.
But, the month of October is one of the peak seasons, you may have a hard time finding the desired place to stay because of the inflow of many trekkers. So, a good idea will be to do your bookings beforehand. This way you do not have to compete with the other trekkers for the room and food.
The Everest region tea houses offer a wide variety of healthy and clean meals on the trekking routes. It will be fuel with enough energy that will help you complete your destination. You can also find a range of food, snacks and drink options in the Khumbu region. Though, in October you can have to wait in a queue for your meals as the tea houses will have many trekkers..
The Khumbu region is in its best form in October. So, many trekkers choose for an October trek. But along with the fun and pleasures of trekking on the October trails to Everest base camp there comes very fewer challenges as well. Some difficulties that you may face along the Everest Base Camp trek route in October are:
The Everest Base Camp trek is a high altitude trek in the Khumbu region. On EBC trek, you will start from as low as 1,350 meters in Kathmandu and reach to the largest height at 5550 meters at Kala Patthar. So, many trekkers feel the symptoms of altitude sickness while ascending to the trails of the Everest region.
Despite the season of your trekking to Everest Base camp, you will feel the symptoms of the sickness at any time of the year. So, you have high chances of getting Mountain altitude sickness even in October if you do not take proper care of yourself during the trekking in himalayas.
To minimize the risk you should always walk on your pace and keep on drinking water throughout your trek. Plus, it is wise to avoid caffeine and alcohol on the trek as it causes dehydration. Dehydration can increase the risk of altitude sickness.
There are the least chances of rainfall or snowfall during the month of October, So, the trekking trails are very less difficult than in Winter and Monsoon season. You do not need to walk in slippery or snow-covered trails. The months like in monsoon and winter walking in the rugged terrains covered in snow or wet mud get challenging at times for trek to Everest Base Camp.
You will get to walk in bearable temperatures in the dry trails of the Everest region in October.
In the Everest, region there are many teahouses for your food and accommodation. But October is the peak season for trekking in Nepal, these teahouses get easily occupied due to the inflow of many trekkers.
Sometime you may have to adjust in a room with fellow trekkers due to a limited number of rooms and services in the teahouses. So, This is a good idea to make bookings beforehand for accommodations. You may sometimes have to sleep in the dining hall if you have not made advanced trip bookings.
Here are a few tips that may help you in getting the best of your Everest Base Camp trek in October.
Since many travelers choose Everest Base Camp Trek for October, you may not get preferred packages, food and accommodation services. So, this is a good idea to pre-book your trip to Everest Base Camp. If you don’t book it early enough, you may not be able to get Lukla flight tickets on time, best of the trekking packages, proper accommodations etc on the route. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking can provide you the best trekking packages if you book early.
Protect yourself from the cold. when you spending weeks near the Himalayas Not only clothes but you need trekking shoes, a warm hat, walking poles, trekking gloves, sunscreen, etc.
We cannot exactly predict the weather in this region. We never know when the sun will hide behind the clouds and the atmosphere will become cold. So, when you prepare for the trek, you should also plan for the swift weather change. A good idea is to dress in layers. This way you can take off or add on your clothes on the paths according to the weather condition.
If Bad weather conditions may also cause you to stay in Lukla for days. Please do keep such factors in mind while you preparing for the trek.
During the Everest Base Camp trek, a good idea is to start walking early in the morning. This way you can spend more time in nature and also you will reach your destination before it gets dark. The weather condition in the near Himalayas is normally unpredictable. , The better things you will reach your destination for the day faster. This way you can not have to bear the consequences of unexpected rain or snow in the middle of your treks..
Unlike packing for the Everest Base Camp trek in Summer or winter, you can do light packing for the trek to the Everest Base Camp in October. The month of March, April May, September, October, November and December weather conditions and the bearable temperatures do not demand heavy packing in October. But before you pack you must be attentive to what you actually need in the trek.
Here is the general list of trekking types of equipment and clothes that you need to bring for the Everest Base Camp trek in October.
- Good down Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you do not have on your own and it is to be returned after the trek.
- Duffel or Rucksack bag to keep your all gear and this will be carried by the porters.
- Daypack bag for yourself
- A down Jacket
- Shade hat
- Warm wool hat to cover your ears
- A pair of lightweight warm gloves.
- T-shirts 2- 3 pieces
- Lightweight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket.
- Fleece Wind-proved jacket (optional).
- A pair’s nylon hiking shorts which are quick drying one
- Two pairs of lightweight long underwear.
- Two pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts
- Four pairs of liner warm socks
- A pair of light to medium weight waterproof hiking/trekking boots.
- A pair of light trekking shoes for camp/lodges
- A pair sandal (Optional)
- A water bottle.
- Head/Torch Light.
- First-aid Box
- Trekking Poles
- Water Bottles and water purifying tablets or purifiers
In the month of October is why not spend some time at the foot of the world’s highest mountain? You will get to see at the spectacular snow-covered mountains, enjoy the local hospitality, witness the beauty of nature and have an adventure in the dry and bearable temperatures.