Everest Base Camp Trek has always been on “to do lists” of many enthusiastic trekkers from all around the world. The word “Everest” itself brings goosebumps to many people. Trekking along the route to the highest peak in the world and conquering the Everest Base Camp is an exciting experience.
With the increasing number of trekkers, trekking to the Everest Base Camp has become one of the popular destinations for tourists. Comparing some of the best times, October gathers a large number of trekkers in the Everest Region. The reason October has been regarded as the best time for EBC trek is because of the suitable weather and temperature it offers.
October may be the best time for trekking especially for the ones who are a beginner at trekking. Weather and temperature play a great role in determining the difficulty level of the Everest Base Camp trek as well. Trekking to the Everest Base Camp during October reduces the difficulty of the trek at some level. So, for a less challenging and comfortable trekking experience, people prefer October as their ideal time.
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Highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek in October
- October falls in the season of major festivals of Nepal such as Dashain and Tihar. So you can be a part of Nepali culture and tradition.
- Visiting monasteries such as Tengboche and Pangboche Monastery.
- Panoramic views of the Mount Everest along with its neighboring peaks.
- Walking along the mountain trails, waterfalls, rivers, icefalls, and glaciers.
- Hiking up to the Kala Patthar to have 360 views of the mountains.
Weather and Temperature of Everest Region in October
Everest Region faces moderate weather and temperature during October. As October falls in the Autumn season, the weather of the region becomes very favorable. October is the time when the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold for trekking. The days are warmer and nights and mornings may be quite chilly.
The temperature of the Everest varies according to the Upper and Lower elevations. The daytime temperature of lower elevations such as Lukla and Namche Bazar ranges between 7-10 degrees whereas the temperature of higher elevations such as Lobuche, Gorakshep ranges between -1 to 5 degrees. So, you can see the decrease in temperature as you trek to a higher altitude.
October comes after the monsoon season in Nepal. So, the monsoon washes away all the dirt and makes the environment pleasant. During October, you do not have to worry about the rainfall. It is the least expected time for rainfall. Overall, the weather becomes clear and you have great visibility of the mountains such as Mount Everest, Mount Ama Dablam, Mount Lhotse, Mount Thamserku and many more.
However, you can expect some snowfall as you trek to a higher altitude. But, this snow will not hinder your trek, it will only make it more adventurous. So, during October, the Everest Region maintains its weather which is suitable for trekking.
Reasons to Visit Everest Base Camp Trek in October
Season of Festivals
Nepal is a country full of festivals and traditions. The most celebrated festival in Nepal, Dashain, and Tihar fall in the month of October. During the time of festivals, the whole country stands together in the name of celebrations. Streets and houses are decorated with lights and the country looks pleasant.
So traveling to Nepal during October will give an opportunity to be a part of this celebration if you want to. It’s a unique experience that you can rejoice for a lifetime.
In the month of October, you will get a chance to explore the crystal clear views of the mountain ranges. October offers you with clear skies and a pleasant environment. The small village settlements, small and big monasteries, and rough landscapes look magnificent.
Walking through a peaceful environment along with the views of snow clad mountains will surely take your breath away. You will see yourself surrounded by some of the alpine forest and beautiful rivers and waterfalls along the trails to the Everest Base Camp.
Moderate climatic condition
As mentioned above, October offers you a great climatic condition. The temperature of the Everest region becomes warm and cool at the same time. But, it does not face any extreme cold temperature in October like in the winter season. A moderate climatic condition will help you to view things without any challenges.
Difficulties of Everest Base Camp Trek in October
Although the teahouses and lodges are opened during October, most of them get packed due to a large number of trekkers trekking to the Everest Base Camp in October. So, during October, you might have to face the difficulty of finding a teahouse or a lodge to stay in.
Everest Base Camp trek involves a lot of uphills and downhills. So, for the ones who haven’t had higher altitude trekking experience, Everest Base Camp Trek might be difficult for you.
Trekking for a long period of time along the rugged mountains may be quite challenging. Along with this, you may face from altitude Sickness as you ascend your way to a higher altitude. But, like a monsoon, you do not have to struggle walking in muddy paths and worry about slipping along the trails.
Food and Accommodation during Everest Base Camp Trek in October
Since October is the peak season, most of the teahouses will be opened in October. You will stay in one of the teahouses or lodges along the way to the Everest Base Camp. Such teahouses will provide you with food and room facilities.
The teahouses and restaurants of the Everest region will provide you with foods such as the traditional Nepali food, Dal Bhat and Tarkari along with some other items such as bread, pancakes, momo, porridge along with some drinks such as tea, coffee, lemon water, and other alcoholic beverages too.
For accommodation, you will be provided with a comfortable bed, blanket and a pillow. You may be provided with proper toilet facilities in such lodges. So it is better to bring your own toiletries when you trek to the Everest Base Camp.
When you trek to the Everest Base Camp in October, make sure to book for your food and accommodation early to avoid the problem of finding places to stay in during your trek.
Hiring Guide and Porter for Everest Base Camp Trek in October
Is it necessary to hire a guide and a porter when trekking to the Everest Base Camp in October? Well, it’s all up to you to decide where you can trek without the help of a guide and a porter or not. But, we would recommend you to hire a guide and a porter especially if you are a beginner.
You will have a lot of advantages if you hire a guide or a porter. Trekking with a guide will help you to interact with the local people. They will assist you throughout your trek. Similarly, a porter will help you to carry your bags up to 10-20 kgs which will make your trek comfortable.
Guides will charge you around 25-30 dollars per day and porter will charge you around 10-15 dollars a day. So, it would be better to hire a guide considering the budget of your trek.
Packing List for Everest Base Camp Trek in October
Packing for Everest Base Camp Trek may be frustrating but it is one of the most important things to do before trekking. As you are trekking in October, you may not have to carry bulky clothes like in winter season.
Here are some of the list of packing items that you need to carry when you trek to the Everest Base Camp in October.
When trekking to the Everest Base Camp in October you can carry some few light clothes. As the temperature of the Everest region may not be too cold in October, you do not have to carry very bulky clothes.
- Hiking shoes
- Trekking socks
- Cotton t-shirts
- Down jackets
- Trekking trousers
- Fleece jackets
- caps/ hats
First Aid Kit
Carrying a first aid kit will be very important as minor injuries may occur as you walk on rough trails. So, the First Aid Kit will help you prevent minor injuries. An Aid Kit should contain the following items.
- Diamox Tablets
- Vicks Vapor Rub
- Antiseptic creams
- Antibiotic gel
- Sanitary napkins/ tampons
- Hand sanitizers
If you want to use proper toilet facilities, it is always better to carry your own items as most of the lodges may not provide you with proper toiletries.
Some of the items that you need to carry are as follows:
- Cotton towel
- Toilet papers
- Trekking Poles
- Sleeping bags
Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek in October
- October is the peak season for Everest Base Camp trek. So you need to book for your food and accommodation as early as possible.
- Arrange a proper guide when trekking to the Everest Base Camp in October.
- The key to high altitude trekking trek is walking slowly. So, do not rush during your trek.
- Take small breaks in the middle of your trek and take some rest. Walking continuously will tire your feet.
- Keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
Everest Base Camp Trek is doable in every season but October provides you with suitable weather and temperature for trekking. Because of this reason, you can see many people trekking to the Everest Base Camp in October. If you are not sure about the best time for EBC trek, October would be the right one for you. Trekking during October might be less challenging than trekking in any other months.
Index Adventure will help you throughout your trek to the Everest Base Camp. you can simply contact us for further details and queries. You are just a step away from your dream destination. Book your package early if you are trekking in the month of October.