Everest Base Camp Trek in October: You probably heard this quote from the Dalai Lama “ Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before”. If you have never visited Everest Base Camp, the base camp of the world’s highest peak, then it should be your place this year. It’s an awesome feeling to embark on the not known journey once in a long while. And it’s way better when you are on your way to Nepal to see Everest from its base camp. Everest Base Camp(EBC) is considered one of the supreme treks that are there in the world. It’s a high altitude trek which occurs in the remotest yet most scenic part of the globe. Doing the EBC trek is like walking in a paradise of breathtaking mountains and appealing landscapes.
But one thing can bother you if you choose to do EBC Trek soon, that is the perfect time for the trek. If you have a hard wish and will then it can happen any time in the year. But we are talking about the best time for the best trek in the world here. So that would be October, a month of the Autumn season in Nepal. Autumn and Spring are the best seasons known for adventure in Nepal. But, Autumn which arrives after the monsoon in Nepal outplays Spring somehow. The monsoon washes all the dust from the view and makes the horizon a crystal clear.
So, we will be talking about the Everest Base Camp Trek in October in this article. October certainly is the perfect time for the Everest Base Camp expedition. If you are free this October then don’t opt for others. The reasons why October is best for EBC trek are mentioned below along. Plus, you will get to know everything about the Everest Base Camp Trek in October. So make sure you read until the very end of this article. Happy read.
- Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek in October
- Outlined Itinerary of EBC Trek
- Everest Base Camp Trek Weather in October
- Everest Base Camp Trek Temperature in October
- Food and Accommodation During EBC Trek
- Why Everest Base Camp Trek in October
- Difficulties in Everest Base Camp Trek in October
- Tips for EBC Trek in October
- Packing list for EBC Trek in October
- Other Everest Region Treks doable in October
Highlights of Everest Base Camp Trek in October
- Scenic flight to Lukla which lands at one of the world’s most dangerous airports, Lukla Airport
- Trek through the beautiful terrains of the Khumbu region.
- Walkthrough Sagarmatha National Park’s lush trail.
- Learn the inspiring lifestyle and culture of Sherpas.
- Come across many suspension bridges, Buddhist stupas, and monasteries along the way.
- Enjoy enough views of mountains like Mt Everest, Mt Ama Dablam, Mt Lhotse, Nuptse, and several more.
- Push your limits to reach Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar, and enjoy the mountain panorama.
- Experience the unlimited natural beauties of the heavenly Everest region.
Outlined Itinerary of EBC Trek
Day 01: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla(2,860m) and on the same day trek up to Phakding (2,600m)
Flight Duration: 30 to 40 minutes
Trek Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Day 02: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3,450m)
Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Day 03: Acclimatization Day at Namche Bazaar where you will do a short day hike.
Day 04: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tengboche (3,865m)
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Day 05: Trek from Tengboche to Dingboche(4,410m)
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Day 06: Second Acclimatization Day of the trek at Dingboche where you’ll perform a short hike around the area.
Day 07: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche(4,940m)
Trek Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Day 08: Trek from Lobuche to Everest Base Camp(5,364m) via Gorak Shep and return to Gorak Shep(5,140m) after
Trek Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Day 09: Trek from Gorakshep to Kala Patthar(5,545m) and then trek to Pheriche(4,243m) for overnight stay.
Trek Duration: 6 to 7 hours
Day 10: Trek from Pheriche to Namche Bazaar(3,450m)
Trek Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Day 11: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Lukla(2,860m)
Trek Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu(1,400m) from Lukla
Flight Duration: 30 to 40 minutes
Everest Base Camp Trek Weather in October
October is known for the ideal weather and thus we are able to say that EBC Trek is thoroughly best during this month. The weather conditions of October do not prevail in other months. Autumn enters only after Monsoon leaves Nepal. As you know Monsoon is all about rainfall so all of the dust and dirt gets washed away from the landscapes by the rainfall. And until its time of Autumn and October surrounding gets all clear and dry.
As monsoon has gone already, there is no fear of any rainfall during October. The weather sits ideal throughout the month and hence no chances of heavy snowfall in the higher areas. Those are the very good news for a trekker to hear who wants to head out in October. Instead, it will be the Sun who will be your companion all day long. The visibility is boosted by the sunlight and the view gets even appealing. Everest along with other peaks will get extra whiteness because of sun exposure.
So, there is nothing to worry about the weather of October. Your EBC trek will be an awesome trek without any harsh weather situations.
Everest Base Camp Trek Temperature in October
You may not stand out in the temperature of the Winter season in EBC Trek. It’s extremely cold during the winter months but luckily October is not one of those months. It’s Autumn’s month and the temperature remains stable, warm, and easily workable even in the higher areas. There are no regular drops in temperature during October and that makes October the best month for EBC Trek. However, the higher parts are colder than the lower areas of the trek. To make you more clear, here is the temperature of various areas of the Everest region in October.
Place: Lukla | Altitude: 2,829m | Minimum Temperature: 5.8°C | Max Temperature: 16°C
Altitude: 3,463m | Place: Namche Bazaar | Minimum Temperature: 1.4°C | Max Temperature: 12.7°C
Place: Dingboche | Altitude: 4,483m | Minimum Temperature: -5.3°C | Max Temperature: 8.9°C
Altitude: 4,910m | Place: Lobuche |Minimum Temperature: -7.8°C | Max Temperature: 6.5°C
Place: Gorak Shep | Altitude: 5,180m | Minimum Temperature: -8.9°C | Max Temperature: 5.4°C
The above figures show it clear that the higher you go the lower will be the temperature. Temperature falls hardly when it’s morning and night hours when the Sun is not out there in the sky. It’s normal for higher places like Gorak Shep to have a minimum temperature below the freezing level. Though such a fall can occur during night hours when you’ll be inside the room under the warm blankets. So, don’t get startled by the figures instead pack some of the warmest clothes of yours on the trek.
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Food and Accommodation During EBC Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek, a trek that is world renown as the teahouse trek has enough food & accommodation facilities in the trail. Teahouses are the basic lodges out there on the trail where you ought to spend overnights. You should expect services like meals, comfortable beds, and required clothes in most of the teahouses you enter into. But, you can also get a hot shower(hotwater), internet facilities as well but by paying an extra charge.
If you are trekking in the peak seasons like Autumn and Spring then it’s difficult to get the desired room. October is one of those peak times. The teahouses get involuntarily occupied, especially the better rooms. In such situations, you have to adjust with what you get.
Talking about the Food that you can get in the EBC Trek, the menu list is diversified and long. Continental, Chinese, Indian, and Nepalese are the most popular ones. Dal Bhat, a typical local food item is the most popular and easily gettable. The teahouses do provide delicious organic meals. You can also get beverages like energy drinks, tea, coffee, mineral water etc from the teahouses. But remember, you have to eat meals in the communal hall along with other guests.
Why Everest Base Camp Trek in October
The month of grand festivals of Nepalese
October is the month of the biggest festivals of Nepalese: Dashain and Tihar. It’s surely the happiest month of the year when people gather around their close ones to celebrate these festivals. There is an exchange of love, happiness, blessings, and celebrations during this time of the year.
Doing EBC Trek this month lets you be a part of these festivals. Plus, you’ll learn so much about the Nepalese and their culture. This might not make you jump out of the bed and start packing for the EBC Trek. But, you’ll realize later on the trek what we are trying to point out.
October is the heart of the Autumn season in Nepal, the season known for better weather conditions The weather in October is so good for trekking in Nepal that it can crave people for it. While trekking during October around the Everest region, there is no place for any doubt and fear about the harsh weather.
Every day is a warm sunny day in the month with no rain clouds anywhere in the sky. The mountains and hills will look like they have taken a bath recently. Around the noon hours, the temperature is so warm that you can trek with no layers on. Overall, October will make you adore the beauty of EBC trek without any weather disappointments.
EBC Trek is known for the scenic natural displays of mountains, and terrains. And you get to enjoy the best views during October. The sun remains always around the sight during October and hence increases the visibility. With bright visibility, you get to sight at every inch of those scenic views. Rain Clouds are great at blocking the mountain displays. As there is no chance of rain so there will be clouds close to the mountains to obstruct the view. You can look at Mt Everest and measure the beauty of it by inches in October.
Everest Base Camp Trek makes you traverse through enriched vegetation too often. The Everest region is enriched with varieties of flora and fauna. There lies the UNESCO Heritage Site listed Sagarmatha National Park on the way to EBC. Trail is dotted with many trees of Rhododendron, Oak and other trees. Evidently, EBC trek is also about exploring the lush vegetation of Khumbu region. In that case, October lets you have the best view of trees and flowers. The rainfall of Monsoon washes all the dust from the vegetation and handovers it to the Autumn season. That is how the Everest region surrounding becomes so good in October.
Month to meet people from all around the globe
October is the peak month for doing Everest Base Camp trek and other Everest region treks. So there are good odds to meet people from various countries on the trails. Though the trails can be crowded by the trekkers, you get to interact and communicate with the like-minded travelers. You’ll also not feel isolated during this month as you’ll have a lot of people to share your wisdom and experiences. Upon the completion of the trek, you’ll have known some excellent people in life. Hence, if you want to make new friends then October arranges all of the meetings.
Difficulties in Everest Base Camp Trek in October
Difficulty in finding accommodation of choice
October is a month when trails of EBC are packed with trekkers around the world. Due to the over crowd, the accommodations of the Everest region easily get occupied, especially the good lodges and teahouses by the early arrivals. Until your arrival, you’ll not have many good options left to choose from. So, this is the head scratching problem of October’s EBC trek.
It’s not that Altitude sickness prevails in October only it is always there in the high altitudes. But, high altitudes are not the pieces of for everyone. High altitude trekking always has a fear of mountain sickness. The people with no preparation and prior experience are more open to the Altitude sickness. So, for such trekkers who are on the first high altitude trek of their life, altitude can be a problem when you are on the high altitude treks like EBC Trek.
The total distance to be covered on the EBC trek can make some people give up halfway. EBC Trek is a trek of 130km that is 65km each way. The trials are not easy as you expect, it has some of the roughest and steepest trails in the world.
So this can be a problem for beginners. As experienced ones have already been through such trails and can easily complete the trek distance.
Tips for EBC Trek in October
Book your accommodation early
As the main problem of Everest Base Camp Trek in October is difficulty finding the desired accommodation. So act smart and book your accommodation as early as you can. It’s a simple process where you just have to call the owner and book it for certain arrival date. This easy step can make your EBC trek so relaxing and a stressless adventure.
Get yourself an experienced guide
EBC trek on your own is possible but it’s too hectic that you have to manage everything. For example, finding accommodation, making bargaining, finding the routes etc. When you have an experienced guide beside you then you need not to think or do anything throughout the trek but enjoy the view. Make sure you hire a local guide as he/she has known the place better than others.
Don’t pack too much
A loaded backpack on the back is nothing but a burden to yourself on the trek like EBC. So, make sure you check the basic essentials for trekking in October and pack accordingly. The packing list for EBC trek in November is down below, so take that as a preference and pack yourself a light backpack. Or else, you will have to hire a porter for carrying your backpack which will cost you extra bucks.
Starting the trek early everyday keeps you in the position to enjoy the view enough and calmly. The later you start the trek the more rush you have to make. So you’ll forget to enjoy the beautiful view of the Everest region in a rush.
Packing list for EBC Trek in October
- Sun hat/Scarf/caps
- Sunglasses(UV protected)
For Upper body
- Multiple Layers
- Hiking T-shirt
- Light warm tops
- Down jackets
- Waterproof plus windproof jacket
- Inner layer glove
- Warm outer glove
For Lower body
- Hiking short
- Breathable Undergarments
- Light Hiking pant
- Warm inner trouser
- Waterproof pant
- Warmer inner socks
- Trekking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Sleeping bag
- Plastic bags
- First Aid kit
- Trekking stick
- Water bottle
- Trekking maps
- Water purifying tablets
- Quick-drying towel
- Toothbrush and paste
- Nail Cutter
- Face and body moisturizer
- Wet tissues
- Toilet paper/tissue roll
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Other Everest Region Treks doable in October
Everest Base Camp Trek is not the only option in October to come across the beauty of the Everest region. There are other options that are as beautiful as the EBC trek. Everest Gokyo Trek, Rolwaling Trek, Everest Three Pass Trek, Gokyo Valley Trek are some of the best alternatives for the much crowded EBC Trek in October. The best thing about those other Everest region treks is that they are more peaceful and intact by the crowd. If you cannot stay around the crowd then these alternative Everest region treks can be the best for you.
Undoubtedly, Everest Base Camp Trek in October is the best deal. There are other good times as well to the EBC Trek but October is something else. Choosing October over others for the trek, you’ll join the people from various countries on the trail. You’ll have an amazing Everest experience in October, there is no doubt about that. However, the trails can be packed with trekkers which is irritating for some trekkers. For such people, there are peaceful alternatives too for EBC trek. Therefore, make sure you are in EBC Trek or other Everest region treks in the coming October.
However, if you need any guide and assistance in any of the treks and expeditions in Nepal. We, Base Camp Adventure, an experienced adventure assisting company from Nepal is forever there to reach you.