Everest Base Camp Trek in October: Best Time for EBC Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular trek in Nepal. Each year thousands of trekkers visit Nepal to trek to the Everest Base Camp. This Everest Trek takes you to the foothill of the world’s tallest mountain, Mt. Everest (8848m) which is a milestone for most of the trekkers around the world.
So, when is the best time to explore the Everest Base Camp Trek at its best? Well, to be honest, it can be done at any time of the year. But, if you want to get the best experience then you should trek to Everest Base Camp Trek in October.
October falls under autumn season, which is a peak season for trekking in Nepal. And among all the autumn month, October is considered to be the best. Due to its perfect climatic condition, unobstructed mountain views, lush forests, and beautiful landscapes, most of the trekkers trek to Everest Base Camp in the autumn season, especially in October.
Plus, it is the best time for those who enjoy a healthy number of fellow trekkers along your treks to share some travel experience, learn about other’s culture as well as making new friends.
Reasons to trek to Everest Base Camp in October
Festive Season in Nepal
October is a festive month in Nepal. Two of the biggest festival, Dashain and Tihar, falls in the month of October. During this time of the year, the families gather around and celebrate the festival. This creates a homely environment in the country. Thus, Trekking to Everest Base Camp in October gives you a perfect opportunity to celebrate the festival, soak in the Nepali culture and enjoy the local foods that are specially prepared at this time of the year.
Perfect Climate Condition
You will encounter a perfect climate condition for trekking during October. The weather is calm and stable with very little chance of rainfall. The temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. The days are warm and bright with clear blues skies. But, the nights are quite cooler than the days but it is bearable cold in October in Everest Region.
Along with that, you will have a light backpack as you won’t be needing any thick and heavy clothing nor the rain gears.
Picturesque views of the Himalayas
Anyone who is trekking to the mountains wants a clear view of the majestic snow-capped mountains. And October is the best time to experience the stunning views of the mountains including the mighty Everest. That is why thousands of trekkers flood into the Everest region in October.
Since Autumn comes after the monsoon, the monsoon rain clears the atmosphere and bring in the crystal clear skies and fresh atmosphere. Thus, you will witness picture-perfect views of the mountains and the surrounding landscapes in October.
Sagarmatha National Park is home to diverse flora and fauna in Nepal. In October, the flora and fauna in the region look amazingly beautiful. Due to the monsoon rain and warm autumn, the diverse vegetations comes to life.
During the trek, you will walk through paddy, millet farms in the lower region. As you hike up, the trail goes through diverse pastures, lush forests of rhododendrons and oaks.
There is no question that Everest Base Camp Trek is the most beautiful trekking trail in Nepal. Since October is the peak time to trek to Everest Base Camp, the trails are busy with lots of local and international trekkers. ‘NAMASTE!’ and warm smiles are the greetings you receive the most. This creates a happy and cheerful atmosphere along the trail.
Everest Base Camp Temperature in October
The temperature in the Everest Region during October is quite mild. The temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. The days in October are warm and sunny with an average temperature ranging from 12°C-16°C (53.6°F-60.8°F). Thus, you have a great walk under warm weather during October.
The nights are quite cooler than the days in the Everest region during October. The night temperature can get as low as 2°C to -5°C (35.6°F-23°F) at this time of the year. Unlike winter night, the temperature is that cold and is bearable. But it is better to carry sleeping bags that can resist -20°C (-4°F) so that you can sleep warm.
Everest Base Camp Weather in October
Although the weather condition in the mountain region never stays constant, October sees the most stable weather condition among all the other months. This is the main reason why most people do the Everest Base Camp Trek in October.
The days in October are warm and sunny with clear blue skies. Also, October is one of the least humid months of the year. Thus, you will walk under pleasant and warm weather with picturesque views of the mountains. Also, you don’t have to worry about rain or snow as there is a very minimal chance of rainfall and snowfall during October.
Difficulties in Everest Base Camp Trek in October
Everest region is in its best form in October. So, many trekkers choose for an October trek. But along with the fun and pleasures of walking on the October trails to Everest there comes few challenges as well. Some difficulties that you may face along the trail in October are:
Altitude sickness is the major difficulty that you may face during the trek. Everest Base Camp Trek is a high altitude trek in Nepal that starts for the altitude of 1300m at Kathmandu, taking you up to 5545m at Kalapatthar. Thus, most of the trekkers may face the symptoms of altitude sickness while trekking along the trail.
Anyone can feel the symptoms of altitude sickness at any time of the year, despite the trekking season. So, you must be very careful about the altitude sickness.
You must be familiar with the symptoms of altitude sickness so that you can help yourself and others. Here are the symptoms of altitude sickness:
- A headache
- Nausea and vomiting
- Shortness of breath
- Loss of appetite
- Heart rate increment
- Difficulty in sleeping
If you find any of these symptoms happening to you, don’t push yourself harder and think that you will be fine. These symptoms won’t pass. Thus, make sure you let your group and your guide know about your health condition. Here are some of the measure you can follow if you see any of the symptoms during the trek:
- Walk back to a lower altitude if possible.
- Do not smoke or drink.
- Take some medicine.
- Drink lots of water. Hydration is the key.
- Do not stress your body or walk until you feel better. You might have to take rest for the next 48 hours.
Trekking Route Difficulty
As already mentioned above, there is a very little chance of rainfall and snow in October. Thus, the trekking trail is less difficult than the trail in winter and monsoon months. You won’t have to walk in slippery and snowy trails. In other months like in monsoon and winter walking in the rugged terrains covered in snow or wet mud get challenging at times.
But in October, you will walk on a dry trail under bearable temperature in the Everest region.
Difficulty in Finding Accommodation
Everest Base Camp trek trail consists of many teahouses and lodges that offer food and accommodation along the trail. But since October is the peak time for EBC Trek, these teahouses are easily packed due to the huge inflow of the trekkers. Thus, finding accommodation can be quite difficult in October.
So, you may have to share the room with the fellow trekkers due to a limited number of rooms and services in the teahouses. Thus, it is a better idea to pre-book accommodation. If you have not made advanced bookings, you may have to sleep in the dining room.
For detailed information, please read our blog on “Everest Base Camp Trek Difficulty”
Tips for Everest Base Camp Trek in October
Guides and Porters
Hiring guides and porters is a good idea for the Everest Base Camp Trek. They will help you get through your trek by guiding you along the safest trails, finding accommodation for you, providing information about the region and its culture and soon. They will also give you safety tips as well as much needed relief of not carrying your bags.
Travel insurance is a must when you are going for a high altitude trek like Everest Base Camp Trek. Having travel insurance prevent you from all the bad things that can happen to you on your treks. You never know when the altitude sickness will get you and evacuating you from the Everest region from a helicopter can cost you around $5000 to $10000. Besides, there are also risks of travel theft or flight delays.
Everest Base Camp Trek demand an average physical as well as mental fitness to complete the trek. So, you must train yourself properly to fully enjoy the trek. Start to train your body a few months before your trek. This will give you physical as well as mental strength for the trek.
Along with that, taking a better diet is of utmost importance while you trek. Dehydration, as well as lack of food to replenish the calories lost while trekking is the major causes of altitude sickness.
So, prepare well before your trek and train well to undertake to complete Everest Base Camp.
Packing List for Everest Base Camp in October
Packing in a right manner with all the necessary gear and equipment is a quite crucial part of the trek preparation. Unlike packing for winter or summer, you can do a light packing for the Everest Base Camp trek in October. Due to the stable weather and bearable temperature, the trek doesn’t demand heavy packing.
Here is the general list of trekking gears and equipment that you will need to pack for the Everest Base Camp trek in October.
- Trekking T-shirts
- Trekking Trousers
- Breathable underwears
- Fleece Jackets/Pullovers
- Windproof Jackets
- Light Thermals
- Down Jackets
- Trekking Socks
- Trekking Boots
- Trekking Gloves
- Woollen Cap
- Sleeping Bag
- Pair of Sunglasses
- First-aid Box
- Trekking Poles
- Water Bottles and water purifying tablets or purifiers
- Moisturizers, sunscreen, and sanitizers
So, are you ready to hit the Everest Base Camp Trek trail in October? The beautiful season, wonderful festivals, as well as scenic views of the mountains, will be waiting to take your breath away. Get ready to be amazed in the Everest region in October!!